September 2015

Benefits Of Using A Pick vs Fingers vs Fingerpicks – Electric Guitar Lessons

In this electric guitar lessons tip, I am going to answer a question I get quite often from my students.

Question: What are the benefits of using fingers vs a pick vs fingerpicks?

Answer: There are many different ways to play the guitar, starting with all fingers, or using fingerpicks, to simply using a regular guitar pick, but my absolute personal favorite,sort of a hybrid style of guitar picking that combines both the use of a guitar pick (plectrum and they refer to it) and my other fingers.

One of the benefits of using your fingers only is you don’t have to move nearly as often; as your fingers are already in place where they need to be.

With that being said, one of the major benefits of using a pick is that it works as a mechanical advantage. This allows you to use a down-up motion, picking from both directions, which you aren’t able to do with only your fingers. When you use your fingers, you only need to pick in one direction and then reset your finger position to pick once again.

Playing with a Fingerpick is another option, though I personally find them uncomfortable and feeling funny on my finger.

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What Are The Most Popular Guitar Arpeggios in Blues Rock – Best Online Guitar Lessons For Beginners

In today best online guitar lessons for beginners question, I will discuss what are the most common arpeggios found in blues and rock?

Answer: First off, an arpeggio is nothing more then when you play notes from the chord one at a time, instead of strumming them all at once.

Many guitar players think that rake picking is the same as playing arpeggios, and it can be sort of; however, it really is much more than simple arpeggios.

One of the most common and played arpeggios you’ll find in the blues or rock genre is simply the 1-3-5 triad out of a major or minor chord. Once you learn where those triads are located on your fretboard, and start arpeggiating them, you will love playing guitar arpeggios on guitar forever!

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Best Tips For Tone Deaf Guitar Players (And Other Musicians) – Best Beginner Guitar Lessons

In today’s Best Online Guitar Lessons, here are some helping guitar lesson tips on some things to work on if you’re a musician who is tone deaf. Tone deafness is described simply as a misunderstanding in your perceptions of what is actually being played. You will find some people will “hear” one note as sounding like another note, finding that often times ones in harmony with each other.

When hearing major chords, they are brighter, happier, stronger.
And when you play minor chords, they are softer, darker, sadder, sounding.

One thing that can help is doing some pitch relative exercises as these can be really be useful along with other things such as playing a random note and trying to figure out what that note is.

The biggest and most important suggestion I can offer for improving your ear is to practice your scales on a regular basis… nice and slowly! Don’t put your practice on autopilot, but take your time and listen to each note as you play it. And one final tip, singing through your scales is also useful.

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What Are Turnarounds – How To Relate Them To the Key – Best Guitar Lessons Online

In this best guitar lessons online tutorial, I will briefly go over what is a turnaround and how to be able to relate them to the key.

Answer: To put it simple in understanding terms, a turnaround in music basically just brings you back to the beginning of the song or riff so you can play it again. It returns you back to the tonic, which is the home base for the song your playing.

In terms of being able to relate it to the correct key, you absolutely must know your scales for the guitar and how the chords will relate to the key. Sometimes turnarounds simply use single notes, while you may find others using full chords, but if you examine it very closely, you will find even the full chord turnarounds are related closely to their single note cousins.

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Are You Bored Of Playing Guitar Scales – Best Guitar Lessons

In today’s best guitar lessons tutorial, I get this statement from guitar players quite often.

Question: I’m bored and so tired of playing guitar scales, is there anything I can do to keep moving forward without having to play so many scales?

Answer: The first thing I would like to bring to your attention is that all riffs come from scales. With this in mind, now if all riffs do come from scales, then practicing riffs in various positions on the guitar fretboard is going to be a benefit too, right?

So, the best advice is to find other things that are more interesting than playing a straight scale, and start practicing those like you would a scale – perhaps with you using a metronome even. You can use metronomes to practice your alternate picking (down up picking) and other techniques. You can also try playing all the way through a scale, but using different rhythms then you normally would, like you would find in a shuffle type rhythm, or with doubled or tripled up notes.

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How To Be A Good Lead Guitar Player – Online Guitar Training

In this online guitar training tutorial, we will talk about what it takes to be a good lead guitar player.

Q. What does it take to be a good lead guitar player?

A. Learning how to play guitar scales is a great place to start, but really what you need to begin learning is how to transfer your emotion through your guitar playing. Being able to understand the blues is a great beginning for all lead guitar players, because playing blues music so expressive.

It doesn’t require you to play guitar super fast to be a great lead guitar player, you just have to pick the correct notes, and express and make them well. Playing the popular string stretches, vibratos, hammer ons, string slides, and all those other guitar techniques will help improve your expression on the guitar.

Try to treat your guitar like you would your voice, if you were going to be singing the same notes. That’s how the late great BB King approached his guitar solos, he studied what great singers would do with perfecting their voice – when they would breath, how they would go about changing the pitch, all the minor little things that make a great singer so expressive with their voices, he also attempted to adapt those to his guitar style of playing, and that is what played a big part of what made him such an expressive and super talented guitar soloist.

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What Should You Look for in a Guitar Teacher – Online Guitar Lessons Review

In today’s online guitar lessons review, I will be discussing the following:

Q. What should you look for in a guitar teacher?

A. I would suggest a few things you can do to try to decide if a particular guitar teacher is right teacher for you. A good place to start is to sit down with the potential teacher, and ask them to play a song or riff for you, that they like to play. See if this is something you can relate to with their style of playing. You need to be able to relate to how they teach guitar, their personality, and the style of music they like to play and teach.

If a book is used by a teacher, especially the Alfred and Mel Bay guitar lesson books, you’re pretty much assured you’re going to be off to a very slow start, and you won’t get around to playing the things you really want to play for sometime.

The absolute most important thing is you need to have the teacher playing along WITH you. You need to have the experience of playing with someone that is above your current playing level. Music is passed on through your experience of playing with other guitar players, not just simply watching them play, or having them watch you play.

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What Is The Best Way To Use My Practice Time Wisely – Online Guitar Lessons – Best Beginner Guitar Lessons

In this online guitar lessons, we are going to discuss the following question:

Q. What’s the best way to use my practice time wisely? The first thing to do is not to practice the things you’re good at on the guitar – use the time wisely to work on things you’re having problems and struggling with.

If you’re a beginner guitarist, a good place for you to begin is making sure you can play your chords really clear without any dead sounds or crazy noises. Practicing scales is a really good practice technique if you are wanting to play lead guitar and also works well for warm up exercises. I highly recommend starting out by learning a few basic chords like C, G, D, A. The most important thing is, if you’re trying to learn something on guitar, always do it in bite sized pieces that you can deal with.

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How Do I Setup My Guitar So It Plays Easily – Easy Guitar Tutorial – Best Beginner Guitar Lessons

Q. In this learn to play guitar online tutorial, the question is: How to setup my guitar so it plays easily?

What a great question – but certainly not an easy one to answer for sure.

A guitar setup is a whole new field of expertise on its own, which can take many years to learn to do it properly. For beginners, the best option is to find a reputable guitar repairman to setup your guitar. There are a few things you’ll want to consider that may help you decide HOW you want to have it setup.

For a beginner, you’d want to try a lighter (thinner) gauge of guitar string, and having the action lowered. If you’re a heavy strummer on your guitar, I would suggest increasing the gauge of the string a bit, and raise the action a little bit too.

If you do finger tapping, you’ll want a low action with a real flat neck. For slide guitar, you’ll want a bit higher action. Those are just some of the variables to consider when you’re setting up your guitar.

If you have never tried to do a setup on your guitar, as I stated, by all means don’t try it yourself. Take your guitar to a reputable guitar luthier (repairman) to have it done properly. Hope these tips help. Keep watching for more great guitar tips and tricks.

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How Do I Stand Up And Play Guitar? – Electric Guitar Lessons

Here’s a beginner guitar lesson covering some tips on good posture when you’re sitting and standing with the guitar.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that your guitar should be in a position that is close to your body and gives you easy, comfortable access to it. Hanging your guitar down by your ankles makes it really hard to play, and may even cause problems down the road like tendonitis, because you’re forcing your body to twist in uncomfortable positions.

Pay attention to whether or not your wrist is feeling strained, and if it is, adjust your position accordingly.

The biggest tip here is however it is comfortable for you to play while sitting – that is roughly the same position you want to have the guitar in when you’re standing.

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