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Slash Shares His Halloween Stories

Check out this cool video that Loudwire posted of Slash talking about his favorite Halloween stories   And if you are a Slash fan, dont miss the live televised concert that Guitar Center and Directv are sponsoring of Slash  featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the Roxy on Nov 7th at 9pm EST.  Check your [...]

Ripfire Guitar Scratch and Dent Sale

Dan Denley of GuitarZoom.com and producer of all of the Steve Stine guitar courses is running a huge sale on his mega 20 DVD Ripfire guitar course. I have reviewed Ripfire Guitar before but in case you are not familiar with the course, here are some of the highlights:     – 18 must-know strumming patterns [...]

New Blues Guitar Blog

I wanted to share a new blues guitar blog that I came across that I think the readers of Six String Madness will enjoy. TrueFire Educator Jeff McErlain has just launched his first installment of his new weekly video blog called Jeff McErlain’s Brooklyn Blues. Each week Jeff will share a free video guitar lesson, [...]

Five Mistakes All Beginner Guitar Players Make

If you are a beginner guitar player, you’ll want to pay attention to this.  There are 5 main obstacles that ALL beginners face. Changing Chords-  Look, first of all, the chord shapes themselves are hardly intuitive. If you’ve never played guitar before, they’re unlike anything you’ve done before. And of course changing chords means abandoning [...]

Slash Shares His Halloween Stories

Check out this cool video that Loudwire posted of Slash talking about his favorite Halloween stories

 

And if you are a Slash fan, dont miss the live televised concert that Guitar Center and Directv are sponsoring of Slash  featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at the Roxy on Nov 7th at 9pm EST.  Check your local listings.

Here is the ad spot that Guitar Center did for it

Ripfire Guitar Scratch and Dent Sale

Dan Denley of GuitarZoom.com and producer of all of the Steve Stine guitar courses is running a huge sale on his mega 20 DVD Ripfire guitar course.

I have reviewed Ripfire Guitar before but in case you are not familiar with the course, here are some of the highlights:

 

 

  • - 18 must-know strumming patterns
  • - Essential guitar theory like notes on the staff, key signatures, why some scales are minor and some are major, etc.
  • - 20 Critical Chords that most guitarists will never know
  • - Advanced chords like Sus, Add and extended chords
  • - Blues chords like dominant 9ths
  • - Hendrix chords like G7#9
  • - The most important rhythmic patterns for guitar
  • - The three crucial time signatures and how to recognize them in songs
  • - How to choose the right scale for your solo every time
  • - A quick and easy way to spice up your old songs using a technique called “chord embellishment”


The entire course has over 20 DVDs, with over 30 hours of video instruction and covers a large amount of information for most practicing guitarists.  The DVDs are broken down into several segments: Read more

New Blues Guitar Blog

I wanted to share a new blues guitar blog that I came across that I think the readers of Six String Madness will enjoy.

TrueFire Educator Jeff McErlain has just launched his first installment of his new weekly video blog called Jeff McErlain’s Brooklyn Blues. Each week Jeff will share a free video guitar lesson, a lick, a concept, a tone tip, and more.

Jeff is a monster blues guitar player and has published some of my favorite courses on TrueFire

If you’re looking for some really solid Blues courses, check out Jeff’s

Blues Guitar Survival Guide Rhythm

Blues Guitar Survival Guide Lead

 

Jeff’s latest lesson on Brooklyn Blues is a cool sliding double stop lick idea using the Am Pentatonic and some hybrid picking

Jeff writes about this lick idea:

I first heard this lick from Billy Gibbons on the ZZ Top classic La Grange and a number of Cream tunes including Clapton’s earth shattering solo on Crossroads. This one is fairly simple, but hugely effective and never seems to get old!

 

Five Mistakes All Beginner Guitar Players Make

If you are a beginner guitar player, you’ll want to pay attention to this.  There are 5 main obstacles that ALL beginners face.

  1. Changing Chords-  Look, first of all, the chord shapes themselves are hardly intuitive. If you’ve never played guitar before, they’re unlike anything you’ve done before. And of course changing chords means abandoning that shape and changing it into a new one in a different area on the neck.
  2. Getting strings to ring out properly-  Getting Strings to “Ring Out” Properly Playing a chord is one thing. But can you make it sound the way it should? Or, as I like to put it, can you you make your chords “ring out”? This is such a common problem! And it’s all about proper hand position so that ALL your strings ring out. Common causes include fingers not pressing with the right pressure.
  3. Developing Rhythm-  Contrary to what you might think, rhythm CAN be taught. I don’t care if you think you don’t have a musical bone in your body, I have a way of teaching rhythm that gets you in sync quickly and naturally. Believe me, EVERYONE has this natural rhythm inside them Read more


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