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July 06, 2010

On The Path Of Rockstars (Part 1)

Hey, I want to buy and learn guitar! 

I whispered into the ear of my colleague and watched him as he gazed in disbelieve when he said;

“man it’s my dream too, I mean I wanna play guitar too.”

“Wow, let’s do this than!” I said with an excitement.

“yeah, let’s talk about it in the break.” he said with beaming eyes.

As far as I remember it was year 2005 or 2006 and it was a time when I was working as a successful telemarketer in an international call center and was rocking not only my company but was breaking the records of entire telesales industry. It was a time when the call center revolution had just arrived in Pakistan and was conceived like phenomena.

As the call center industry in Pakistan was moving forward so was I. within few months of my career as a telemarketer I became the most earning employee of the company with my untiring and enthusiastic efforts towards my job. The most thriving thing that I found in my job was the opportunity to talk to foreigners. I strongly believed I was going to learn a lot by talking to them as I always used to hear that “Goray” know a lot more than us. And I DID learn a lot that is still, and Insha’Allah will benefit me somehow in my life.
Anyways, I was telling you that I just got this thing in my mind about playing guitar which was never there as I never saw any of my friends or acquaintances having a guitar or talking about it. There was no one in my family who had any link with music or musical instruments. 

Nonetheless, that night (we used to work on a Canadian campaign 11pm-7am) I talked to that fellow colleague in the break and when we were talking about going for a guitar, an another colleague came in the cafeteria and took part in the conversation;

"Hey Basit, you wanna buy a guitar, why don’t you buy mine? I don’t play it!" I got stunned as he said this.

“A guitar? You got a guitar? Where did you get it from, and why you wanna sell it, why don’t you play it?” I asked many questions in a row.

”Na, my aunt bought it for me but I didn’t have interest in guitars so I couldn’t learn it and for the last 1 year it has been put in the store room packed in its bag,” he said casually.

“Holy cow, that sounds great man, I have no idea where to get guitars from, just sell me the S**t man?

“Sure man, buy it today, we got our salaries tonight right! And yeah, take it in 1000 bucks only”.

“Are you serious? Only 1000 bucks?”

“Yeah man it has no worth for me but for you it can be very precious as I can see you are very excited about guitars.”

“Ok then, it’s a deal!” I said with excitement and that very morning when we got off from the office, we took bus to his home. Handed him his money as he handed me the guitar which I didn’t really like because of its color and design but I knew no one would give me a guitar this cheap. So that morning I walked into my home proudly with a guitar hanging on my back.

“Is it a guitar?” Dad looked at me glancing from the news paper.


“And it belongs to?...”

“Us.” I said with a smile.

“Oh, where are you going to learn it?”

“I don’t know, let’s see!”… I said and walked with the guitar into my room to make my dreams come true. I knew it was going to be a long and wild journey…

To be continued…

May 30, 2010

5 Questions every Guitarist has to encounter- No matter how much they tick him off

No matter what kind of audience is watching a guitarist playing his music, or which place it is; there always would be 3 stupid questions that all the guitarists have to encounter from the people:

1: How much your guitar worth?

2: have you learned music? or you just play anything that you hear by hitting different strings?

3: How much time will I (the listener) need to be able to play guitar as good as (any of his favorite music bands such as; Linkin park, creed, Bryan Adams etc)?

4: Is it difficult to play a guitar?/ does it all require to hit some strings to come up with a song?

5: Hey, play that song (any random song of his choice).

I mean What the heck people think!!! When will they get aware of the fact that music has deep theories and a huge array of study is required in order to learn an instrument, and one of the most difficult instruments of them all is GUITAR! this should be understood by people as every note that we guitarist hit has a history and meaning to it.

There are thousands of things that we learned to become guitarists such as Major minor chords, Notations, Blues, pentatonic Scales, Rhythms, Vocals and lot more. Every song that we learn takes our days and nights of unlimited practice and hardcore efforts. The most difficult thing that we guitarists encounter is the pain our hands have to go through while practicing guitar; our fingers get sore and our wrists get hurt .

However as a guitarist, I (or we the guitarists) can't respond in a negative, aggressive, funny or taunting manner for the fact that people DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW MUCH RIDICULOUS THEIR QUESTIONS ARE THAT TICK THE GUITARISTS OFF, and they are just asking as it's a normal thing.

So, as far as my self goes; I calmly respond because these are the people who listen to my music and I need their support. (and for the fact that I cant do a f**king thing about it ;-) )

This is Basit Ali signing off, everybody, have a nice weekend...

-Rock ON

May 19, 2010

Tips For Beginners On Buying A Guitar

When you are first getting into playing guitar and need to purchase one, there are three steps that every new guitarist should take when choosing their instrument. For beginners, it can sometimes feel overwhelming but following these three steps will ensure or at least give you a much better chance of getting the guitar that you love.

1. Figure out exactly what you need and what your budget allows.

The first thing you should be thinking about is what kind of music you will be wanting to play on it as well as how much you can afford.
If you decide that you want to start learning rock music, you will definitely want to be looking at electric guitars. Because of this, you will also want to factor in the price of an amplifier to go along with the guitar. For budding folk or country musicians, you may be looking into acoustic guitars. This will make things a little easier on you since you will not have to look at amps as well, but at the same time, there are a lot of different acoustic guitars out there to choose from.

2. Do you research.

You should take your time and do some research without jumping into anything to quickly. You do not want to just buy a guitar impulsively; a guitar is a big investment, so you really want to be sure you get something you like and you do not overpay for it. It is a good idea to read up on them first, comparing prices and features before settling on a guitar. Online sites like harmony-central.com and right here at frugalguitarist.com are excellent places to start your research.

If you want to get the most bang for you buck when buying a guitar, you should consider researching a beginner guitar from a major brand name. Major brand names are generally more expensive than knockoffs, but with knockoffs, you can pay the price of shoddy wiring and other flaws. Even though beginner guitars from major brand names are cheaper than more advanced guitars and you can trust that they will be well put together.

That way, you can start simple, get used to your guitar, make sure you want to progress with your guitar playing, and then eventually move up to more advanced and expensive brand name guitars. A good example of an inexpensive beginner guitar is a Fender Squire.

The other advantage to choosing a wewll known brand name guitar is that when you do get to the time that you want to sell or trade it up for a higher quality guitar, it will be a lot easier to sell and hold its value better.

3. When possible, try before you buy.

You always want to test the guitar out in person before buying, to ensure that it is in perfect working order. One thing you will want to do is to shake the guitar vigorously as you listen for rattling. Another thing you will want to do is check the intonation of the guitar. Checking the intonation is quite important. To do this, you should play the harmonic at the 12th fret, and ensure that it sounds the same as the open string. You will also want to check for buzzing by strumming the guitar loudly. Obviously buzzing, rattling, and incorrect intonation are all to be avoided when buying a guitar.

If you are really on a budget, you could consider buying a used guitar. You can look online for used guitars at places like ebay.com and other online marketplaces, or you can check out pawnshops and music stores. You want to be careful buying a used guitar, though, and carefully check it in the ways mentioned earlier.
In addition, buying a guitar should be fun! So have some fun with it--after all, you get to look around, explore your options, and test out various guitars. In addition, it is a great feeling when you finally find the guitar that feels perfect for you.

May 16, 2010

Why Aren't You a Better Guitarist?-The twenty concepts you need......and the five things to forget!

If you are like most players, you are desiring to become a better guitar player. Through my own learning experience and through teaching well over 1,000 students, I have learned a lot on this subject. Students often ask why they are not not at the level that they desire to be and what can be done about it. I have asked myself this same question many times in the past. A long time passed before I began to understand the answers.
Like you probably have done, I have read a ton of interviews with great players and articles written by many of these same players. I often found it frustrating whenever the subject of learning to play guitar came up or when advice was offered on improving one's playing. With a small number of exceptions, very little time and space was offered on this. Its not uncommon to see the player's advice be summed up in a grand total of three words: Practice! Practice!! Practice!!! Well of course we all know that practicing is the main ingredient. But rarely are we told much more than that. In my long quest to become an excellent player and to help my students do the same I carefully took note of what worked and what didn't. What parts conventional wisdom is accurate and what parts are (at least in my opinion) are not. I believe the twenty concepts that have proven to bring great results to those who use them are:
  1. Educate yourself! No matter what level you are at today, you can be and should be learning more. If you are currently studying with a teacher or enrolled in a music program at a high school, college or university, you are on the right track. If you aren't doing this (or if you feel that your current teacher is not helping you enough in reaching your goals) I strongly recommend looking for a new teacher. (I have written an article on this exact topic titled: Choosing a Teacher ) I can't stress enough how important it is to find the teacher that is right for you! Your teacher (or music program) should always be Goal Orientated. If its not look for another teacher or school to study with! You don't need a teacher to simply give you information or things to practice - you can get those things anywhere, what you need is a teacher who:

    • Knows what your goals are.
    • Cares about helping you reach your goals.
    • Knows how to help you reach your goals.

  1. Listen to more music. Find more of the same music you already like. There is a lot of music out there that you haven't heard. I am sure you can find something you really like and that would inspire you. Look on the internet if you can't find it on the conventional radio. Check out internet radio, you can customize what you here based on your preferences, its a great tool! Check out web sites that you know feature a lot of the music in the style you like.

  1. Turn your musical frustrations into an asset in the form of a motivating force. I wrote a whole article called Musical Frustration. I don't want to repeat here everything that I wrote in that article, so read it if you haven't already. If you have read it, it may be worth your time to read it again now.

  1. Believe in yourself. You have probably heard that phrase many times before. Its unfortunate how many people still refuse to invest their own beliefs into themselves. I wrote an article on Perseverance which deals indirectly with believing in yourself. Please read it if you have a problem believing that you can reach your goals.

  1. Understand that becoming a better guitarist means becoming a better musician as well. When developing your musical skills, make sure to think beyond skills that are specific to guitar. Of course you will be working on many guitar skills: various guitar techniques, chords, scales, soloing, etc., but don't neglect other skills that are not guitar specific like, ear training (also called aural skills), songwriting, improvising, creativity, reading, music theory, etc.

  1. Surround yourself with better players (or at least with those on your same level.) When you started out playing guitar, everyone was better than you, but now you have grown and there are less people better than you than before. The better you get, the harder it will be to find others who are superior to you to hang around or jam with. But no matter how good you get, there will always be something you can learn from someone else. Seek out those people, get to know them, jam with them, discuss music and guitar with them. Be willing to give as much (or more) as you want to take. If you are fortunate enough to be above the level of other guitarists in your area, seek out great bassists, pianists, violinists, drummers, etc. You can learn from them as well. (Even if you are not better than your guitar player friends, seek out musicians that play other instruments as well anyway).

  1. Find out what inspires you and soak yourself in that. For me, going to concerts to see great players or bands inspires me to practice more. Listening to great singers inspired me to refine my vibrato and phrasing. Listening and studying the music of great classical composers inspired me to study music composition. I wanted to write great music. Watching the movie Star Wars when I was a kid, reading Lord of the Rings, etc. inspired me as well. There are lots of non musical things that have been inspiring to me. The greatest source of inspiration has been my own personal experiences in life and within myself. The desire to express that was (and still is) a constant burning desire and powerful force that thrusts my desire to improve forward. Know what truly inspires you, seek it out, surround yourself with it and soak and soak there.

  1. Define your purpose. What is your definite purpose? Do you really know what it is? If I were standing in front of you right now and asked you this question, could you give me specific answers and explanations? Can you write it on paper in specific terms? This is critical to setting goals, planning strategy and monitoring the results, etc. When all the enemies of progress start to creep into your mind, you will need to bring your definite purpose to the forefront of your thinking. I have seen procrastination, fear of failure, self doubt, lack of motivation, temporary setbacks, and other negative things bring people with great potential to a halt. Knowing your definite purpose and reminding yourself of it when a negative thought comes into your mind will help you overcome it.

  1. Define exactly why your purpose exists in your mind. I specifically choose to list this separately from defining your purpose because I did not want you to let the WHY get lost in the act of DEFINING. Trust me, this is important.

  1. Create a strategy! You need a strategy that will layout exactly how you are going to reach your goals. Dreaming alone won't take you anywhere. Telling yourself that you are going to play your guitar everyday isn't enough. There is a lot more that goes into being an excellent player than simply playing your guitar. Ultimately you should work backwards. State your ultimate goals (on paper) then make a bunch of short and medium range goals. Think of reaching your goals as a relay race, NOT as a marathon. Each short term and medium term goal is the end of one segment of your plan and the beginning of the next segment (just like a relay race.) There are many benefits of looking at things this way as you will discover for yourself in your own way.
If you clearly know what your ultimate goals are, you can do this yourself. But if you need help in planning out the short and mid term goals to plan your strategy. Consult a teacher whom you trust and believe can help you with this - its worth it believe me. If you can't find a teacher who can do this for you, pay someone (YES I said PAY) to help you develop a specific plan to do this. The best person to approach for this is someone who is already doing whatever it is that you want to be doing.
Remember that its ok to daydream and fantasize about where you are planning to go, but it can't stop there. Don't wish without planning! Don't dream without doing! And always, always, have a strategy. You may need to revise certain aspects of your strategy as time goes on and that's ok, but don't try to go forward without one if you want the maximum results in the shortest amount of time. In my early days learning to play guitar, I wasted a lot of time aimlessly desiring to get better without having a clue as to how to plan for it. Sure I practiced a lot, but without direction and without an efficient path to follow. Most of my substantial progress as a musician came only after I developed a strategy and worked with it.
If you are wondering why I haven't given you a detailed explanation of the strategies I used in the past, it would be pointless for me to tell you what my strategy was, because it was specific only to my goals. Chances are, your goals may differ greatly from mine in many different ways. That is why you need your own strategy for your own personal goals. One last piece of advice before we move on, write everything on paper and read it everyday! It will keep you focused and on target.
  1. Imagine yourself having the skills that you desire. Focus on that and concentrate. Convince yourself that you can do it. Convince yourself that you are already on your way to reaching your first goal - because you are. Its easier to manifest your desires when you can imagine yourself already in possession of it. Keep your positive mental attitude always.

  1. Define what you plan to do with your musical skills once you have them. If you plan on releasing your own CD or making a living in music. LEARN AND STUDY MUSIC BUSINESS RIGHT NOW!! The fastest way to do that is to actually take music business lessons at a college and take private lessons from a pro (or at least a semi-pro guitarist) Yes you can take lessons in this just like you can for learning guitar, songwriting, etc. Do NOT wait until you are a great player to start learning about this business!!!!!! I can not tell you how many players make this mistake (I made it myself at first and have studying it intensely for the past few years to get my own career where it is today.)

  1. Find out how your favorite players reached their goals. Often times this is hard to do since you can't always sit down and talk to some very famous musicians. But interviews exist as well as a few biographies on some musicians (especially dead ones). Despite the fact that many successful don't really talk much about this, you can find some that do. Believe me, becoming successful is a lot more than just practicing and luck! REMEMBER that their strategies won't necessarily work for you because your goals may be different than theirs were. Still you can learn from it.

  1. Don't compare yourself to others. There is no need to do this anyway. Music should not be a competitive sport among people, only within yourself. Compare yourself only in relation to where you are in your strategy! Are you on your way to reaching your next short term and medium term goal towards your ultimate goals? Are you on schedule, does your strategy need to be revised?

  1. Make sure you are practicing efficiently. Do you really know how to practice the guitar? Are you focused on setting daily and weekly objectives and then practicing in such a way that you will be working towards those goals? These are questions you should ask yourself. The two biggest practicing mistakes I have seen in students (besides not practicing enough) are: 1. Practicing is not goal orientated. 2. Not understanding the difference between playing one's guitar and practicing one's guitar. If you are having any difficulties with practicing, talk to your teacher about it. He/she should be able to help you.

  1. Play with others in a band or some type of ensemble. It is important to have experience playing with others. It can be in a band or some other ensemble setting. Formal or informal. The main thing is to be doing it. (at least once a month). Some things you just can't fully practice alone. Besides the fact that this can be really fun, it will also help you overcome stage fright if you have it.

  1. Measure your progress. Document your practice time. Keep a record of how much you practice each day. For technique things, use a metronome to see how fast you are able to play a particular scale, exercise, lick, arpeggio, etc. cleanly. Write down the result, practice it all week and see if you can play it one or two beats per minute faster by next week (or next month). Keep a record of all the technical things you are currently working on. You will clearly see if you are progressing and at what rate. For other items that are not so easily recorded with a metronome, paper and pencil, record on yourself tape or your computer each week. Keep the tapes for a long time. Listen back in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, etc. Listen to how much you have grown.

  1. Do not pander to your strengths while ignoring your weaknesses. It is not necessary to be able to play all styles of music or every technique to be a good player, but certain aspects are universal, such as: technique, ear training, knowledge of theory, creativity, improvising, etc. Some musical styles will rely more heavily on certain aspects than other styles, regardless, its important to be balanced. If you are a heavy metal guitarist, chances are sight reading won't be as high on your list of priorities as technique. Likewise, a strict classical guitarist won't have much use for improvisation (unfortunately). But make sure you don't avoid weaknesses that you should be paying attention to because if you do - you will be sorry, sooner or later.

  1. Discipline yourself. Unlike a sport, you do not have a coach or a trainer to work with you all the time. Nobody is there to make sure you are practicing the way you need to, when you need to, and how often you need to. You need to be totally self reliant. If this is not a normal part of your personality, fortunately there is help for you. Only you can stop yourself from procrastinating. Take the initiative now to go forward.

  1. NEVER GIVE UP! Never say can't. Never say I can't. Never say someday. Never say if... If your IQ is higher than room temperature, if you have all of your fingers and if you really want to succeed, you can.

In reaching your goals:
There are only two real players in this game
....You and Time.

March 30, 2010

Beginner Guitar Chords Made Easy (Final Part 4)

The Barre Chord

You learned all the basic open chords, and practiced until you can move between them smoothly and even start to learn guitar easy songs. Now it's time to take a guitar string more challenging beginner: the barre chord.
This is a form of chords that can be played on any fret on the guitar because it does not use any open strings. Instead, the finger makes a bar across the fretboard, playing three notes at once. To make this work you need to rotate your wrist so forward, get that finger as flat as possible, and dive on the fretboard. Here is what it seems at first fret, which gives the chord:

F major barre

0 1 2 3 4 5

E |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

B |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

G |—|—|- 2 -|—|—|—|

D |—|—|—|- 4 -|—|—|

A 3 |—|—|—|- -|—|—|

E |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

In terms of learning guitar chords, This is the rite of passage: the master of officially barre chord and you learned to play chords beginner guitar. It is not easy, but do not give up! Pick each string one at a time and make sure you can clearly hear every note ring. If the notes on the first finger is not clear, make sure the finger is flat and pressed against the Tigh strings. This is not a natural position, so do not be discouraged if not perfect in the first place. This will strengthen your fingers, improve their coordination, and make it easier to learn guitar chords that are more advanced and require large areas.

Once you've mastered the barre chord, is easy to play a minor chord: just lift the middle finger, like this:

F minor barre

0 1 2 3 4 5

E |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

B |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

G |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

D |—|—|—|- 4 -|—|—|

A 3 |—|—|—|- -|—|—|

E |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

Now you can move one way up the neck to play any chord you need the name of the chord is simply to note the index finger is touching the two sequences E.

That's it for this lesson: you are a master of chords beginner guitar, learned a rhythm guitar novice, and know the barre chord, which opens up many possibilities. The next class will continue with more chords, the rhythms, and music to liven things up. See you there!

Beginner Guitar Chords Made Easy (Part 3)

There is a chord more open to learn. Here's D major (D, F #, A):

D Home

0 1 2 3 4 5

E |—|—|- 2 -|—|—|—|

B |—|—|—|- 3 -|—|—|

G |—|—|- 1 -|—|—|—|

D | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

A |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

E |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

There are some variations of that chord worth learning. You can add the string to open a little more depth, and you also can add an F # on the low E string:

D Major with low F #

0 1 2 3 4 5

E |—|—|- 2 -|—|—|—|

B |—|—|—|- 3 -|—|—|

G |—|—|- 1 -|—|—|—|

D | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

A | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

E-|—|—|—| |—|—|- T

The 'T means "you need to wrap your thumb around the neck and wear F #. It is almost impossible in a lot of noise, but if you're playing an electric, and especially if you want to play any type of hard rock, is a valuable form of knowledge. If you can not get it now, do not worry: it is usually taught when you're learning to play guitar chords beginner, think of it as an optional extra challenge.

Get Those Dancing Fingers

Now that you know some major chords, try to move forward and forth between them. You may notice that some of the chords sound better together than others: for example, G, C, D and good sound in a pattern together, as do E, A and D, while that G and E may sound a little strange playing one after another. Try and listen closely, you already know enough chords to start creating your own songs, so practice, practice, practice! Here's a fast-paced guitar beginner to make the practice more interesting start on any string and strum it four times. Switch to another string and strum four times. Now switch to a third string, strum it twice, switch back to the second chord twice, and then back to the chord initial and strum four times as well. Using G, C and D, which would be something like this: G, G, G, G, C, C, C, C, D, D, C, C, G, G, G, G See? Even if you do not know how to read guitar notes, however, you can still make music!

Minor Chords

The difference between major and minor chords is the second note of the strings (the tone of the third dimension). Minor chords in the third is a half-step lower than in major chords. Thus, for example, and contains the main notes E, G #, A and B, while E minor contains E, G and B. Here is the fingering for E minor:

E minor

0 1 2 3 4 5

E | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

B | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

G | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

D |—|—|- 3 -|—|—|—|

A 2 |—|—|- -|—|—|—|

E | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

Notice what is a huge difference that change makes a note to the sound of the chord! As you learn guitar chords, always make sure to compare the major and minor ways, paying attention to the sound of strings and fingerings. Here's A minor:

The lower

0 1 2 3 4 5

E | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

B |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

G |—|—|- 3 -|—|—|—|

2 D |—|—|- -|—|—|—|

A | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

And |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

Note that skip the second and third fingers' of a sequence of E minor. Try strumming back and forth between the two chords: the transition is easier than it sounds good. Now let's look at D minor:

D minor

0 1 2 3 4 5

E |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

B |—|—|—|- 3 -|—|—|

G |—|—|- 2 -|—|—|—|

D | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

A |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

E |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

Note that the fingering is a little different of D major. That's good, because it is very unlikely that you move between the two chords in a song. As always when practicing how to play guitar chords beginner, focus on a clean sound and avoiding strings that should not sound.

Beginner Guitar Chords Made Easy ( part 2)

You can also play G major with a string of B open:

G Major

0 1 2 3 4 5

And |-|—|—|- 3 -|—|—|

B | 0 |—|—|—|—|—|

G | 0 |—|—|—|—|—|

D | 0 |—|—|—|—|—|

A 1 |-|—|- -|—|—|—|

And |-|—|—|- 2 -|—|—|

This form is more commonly used in folk and country, while the first form is more common in the rock. This has to do with B, which is the third largest: a distorted sound with the third can cause some ugly connotation when played on the strings above. As you learn guitar chords, make sure you try to play them with a variety of tones and pay attention to what sounds best for you. Also practice, getting your fingers in the right places as quickly as possible. Be patient: guitar chords learning takes time and practice. Focus on getting a clean sound all the notes and you'll improve quickly.

Let's take a look at another very common chord, E major (E, G #, B):

E Major

0 1 2 3 4 5

E | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

B | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

G |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

D |—|—|- 3 -|—|—|—|

A 2 |—|—|- -|—|—|—|

E | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

The chord guitar and is very easy to friction and, again, you see that all the strings are strummed. Pay attention to the fingerings: learn the fingerings wrong now and you have bad habits that will hold you back later. Now let's look at a large:

A Major

0 1 2 3 4 5

And | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

B |—|—|- 3 -|—|—|—|

G |—|—|- 1 -|—|—|—|

D |—|—|- 2 -|—|—|—|

A | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

E |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

Note that 'x' the low E string? This means that the string is not supposed to be scratched. And even that is part of the chord A major (A, C #, E), the bass makes the chord sound very muddy and hides the note of a root. Then, after you have twisted the fingers of your left hand around the rope, pay attention paid only to choose the five strings. In addition, make sure you can hear the high E string. This is really one of the beginner guitar chords you will learn difficult, simply because fingers are in an area so small. Stick with it, though, and follow the suggested fingering.

Once you can play an important role try switching between E major and a major. Take your time: a very slow transition, clean, with all notes sounding clearly sounds much better than a handful of notes lost and muted strings. Once you can back and forth, try a simple rhythm guitar beginner: Strum And twice, then A twice, and so on. Start very, very slowly, then try to pick up the speed a little. You'll quickly see why the fingering suggested should be followed: noting that the first finger remains in the same sequence and only moves up a fret, while the other fingers kind of bounce around the first finger.

Now let's add another chord, and then we try a transition tricker. Here's C major (C, E, G):

C major

0 1 2 3 4 5

E | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

B |—|- 1 -|—|—|—|—|

G | -0 -|—|—|—|—|—|

2 D |—|—|- -|—|—|—|

A 3 |—|—|—|- -|—|—|

E |-x-|—|—|—|—|—|

Note that once again the low E string is not touched. About this chord can let the third finger to touch the E string a little, which can help silence any unwanted noise in the chain. Make sure to keep strong pressure on the string, however.

Now, here's another rhythm guitar beginner: try strumming G twice, then C twice, and so on. This transition is more complicated because all fingers jumping too fast. Take it slow: as you're learning guitar chords the focus must be on a clean tone. Keep practicing this rate until you can move back and forth between G and C quickly and cleanly.

Beginner Guitar Chords Made Easy (Part 1)

One of the skills you need to master as a guitarist is playing chords. While there are literally thousands of different possible ways of chords on the guitar, we focus on a few guitar chords beginner basics that can be moved and altered chords for many later. These can also be used right away to learn guitar songs easy.

Different flavors

You will learn chords guitar all types, but ultimately, there are two basic types of chords in music: big and small. All possible chords can be grouped into one of these two types. Major chords are built on larger scales and have a sound 'happy', while minor chords come from scales smaller and tend to have a sound 'sad'. While some songs use only one type of an agreement, most of the songs and progressions blend of major and minor chords. Let's start with chords larger.

Home Chords

Major chords are based on larger scales and use the notes first, third and fifth scale. We begin focusing on five major chords: C, A, G, E, and guitar chords D. Learning how this will open a whole world of music for you. Each chord diagram below shows where each string should be fretted, and with his finger. Let's start with open chords, which means that one or more open (not as junk) strings are included. Strings loose are shown with a '0 'in front of the first fret. Let's take a look in G major, which contains the notes G, B and D:

G Major

0 1 2 3 4 5

And |-|—|—|- 4 -|—|—|

B |-|—|—|- 3 -|—|—|

G | 0 |—|—|—|—|—|

D | 0 |—|—|—|—|—|

A 1 |-|—|- -|—|—|—|

And |-|—|—|- 2 -|—|—|

Notice that you need to get your middle finger all the way to the third fret on the bottom rope with his finger the first fret second string. Be sure to scroll wrist back and curl the fingers so that all the strings may move clearly. Try to choose only the sequence A: If you can not clearly hear the note B, wrap the middle finger a little more for it prevents the string. This will be a constant focus as you learn how to play guitar chords beginner: all the notes ring clearly need to sound good. Strum down with your choice, then up: you want all the notes sound as closely as possible, so strum quickly.

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March 18, 2010

Speed Playing

In this lesson were going to cover all aspects of playing fast guitar, including speed picked runs, legato phrases and economy picking phrases. Hopefully at the end of this lesson you should have some useful warm up excersises, tips on all picking aspects and lots of excersises to practise with.
This lesson will be split into 5 sections :
1. Warm up excersises
2. Alternative picking
3. Economy picking
4. Legato playing
5. Using these tips musically

Warm Up Excersises

These are a list of simple excersises that are useful for quickly warming up both your hands before playing these excersises. I use these almost everyday and they don't take long but they get your hands all warmed up, getting blood into your hands and getting the muscles pumped into your fingers so after a quick few excersises you feel like youve been playing for hours.
First were going to warm up, were going to give all your fingers are work out. The main focus of warming up fast though is to aim to get your index and pinky fingers warmed up as the rest of the hand will follow. Lets get started:





This is an excersise which can be replayed with any 2 fingers. To also aide your picking hand you can alternate pick descending ( up, down, up) and sweep (up, up, up) ascending, or mix it up, but don't worry the main aim is to warm up your fretting hand fingers. With this excersise use:1. Index and middle
2. Middle and ring
3. Ring and pinky





Ok this time use:1. Index and ring fingers
2. Middle and pinky fingers






This time use:1. Index ,middle and ring fingers
2. Middle ,ring and pinky fingers





This one uses:1. Index ,middle and pinky





This one uses:1. Index ,ring and pinky fingers.
Last one now:


E|--------------------------4p3p2p1 2h3h4h5------------------------------





You can pretty much guess what fingers are required here. Now you should be very warmed up, as mentioned earlier some of these hammer-ons and pull offs are quite hard and instead just pick the notes if it's easier.

Alternative Picking

Alternative picking is probably the hardest, used by players like Michael Angelo and Buckethead, this picking style involves picking up and then down repeatly. Even if your changing strings you will have to have a constant up, down, up, down pattern. Alternative picking gives an aggressive, attacking sound when played. Below is a small excersise and we will discuss tips on getting your alternative picking accurate:

    D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U

This is a simple repeat lick excersise, you can play this sort of thing almost anywhere to feel comfortable but we will use this one now for starters. Play this lick constantly using the up, down, up, down motion. So the main issue I'm sure you'l find here is the upstroke on the string change down and the downstroke on the string change up. Practise this likc super slow and build up speed then try these:

   D U D U D U D U D  U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U D

     D  U  D U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D

    D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U

That last one may seem tricky, as it's so tempting to sweep/economy pick it, but if you can pull it off it's very useful for training your picking hand. Remeber the key to this picking style is the ability to hit a new string below on an upstroke and a string above on a downstroke.

Economy Picking

Economy picking is a bit like alternative picking, up and down, but when you change string you pick in the direction of the change. So if you going to change to a string down you down stroke and a string up you upstroke. Try this example using economy picking:

E|--9-10-12-----------------12-9-10-12-----------------12 9-10-12------
    D  U  D  D U  D U  D  U  U D U  D  D  U  D U  D  U  U D U  D  D

Notice how your up and downpicking but on the string change you follow the direction of the strings, it's seems easier than alternative picking and gives are a more smooth, flowing sound, players like Yngwie Malmsteen use this technique a lot and it sounds great with legato playing. Try these out:

    D  U  D  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U  D   D  U  S  U  S  U  D  U

    D  D  D  U  U  U  D  D  D  U  U  U  D  D  D  U  U  U  D  D  D  U  U U

    D  D  D  U   U   D  D  D  U     U   D  D  D  U   U  D   D   D  U

Last one look familiar, it's a sweep picking shape. Economy picking is often refered to as sweep picking. So remeber, alternative pick on one string, pick with the direction of the string change when you change.

Legato Playing

Allthough technically not a picking style, it's is useful in playing fast. Some players don't prefer using legato and accuse it of "cheating". Legato is just as technical and useful in fast playing as any other of the techniques were using. Joe Satriani uses a lot of legato playing in his songs and they're incredibly fast. Legato is latin for "smoothly" and this technique does give an incredible smooth sound when played right. When hammer-ing on, make sure you hammer the string quickly and firmly, a lot of players only really use their middle or ring finger for this, but if you can train your pinky to do it you can reach whole new areas and create interesting licks. For pulling off, one of the main flaws players have is that when they pull off the accidently bend the string that they're pulling off to downwards, this makes the pull off sound out of tune. Make sure the finger your pulling off to holds the string firmly in place and your pulling finger to pluck strick forcefully to get a loud, full pull off.Try these licks out:

D|-------9-7h9------9-7h9------9-7h9------9-7h9------9-7h9------9 7h9----



For the first excersise a good technique is to barre the A and D strings with your first finger and then use your pinky and/or ring fingers to handle the hammer-ons and pull offs. As for the last excersise many players have difficulty changing to a lower string for a pull off, remeber to firmly place your first finger on the 5th fret and pluck the 7th fret downwards with your other finger to get an accurate pull off.

Using These Tips Musically

So we have warmed up, learnt pciknig styles and legato playing, now what? Well if you wanna play a fast lick, a lot of players simply use small licks like the excersises together, a combination of a few licks you've used can create a large, fast solo. As long as your playing is in key with the song you can make lots of speedy solo's using these small repeat excersises, like so:







As you can see all I did was use small licks together to create a large solo, now make your own. Source

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March 14, 2010

Basic Guitar Chords-3 different ways to understand and learn

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March 13, 2010

Linkin Park - Meteora - Numb

Acoustic version of Linkin Park's "Numb". A great song, which also sounds great
on acoustic guitar. Hope you enjoy it!!

Capo on 2.

Intro: EM C G D * 2

Verse 1:

  EM         C
I'm tired of being what you want me to be
   G             D
Feeling so faithless lost under the surface
  EM                       C
Don't know what you're expecting of me
   G                        D      C      D
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes

(Caught in the undertone just caught in the undertone)
       EM  G                C        D
Every step I take is another mistake to you

(Caught in the undertone just caught in the undertone)


  EM             C         G
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
   D      EM 
I've become so tired so much more aware
       C   G
I've becoming this all I want to do
   D       EM
Is be more like me and be less like you

Verse 2:
Can't you see that you're smothering me
    G         D       EM
Holding too tightly afraid to lose control
Cause everything that you thought I would be
       G           D                C        D
Has fallen apart right in front of you

(Caught in the undertone just caught in the undertone)
       EM              G        C       D
Every step that I take is another mistake to you

(Caught in the undertone just caught in the undertone)
      EM                G       D
And every second I waste is more than I can take

  EM             C         G
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
   D      EM 
I've become so tired so much more aware
       C   G
I've becoming this all I want to do
   D       EM
Is be more like me and be less like you

And I know
       EM  G  EM   D   C
I may end up failing too
But I know
           B (hold)
You were just like me with someone disappointed in you

  EM             C         G
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
   D      EM 
I've become so tired so much more aware
  C   G
I've becoming this all I want to do
   D       EM
Is be more like me and be less like you

                C         G
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
(Tired of being what you want me to be)

 EM              C         G
I've become so numb I can't feel you there
(Tired of being what you want me to be)

Ending: EM C G D

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