Category: Learn To Play

A Simple Way To Understand Guitar Songs

by Sanoli Drakob

When you first begin learning to play the guitar you truly want easy to learn guitar tunes or songs to start with. Otherwise it’s the equivalent of trying to comprehend German when you have only learned the fundamental words.

By starting with easy to master guitar tunes you’re setting yourself up for a much quicker learning curve and you will find that you will pick up learning the guitar significantly quicker and easier then without utilizing tunes or songs to base your guitar abilities on.Continue reading A Simple Way To Understand Guitar Songs

How To Play Guitar Fast – Avoiding Critical Mistakes In Learning To Increase Your Guitar Speed

Do you struggle with playing guitar fast? Is your lack of guitar speed making it difficult for you to express yourself fully as a musician?

Although playing guitar fast is not every guitarist’s most significant goal, those who do want to improve their guitar speed desire this skill very much and are often frustrated with being unable to develop this part of their guitar playing.

If this describes you, I want to share with you several important insights about building guitar speed that will greatly help you to develop this skill.Continue reading How To Play Guitar Fast – Avoiding Critical Mistakes In Learning To Increase Your Guitar Speed

How to Tune a Guitar – Helpful Guide on Tuning Your Guitar

by Chris J Jones

When learning the guitar you can be so busy trying to learn chords and songs that you may not even know if your guitar is in or out of tune. Being able to tune a guitar is very important when you begin learning.

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There is no point in learning your favorite song if your guitar is out of tune, is there? The first step to know about tuning your guitar is what sound you are looking for from each string. We need to know which note each string will be tuned to:Continue reading How to Tune a Guitar – Helpful Guide on Tuning Your Guitar

You Can Learn How To Play The Blues

by Ed Haas

The blues has influenced almost every genre of music. All the great guitar players of our time have been influenced to some degree by the blues. The music theory involved in playing the blues is rather simple, but the feeling that can be applied to playing the blues is what makes it so popular.

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The 12 bar blues progression:

If you want to learn how to play blues, you need to know the 12 bar blues progression. Just as its’ name implies, it is made up of 12 bars (measures) of music. the 12 bars just keep repeating. The most common chord progression would be the I, IV, and V chords of the key that you want to play in.Continue reading You Can Learn How To Play The Blues

3 Simple Steps For Holding A Guitar Pick

When you first start learning guitar dropping the pick into the sound hold can be very irritating.

It’s not uncommon to be strumming along, just getting into a grove and then slowly feel the guitar pick slipping from your fingers. The next thing you know the pick slips and falls into the one place you don’t want it to go – the sound hole.

Even if you’re lucky enough to miss the sound hole it can still be an ordeal trying to find your guitar pick on the floor because they seem to magically blend in so well with everything.

This can be an infuriating problem especially when you start to get the hang of the more difficult stuff like changing between guitar chords and guitar strumming patterns.

Do you want to know how to avoid all this hassle and learn to hold the guitar pick correctly?

Listed below are 3 steps that will help you hold the pick in the correct way.

Choose The Correct Pick For The Level You Are At

When you first start learning guitar it’s important to keep your pick choices straight forward and simple. I’d recommend starting of using a Dunlop 0.6mm nylon pick of medium thickness.

They are great for strumming and they are easy to grip and they give a good sound. Once you master the basics you can start start expanding the range of picks you use.

Remember that very thin picks can be flimsy and are not a good option for a beginner. Very thick guitar picks are an acquired taste and are best avoided until you have mastered the fundamentals.

Learn To Hold The Pick With Just 2 Fingers

Even great guitarists can be seen holding the pick with 3 fingers but it’s definitely a disadvantage. When you use only two fingers to hold your pick the ‘spare’ fingers are there when you need them for more advanced techniques like pinch harmonics and tapping. It’s always great to have them ready.

Hold The Pick Between The Edge of Your Thumb and First Finger

A common reason for dropping the pick is holding it between your finger tips. The guitar pick should be held between the edge of your thumb and the edge of your first finger. When you hold the pick between your finger tips you are asking for trouble.