When it comes to custom guitars, there seems to be an endless supply of contenders, all of them having their own unique finish or set up. It’s a daunting task to narrow them down to a few of the best and brightest, but we can sure give you some of our favorites. With respect, there are small companies and bigger, more successful companies, but size doesn’t always decide the winner. Some of the smaller companies give a ton of attention to detail and stand out as some of the best in the business. Before you leap into a mega purchase of a custom built guitar, really do some research and, if at all possible, go play one and spend some time with it before you spend the money. Having a guitar custom built is risky.
- April 3, 2017
- Guitar 101
Guitar fretboard notes are the same musically as any other western instrument. The piano offers 12 semitones and so does the guitar. The only exception and real advantage on guitar is the bending of strings to produce the between tones which are also possible on a keyboard with a joystick or wheel. Musically speaking, these notes are difficult to describe and are used in blues and rock music mostly. Basically, you can bend a guitar string a 1/4 bend and it sounds real soulful and bluesy in the context of the following note. All other tones are just one of the 12 semitones. The guitar fretboard are sometimes hard to understand because, unlike piano, they’re not laid out in front of you so clearly. Guitar has patterns and once you see them, it makes much more sense.
- March 30, 2017
- Guitar 101 Beginner
Scales make up the notes that we choose when playing any melody or tune. A scale can be Major, Minor, Diminished, etc. There’s actually a scale for each note of the scale when played diatonically that helps us understand and hear the seven basic modes. No need to get heady or complicated, just get started on the Major scales first and everything else will unfold as you begin to hear the musical 1/2 steps and whole steps. It’s not rocket science. Most hear it first and then learn to play it, so buckle up and let’s dive in to the beginner guitar scales.
- March 28, 2017
- Guitar 101 Beginner
What’s the rush? You want to learn how to play guitar ASAP? We get it. Whether it’s the girl you’re trying to impress or the talent show coming up at school, you gotta get it down and quick. Maybe you’re just in love with the idea of being a guitar player and you want it so bad. This is the perfect time to turn on the jets and learn how to play guitar now. But, how do you do it? Where do you start? Let’s see how we can help. There’s no magic formula and no 5 steps that works for everyone, but there are some steps you can take that’ll help you along. “Learn How?” Anything can be a learned behavior or routine, but it takes hours of repetition to pull off any real guitar piece. Don’t stress over it. We’ll help you learn how to play guitar ASAP.
- March 24, 2017
- Guitar 101
Knowing how to play guitar can be difficult, even if you have some natural talent. It is very interesting to see how an audience can shut some people down. Some find it easier to play in front of thousands than to play in front of a dozen. Playing in front of friends and family can feel even more paralyzing. Playing guitar in front of people takes some careful planning and plain ole guts. The first few times you do it, your nerves may get the best of you and that’s ok. You can expect cold sweats, shaking, and maybe even some grosser symptoms. After you get past this critical and defining moment, if it doesn’t kill you, you’ll be on your way. Let’s break down how to play guitar in front of people into 5 easy steps.