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My name is Scott Morris. I am the featured guitar instructor here at http://www.guitartabbooks.com I'm glad you took the time to visit our website. That surely tells me that you're interested in learning more about playing the guitar. During the course of learning all the great playing tips and additional information that you'll learn from the free guitar e-book we have provided for you, there are additional courses that we will recommend for you that may be more of interest to you, depending on what it is that you're interested in learning. We recommend ONLY - The very best quality music instruction
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There are more than 25 Topics in this E-book I am going to share with you. They will save you a lot of time, frustration and wondering just what to do or what correct approach you'll need to take when first learning how to play the guitar. These tips don't just apply to total beginners. Even if you have been playing a while and are at an advanced level of playing, you may be surprised to learn that many guitarists often overlook these basic common sense tips along the way. I consider the information I'll be sharing with you to be the most valued important information that I have learned in more than 35 years +
as a professional guitarist, and after teaching literally thousands of privately taught students as well as many thousands more from around the world, using my teaching method. These are the things I wish someone had taken the time to show me when I was just getting started!
Get Your Guitar In Tune The most important thing about playing your guitar is to make sure that your instrument is in tune. No matter how good a guitar players is, if the guitar is not in tune, it simply will not sound good! To get your guitar in tune right now, simply use the free guitar tuner shown below. Just click the button beneath the name of each string and the tuner will provide the actual sound of each string for you to tune your guitar to a standard E tuning!
An additional free guitar tuning resource that will allow you to tune to a standard tuning and other tunings as well as Eb (E flat) or a drop D tuning and more, is called the AP Guitar Tuner which you can download for free.
Click here! to download the AP Guitar Tuner free download. Aside from getting your guitar in tune, it's also important to learn how to
properly take care of your instrument to avoid things like getting a warped or cracked neck, or other possible damages. Here are 2 additional articles to help provide you with more insight.
How To Protect Your Guitar & Make It Last Longer
Guitar Maintance 101 If you're interested learning how to take proper care of your instrument, how to make all your own custom adjustments to your favorite guitar, or may be interested in pursuing a career as a guitar repairman, see... Learn & Master Guitar Set-Up & Repair If your a total beginner and not sure where to start, I highly suggest that you take advantage of the free 3-day trial offered by Marty Schwartz of GuitarJamz.com His teaching approach is the easiest to learn from and Marty offers lessons in every music style for players at all levels and makes learning how to play the guitar fun and easy.
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Mistakes Most Beginner Guitarists Make
Almost everyone who has an interest in wanting to learn how to play the guitar was inspired at one point in time by a favorite song or artist. In more than 3 decades as a private guitar instructor, I couldn't tell you just how many times a new student's first words were "I just want to learn how to play the song "Crazy Train" or... "I just want to shred like Metallica". Or... "I just want to learn how to play killer guitar solos". The truth is often hard to explain to a new student and can be even
more difficult to accept for an excited newbie who is extremely anxious to learn. However, there are some very easy to play songs that almost all students can learn during their very first lessons. The truth is, before you can learn how to play ANY song, you will have to learn some guitar chords, and if you seriously want to learn lead guitar solos, then you'll also need to learn guitar scales. One of my very favorite quotes that I shared with every privately taught guitar student, was the same quote I used when filming the You Can Play Guitar instruction method. That quote is.... "First you need to learn how to crawl before you can walk, and then learn how to walk before you can run!" I hope that makes perfect sense. Here are some basic tips that will provide you with the directions to help you get started. 1) If you're a total beginner, a good place for you to start is to make a list of your favorite songs, groups and artist you want to learn. 2) If you know someone who plays guitar, don't be shy and don't be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is what learning is all about, especially in the early stages. Ask those you know who play guitar, what they consider to be easy songs for a beginner to learn. You will be surprised to learn that literally millions of songs consist of the same 3 of 4 chords!
Be Organized Make a special place to practice where you can easily find all of your practice books, DVD lessons and favorite sheet music or tablature, whether it be in your bedroom, basement, garage or elsewhere. Take pride in this and make it your favorite room of the house. Always place your guitar picks and other practice tools you may use in the same place (like the guitar cord you use to plug into your amp, and spare strings, in case you break one and need to replace it). Keep things in order and don't be a "messy Marvin". You can either be the practicing musician who has everything scattered
from one end to the other and has to look all over the house to remember where you put your guitar picks before you can even practice, or you can make things easy on yourself and always keep things where you can find them. If you plan on playing live gigs with a band, this is something you better plan on getting used to. Professional musicians who play music for a living don't travel from town to town to new gigs and just throw whatever they can find into a different box each night after their gigs. They keep everything labeled and in the same place for quick easy
access to make setting up easy and stress free. This is something you should do for yourself as well with all your learning and practice tools so you don't waste valuable time getting stressed out looking for all the things you need to learn and practice with. Another good idea is to decorate your favorite practice place or rehearsal studio with inspirational things that will encourage you to always try something new and make you want to go the extra mile when you practice. For example, there are thousands of different guitar chords and scales and there is always more than one way to play each of those chords and scales. Adding things like guitar posters
can be a huge inspiration and also provide you with many new ideas of ways to add to and improve your playing ability. Click here! to see all music posters...
Guitar Tablature If you're a total beginner and not sure where to start, I would suggest that you learn How To Read Guitar Tablature. Way back, when the rule of thumb that was forced upon beginner guitar students, was that you first needed to learn how to read sheet music. Thankfully, that rule no longer applies. Some facts are that learning how to read sheet music (also referred to as standard notation) can take months or even years to learn. And you may surprised to know that even major recording stars who write hit songs often have not the first clue as to how to read sheet music. How is this possible? Many simply learn the basics and learn the guitar as an instrument, learning either the basic guitar chords or the most important and commonly used chords and guitar scales.
A song doesn't have to be hard to play in order to be good. Some of the biggest hit songs ever written consist of only a few chords! So the bottom line is, you dont need to learn how to read music in order for you to learn how to play the guitar. Today's most common method of learning to play guitar is by using guitar tablature, which is a simple method that teaches students by showing them which guitar string to play, and which fret to play on each guitar string. In case you're a total beginner and not sure what guitar frets are, they are the bars that are lined up on the neck of the guitar. Here is a diagram of the parts of the guitar, shown for acoustic and electric guitar.
Guitar Tablature Methods SKYPE Webcam Video Sample "How To Read Guitar Tablature"
If you want to learn how to read standard guitar tablature like the guitar tabs you find in guitar magazines, guitar tablature books or from guitar tab sites online, then you may want to see these great lessons offered by David Taub of Next Level Guitar. Next Level Guitar offers a huge selection of super high quality easy to learn guitar lessons that will teach you how to read guitar tablature and guitar chord charts, or how to play rhythm and lead guitar in the playing style of your choice by offering you the opportunity to learn more than 30 note-for-note guitar song DVD guitar lessons. Click here! to read the Next Level Guitar Review
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Plus Learn More Than 30 Note-For-Note Guitar Songs! By Next Level Guitar Click here! to go to Next Level Guitar Website Additional guitar tablature resources such as newly released tablature books and sheet music can be found at Sheet Music Plus who offers the world's largest inventory for sheet music and tablature for all instruments. For accurate sheet music and guitar tabs that you can purchase or download, see All Sheet Music & Tablature Selections
Guitar Tablature Software Also known as guitar tablature writing programs, this type of software will allow you to write and create your own guitar tablature you can share with friends, publish your creations to web pages as well as keep track of all your favorite tabs on your pc. To Learn More About Guitar Tablature Software, visit Musician's Friend and type in the search box, the term "Guitar Tablature Software" for a list of the newest available professional products available, and at the best prices.
Learning Software & Training Tools If learning how to play note for note songs is a goal of yours, then you'll want to make it as easy as possible. There are 2 very important tools that can assist you in learning the songs of your choice. Tool #1 is called Song Surgeon.
This tool will increase your playing ability by 667%!, by allowing you to slow down any song to make it easier to learn and has additional helpful features that you surely want to see! Learn More About Song Surgeon... Tool #2 is called Video Surgeon. This additional amazing song learning software tool will allow you to learn how to play any song that you can find on video from sites like YouTube and others that offer videos of your favorite tunes. This tool allows you to slow down the video, zoom in, change the pitch, create loop points to make practicing easy, rips DVDs, which allows you to get more from your existing DVD guitar lessons, and also use the footage on your video camera.
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Make A Regular Practice Schedule Focus is the keyword here. Practice scales and chords separately. Scales have different finger movements that focus on each individual fret hand finger playing each single note at a time, as opposed to chords requiring you to place your fret hand fingers in position and then, applying pressure while holding the chord down long enough to strum it. The average radio airplay song is around 3 minutes long. Some songs may be as long as 8 to 10 minutes. During the course of most songs, a guitar solo being derived from guitar scales is usually less than 60 seconds, often much shorter. Which means, the rest of the time you will be playing chords and strumming the rhythm. You'll be surprised how tired your hand can get if you're playing a song that requires you to play a lot of barre chords. Although, there are certain tools you can buy to increase your hand strength, like guitar grip exercise tools, there is really no better practice than actually playing the guitar. While tools like the guitar grip exercise tool will strengthen your entire hand and wrist, which will build strength and make playing easier, playing the guitar will do the same as well. It increases the finger coordination of each lead guitar solo lick that you
play and it will help you become more coordinated, changing and switching to different chords while you play songs. If you're serious about learning the guitar, then the old fashioned rule of practicing a minimum of 1 hour per day should apply to you. If you want to reach the professional level of playing the guitar and become a professional musician who gets paid to play music for a living, then you should practice as many hours each day as you can fit into your schedule. Many professional musicians practice 8 hours or more on a daily basis. Don't frown upon practice. Practicing is something you should look forward to and want to do if you
really want to play the guitar. And each practice session will get you one step closer to your goal, whether you want to play just for fun and strum a few songs around the campfire, or wish to soon be playing on a big stage and getting paid.
Learn The Names Of The Notes On The Fretboard Learning the names of the guitar notes and where to find them on the neck (fretboard) of the guitar is surely one of the most important things for every guitarist to learn. To help you get started, watch these free video clips that are samples from my SKYPE webcam music lessons.
SKYPE Webcam Lesson Sample The Names Of The Guitar Notes Sample 2 - Names Of The Guitar Notes Sharps & Flats For an additional easy to learn diagram that will help you learn the names of the notes, see this free lesson: The Names Of The Guitar Notes To learn more about reading guitar chord charts Download this free guitar E-book from Next Level Guitar.
Learning Guitar Chords & Strumming Technique There are 2 parts to learning how to play songs on the guitar when strumming easy to play guitar songs. One is to learn the guitar chords and train your fret hand how to switch back and forth between the different chords that you play. Secondly is to train your pick hand how to strum the strings on the guitar.
Easy To Play Guitar Chords There are literally thousands of guitar chords to learn. There is also often more than one way to play certain chords, by using different frethand fingerings. Some chords are easy to play and are used to play most all popular easy to play songs, while other chords are complex and hard to play, and may be a chord or chords that you'd only use once in a lifetime. There are so many guitar chords to learn, that a total beginner might ask "where do I start"? To be a well rounded guitarist, it's important to learn as many chords as you can. Especially the hard to play ones like Barre Chords that will allow you to play many different songs without constantly having to change frethand fingerings. Barre chords will also produce a much fuller and thicker professional sound. Click here! to watch Dan Denley's Free guitar barre chords video Lesson And learn how to turn 1 guitar barre chord shape, into 36 different chords! See all lessons offered by Dan Denley of Guitar Zoom.com However, there are some very easy chords that you can start learning right away, that are known as 5th chords (also called guitar power chords), which will allow you to easily play almost any song. Guitar power chords are used by all professional guitarists and are very easy to play because you don't have to constantly switch fingers to play different chords.
All you need to use is 2 fingers and simply move the chords up or down the neck to play different guitar chords. To learn more about playing guitar power chords and guitar barre chords, watch these free guitar chords lessons by Marty Schwartz. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLAYING GUITAR CHORDS IN A DROP D TUNING SEE THIS VIDEO BY DAN DENLEY 6 Minute Guitar Drop D
Practice Slow A big mistake any guitar player can make when learning something new is to play too fast. Often this will cause you to miss notes and important techniques along the way. Chances are, if you can't play something correctly at slow speed, you won't be able to play it right at fast speed either. Instead, start slow and then gradually increase your speed each time as you continue to practice until you have obtained the speed you desire.
Trim Your Fingernails If you're having trouble getting good sounding notes whether you're playing a guitar chord or single notes, a good thing to troubleshoot for is the length of your fingernails on your fret hand. When your fingernails are too long, they will hit the fretboard before your finger can apply pressure to the string or strings, which will prevent you from pushing down hard enough to produce good sounding notes. Trim your nails and push down hard at first until you have developed good callouses. This will improve the sound of the notes and chords that you play.
Practice Arpeggios An arpeggio is defined as a guitar chord played as single notes. Although an arpeggio is a guitar chord, when played as single notes, it is widely used as part of many guitar solos by the best of professional guitar players such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, only to mention a few. For students who choose to learn using SKYPE Guitar Lessons, I offer the opportunity for you to learn guitar chord formulas for major and minor arpeggios, including the famous known "Sweep Picking" technique. These are among the most common used and played arpeggios. However, any guitar chord can be played as an arpeggio. If you're interested in taking your ability to play guitar to the extreme, then make sure to make practicing arpeggios a part of your practice routine.
Learn Guitar Scales
Learning guitar scales is the best way to learn what "makes the guitar tick" as an instrument. An amazing fact that many guitarist never learn or realize, is that everything played on the guitar comes from guitar scales. That includes guitar chords, guitar riffs, lead guitar licks that are used to derive lead guitar solos, as well as melody and harmony parts. There are many scales for a guitarist to learn. Here is a list of Guitar Scales that I can teach you using SKYPE Webcam Guitar Lessons. The Major Scale Formula The Minor Relative Scale (that will teach you how to create your own harmony parts) The 7 modes of the Major Scale which include Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. The Phrygian Dominant Scale - Widely used for Spanish & Mexican Guitar Music as well as Surf Guitar Music (one of the favorite scales used by Surf Guitar King "Dick Dale" who's song "Missrilou" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Pulp Fiction. The Harmonic Minor Scale (known to many as The Gypsy Scale) which produces a far-eastern sound and is widely used by great players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and many more... The Hungarian Minor Scale The Diminished Scale & Run, which was favored by original Ozzy guitarist "Randy Rhoads" and even Jazz Guitar Great's such as Joe Pass and Brian Setzer who was the guitarist for the "Stray Cats" who now performs as a solo artist called the "Brian Setzer Orchestra". The Actual Blues Scale - used for Blues & Modern Country as well as Heavy Metal, Jazz, Funk and most all music styles. The Pentatonic Major Scale & Run that produces the famous sound known as "Country Twang" and is widely used by everyone from Brent Mason, Brad Paisley and other Nashville greats, as well as all Southern Rock artist & groups The Pentatonic Minor Scale & Run which is considered to be the very most common scale used by all guitarist that's used in combination with the Major Pentatonic scale to obtain just about every sound you can imagine, from the music style's of Roy Clark & Johnny Cash, to B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan for a country or blues sound and is also considered to be the roots of Rock, Classic Rock, and Heavy Metal and will produce the sounds of Angus Young of AC/DC, Slash, Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and thousands more professional guitarist.
Tips For Playing Lead Guitar
Guitar scales are the one thing that lead guitarists rely on. All guitar leads are derived and come from one guitar scale or another, or... combinations of different scales. Here are samples of what you'll learn from my SKYPE Webcam Guitar Lessons A very good reason to learn guitar scales is that your ear will learn to identify the difference in sound between major, minor and all other scales and modes. This will dramatically help you when you're trying to learn lead guitar solos of your favorite songs by ear. When listening to songs, you'll catch yourself in a "ah ha" moment, saying to yourself... "That lead solo was based upon the A major scale", or... "Hey! I know what scale that guy played. It was B minor scale". These are samples of what I offer students to learn when taking Private Taught Online Guitar Lessons Free Guitar Lesson - Sample 1 Gypsy Guitar Scales Lesson Free Guitar Lesson - Sample 2 Blues Rhythm Guitar Blues Lead Guitar Solo Licks Lesson
This next video is a sample of how to use guitar chords played as arpeggios to play a guitar solo. Free Video Sample 1 Easy To Play 4 Note Guitar Solo Below are sample videos of guitar scales in use from only a few of the wide variety of different Guitar Styles that I teach to students who choose to learn using my Private Taught SKYPE Webcam Guitar Lessons.
Learn Guitar Styles Free Video Sample 2 Guitar Solo Licks to Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Child" Free Video Sample 3 - Zakk Wylde Style "Purple Haze Intro Solo" Free Video Sample 4 Zakk Wylde Style - Lead Guitar Solo to "Purple Haze" David Gilmour Style
with a touch of "Van Halen" David Gilmour Guitar Effects & Sound Tips Video Try A SKYPE Webcam Trial Lesson To get started learning the music styles you like today! An additional great guitar course that will teach you all about guitar scales and how to apply the actual guitar techniques like hammer-on, pull-off's, string bends... And will also teach you how to improvise your own guitar solos. Is a course called Solofire that's taught by Steve Stine. Steve is known as the "Professor of Modern Guitar" at ND State University. He's played lead guitar in dozens of bands. Toured U.S. and UK extensively. He's been a studio musician (one the most challenging gigs as a guitarist) for radio and TV. See Solofire 6 DVD - Lead Guitar Course See all lessons offered by Steve Stine The more you learn about the guitar and master it as an instrument, the less you will have to depend on learning songs from DVDs, tablature books or other resources.
Use A Metronome What is a metronome? It is a tool that will teach you how to "keep time" and develop faster playing skills. Most all guitarists use this tool to make fast and skilled improvements. A Metronome will allow you to use the ticker to track your own progress with each scale or arpeggio that you play. It will also allow you to gradually increase the tempo every day or week so you can see yourself making improvements!
Free Online Metronome You can use this free metronome to start working on your timing skills and increase your speed. This is a great tool to use for practicing certain skills like "alternate picking" when practicing your guitar scales. You can set the metronome to your current playing level or a tempo that's easy for you, and to start making improvements on your speed so that you can get quicker each time you play. Simply choose the next level and as you practice guitar scales, use alternate picking (which means to pick: down, up, down, up, ....) which will help you develop a much faster pick hand technique that you can also apply to all your guitar licks and guitar solos. Just wind up the clicker and adjust the tempo buttons to match your current skill level and start practicing and improving today!
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Try Using Different Size Guitar Picks There's more than 1 reason why you should try using different size guitar picks. Guitar picks come in small or thin, medium and heavy gauges. Some have rounded edges and others have a pointed edge, making each guitar pick capable of producing different sounds while you play. Choosing the right guitar pick or picks is a matter of preference for each
guitar player. Try experimenting with different sized picks and choose what feels the most comfortable to you. Often a smaller or thinner pick will work good for strumming. A thicker pick often works better for practicing scales as it allows you to hone in and focus on each note of the scale you're playing. It also makes it easier for you to identify if you have played an incorrect note by making the sound of each note sound louder. Another thing to consider is that some picks are made of cheap plastic, others made of alloys like steel, while some are made of nylon and are known as being unbreakable. My personal preference is called the "Jim Dunlop Nylon" size .48 MM . I use it for overall playing in the studio and live on stage.
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Watch Other Guitar Players Seeing is learning. You will be amazed just how much you can learn by watching other guitar players at their live performances. This will also give you inspiration and is a great way to see what songs look easy to learn and play.
Study Your Influences Studying your influences and their influences, who inspired them, and by listening to their music will provide you many ideas how your favorite players developed their playing style. It will also give you ideas how to develop your own unique style of playing the guitar.
Learn Song Formats All songs are written differently. Many are written using the same 3 chords. Others are more complex and can seem like many songs all put together as one. To give you a better idea of a very commonly used song format, and books that can help teach you more about songwriting, see this article
Set A Goal To Learn A Note-For-Note Song If you have been to concerts to see your favorite artist or group, then you may know by now that many times even the original artist may often change the way they play their songs live, while others remain to duplicate each song note-for-note.
135 Easy Guitar Song Lessons
Here are a few very easy to play guitar songs for you to give a try, taught by Marty Schwartz. There's more than 135 lessons that teach everything from Acoustic Country Blues in the Style of Johnny Cash, to Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, U2, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, G-N-R, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Dave Mathews, Lenny Kravitz, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Neil Young, the Beatles, Van Morrison, BB King, Jane's Addiction, Lynryd skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix, Sublime, Grateful Dead, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Motley Crue and more rare and hard to find easy to play classic hit song lessons. Some of the videos you can watch free. Or you can get Marty's free 3-day trial and watch and learn from all the great lessons Marty offers on his site.
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Part of a good music learning program is for a good music teacher to give you a recital to learn. It could be a classical music piece by Beethoven or a note-for-note song for you to learn, to memorize and to perform by Ozzy or Green Day. Learning songs note for note will teach you how the artist applied the actual guitar techniques inside the chords and scales like hammer-ons, pull-offs, string bends etc.. It will provide you with insight and direction how you can apply those same techniques in your own original songs. Once you have learned a song note-for-note, you will discover that you're inspired to learn even more songs. You can showcase your talent and ability to copy a note-for-note song to play for others, who will idolize and respect you for your devotion and dedication to have put forth such an effort to be able to play any song note-for-note just as the original artist had recorded it. I believe that anyone can do this by learning one small part at a time and memorizing each part slowly as they go. A big mistake any player can make is trying to learn everything all at once. I have learned some songs that I play note for note that took more than 1 year to learn. Others only took one day, maybe two. It all depends how complex or how hard the song is. It's very hard to rely on the free guitar tab sites to find accurate note-for-note guitar songs. Many of those tabs are submitted by anyone and everyone who owns a guitar and wants their quick claim to fame by being the one who figured it all out for you to learn. And there's really nothing more aggravating than learning a song incorrectly, getting it stuck in your head then having to back track and start all over again while trying to find some resource of learning it correctly. Then you have to try to pound it back into your head that "this is the right way to play it".
Copyright protection prevents many qualified musicians to provide you with quality instruction guitar lessons that will actually teach you how to play any song note for note, regardless of them being guitar teachers, free tab sites or sites that sell guitar instruction methods. After spending more than 10 long years of research, the best DVD Note-For-Note Guitar Song lessons I have found that WILL teach you how to play all of the most popular songs are offered by NextLevelGuitar.com. These songs are played by most every cover band who gets paid to play music full time as professional working musicians.
Improvisation Improvise means to create or make your own. A good place to begin experimenting is by using the pentatonic minor scale to start making up your own guitar solo licks and play along with a blues guitar rhythm. Blues is considered the best music for musicians to "play what they feel". You should also try playing in different keys and just play what you feel or what sounds best to you. The possibilities are limitless. Improvising is one of the things I enjoy teaching students best, and is offered and included for the students I teach privately - who learn from my SKYPE Webcam lessons. SEE ALL BLUES DVD & VIDEO LESSONS
Practice With Jam Along Tracks Of course it's a great idea to jam with other guitar players and other musicians. Chances are that no matter who you jam with, you will both end up learning something new or different. However, there are those who will criticize your every wrong move. Don't let this bother you or be intimidated. If you want to become a better player, take it in stride and learn to accept constructive criticism. It can often be a huge help, just like recording yourself and playing back what you recorded, to listen for mistakes and finding ways for you to improve. A good way to record yourself playing is to use a porta studio A porta studio will allow you to record your practice sessions and will also let you to record yourself playing more than one part to a song. It can be used to record your own original songs and even make a demo recording for your band. You can also use a porta studio to record your own jam tracks to practice with.
It's like having your own personal recording studio in the privacy of your own home. The advantage of using jam tracks to play along with is, you can do in private, nobody will be there to criticize you when you're developing your skills or if you hit a wrong note. That's what jam tracks are used for. They allow you to play along and practice and improvise so you can become a better guitar player and develop new ideas to add to your own playing style. There are some free resources you can find online that offer play along jam tracks for guitar. However, some of those are created using midi or synth recordings. They sound mechanical like a computer instead of sounding like an actual live band. One good resource for free guitar jam tracks you can find at: http://guitar-wav.com/ If you're looking for high quality guitar jam tracks that come complete with lessons which actually teach you how to jam to or play along to each individual track, I would recommend for you to see the additional lessons that are offered by David Taub of Next Level Guitar.
Click here! to view the Jam Track Lessons offered by Next Level Guitar All of my SKYPE taught students, receive access to literally thousand's of FREE Jam Tracks, some of which you can even customize, along with access to my very own favorite jam tracks that I use specifically to show students how to improvise to and create and make up their own lead guitar solos. The Free Bonus Jam Tracks come in all music styles, and actual songs by your favorite artist or group to jam along to, playing your favorite tunes! I specialize in teaching "Improvising" and having the ability to play a solo to any song and how to add guitar tricks like finger tapping and whammy bar & vibrato bar techniques, which guitar effects pedals to use to obtain the sound that you want... And the Free Bonus Jam Tracks for SKYPE taught students, I personally
chose to teach you so that you'd know which guitar chords to play with the correct guitar scales, and which scales harmonize. Then you'll learn how to create your own duel lead guitar solos and even learn how
to use guitar chords played as arpeggios to play a lead solo. This will dramatically improve your playing, allow you to know "what to play" when jamming with other musician's, or even write songs
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Turn Your Weakness Into Your Strength A big mistake some players make is becoming comfortable or satisfied with something easy they discovered they could play. But when they come across something more difficult, they may often choose to "cop out", so to speak, or walk away from what could be the next biggest improvement to their playing. Just as trainers in sports look for weaknesses in their players, be honest with yourself and look for your own weak areas. You know what needs to be developed into better skills. Work on those areas of your playing until you are confident that you have turned your weakness into your strength. This will often help break the dilemma of "stage fright" or playing in front of others. No guitar player feels comfortable playing something that they're really not quite sure about or may not sound the best at playing. By making the weak areas of your playing into strong points, you'll feel confident and good about what you play and may even become anxious to show off to others just how well you've done in mastering each and every new skill!
Transcribe Music A good tip I always share with my privately taught students is, that they should learn how to write guitar tab.
If you can write tabs it will surely be easier for you to read it and make learning your favorite songs that are taught using guitar tabs much easier for you. To Learn More About Guitar Tablature Software, visit Musician's Friend and type in the search box, the term "Guitar Tablature Software" for a list of the newest available professional products available, and at the best prices.
What Is The Best Guitar To Start On? Acoustic vs. Electric
There is a huge difference between acoustic and electric guitars. Acoustic guitars have bigger bodies, making them harder to hold on to and also have bigger (thicker) necks, which often makes it harder for a beginner to wrap their fret hand around. Most acoustic guitars also have thicker gauged strings making it harder for a beginner to push down on. This also makes it more difficult to produce good sounding notes and harder to play chords. Electric guitars have a smaller body, smaller or thinner strings and are easier to hold on to and much easier to play. The next time you visit your local music store, make sure to try playing both types of guitars and compare the difference in size and comfort between an acoustic and electric guitar. Chances are that more than likely you will find the electric guitar much easier to hold and play. There is also the option to choose to play the acoustic-electric guitar, which is an acoustic guitar with electric guitar components allowing you to play through an amplifier. Many modern acoustic-electric guitars now come in smaller sizes and are easy to play like most standard electric guitars. This is where it really pays off to spend time trying out different guitars to see which type of guitar seems easier for you to play. Be aware. Don't fall for that old fashioned sales pitch that most music dealers will tell you, which is "you need to start on an acoustic".
Most are simply trying to sell you an acoustic guitar for one reason only.
Once you have learned the basics and have developed your skills and may want to choose keep moving forward graduating to playing lead guitar, they make the extra sale and have sold you 2 guitars. You can play lead guitar on both the electric and acoustic guitar. However, the acoustic guitar is most often limited in how many frets it may have, which means you can only play so far up on the neck. Some acoustic guitars are called a "cutaway", which means, the lower half of the guitar body is designed especially to make it easier for you to play up higher on the neck of the guitar. But the most dramatic difference for anyone who knows that they eventually want to play lead guitar is, acoustic guitars are hard to perform "string bends", which is surely one of the very most important guitar techniques for any lead guitarist. Whether you chose to start learning on an acoustic or electric guitar, choosing your very first guitar to learn on could be the most important choice you ever make. If you get a guitar that's hard to play because of it's size or design, you can easily become discouraged and just simply give up. Choosing a guitar that's right for you that feels comfortable to hold and easy to play will make learning and playing fun and encourages you to practice more.
Choosing Guitar Strings And Accessories Having good guitar strings is very important. I couldn't tell you just how many times a new student would arrive with a guitar that was in good shape, but the strings were old and rusted. Strings wear out and loose their sound after a period of time. Once that happens They become nearly impossible to keep in tune. If you're just learning how to play, then make sure that you start off with a good set of strings. The brand of guitar strings you choose to use isn't as important as the fact that they're new and will produce a much better tone and overall sound. Just like guitar picks, guitar strings come in different sizes (referred to as gauges) most often starting with the smallest string, high e or small e string. For an example, when purchasing a new electric guitar, most guitars will come with .009 gauge. Some professional guitar players (Stevie Ray Vaughan for example) use the next thicker gauge string, which started with .010 gauge, to
produce a heavier, thicker and more full sound. I'll break this down for you even more, so you can see exactly what I'm talking about and the difference in the size of the strings. The size of guitar strings that begin with .009 gauge are determined as follows... * * * * * *
The The The The The The
very smallest string (small e/or high e) starts with .009 2nd string, or next larger string (B string) is a .011 gauge 3rd string, or next larger string (G string) is a .016 gauge 4th string, or next larger string (D string) is a .024 gauge 5th string, or next larger string (A string) is a .032 gauge 6th string, or largest string (Low E string) is a .042 gauge
The size of guitar strings that begin with .010 gauge are determined as follows... * * * * * *
The The The The The The
very smallest string (small e/or high e) starts with .010 2nd string, or next larger string (B string) is a .013 gauge 3rd string, or next larger string (G string) is a .017 gauge 4th string, or next larger string (D string) is a .026 gauge 5th string, or next larger string (A string) is a .036 gauge 6th string, or largest string (Low E string) is a .046 gauge
The gauge of strings you choose is important. Lighter or smaller gauged strings are going to be easier to push down though they sound a little 'smaller' in tone. If you're just getting started at learning to play the guitar, I recommend a lighter gauge string set until you have developed good callouses on the finger tips of your fret hand. This will help eliminate much of the unwanted pain and soreness that's all a part of becoming a guitarist and developing new callouses and it will help make it easier for you to play. Heavier strings will increase your sustain and volume but they're also harder to push down. Try experimenting the next couple times you buy new strings to see which guitar strings work best for you. Additional good advice is to take care of your guitar strings by wiping them down with a cloth when you're done playing. Your hands contain oils that you may not even notice, which come from alloys at your work (for example, if you work as a mechanic) and also come from things like eating deep fried foods like french fries. Because of this fact, strings often get corroded and loose their tone or new sound. It's also a very good idea to wash your hands before you play. This will minimize the oil transfer from your fingers to your guitar strings so your strings will last longer. Most music stores will give you a fair deal on what's called a "string and tune" job. That could cost you anywhere between $20.00 to $40.00 (give or take) depending on the music store.
This usually includes other VERY important work that may need to be done to your guitar, like checking the "intonation" to make sure the neck of your guitar is in correct alignment so that everything that you play sounds right. What happens when a guitar is out of alignment? When you play a guitar chord down low on the neck of the guitar (near the guitar tuning pegs), it will sound in tune. Then if you try to play the same chord up higher on the neck of the guitar, it will sound completely out of tune. While adding new strings and making sure that your guitar is in alignment and tip top shape for you to begin playing. Often many music stores have expensive prices on smaller items like picks and strings. But hey, that's how they make a living and stay in business. In regards to music gear of any type, no matter what you're looking to buy can be a difficult choice. If you compare shopping at your local music store to shopping at a music store online, there are advantages and disadvantages. Price differences is one of them. Often you can save a lot of hard earned money by shopping online at online music stores! A disadvantage of shopping online is you can't try it before you buy it like you can at your local music store. However, most all online music stores that can save you a lot of money, do offer a money back and satisfaction guarantee, while many local music dealers may only offer you half of your money back if you return an item. Once you leave the store with your new purchase, they consider it "used" and will tell you the value of your new instrument has depreciated in half. Online Music Stores will allow you sometimes as much as 30 to 45 days to return your purchase if you're not fully satisfied. Click here! to compare prices on guitar strings
Play On Good Equipment
You don't need a huge stack of Marshall Guitar Amps in order to sound good. But depending on what type of amplifier you currently own, play or practice on, you could be missing some of the key elements of sound. One which would be "reverb". If your amp doesn't have an effect called reverb, everything you play could sound dry or flat, meaning that the sound doesn't seem to carry out the way it does on recordings you hear. Reverb adds an effect that sounds like your playing in a big concert hall and makes the sound "carry out", giving you a much more professional sound. If you're looking for a heavy rock sound and can't seem to get the grunge sound you want from your amplifier, you may be missing an effect known as "distortion". These days, even most smaller practice amps offer these effects. The next time you visit your local music dealer, ask them if you can try out an amplifier that has "reverb" and "distortion". You may be surprised at the amazing difference in sound. These effects can be purchased separately as individual effects (or as part of a multi-effects pedal) see Guitar Effects Pedals. See the best online music stores that offer guitar amps that offer reverb, distortion, built-in effects and more.
Leave Your Guitar Where You Can Easily Access It This is HUGE help. Many guitarist make it a habit of always keeping their guitar in its case or in their gig bag. That's a good habit to develop to make sure your guitar is kept well protected. However, many times, once the guitar is put in the case, that's often where it stays. A good idea is to get a guitar stand or guitar wall hanger where you can keep your guitar near your favorite practice place. That way, every time you walk by it and feel inspired, you can easily access it and grab it for some additional extra practice.
Listen To All Types Of Music And Other Instruments Music appreciation for all music styles is often a huge part of any professional music classroom that teaches students to be a well rounded musician. If your main interest is rock music, you'd be surprised how many other forms of music also contain cool sounding rock licks, like country,
jazz or blues music. Blues is considered to be the foundation of rock, jazz and much country and even heavy metal, for its use of the pentatonic scales which are the most commonly used scales for lead guitar solos. Listening to other styles of music and instruments can be a huge inspiration and provide you with many new different ideas that you can apply to your favorite style of music.
Study Other Players Styles This is one of the best ways to learn and see how professional guitarists apply different types of chord progressions, guitar techniques and lead guitar patterns. Often, a guitarist will develop a certain technique or techniques which they will use in several songs and have developed into their playing style, which is a huge part of their sound. A good example for comparison would be to compare the guitar finger tapping techniques that were used by Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, original Ozzy guitarist. On many of Eddie's early recordings, one of his most recognized techniques, like the one you can hear on the song "You Really Got Me", was a combination of the following techniques that he adapted and used in several Van Halen songs, including his "Eruption" guitar solo... Tap/Pull-off/Hammer-on. One of guitarist Randy Rhoads' favorite techniques that he used in several Ozzy songs such as "Crazy Train", "Flying High Again" and "Randy's Live Guitar Solo" were in the following combination. Tap/Pull-off/Tap/Pull-off/Pull-off/Hammer-on. Studying different playing styles is also a great way to see how guitar players like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin used the natural minor scale to create the opening lead guitar solo lick to the song "Stairway To Heaven", Or how players like Kirk Hammett of Metallica used the B Phrygian mode on the guitar solo to the song "Fade To Black". Learning different playing styles will give you many new ideas on how to adapt guitar scales, techniques and different chord progressions to your playing style and will make you a much better and well rounded guitarist. Click here! To Watch All Free Guitar Lesson Video Samples and Download Free Guitar Tabs which are samples from my original DVD series that you can now learn taking my private taught SKYPE lessons.
You'll notice a major difference between the old videos from the new additions. The original videos were filmed in 1995, however have the most important information as a complete guitar course. They simply can't be re-duplicated. After spending a fortune, we now are using Top Of The Line video recording - nearly like Hollywood. And our SKPE lessons have the best quality of all to assure SKYPE taught students with the best possible online learning experience. We have the best web cams and provide you with extreme close up footage and different angles so you can see "exactly" what you're learning. Students are also welcome to record each Private Taught SKYPE Lesson and create and keep their own library of each Private Taught Lesson.
Learn From A Qualified Teacher Finding a "good" or "qualified" teacher can often be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Many teachers will gladly take your money and only show you bits and pieces of either boring exercises or other things that you really don't want to learn, which may only become to be confusing to you and make you feel like you need to keep coming back to lessons for more answers. A good teacher will show you the things you need to know to get started that will prevent you from developing bad habits right from the beginning. He / She will go out of his/her way to show an interest in you as a student, as well as show and provide you with the basics of what it is you truly want to learn. So don't be strung along by a teacher who isn't doing the job for you. I had a huge successful rate of students, and taught literally thousands in my 3 decades as a private guitar teacher, by showing them what they needed to know to get started. Something fun and easy that sounded cool to play and, of course, teaching them the theory they needed to know, which is the same theory I teach students on SKYPE. In fact, more than 99% of all my students left their very first lesson being able to play the Christmas traditional "Silent Night" as well as being able to play some easy fun guitar riffs by either Black Sabbath or Metallica, which gave them a huge amount of inspiration, making them want to learn even more. Learning the guitar can either be fun and easy, or it can be hard, confusing and frustrating. It all depends on who your teacher is or who is showing you how to play. You won't need to take guitar lessons for the rest of your life in order to play the guitar. But it's a very good idea to make sure that those first few guitar chords you learn are correct and that your first few lessons provide you with much inspiration and motivation to "keep practicing" the guitar.
A good online service that can help locate a guitar teacher near you is http://www.findaguitarteacher.com
Teach Others Once you learn the basics of how to play guitar chords and guitar scales and have a few easy to play songs under your belt that you can teach to others, it's a good idea for you to test your waters and try teaching a few students of your own. Why? Because students will ask you questions, and many times they will be questions you may not be sure how to answer, which will force you to find those answers, therefor... making you a much smarter and well rounded guitar player and guitar teacher. If teaching guitar is an interest of yours, then make sure to see this article: How To Teach Beginner Guitar
Guitar Lessons For Children Often many of the explanations of how to play the guitar that are taugh to children of young ages, can seem difficult or confusing as they are still in the process or learning how to read and count numbers. If your child is interested in learning how to play the guitar, I would recommend that you look into
Kids Rock Guitar Lessons
by Steve Stine
This is a great guitar learning program for young children that makes learning all of the important basics fun and easy and will obtain and keep your childs interest in their first early stages of learning how to play the guitar.
My Last & Best Advice For Practice 1) Set Reasonable Goals
Don't set unrealistic goals for yourself. Take small pieces to practice each day. A good practice method is to divide your time into 2 things. One is to spend half of your practice time "learning" what you want to play. Spend the other half of your practice time practicing what you did learn to make it sound the best you can when you play.
2) Try To Avoid Frustration The old saying "patience is a virtue" certainly applies to learning new skills on the guitar. There will be some chords, scales and songs you learn and you will find yourself saying "wow! that was easy"... And there will be other things that you try to learn that could very well at times leave you wanting to throw your guitar across the room in a fit of anger. If any guitar player you know denies that, they are simply not telling the truth. Learn to walk away when things get a bit too rough and then come back
later and try again. Sometimes giving yourself a few moments to think and digest what you have so far learned is a very big help before continuing to move forward in your practice routine. Take a deep breath, relax and take it one step at a time, whether you're
practicing an exercise, a song, or developing a certain skill or technique.
3) Avoid Getting Stuck In A Rut Don't get stuck on something that seems to be giving you too much difficulty. There are some songs and exercises when you are first learning, that you just can't get perfect or seem to get right at first.. If you find this happening to you, then move on to a new exercise or song and make practicing fun. Eventually you will learn and master all of your playing skills by using this approach.
4) Don't Give Up One of my favorite guitarists is the late Randy Rhoads, who was the original Ozzy guitarist playing on the song "Crazy Train". His guitar work on the first 2 Ozzy albums was phenomenal. I recall reading an interview by Randy and he claimed that his "strength was his determination". If you are truly serious about wanting to learn and play the
guitar you need to devote yourself to doing so. Just like learning how to read and spell or learning any new skill, you will eventually get there and will then be rewarded with your new skills as guitar player. So devote yourself, go slow, take it one step at a time and always try to make practicing fun. These are things I have learned over the years as a professional guitarist and guitar instructor of more than 30 years, and also the same things I have shared with all of my student's that helped each and every single one learning the easy way to learn how to play the guitar. I truly hope these tips help you, too!
In Closing I'll be keeping in touch and will keep you updated on new learning methods and new useful tools and music products by sending an occasional e-mail from time to time in the near future. In the meantime if you have any additional questions, I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to send me a personal e-mail and I'll do my my best to give you a fast and speedy reply. Warm Regards,
Scott Morris - You Can Play Guitar http://www.guitartabbooks.com
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