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Tremolo Picking

I think of tremolo picking as a bumble bee or Hummingbird wings. It’s actually just a fast version of alternate picking. It seems you stay on one note or chord longer but it’s just faster picking.

Al Dimeola is a master of this technique plus many other techniques on guitar.

The Practice Song

There is a song called The Flight of the Bumble Bee written in 1890 by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov which has been used for years as a test of a musician’s playing ability.

This piece can be used for any instrument Piano, Trumpet, Guitar, Violin even the Human Voice.

This style is used a lot in Classical guitar music where a couple notes are played in a tremolo style in the background with your ring and middle fingers while you play a melody using your thumb and index fingers or vice versa. This can take years to perfect for a Classical guitarist.

It doesn’t take that long for other styles where you use a pick or only two fingers.

Here are links so you can hear this song and get the sheet music.

The Flight of the BumbleBee – mp3
Flight of the Bumblebee – Sheet Music

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Pop Songs with Tremolo Picking

The song above is for practice and to show off your musical skills but here are some popular songs that use this technique in them.

Dirty Pool by Stevie Ray Vaughan is a very good example of this technique using more than one note.

Another one is Bob Dylan’s song All Along the Watch Tower done by Jimi Hendrix. He uses this technique all through this song in short bursts in his leads.

You will hear most guitar players use this technique in short bursts most of the time unless it’s being used as a back-up like the SRV song above.

Tremolo Practice

The best way to get this technique down is to use eighth notes with alternate picking.

Practice slowly using one note with a metronome until you can maintain a speed without messing up.

After that point you can increase the speed and repeat the same process.

After you reach a point where you feel comfortable with this technique expand your playing to two notes and so on.

Practice Check Points

Your notes must be even and clear. Use a Metronome to work you up to speed and keep your timing good.

Don’t use any magic boxes or reverb when you practice this technique. This should apply to all practice. You want to hear the guitar notes as straight sound. This is what you want to sound good before you send it through any sound altering device.

Those notes might sound boring but this is the best way practice, listen for good tone and volume

This will help all your playing in general and tighten up your timing.

Guitar Speed

There is a software product for increasing your speed on guitar. This is different than the guitar fretboard software on the Guitar Fretboard page. You should know the guitar fretboard fairly well to get the most out Guitar Speed. This software is all about developing speed on the guitar.

This is a good product you will get years of use from. Check it out.

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Guitar Augmented Chord Images

Guitar augmented chord images. Augmented chords are unique like the diminished chords having several names. One name for each note in the chord and they repeat themselve every four frets or major third interval.

These chords are easy to recognize. a lot of time they follow a regular major chord and get used in drop progressions a lot.

The + sign is usually used for a chord symbol like C+ or G+.

Music Tension

They usually give tension that will lead you into another chord. Tension is where you hear a chord but it sounds like it wants to change because the progression wants to get to the home chord.

Chord Construction

The augmented is made up entirely of major third intervals.

The augmented chord has a raised 5th in it. It’s only one note different than a major triad.

E♭, G and B Augmented Chords

Each chord can be used for three different chords. The same notes just different chord names. This is called plurality, other chords can have more than one name too. The Dm7 chord is also called an F6 chord.

The Notes for these chord are E♭, G and B.

This chord can be made from the third note of the C Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the C Harmonic minor scale also.

A♭, C and E Augmented Chords

The Notes for these chords are A♭, C and E.

This chord can be made from the third note of the F Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the F Harmonic minor scale also.

D♭, F and A Augmented Chords

The Notes for these chords are D♭, F and A.

This chord can be made from the third note of the B flat Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the B flat Harmonic minor scale also.

G♭, B♭ and D Augmented Chords

The Notes for these chords are G♭, B♭ and D.

This chord can be made from the third note of the E flat Melodic minor scale and the 3rd note of the E flat Harmonic minor scale also.

Remember that chords like G♭, D♭ are also F♯ and C♯, same pitch just a different spelling for different keys.

You can move any of these chords up or down four frets and have the same chord.

These are the most common chord forms. You can raise the 5th with a lot of other chords too but they won’t repeat like the triad does.

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Eric Clapton Songs

Learning some Eric Clapton songs is always a good thing to do for any guitar player. You don’t have to be into Blues. Not all his songs are blues songs.

He makes playing the guitar look so easy.

Sunshine of Your Love

Sunshine Chords

Some of these aren’t chords they are octaves. You hear Jazz players use these quite often but they are in other forms of music too just not as often as with Jazz guitarist’s.

Song Links

Sunshine of Your Love – mp3
Sunshine of Your Love – Tab

Intro
Sunshine of Your love
Written by Jack Bruce, Peter Brown and Eric Clapton D C D A G# G D F D // / / / / / / / / D C D A G# G D F D
// / / / / / / / / Verse One D C D D C D
It's get-ting near dawn when the lights close their tired eyes D C D D C D
I'll soon be with you my love to give you my dawn sur-prise G F G G F G
I'll be with you dar-ling soon I'll be with you when the stars start fall-ing D C D A G# G D F D // / / / / / / / / D C D A G# G D F D
// / / / / / / / / Chorus A C G A C G
I've been wait-ing so-long to be where I'm go-ing A C G A 2 Bars D C D A G# G D F D In the sun-shine of your love // / / / / / / / / Verse Two D C D D C D
I'm with you my love the light shin-ing through on you D C D D C D
Yes, I'm with you my love It's the morn-ing and just we two G F G G F G
I'll stay with you dar-ling-now I'll stay with you till my seeds are dried up Chorus A C G A C G I've been wait-ing so-long to be where I'm go-ing A C G A 2 Bars D C D A G# G D F D In the sun-shine of your love // / / / / / / / / Play Verse one chords and chorus for lead Repeat Verse Two Play Chorus and End

Cocaine

This is a J.J. Cale song, Eric helped make a it little more well known than J.J’s version.

This song has two main chords E and D with two others used as turn-around chords like in a blues song.

Song Chords

Song links

Cocaine – mp3
Cocaine – Tab

Intro
Cocaine-Written by John J. Cale E D E D E D E D
// / / //// | // / / //// Verse One E D E D E D E D
If you wan-na hang out you got to check her out co-caine E D E D E D E D
If you wan-na get down down on the ground; co-caine E D C B
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; co-caine E D E D E D E D
// / / //// | // / / //// Verse Two E D E D E D E D
If you got bad news, you wan-na kick them blues co-caine E D E D E D E D
When your day is done and you wan-na run-; co-caine E D C B
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; co-caine E D E D E D E D
// / / //// | // / / //// Play Verse for lead chords Verse Three

        E      D    E           D                         E  D E  D
If your thing is gone and you wan-na ride on co-caine

          E      D    E           D                         E  D E  D
Don't for-get this fact you can't get back co-caine

          E              D              C    B
She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie;  co-caine

E  D E D      
// / / //// 

E  D E D  Repeat and fade
// / / ////

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Learn How a Metronome canIncrease Speed and Accuracy

The metronome is the most important guitar accessory you can buy besides a tuner. The metronome should be purchased before you spend your money on a stomp box or some other sound altering device.

It’s not just for beginners. You will run across problems with timing in many songs. The song may be slightly off but it sounded good and got recorded as it was. Sometimes in music an odd unit of time will be added to a song. The Beatles did this on a few of their songs on the White Album.(Opens New Window)

Music is all about Timing

This guitar learning tool can make you play more accurately and faster in a shorter amount of time. It can be used for single notes or chords or a combination. It will tighten up your timing for 16th notes or triplets or anything else you play.

You might think that taping your foot is accurate enough but you will be surprised how easy it is to get out of time. What can cause this is your attention might be on chord changes or you might get caught up in the emotion of the song or progression.

How to Use Metronomes

Metronomes are great for helping to get your timing down on quick or odd chord changes. Sometimes you get an extra measure of 2 beats in a 4 beat song, that the writer needed to make the lyrics work. This will throw you out of time.

Start Slow – 60 – Beats Per Minute
One Beat a Second

The best way is to start out is with the metronome at 60 beats per minute. You should do single notes for a few minutes and then chords for a few minutes.

This is mostly for a beginner guitarist you can adjust the speed if you have been playing for awhile but never used a metronome before.

Whole Notes

Set metronome for 4 beats at 6o BPM

Play the C scale letting each note last for 4 beats-whole note

Repeat until you can stay in time before increasing speed

These notes are counted 1 2 3 4 playing the note once and letting it ring for 4 beats. These notes are worth 4 beats

Here is a C scale in whole notes with tab we’ll use for the example.

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The C scale in whole notes

That last note was off a hair did you hear it? Early or Late? Listen for the accent on the metronome for the 1st beat

Half Notes

Set metronome for 4 beats at 6o BPM or less if necessary

Play each note letting it last for 2 beats

Practice until perfect before speeding up

Half notes are counted 1 2 play the note once and let the note ring for two beats same with 3 4. These notes are worth 2 beats

Here is a C scale in half notes with tab we’ll use for this one.

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The C scale in half notes

The next to last note was off time did you hear it. Don’t play yours off time.

Quarter Notes

Set for 4 beats at 6o BPM or less if necessary

Play each note once for every beat

Practice until perfect. The note are getting shorter

Here is a C scale in quarter notes with tab we’ll use for this one.

This one goes up and back down. The notes don’t have as much room in between them

These notes are counted 1 2 3 4. They are worth one beat.

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C scale ascending and descending in quarter notes

Eighth Notes

Set metronome for 4 beats at 6o BPM or less if necessary

Play two notes once for every beat

Practice until perfect. The note are getting shorter

These notes are counted 1 & – 2 & – 3 & – 4 & . They are equal to one half of one beat

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C scale ascending and descending in eighth notes

Sixteenth Notes

Set metronome for 4 beats at 40 BPM

Play the C scale notes in a group of 4 per beat

Practice these until you can stay in time

These notes are fast in a normal tempo song. This is why I started at 40 BPM for this one

These notes are counted 1 e & a – 2 e & a – 3 e & a – 4 e & a. The & is the same & in the eighth notes. Four of these notes are equal to one quarter of a beat

Just like in fractions 4/16 equals 1/4.

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C scale in sixteenth notes

So far what we have done is divide the note value from the one before. The halve note is half of a whole note, the quarter is worth halve of the half note and so on.

This continues on to 32nd notes and 64th notes which in a fast song is like a humming birds wings, we’ll stop at the 16th notes for now.

Triplets

Triplets are three notes played in the same amount of two notes of the same value.

Eighth note are the usual but they can be any value note.

The song Good Times Bad Time by Led Zepplin has some good examples of triplets.

But before you start playing like that you have to learn the basics

Set metronome for 4 beats at 6o BPM or less if necessary

Play three notes for every beat

Practice until you have it perfect before speeding up.

I learned to count triplets as 1-trip-let, 2-trip-let and so on but I like the 1-e-& method better because the & is the actual eighth note.

We are just putting a note between two eighth notes but playing them in same time as two eighth note.

There is no other time symbol for triplets other than the bar across the top with the 3.

This is more of a feel hing than it is a counting thing. Just pay attention to the down beats and make your note fit in between.

That is what gives these groups of notes their triplet feel. This feel is also similar to a Blues shuffle or 12/8 time.

This is a good exercise for practicing a scale to take the boredom out of it. As long as you learn the scale and play it in time it doesn’t matter how you learn it.

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The C scale ascending and descending in triplets

Swing Eighths

If you leave the middle note out of a triplet you will get Swing or blues eighth notes or close to it. This is the way you should play eighth notes in blues and swing tunes.

It’s a slighly delayed 2nd eight note. A kind of layed back style of playing.

We’ll use the A minor pentatonic scale for this example

The way I wrote the swing eighths isn’t exactly how they’re played but it’s close. They don’t have a way of writing them out without getting into 16th notes and rests making the music complicated so they just write swing eighths in the beginning of the song.

I’ll play regular eighths first then the swing 8ths.

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Metronomes

Here is a link to where I buy most of my guitar strings and other things.

You don’t need an expensive one. I think I paid about 30-35 dollars for a Korg MA-30 about 5 years ago.

Correct that same mistake you keep making over and over by working your speed up to the song tempo.

Practicing with a metronome will get you playing better faster.

All types of Metronomes

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F Sharp Minor Scales

F sharp minor scales are related to the A major scale. This minor key has 3 sharps in it. The minor scales are great to use for improvising

The minor keys start on the 6th note of the major scale. The notes in the natural minor is the same as the relative major. The Harmonic and Melodic scales have altered notes.

F Sharp Natural Minor Scale

Chords – F Sharp Natural Minor Scale

F Sharp Melodic Minor Scale

Flatting the 3rd of the major scale will give you a melodic minor scale.

F Sharp Melodic Minor Scale Chords

The last chord is a F minor 7th flat 5 but I used the E sharp to stay with the scales.

F Sharp Harmonic Minor Scale

Harmonic scales are made by lowering the 3rd and 6th note of a major scale

F Sharp Harmonic Minor Chords

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Guitar Minor 6thChord Images

Guitar minor 6th chord images. These chord images can have different names for the same chord. This is known as plurality in the music theory realm.

The Dm6 chord has the notes D-F-A-B. This is made from the second note of the C major scale.

The Bm7 flat 5 chord comes from the 7th note of the C major scale. Its notes are B-D-F-A, the same as the Dm6 chord

This chord is also used for a G9th chord because it contains all the notes except for the root, G-B-D-F-A. The root of a chord can be left out because the other notes will imply the root and your ears won’t know it’s missing, especially if there are other instrument playing along like a bass player. Keyboard players do this a lot with their chords.

C Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are C, E flat, G and A.

This chord can come from the B flat major scale and the C Melodic scale.

This chord can also be called Am7♭5 and F9th.

F Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are F, A flat, C and D.

This chord can come from the E flat major scale and the F Melodic scale.

This chord can also be called Dm7♭5 and B♭9th.

B Flat Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are B flat, D flat, F and G.

This chord can come from the A flat major scale and the B flat Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called Gm7♭5 and E♭9th.

E Flat Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are E flat, G flat, B flat and C.

This chord can come from the D flat major scale and the E flat Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called Cm7♭5 and A♭9th.

A Flat Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are A flat, C flat, E flat and F.

This chord can come from the G flat major scale and the A flat Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called Fm7♭5 and D♭9th.

The following chords are the same pitch as the ones above. They just have different names for the key they are written in. F sharp and G flat are the same pitch just different key notation.

G Sharp Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are G sharp, B, D sharp and E sharp.

This chord can come from the F sharp major scale and the G sharp Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called E♯m7♭5 and C♯9th.

C Sharp Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are C sharp, E, G sharp and A sharp.

This chord can come from the B major scale and the C sharp Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called A♯m7♭5 and F♯9th.

F Sharp Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are F sharp, A, C sharp and D sharp.

This chord can come from the E major scale and the F sharp Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called D♯m7♭5 and B9th.

B Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are B, D, F sharp and G sharp.

This chord can come from the A major scale and the B Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called G♯m7♭5 and E9th.

E Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are E, G, B and C sharp.

This chord can come from the D major scale and the E Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called C♯m7♭5 and A9th.

A Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are A, C, E and F sharp.

This chord can come from the G major scale and the A Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called F♯m7♭5 and D9th.

D Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are D, F, A and B.

This chord can come from the C major scale and the D Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called Bm7♭5 and G9th.

G Minor 6th Chords

The Notes for this chord are G, B flat, D and E.

This chord can come from the F major scale and the G Melodic minor scale.

This chord can also be called Em7♭5 and C9th.

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Diminished Scales – More Improvising Tools

The diminished scales are a good source for improvising over diminished chords and altered dominant chords. You don’t have to be into Jazz to use these scales. Diminshed and altered chords are in every style music.

There are two of these scales but they are actually the same scale you just start one note up or down from the original.

Chromatic Scale

The Chromatic scale notes are spaced every 1/2 tone or every fret apart. A 12 note scale.

Whole Tone

The whole tone scale notes are spaced every whole tone or 2 frets apart. A 6 note scale

The Diminished Scales

The diminished scale combines these two variation by making two scales with spacings of one whole tone then one half tone.

The diminished whole starts with a whole note, the diminished half, yes you got it starts with a half tone

Other than starting on a different note these scales are identical although a little confusing until you get the sound of it implanted into your brain

This is an 8 note scale

Here’s the table from the whole tone page to make it easier to visualize these scales

Chromatic

C

C♯

D

D♯

E

F

F♯

G

G♯

A

A♯

B

C

Whole Tone

C

D

E

F♯

G♯

A♯

C

Whole Tone 2

C♯

D♯

E♯

G

A

B

C♯

Diminished Whole

C

D

E♭

F

F♯

G♯

A

B

C

Diminished Half

C

C♯

D♯

E

F♯

G

A

B♭

C

Please note E♯ is the same as F, D♯ and E♭ are the same, and A♯ and B♭ are the same

When you are writing in these scales all note writing rules are not used like in the major and minor scales

Diminished Whole Scale – Chords

Diminished Whole

C

D

E♭

F

F♯

G♯

A

B

C

Scale degree

Root

2/9

♭3/+9

4/11

♭5

♯5

13

7

root

These scales can be used on dim7th chords starting at the root.

When using this chord on altered dominant chords you start 1/2 step up. For a B7♭5 you would use the C diminished scale

This is a way of using the whole diminished scale instead of the half diminished scale.

Both scales are the same except the whole dim. starts with a whole tone and the half dim. scale starts with a half tone, confusing isn’t it

You could use the half diminished and start on the root it’s up to you. It’s still alternating whole steps and half steps for both scales.

B7♭5 chords

Here is what the notes would be for an altered B7 chord using the C dominant Scale

Diminished Whole

C

D

E♭

F

F♯

G♯

A

B

Scale degree

♭9

♯9

3

♭5

5

6

♭7

root

It contains a flatted 5th,9th and 7th and a raised 9th

Here is the C diminished scale played against a B7♭5 chord

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C diminished played against a B7 flat five chord

Diminished 7th Arpeggio

I used to think this was the diminished scale, this was pre internet era and info wasn’t that easy to come by.

Most books were written for college professors or students (if you could find one) and not for someone to learn on their own like most musicians do.

It’s made from minor 3rds stacked together C to E♭, E♭ to F♯, F♯ to A and A to C.

The Minor Third Scale or Diminished 7th Arpeggio

You will probably recognize this. I first heard it on the Blues Magoo’s version of Tobacco Road. Yes that was the bands name

It wasn’t played against a diminished chord either, every non altered dominant 7th chord has a diminished chord in it starting on the 3rd of the chord

The C diminished arpeggio could be used on the A♭7th chord

Heres a few A♭7th chords first

Here is what it sounds like played against an A♭7th chord

Try different chords like C7, F7, or Cdim7.

The C diminished chord has 4 names one for each note in it and it repeats itself every minor 3rd or 3 frets

The ° symbol stands for diminished or flatted in music

The C diminshed chord names are C°7, E♭°7, F♯°7 and A°7.

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C diminished 7th arpeggio played against an A7th chord

The hardest part of learning guitar scales is where to start? How many times do I have to play the same scale? Which scales to learn first?

Getting organized is the key to it all

I found a software program that helps you learn any of the major scales, modes and other scales.

It’s amazing how a computer and some software can make learning these scales so much easier than when I learned them. Some I didn’t learn till years later because it was such a pain and if you didn’t use them a lot you would forget them.

If you are willing to take a little time each day and use it you will learn all the scales everywhere on the fretboard

Try it for Free

You can try a free trial version here Guitar Scales Method Trial

Right or Left Handers

It’s simple software with a full length fretboard for right or left handed players

Take your time and follow each step. You’ll learn music basics, chords and much more.

If you apply yourself you will know the guitar neck and scales in a fairly short time

Been Playing for Awhile?

Even if you have been playing awhile you can benefit from this product, you will be surprised how much you don’t know as well as you think you do

I wish this was around when I was learning guitar

Once again here is the link to this software that will save you hours of practice by organizing these scale for you to learn.

Guitar Scales Method Trial

P.S. You are Never done learning guitar, there is always something new to learn. It’s a lifestyle enjoy it

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Learning Guitar BasicsEssentials for Guitar Playing

Understanding the guitar basics such as fretboard layout, how to tune a guitar, how to read chord diagrams and tab are the basics you need to learn first.

Don’t let all this learning stuff scare you off. It’s fairly easy and you can learn a little at a time and still be able to start playing.

Scales are easy to learn once you see how they are made and where they come from.

Chords are the same way, they might have some strange names but once you understand the lingo you will see how easy it is to read those chord names.

Buying a Guitar

Buying your 1st guitar can be a little tough today. There are so many different types and brands. Try and take someone who has been playing with you if you can. Check out the page below for more tips it may save you some money.

I think learning on an acoustic guitar is better because without any electronics altering the sound you can hear what the sound is naturally. Acoustic guitars add harmonics that you can’t get from an electric guitar. Play a chord on an acoustic and listen closely to the subtle overtones that come from the sound hole.

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How to Hold the Guitar

This link is also in the beginner lessons section but I put another link here because this is important info that can help your playing.

If you hold the guitar like you see in music videos you are going to have problems playing. Those videos are for entertainment not a guitar lesson. Most of the time they aren’t playing anything they’re just faking it.

Even guitar players you see in concert playing in odd positions have practiced playing like that for an entertainment effect to look Kool.

How to Hold a Guitar

How to Hold a Pick

This next page tells you the correct way to hold a pick. This way will work for most players but not all of us. Feel free to vary your position as long as it doesn’t hinder your playing in any way. You must have control of the pick at all times.

Holding the Pick

Guitar Picks

Most players use a standard pick but there are a couple other types you should know about. Also you don’t have to use a pick. All Classical guitarists use their fingers and fingernails to play.

You should try out a thumb pick, I find this useful for getting a more pronounced bass line when finger picking.

Guitar Picks

Guitar Tuning

To get the harmonic touch the 12th fret with the tip of your finger very lightly, don’t press down and pick the note.

This note should match the note when you press down and play it, if not you need to adjust the screws at the bottom of your bridge. Many electric guitars have this feature. You don’t normally see this adjustment on an acoustic. I’ve never had this problem on an acoustic guitar even a cheap one.

If you play all the notes one by one you get part of the “Star Trek” theme. This also works on the 7th fret but the harmonics do not match the note below as on the 12th fret.

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Guitar Tuners

This page will get you up to speed on all the different tuners available today. There are lot of different types and price ranges from a strobe that’s used in many top notch recording studios to simple tuners. I have one in a digital metronome that I use.

Guitar Tuner

Changing Guitar Strings
Guitar Basics

Changing guitar strings can be a problem for beginners and people that have been playing for awhile but never took the time to learn how to string the guitar right.

If you do not string your guitar the right way you will be tuning and retuning until you put the strings on the right way.

Take it Slow

Take your time putting the strings on until you get the technique down pat, it’s worth the effort to learn it right as you will notice when you have to play with another guitarist that never learned how.

It’s very annoying having someone always going out of tune especially if it’s you.

Learn Now or Later

Think of it this way would you rather spend a half hour or an hour changing your strings or hours tuning and retuning until the next time you change your strings. It’s a catch 22 thing, you can’t escape learning how to change your strings.

It will become quicker and easier the more you do it.

Change Guitar Strings Right

Guitar String Types
Guitar Basics

When you go to get strings for your guitar you should know some string basics so you don’t buy the wrong type. If you have pick-ups you need steel strings not just any metal. Here’s a page about guitar string types

You have a very large assortment of strings today. When I started playing guitar the string assortment was very limited.

Today you can get sets with Heavy strings for the 6,5 and 4 strings with light gauge for bending on the 3,2 and one strings or just the opposite if want to play some slide on the the first 3 strings.

Guitar String Types

Guitar Lessons

There are a lot of ways to learn guitar today with the internet and all types of software. However you should start out with a real teacher and not internet videos. A real teacher can answer your questions which you will have when first learning.

After you get down some basics you can learn from other sources. A lot of info on the internet can be wrong, put up by people that don’t know a lot about the subject. So if something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t.

Sheet music and books can also have mistakes in them too so knowing the basics of music will help you weed them out.

Guitar Lessons

The Guitar Fretboard

Knowing the guitar fretboard makes it easier to play the same thing in different positions. This is important because there are little tricks like pull-offs on open strings you can use in some positions but not in others depending on your key.

You won’t get lost on the fretboard, you’ll know where all the notes are. This makes a big difference when you are trying to learn something from an audio source. A lot of the time you need to play what you are learning in the same position as the guitar player in the audio or you won’t get the right sound.

Open Strings in Higher Positions

Another advantage is using open strings even though you may be playing in the 7th position. Knowing all the strings and all the frets is not that hard. There are only 7 notes, all the other notes are flats(1 fret lower) or sharps(1 fret higher) of the 7 notes.

Guitar Fretboard

Ear Training

Learn how to use those ears to recognize chord progressions, chords and notes.

Some people are born with what they call perfect pitch.

A person with perfect pitch can recognize each music note even if they don’t know what they are called.

To them all the individual notes have something distinct that tells them apart.

What the rest of us do is learn relative pitch. That’s the ability to tell what a note is after the first note is played.

Universities the have Music as a Major usually offer Ear Training for 4 Years along with the other subjects.

Ear Training – Learn More

Metronomes

Metronomes are a very good tool for beginners and professional guitarists. You can work a piece of music, chord progression or guitar solo up to speed with this tool.

You never out grow this basic tool. The more complicated the music you’re learning becomes the more important the metronome is for keeping your timing.

Using Metronomes

Learning Guitar Scales

Learning scales is easier today with all kinds of software to make learning more interesting and fun while you learn.

Learning Scales

Reading Guitar Tablature

Learning how to read guitar tabs is a guitar basics that will increase your learning speed. A lot of learning material for guitar is written in simplified tab, making it easy for beginning guitar players.

Tablature is a good way of showing fingerpicking patterns, it makes it easier to read than normal notation for the beginner. Some players just like it better.

Guitar tablature is a way of writing music that is easy to understand for someone starting out or for people that don’t really want to take the time to learn to read music notation.

How to Read Guitar Tab

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