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How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar Pickup

How to Choose an Acoustic Guitar Pickup

| August 4, 2016 | 3 Comments

The great thing about acoustic guitars is that they don’t need a volume knob or an amplifier to be heard – the guitar’s own resonant body naturally amplifies the sound. But what if you need to turn the volume up? Whether you want to perform gigs, jam with other musicians, or just play louder, the […]

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Guitar Maintenance 101: 5 Ways to Keep It Like New

Guitar Maintenance 101: 5 Ways to Keep It Like New

| July 28, 2016 | 3 Comments

While working at the local Acoustic Music shop here in Salt Lake City I often sell guitars to first-timers. These people, who’ve never picked up a guitar before in their whole lives, have made the exciting decision to learn to play it. Then something interesting happens at the checkout counter. They get this stupefied look […]

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Your First Song, Pt. 4: How to Sing and Play Guitar

Your First Song, Pt. 4: How to Sing and Play Guitar

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the final part of Your First Song, a four-part series made especially for beginner guitarists. Last week, in Pt. 3: Changing Chords, we combined the three chords from Part One with the strumming pattern from Part Two to play the verse guitar for ‘Twist and Shout’ by The Beatles. If you’ve made it this […]

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Your First Song, Pt. 3: Changing Chords

Your First Song, Pt. 3: Changing Chords

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Part Three of Your First Song, a four-part series made especially for beginner guitarists. In Pt 2: How to Strum a Guitar, we used one of the three chords from Pt 1: Easy Guitar Chords to play the basic strumming pattern for ‘Twist and Shout’ by The Beatles. Now that we’ve got the rhythm of […]

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Your First Song, Pt. 2: How to Strum a Guitar

Your First Song, Pt. 2: How to Strum a Guitar

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Part Two of Your First Song, a four-part series made especially for beginner guitarists. Last week in Part One we learned the three easy guitar chords (G, A, and D major) needed to play ‘Twist and Shout’ by The Beatles. Now that we’ve learned the finger positions for these chords, let’s learn how […]

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Your First Song, Pt. 1: Easy Guitar Chords

Your First Song, Pt. 1: Easy Guitar Chords

| May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Part One of Your First Song, a four-part series made especially for beginner guitarists. If you want to learn to play a song but you’re feeling a little intimidated, have no fear: learning a song can actually be very easy. Just follow the simple instructions from each of the four parts in this […]

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Alternate Tunings Are for Beginners

Alternate Tunings Are for Beginners

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

For beginning guitarists, alternate tunings are an impregnable enigma. An impregnable wha…? you ask. Exactly. That’s my point. Beginners don’t understand alternate tunings, much less how they work or why anyone would ever want to use one. (For a quick, easy answer to the last one, just listen to any Joni Mitchell song and you’ll […]

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Why Guitar Is the Best Musical Instrument

Why Guitar Is the Best Musical Instrument

| October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The other day I was sitting in the living room with my Nepalese host family here in Kathmandu, waiting out this interminable petrol crisis we’re currently experiencing, trying to ward off ennui with a few songs and some half-baked explanations as to why, of all the instruments that I’ve learned to play, guitar is the […]

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Less Obvious Gig Bag Essentials

Less Obvious Gig Bag Essentials

| August 4, 2015 | 8 Comments

‘… the minimalist attitude is vulnerable to mishap and can lead down the dark and dismal road to disaster …’ So you’ve got your first gig! Well done. But what the hell should you bring? There are the more obvious items: your guitar (duh), a pick or two (or five), a set list, a ¼ […]

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