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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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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Playing at jam sessions is an important milestone in the life of all guitarists. Getting together with other like-minded people is great fun, fosters friendships, and will really advance your guitar skills.

After playing guitar for 20+ years, I've had my share of jams, good ones and bad ones.

There are a number of guitar skills you already need to be comfortable with in order to be able to play acoustic or electric guitar at jam sessions with other musicians, here they are in no particular order. Read more

Learning easy to play beginner guitar songs as soon as possible is one of the best things you can do to help you learn the guitar and advance your guitar skills. Why? Because when you start learning the guitar, you'll need to get your hands used to the specialties of playing. Your fingers need to get used to the strings, forming chords, and so on.

Start playing songs!

Start playing songs!

To get your hands used to the guitar, you'll need to practice a lot, but if you just do practice drills all the time, you'll quickly get bored of the guitar. I've seen this with lot of people, but it's logical actually. Most people pick up the guitar because they want to make real music, not just do drills up and down a scale for example.

This is where songs come in, and the earlier, the better.

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For just $29 for the year, you'll get access to all of the high quality video guitar lessons on our site.

You will quickly advance your guitar skills by learning songs from popular artists.

If you prefer playing the electric guitar and are comfortable with the basics from our beginner guitar lessons, you'll be glad to know that we have several solo guitar lessons on our website, each one giving you step-by-step guidance on learning the most popular riffs and solos. As you know, our video tutorials contain animated tabs, which makes them very easy to follow, especially for beginners learning the electric guitar.

Be Like Slash!

Be Like Slash!

The main advantage of learning lead guitar with our solo video lessons is that we concentrate on teaching you through making you play real music, not just single exercises. Through learning to play popular riffs and licks, you'll be advancing your lead guitar skills as well. This combination of practicing through playing songs will mean that your practice sessions will remain exciting, you'll actually want to practice as much as you can, since you'll be making great music. This is the biggest advantage of learning songs, you'll stay motivated and really want to play as much as you can, due to the fact that you'll be playing the solos you've been listening to for years.

We have several guitar lessons on popular songs which use awesome guitar solos for you to learn. Here are the top 3 watched lessons on guitar solos we have at TheGuitarLesson.com, check them out:

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The blues is one of my favorite genres on guitar, I teach it to students all the time. Why? Because it's easy and loads of fun. If you're at an intermediate level, you're already at a stage where you can play astonishing blues riffs and solos like BB himself if you know some basic blues guitar techniques.

Got the blues?

Got the blues?

And you know what, these blues techniques are mostly basic guitar techniques that you are probably familiar with already. If you can already play some of the more complicated songs in the guitar song lessons section of the site, you are at the stage where you might consider getting some blues guitar lessons, since you are already at the level where you could be playing the blues.

But enough rambling, here are the guitar techniques you'll need to master if you want to play blues:

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Learning to play the guitar at home through DVDs is a great alternative to hiring a personal teacher. There are lots of DVD courses out there for beginners and those who are looking to go in-depth with a specific genre, for example blues or metal. But which ones can be considered the best guitar lesson DVDs?

Here are reviews of 2 really great DVD guitar courses, the best on the market in my opinion. Both of them are designed to get an absolute beginner playing and actually enjoying the guitar, which isn't that evident. They combine a good amount of theory and techniques to learn guitar, and have a well structured outline, with each lessons building on the previous.

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So without further rambling, here is a great guitar lesson DVD courses for you to check out. Unfortunately the other DVD courses worth mentioning have been discontinued, as more and more lesson providers switch to the online lesson format.
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One of the most common questions I get from my students (both online and offline) is:

Tom, what's the easiest way to learn guitar?

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that 🙂

So, my young Padawans, let's have a look at this question in detail.

simple-method-learn-guitarCan learning guitar be easy?

If you are looking for an easy way to learn to play guitar in 10 days, you just got to stop and ask yourself a few things.

  1. Can I really build a complex skill in a week?
  2. And if I could, wouldn't everyone be playing guitar like Slash?

Don't be silly now. There is no pill you take and wake up the next day and become awesome at guitar. Are you looking for a quick and simple way to learn chords, scales, and whatnot? Well, sorry, but there isn't any. You have to work for it, and it will take a while.

Guitar stars like Eric Clapton, Slash, BB King make it look so easy, right. Yeah, but they've been playing for decades. How long have you been playing?

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Being able to instantly identify, and move to different notes along the fretboard is a must know skill for anyone serious about learning to play the guitar. Knowing your way around the neck of the guitar is important for playing chords and chord progressions, for improvising, and an absolute must if you want to start writing your own songs as well.

Learn those notes!

Learn those notes!

Learning the notes on the fretboard is not really hard, it just takes some studying. Thankfully, the guitar is built in such a way, that allows us to easily identify the notes on 4 of the 6 strings, after learning the notes on the low E and A strings. This is due to the relationship between the notes on the strings. If you haven't done so yet, watch our video guitar lesson on learning guitar notes, I explain the following on video, which makes it even easier to digest.

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