I have always been a fan of Zoom products, as they have always made great things at affordable prices.

My previous digital multi-effects pedal was a Zoom G1X, and I have recently upgraded it to its new version, the Zoom G1Xon.

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All beginner guitarists struggle with switching between chords at first, thats part of the learning curve. Here are some tips on the subject, but make sure you watch our video lesson on how to change between guitar chords, where I will show you the correct technique of learning chord changes. Watch my hands closely to see the correct method.

Practice makes perfect!

Practice makes perfect!

The main reason beginner guitarists experience difficulties when switching between chords quickly doesn't really have that much to do with their fingers. The main problem is that beginners haven't learned to visualize which chord they're about to play, and which fingers they'll need to move. This means that once they get to where they would need to change chords, they start thinking about which finger goes where, which means that there will be a lag between the chord changes.
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How can you know what note to play on your electric guitar if you don't accurately hear music? How can you know what note to sing in case you don't even know what key the song you are singing is in?

Ear training and using ear training software is important for both performers & musicians!

Ear Training Software

Ear Training Software

You need a good sense of relative pitch to be a good artist. But in addition it ought to go without mentioning that it's paramount to becoming a good songwriter.

What on earth is relative pitch? It's the capability to understand how notes and chords connect with each other.

When you have a good sense of relative pitch, you are going to not simply be capable to tell precisely what notes you hear, most importantly, you are going to know which tone will sound good after that.Because of this, it is important for song writers as well as musicians.

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If you love playing cool, mellow blues, you're in for a real treat. This weeks new beginner guitar lesson is on a Tracy Chapman song, Give Me One Reason, which has got to be one of the coolest blues songs ever 🙂

The song is played in the key of F#, and is standard 12 bar blues, so it might help to brush up on your 12 bar blues before you have a go at this one.

Give Me One Reason Guitar Lesson - Tracy Chapman

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top 5 guitar song lessonsHello my esteemed guitar students, welcome to the October, 2018 edition of our post on the 5 most watched lessons.

Every month, I like to dig into Google Analytics and analyze what's been happening on the site, what you guys have been learning, and so on. I share this info with you each month hoping that it will motivate you in learning new songs.

Lots of students, just like you, are learning songs on TheGuitarLesson.com at this very moment. Learning new songs and techniques is a great way to keep your guitar studies interesting, and it will help you become a better player.

If you already know how to play a few songs, that's fantastic. Never stop learning new ones though, otherwise you will stall and not get better.

Now lets have a look at the most watched guitar lessons of the month.

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One of the best part of learning to play the electric guitar is that you can find world famous lead guitar riffs to play from virtually day 1 of picking up the guitar. Ok, maybe not day 1, but if you practice diligently for 1-2 weeks, I will be able to show you some very famous guitar riffs that you'll be able to play.

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Shredmaster Central

By watching our collection of electric guitar lessons on famous songs, you will, with enough practice and dedication, be able to play any song you want. I emphasize that it takes practice and time, you won't be the next Eric Clapton in 1 week, that takes years of practice. If you like the electric guitar, have a go at our solo guitar lessons. You'll be learning all the techniques you need to play the songs you love through practicing famous guitar songs from Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and more.

Here are a couple of easy to learn lead guitar songs that you can play at a very early stage already, all of which will really develop your understanding and use of solo guitar techniques:

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Learning to play the guitar from beginner guitar books is still huge, despite the availability of the more modern form of learning guitar, online video tutorials.

My vote for best cover!

My vote for best cover!

The "learn guitar books" (both acoustic and electric) are here to stay, since thousands of guitar lesson books are being sold everyday.

For this reason, I thought I would buy, read and compare a couple of these books and see how they perform.

The ones I ordered were not at random, but chosen from the top seller lists of online book stores, so these should be the best beginner guitar books out there. Or the ones with the best marketing 😀

I am a guitar teacher of 15 years and a tech junkie, so I prefer to steer people towards online video lessons. I believe that with the multimedia technologies of the 21st century, beginner video lessons are the most efficient way of learning guitar from home, and are most advantageous from a pricing point of view as well. I'll add some recommendations for video lessons after the book reviews, in case you want to see that side of learning guitar as well.

Either way, here are my findings after reading through the most popular guitar learning books. If you want me to make a video review of these books as well, let me know in the comments section.

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Lots of my old and new students have been asking about guitar tabs, since they are so freely available on the Internet, so today I thought I would post you some pointers on how you can use tabs most effectively. So first off, for those of you who aren't familiar with tabs yet, a quick definition.

Tabs vs. Standard Notation

Tabs vs. Standard Notation

Tabs are a form of music notation for stringed instruments. In contrast with standard music notation, tablature shows you the fingering of the notes you need to play, which is very useful on the guitar, given that you can play any single note in at least 6 places on the fretboard. If you don't know how to read tabs yet, go ahead and check out our compilation on learning how to read guitar tabs. The lesson details what tabs actually are, and teaches you the standard notation used in tablature. Once your guitar skills reach an intermediate level, you will be able to play any song just by listening to it and downloading its tablature off of the Internet. There are a LOT of sites offering free guitar tabs, for example Ultimate-Guitar.com.

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This week’s new lesson covers the 1970 hit Have You Ever Seen the Rain, a real delight for all you acoustic players. It was released over 40 years ago, but it’s has really stood the test of time, everyone knows it even today (minus Bieber fans 😉 )

Have You Ever Seen the Rain Guitar Lesson - Creedence Clearwater Revival

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One of the most important and useful lead guitar technique beginner guitarists must learn at an early stage is alternate picking. Most beginners tend to pick the strings only downwards, which is a bad habit to get used to, and if it's not dealt with right in the beginning, changing to alternate picking will be harder later on.

Alternate picking

Alternate picking for all!

Learning alternate picking will increase playing fluidity and efficiency. The process of picking strings alternately is the process of using a guitar pick to pluck the strings using an alternating pattern of downward and upward plucks, in other words, playing with strictly alternating downward and upward motions. Why is this so beneficial? Because it has a result of minimizing wasted motion, increasing your plucking speed, and ultimately resulting in smoother playing. It allows you to play a series of picked notes fluently and cleanly, and also improves your sense of rhythm.

Many beginners have a hard time learning it at first. As part of our guitar lessons for beginners, here are a couple of useful tips on how to learn alternate picking.

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