Category Archives: The Basics

Use Power Chords and These Four Riffs to Sound Like a Rockstar

Power chords are simple, easy to play, and well, just powerful. In this lesson David Isaacs, instructor at Jamplay dishes out four insane riffs that will have you sounding like a rockstar in just one weekend. Power chords are an essential part of the sound of rock music. From “Iron Man” to “Smells Like Teen…

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The Indisputable Laws of Good Guitar Practice

If you’re just starting out playing the guitar or bass, sure, you could just pick up your unfamiliar instrument and bash away, hoping to eventually make the jump from fledgling beginner to competent player. And with enough determination, you might even get there. Eventually. But by following a few guidelines you can get the most…

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Learn Drop D Tuning

Alternate tunings are one of the quickest ways to open new worlds on your guitar. Drop D is one of the most widely used alternate tunings, and as a bonus it’s also quite easy to understand. Get started with Drop D Alternate tunings can open up all kinds of cool new possibilities on guitar, but…

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How To Get Hooked On The Guitar

I know we’re all hooked on guitar to some degree or another, but there’s a really good reason for that… it’s a little challenging at times…   And what gets us through those challenging times is our love for playing music and how it makes us feel… the more “hooked” you are, the more you…

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the trick for changing chords on time

I think every single beginning guitarist has trouble switching chords… and some of the more intermediate ones do to! It’s pretty much the entire focus of your practice time for the first several months. And as much as I hate to admit it, there’s a little trick that’s probably been kept from you all this time. Check out…

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Your worst enemy…

I’ve talked to quite a few beginner guitar players over the years and there are some things that always come up that really halt progress on the guitar. I call them “Self-Limiting Beliefs”.  Here are the big ones: Myth One: Hand or finger size prevent me from getting good on guitar. This just isn’t true. But so…

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Some thoughts on the challenges of learning guitar …

If you’re a beginning guitarist, then this 3-minute video might be the single most valuable thing you’ll see this year. Why do I say that? Because discouragement is a dream killer … David at Next Level Guitar put together a cool video for you … After filming a lesson recently with the ever-popular NLG instructor…

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how you can figure out strums and songs by ear [VIDEO]

Griff Hamlin put together a great lesson to show you how to increase your own experience in the right way… using a process that will not only bring you results (you’ll learn some songs,) but also improve your ability to learn more and more songs for yourself – whenever you want. You won’t have to…

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Things You Should Consider When Buying A Guitar

Whether it’s your very first guitar, your 10th, or your 100th, buying a guitar is always a super fun and exciting time. To make sure you’re making the best guitar-buying decisions, take a look at these things to consider before buying your next guitar. Why are you guitar shopping? This is a very important question…

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Tips For Playing Guitar Standing Up

Ever play standing up? If you don’t normally, and you all of a sudden give it a try, you’re probably in for a rude awakening! I can remember it like it was yesterday… the first time I “got up” to jam with some buddies – I felt like I was all thumbs. Since then I’ve…

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