Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009 from an alleged drug overdose. He wasn't a guitar player, but the impact he made on the music scene warrants respect from those of us who share a similar passion. His legacy is long, and much can be learned from the life of this man who came to be known as the "King of Pop." Michael rose to fame from the obscurity of a small Indiana town to become the most recognized pop star the world has ever seen. This in itself demonstrates how others …
The process of understanding guitar modes can seem very confusing, if not down-right impossible, to many students. Perhaps this problem exists because much of the information available on the subject requires the reader to have a basic knowledge of music theory and scales. At least that's how it appears to me.
Before going any further, let me just say that I do believe your understanding of modes will be greatly enhanced by getting a good grasp of major scales and their relationship to the …
Playing a simple waltz rhythm on the guitar is very easy to do. It also happens to be the second most common rhythm that composers and songwriters tend to use when creating music or writing songs. The most commonly used time signature is 4/4, which is why it is also called Common Time.
The strumming pattern that I am going to show you how to play on guitar today is often referred to as a "boom chuck" strum. This is most likely because it resembles the feel of a kick drum and helps to drive …
Acoustic Guitars - Quality vs. Price
by Kathy Unruh
What type of Acoustic Guitar should you buy?
First of all, you need to realize that a well made "quality" acoustic guitar will almost always have a solid top, back and sides, whereas less expensive models will usually have a laminated top. The problem with having a laminated top is that it will be more prone to cracking or splitting under certain conditions than a solid top would be.
How well a guitar is made will also affect …
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 is one part inspiration and one part perspiration. It doesn't matter whether you have a lot of ideas and catchy phrases floating around in your head. Unless you get them down on paper, they won't do you any good at all. I suggest you buy yourself a small pocket notebook and keep it with you at all times. That way you can easily jot down any creative thoughts you have during the day. This should provide you with plenty of material when trying to write a new song.
Developing your …
Buying a guitar is an important decision, so you'll want to know what to look for before you make a purchase. Check out this video and the article below for some tips and advice on how to make the right choice.
There are many different types, styles, colors, makes, and models to choose from. The question is, which one is right for you? How much should you spend?
If you're not careful you could end up spending a lot more money than you really need to. On the other hand, getting a "deal" may also get you a lemon.
The basic skills required for playing guitar are the same regardless of the style of music you like. However, when you're thinking about buying a guitar, you'll find some instruments are better suited for a particular style than others. Knowing your own musical tastes can help you decide whether you should buy an electric or an acoustic instrument.
For example, if you like Rock'n Roll or Jazz music, an electric guitar would be a good choice.
Acoustics are well suited for those who prefer Bluegrass, Folk or Classical music. Taking these things into consideration before you buy can help you to avoid costly mistakes.
Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced guitarist?
When it comes to buying a guitar for beginners, I usually recommend either a classical or an electric guitar, as they will be the easiest on the fingers.
Students with small hands might consider a 1/2 or 3/4 size acoustic or classical instrument.
Musical style, personal preference, quality and price are the key determining factors to consider when buying a guitar for intermediate and advanced players.
What is the tonal quality of the instrument?
Tonal quality refers to the unique sound of each individual guitar. When you strum the strings or listen to it being played what do you hear? Does it sound deep, bright, soft, dull, tinny? The instrument should resonate (transmit the full vibrating quality of it's sound) clearly.
How is the action?
The action of …
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