Category Archives: Rhythm

Tips For Getting Over Your Guitar Playing Plateaus

When you first pick up the guitar, you spend considerable time learning the basics. Once you get those down and feel comfortable with your instrument, you move on to songs and various techniques and styles of playing. Your abilities seem to grow in leaps and bounds for a good long while as you cruise along…

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Spice Up Your Chord Progressions

Chris Liepe, a JamPlay.com rock instructor, presents a lesson on how to spice up beginner chord progressions. By making use of the simple and easy to use sus2 and sus4 chords any chord progression can be enlivened and sound much more complex and difficult than it actually is. Check out the video   If you’re…

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Sound Evil- Metal Guitar Lesson For Beginners

There are no rules you have to follow when playing metal, but many darker sounding bands today try to sound as evil as possible, and part of the recipe for sounding evil is moving in tritones and half steps. The tritone interval, formerly known as the Devil’s Interval, is found by going up three whole…

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Make Your Chord Changes Smoother

Here’s a great article from the GuitarTricks.com archives on making your chord changes smoother and easier.  This is a topic that all guitar players face early on in their playing.  We have all struggled with chord changes.  If you are a new player or want to improve your chord work, read this great article. You’ll…

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Guitar Warm Up Exercises

As guitar players we know the importance of warming up before we begin our daily practice routine or prepare for a show. Brett “Papastache” Papa who is a regular guitar instructor for Marty Schwartz’s GuitarJamz.com did a cool video that is aimed more for the intermediate and advanced players where he shows some really good…

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Heavy Metal Down Picking Lesson

All you metal players know that having a high level of endurance in your picking hand is key to heavy metal guitar playing.  Look at some of the masters such as James Hetfield, Kerry King and Dave Mustaine.  They can all down pick at lightning speed and do it for hours. Here is a great…

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The Biggest Problems With Barre Chords

Barre chords seem to be one of the biggest challenges for guitar players but once you understand the secrets to playing them, it unlocks a whole new world of playing for you. It takes a lot of time and effort to master this particular technique. And if you’re new to playing the guitar, it will…

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Make Progress on the Guitar FAST

Most of us start playing the guitar because we want to learn how to play our favorite songs.  But without the proper technique and skills within our fingers, learning your favorite songs can be frustrating.  When you are practicing the guitar, be sure to spend some time on working finger exercises and technique drills.  By…

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Barre Chord Tips From Marty and Griff

One of the biggest struggles that guitar players will face are barre chords.  I’ve written several articles on tips and tricks for making barre chords easier such as Learn to play barre chords A and E form barre chords Tips for playing barre chords I found an awesome video from two of the biggest online…

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Beginners- How to Start Your Guitar Playing Journey

I love teaching new guitar players.  They are full of motivation, excitement and wonderment.  One question that I get asked a lot by beginner guitar players is how to get started in playing the guitar. Here are seven key things all beginner guitar players should do to make sure they are on the right path…

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