Because of all of the media hype around e-learning these days and after reading this GuitarTricks review, we decided to conduct a review of GuitarTricks, an online guitar instruction site. We just wanted to see if a beginner would be able to learn to play the guitar online, as well as what a more advanced guitarist could learn.

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Arobas Music, the makers of the great tool Guitar Pro have released a Guitar Pro app for Apple and Android devices. The Guitar Pro app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has most of the features of the original GP software, the only major thing missing is the music composing part of GP, which is not a big deal in my opinion, since I wouldn't want to compose on a smartphone. The screen is too small and the functions would just be too complex.

Guitar Pro for your phone does a great job of playing your already existing Guitar Pro files though, which is why most people get Guitar Pro in the first place. Oh, make sure you download your favorite tabs from our Guitar Pro tabs database, it's absolutely free.

So what else do the Guitar Pro Android and iPhone versions do?

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JamPlay.com is quickly becoming one of the largest online guitar lesson websites on the Internet. They offer a competitively priced service, but it gets even better. These JamPlay coupon codes will allow for a discount on Jam Play services of up to 25% off of the normal price, which is always nice to have.

JamPlay Savings

JamPlay Savings

Before presenting the coupon code you will need to write into the appropriate box upon signup, lets talks a bit about what JamPlay is.

It is the no. 2 online guitar learning website, preceded only by GuitarTricks. No matter whether you're an absolute beginner, or an advanced player looking to go deeper into the ins and outs of specific genres, you'll be in for a treat with Jamplay.

And without further ado, here are the promised JamPlay coupon codes, which will allow you to save 25% off their normal pricing:

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One of the best things about learning the guitar is the fact that there are loads of 3 chord guitar songs beginners can start playing almost immediately. By almost, I'm referring to the fact that you will have to be able to form basic chord shapes, and change in between them, but once you can, you'll be rocking with AC/DC, and twisting and shouting with the Beatles!

3 Chords Are A'Plenty

3 Chords Are A'Plenty

But first things first, learn those beginner guitar chords. They'll take you a long way, and are really the foundation to thousands, if not tens of thousands of really popular guitar songs. Also, being able to change in between these chords is very important, as once you start playing songs, you'll need to be able to move from one chord to the next, without much hesitation.

So without further ado, here is a list of really cool, yet really simple 3 chords songs to play on guitar:

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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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At first glance, it seems like a trip back to the '80s. But trust me, it's the best budget-friendly multi effects pedals you can buy. Read more

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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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 in 2019, 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 every day.

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

The ones I ordered were not at random, rather chosen from the top seller lists of online bookstores.

This means that these sought after books 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, and I prefer to steer people towards online video lessons. I believe that with the multimedia technologies of the 21st century, video guitar lessons are the most efficient way of teaching yourself guitar. 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.

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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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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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