Category Archives: The Basics

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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How To Restring and Tune Your Acoustic Guitar

What tools do you need to remove & replace your guitar strings? What kind of guitar strings should you buy? How do you use a string winder? How do you use a guitar tuner? These and other questions are answered as you are taken step by step through the process of how to restring and…

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NEW GuitarJamz Beginner Guitar DVD Package

This has to be one of the best beginner guitar packages I’ve come across from one of the biggest names in guitar lessons- Marty Schwartz. Marty has a cool new package designed for beginners.  The Beginning Guitar 12-DVD package organizes the most essential stuff you need to PLAY SONGS, and play them quickly. No boring drills, no drudgery.…

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