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4 More Electric Guitar Songs for Beginners

4 More Electric Guitar Songs for Beginners

| June 2, 2016 | 2 Comments

Now that you’ve mastered four easy electric guitar songs, it’s time to take things up a notch. Here are four more electric guitar songs for beginners that will push you to improve without driving you crazy. 1. Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones If you somehow think you haven’t heard Blitzkrieg Bop, you’ll probably recognize it […]

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Alternate Guitar Strumming: Play As Fast As Possible

Alternate Guitar Strumming: Play As Fast As Possible

| May 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

You’re listening to the chorus of a new song and think the guitarists are just letting chords ring out with some effect on them. But after a moment, you realize they aren’t just letting the chords ring. That’s no effect, either – they’re so fast at guitar strumming that they’re playing chords 32 times a bar! […]

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How to Play a Guitar Bend

How to Play a Guitar Bend

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re playing blues, country, rock or just about any other genre imaginable, you need to know how to play a good guitar bend. The guitar bend is such a ubiquitous technique that you should learn it shortly after you first start playing. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to a small pool of songs – and you’ll […]

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Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs and Trills

Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs and Trills

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are iconic guitar techniques. Mastering them is essential to playing faster songs – and especially solos. Why? Because hammer-ons and pull-offs allow you to play notes without picking or strumming. They also lend notes a softer tone that can be valuable in song-writing. Here’s a quick example of what they sound like. […]

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4 Easy Electric Guitar Songs and How to Play Them

4 Easy Electric Guitar Songs and How to Play Them

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

‘Some songs only need one or two fingers to play.’ When I first started playing guitar, finding easy electric guitar songs seemed impossible. I thought all of the bands I listened to played stuff that was too hard for me to learn. It took me a few months of frustration before I found any song I […]

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How to Play a Legato Slide on Guitar

How to Play a Legato Slide on Guitar

| March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Why should I learn how to play a legato slide? The legato slide is one of the first skills every guitarist should learn. Here’s why: It’s easy. It’s used in a lot of songs. It gives you a quick way to add style and flair when moving along the fretboard. It’s an incredibly versatile technique, […]

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How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

You’re learning to play guitar for the first time. You say to the instructor, ‘Teach me something easy.’ Your instructor says, ‘Sure, just put this finger on this fret, that finger there, this finger over here, and do a handstand while rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time, and soon we’ll […]

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Dropped Guitar Tunings

Dropped Guitar Tunings

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

There’s a secret that heavy bands don’t want you to know: many of their best riffs are actually the easiest to play. If you understand how dropped guitar tunings work, you can play a soaring chorus or a crushing breakdown with just one or two fingers. Here’s what they are and how they work. What […]

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