For example, in the “Understanding Keys” lesson below I will teach you a quick method that will enable you to figure out any major key in your head. That is great, but any method requires you to think a little bit. What the overall goal though is to eventually use the methods taught enough that you simply know the notes of say an A Major scale without needing to use a method to figure them out anymore.
In this case, the finger that was pressing the 5th fret on A string should slide down (vertically) in a way that the sound comes from the 3rd fret. Notice that this finger from the left hand is taking the function that would be for the right hand playing the 5th string when the 3rd fret was being pressed.
If you’re having trouble deciding what type of guitar strings to put on your beloved axe, fear not! Once you get a few fundamentals out of the way, your choice will mostly come down to playing style and personal preference.
The main thing to remember with these lessons is that you want to be able to drop any methods you use to figure out the theory material because you are simply familiar enough with the material that you know everything without needing to figure it out anymore. What????
This series of guitar lessons for beginners covers topics like: tuning your guitar, how to hold your guitar, parts of the guitar, technique for both hands, how to strum, how to play your first chords, and even how to play your first song on the guitar.
Do you feel like your fingers get locked in a box on the neck when you want to improvise on the guitar? This simple tip from guitar teacher Samuel B. will help you blow the lid off that box and start building better guitar solos… At the age of fourteen, I could readily cite figures such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix as musical role models. I was not a child prodigy, but I maintained a pretty infectious enthusiasm for my instrument (and obviously still do). A year
No they have nothing to do with Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses – they are chords with a bass note other than the root. These are all covered in the Beginners Course and are all very common and sound cool. There are many thousands of possibilities, but these are the ones you are most likely to find in the real world because they sound good!
Historically, strings were made of wound gut materials with the lower bass strings wound with various metals. There are several manufacturers still making strings in the historic methods today as well as many synthetic strings designed to replicate the sound and feel of traditional gut strings.
Below are two of the top options… plus one that seems popular, but is actually pretty bad – the creators prop it up by spamming positive reviews across the web. The good ones are #1 and #2, and the bad one is #3. Read on, or click here to see the prices of each.
To start learning just click a lesson category to the left to find ALL of the free lessons on the site organized by playing level and topic. Just dive right in and start learning. Most lessons also include a FREE TAB PDF for to download.
An open tuning allows a chord to be played by strumming the strings when “open”, or while fretting no strings. The base chord consists of at least three notes and may include all the strings or a subset. The tuning is named for the base chord when played open, typically a major triad, and each major-triad can be played by barring exactly one fret. Open tunings are common in blues and folk music, and they are used in the playing of slide and lap-slide (“Hawaiian”) guitars. Ry Cooder uses open tunings when he plays slide guitar.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll be learning a fun bluegrass lead that includes elements of country and blues as well. This lesson serves 2 purposes. 1) You’ll learn several new licks and how use them when improvising. 2) You’ll learn a couple of fast runs that are designed to help improve overall speed and […]
If you’re just getting started, you’ll definitely find these posts helpful: “5 Tips for Learning Guitar Chords” and “10 Tips to Learn Good Guitar Technique from the Start”. These tips will streamline your path to becoming a great guitar player.
Most electric guitar bodies are made of wood and include a plastic pick guard. Boards wide enough to use as a solid body are very expensive due to the worldwide depletion of hardwood stock since the 1970s, so the wood is rarely one solid piece. Most bodies are made from two pieces of wood with some of them including a seam running down the center line of the body. The most common woods used for electric guitar body construction include maple, basswood, ash, poplar, alder, and mahogany. Many bodies consist of good-sounding, but inexpensive woods, like ash, with a “top”, or thin layer of another, more attractive wood (such as maple with a natural “flame” pattern) glued to the top of the basic wood. Guitars constructed like this are often called “flame tops”. The body is usually carved or routed to accept the other elements, such as the bridge, pickup, neck, and other electronic components. Most electrics have a polyurethane or nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Other alternative materials to wood are used in guitar body construction. Some of these include carbon composites, plastic material, such as polycarbonate, and aluminum alloys.
My goal with these free guitar lessons is to give any guitarist who can’t afford private lessons a chance to learn what really is required to be a competent guitarist, while also learning some fun stuff along the way.
Dots are usually inlaid into the upper edge of the fretboard in the same positions, small enough to be visible only to the player. These usually appear on the odd numbered frets, but also on the 12th fret (the one octave mark) instead of the 11th and 13th frets. Some older or high-end instruments have inlays made of mother of pearl, abalone, ivory, colored wood or other exotic materials and designs. Simpler inlays are often made of plastic or painted. High-end classical guitars seldom have fretboard inlays as a well-trained player is expected to know his or her way around the instrument. In addition to fretboard inlay, the headstock and soundhole surround are also frequently inlaid. The manufacturer’s logo or a small design is often inlaid into the headstock. Rosette designs vary from simple concentric circles to delicate fretwork mimicking the historic rosette of lutes. Bindings that edge the finger and sound boards are sometimes inlaid. Some instruments have a filler strip running down the length and behind the neck, used for strength or to fill the cavity through which the truss rod was installed in the neck.
While our Faculty Members have studied directly with such modern masters, our guitar teachers are – in their own right – accomplished concert guitarists who combine their performance experience with a profound gift for teaching. They guide our students to reach their untapped potential and help each student create his or her own unique playing style through one-on-one private guitar instruction. Our instructors have forty years of combined experience and each faculty member has a minimum of ten years of personal teaching experience. We have studios in Pasadena, Hollywood, Van Nuys, and Downtown Los Angeles for your convenience.
First, why LilyPond? LilyPond is an exceptional sheet music engraving program. It produces professional, high quality output. It is open source. It offers an access point for a programmatic approach to music notation. It is developed and utilized by a large community. Most GUI-based applications are WYSIWYG and force a greater limitation on what you can do and what it will look like after you do it. On the other hand, I have zero interest in writing LilyPond files. tabr has made it more enjoyable, a bit less ugly, and enables me to stick with LilyPond for its quality as I try to shield myself from its native input structures. I’m sure there are far more LilyPond users who don’t mind it at all and have never heard of R; to each their own.
Corrosion can accelerate quickly, and will continue even while you’re not using the guitar. Any amount of corrosion – tiny pits in the metal – exposes more of the string to the air, moisture, It only takes a few hours to get visible corrosion, and that causes more corrosion, faster, and so it continues. Not unlike 1960s automobiles we used in Canada that you needed to drive quickly to get enough miles out of it before it’s all rust.
I sent Brian at Red Pelican a message via the website and quickly heard back from him. After chatting he sent me profiles of a couple of cool music teachers with their availability and locations. I then chose to sign up with lessons with Hubie. All of the logistical stuff was awesome and a total breeze. Think personal concierge at the Wynn in terms of customer service.
Like many in this world, I have a love for music. I used to jump on my bed playing my imaginary air Guitar, always wanting to learn, but never doing so… until I met a girl. She loved the Pixies. So I got a guitar and learned to play a few of their songs, to impress her… never got the girl, but I learned to play guitar, I loved it ever since. I’ve been playing for 15 years now. We’re Facebook friends now (the girl):) Why I’m telling you this story? Because at the end of the day playing guitar, or any musical instrument, should be for themselves first…. then ev