What is the best guitar for a beginner to use? Is one particular type better, or easier to play than another? New students have often asked my opinion about this. Perhaps you are wondering about it too. I think it's a really good question. Here are some of the reasons why...
The instrument you choose is going to be your close partner for several years, or maybe even life. It makes perfect sense to learn all you can about the different types that are available. After all, it is 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 …
What does it take to succeed as an Indie Artist in today's market? Is it a great voice? Excellent songwriting skills? A terrific band? Having your own CD or video? Having an outlandish gimmick, look, style or sound? Is it having personal connections to someone in the music industry?
While these elements might contribute to your success as an Indie Artist, they are not the final determining factor. Perhaps you have noticed that there are some very talented people who are not very successful …
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 …
A guitar warm-up routine which includes various right and left-hand exercises can be very beneficial for any guitar player, whatever their skill level. In fact, it's probably safe to say that warming-up before playing may even be more necessary for the advanced guitarist than for the beginner.
This video provides a simple exercise you can try right now...
A good warm-up routine will help relax and supple the muscles of your hands so they can perform with greater dexterity and …
The steel-stringed acoustic guitar is usually credited with being developed by C.F. Martin and Company sometime during the 1830s. Although other "gut-stringed" acoustics were around at that time, it was the Martin Company that introduced the idea of cross-bracing underneath the soundboard which enabled the guitar to support the heavier steel strings.
There is approximately 160 lbs. of tension created by the use of steel strings so they should never be put on a classic guitar. Classical …
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 Circle of Fifths. I suggest learning as much as you can about these two areas, especially if you have trouble following the information I provide in this post. Steve Eulberg of Jamplay.com shares a helpful video lesson below that's worth watching if you want more detailed information on the subject...
Learn More About Scales & Guitar Modes...
Assuming you have no prior musical education, I will try to keep my explanation as simple as possible. Let's begin by covering some basic music principles and their application as they relate to the guitar...
There are 7 Guitar Modes:
Each mode is based on a corresponding degree of the Major Scale
Each degree of any major scale can be used to produce a specific mode.
The 8 degrees of a C Major scale are: C D E F G A B C
The 7 Modes produced from a C Major Scale are:
1st Degree = C = Ioninian Mode = CDEFGABC
2nd Degree = D = Dorian Mode = DEFGABCD
3rd Degree = E = Phrygian Mode = EFGABCDE
4th Degree = F = Lydian Mode = FGABCDEF
5th Degree = G = Mixolydian Mode = GABCDEFG
6th Degree = A = Aeolian Mode = ABCDEFGA
7th Degree = B = Locrian Mode = BCDEFGAB
Playing each tone of the C Major Scale alphabetically from the 1st degree (C) to the 8th degree (C) produces an Ionian (major scale) mode.
Playing each tone of the C Major Scale alphabetically from the 2nd …
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