Archive for September, 2013


Learning Guitar – Equipment You’ll Need to Get Started

So, you’re thinking about learning how to play guitar and wondering what equipment you’ll need to get started. Obviously, the most important piece of equipment you’ll need is the guitar itself. But what kind should you buy… acoustic or electric? The type of guitar you’ll choose depends primarily on your musical interests and long-term goals. […]

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The Guitar Practice Juggling Act

There will probably be times when it will seem like your guitar practice is more of a juggling act than a regular routine. The demands of work and other responsibilities just get in the way and make it hard to manage time effectively. It might be a little comforting to know that you are not […]

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Learning Guitar – 5 Essential Elements

Everyone who has a desire to learn how to play guitar will find that it basically boils down to 5 essential elements… 1. Guitar Chords Chords are one of the most essential elements of learning guitar. That is why I believe that every guitarist can benefit from having a good Guitar Chord Encyclopedia or chord […]

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Guitar Chord “Secrets” to Increase Speed

One of the biggest challenges that many beginning guitarists face is being able to move from one guitar chord to another quickly. This difficulty becomes apparent to anyone listening because the music will suddenly be interrupted by a long pause until the guitarist gets to the next chord and resumes playing. Unfortunately, if this problem […]

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Guitar Strings – Understanding Their Differences

Deciding which guitar strings to use for your particular guitar can be a bit confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for. To begin with, there are many different brands to choose from… Martin, Ernie Ball, LaBella, Augustine, Fender, D’Addario, Elixir, GHS, Guild… and the list goes on. In addition to this, there are […]

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Guitar Tab Vs Music Notation

Tablature (commonly referred to as tab) is a very popular method for transcribing guitar music into written form. The reason for it’s popularity is likely because most people find tab much easier to read and understand than standard music notation. In my experience as a teacher I’ve noticed that students who want to learn how […]

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Barre Chords – Make Them Easier to Play!

Playing barre chords is just one of the many challenges that an emerging guitarist will have to face during the course of their education. Will you be able to conquer this giant when it comes along, or will you give up in defeat? Before you answer that question, let me just say that barre chords […]

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5 Top-Rated Guitar Accessories Any Guitarist Can Use

Guitar players always seem to be on the lookout for some new book, gadget, item, or other piece of equipment. I think that’s because, as musicians, we have a desire to sound good, look cool, and be able to develop our skills to the best of our ability. Having the right equipment is important because […]

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Guitar Positions – Learn How to Identify Them

Guitar positions… What are they? If you’re scratching your head because you’ve never even heard of such a thing, please read on… Did you know that musical scales, notes and chords can be written and played in different positions on the fretboard? Therefore, most beginning guitar players usually start with learning the notes and chords […]

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The F Major Chord – 4 Easy Guitar Playing Tips

Do you have trouble playing the F Major Chord on your guitar? If so, you are not alone. Most beginners have trouble forming certain guitar chords, especially this one! The reason that the F chord is so difficult to play is because you have to fret two notes with your first finger instead of fretting […]

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