Monday, October 06, 2008

Tips For Buying Guitars and Equipment

By: Dave Long

A guitarist's equipment is an important investment for someone
that wants to learn to play blues guitar. There isn't a "best"
of anything, it all will come down to personal preferences. In
the end, it really does come down to trying things out and
finding what is best for you.

Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic guitars are one of the easier things to purchase. All
you really need to do is pick it up and see if it feels good and
it sounds good. Even if it has pick-ups (usually piezo),
generally an amplified acoustic guitar is only done so to make
it louder, not as an inherent part of the instrument, which
makes the interaction between the guitar and the amp less
important of a factor.

Electric Guitars

Electric guitars are a bit harder to try out than acoustic
guitars. For one thing, the amp is actually just as big a factor
in the tone as the guitar itself. A guitar plugged that sounds
great in a high end boutique amp at the store isn't going to
sound the same when you take it how and plug it into a practice
amp. Comfort is still important and should be the main thing you
look for when getting an electric guitar. If it isn't
comfortable to you, it isn't worth worrying about whether it
sounds good. Also, unlike an acoustic guitar, it is possible to
change the sound of the guitar by putting in new pick-ups.


As a note, there are separate amplifiers designed for acoustic
and electric guitars, while they can be switched, generally you
want to match them up because they are designed slightly

With an acoustic guitar amp, basically you are looking for
something that retains as much of the original acoustic guitar's
sound, just a louder version of it.

Electric guitar amps, on the other hand, are just as important a
part of the sound as the guitar itself. Playing around with the
amp before buying it is quite important to get a feel of if the
tone is one that suits your needs.

One thing to keep in mind is amp wattage only vaguely reflects
the approximate volume, it isn't an exact measurement of it.
Despite the rumors, tube amps are not louder than solid state
amps with the same wattage.

Changing volume does have an impact on tone, and on many tube
amps, the more desirable tones tend to be at higher volume
settings than on solid state amps, but they are not actually

Other Pieces of Equipment

There are two more pieces of equipment that every guitarist that
wants to learn to play blues guitar really should have.

The first is a metronome, which is important to developing a
good sense of timing, a skill important to any musician.

The second is an electric tuner (as a note many have microphones
so they can be used with acoustic guitars as well). Playing in
tune is critical, especially early on. Tuning by ear still
requires carrying something around for a reference pitch, an
electric tuner simply saves time and reduces the amount of error
for a starting guitarist.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Jamorama Acoustic: 7 Top Tips On How To Be A Better Guitarist

By: Jem Rhodes

Teaching yourself to play the acoustic guitar can seem like an
impossible task at times. Find out how you can turn the boredom
of practice into fun learning by using Jamorama Acoustic. You'll
be amazed at just how fun practising the guitar can be. Read on
to find out more about my 7 quick tips on how you could become a
better guitarist today...

Jamorama Acoustic: Quick tips to becoming a better guitarist...

1) Think about what sort of guitarist you want to be. Do you
want to play in a band? Become a singer songwriter? Or simply
play the guitar for fun? It's always a good idea to have a
clearly defined goal before you start to learn, so you know what
you're aiming for.

2) Play with other musicians, especially those who are better
than you. You'll find that you'll instantly pick up new
techniques and sounds. Playing with others is often a great way
to stretch yourself as a musician, as you'll be taken you out of
your musical comfort zone and forced to perform in front of

3) Use you ears. I know this sounds obvious, but you'll be
amazed at how many musician who don't. Your ears are your most
powerful tool as a musician, so make sure you really listen to
the Jamorama Acoustic audio clips and try to recreate the sounds
as accurately as possible on your guitar.

4) Practice. Again it sounds so obvious, but many guitarist
simply don't practice and then wonder why they don't ever get
any better, dumb huh? Try not to play the same old things over
and over again. In order for you to improve, you must learn how
to stretch yourself as a guitarist. Jamorama Acoustic will add
structure to your practice schedule and vary what you practice
so it doesn't get boring.

5) Record yourself as often as possible. When you listen back
you'll either a) be amazed at how good you sound, or b) be
shocked at how terrible you sound. Listening back to your own
playing is a great way to identify the parts of your playing
that need more practice. If you regularly record yourself you'll
also be able to see how much and how quickly you improve. Many
musicians fall to pieces when the record button is pressed,
because of the pressure that's instantly added. If you regularly
record you'll never be afraid of the record button even if you
are in a recording studio.

6) Listen to a wide variety of music. The more you hear the
guitar the better your understanding will be. Don't be afraid to
try and work out some of your favourite songs on your guitar,
even if it means you have to listen to them over and over again
to figure them out. The Jamorama Acoustic game GuitEarIt will
teach you how to use you ears to their full potential and make
it so easy to learn your favourite riffs by ear.

7) Using a Guitar Program like Jamorama Acoustic will always
make learning the guitar much easier. You'll learn the things
most self taught guitarist miss out on and you'll always have
something new to practice or play along to. There are so many
games, audio clips and video clips that you'll never be bored
again, ever.

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