Category Archives: The Basics

Barre Chord Tips From Marty Schwartz

If you are like every other guitar player, you are currently or have in the past, struggled with forming and playing clean sounding barre chords.  Read below as Marty answers an email from a student that is struggling with barre chords. Be sure to check out out the end of the article.  There is a…

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Why Guitar Players Stop Making Progress

A common and disturbing pattern among guitar players that have been playing for several years exists where they make little to no practice.  In some cases their playing was actually deteriorating. It has nothing to do with their past teachers, how much time they practiced each day, and the methods they were taught, etc. The biggest…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Blues Guitar Lesson- A New Way Of Looking At The Pentatonics

Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed recently did a really cool video lesson that will challenge the way you look at the most popular scale used in Blues guitar- the pentatonic. Think you have a solid handle on the pentatonic shapes.  This video may just challenge how well you think you know it. In this…

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Improve Your Chord Changing and Strumming

Here is an awesome lesson for beginner-level players. David Taub of Next Level Guitar put together a cool video lesson that will help beginner guitar players master two huge concepts: 1)  How can I change chords more smoothly and easily? 2)  How can I play with more natural-sounding rhythm? Why those two questions?  Because these…

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Learn How To Play Almost Any Song In Less Than 30 Minutes

If you’re anything like most guitar players, you’ve probably spent hours and hours on YouTube and various guitar tab sites like Ultimate Guitar Tabs trying to learn how to play your favorite songs with very little to show for it.  Okay, so maybe you’ve learned a few songs and riffs and can hack your way…

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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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