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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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.

Becoming familiar with guitar tab notation is an important step in becoming a guitarist. If you just want to learn and strum a couple of chords, than you won't need to know how to decipher tablature. BUT if you want to be able to play as many songs as you like, you will definitely need to learn how to read guitar tabs.

Learning tabs is easy!

Learning tabs is easy!

First of all, you need to know that reading tabs is very easy. It may seem complicated at first, but with just a little practice, you'll be able to effectively read guitar tablature, which is great, since you can download loads of tabs off of the Internet, not to mention the fact that our own Guitar Pro tabs database uses tabs as well.

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The other day I had a question from one of my online beginner students. The question was the following:

.....I love learning songs, but I noticed that a lot of other sites have you practicing just techniques, and play songs much later. How come your lessons are mainly songs and not just techniques?

Good question, so I think the answer deserves to be read by all.

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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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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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Learning to play It's My Life on guitar is easy, more than suitable for beginner guitarists. So what's the point (other than learning a great song)?

The point of learning easy guitar songs such as this Bon Jovi classic isn't mainly to develop any given technique, but to develop your rhythm and sense of timing. There are several parts to the song, all of the include longer rests and other elements that make correct timing crucial in getting everything sounding right.

And this is a very important attribute of good guitarists, that's why you have to practice it whenever you get a chance to.

 

It's My Life Guitar Lesson - Bon Jovi

Learn It's My Life by Bon Jovi

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Hello to all my esteemed students!

First off, I want to wish you all a Happy and Successful New Year. I wish I could say it to all of you individually, but this is the next best thing.

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As a little twist on my usual post covering the most viewed lessons of the previous month, I thought it would be interesting to show you guys the 10 most watched guitar lessons for the entire year of 2018.

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best guitar websites

I would estimate that there are literally hundreds of thousands of guitar related websites on the Internet, with a few hundred popping up every month. While many of these sites will have something valuable to add, I tried to collect the best guitar websites, the ones that I think will be most useful to my guitar students.

Now, this is nowhere a definitive list or guitar directory, but it's a good start.

If you find a site that you think is innovative and worthy of being called one of the best guitar related sites on the net, then please leave a comment and if I agree, I'll add it to this list. Oh, and don't just spam comment links. If you don't explain why you think your proposed guitar site is awesome, I'll just delete your comment.

Instead of just presenting an insanely long list, I've separated the sites into categories to make everything easier to digest and find. Click on a category and you'll magically be taken to that part of the page.

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Guitar Pro 6 has been a long time in waiting, it seems like Arobas Music, the publisher of the software has been developing it forever. I loved GP5, used it almost daily and recommended it to all guitarists, and when they announced the release of GP6, it understandably got me excited like a little boy with a new toy 🙂

Many people thought that GP6 would never be, but think again! After 4 years in development, GP6 has been released:

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