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6 Beginner Guitar Tips From Marty Schwartz

Marty Schwartz of GuitarJamz.com did a great article designed to help all of you beginner guitar players. Check it out- 6 RANDOM & COOL GUITAR TIPS . . As you are learning to play your basic guitar chords, use these awesome tips: > Use only enough pressure to make each string sound good. No need to [...]

SRV Pride and Joy Intro Lick Lesson

SRV has to be one of my favorite blues guitar players and I’m sure a lot of you would agree. Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed recently did a cool lesson on the intro lick for Stevie’s Pride and Joy. It’s a great riff and easy to play Check it out-   Here is the [...]

Learn To Play Like Eric Clapton

  A few weeks ago, Marty Schwartz announced that he would be releasing a cool new course called Killer Clapton and it looks like it is now available! Check it out …. Why You Should Learn to Play Like Eric Clapton. (And Yes, You CAN, Play Like Eric Clapton.) Similar to the hugely popular course- [...]

Fender Blues Jr Settings Update

A very popular post here at Six String Madness is the Fender Blues Jr Settings.  In that post was a link to an external site where a guy that went by “Zoteman” had created a really good database of various tones and their settings that you could get from the hugely popular Fender Blues Jr [...]

6 Beginner Guitar Tips From Marty Schwartz

Marty Schwartz of GuitarJamz.com did a great article designed to help all of you beginner guitar players.
Check it out-
6 RANDOM & COOL GUITAR TIPS . .

As you are learning to play your basic guitar chords, use these awesome tips:

> Use only enough pressure to make each string sound good. No need to strangle the strings or suffocate the guitar neck!

 

 > Start by slowly strumming each string. If a string sounds odd, adjust your finger position.

 

 > Never forget that what you’re doing is a fairly complex skill, something brand new to beginners. This means that patience will reward you greatly . . . and that it WILL become second nature and easy if you master the smallest parts first.

 

 > Use only the very tips of your fingers. You’ll move more nimbly that way and get a better sound. Don’t be hard on yourself if this doesn’t come easily. It will soon enough.

 

 > try changing from one chord to another without strumming the strings.

Repeat over and over until you can do it smoothly.
Keep at it and you’ll get there!

 > Once you know what each chord sounds like, try to NOT look at your fret hand. Learn to recognize the sound of the chord. Learn to place your fingers without looking. You’ll want to look, but later, when you’re performing flawlessly for your friends or need to read music, you’ll thank me.

Keep going and give yourself a pat on the back!

Remember that what we’re doing here is one of the more difficult, multi-tasking endeavors you can learn. (And one of the most rewarding — no small coincidence!)

And when you take the time to master one small piece at a time, then before you know it, you’ll start connecting the dots and you’ll start playing seamlessly and fluidly just the way you once learned how to ride a bike.

Stay cool and keep playin’

Marty

P.S. Reminder: Don’t ever let anyone tell you that playing guitar is hard … or must involve spirit-crushing practice drills … or requires special “talent.”

ANYONE can play their favorite songs quickly with the shortcuts found in my 12-DVD Beginner Guitar system.

You can watch a preview video by clicking here. 
And if you are looking for more awesome lessons from Marty, give GuitarJamz.com a try FREE for 14 days


SRV Pride and Joy Intro Lick Lesson

SRV has to be one of my favorite blues guitar players and I’m sure a lot of you would agree.

Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed recently did a cool lesson on the intro lick for Stevie’s Pride and Joy.

It’s a great riff and easy to play

Check it out-

 

Here is the tab for it

If you are a blues guitar fan then you’ll definitely want to check out Griff’s 4 note blues solo lesson where he teaches you a killer 4 note pattern that all of the Blues greats have used to create some of the most memorable solos in Blues history

Click the banner below

 


Learn To Play Like Eric Clapton

 

A few weeks ago, Marty Schwartz announced that he would be releasing a cool new course called Killer Clapton and it looks like it is now available!

Check it out ….

Why You Should Learn to Play
Like Eric Clapton. (And Yes,
You CAN, Play Like Eric Clapton.)

Similar to the hugely popular course- Hendrix Revealed, Marty has spent months dissecting the licks, riffs, tone, and playing style of one of the greatest blues guitar legends out there- Mr Eric “Slowhand” Clapton

You’re going to love this:

See “Killer Clapton”: All His Best Licks, Riffs, Tricks and Techniques — All Demystified and Made Simple.

SO HERE’S THE BIG, OBVIOUS QUESTION
ABOUT ALL THIS ….

Should you even TRY to play like Eric Clapton?

Better yet, CAN you???

Why You Should — And CAN — play like Eric Clapton:

1) His solos are melodic and memorable … and yet there’s a real simplicity to his style that’s very teachable.

2) Clapton does the coolest little “flicks” and other bending techniques that will lend an entirely new and COOL sound to everything you do.

3) His stuff is super tasty but not so “acrobatic” that you can’t do it yourself.

There’s other great reasons, too. To see all eight reasons, go here:

8 Surprising Reasons You Should, and CAN, Play Like Eric Clapton

Learning these Clapton techniques won’t just immediately create some of the coolest-ever sounds from your guitar— they’ll literally transform your playing skills and take them to the next level,
quickly.

These new courses that Marty is doing are really cool as they focus on a specific artist and completely dissect every aspect

Of their playing so you have the tools, tricks and techniques to incorporate that style in to your own playing.

 

Hendrix Revealed sold out QUICK so if you love Eric Clapton (who doesn’t?!) then you’ll want to jump on this

Check it out right now here:
http://www.guitarjamz.com/killer_clapton_dd/

Fender Blues Jr Settings Update

A very popular post here at Six String Madness is the Fender Blues Jr Settings.  In that post was a link to an external site where a guy that went by “Zoteman” had created a really good database of various tones and their settings that you could get from the hugely popular Fender Blues Jr amp.

For example, if you wanted a tone like-

Vintage Rock Clean, dial it in like this.  Or a SRV Pride and Joy type sound, dial it like this or how about Eric Clapton Tore Down type tone etc etc

Unfortunately, Zoteman’s site is gone! And the link that I had in that post obviously takes you nowhere now.

I was able to find a cached page that contained the settings and have created a page that will be hosted right here at Six String Madness so all you Blues Jr users will have those available to you.

Zoteman- wherever you are credit is yours for the list

If you are not familiar with the Fender Blues Jr, it is a fantastic all tube amp at a killer price point and sounds amazing.  Check out your local guitar shop to give one a a try and come back here to check out some cool settings you can dial it in with.

Click here to visit the new home for the Fender Blues Jr Amp Settings

Stay Motivated In Your Guitar Playing

As a guitar player sometimes your motivation to practice can drop and you get down on your playing.  Maybe you have hit a plateau and cant seem to get past it.

David Taub of Next Level Guitar recently published a great motivational video to give you some tips on how you can break through those guitar playing walls that all of us hit.

Check out the video below and use David’s advice to get your motivation back, break through the barriers and take your guitar playing to the next level.

If you are looking for some great guitar lessons check out Next Level Guitar.  Give it a try for FREE ====>  Next Level Guitar Free Trial

 

Sick Bending Technique In 2 Hours

String Bending Like a Pro In 2 Hours

Sound too good to be true?  Not with Steve Stine’s new course- Ultimate Guide To String Bending

In Ultimate Guide To String Bending, you will learn how to truly master the art of string bending in this exciting new course from Steve Stine.

 

String bending doesn’t only sound awesome, it’s a MUST if you’re serious about taking your solo’s to the next level. Why?

Because nothing destroys a solo more than an off-pitch bend.

Good news is, Steve designed the ‘Ultimate Guide To String Bending’ to specifically help you overcome this barrier that turns away most beginner guitarists from becoming ‘serious’ players.

They tend to get overwhelmed by the difficulty.

With this course, Steve has broken everything down to a simple, step-by-step system that will get you bending like a pro in just a couple of hours.

You’ll learn some all the essentials plus some awesome bending techniques inspired by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Chuck Berry.

Go check it out now!

http://www.stevestine.com/stringbending

If you want to play and create powerful, emotional lead guitar lines and solos then having a complete mastery of string bending is a must

In the Ultimate Guide To String Bending, Steve will give you the tools to develop confidence in your lead guitar playing and create those powerful and expressive bends.

Be sure to check out the preview videos for this awesome new course!

click the link ===>http://www.stevestine.com/stringbending

Practice With Purpose

Sometimes you have to really *practice* hard to be able to get a handle on a certain song, technique, concept etc…

And sometimes it can get really frustrating, especially if you forget *why* you’re doing it.

As a webmaster of a guitar website and professional guitar instructor, I get emails and feedback from guitar players all the time where they describe something like they are practicing scales and arpeggios and chords and all this stuff and are getting burned out.

The first thing I ask them is “why” are they practicing those things

9 times out of 10, they cant answer the question or say something to the effect that is what they are supposed to do.

But straight up, if you don’t know why you’re practicing scales or chords or licks or… whatever it is, you’re going to get burned out too.

Now am I saying you should not buckle down and play hard sometimes?

No, not at all…

Instead, I’m saying that you need to have an idea of why you’re doing it…

* maybe to play a new song that’s a little out of reach
* maybe to be able to improvise over a tune that’s a little faster
* maybe it’s so you won’t make a mistake in one part of a song you know because your fingers won’t quite make it

Whatever the reason, keep it in mind so you won’t feel so isolated when working on technical skills.

Always know the “WHY” and have a clear understanding how you are going to apply what it is that you are working on.

If you are looking for some good guitar courses that not only give you the skills, techniques and understanding of the guitar PLUS give you practical application to use those skills in musical form and real life situations, check out these awesome suggestions.

Beginner Courses

Gibson Learn and Master Guitar

Guitar Jamz Beginner DVD Bundle

Steve Stine’s Kids Rock Guitar

Guitar Zoom 6 Minute Guitar

Blues Guitar

Griff Hamlin’s Blues Guitar Unleashed

Guitar Jamz Blues Masterclass

Guitar Tricks Blues DVD Set

Gibson Learn and Master Blues Guitar

Best Sites to Learn Songs

Guitar Tricks Song Section  (click for a FREE trial)

JamPlay.com  (lots of big name players that teach here) Click for FREE Trial

Learn and Master Rock Hits

Learn and Master Song Hits

 

Learn 4 Killer Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

David Taub and the team over at Next Level Guitar have put together a 4-DVD set of the four most requested Skynyrd songs with EVERYTHING broken down step by step.  We’re talking nearly EIGHT hours of PURE instruction here — the FULL songs, nothing less.

Including: Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird, Simple Man & Gimme 3 Steps

Learn the blistering solos, the classic Southern rhythms, and ALL guitar parts including chorus, verses, lead fills and more! Each DVD goes WAY in-depth — this is nearly EIGHT HOURS of step-by-step instruction!

Do you love Southern Rock and REALLY wanna nail the best songs?

Then click here and check it out now:

http://www.nextlevelguitar.com/lynyrd_skynyrd

 

Rock Guitar Effects: Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz Comparison

Like most guitar players, I am an effects junkie.  I am always buying, selling and trying out new guitar effects pedals.

If you are new to guitar effects, Guitar Tricks has an awesome course that walks through the most common effects out there and explains how to use them to create sounds like you hear from your favorite bands.

Check out one of the course segments on overdrive, distortion and fuzz effects

Check it out!

 

Want to see the full course on guitar effects along with every other lesson on the Guitar Tricks website?  Sign up for a FREE 14 day trial

 

Feel The Music

Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed and the creator of the famous 4 Note Solo recently had a birthday and to celebrate-

From now through Tuesday, October 14th, he is offering 30% off anything in the Blues Guitar Unleashed Course Catalog, plus free shipping anywhere in the US (and a discount on overseas shipping.)

It’s a heck of a deal and I can promise you won’t see it again any time soon.

 

Just head over to the BGU Course Catalog, pick out everything you want, and make sure to enter the special code STUDENT01 when you check out for the extra savings.

Also be sure to check out this awesome lesson that Griff did where he discusses how to improve your timing and develop the sense of “feeling the rhythm”

Happy Birthday Griff!