Category Archives: The Basics

Practicing Guitar In The Summer

Summer is A great time of year.  Lots of outdoor activities, great concerts, long days, gorgeous weather.  People get busy with all of this fun and the same thing happens every year – guitars go back in their case and seldom see the light of day until fall. I’m like everybody else, I want to…

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Shortcut the Guitar Learning Process

Most people think you need natural talent to be successful at play the guitar.  Guess what?  That view is OVERRATED It is much more powerful to have KNOWLEDGE Even guitarists we think of as amazingly “gifted” turn out to be hard-working craftsmen who applied knowledge and practiced diligently. Let’s take Jimi Hendrix.  He got his…

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Proper Strumming Techniques

One of the most common challenges that beginner guitar players have is developing proper strumming techniques and learning how to figure strum patterns for songs. David Taub from Next Level Guitar put together some tips and a free video lesson to help you along in your guitar journey. This lesson is designed more for beginners…

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Dial In a Great Tone

Senior instructor Anders from GuitarTricks.com did a great video on dialing in a good tone on your amp including do and donts that you may not know about First he will talk about the most common EQ controls you find on amps, being bass, mids and treble including what settings you want for a good…

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12 Things You Can Do To Be A Better Guitar Player Right Now

John McCarthy and the team over at RockHouseMethod.com put out a great article on 12 things that you can do right now to improve your guitar playing. If you are a regular reader of SixStringMadness, then you know we are big supporters of John and his products so be sure to head over to www.RockHouseMethod.com…

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Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Strings and Picks

Here is a great article that JamPlay instructor Mary Cambell wrote to help beginners decipher from all of the different option when it comes to guitar strings and picks- Sometimes it’s all about the little things. When it comes to playing the guitar, there are a multitude of details that, when added up, can make…

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How To Combat Hand And Finger Pain When Learning The Guitar

There’s no doubt about it… playing guitar is a blast. There is nothing better then seeing — and hearing — yourself progress as you work through notes, and then chords, and then, finally, songs. There is, however, one unpleasant reality that comes with the territory for beginners, and that reality is hand and, more specifically,…

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Make Your Guitar Practice Sessions FUN

There’s one ugly truth about practicing guitar… it’s not always fun. In fact, sometimes it can be downright tedious. Obviously you need to do it to get better, but sometimes the idea of sitting down and playing scales or working through a difficult song can be nothing short of torture. We’ve all been there and,…

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Top 5 Tools Every Guitar Player Needs

Tool #1: Songsterr My favorite tool at the moment (and it has been for a while now), is a website called Songsterr If you’re a tech-savvy guitar player, you’ve probably heard of Guitar Pro. It’s a desktop application that improves on standard guitar tabs, turning them into midi-playing note sheets which show the exact duration…

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Gain- How and How Much

Gain is probably the most common guitar “effect”, but the term covers a wide array of sounds and styles. In this lesson courtesy of GuitarTricks.com instructor Anders Mouridsen, we’ll talk about how to obtain the different sounds and how to use them, focusing on overdrive, distortion, and hi-gain. Check it out-        …

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