Learning how to tune your guitar, and keeping it in tune is one of the most important technical elements of playing the guitar.

If your guitar is not in tune, you simply won't be able to hit the notes you want, or play the songs you love, since it will all sound out of tune. Sort of like when an amateur singer performs at karaoke night 😉

No worries though, learning to tune your guitar is as easy as 1,2,3.

First of all, watch our video tutorial on how to tune a guitar, it will show you the basic technique with an electric tuner, and without one as well (if you want to tune by ear). To tune by ear, you'll need a reference note, for which you can use our online guitar tuner.

Once you learn guitar tuning, make sure you keep it in tune afterwards as well. Here are some helpful guitar tuning tips for you:

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All TheGuitarLesson.com premium members are entitled to a 10% discount code upon purchasing Guitar Pro 7.

It's as simple as 1 and 2. When you become a TheGuitarLesson.com premium member, you'll not only have access to the best beginner guitar lessons on the net for the best price, you'll also be able to save 10% on buying the newly released Guitar Pro 7.

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Learning how to play an instrument is one of the greatest things that you can do in life. Research has revealed that musicians tend to be more extroverted, get better results in school, and tend to be more open to the world. The acoustic/electric guitar is a very popular instrument, for this reason lots of people choose to learn to play the guitar, rather than the piano for example.

Easy...

Easy...

Learning to be a guitar player without the help of a live instructor is very possible these days. Back when I learned, we had mainly publications and tapes to learn through. The Internet has actually revolutionized musical instruction, making it easy to learn guitar.

Nowadays, if you decide you want to learn to play electric or acoustic guitar the acoustic or electric guitar (or anything else for that matter), what do you do? Google it! You'll find an overwhelming amount of information, articles, videos and learn guitar products. In actual fact, you will find so much, it can turn out to be a burden, as you may find yourself moving from one resource to another without staying with one system persistently.

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Learning to play blues guitar is awesome, since it's one of the easiest genres to master on the guitar. Because of this, and the fact that playing the blues is fun and expressive, many beginner-intermediate guitarists choose to learn the blues. And yes, it is possible at an early stage already.

Blues Mastery

Blues Mastery

To start playing the blues, one of the most fundamental things you'll need to know is what a 12-bar blues progression actually is. This short blues guitar lesson will introduce you to the 12 bar blues form, the chords you'll need to play, and the order you'll be playing the chords in.

First off, let's have a look at the chords you'll play with a 12 bar blues progression. You may, or may not be familiar with the popular I-IV-V chord progression. This dictates the chords you'll be playing in any given key. The way it works the following.

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So you just got your first guitar, and are looking for a way to learn to play?

Or you've been playing for a while, and want to take things to the next level?

Using the best online guitar lessons to learn guitar is a very efficient and cost-effective way to advance your chops, no matter what level you are at.

I have been playing guitar for 20+ years and teaching for 15+ years. I still use online lessons to learn new things almost every day.

If you are interested in which online guitar teaching websites I use and can honestly recommend, and also which ones I stay away from, read on. I will also list my favorite guitar YouTube channels on this page.

There are several types of blues guitar rhythm styles to play around with when you start experimenting with the blues. Some of them will be more characteristic of what you already know to be the blues, and in others, you will hear similarities with other genres. Here are you basic blues rhythm styles:

Feel the blues...

Feel the blues...

  • Shuffle
  • Straight-four
  • 12/8
  • Two-beat
  • 16 feel

All of these blues rhythm styles provide a distinct feel to the music you are playing. Let's have a look at these rhythm patterns in detail, with examples from some popular blues songs.
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The guitar pick (aka plectrum) you use is one of the most overlooked parts of most beginner guitar lessons, so I want to share some guitar pick tips with you. Believe it or not, the guitar pick you use makes a huge impact on both the tone you get from your guitar, and the ease of which you can play a specific song or genre.

So many picks, so little time...

So many picks, so little time...

Your guitar plectrum is the main point of contact between you and the guitar (unless you are watching our fingerpicking guitar lessons of course :-)). A given type of pick might work better for a particular musical situation, depending on the tone you want to hear and the genre you are playing.

Of course, first thing's first, learn how to hold a guitar pick. Once it doesn't fly out of your hand on the third strum anymore, you can start experimenting with picks of different material and gauge, the results will be very audible and often lead to the easier playing of a given song.

Here are some tips on how to choose the proper guitar pick in any given situation:

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To find your way around the fretboard of the guitar is very important. It will help you in guitar improvisation, sight reading, and in understanding chords and more. In this guitar lesson we will explore five ways to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard. How much do you need to practice?

A couple of minutes a day with one of these exercises will help you improve your skills in finding the notes. In this guitar lesson we will focus on the fretboard, and on learning the notes on the guitar. I will show you several exercises which will help you memorize guitar notes, but you will have to work at it on your own time as well. So, lets begin with the fretboard itself.
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Have you been seeing ads for an app called Yousician popping up everywhere?

I have!

The Yousician ads looked pretty interesting. Guitar Hero mixed with a real guitar on your phone.

So being a curious guitar teacher, I wanted to see how Yousician teaches guitar.

Here is what I found.

What is Yousician?

Yousician is an instrument teaching app for your phone or tablet, so you need to download it from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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You can also download a Mac or PC progam to display the app on your computer monitor as well. Read more

I was contacted by the author of The Big Serious Guitar Book, Geoff Stockton, asking if I would like to receive a copy and write a review, and since I'm always on the lookout for new guitar material, I said sure.

The big serious guitar book

This self published book sells for around $40 on Lulu. When I first saw the rather steep price, I got curious. Most guitar books sell for $5 to $20. What could this have that would warrant the price?

The first thing I noticed was that The Big Serious Guitar Book is just as it's name says. BIG 🙂 In fact, it's over 500 pages big. Looking through my library of guitar books, I could not find any other book nearly as long.

Secondly, having a quick peek at the contents, it has a wealth of information that you won't really find in one place anywhere else. In essence, this book could easily replace several other books based on the amount of content presented.

So my first impression was basically positive, now let's have a look inside.

The Table of Contents

I don't know about you, but the first thing I like to look at when I'm looking to buy a book is the table of contents. You can pretty much instantly tell whether it's right for you or not.

Here is the index of The Big Serious Guitar Book, bare with me:

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