Archives for June 2008

Minor Guitar Barre Chord Charts

A minor chordLast week, I added some major barre chords to our ever growing list of guitar chords. This week, it’s time to add some minor barre chords. These minor barre chords are based on the same common position that can moved up and down the fretboard. Again, these barre chords bar all of the strings.

On these barre chord chart diagrams, you’ll notice that there is a little marking to the left of the diagram that has a number and “fr.” like 3fr. and 5fr. These markings indicate what fret you play the barre chord position on. So if the markings say, 3fr., you’d play […]

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Major Guitar Barre Chord Charts Added!

A major chordOur list of guitar chords has been updated with the most common major barre chords! These barre chords bar all of the strings (except the first type of F major chord).

If you are just learning your barre chords for guitar, be patient! It may come quick for some, but more than often, it requires time to build up the adequate amount of strength in your fingers and wrist to be able to play a clean barre chord. I won’t lie to you. Barre chords can be hard! So give it time.

On these barre chord chart diagrams, you’ll notice […]

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Guitar Scale Anatomy: the Theory Behind a Major Scale

Note: This is Part 2 of “Guitar Scale Anatomy.” Guitar Scale Anatomy: Part 1 can be found here.

In Part 1 of Guitar Scale Anatomy, we started to look at how guitar scales function, so we can have a better understanding of how these scales relate to the songs we play. We provided a working definition of a scale and looked at how half steps and whole steps between notes contribute to the formation of a scale.

As you can recall, the way the half steps and whole steps are arranged between notes in a scale are one of the ways that give the scale a particular quality such as major or minor.

For this part, I’m going to reference back to our previous examples in which I gave you two “E” scales. While both were “E” scales, one was an “E” major scale and the other was […]

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Guitar Scale Anatomy: Theory Explained Behind Guitar Scales

In this lesson, we look at how the notes of a guitar scale interact and relate with one another. When I first started playing guitar, it was suggested that I learn guitar scales up and down the guitar neck so I could learn the guitar fretboard. However, learning patterns will only get you so far. You need to know how the notes function in a guitar scale so you know how to use them to improvise and crafts solos and lead lines. […]

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Taylor Solid Body: A Look at Taylor’s New Electric Guitar

Taylor Guitars has continued to push the envelope with their new electric guitar called the ‘Solid Body.’ It’s a fine looker. I’d be interested to see if it plays as nice as it looks!

Pickups

The Taylor Solid Body hails two different styles of pickups. The first style is a classic 3/4 humbucker. The second style is a full-size humbucker.

Bridge

The all-aluminum bridge was designed completely from scratch. You’re able to adjust the bridge height from front-to-back and side-to-side. Once you set the intonation, you can lock the saddles into place as well.

Five-Way Pickup Switch

The pick up switch is configured as follows:

Position 1: Full neck pickup

Position 2: Inside coils of the neck and bridge pickups in parallel

Position 3: Full neck pickup with

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Guitar Straps: How Low Can You Go?

I don’t know how this happened, but I’m seeing it quite a bit these days. Somehow it has become “cool” or just “the thing” to have your guitar strap adjusted so low that your guitar is swinging at your knee caps. I have no idea how such a thing has infected the guitar community. And no offense metal rockers, but I see it a lot with you.

If you are doing this, it really hinders your guitar playing.

Let’s look at why.

Think about when you practice guitar…

I often practice guitar with it sitting on my lap. My guess is that most of you probably do too. It usually isn’t till a performance or a show that comes up where I throw on the guitar strap.

Now, when you practice guitar, think about where the position of the guitar is in relationship to your body. For me, the body of the guitar rests on one of my legs, which puts the guitar right smack in front of […]

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How to Finger Pick: Guitar Fingerpicking Basics

So you want to learn how to finger pick guitar? Fingerpicking (or sometimes referred to as fingerstyle) guitar might feel a little bit tricky at first, but there are some easy to follow basics that can have you fingerpicking in no time!

Fingerpicking Hand Position

A correct fingerpicking hand position will use your thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers for picking. Your thumb will pluck the 6th (E), 5th (A), and 4th (D) strings (the top 3 strings). Your index finger will pluck the 3rd (G) string. Your middle finger will pluck the 2nd (B) string. Your ring finger will pluck the 1st (E) string.

Sometimes your fingers may pluck other strings (there are always exceptions) but this should be our default fingering position.

Here are pictures of correct […]

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Kid Aims to Set World Record for Guitar

I was reading over at IG’s blog today about a teen who is aiming to set a Guinness record for playing guitar for the longest amount of time. He’s already set a record in the Limca Book of Records for playing guitar non-stop for 52 hours and 48 minutes! Read the Yahoo new’s article here.

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Guitar Tuner Reviews: Choosing the Best Guitar Tuner

If you are a guitarist, it’s a given that owning a guitar tuner can be quite handy, especially if you are just buying your first guitar. Did you know though that guitar tuners can range anywhere from $10 to $300 and upwards? You would almost think that any guitar tuner is the same, but apparently not!

Fortunately for the average guitar player (that’s you and me), we don’t need to come even close to spending that much. We still have a lot of options.

My Guitar Tuner Recommendations

Korg CA-30 Chromatic Tuner ($19.99)

Key Features

+ Highly sensitive internal mic

+ Tunes chromatically

+ Additional quarter inch input

If you need an acoustic guitar tuner, a highly sensitive mic is crucial so the tuner can pick up the string you are tuning with accuracy. Some tuners […]

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How to Practice Guitar and Get the Most Out of It

I think everyone has heard the phrase, “Practice makes perfect.”

Let’s be real. If you want to become a better guitar player (or better ‘anything’ for that matter), you must practice! While this is really important to understand, I’d say it’s equally important that we have productive practices. Here are some ideas for the way you approach practicing guitar:

1.) Schedule it

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that the busyness of life won’t be sensitive to my music. In other words, if you don’t schedule a time to practice guitar, it probably won’t happen! Try to find consistent times in your week (half hour or hour blocks) that you can dedicate to practicing guitar. Personally, I’ve found that if I do this, I end up practicing a lot more than if I would otherwise.

2.) Create a practice space

Don’t just find a time to practice, but also find a place to practice. Get away from distractions. Lock yourself away. Get to a place where you won’t feel self-conscious about making mistakes or […]

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