Chords – The simplest way to impress anyone!
Why do songs such as Jason Marz and simple plan have so many fans? They might be simple to play as compared to other songs but yet are popular? The reason lies in chords!
Chords sound great when the chords are in harmony. It can be easy to play. And right now, I would recommend that you look up www.ultimate-guitar.com and find I’m yours by Jason Marz. Probably one of his best songs, it is simple enough to play.Chords should always be learn first. This is because chords are the basic foundations of playing guitar. Also, learning chords first will at least allow you to play some songs just within a couple of weeks. This will show that you are improving and will increase your confidence in yourself. However, attempting to play difficult songs with little or no chords first will take a while to learn. Would you want to play guitar for 1 year and yet be unable to play any song? And when someone asks you what you can play, you go ’erm…. Nothing’ Or perhaps, you would rather choose to learn 5-10 songs within a year? And when approach, you can comfortably choose between which songs you wish
FAQ about electric guitars
What songs are they used for?
Generally, they are usually used for rock, pop, metal.
How much should a starter spend on a guitar?
As for electric guitars, the price of an electric guitar does not really matter. The price for bass guitars matters a lot, that is, you can feel the difference. However, this is not really true for electric guitars. Hence, i would strongly recommend to spend about $300-$400 on a guitar.
Is it possible to self-learn?
Yes, of course. Popular sites such as www.ultimate-guitar.com are very useful for learning. However, if one wants to learn it fast, it would be much better to attend lessons. Starters may also make use of useful youtube videos to aid their learning.
Is it better to learn acoustic first than electric?
Yes. The strings of acoustic are less painful to press. For me, i started straight into electric and it really took sometime to get my fingers well-seasoned. If one is very determined to play an electric guitar, i think it will be fine because the pain will be bearable. However, taking acoustic first will give you an advantage when playing electric. Although electric and acoustic are different, they are yet similar in some sense.
How can i find tabs online?
You can search www.ultimate-guitar.com for tabs. Guitar Pro, is a popular software that is used to open some tabs. I would strongly suggest getting this because it will allow you to hear the song without the lyrics. Furthermore, you can see which musician plays what. It is really useful!
For any questions about electric guitar, feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Why on earth do guitarist even remember these complicated series of octaves? There are so many scales, yet most guitarist actually bother to learn them? While it may seem difficult to learn, scales do have a purpose. Let's zoom into this purpose.
Scales are excellent exercises to aid in your improvisation and solos. Did you know that improvisation and solos come from these scales? By know the pattern of scales, you could simply change it here and there using bends, pull-offs and so on. Get the idea? In this case, you can actually create something that sounds cool, a lick, easier.
Secondly, scales help you to understand which fingers to use. When learning scales, do follow the finger guide, that is very crucial. Guitarist learn which fingers to use via scales. Once mastered, that guitarist is able to play songs using the correct fingering instead of using all the wrong fingering, which may prove to be slower as compared to using the correct fingering.
For beginners, you probably should learn scales. Why? When i started off playing an electric guitar, I always strike the wrong strings. That was because I did not learn scales yet. When I was supposed to pick the 3th string, i pick the 4th string. However, after numerous handouts of scales from my teacher, I now can pick the correct guitar string. In order to curb this problem, this should be the answer to this problem. Not only is it effective, it also helps improve other aspects too.
Guitar Scales that you could possibly learn:
Pure minor scale
As I have noticed that the coated strings are becoming ever more popular, the price for these "everlasting" strings keeps rising and rising. However, for those of you whom do not want to pay $10 or more for a pair of strings that may only last you a month or two, I have a few tips to get that cheap $5 pair of strings to last almost just as long as those super-duper coated strings.
Here is how you can "coat" almost any of your favorite guitar strings:
1. When you purchase a new pair of strings, do not put the strings on the guitar yet. Instead if the strings come in a bag, then just tear a hole in the bag, or if they come in paper or other packaging, then put them in a small zip-lock bag or sandwhich bag.
2. Grab a can of WD40 or other similar product and spray a light coat on the strings while they are still in the bag. Let them sit up to 30 minutes. This will allow the WD40 to soak in to the wound wire and will create an overall even coating that is both water and tarnish resistant. Best of all, WD40 does not create a slick or otherwise noisy coat that will create finger sliding feedback while your guitar is plugged in.
3. Once you have soaked your strings with WD40, take a bottle of lemon oil and apply a small amount on a soft cotton rag. You can then use the rag to wipe any debri or grime off your fretboard and frets. This will give you a clean start so that any previous debri does not automatically start attacking your strings as soon as you install them. (please note that you should make sure to test the lemon oil in a small spot before using as in some instances it may remove small bits of finish or laquer on a fretboard & make sure that the fretboard is the only place you apply the lemon oil)
4.You may now install your new "coated" strings onto your guitar.
Now, here are some tips that will even further the life of your strings:
1. When your strings become dirty and start losing their "sound", you may apply a small amount of WD40 or lemon oil (both will remove grime) to a soft cotton cloth. Then loosen your strings and wipe the strings down with a light squeezing pressure from your hands so that the oil gets down and removes the grime and dirt. WD40 and lemon oil are both great products to use in removing dirt because the oil actually gets down in the coils of the wire and will break up the compressed dirt and then the cloth (along with pressure from your hand) will help remove it completely. When done wiping down, carefully tighten your strings and tune them back to however you like.
2. The number one cause for string decay is the grime and sweat that is transferred from your hand to your strings when playing. To greatly reduce the amount of dirt that is transferred, wash your hands before playing your guitar (especially when you have brand new strings). This is by far the best method of making your strings last longer and I swear by this method as every time I play my guitar I wash my hands before hand. This has allowed me to get my D'addario strings to last up to 3 months in which they still sound almost as great as when I first purchased them.
3. One thing that I do while changing strings is to completely condition and clean my guitar. As this sounds kind of stupid, you are removing your strings from the guitar, so you have a chance to get all the hard to reach spaces along your fretboard and pickups that are normally hard to clean when strings are installed. I normally just use some wood polish or other product that is safe on the wood and finish of your guitar. I wipe the entire guitar down and remove almost all finger prints. I also take a Q-tip and clean out the dust along my pickups. This method not only removes some dirt buildup that could possibly effect your strings, it also just gives you a clean, shiny, and in most cases better sounding guitar (since grime often dampens the sound of your guitar).
I hope this has at least given you some ideas and will help some people that do not wish to purchase coated strings such as Elixer strings. I am in no way saying that any string is better over the other, but I do prefer this method over purchasing "coated" strings as they cost much more than I am willing to spend for one set of electric guitar strings. I also must tell you that while these products have in no way harmed my guitar, I urge you to test products like WD40 or lemon oil in a small spot before using all over the entire guitar. This way, you will prevent any large damage that could result.
Lastly, this is my first lesson so I hope that this was a satisfactory tutorial. If you feel that I could improve upon this lesson, please feel free to leave CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. If you do not like my methods of "coating my strings", feel free to post any other products or cheap DIY methods in a calm and non-aggressive manner. Thanks and I hope everyone gets a long string life by using these methods/tips.
Tips on playing guitar solo
Guitar solos revolve around the improvisation of scales. Hence, knowing the scales very well will help you in learning guitar solo. I feel that the major, minor, harmonic and pentatonic scales are the most useful. Not only does it increase your overall movement, it also makes sure you use the correct fingering. Of course another important way to master guitar solos is to practice. The more you practice, the better you get, it is the law of nature.
Soloing is more than just a couple of scales, and patterns. It is used to express feelings. The pentatonic scales give a rather sad feeling. So, if one is looking to make a sad solo, he or she can improvise on one of the pentatonic scales.
I am going to give you an example, the Harmonic Minor Scale and the pentatonic minor; both are awesome and unique scales. Gary Moore used the Harmonic minor scale for blues sound, in the song 'I still got the Blues'. Hopefully, you can clearly see that solo are improvisation of scales.
If you don't improve your soloing with a bend, a pull-off, etc. Your solo may still sound like a scale. So what can you do in order to play a good solo?? First of all, you must know the key of the song. Mostly the key of a song is the first note you start playing on it. Always make use of techniques like bending, tapping and such to add colors to your solo. Take a look at dragon force ‘inside the winter storm’ or practically and dragon force songs, played by Herman Li, you will realize that his solo is filled with different techniques such as power chords, sliding, tapping and palm muting.
So, the bottom line is, master your scales before learning any guitar solo. Then, try to improve the solo using various types of guitar techniques.
The key to playing fast is not about practicing fast. This can be hard to understand. But, speed comes from practice. My guitar teacher used to scold me whenever I played fast. Why? He told me that playing fast will not be beneficial. You will probably be thinking. But when you do running, you run as fast as you can so as to improve your stamina. However, this same principle does not apply to playing a guitar.
Constantly dedicated 15-30mins a day to do a speed exercise will help. The good thing about speed training is it helps train your fingers to be independent. Especially playing rock and roll etc, speed is what makes it nice. By practicing slowly, it allows you to be able to play fast and slow. Ever seen a guitarist who is able to play very fast, yet unable to play slowly?
That’s me last time! However, I have heeded the advice of my teacher. And now, I am able to play both fast and slow. Look up various websites for speed exercise. While speed exercise can be very tiring, it is very beneficial. In speed training, you need determination to do it. Doing the same exercise non-stop, not even a second, for 15-30mins is really no joke!
‘Speed comes naturally’ says my teacher. I did not believe it last time. But, either ways, I listened to him and did everything slowly. For god’s sake, I did not have much time to practice guitar daily. With the limited time, I wanted to maximize my practice by doing more scales and exercises. However, when I did slowly, it kind of made me feel unproductive. But now, thinking back, I feel that quality comes before quantity. So for all you guys looking to play fast, practice slowly, and consistently! Remember, slow and easy wins the race!
Although classical guitar will seem difficult, take the time to learn the basics. Practice them over and over. If you do this, you will have a strong beginning to build on when you want to learn more complicated tunes and techniques. Practice and patience are very important when you want to learn classical guitar.