Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Best Way to use guitar tabs.

Guitars tabs are important for lot of people who play the guitar. There are many people who say that everyone should play by ear and not use guitar tabs. I agree that playing by the ear is an important thing however when somebody is learning to play the guitar, it will be difficult for the person to figure out a song by the ear.

Using guitar tabs can be beneficial when you are starting out. There are some things a person should consider when trying to play by tabs.

If a person has made a decision of using guitar tabs, he should keep some things in his mind. A person should also practice scales and chord progressions. This will build a solid foundation for a musician.

When using the guitar tabs, a person should figure out what are the chords that are being used and if the person is playing lead guitar, the person should know what key the song is in. .

Generally knowing the key the song is in will help you a lot because, you will be able to learn some good chord progressions in that key.

When using guitar tabs, you should also figure out how the song is arranged. This will improve your songwriting skills.

If you keep these things in your mind, I feel a person can progress as a guitar player. So there is nothing wrong in using guitar tabs, if you know what you are doing.

Eventually, you will be able to play the songs by ear, if you keep on practicing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

guitar lessons for beginners.

Anybody who has started to learn the guitar needs to know what he or she should learn! So what should one learn when someone is starting out?

guitar lessons for beginners



If you focus on few basics that I have covered in this free guitar lessons blog, you can start playing guitar in a very short time. When you are starting out, you need to build strength of your fingers and you can do that by practicing the chromatic scale and also learn to play few open chords.

These are a few things that I recommend for a complete beginner who is learning to play the guitar:

1) Learn to tune the guitar (Buy an electronic tuner) - Tuning is very important for a beginner and if you don't learn this, you will learn wrong notes and you don't want to do this. You need to learn the sound of the basic chords that you play and this can be done when your guitar is properly tuned. This is a very important skill for a musician.

2) Practice the chromatic scale - Chromatic scale has all the notes and is also a good exercise for your fingers. It will strengthen your fingers when you are starting out and is also good to learn the sound of the notes.



3) Learn basic chords - Chords are the backbone of music and it is absolutely necessary to lean chords. You can learn basic open chords and try to distinguish between the sounds of the different chords. Learning the guitar chord songs will help as you a musician. The main goal for any musician is to play songs by ear. When you memorize the sound of the different chords, it will help you a lot in future. Trust me on this.



4) Learn to change chords from one chord to another - How are songs made. Songs are made of different chords. When you are learning chords, you should also learn practice to switch between chords. When you switch chords you can make songs of your own or you can play songs of other people.

5) Learn the major scale - Learn how major scale is constructed and how chords are made from the major scale. Major scale is used for reference for many things in music. So you should know how to make a major scale and how to derive chords from the major scale.
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6) Making a practice schedule - You will have to decide which is the best time for you to practice. Practicing for half an hour or one hour everyday is very important. You will have to set your priorities and then make a practice plan.

These are some beginner guitar lessons that I feel are important.

More free beginner guitar lessons

:

Open chords
Guitar lesson for absolute beginner
Which guitar should you learn when you are a beginner?
Guitar lessons for absolute beginners 2
Holding a Plectrum and Strumming
Beginner guitar chords
Quarter note and eight note strumming

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

easy rock licks video.

Easy rock licks



This is a free guitar lesson is about playing an easy rock lick.

You can practice these licks with out distortion first and then you can use distortion. You can get more information by clicking on my previous post about easy rock lick



You can post a comment if you want more information about this easy rock lick guitar lesson.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Online songwriting

In this free online guitar lesson, I felt I should post something about songwriting.

One important online guitar lesson is songwriting and when one becomes a guitarist, he or she should know how to write a song.

Songwriting is an important thing for a musician. Most of us who play the guitar love to play cover songs. Many of us have also picked up the guitar to play our favorite songs.

We should play some cover songs but we should also focus our skills on making new songs and using our creativity.

There are many things that we need to consider when making a song

Be unique when writing a song

You can be unique by focusing on your own mental pictures and experiences when writing a song. By this way, you can tap into your creativity. When you are composing your first song, writing something is difficult but keep on trying. Don’t think how the final song will be. Just write anything. You can tweak your song later and add details.

Be unique but also use some conventional methods

If you don’t want your songs to be completely different, I would like to illustrate some points that you can consider when you are making a song.

Most of the songs that we hear have the following parts:

1) Verse

2) Pre chorus

3) Chorus

4) Verse again or verse 2

5) Bridge

6) Guitar Solo

7) Verse or chorus again

This is a general pattern that I have mentioned and its’ not necessary that all the songs will have this pattern. Many songs have a different pattern and most of the modern rock songs don’t have a solo.

You can tap into your creativity and make a few changes as you like. A verse should be good and when the listener starts listening to the song, he should get engrossed in the song. A pre chorus is a part when the song changes from verse and the listeners subconsciously feel something new is going to come. It’s kind of a transition from verse to the chorus.

When the chorus of the song comes, that’s the time when the tune should be ‘catchy’. We have seen many times when people repeat some tunes of some good songs. So chorus should be very good.

Bridge is a part when the song changes and it breaks the monotony of the song. As a guitar player one can use a passing chord or some other chord which doesn’t belong to the diatonic scale. I feel these are few things that are required for a great songwriter and you can try them out. I would also like to emphasize on experimentation as more you experiment with what you already know in terms of chords and scales, the more unique and good your music will be. I hope you like this online free guitar lesson. There are also many songwriting contests online. You can take part in them after writing some good songs.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

guitar chromatic scale lesson video

In this free guitar lesson, I have explained about how to play a guitar chromatic scale.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

E minor pentatonic jam

E minor pentatonic jam is something random I played after recording E power chord and G power chord rhythm pattern on the Sony Acid pro software. In this video, I am using the Pentatonic minor scale.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Using a metronome to learn strumming.

Using Metronome with strumming patterns.



This free guitar lesson is about Using a metronome to learn strumming can be a very rewarding experience. You will come to know when to play in time and this will increase your skills when you play with a band. A drummer of the band usually gives the time and you can get the feel of playing in right time by using a metronome. You can download a free metronome on your computer.

There are many guitar websites that offer this. You can look up for this on your favorite search engine. If you are using a metronome to learn strumming, make sure that your tempo is low and you can start with 50 beats per minute or 60 beats per minute.

You can start the metronome and you can start playing some quarter notes and when you are comfortable, you can increase the tempo or beats per minute. So for every time you hear the metronome beat, you need to strum down when you hear the beat. At the same time you can change chords. This is called a quarter note strumming pattern.

When you hear the metronome beat and you strum down and up, every time you hear a beat, then this means you are playing eight note strumming pattern. These are easy strumming patterns you can start with and you can gradually mix both the patterns when you are confident.

Increase the metronome tempo only when you strum properly because when you are learning to strum accuracy is more important than speed.

I have also posted another free guitar lesson on this blog about how to strum with plectrum.

The reason behind using a metronome to learn strumming is that you build speed gradually and you will play in time.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Notes on Guitar Fretboard.

This is the sequence of the notes on a guitar fret board.

e|F---|-F#Gb-|-G--|-g#Ab-|-A-|A#Bb|-B--|--C-|C#Db|-D-|D#Eb|-E-|
b|C---|-C#Db-|-D--|-D#Eb-|-E-|-F--|F#Gb|-G--|g#Ab|-A-|A#Bb|-B-|
g|g#Ab|-A----|A#Bb|-B----|-C-|C#Db|--D-|D#Eb|-E--|-F-|F#Gb|-G-|
d|D#Eb|--E---|-F--|-F#Gb-|-G-|g#Ab|-A--|A#Bb|-B--|-C-|C#Db|-D-|
a|A#Bb|--B---|-C--|--C#D-|-D-|D#Eb|-E--|-F--|F#Gb|-G-|g#Ab|-a-|
e|F---|-F#Gb-|-G--|-g#Ab-|-A-|A#Bb|-B--|--C-|C#Db|-D-|D#Eb|-E-|


# is for a sharp note and the small b letter is for a flat note. Places were you find the # and b letter, these are called enharmonic equivalents. The vertical lines are frets of the guitar.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tuning the guitar 2.

Tuning the guitar is very important thing. I have given some information about tuning a guitar however in this post, I will be giving precise information about how to tune a guitar. This is a picture about which notes to use to tune the guitar strings.

e---|---|---|---|----
b---|---|---|---|--e--
g---|---|---|-b-|----
d---|---|---|---|--g--
a---|---|---|---|--d--
e---|---|---|---|--a--

The above figure might be confusing but I will try to explain it. After a guitar is tuned, then at that time we will get the sounds of e b g d a e. e starting from the bottom e string (thin string of your guitar).

As explained earlier in my previous post, you will need a pitch pipe initially. You have to tune the bottom thin string to a E note. This means you have to blow your pitch pipe's E note and you will have to move the tuning pegs to the left and right side until you get an e note on your string which sounds exactly like your pitch pipe. It will be difficult to do this when you are a novice. The point at this time is not to lose hope and keep on practicing.

Keep one thing in your mind that when you are tuning a guitar, it's always good to loosen your strings and then you can tighten your string to get the correct notes.

Now will get back to the tuning tab above. I have assumed now that all your guitar strings are lose except you have tuned your thinnest e string to the E note. If can't understand this, I would suggest to read this whole post again. The reason I am saying this is because tuning the guitar is very important thing.

Please consider the vertical lines on the above tab as frets. After you have tuned your guitar's thinnest string to E note, you can tune your second string with the help of your first string. You will have to tighten the second string in such a way that you hear the same sound (e note) when you play the note on the fifth fret of your second string. the note on the fifth fret and the open e string should sound exactly the same. You will have to use the tuning peg to get the right note on fifth fret.

The best way to do this is play all the frets on the b string from the first fret to the fret you get the desired e note. When you are playing these notes, you need to alternate between the lower string and fret you are playing and move ahead every fret. So in a tab it will look like this

e---0---0----0---0---0-
b-1---2----3---4---5---
g---------------
d---------------
a---------------
e---------------

If you feel that the sound on fifth fret is same as the sound on e string, then you have tuned your guitar's b string.

There may be a time when you reach the sixth or the seventh fret and you hear the same sound on seventh fret. At this time, you need to tighten your tuning peg until you hear the sound on the fifth fret.

The same procedure is used to tune the upper strings except the 3rd string which is the g string.

In case of G string, you will have to compare the fourth fret with the lower b string and for the upper frets you will have to compare fifth frets note with string lower to it using the same procedure that I have mentioned above. If you have any questions you can post a comment. To get a more clear picture, I will be posting a guitar tuning video lesson soon and I hope you like this free guitar lesson.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Quarter notes and Eight Notes.

This is a video where I give examples about Quarter notes and Eight Notes. These are also basic strumming patterns.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Basics of soloing 2

In this post, I thought giving some tips about making a solo. As I have covered Basics of soloing in another post, I will giving discuss some specific things that we need to keep in mind when we are trying to make a solo.

If you have read my previous post, you must be knowing by now, that you need to play a scale pattern over the chord progression.

The best solos are made when your real musical self comes out and when you are playing the right scale over a chord progression. The music should come from inside you. You need to play the correct notes in the scale over the chord that is playing in the background.

This means that if your rhythm guitarist is playing a C chord, you know that you can use the C major scale to solo over it. This is basic stuff. To get to an advanced level from a basic level, you will sound even better if you choose the right notes of the C Major scale.

Your solo will sound good if you are using the notes C E or G of the C major scale. C E G are the notes of C major scale. If you play these notes when C chord is being played, you will make an amazing solo even if you are playing three notes. The trick is to play the notes of the chord that is being played by the rhythm guitarist in your band.

So if someone is playing an F chord, you can play F A or the C notes of the C major scale. When you first start this, you will have to locate the notes on the strings of your guitar. You will become proficient later on.

There will be a time when you don't have to look for notes. Your hands will go directly to the right note when a chord is being played. This happens after lot of practice and spending lot of time with your guitar.

To create amazing solos, you and your guitar need to become one. This means that whatever musical tone you imagine in your mind, you should be able to play that on your guitar. The pleasure that you will get from this is immense and I can't explain it in this post. You have to practice everyday to achieve that elated state of mind and make a solo.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Choosing the right guitar.

Choosing the right guitar is the most important thing for a guitarist. It's a myth that you need an expensive guitar to sound good. A $200 guitar will also sound good in a hands of a great musician.

So when you are starting out, it's not necessary for you to buy an expensive guitar. Practice and patience will make you a great guitarist.

I would also like say is there some qualities that you need to look for when you buy a guitar. I will mention them to you. Another important factor to consider is that you need to feel good when you pick up the guitar. This is extremely important when you purchase a guitar. You can feel comfortable with an expensive guitar and also with a low cost guitar.

You will have to make a budget and keep that in mind when you are going to your nearby guitar shop to purchase a guitar.

If you are buying an electric guitar, I would recommend an Ibanez guitar. I feel they are the best guitars in the market and the fretboard feel is also excellent.

Following are the things that you need to keep in your mind:

1) Check the fretboard. Play few chords and then play some scales. Does it feel good and is the fretboard smooth when you play the scales or it gives you an irritating feeling when you play them.

2) Check out how far are the strings from the fretboard. The gap should not be much because it gets difficult to play scales. You will have to use lot of finger energy and you will have a problem with speed picking. If you want to shred like Steve Vai or any other guitarist, this is a very important point to consider.

3) Always buy a guitar with a nice whammy bar, so you can add some variation in your solos.

4) Choose the color you like. I personally prefer white or black.

5) Plug in the guitar to an amplifier and listen to the sound without using distortion and with distortion. Do you like the sound?

The bottom line is go to your nearby guitar store and try as many guitars as you like. Do this even if it takes two hours and the sales representative is sick of you. After playing so many guitars, there is no doubt that you will come across some good guitars. Don't get confused. Make the right decision and only you can make that right decision for you.

I hope this post and article helps you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Basics of soloing video!

I have just uploaded a video on You Tube to give a better explanation about my basics of soloing lesson. Please rate and comment on You Tube. I will appreciate your feedback.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Easy Rock Lick.

In this free guitar lessons post, I will give you a tab of an easy rock lick which is used by many rock guitarists. It's a movable lick and you can play it in any key. The lick is the following:

e---12p15--------------12p15--------
b-------------12--------------------12----
g---------------------------------------
d---------------------------------
a------------------------------------
e-----------------------------------

The above lick is in the key of E minor.

Play it continuously for a minute. Do it slowly, as speed is not important when you are first playing it. Use a metronome to mark your progress.

When you'll gradually build up your speed, you will notice that this lick sounds good.

You can create variations of this lick and you can check out the following example:

e---12p15------------12p15--------
b--------------13-----------------13----
g----------------------
d----------------------
a----------------------
e----------------------

You have to use your imagination and your musical soul to come up with your own licks.

You have to know one thing that most of the best rock licks are only three or four notes but these three or four notes pattern is played again and again which sounds cool. If you want to see a video, click on easy rock lick

These kind of easy rock licks sound good when they are played on higher frets.