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How to Create a Travis Guitar Picking Pattern

The Travis picking pattern is one of the most popular folk guitar techniques; however, creating a Travis picking pattern is fairly complex. Create different Travis patterns by varying the timing that you [more…]

How to Use the Handspan-Plus-Two-Frets Method to Find Any Note on a Bass Guitar

Playing notes in a two-octave range on the bass guitar can be challenging. The trick is knowing how to find any note in any octave on the neck. One popular method for finding bass guitar notes is called [more…]

How to Find a Bass Guitar Note in a Different Octave Using the Two-Strings/Two-Frets Method

Playing bass guitar in a two-octave range can be challenging. With the exception of the five lowest notes, all the notes on a bass guitar occur in at least two places on the neck. The trick is knowing [more…]

How to Play Two-Octave Major Scales on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you'll need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave major scales. To shift your hand smoothly, you need to anticipate where your hand [more…]

How to Play Two-Octave Minor Scales on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you'll need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave minor scales. Every minor scale except E minor follows the same pattern. Because [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave E Minor Scale on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave scales. The two-octave E minor scale is the only minor scale that requires a different [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave Major Arpeggio on the Bass Guitar

When playing a two-octave arpeggio on bass guitar, you'll find that you can reach several of the notes without shifting your left hand. Even though the arpeggio has a lot fewer notes than the scale, playing [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave Minor Arpeggio on the Bass Guitar

Playing the two-octave minor arpeggio on bass guitar is very similar to the two-octave major arpeggio except, of course, for the chord. You can use this pattern to play a minor arpeggio in any key. [more…]

How to Play E-Based Major Barre Chords on Guitar

Unlike the guitar's open-position chords, barre chords can move all around the neck of your guitar. A movable barre chord contains no open strings — only fretted notes. You can slide these fretted notes [more…]

How to Play Power Chords on Guitar

Guitarists use power chords — built on the lowest notes of a regular open-position or barre chord — in rock music to create a low sound. Power chords are easier to play than are their full-version counterparts [more…]

How to Play Barre Chords Based on A Major on the Guitar

Unlike open-position guitar chords, barre chords can move all around the neck of your guitar. A movable barre chord contains no open strings — only fretted notes. You can slide these fretted notes up or [more…]

How to Play Double-Stops on the Guitar

Guitarists begin by learning how to play only single-string melodies. Learning how to play double-stops on the guitar lets you use the whole neck to express your musical ideas. In fact, playing double-stops [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Simple Gifts"

"Simple Gifts" is a traditional Shaker dance song that is well known and very recognizable, in part because its melody has been used in a number of other musical pieces, most notably Aaron Copland's [more…]

How to Add Guitar Articulation with Hammer-Ons

You can use hammer-ons to add articulation to your guitar playing. Articulation refers to how you play and connect notes. Articulation gives your music expression and enables you to make your guitar talk [more…]

Different Hammer-On Techniques to Add Variety to Your Guitar Articulation

You can use a number of different hammer-on techniques to add more variety to your guitar articulation. Each technique provides a slightly different feel to the way you play and connect your notes. Try [more…]

How to Add Guitar Articulation with Pull-Offs

A pull-off is a guitar articulation technique that enables you to connect notes more smoothly. It enables you to play two consecutive descending notes by picking only once with the right hand and, as the [more…]

How to Attach Nylon Strings to the Tuning Post of an Acoustic Guitar

To string a guitar, any guitar, the first step is to secure one end of the string to the bridge. Once the strings are securely attached to the bridge, you can focus your attention on the headstock. On [more…]

Different Pull-Off Techniques to Add Variety to Guitar Articulation

A pull-off is a guitar articulation technique that enables you to connect notes more smoothly. In addition to the standard pull-off, there are a variety of different pull-off techniques that you can learn [more…]

How to Add Guitar Articulation with Slides

A slide is a guitar articulation technique in which you play a note and then move your left-hand finger along the string to a different fret. This technique enables you to connect two or more notes smoothly [more…]

Removing Old Guitar Strings

Obviously, to put on a new guitar string, you have to remove the old one. This should be done whenever the strings start to show wear and tear or are difficult to tune. The quickest method is to simply [more…]

How to Attach a Steel String to the Bridge of an Acoustic Guitar

Once you've removed the old strings, you’re ready to put on a new one. The methods for stringing a guitar diverge slightly, depending on the type of guitar you have. Fortunately, steel-string acoustic [more…]

How to Attach Steel Strings to the Tuning Post of an Acoustic Guitar

Once the steel strings are securely attaching to the bridge pin, you can focus your attention on the headstock. The steps for attaching steel strings to the tuning post of an acoustic guitar are slightly [more…]

Stretching Out and Tuning Up New Guitar Strings

Once you secure the new strings to your acoustic guitar, you need to get the new strings tuned up. As the string draws tight, hear the string come up to pitch. The easiest way to tune the new strings is [more…]

How to Attach a Nylon String to the Bridge of an Acoustic Guitar

Once you've removed a guitar's old strings, you’re ready to put on new ones. The methods for stringing a guitar diverge slightly, depending on the type of guitar you have and the type of strings you use [more…]

How to Restring an Electric Guitar with a Floyd Rose Bridge

Restringing an electric guitar fitted with a Floyd Rose bridge system takes a little longer than it does on a regular electric, but if you plan to do a lot of whammy bar work, a Floyd Rose is well worth [more…]

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