Guitar classes are available to help you learn guitar quickly and, hopefully, correctly. Not all teachers are the same, though. In fact, they’ll all have their own spin on learning guitar. While the theory and patterns are the same, the fingering and technique may vary from player to player and therefore teacher to teacher. There are schools of guitar that teach a set curriculum but teachers will still have and take the liberty to share their own thoughts and experiences. This is good though. You’d expect a good teacher to share his or her unique secrets. Worth the money? We’ll weigh out some of the logic and you can decide.
- June 1, 2017
There are a lot of good things to consider when you’ve decided to buy a guitar. Guitars are so vast in price range and quality, it would do us well to look at a first guitar versus a real investment. From $100 to thousands, guitars come in all shapes and sizes and you really need to know what you’re looking for. Before you go on the hunt for a new guitar, you should ask yourself some questions. Is this my first guitar? Which guitars do I like? What is my budget? Should I look at something used instead of something new? Knowing how to buy a guitar breaks down to realistically examining what your needs are and what kind of music you’re wanting to make.
- May 31, 2017
- Guitar Accessories
In the early days of guitars and amps, the amps themselves coupled with the right pickups in the guitar would break up just right. Some of the amps even had a pre-gain and master so the amp would really saturate the tubes. A Gibson Les Paul with humbuckers through a Marshall Blues Breaker or even an old Ampeg would produce some sweet tones. Any of the smaller amps like a Fender Deluxe would produce some sweet creamy bluesy tones and even tones good for rock n roll like the sounds of The Rolling Stones. Still, as rock music emerged there was a need for more and more distortion, or saturation, and thus the pedals began to spring up. What are distortion pedals good for?
- May 23, 2017
Assuming you are an accomplished guitarist or at least a daily student, there are things every serious guitarist should know. You don’t have to be a walking library of cover tunes but it doesn’t hurt. Knowing guitar solos lick for lick is a neat skill, but even more than the solos, knowing the signature riffs and changes to cover songs is a gig winner. Unless you’re playing with a tribute band, most cover bands don’t care if you make the solo a little more “you” than the recording. Either way, learn the original solo and then make it yours. That’s how we all learn from the greats. When you learn a song or solo riff for riff, it introduces you to new things and new ways of thinking.
- May 23, 2017
It’s a very busy world and it feels like everyone is bidding for your time. You have good intentions but it seems by the time you get home from school or work, you’re spent. Add to that the challenge of finding quality family time and you just have no energy left to give, much less inspiration for playing. If guitar is your passion, you will understand the joy of sitting for 30 minutes and just playing for you, no audience or distractions. It is therapy for your soul. Still, you will sigh and think to yourself, “If I only had more time...” You might even face harsh criticism and people you love the most might say something like, “If you’d put that stupid guitar down long enough, the yard might get mowed.” For you, guitar is part of who you are.