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Discover The Next Step In Learning To Play Songs On The Guitar

Here is a great video lesson that Brett Papastache put together as part of his Beginners Breakthrough Series where he shows you what the next key step is that you need to develop in your guitar playing so you can be on your way to playing your favorite songs. After you conquer the milestone of [...]

The Future Of Coated Strings Are Not Coated

A while back we did a review on the new coated Blacksmith strings and found them to be really good! Well there is a new player on the market for coated strings. 

Brett Papastache Reveals The 5 Obstacles Preventing You From Learning The Guitar

Look, guitar ain’t the easiest thing to learn. But it’s the absolute BEST, COOLEST and most REWARDING thing you’ll ever do. Which is why you need to be on guard for the very real obstacles that get in the way. I’m talking about the most common mistakes that plague nearly every beginning guitarist. (Or what [...]

Send Your Fingers To Bootcamp

One of the biggest problems with guitarists (especially those who played for less than a year) is finger strength Many guitarists have trouble fretting difficult chords, playing certain scales and reaching big intervals. The good folks at Guitar Zoom created a killer book that will help solve these problems and more. If you will commit [...]

Discover The Next Step In Learning To Play Songs On The Guitar

Here is a great video lesson that Brett Papastache put together as part of his Beginners Breakthrough Series where he shows you what the next key step is that you need to develop in your guitar playing so you can be on your way to playing your favorite songs.

After you conquer the milestone of learning your basic chords, strumming is the next key component that you need to master.

In this great video below, Brett shows you how to develop your sense of rhythm and strumming.  Use the concepts that he shows you and you’ll be on your way to strumming and playing along with your favorite songs.

If you saw the post here on Six String Madness from yesterday, then you’ll know that Brett is running an awesome sale on his best selling Beginners Breakthrough Series.

Click here to find out what the 5 most common obstacles beginner guitar players face and how Papastache’s Beginners Breakthrough Series will help you overcome them

The Future Of Coated Strings Are Not Coated

A while back we did a review on the new coated Blacksmith strings and found them to be really good!

Well there is a new player on the market for coated strings.  Read more

Brett Papastache Reveals The 5 Obstacles Preventing You From Learning The Guitar

Look, guitar ain’t the easiest thing to learn.

But it’s the absolute BEST, COOLEST and most REWARDING thing you’ll ever do.

Which is why you need to be on guard for the very real obstacles that get in the way.

I’m talking about the most common mistakes that plague nearly every beginning guitarist. (Or what I like to call “dream killers.”)

One of the biggest names in guitar teaching and childhood friend of Marty Schwartz, Brett Papa aka Papastache spent months filming an essential set of lessons he calls “Beginners Breakthrough.”

It’s an amazing series of step-by-step lessons that take any raw beginner who’s never even held a guitar before all the way to playing complete songs easily and way faster than you’ve ever dreamed.

And then it shows you how to execute all the tricks and techniques to take you into more advanced phases, allowing you to blow away your friends with awesome musicianship.

Brett’s Beginners Breakthrough course tackles all 5 of the biggest obstacles in learning to play the guitar and shows you how to overcome them so you can play guitar like you have always dreamed of

The Five Biggest Obstacles to Learning Guitar
… and How to Overcome Them  

 

And for the next 48 hours only, Papastache is offering a killer discount on this awesome Beginner DVD set … Read more

Send Your Fingers To Bootcamp

One of the biggest problems with guitarists (especially those who played for less than a year) is finger strength

Many guitarists have trouble fretting difficult chords, playing certain scales and reaching big intervals.

The good folks at Guitar Zoom created a killer book that will help solve these problems and more.

If you will commit yourself to practicing one of these twenty exercises for

5 minutes a day, for twenty straight days, you will be shocked at how
much faster and stronger your hands and fingers get.
And not just playing these exercises.  You’ll have more control, in general:
more control over your songs, solos and riffs.

 

You will essentially be a much better player

Download the PDF below and start incorporating these exercises in to your daily practice routine and be prepared to see some amazing results!

Be sure to check out the great guitar courses that Guitar Zoom has to offer including the amazing catalog from resident guitar instructor Steve Stine


Guitar Center Memorial Day Coupon Code


Guitar Center has some great deals going for Memorial Day

Check out the links-

Memorial Day Weekend Savings Event: Save 15% on Qualifying Non-Sale Single Item $199+ with valid coupon code. Valid 5/21 – 5/25/15.

Dont have the coupon code?  Click the link above to have it sent to you.

Guitar Center also has a deal on used gear as well-

 

Memorial Day Clearance: Take an additional 10% off all clearance items. Valid 5/21 – 5/25/15. 

Here’s your chance to save some $$ on that new guitar or amp you’ve been drooling over.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

 

Struggling With Sweep Arpeggios? Marty Schwartz Teaches You How

Here is a great lesson from everyone’s favorite guitar teacher- Marty Schwartz.

This is a great lesson in how to play sweep arpeggios and incorporate them in to your guitar playing.

Check it out

 

 

free blues guitar licks course from Marty Schwartz

Help Little Kids Rock

Do you remember that excitement you felt as a kid when you heard a song on the radio for the first time and it made your mouth drop open?

You know what I’m talking about — that amazing rush of energy with your hands clapping, singing your head off and not caring how you sound, your body bouncing to the beat as it transports you to another place entirely.

Now I want you to imagine something else for a second …

Imagine loving music… but never having the chance to pursue it in any way … through NO fault of your own.

You may not know this, but too many kids today are being unfairly denied the chance to pursue their dreams in music simply because school budgets have been slashed.

Unfortunately, music programs are among the first to be cut, because they are deemed as “not necessary.”

Jimmy Fallon had a comedy skit drum-off between Will Ferrell and Hall of Fame drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

the winner got to donate money to his favorite charity …

And Chad’s was something called “Little Kids Rock.”.

You wouldn’t believe the great things this organization is doing.

Basically, it puts guitars and other musical instruments into the hands of kids who attend schools that can’t afford music programs.

Chad Smith isnt the only big name celebrity that supports Little Kids Rock

Everyone from Slash .. to Springsteen, B.B. King, Santana, Metallica, Ringo Starr … Sammy Hagar, Lady Gaga, Tom Waits, Seal …

The list goes on and on..

Tim Gilberg, co-founder of Guitar Jamz as well as Next Level Guitar is stepping out from “behind the scenes” to tell you about a special project you may want to help with…

Tim has put together an exciting Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for this awesome charity.

There are some exciting “perks” based on your level of donation for this campaign including signed guitars from Marty, David Taub and Brett Papastache

I urge you to check it out:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-help-little-kids-rock/x/10630883
100% of the money goes directly to Little Kids Rock and Tim has made arrangements to have some new guitars donated, too.

Watch these personal messages from Marty, Brett and David Read more

Learn This Bark At The Moon Style Guitar Riff

Papastache has a fun guitar lesson video where he shows you how to riff in the style of Jake E Lee circa Ozzy’s Bark at the Moon era.

This is a fun heavy metal riff that will give you some insight in how to riff like the 80′s metal guitar gods

Be creative with it.  Take the ideas that Brett gives you in the lesson and see what you can come up with!

Check it out!

 

blues rock licks from papastache

 

A Blues Legend Has Passed

 

We, at Six String Madness, wanted to take a moment to honor the Blues guitar legend and music icon, BB King in his passing yesterday.  He was 89.

BB King has touched the musical souls of so many people throughout his career and inspired countless guitar players.  His music will continue to live on and inspire future generations of guitar players.

Take a moment today, in your guitar practice and learn a BB King lick.  You’ll quickly realize that licks dont have to be fast or complex.  They just have to be played with soul and heart as BB did.

RIP BB King

Guns n Roses Stole The Idea For THIS Mega Hit Song

 

According to the Australian band Australian Crawl, they claim that Guns n Roses stole the music from their song Unpublished Critics and plagiarized it to create the mega hit song Sweet Child O Mine.

Unpublished Critics was written 6 years prior and the frontman of the Aussie band, James Reyne, spoke out to the blog Max TV on where the plagiarism could have taken place. He stated, “’Unpublished Critics’ has the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus.

Take a listen-

 

TMZ caught up with former bassist Duff McKagan to ask him about the recent plagiarism claim.

 

 

So what does this have to do with playing guitar?

As a guitar player, you should realize that there are only so many chords, progressions, notes etc available to a song writer.  Sweet Child O Mine is in the key of D major and uses the chords D, C and G.  If you were to strum the rhythm of the song, it uses the most common strum pattern ever used- Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Up.

The number of songs that use a D-C-G progression with that strum is almost uncountable.

Many times artists will write songs with sometimes an unconscious influence from songs they are familiar with.  Sometimes it’s simply a case of pure coincidence.

There are countless examples of a no name band suing a mega hit band claiming plagiarism for one simple reason- $$.  The majority of the time, the claim is unfounded.

Decide for yourself…