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How to Play Pinch Harmonics on Electric Guitar

Guitarist Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top set the standard of "soulfulness" in the rock guitar world with his smoldering pinch harmonic solos. You can add soulfulness to your guitar music by learning how to [more…]

How to Play an E Major Chord in the Guitar

The backbone of guitar playing is the basic chord, and learning how to play an E major chord is a great place to start. A chord is defined as the simultaneous sounding of three or more notes of different-named [more…]

Adding Intros, Turnarounds, and Endings to the 12-Bar Blues Progression

Although the 12-bar blues progression has a signature blues sound, if you plan to play blues, rock, or jazz guitar on a regular basis, you'll want to learn how to accessorize the 12-bar blues. Intros, [more…]

Using Slide Guitar for the Blues

There is a strong tradition in using slide guitar for the blues. Slide guitar became a stylistic choice over fretted guitar by players who didn’t have the skills or patience to fret the guitar and found [more…]

Proper Slide Guitar Technique

Slide guitar is physically easy in one sense — just drag a slide over the strings, and you can instantly hear the effect, right? However, proper slide guitar technique is not quite that simple. It can [more…]

How to Evaluate a Guitar

When you go shopping for a new guitar, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of guitars available in every style. It's important to know how to evaluate a guitar's quality to ensure that you are getting [more…]

How to Test a Guitar Amp before You Buy

It is important to know how to test an electric guitar amplifier before you buy one to ensure that it meets your needs. When choosing an amp, you need to take several things into consideration, such as [more…]

Examining Different Types of Electric Guitar Amps

There are many things to consider when choosing among amp styles for electric guitar. The type of amp is defined by the sound-producing technology it uses, and the technology used affects the way your [more…]

Tuning for Slide Guitar: Standard or Open?

Slide guitar can be played in standard or open tunings, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Learning the various different methods to tune for slide guitar will give you more options to let [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Bourrée in E Minor" by J.S. Bach

There are some songs that all classical guitar players will come across at one time or another. Learning how to play "Bourrée in E Minor" on guitar will give your classical skills a chance to shine. This [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Greensleeves"

"Greensleeves" is an old English folksong that has a classic melody that is used in several songs. Learning how to play "Greensleeves" on guitar will give you a chance to practice and demonstrate a wide [more…]

How to Tune a Guitar Using an Electronic Tuner

The quickest and most accurate way to tune your guitar is to employ an electronic tuner. You need to know how to tune a guitar using an electronic tuner or some other fixed source if you want to play with [more…]

How to Tune a Guitar from the Piano

One of the most common ways to tune a guitar to a standard pitch is to use a piano. You need to know how to tune a guitar using a piano or some other fixed source if you want to play with other instruments [more…]

How to Tune a Guitar Using a Pitch Pipe

One way to tune a guitar simply and without a lot of fuss is with a pitch pipe. You need to know how to tune a guitar using a pitch pipe or some other fixed source if you want to play with other instruments [more…]

How to Tune a Guitar Using a Tuning Fork

Once you get good enough at discerning pitches, you will be able to tune the guitar using a single-pitched tuning reference like a tuning fork. If you know how to tune a guitar with a tuning fork or some [more…]

How to Tune Up a New Electric Guitar Amplifier

When you start working with an amplifier, you need to know how to tune it up properly so that when you play your guitar, you don't blow it out. Every amp is different, so you'll want to familiarize yourself [more…]

The Best Gadgets for Bass Guitar

Some accessories are a must if you want to play bass guitar, but then there are all those cool extra accessories and gadgets. Take a look at the best gadgets for bass guitar. You may not need them, but [more…]

Troubleshooting Guide for Guitar Problems

Guitars are surprisingly hardy creatures. You can subject them to a rigorous performing schedule, keep them up all night, bang on them relentlessly, and they don’t mind a bit. Generally speaking, guitars [more…]

What is Carter-Style Guitar Playing?

Carter-style playing is a guitar picking style named after the famous Carter family, whose members included June Carter, “Mother” Maybelle, and “Uncle” A.P. To play Carter style, you play the melody on [more…]

How to Play Travis Picking on Guitar

One of the most popular fingerstyle folk guitar techniques is known as Travis picking. By learning how to use the Travis picking technique on guitar, you can add interest when you play not only folk music [more…]

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 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…]

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