Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Best Beginner Guitar

Hands down the best beginner guitar in the market is the Epiphone Les Paul Standard. This is built to the same specs as the Gibson Les Paul as Epiphone is a subsidiary of Gibson. You get the same fat les paul tone for a fraction of the price. You won't get frustrated playing it either as you would on some cheap guitar models. Check it out.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus-Top Electric Guitar Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst

Saturday, June 10, 2006

How To Play Lead Guitar

Here's some good tips if you're working on lead guitar.

By: Masni Rizal Mansor

Many newbies are fascinated by the way lead guitarists are
blazing through a solo and keep wondering how they can do that.
They just can't understand how these people figure out which
notes can would sound right before playing them. The following
article is aimed to show some perspective on how to learn lead
guitar and begin to make up your own guitar solos.

The Blues Scale

What many beginner guitarists who want to learn lead guitar do
not know that improvising doesn't mean just playing random notes
and hoping they will sound great together. Before you can learn
lead guitar, you should know that professional guitar players
usually draw their solos from a scale, which they are using as a
template for improvisation. The blues scale, despite the name,
is actually a scale used very often in all guitar solo styles.

How to Use It?

Try practicing this scale forwards and backwards, while using
alternate picking and make sure you play each note evenly and
cleanly. After you got this right, try to play each note two
times before you get to the next one. Make up different ways to
play the blues scale to challenge your playing skills. Play the
blues scale so that the root begins on the letter name of the
scale you are trying to play. For example, if you want to play a
C blues scale, you've got to find the note C on the fretboard
and start the scale from that note.


Once you've become familiar with the blues scale, you might want
to take up some theory lessons and learn more on the different
positions of pentatonic and blues scales. However, you can get
to play a lot of great stuff just by using the single position
explained above, so start practicing on making up your own solos
before you memorize tons of scale positions.

Once you've managed to learn lead guitar basics, you can start
improvising. The concept is fairly simple: all you have to do is
string together some licks from the blues scale that sound good
together. However, when you try to do it, you'll realize it's
actually more difficult than it sounds. You might want to get
some soloing lessons for beginner guitarists that want to learn
lead guitar. Accesrock.com provides some good lessons.

After you did some practicing, you should visit the Home for all
Guitar Lovers website that shows several guitar licks. You can
try to memorize some of these and use them in your own solos.
Don't get frustrated if you play rather badly at first; if you
like what you're doing, it will get better over time.

About the author:

Masni Rizal Mansor provide tips and review on acoustic guitar, electric guitar.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Adjusting The Guitar Nut

This is one of those sticky adjustments on your guitar that is a pain to get just right. Check this out:

An Alternative Way To Adjust Your Guitar Nut

By: Andrew Preston

Most new guitars arrive from the factory with the nut just
barely playable. Older guitars may have the nut filed or worn
down so much that fret buzz cannot be eliminated by neck or
string height adjustment. If you have a new guitar, or you are
replacing the nut with a new one, here is an alternative method
to file and adjust the nut material to make your guitar play
like the professionals guitars play.

Before adjusting anything, make sure your guitar is strung up
correctly and that your neck is straight and not bowed or
warped. If your neck is bowed you first need to adjust the truss
rod. If your neck is warped it will require a more extensive
repair. For the lowest possible action or to avoid fret buzz all
across your finger board it may be necessary to have your frets
leveled and crowned first.

You will need a set of nut files (available from Stewart
MacDonald), and a good set of feeler gauges as well. Different
grades of sandpaper are very useful too.

Fret each string individually, starting with the High E, between
the second and third fret, use your feeler gauge to check the
amount of space between the bottom of the string and the first
fret. You should have approximately .005" of space between each
one, with the string barely touching the second fret. If this
measurement is close or dead on then move on to the next string
right up to the Low E string. You may want to record the gap on
a scrap piece of paper as you move across the fret board, to see
the nut slot's height in relation to the fret board as you do so.

For most players a string height (also known in guitar slang as
"action") of 3/64" of an inch is considered normal. Some players
choose a higher sting height such as 4/64" of an inch while
players which tend to have a light touch and want the fastest
action possible strive to lower the action as close as possible
to 2/64" which in many case's is very hard to setup and maintain
without fret buzzing somewhere on the finger board.

Of course, you can use the traditional method to set your string
height in relation to the nut, by using multiple feeler gauges
below the nut, and filing down to the factory depth and width.
However, I have found this method to provide a better and more
consistent feel while playing near the nut.

About the author:
Andrew Preston is a professional guitar session player and
dabbles in part time guitar repair. Your can see more
information at Guitar

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Four Ways To Learn Guitar

There's some good advice for beginners in today's guest article. Everybody learns a little different so find a way that's most comfortable for you.

By: Masni Rizal Mansor

With the increasing popularity of rock music during the last few
decades, playing the guitar has become very appealing for many
people. While there are many teenagers out there who dream of
becoming rock superstars, there are also many people that want
to learn how to play the guitar just for the sake of it.
However, many of them don't find the best way to learn guitar
and after a few unsuccessful attempts, they finally give up.

Different people have different learning needs. In addition, we
also have different resources, different jobs, different errands
to run and different schedules. If you're not at the level you
want, maybe it's because you haven't found the best way to learn
guitar yet. There are several ways to learn how to play the
guitar. Listed below are only a few of them.

Theory Books

There are thousands of theory books on the market that teach you
how to play the guitar. Some of them are even very good and can
provide you with all the information you need. Books are an
inexpensive and comfortable strategy to learn how to play the
guitar. Unfortunately, experience shows that for many of us they
just don't work. However, if you are a very patient person, a
theory book might be the best way to learn guitar.

Video Lessons

Video guitar lessons are available on DVDs and video tapes in
almost any music store, as well as on virtual shops. In
addition, there are also some video lessons available online.
Some of them are even free. Video lessons are more dynamic and
have a better chance of keeping you focused. They have the
advantage of allowing you to practice at home whenever you find
the time to do it. However, the inconvenience is that you can't
benefit from the personalized attention and useful feedback a
teacher could provide.

Private Lessons

If you are willing to dedicate a lot of time as well as some
money to this, private lessons are definitely the best way to
learn guitar. A good teacher can design a customized teaching
program to suit your learning style and provide you with
individualized attention and positive feedback to get you
motivated. In addition, he/she can also spot and correct your
mistakes very fast.

Learning by Ear

Learning the guitar by ear can be very fun, especially if you
have some sort of musical bone in your body, and that bone is
humming with lots of vibration, you might find that this is the
best way to learn guitar for you. With the modern slowing down
technology, it is much easier now than it used to be for our
parents' generation.

You should always keep in mind that playing the guitar should be
fun. If you find it difficult or stressing, your learning
strategy might have a lot to do with it. Sometimes you need to
try several learning methods before finding the one that works
best for you. However, if you really want to play the guitar
like a pro and have enough time and money, taking up private
lessons is probably the best way to go.

About the author:

Masni Rizal Mansor provide tips and review on guitar chords, how to play a