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Guitar Technique Exercises – Are Not Rocket Science!


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A Look at Guitar Technique Exercises just maybe some of the pro’s are using. Don’t loose some of your fans because of this one bad habit.

Whats up my family of guitar playing freaks? Lets get our seats in the upright position before we take off.

And buckle up because this is a boarder line philosophical article about guitar playing, and what I’ve noticed every now and then when I’m performing. How about you! Continue reading

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2 Pentatonic Guitar Scales

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Does the Pentatonic Guitar Scales scare you? Not to worry you already know them and don’t know it. How do I know that? Thats Easy Let Me Show You.

Watch Video First!  Before you read the rest of this article.
This little music lesson is going to blow your mind.

But who’s teaching this lesson  you ask?  Well he just happens to be one of the finest music educators of our time.  Lets find out! Continue reading

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Why Blues Guitar Instruction First

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As a guitarist, you are probably going to be called upon to play something “bluesy” at some point or the other early on in your career.

The foundation of all rock music today (although rock also drew strongly from other genres like electric blues, folk, classical jazz, etc), acoustic blues is a musical form that originated in the African-Americancommunities of the United States somewhere around the end of the 19th century (through the work songs and field hollers of African slaves) in the cotton fields of the Deep South. PIC Continue reading

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Modal Guitar Playing

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At first Modal Guitar Playing might seem foreign. Step back from your Guitar Playing and see what you’re already doing. Look at this hint!

If you’ve been playing the guitar for some time now and feel you are stuck playing solos using just the minor and major scales from start to finish, maybe it’s time to explore a little further and call on a little something called the “modes”.

Well come on! I’ll walk you through it. Continue reading

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Guitar Modes and Scales

guitar-modes-and-scalesIn The Study of Theory,Guitar Modes and Scales Need Not Be That Difficult. Find That One Missing Element That Gets You Through This Quick!

Learning scales and modes is something all guitarists have to do at some point or the other as it is a great way to deepen one’s understanding of the guitar.

And just like notes and chords, scales and modes are fundamental building blocks of many a great tune. What? building blocks no way you say! For a moment lets be kids again and go take a look at some blocks we can play with. Continue reading

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Free Music Theory Lessons Online

free-music-theory-lessons-onlineWhy Free Music Theory Lessons Online Is Something You Do Not Want. Especially If You Want To Master It and Learn It Quickly. Find Out Why Not First!

How many times have you found yourself saying, “Wish I knew how to play guitar,” just never quite got around to it cause there were always other pressing matters to attend to!

We let academics, family responsibilities and life in general get in the way, and by the time we actually get around to picking up that box guitar, we are left wondering whether it’s going to be worth the effort at all.

But I beg to differ with you, it is worth it. All you need is a clear cut direction to speed up the process. Oh! and 5 minutes of your time now. Continue reading

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Music Keys Chart – For Guitar

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All music is made up of a collection of notes played together to form What is Called Harmony. 

When these notes are all played together, (or when plucked individually in order, called an arpeggio) thats what makes up the chord.  

A Key is a bunch of chords whose root notes form the major scale and sound great when played together (in a chord progression). For every key there is a scale, this scale consists or contains 7 notes. For every scale you have 7 chords which only contain the notes of that particular scale. Lost yet? Lets try and clear it up! Continue reading

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Songs With Alternate Tunings

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Different Tuning For Each Song!!

At some point in time you will be wanting to explore the possibilities of Alternate Tunings.
This will open up a whole new frontier for you where the possibilities are are almost endless.

Some of the guitar players of yesteryear simply used Open Tunings to work around the Standard Tuning.

And just like then, todays guitarist still use these tunings in all styles of music. Lets see what you could be missing! Continue reading

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Guitar Lessons On Skype – 3 Best Tips

skype-guitar-teacher-in-black-leather-jacket-pointing-his-finger-at-youSo!  you’ve always wanted to play the guitar huh? But you think that learning on your own will be too difficult without a teacher.

No problem! Guitar Lessons and teachers pop up like weeds, they’re everywhere. You don’t have to be alone. If your one of those folks that wants a guitar teacher in your town, then I can’t stress this enough.

Look for one that your personalities mesh together.Because if you don’t you will have wasted your time, energy and money. Wish you could find a better Professional Guitar Teacher? Continue reading

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Nostradamus On Learning Guitar Chords?

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The Top 4 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners

If you are just beginning to learn how to play guitar, consider also picking up a book for Learning Guitar Chords. Even if you decide later on to find a good teacher, you still need to see the chord shapes and where to place your fingers.

frank-zappaNext you need to start with easy songs that can inspire you to continue playing guitars. If you want to master your chords, rhythm & strumming, and all the other basic techniques of playing a guitar it is recommended that you learn the chords and practice by playing songs. Playing songs while learning guitar is not only educative, but also fun.

Below are 4 easy guitar songs for beginners. Ensure that you do enough practice in the chords and how to switch between chords for each of the 4 songs noted below as you will find it very beneficial. Each one of them has a link out to a free lesson on YouTube that you can use to follow along.

This is a good way to learn the structure of how to play your favorite songs Although keep in mind that while learning you could also be picking up bad playing habits along the way by doing it like this. Thats why I will always recommend you find a good teacher you can resonate with.


1. Silent Night.santas-band

Chords: A-E-A-D-A-D-A-E-A-E-A

This is one of the most preferred easy guitar songs. The guitar version of “Silent Night” has only three chords, and even though it is very simple, it sounds lovely enough to play in the church.

Besides being short and easy, it also sounds sweet and neat. Silent Night will put you in the mood to attempt to play many other beautiful songs.


2. Scarborough Fair, by Simon & Garfunkel

Chords: Am-G-Am-C-Am-D-Amscarborough-fair

This is a fingerpicking tune from the ancient times in England. This song is loved and included in the collections of most solo guitarists. You can play it using single notes & basic open chords like its shown here.

Or if you prefer a more advanced version than this, you can add a capo on the 7th fret so as to give it (the song) a haunting sound as this is how Paul Simon plays it. So by following a simple set of instructions, even a beginner can play Scarborough Fair pretty well.


3. Horse With No Name, by America

Chords: Em-D (simplest form)horse-with-no-name

Written by Dewey Bunnell, of the band America. This is a classic rock song that slightly resembles Neil Young’s folky acoustic rock music. In fact everybody thought it was Neil Young at first. It is included on this list because it is easy  (if not the easiest) guitar song to learn with.

As a matter of fact, several instructors of guitar lessons say that learning to play “Horse With No Name” takes less time than the time which is taken while talking about it. It includes only two chords, a moderate beat and a simple rhythm. Many guitar lessons that use this song usually begin with the lyrics and the basic strumming.

If you are interested, you can then try the other strumming tricks. Keep in mind when learning this song that the actual song as written has four chords. But the chords are so closely related in tone that most will teach you how to play it this way.


4. House of the Rising Sun, by The Animals

Chords: Am-C-D-F-Am-C-Ehouse-of-the-rising-sun

This is a great song for those that are just getting introduced to fingerpicking. Learning fingerpicking becomes very easy when one is using or following a well laid step by step set of instructions.

Some times this song is referred to as “rising sun blues,” but the most commercial version this traditional folk song was done by “The Animals”  back in 1964. However, before that, Bob Dylan had recorded a unique acoustic version of this same song in 1961. Have fun with House Of The Rising Sun.


 

Just A Final Thought

When learning how to play guitar, I recommended that you choose lessons which also teach the theory behind the various techniques used for playing the song on guitar. That being said it is still advisable to find yourself a Professional Guitar Teacher that can interact with you.bb-king

The 4 easy guitar songs for beginners are merely a tip of the iceberg. By the time you are through with mastering any one of these four songs above, you will have attained a few tricks and techniques that you can apply to other songs that you play.
Until the next time practice, get a reference book for Learning Guitar Chords. You’ll be glad you did and well ahead of most. Until the next time.

What do all four of these songs have in common ? Leave your answer in the comments and show me some Love and Share this around. 🙂

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