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How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

Justin | 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

Justin | 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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Alternate Tunings Are for Beginners

Alternate Tunings Are for Beginners

Cody Robinson | 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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Zen Guitar Habits for Beginners: Clear Mind from the Start

Zen Guitar Habits for Beginners: Clear Mind from the Start

Andy | January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Building Zen Habits – Having a Clear Mind Use your practice time with the guitar to strengthen your Zen muscles. Every time you touch the guitar, you are developing behaviours (habits of thought and movement) that affect the way you will eventually play. It takes at least three correct repetitions of a skill to counterbalance […]

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Fretboard Fundamentals – Understanding the Major Scale

Fretboard Fundamentals – Understanding the Major Scale

Andy | December 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The great thing about the guitar is how visual an instrument it is. Patterns and shapes repeat themselves, making it easier to learn and play. In this article we will see a great example of this by taking a look at the major scale, analyzing how the scale is laid out, and using this knowledge […]

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Metal Guitar, Part 3: The Harmonic Minor Scale and Harmonies

Metal Guitar, Part 3: The Harmonic Minor Scale and Harmonies

Andy | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Welcome back to Beginning Metal Guitar. I hope that the techniques shown last month have helped you write better riffs. As we’ve been concentrating so much on rhythm guitar during the past couple of months, we’re going to start looking at lead guitar work, starting with the harmonic minor scale and harmonizing guitars! Example Recordings Editor’s […]

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The Top 5 Things You Must Learn When Beginning Guitar

The Top 5 Things You Must Learn When Beginning Guitar

Andy | December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having been a professional guitar player and teacher for over 30 years now, I have seen many techniques, courses and tips from a variety of teachers and schools. Many of them were good, a few great and some just plain bad. A student recently asked me what I thought were the top five things that […]

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Metal Guitar, Part 2: Power Chords, Octaves and Pinch Harmonics

Metal Guitar, Part 2: Power Chords, Octaves and Pinch Harmonics

Andy | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

So you’ve been spending the past month building up your palm muting and writing your own riffs, but palm muting isn’t enough to please the metal gods! That’s why this month, I’m going to show you more techniques to give your riffs more flavour: power chords, octaves and pinch harmonics! Once again, we’ll be in […]

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Beginning Metal Guitar, Part 1: Palm Muting

Beginning Metal Guitar, Part 1: Palm Muting

Andy | October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

You finally splashed out the cash on a flying V and have been practicing your best Metallica impressions, but where do you get started to becoming a metal god? Through this series of monthly articles we’ll be looking at the techniques to get you playing some metal guitar. Things we’re going to look at include […]

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Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

Andy | June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tablature. I loathe it. As far as I am aware, the guitar is the only instrument that offers the system. As a professional guitar teacher and performer I tell my students that we are musicians first, guitarists second, and I will always try to dissuade them from a reliance on tabs in favour of reading […]

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Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

Andy | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

After 25 years playing guitar, I should be agnostic on this. I should tell you they are both very valuable, and both will contribute to your technique and development. I could also tell you to learn both, which would be fine. This is all true, and it is best to learn all disciplines. Just as […]

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A Personal Guitar Journey

A Personal Guitar Journey

Andy | April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hello! I’m Amanda. I’m 25, and live in Columbia, SC. I wanted to share with you my thoughts and also some tips for beginner players. I’ve recently celebrated my 3rd year of playing guitar, on Sun Feb 15th. I can’t even believe that! It’s just unreal to me. There’s been lots of blood, sweat and tears. […]

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REM. The One I Love Guitar Lesson

REM. The One I Love Guitar Lesson

Andy | November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A simple strumming pattern (with a couple of accentuations), open chords, a typically formulaic song structure, open chords and a great song. It doesn’t really get much better than this if you are beginning your guitar playing journey or are looking to learn new songs. And The One I Love by REM has it all. […]

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What Is Legato?

What Is Legato?

Andy | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Smooth Operator – The Legato Technique Legato is a term that you will hear a lot once you start getting into lead guitar playing, but what exactly does it mean? The literal meaning of legato is ‘tied together’ but in musical terms it means that you should play the notes in a smooth manner, not […]

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