Learn How to Play Hotel California by the Eagles
I first saw the Eagles in concert at a "California Jam Festival" back in 1974. People were in the process of breaking down the fence when my friends and I arrived on the scene, so we all got in for free. There were a lot of bands... Deep Purple, ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath, Rare Earth, Black Oak Arkansas... It was like a mini Woodstock!
We got there late and were way in the back, so we …
Learning how to change your guitar strings might make you feel a little uncomfortable if you have never done it before, but it's really quite simple and should become a regular part of your guitar care routine. Below you will find a free video with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, for changing your strings.
Once you've changed your guitar strings a couple of times your confidence will begin to grow. Besides, you can always refer to these steps whenever you need …
Awhile back I attended an Alex DeGrassi guitar workshop. It's funny, but when I first learned about it, the thought never really occurred to me that perhaps I should go.
Oh, I guess it did enter my conciousness for a brief moment or so, but I quickly dismissed the idea as completely ridiculous. After all, it was too far away and I probably couldn't afford it anyway.
There would likely be some very talented guitarists attending this workshop too, and I might not be able to hold my own or …
Songwriting & developing an original sound is very important if you ever dream about having a successful music career. Today I often see young artists following a popular trend, or trying to sound like someone famous. This may get them a gig, but it probably won't get them a recording contract. If you want to stand out from the crowd and be noticed by the record industry, you'll need to have your own unique style and voice. Not necessarily bizarre, just something that defines you.
As a …
The Newsboys song, We Believe, was one of my brother's favorites. There's an interesting story about how he discovered it, which I'd like to share with you. But first I'd like you to take a moment to watch their music video...
The Newsboys - We Believe - Chords & Lyrics
One day Brien was in a music store looking for a CD. While he was looking, he had a strong feeling that he should turn around. So he did. But he didn't recognize any of the artists, so he …
Many people have discovered that buying a guitar online can be a great way to save money. But what happens when your brand-new instrument arrives and you can't play it because it isn't set-up right? Well, if this has happened to you, don't panic or think you need to ask for a refund. It may be that your guitar just needs a few adjustments.
Guitar Set-up & Maintenance Course
Guitar Intonation = the balance of tonal quality and equilibrium up and down the fretboard.
If the …
An essential ingredient to understanding your guitar is learning how the notes of the Musical Alphabet relate to the strings and fretboard. For example, there are only 7 letters that make up the Musical Alphabet: A B C D E F G
These 7 letters represent all the notes and tones that apply to music for any voice or instrument.
The tones EADGBE are taken from the Musical Alphabet to represent and tune the open strings of the guitar.
Starting from the sixth string and ascending to the first, the strings are tuned in intervals of fourths: E F G A. The only exception to this rule being the third string which is an interval of a third: G A B
An interval is the distance from one tone to the next.
Guitar strings vibrate at different rates of speed and create their own sound, or pitch. The tone A, which vibrates at 440Hz, is referred to as concert pitch.
Nowadays, most chromatic tuners indicate 440Hz for you automatically. They often come equiped with an LED screen, lights and sound to help you determine the correct pitch for each string quickly and easily. Digital tuners are very sensitive and can be thrown off by surrounding noises. Fortunately, many models have a jack where you can plug your guitar directly into the tuner in order to prevent other sounds from affecting the accuracy.
Once your guitar is in tune, you will discover that the tones ABCDEFG occur sequentially on each string up and down the neck...
Open 5th string -> A ||- -|-B-|-C-|- -|-D-|- -|-E-|-F-|- -|-G-|-A-|
Playing the Musical Alphabet - 5th String:
Start with the open A on the 5th string
Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret to play B
Move your 1st finger to the 3rd fret to play C
Continue in the same manner.
At the 12th fret the whole process begins again at A and continues up the neck.
The Tuning Fork is an inexpensive tool you can use to achieve concert pitch.
How to Tune the Guitar …
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