Learning Guitar Chords

Learning how to play the guitar is never without learning the right guitar chords. Chords are the combination of notes on a guitar but knowing notes alone is like knowing the alphabet without knowing how to read. It always takes time to learn guitar chords as there are several notes and positions you would have to sit through. But once you have familiarized yourself with all the right chords, it wont be long before all that practice turns into performance.

You can research on the basic and common guitar chords to study or, if you want to be more thorough, you can get a chord dictionary and get a comprehensive list of chords to get started. A chord dictionary is your complete guide to learning guitar chords. This has all the chords known to man. Mind you, you may not be able to use all of them but if you really want to learn broadly, getting one will surely help.

There are two common types of guitar chords, the major and the minor chords. Most western music is based on the major scale with the C major having C D E F G A B and C. These are easily found on a piano but poses a more trickier challenge on guitar, as you have to find the right pattern for each note and constantly carry them out on your guitar to remember them. Continue reading

Learning Guitar Slowly to Speed Things Up

Since you are enthusiastic to learn guitar playing, you might have some ideas that you believe will help speed up the acquisition of the skill. One of the things that you should keep in mind is that you have to practice unhurriedly. You will encounter disappointments when you begin learning but in the end you will understand why a slow learning process is important when it comes to playing the guitar.

In this very fast world we live in, we tend to speed up everything. How we eat, how we read, how we talk, etc. are examples of what this hurried state that we are in. When you say “I don’t have time to do things slowly.” or “I don’t have the patience.” then it would be better not to start with your guitar playing. You have to make time for practice and to practice SLOWLY. Your body needs to learn its own time when playing the guitar. One of the first things you have to know is the natural breaks that occur when you play scales or change chords.

Practicing with a metronome will make you aware of those moments when you are not able to keep in time without straining or rushing. This results because your body does not have the muscular movements set up to go from one area of the fretboard to the other. If you calm down and let your hands and arms move at their own pace, the guitar practice will be more relaxing and enjoyable. When you play in a relaxed manner everything follows. Your mood will be on “happy” mode and eventually you will look forward to practice time.

It is a sight to see professional guitar players move their hands with lightning speed up and down the fretboard. But be assured that the skill was acquired from many hours of practice and slowly at first. Do not imitate these guitar players yet until you are sure of your skill else you might injure your fingertips and your hands. Not only do you need patience and effort to practice but also to learn the proper way to do it and the reason why it should be done. Through trial and error you will learn to adjust, to relax and to play the guitar properly.

Practicing is always emphasized by guitar articles and guitar guides for beginners because it is the only way to perfect the skill. Repeating the chords and strumming or picking will let you have your own pace and style. The aim here is to play the guitar piece instinctively. Know what you are playing by heart so that your fingers and hand will flow to the next chord effortlessly. Get into the habit of repeating chord changes and guitar scales in a calm manner. You will gain more benefits in the long run as you do so.

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Easy Classical Guitar Songs

The classical guitar is a mesmerizing instrument to study. It brings the rewarding experience of being able to successfully play bass with melody and accompaniment together after the challenging process of learning and hitting the right chords and notes. It certainly becomes more enjoyable when you start playing easy classical songs.

One of the great things about classical guitar music is that most artists back in the day composed what can be defined as easy pieces, designed for accompaniment and even solo instrumentals for a nylon string guitar. A musical legacy we benefit from at present.

Though, it is never without a challenge, of course. One of which is that off putting sound a classical guitar makes as you move your hand up and down the neck of the guitar. The friction made by the fingers wrapped between the steel wires sometimes creates a stronger volume of sound than the actual music itself, intimidating most beginners. Fret not, its all a matter of technique as you lift you finger ever so slightly while switching positions. If you have done this without losing control of your playing, then you are on your way.

Easy classical guitar pieces can be found from some of the most popular songs by The Beatles like Fool on the Hill(Listen This Song) or I’ve Just Seen a Face(Listen This Song). These are classic melodies that everyone loves to listen to and every musician loves to perform. If you are up to the challenge, there are several collections of classical pieces you can also take on like those of Johann Sebastian Bach and Jerry Willard.

And once you are fully pleased in playing easy classical guitar songs, another exciting challenge is to see, or hear, what your skill can do with a more modern type of sound. Yes, you do not need to confine yourself to classical pieces. Besides the many performances you can create with classical guitar music from say, The Beatles, you can venture out into current arrangements and see how you can add a classical twist to the contemporary tunes.

Overall, a great thing about learning and playing classical guitar is the great fulfillment you will get even with just easy classical guitar pieces on your hands. So go ahead and start playing.

Double Neck Guitars

Double neck guitars are great for live performances. The advantage of having a double neck guitar is that the player can not only change sounds but can jump into another source for the creation of that sound. Those who don’t use a double neck guitar will have to place the guitar down and pick up another which might create a gap in the performance. The double neck guitar will be an advantage and shows the versatility of the performer immediately.

Double Neck Guitar

Double neck guitars were popularized by Jimmy Page who was part of the rock band Led Zeppelin. The fantastic use of the double neck guitars can be heard with songs like “The Song Remains the Same”(MP3 Album), “Stairway to Heaven”(MP3) and the “Rain Song”(MP3). Other guitarists like Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, and John Lodge of the Moody Blues also used double neck guitars but how it was used for performance can be attributed to the Led Zeppelin guitarist. Continue reading

Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar

The Gibson Flying V electric guitar was so popular in the late 50s and even up to today, there are still guitar players who would want to own this guitar model. The V shaped guitar is an attention-getter and will always be a collector’s dream guitar. The guitar was priced at $247.50 plus a $75.00 for the hard case when it first came out. For that price, it was not so affordable. Those who were able to buy a “V” when it was first released would know that it is worth thousands at this point in time.

The 1958 Gibson Flying V was manufactured on a limited scale. It was said that the guitar had less than a 100 piece when it came out in the market. Original Flying Vs nowadays would cost $40,000 and the value is rising as they become limited.

1958 Gibson Flying V Electric Guitars

So what makes this V shaped guitar so popular even though it is more than 50 years old? For one thing its unique look made it so “modern” during the late 50s. It also produces a decent sound which makes it nice to play. Gibson still sells a Flying V Gothic model which has 2 ’57 style humbucking pickups with no covers. A mark of its originality is the moon-and-star inlay at the 12th fret. Continue reading

Guitar Amplifier Buying Guide for Beginners

Most often the focus of the guitar player’s attention is on how the guitar sounds and looks and more often the guitar amplifier qualities are forgotten especially by beginner guitarists. This is something that is happening and the guitar player does not notice the importance of a good amp until the sound he makes is not what he wants. In reality, a fair guitar will sound nice with a good amp. No matter how expensive the electric guitar is when it is played with a bad amp the sound will be awful.

Price is often the first consideration when buying an amp. Guitar amplifiers cost from under $100 to thousands. The most common choice for an amp is the Fender Frontman 15G which is 15-watts. Check Out the prices of Fender Frontman Amplifiers on Amazon.com

Fender Frontman 15G which is 15-watts

Guitar masters, however, discourage the use of inferior quality amplifiers. For one thing, these amps will never sound good and will only add to the frustration of the beginner guitarist. The sound produced will be inferior and the player will think that it is his guitar playing when in fact it is the equipment that is the problem. These amps also do not provide the volume range that is needed. What if the player will be doing a gig with a band? He needs an amp that will be heard over and above the drums or other equipment. Continue reading

Learning Guitar by Ear

Learning to play an instrument is not an easy task. To be able to master the instrument, you need to practice and practice. Initially, the notes and chords do not have meaning and how they are produced will be something that you have to struggle to perfect. After a few weeks, you get the hang of it all and realize that anyone can learn to play the instrument.

Some people are lucky though because they have good senses. They can play the tune again even if they heard it once. They are the ones whom people would say can “play widow”. This is a common term especially with those learning the piano. What playing widow means is that there is no need for notes but they play by listening to the music and relate it to the instrument.

You can “play widow” too if you devote some time to learning how to. The most important step is to be familiar with the music your guitar can produce. Practice and learning the song well can make you recognize the tune better. Continue reading