Category Archives: The Basics

Advice on strap height and playing comfortably

The world’s #1 guitar instructor, Steve Stine gets questions from guitarists all the time about playing, gear, and how to think about soloing, among other things. So he’s been working on a new video series that’s going to answer these questions and give you practical skills to massively improve your guitar playing. In this episode, Steve…

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How To Strum a Gazillion Songs

So if you watched the first video in Griff Hamlin’s Strumming Mastery Series, hopefully your strumming arm is a little more comfortable in its role as timekeeper and clock… And while that’s great… it’s just the beginning (somehow you knew that was coming…) What keeps your music going along is your strumming arm, but what…

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5 Most Common Obstacles Beginners Face

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…

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THIS is the single most important skill on guitar

I hope you’ll forgive me for being a little blunt here… but I need to make a point. The reality is that 90% of your time is going to be spent in rhythm mode. So if you can’t strum comfortably and keep good time with your guitar… things just aren’t going to work out. It…

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Free 3-DVD Guitar Lesson Course

For the next 72 hours, David Taub and the team at Next Level Guitar are GIVING AWAY their 3-DVD “Strumming & Rhythm Techniques Made Simple” course for FREE. YES. FOR FREE. All you have to do is pick up the shipping and handling cost of $6.95. This course sells every day on their website for…

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The Single Best Practice Tip I Can Give You

Here’s the thing – if you don’t fix it, it won’t get better. It’s that simple. If you’re working with something you’ve memorized, pick the part that you keep messing up and add a few notes on each end to make it a phrase – repeat that phrase SLOWLY and carefully and pay attention to…

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Why Practice Slow?

I think one of the most common myths surrounding guitar practice and playing is that playing slowly, over and over, will eventually get you to where you can play at full speed. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you constantly play a piece of music slowly, you’ll get really good at playing it…

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Learn the Parts of the Guitar

Here is a great beginner guitar lesson from Guitar Zoom resident guitar instructor Chris Argenziano where he teaches you the parts of the guitar. If you are a beginner guitar player and just starting out on your guitar playing journey, then this is the perfect lesson for you. Knowing the parts of the guitar and…

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No Time To Practice The Guitar? Read This

One of the most things that guitar players say is- I don’t have time to practice my guitar… With work, kids, and the 100 other “must do” activities that we have to cram into a day, sometime there seems to be little time left over for guitar. Now there are a thousand and one time…

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Beginner Guitar Lesson How to Read Chord Charts

Here is a great beginner guitar lesson from Guitar Zoom resident guitar instructor Chris Argenziano where he shows you how to read chord charts. If you are a beginner guitar player and you are trying to learn how to play songs on the guitar and cant quite figure out how those funny looking chord chart…

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