'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 sites is Jamplay. After reading this JamPlay review, we 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 at 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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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!

Disclosure: The reviews written on this site are carried out by professionals, who receive compensation from the companies whose products get reviewed. We test each product thoroughly and recommend only what we believe to be the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

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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I thought it would be interesting for everybody to see the journey a few of my online students took while learning to play the guitar on my site. Sort of mini case studies on how your peers get started on the guitar.

As you know, I provide personal support to all free and premium members on my site, and I've seen many students who have really advanced their skills in the time they've been a member. I asked 5 of them if they would answer a few questions for me, a case study on learning guitar, if you will.

guitar student case studies

I asked them a lot of questions, and will show you the most interesting bits below. I hope these guitar learning case studies will be an interesting read for many of you, and will motivate you to keep at it. 2 of them asked me not to post their picture, so I thought I would just post an image of everyone's guitar instead 🙂

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The guitar is the single most popular instrument in the world. It is played by millions of people in all countries, by all races, of all religions. On top of the millions who play it already, there are probably 10x more who want to learn the guitar, and are seeking the best beginner guitar lessons.

Learning Guitar?

Learning Guitar?

As with all popular commodities and services, the Internet has tons of guitar lessons for beginners, both free and fee based. Obviously free lessons won't be as high quality nor as structured as the paying tutorials, but that's another story.

The purpose of this post is to answer an interesting question that I get very often, specifically, whether you can learn guitar through online lessons, or not.

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After changing guitar strings, you will find that your strings get out of tune very easily for about 1-2 weeks, depending on how much you play and how often you retune. This is due to the fact that new strings stretch, causing them to go out of tune very easily. I want to share a little secret on how to overcome this problem, to save you the constant hassle of having to retune often.

Stretch it baby!

Stretch it baby!

When you put on new strings, you need to stretch them manually, otherwise they will keep going out of tune until they stretch by themselves. There is a very simple and straight forward method of stretching your strings after changing them, which most beginners don't know about, and therefore have to retune almost each time they pick up the guitar.

So get ready, here is a short guitar lesson for beginners on one of the secret tricks of the trade you'll want to carry out after changing guitar strings:
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Learning to play guitar, or any instrument for that matter, is amongst the greatest things you can do in life. Numerous studies have revealed that musicians are usually more sociable, get better results in school, and tend to be more open to the world. The guitar is a very popular musical instrument, hence many people choose to learn to play the guitar, instead of the violin for instance.

Learning...

Learning...

Learning to be a guitarist without the assistance of a live teacher is quite possible nowadays. Back when I learned, we had just books and tapes to learn through. The world wide web has honestly revolutionized music education and learning, which makes it simple to learn the guitar.

In the age of the net, the only thing you can't find information on is the one you don't do a search for. You'll come across an abundance of content for learning the guitar, everything from understanding how to read tablature, play chords, and even beginner guitar songs. The issue is actually with the abundance of info, because beginner guitarists generally don't stick with a given site and lesson program, but rather, skip between guitar lesson sites, and that is certainly not a really good approach to take.

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One of my online students asked me how I learned to play the guitar, and I thought this would make a nice post for all to read. It might motivate you, it might set you off, but anyhow, it will show you one thing most importantly: if I could do it, you can too. I was not born with a guitar in my hand, and I am not even very talented. I just loved it from the start, and stuck with it.

My Guitar Story

My Guitar Story

You see, anybody can learn to play the guitar. Be it, there are super talented guitarists, but unfortunately I am not one of them. If I was, you'd be watching me on MTV being harassed by hundreds of girls, not writing on my laptop 🙂

Ok, no more fantasizing, here is my guitar story...

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As a guitar instructor, a lot of people are extremely surprised after they discover how I learned to play the guitar. I am a living example and proof of the fact that it is possible to learn to play the guitar, without needing a private guitar teacher. If I could do it, anybody can, all it takes is dedication and work, and you'll be playing easy guitar songs in no time at all.

Learning Guitar

Learning Guitar

I have been playing the guitar for roughly 15 years now, and true, I did possess a musical background already, because I already played the piano as well as the trumpet. Even so, the guitar is completely unique, so even though I already knew how to read music, I had to train myself the guitar essentially from scratch. Plus it was not as easy back than, as it is today.

The Internet offers an overwhelming quantity of info on any topic, as well as guitar lessons. Lots of newbie guitar players type the phrase guitar instruction into Bing or Yahoo, and don't know how to proceed with the 10 million results the search engines provide them with. This is really a negative part of learning guitar on the internet, since beginners will usually go from one web page to the next, without actually learning anything.

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