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How to Play Rest Strokes in Classical Guitar Music

Follow-through is just as important with plucking a guitar string as it is with golf or bowling. By controlling the way your finger follows through after plucking a string, you can learn to play the [more…]

Arpeggio-Style Classical Guitar Exercise

Most classical guitar pieces are played in either an arpeggio style or a contrapuntal style. To play classical guitar in arpeggio style, you hold chords with the left hand while plucking the strings in [more…]

Contrapuntal-Style Classical Guitar Exercise

Most classical guitar pieces are played in either an arpeggio style or a contrapuntal style. When you play contrapuntal classical guitar music, you are playing two or more melodies [more…]

How to Read Guitar Tablature

Guitar tablature, or just tab for short, is a notation system that graphically represents the frets and strings of the guitar. Tab is guitar-specific, and it tells you what string and fret to play. Use [more…]

How to Get a Shuffle Feel on Rhythm Guitar

The shuffle is an important rhythm feel used extensively in rock guitar. A shuffle is a lilting eighth-note sound created by dividing the beat into two unbalanced halves, a long note followed by a short [more…]

How to Read Syncopation in Guitar Notation

After you develop a feel for strumming in different combinations of eighths, quarters, and 16ths, you can increase the rhythmic variation to these various groupings by applying [more…]

How to Play Syncopated Figures for Rock Guitar

After you develop a feel for strumming in different combinations of eighths, quarters, and 16ths, you can increase the rhythmic variation to these various groupings by applying syncopation. To [more…]

How to Play the Pentatonic Scale on Guitar

The major and minor scales may be music-education stalwarts, but they sound a bit academic when used over chord progressions. For rock guitar, you'll want to learn to play the pentatonic scale, which supplies [more…]

How to Use the Pentatonic Scale in a Lead Guitar Solo

The pentatonic scale is the most common scale used for playing rock lead because it sounds great over every chord change in a key, and you can begin to make music with it almost immediately. There are [more…]

Knowing When to Change the Strings on Your Guitar

Many people consider their guitars to be delicate, fragile instruments: They seem reluctant to tune their strings, let alone change them. But knowing when to change the strings on your guitar is crucial [more…]

How to Maintain a Good Environment for a Guitar

To keep the guitar playing and sounding as the builder intended, you must maintain an environment within a specific climate range. Guitars are always made under these specific temperature and humidity [more…]

How to Adjust the Truss Rod on a Guitar

An important part of maintaining your guitar is knowing how to adjust the truss rod. When a guitar experiences temperature and humidity swings, such as when seasons change, it can develop a slight bow [more…]

How and Why to Adjust the Saddles of Your Guitar

Adjusting the action on a guitar is key to making sure that it sounds as good as it did the day you got it. The action is how a guitar plays, specifically the distance of the strings to the fingerboard [more…]

How to Replace Worn Mechanical Parts on a Guitar

A guitar can last many lifetimes; however, guitars have a variety of mechanical parts, and over time, any mechanical object can wear out. When that happens, you need to know how to replace those worn parts [more…]

What to Include in a Guitar Cleaning and Repair Kit

Generally speaking, guitars never wear out, although you do need to spend some time taking care of your instrument. Fortunately, to keep your guitar in excellent health all you need to do is clean it regularly [more…]

Guitar Repairs You Shouldn't Attempt Yourself

At some point, every instrument, including the guitar, requires some kind of repair. Although you can fix a wide variety of guitar problems yourself, some repairs [more…]

How to Use a Capo on Guitar

A capo is a device that clamps down across the guitar's fingerboard at a particular fret. Capos shorten the length of all the strings at the same time, creating, in effect, a new nut. All the “open” strings [more…]

Chord Warm-up Exercises for Guitar

Chords are a big part of guitar playing, but the motion involved is somewhat different from playing single notes. If you’re going to practice chords, it makes sense to warm up with chord-based exercises [more…]

How to Play a 12-Bar Blues on the Guitar

The 12-bar blues is by far the most popular form for the blues. Once you learn to play the 12-bar blues on the guitar, you can play such classic blues pieces as [more…]

How to Amplify an Electric Guitar without an Amp

Certainly an electric guitar amp is an important thing to have. But it is also important to know how to amplify an electric guitar without an amp. Sometimes you simply have to choose between getting a [more…]

Recognizing Different Rock Guitar Rhythm Styles

Rock music doesn't just follow a single pattern. There are a number of grooves, or feels, that are standard in rock music. Expand your rock guitar sound by adding a variety of different rock guitar rhythm [more…]

How to Play the "Bo Diddley Beat" on Guitar

One of the biggest influences in bringing the R&B sound to rock guitar was Bo Diddley. One of Diddley’s best-known songs was an anthem he composed for himself, he named after himself, and that used a syncopated [more…]

How to Play Jazz Guitar Using Chord-Melody Style

Chord-melody style, as its name implies, is a jazz guitar solo style that incorporates both the melody and harmony (chords) of a song. When you learn to play a chord-melody style, you can jazz up an existing [more…]

Single-Note Guitar Warm-up Exercises

The point of a warm-up is to get your hands and fingers moving on the guitar from a cold start. Physically, you’re simply stretching the muscles (or muscle-tendon units) and enabling blood to flow more [more…]

Practice Exercise for Playing the Major Scale Pattern #2 on Guitar

You can play a lot of guitar music by simply memorizing five major scale patterns, and the best way to memorize anything is to practice. The following practice exercises will help you to learn major scale [more…]

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