I've written loads on learning blues guitar, but never really talked about how you can feel the blues 🙂

You've probably noticed that blues guitarists absolutely love their job. Their face says it all. I mean if you've ever been to a blues bar with real blues musicians, or have seen BB King when he hits the sweet spot on those bends, now thats really something. I will actually go as far as say that watching blues musicians perform is as great as the music they make.

And if you've been wondering what sort of facial expressions you'll want to learn to become a blues musician, have a look at Bruno Lucia demonstrate:

One of the most common problems that beginner guitarists experience is the "fat finger" issue. I put it into quotation marks, because 95% of the time, it’s not a real problem, just a newbie thing.

fat finger guitar Israel Kamakawiwo

Think your fingers are too fat for guitar?

No matter whether they have short and chubby fingers, or long and skinny ones, beginners will always have difficulty fretting a note without touching the adjacent strings. This is perfectly normal, so before you quit altogether or start playing bass because of your "fat fingers", you need to know one thing:

Your fingers are fine and perfectly sized for the guitar neck. Really!

This issue is caused by the fact that the beginner’s hand and fingers are simply not used to fretting chords. Granted, there’s not much space in between the strings to fool around, but if Johnny Hilland, and this guy, and of course the awesome Israel Kamakawiwo'ole can play well, you should be able to manage as well.

The most common causes of the chubby finger syndrome holding beginner guitarists back are the following: Read more

Learning easy guitar songs is one of the best ways for beginner guitarists to practice the techniques they learn, without the practice sessions becoming tedious. Learning individual guitar techniques in their purity day after day will get, well, boring after a few days. But not when you practice through learning songs.

Learn Electric Guitar Songs!

Learn Electric Guitar Songs!

The advantage of learning to play guitar songs is evident. Novice guitarists start learning the guitar because they want to be able to play the songs they love listening to, this is a general aim of most people who decide to pick up the instrument. If they were to practice, for example, the individual lead guitar techniques day in and day out for weeks, they probably won't stick with the guitar as long as it takes to learn the given techniques, since they won't get any satisfaction out of practicing.

You get satisfaction out of actually playing the guitar, and there are loads of guitar songs for beginners. Here are 2 of the most popular video tutorials we have in our database of electric guitar lessons:

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Learning to play guitar via guitar learning courses is a viable alternative to getting personal lessons nowadays for a number of reasons. Not only is it much cheaper, but the multimedia elements found in the best online and DVD guitar courses make learning music more accessible than ever. If you're searching for a way to learn guitar from home, read on!

Learning guitar at home?

Learning guitar at home?

There are several types of guitar learning packages available on the net and in stores, some of them are good, some of them are not. I've decided to split the courses up into 3 sections, depending on your needs, budget and general type of course:

  • Online guitar courses
  • DVD guitar courses
  • Downloadable guitar courses

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The question lots of people ask me when they start thinking about learning to play guitar is, "How long will it take me?"

Well, it depends on several things, not just how talented you are. Sure, having a talent for music and a good ear will help you achieve results, but in the long run, the guitarist that practices diligently and in the correct way will win over the lazier, yet more "talented" musician. Why?

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Learning the piano to some capacity is something that almost everyone can do. It takes some time and patience, as well as dedication, but ultimately builds confidence and adds a skill that can be used to impress people with beautiful piano music. After hundreds of years, the piano is an instrument that is still used today to create some of the most popular and inspiring tunes, and seeking help for learning it is easier than ever. The Internet is filled with websites that provide instruction for people that want to learn the piano and advance their knowledge and ability.

Piano Music

Piano Music

Basic lessons are available, often for free, and it’s quite simple to read up on basic techniques such as correct posture and hand positioning. The layout of the notes is the most essential information to learn, and then the piano music as a whole. Lessons on reading the musical staff are available in detail on many sites; just search for them online and there will be several websites to choose from. It’s just a question of what formula makes it easier to learn individually. Detailed instruction on identifying musical notes, how to play chords on the piano, how to read sheet music, and how to advance piano playing techniques are readily available online.

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GuitarTricks.com is one of the leading online guitar lesson websites. It has been around since the beginning of the Internet.

They offer thousands of video guitar lessons for an acceptable fee, but you can get the lessons for even less.

What type of discounts & coupons does GuitarTricks offer?

In August 2020, GuitarTricks.com offers 4 types of discounts. They are applied either by using a coupon code, or automatically activated based on the length of your membership or a special promo. You can save up to $96 by combining a discount code with a yearly membership.

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With online video guitar lessons becoming a perfectly viable alternative to personal lessons, the cost of guitar lessons have significantly decreased for beginner guitarists. While personal guitar lessons cost between $30-$50 per 45 minute session, you can sign up on a number of high quality websites and receive online lessons for next to nothing.

Online or private lessons?

Online or private lessons?

The result is evident, huge savings for beginner guitarists. Lets take an example, where an absolute beginner starts taking weekly lessons, and does so for 5 months. At an average rate of $40 per session with a private guitar teacher, expenses add up very quickly. The accumulated price of these guitar lessons would be $800.

In contrast, you can get super high quality online lessons at a fraction of the cost. Be careful, as there are a lot of bogus sites out there charging money for really bad content, but the following sites offer top notch, high quality material:

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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

Is it best for beginners to learn on an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar?

Electric or acoustic?

Electric or acoustic?

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, but don't skip forward, please. Read the article in full, I want you to see things objectively before you hear my subjectivity.

Let's start off with the differences between the 2 types of guitar, as the pros and cons derive from here.

What are the differences between acoustic and electric guitars?

As a newbie to the world of guitars, you may be wondering just how are electric guitars different from acoustic ones.

Electric guitar Acoustic guitar
Body Solid body which requires electric amplification to produce sound. Hollow body. The vibration from the strings vibrates the entire guitar. The resonation is passed into the air inside the body, where it resonates and is naturally amplified to become sound, which exits through the soundhole.
Size and weight Generally smaller, but much heavier than acoustic guitars. Larger than electric guitars, because the body has to be relatively larger for the sound waves to get amplified. However, they are usually lighter, since they are hollow.
Neck Usually slightly thinner, strings seem closer together. Usually a bit thicker, strings are further apart. Classical guitars have even wider necks.
Strings Thinner, lighter steel strings, easy on the fingers. Strings on electric guitars don't need to be heavy, because the sound is amplified. The thin strings make lead guitar techniques, like vibratos and bends easy. Heavy steel strings that need to vibrate stronger, therefore they are harder to hold down. Lead guitar techniques are difficult to carry out. Lighter nylon strings are also used on acoustic guitars, which are easier to play, but have a more subdued tone.
String action Since the strings are thinner than on the acoustic guitar, they don't need that much space to resonate. Because of this, the string action can be set lower, meaning the strings are closer to the neck. This makes them easier to fret. The thicker strings on acoustic guitars need more room to vibrate, so they are a bit further from the neck. This makes them harder to hold down.
Tone Thanks to the multiple pickups, the tone and volume knobs on the guitar, plus the effects you can apply with an amp, the tonal possibilities of electric guitars are endless. Acoustic guitars without amplification have a single tone. There are tonal differences between the different acoustic guitars as well, which depends on the materials the acoustic guitar is manufactured with and the size of the guitar.
Music Since electric guitars are amplified and effects are added to create a final tone, you can basically play any type of music with them (other than classical and folk). The lack of amplification limits the use of acoustic guitars to music where the clean acoustic tone sounds good. These include country, classical, blues, pop, folk.

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