Guitar Tricks and Tips

how to change guitar strings

How To Change Guitar Strings

As a beginner, when you notice that your guitar has oxidized, rusty and dull looking strings, it’s time for you to change them. It may be intimidating because you’re scared of not being able to tune the …


 

wound steel strings

Guitar String Type And Composition

There are generally 2 types of guitar strings i.e. unwound strings and wound strings. Let’s talk about steel strings first…


 

string gauge

String Gauge And How It Affects You And Your Guitar

String gauge is the diameter or width of string which is measured in thousandths of an inch (0.001 in or 0.0254mm). All major string manufacturers provide traditional measurements in inch but some…


 

guitar strings

How To Extend The Life Of Your Guitar Strings

Guitar strings especially steel guitar strings can be worn out and then snapped easily. Some guitarists replace them every week, some every month and some every 3 months. Now you may ask how often…


 

guitar store

How To Buy A Guitar

Buying a guitar is quite a complicated process and it can be a bit of a mystery and intimidating process for beginners. If you don’t know the in’s and out’s then the chances are you could end up buying it at…


 

parts of a guitar

The Parts Of A Guitar

It’s important for a beginner to learn the parts of a guitar before he/she even starts to learn how to play the guitar. This is a fundamental knowledge about the guitar. There are many different…


 

guitar maintenance

Guitar Maintenance 101

If you own a guitar especially an expensive one, you should learn how to take good care of it so that it will last longer. You sure don’t want your guitar to look dirty, cracked or totally out of shape. There…


 

how to protect your guitar

How To Protect Your Guitar & Make It Last Longer

Last year a friend of mine flew overseas for 2 years and left his Shergold Masquerade Guitar in the shed — fully strung…


 

how to hold a guitar pick

How To Hold A Guitar Pick

Most people know what a guitar pick is. But just in case you don’t know, it’s a small teardrop shaped piece of flat tool used to pick or strike the strings on a guitar in order to make sound. It’s also…


 

how to hold a guitar properly

How To Hold A Guitar Properly

This lesson will teach you how to hold either an electric or acoustic guitar. Let’s talk about the most common way of holding a guitar…


 

how to tune a guitar

How To Tune A Guitar

Every time before you play your guitar, you should always get the instrument in tune. As a beginner, tuning guitar is going to take you five minutes or more. However, once you get the hang of it, you can…


 

how to read guitar tablature

How To Read Guitar Tablature (Tab)

Guitar Tablature is a simple notation system that tells you how a song is played in guitar. Usually, it contains six lines which represent six strings on the guitar. Each of the strings has its own name. For the …


 

how to change chords quickly

How To Change Chords Quickly

Basically, figuring out where to put your fingers on the fretboard is not at all tough. Physical finger coordination and the ability to keep the rhythm without pause while changing chords are the most…


 

acoustic guitar

The Acoustic World

We’ve all dreamt of that moment where we’ve finally saved up enough cash to get our dream acoustic. Whether you just want one on the side to enhance your playing skills, or you want to be known…


 how to ease finger soreness while learning guitar

How To Ease Finger Soreness While Learning Guitar

Every guitar player in the world had sore fingertips when they first learned how to play the guitar. Our fingertips are very sensitive because they contain a lot of nerve endings. That’s why it’s…


 

alternate picking

Alternate Picking

Alternate picking is a right hand technique using a guitar pick to strike strings in alternating downstroke and upstroke continuously. It is widely used in almost all kinds of music styles, from jazz to heavy …


 

new guitar software to help improve your playing

New Guitar Software To Help Improve Your Playing

After hours of struggling along in front of your computer, completing your homework, work reports, university assessments, or what not, you head for your guitar to let the keyboard typing tension flow…


 

how to reduce feedback when you play

How To Reduce Feedback When You Play

If you’ve performed live on stage or even a casual jam with your friends at band practice — one of the most annoying things guitarists have is a thing called FEEDBACK…


 

interval in music theory

Interval In Music Theory

In music theory, the interval is the basic unit of measurement. It’s the distance between one pitch/note to another. The notes that sound successively is called a melodic (horizontal) interval whereas…


 

scale degree in music theory

Scale Degree In Music Theory

Scale degrees are the names of the notes in a musical scale. They are most commonly applied to eight-note diatonic scales such as major scales and natural minor scales…


 

how the chords are formed

How The Chords Are Formed

Chords are formed by arranging the notes from a particular scale vertically. They are played simultaneously to produce a harmonic tone. If you know the major chord in any key and spelling or formula…


 

chord inversions

Chord Inversions

To understand what are chord inversions, we have to learn what is root-position chord first. A root-position chord is known as the parent chord of its inversions. For instance, a C major triad (triad is a…


 

chromatic scale

Chromatic Scale

Chromatic Scale can be considered as the mother of all scales and chords in most Western music. It encompasses 12 notes with each note half step (semitone) away from the adjacent note. If you play…


 

diatonic scale

Diatonic Scale

In music theory, a diatonic scale is a musical scale with 7 different notes and an eight note which repeats the first note (Tonic) at an octave higher…


 

how to play by ear

How To Play By Ear

For most, the thought of picking up their guitar, walking over to the radio, and playing along to whatever is on is a fantasy. I’ll be completely honest, many guitarists will never attain that fantasy…



online guitar lessons versus private guitar lessons

Online Guitar Lessons Versus Private Guitar Lessons

Nowadays, online guitar lessons have become more and more popular in the community of guitar players. Many of the guitarists who spent a lot of time and money in the past attending private…


 

10 ways to improve your guitar playing

10 Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing

Have you ever tried very hard to advance to the next level but still stuck in a rut seeing no progress? I bet we all have at some point in our learning process. You might be asking:”Is there any way we can…


 

learn-something-new-in-guitar

Learn Something New In Guitar

Are you feeling dull and frustrated because you are stuck in a rut with your guitar playing? Are you losing your energy and motivation of playing guitar because you’re not progressing? Have you ever felt…


 

how to start your own band

How To Start Your Own Band (Part 1): Formation & Foundation

Bands are a prime source of inspiration for many guitar players out there, both young and old…


 

the band equipment
the band equipment

Creating The Band (Part 2): The Equipment

Your band is now up and running. You’re beginning to churn out the tunes like a well oiled machine…


 

the gigs

Creating The Band (Part 3): The Gigs & Publicity

There are many ways to create public awareness of your band. The most obvious are publicity, competitions, and live performances…


 

how to land a record deal

How To Land A Record Deal

Looking back to our childhoods, we have all dreamt of becoming a world famous guitarist and selling millions of records at some point in our lives. However, when we were old enough to understand that…


 

how to play like slash

How To Play Like… Slash

When we think of innovation and talent in the guitar world, Slash is usually at the top of the list. With many years in the spotlight as the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, Slash left the band in 1996 to…