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Have you ever gone into the holy “Acoustic Guitar Sanctuary” at the local music store and wondered which guitar was right for you? Picking out a new instrument is exciting but also a bit intimidating when choosing between different types of guitars, body shapes, woods, and a host of other important factors. This lesson covers some practical tips, from a player’s perspective, on choosing the right acoustic guitar for you. You and your guitar are in for a long-term relationship. Somewhere in that “guitar room” may be “your” guitar. It’s your job to find it.
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Have you ever looked up at that “wall of guitars” at the local music store and wondered which guitar was right for you? Picking out a new instrument is exciting but also a bit intimidating when choosing between different types of guitars, body shapes, pickups, and a host of other important factors. This lesson covers some practical tips, from a player’s perspective, on choosing the right guitar for you. You and your guitar are in for a long-term relationship. Somewhere on that “wall of guitars” may be “your” guitar. It’s your job to find it.
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This lesson gives three incredible hand and finger flexibility exercises that can potentially change your facility on the guitar in a major way. I guarantee that a few weeks of doing these exercises faithfully will allow you to reach chords and stretches that you may have thought impossible.
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The ability to take a melody and combine it with chords to create a solo arrangement is an important skill that every guitar player should know. This lesson shows how to build a simple arrangement of a song in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
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There are many ways you can play a chord progression, each with its own sound and mood. And you, the player, get to choose how you want to play the chords you’re given. For example, you could strum the chords for a rhythmic fast sound or fingerpick them for a slow melodic sound. This lesson covers a variety of techniques to get the sounds you want.
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The foundation of every great setup is the guitar’s fretwork. After long periods of play, the frets on your guitar can eventually wear. Once the wear is visible, the guitar is likely to develop fret buzz as well as intonation problems. If left unattended, the guitar will eventually refuse to stay in tune with itself. This lesson covers a couple of the most common fret maintenance, called a fret dress or a grind and polish. You’ll have your frets looking and playing like new in no time. Enjoy!
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In almost every studio recording session I’m in, whether on acoustic or electric, I tend to derive my ideas from a basic set of chord shapes. These chord shapes combined with a few chord substitution rules make for great sounding guitar parts. I call these chords the “money chords” and they have certainly put food on my table more than once. These are the nuts and bolts of great sounding guitar parts whether you are playing for your enjoyment or laying down the intro for a Grammy-winning artist’s song in the studio.
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One thing a guitar has that no other instrument can replicate is the sound of open strings. The use of open strings automatically brings out the guitar part in any song.
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How would you like to be able to play any major chord, minor chord, seventh chord, minor seventh chord, or suspended chord in any key anywhere on the neck of the guitar?
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Have you ever wondered how some guitarists can create something magical over the most basic of chord changes? They have the ability to see past the normal chord written in the music and play beyond it to create memorable guitar parts. This lesson uses a simple C7 chord as a foundation to create a wide variety of musical ideas. The concepts shown here can be applied to any chord.
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Have you ever asked yourself, “How should I be practicing” or “What should I be practicing”? Here are some real world tips on what you should be doing in your practice time to get the most amount of progress in the least amount of time. There are four important sections to a good practice session: Warm-Up, Technique Practice, Song Practice, and Creative Free Play. Here is a suggested 30-minute practice session. Feel free to vary this according to your needs.
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There are four main areas of the neck that guitarists tend to play in – Open Position, Fifth Position, Seventh Position, and 12th Position and above. Every guitarist should become familiar with these four main regions of the guitar neck. The seventh position is a very comfortable place to play on the guitar but it also tends to be the area of the neck that most guitarists know the least. The position name comes from what fret your first finger is positioned. If your first finger is on the 1st fret, then you are said to be playing in the 1st position. If you move your hand to where your first finger is on the 5th fret, then you are in the 5th position. Positions are often notated in guitar music in roman numerals. This lesson teaches the notes in this important area of the neck.
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Learn how to take a bland progression and turn it into something amazing by using a few diminished chords.
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Using a capo is a basic skill that every guitarist needs to know. Capos allow you to play in a variety of keys while using familiar chord shapes. Capos also work well when trying to find a good key to sing a particular song in by transposing songs up or down. This lesson discusses how to use a capo and the different types of capos.
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This lesson covers these important "money chords" in the key of G that make up great sounding guitar parts. Learn some new forms and start creating the sounds you hear everyday in songs.
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The ability to take a melody and combine it with chords to create a solo arrangement is an important skill that every guitar player should know. This lesson shows how to build a simple arrangement of a song in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
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Many players are comfortable in the 1st position—they know the notes and can play a few licks. But the farther up the neck they go, the more unfamiliar it becomes, and they’re not too sure which note is which.
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Whether you read music or not, every guitar player needs to know the notes on the instrument. You’ve got to know where a C is and where an Ab is. Much of guitar playing is going to be done in the first, or open, position so that’s a great place to start.
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Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look at any place on the guitar neck and automatically know the note names?
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