One of the most common questions I get from new guitar players is to answer the epic question once and for all, and decide whether it is best to learn on an acoustic guitar, or an electric guitar, and to start with electric guitar lessons or acoustic guitar lessons.

First of all, the second part of the question is flawed. If you are a total beginner, you don't need to differentiate between lesson types yet, since at this stage, you are still just trying to learn very basic techniques, which are the same for both types of guitar (check out our free basic guitar lessons).

Electric or acoustic?

Electric or acoustic?

Now back to the original question of whether learning on an electric or acoustic is more suitable for beginners.

This is a very interesting question that causes many disagreements between us, guitar teachers as well. There are advantages and disadvantages of learning on either type of guitar, so I will try to list them all, and after you get a chance to read the pros and cons of both sides, I'll give my opinion as well. And don't skip forward, read the article in full, I want you to see things objectively before you hear my subjectivity.

So, lets start off with the electric guitar.

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Rock & Roll is not as popular as it used to be, but lots of people still love listening to it. If you're one of them, you'll be happy to know that we have several Rock n Roll guitar lessons on TheGuitarLesson.com, which will have you playing these songs in no time.

rock n roll guitar lessonsJust as a primer, Rock and Roll started developing in the late '40s, early '50s. Initially, the lead instruments were either the piano or saxophone, which was later replaced by the guitar as the lead instrument. True Rock n Roll is played with a lead and a rhythm electric guitar, an electric bass guitar, and a drum kit. And of course, the singer's voice.

Rock and Roll wasn't just about music, it influenced lifestyle, people's attitudes, dance style and fashion as well, set by the most famous Rock & Roll legends, such as: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, etc.

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After years in the making, Arobas music, the creator of the Guitar Pro software, just issued a press release.

The lucky people attending NAMM on January 19-22 in Anaheim, California get to see the first public beta version of Guitar Pro 7. Here is the first video review of the brand spanking new Guitar Pro 7, it looks great!

Guitar Pro 7 expected release date

GP7 is currently in BETA testing. People could sign up for it on Arobas's Facebook page. This letter dated February 10, 2017, states instructions to the Beta testers.

The official release date is set for April 5, 2017.

Until now, the beta version has been private and limited to users selected by Arobas Music. NAMM was the first time the public got to see Guitar Pro 7.

Guitar Pro 7 new features

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According to the press release, GP7 will have many new features:

  • Significantly enhanced editing features
  • The possibility of using tablature for any other instrument beside the guitar
  • New types of notation
  • Improved file importing and exporting (export to MP3, FLAC, OGG)
  • Redesigned graphical user interface with the ability to access to the software’s main features in one click.
  • Polyphonic tuner
  • Tablature for all tracks
  • New audio processing, with hundreds of instrumental sounds included. The sounds can be customized, and GP7 will render the sound

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One of the most important changes that hit my eyes right away, is that it looks like Arobas is doing away with their realistic sound engine (RSE) introduced in GP6. It was a bit buggy and slow when a lot of tracks were added, so hopefully the new version will be better.

We will keep this page updated, as we learn more about GP7, stay tuned.

If you want to learn to play the guitar, learning easy guitar songs is one of the best methods of advancing your guitar skills. The logic behind this fact is pretty simple and straight forward, yet many guitar teachers neglect it for some reasong. The dream of all beginner guitarists is to play songs. This is evident, it's why they start learning the instrument in the first place.

Rock on!

Rock on!

However, playing the songs you want will require that you be familiar with given guitar techniques, and have mastered them already. This is the harder part of the equation, but it's a fact. You can't rock out until you know how to. Of course, learning the techniques required to play the songs you like will mean you have to practice them beforehand. Unfortunately, you can't just pick up a guitar and be able to play it without months of practice.

This is the point where many beginners actually quit playing altogether. They get bored of all of the technique exercises, the chord shapes, etc. And this is the point where learning by playing easy guitar songs come into focus.

All beginner guitar lessons should concentrate on 2 things:

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'Tis Christmas time again, stores start filling, people start shopping for gifts. Giving is a great joy, especially when you know that the gift will make the recipient happy, so Christmas shopping can get a bit difficult and stressful when you don't have any ideas. Luckily, guitarists will always be happy to receive guitar related stuff, no matter how small or large.

Here are a couple of guitar related Christmas gift ideas for you:

1. Personalized Picks Make a Great Christmas Present

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Personalized picks

You can get totally personalized guitar picks, which make great Christmas presents for any guitarist. They are very very cool, your favorite guitarist will be showing it off to his/her friends, colleagues, people on the street for a long time 🙂

Make sure the pick really is personalized, meaning it has the recipients nick name, face, logo, or some other form of personal detail printed or engraved onto the pick.

If your favorite guitarist is into jewelry, you can also get silver guitar pick medals to put onto necklaces.

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Learning to play guitar is one of the best decisions you can make in life, but getting to the point where you can actually play whatever you want will take a bit of time and effort. However,  you can greatly reduce the time and difficulties of the learning process, by choosing the study method most suitable for you.

Jamplay vs Learn and Master Guitar

JamPlay or LMG?

2 very popular methods for learn guitar are:

  • Gibson's Learn and Master Guitar (a DVD course)
  • JamPlay.com (an online guitar lesson site)

To help you decide between to two, we've prepared a detailed comparison between JamPlay and Learn and Master Guitar below.

Have a look at the differences and similarities of the 2 methods of learning, and make sure you read our recommendations following the table.
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One of the most famous guitar tutorial internet sites is Jamplay. After reading this JamPlay review, I decided to conduct a complete evaluation of the site, to determine the way in which guitar students can profit using their tutorials. About 2 hours into our Jamplay review, we were certainly pleased.

JamPlay.com

JamPlay.com review

The site is absolutely enormous. They have tons of lessons in all difficulty levels, addressing all styles. Jamplay also has several practical guitar tools, such as the online metronome, backing tracks, chord library, etc. Browsing through the video lessons is also super easy, which is great, since simply finding the thing you would like to learn from the thousands of tutorials they have could alternatively be a real pain.

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Korg TM40 Guitar Tuner/Metronome

Korg TM40 Guitar Tuner/Metronome

We just posted a review of the Korg TM-40 electric guitar tuner and metronome to our guitar shop, check it out.

I just read a review of Blues Guitar Spotlight from the makers of Learn and Master Guitar, and decided to write a post about it since I know from experience that Legacy Systems (the makers of the courses) always brings out very high quality educational material. They just released a new DVD based lesson package called Blues Spotlight, which promises to teach beginner guitarists how to play the blues.

Be a Blues Man!

Be a Blues Man!

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There aren't too many blues guitar courses out there. I've had a look at some of them just to test the market, but can say that the majority won't deliver its promises. There were always holes in the material, sometimes the lessons were totally unstructured, meaning that they didn't build onto one another, which is obviously the worst way to learn.

Having taken a look at the lesson outline of the Blues Guitar Spotlight course, I'm pretty sure that it covers the elements which a beginner will need to really learn the blues. What are these elements exactly?

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There are a few specific things you want to look for before buying or enrolling for guitar lessons online. Almost all of the websites you visit will give a great pitch for the their product, but it's difficult to know if it's worth while until after you've already handed over your money. I'm going to give you a few tips about what to look for in beginner guitar lessons so that hopefully you'll make the right purchase decision the first try.

Online Videos or a DVD?

The two most popular alternatives to learn to play guitar on your own are either purchasing a guitar lesson dvd or enrolling in an online video lessons membership. The first thing to consider is can you picture yourself watching guitar lessons on your computer screen? You have to be connected to the Internet in order to watch lessons online, therefore you probably have to watch them on your monitor. Of course, dvds can be watched on your computer as well, but you also have the option of watching those lessons on your TV via your home dvd player.

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