Play Rhythm Guitar

People often wonder what a rhythm guitarist does in a band. What is his or her role? Well, there is actually no rule that differentiates a rhythm and lead guitarist. Both roles can be reversed. For example, the lead guitar may do some strumming while rhythm will do some picking. As long as what they do complement each other then there is no conflict.

However, the rhythm guitarist must be part of the rhythmic structure of the song being played. The sounds that come from the rhythm guitarist should add body to the music being played. To be more graphic about the two roles. We can take a sheet music or tablature of a song with chords marked and plays the song through using just one guitar playing the chords marked on the music. This is the rhythm guitar part. If there is any other guitar sound in the song then that is the lead guitar. Continue reading

Learn the Guitar by Learning Songs

When it comes to developing a passion for learning musical instruments such as playing the guitar, there is always a great sense of accomplishment that comes with the success of challenging oneself to learn such new skill. Not all, however, strive with the same intensity of will until the end, as they often struggle with understanding the guitar, not increasing their skill as fast as they had hoped and eventually leads to giving up on the instrument and themselves.

It’s true learning to play the guitar is never without hardship and practice, but when taught the right manner, will also instill the right knowledge to any beginner that will build up a desire to continue learning instead of despair out of hardship. Continue reading

Finger Picking Guitar Lessons

There’s always something new to learn when you have tried something new. Like in learning to play guitar, once you have gotten familiar with the chords and strumming a guitar, there is always that itch to keep developing your skill. So why not add some pretty cool finger picking into your repertoire. Watching top guitarists perform and it may look difficult to learn. But make no mistake, once you have learned this skill, you will be amazed at the new-found difference it makes in your quality of music.

If you are without a guitar teacher and have managed to teach yourself to play the guitar so far, you can always learn finger picking by listening to existing materials from popular and even classical artists like Peter Paul & Mary. Keep it simple by working out the picking patterns the guitarists are using while learning the chords. It is easy to be intimidated with such types of music but worry not. Finger picking is actually a lot easier when you really listen to it for the first time.

An incredible achievement to have when it comes to being an accomplished finger picking guitar player is the pride in having delivered a brilliant guitar solo with the melody of your guitar and the speed of your fingers. Get yourself finger picking exercises that are designed to help you develop your skills and discipline you into a faster pace. Continuous work on those exercises will build you enough skill to even perform your own guitar solo. Continue reading

Acoustic Guitar Flatpicking Techniques For the Right Hand

Acoustic guitar flatpicking techniques are ways to convey your music to the audience. This allows you to make your guitar playing more interesting and unique especially when you do not have the luxury of having electronic effects that electric guitars have.

Acoustic guitar flat picking is how you handle the guitar strings using a pick. It is how you control the volume, tone and manage the clarity of your flatpicking. The right hand (in most cases) controls how you play the acoustic guitar and how it produces a sound as well. Concentration should be given to this right hand.

Freedom of movement should be the main part of your flatpicking technique. The right hand should be able to move freely from the sound hole to the bridge. This will allow the widest range of tones available on the acoustic guitar. A known obstacle to freedom of movement is anchoring the right hand by pressing down the guitar body with your little finger. Continue reading

Acoustic Guitar Finger Picking

It might take some time for a guitar player to start doing finger picking on an acoustic guitar. Most often a guitarist develops his or her own of finger picking. Whether it is a developed technique or learned from a guitar lesson, it is always a good practice to know the basic principles behind finger picking guitar styles.

There are numerous finger picking techniques like classical, Travis picking, chord melody and flamenco. A great way to learn this is by watching some of the greatest guitar soloists. There is a DVD called Essential Exercises for Finger Style Guitar(Check this DVD out) developed by three great guitarists, Mark Hanson, Pete Huttlinger and Al Petteway. This is one guitar resource that is full of information and is worthwhile having. Happy Traum also has some tutorials on Homespun Tapes(Click to see). Getting such learning aids can greatly enhance guitar playing techniques.

There is not one finger picking style that can represent what the technique is all about. The beginner guitarist need not know everything but can find one particular style that he or she can be comfortable with and that can produce good sounds. A folk guitar player may be able to play the patterns and scales well but the style he or she is used to may not be able to produce sounds like a classical guitarist. Thus, individual styles play an important role in finger picking. Continue reading

Guitar Scale Modes

When learning to play the guitar, there comes a time when you must excel from being a beginner to an advanced player. Constantly learning a variety of techniques adds depth and variety to your performance. This also tells your audience that you are not an average guitar player but a true artist. One such technique is the mastery of guitar scales.

Learning guitar scales is crucial when you want to be more than just a guitar player. This advances your guitar skills as this includes understanding the 7 modes of the major scale and reaching such familiarization with it to the point of enabling you to make your own guitar solos and riffs.

The first step in learning guitar scales is studying the major scale and its specific note intervals. All 7 modes start off with a given note and having full grasp of the major scale makes memorizing patterns a whole lot simpler.

A scale is a series of notes with predefined intervals, starting with a root note, and ending on the same note one octave higher.
If music has the ability to impact our emotions and mood, the same goes versa. An interval pattern of scales will define its mood and style, ranging from happy and upbeat (Ionian mode), to sad (Aeolian mode), to sinister (Locrian mode). Continue reading

Reasons to Learn Guitar Scales

So you have played around with your first acoustic guitar and have gotten around the chords and a few good songs. What is the point of learning about guitar scales, you may ask? You’ve learned guitar chords and can follow them on your favorite song, so is there really much to it by learning guitar scales? Do you really need more standardized lessons after getting the hang of playing the guitar and adapting your own musical style?

Knowledge of guitar scales gives your performance better control. Understanding the guitar fret board comes as one of the major reasons for learning guitar scales. Full familiarity and awareness of your fret board provides you with complete control over your style of playing as well as adds intensity and diversity to your performance.

Yes, you can play a certain song you already know and lots more after that, but what happens when you need to change it up a bit? The ability to be spontaneous and redefining the melody marks the difference between playing music and a giving a great performance. Applying the use of guitar scales helps achieve that quality of music. Continue reading