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Strumming Technique

What is strumming technique? The hand that’s not on the fretboard is responsible for the guitar’s rhythm. Whether or not you use your fingers or a pick. This hand has the task of constructing your guitar groove and move in time.

Start Out with Your Thumb

Since you’re still getting accustomed forming chords, you wish to start out with the most basic strumming hand technique. Here we tend to use the pad of your thumb to strum chords. Then we tend to move on to using picks and fingerpicking. Continue reading

Buying Your First Acoustic Guitar

acoustic guitarBecause acoustic guitar costs vary greatly, there are some factors to consider before buying a guitar, including budget. the main priority, however, has to be the instrument’s playability and your attraction to its sound.

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Pentatonic scale

The pentatonic scale is a simple five-note scale that has many applications across musical genres.
In this lesson, you learn to play it in moveable shapes across the guitar.

pentatonic scaleTake a look at the set of notes at the left. This is a pentatonic scale since it has only five different notes: G, B, E, A, and D. This scale is the E minor pentatonic or the G major pentatonic scale.
This particular boxlike shape is convenient because it’s so easy to memorize. (Notice that this first scale uses all of the open strings. This is not the case for all pentatonic scales.) This scale has two great applications. First, it is used in the key of G Major or E minor to create a smooth, consonant scale sound. In other words, if the home chord is G, you can use the scale to play over these basic chords. Continue reading

Strumming patterns

What is strumming patterns? Strumming your guitar is often an interesting challenge as you start. It should be difficult to get your chords to sound correct. All of this will improve with time and practice. Lots of newbie guitar players wish to strum the strings too hard. This leads to an annoying “twangy” effect. you’ll want to avoid this at all costs!

Find here some useful tips for getting a good sound:strumming patterns Be sure to hold your pick correctly.
Be sure you don’t hold the pick too tightly.
In a downward motion, lightly glide the pick over your strings.
Don’t try and strum to fast. Go for accuracy than speed!
Practice strumming whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.
Also, practice note values using a downward strum first.
Practice note values using a down/up pattern (go for accuracy!).
Integrate down-down up-up using note values.
Strum with your wrist, not your arm

As far as actual patterns are in the game, most are going to be unique to the song you’re playing. Some strumming patterns are going to be indicated by D (down) and U (up) symbols and some shall be indicated by / (down) and \ (up). Also, some will be indicated by actual note values where there will be a combination of whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes. This is where some of the theory comes in handy!

Minor scales guitar

A minor scale goes to have a number of a similar principle as a major scale. It still consists of eight steps, some whole steps, and a few half step. The formula for a minor scale is WHWWHWW. Memorize it! I have to explain really fast, there are 3 different types of minor scales, natural, harmonic and melodic. The formula above is for a natural minor scale. I’ll explain the distinction between a natural and harmonic minor scale later. it should be easier to know a natural minor scale by showing the individual steps of the scale.

Remember, there are 8 steps to a scale. 1 2 3b 4 5 6b 7b 8. Steps 3,6,7 are lowered ½ step. You may ask yourself, why does it show a whole step for the last step of the formula. If you remember, on a major scale, step 7 to 8 is only a ½ step. If you lower step 7 by a half what is left is a whole step between the two (just like math 2 halves make a whole). Continue reading

Guitar Major scales

Before I begin with how to construct a guitar major scales, know this as a constant, there are only twelve notes in existence. C C#/Db, D, D#/ Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B, C. This is called a chromatic scale which includes every note known. Because a chromatic scales consists entirely of half steps. Finally, just take note that there isn’t an E# or Fb, B# or Cb.

For example: In ascending order, C to C# is a half step, C# to D is a half step, D to D# is a half step, etc. And also in reverse descending order, C to B is a half step (note that there isn’t a Cb or B#), B to Bb is a half step, Bb to A is a half step, etc. Continue reading

Guitar fretboard notes, beginning music theory might not sound like a lot of fun or perhaps one thing you’re curious about. It’s crucial that you simply learn the basics of music so you’ll begin programming your brain to think in terms of music. Music theory can offer you a bigger understanding of what you’re playing and why. this may most likely take the longest to learn that is why I gave you some chords to figure on first. most of the people prefer to dig in and play and not sit down and study before they start to play! whereas you practice the series of chords given, build on in theory. Also, Learn how to tune your guitar.

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How to read guitar tabs?

What is tablature and how to read guitar tabs? Tablature, the tab for short, is a form of musical notation with an emphasis on fingerings rather than traditional notation. Tablature is commonly used for fretted instruments. How to read guitar tab, tablature?
Tablature reading is used most often by novice musicians. The problem with tab is that it doesn’t indicate note length and duration. This is where understanding note values will help as most tablature is written below standard notation. Continue reading

Guitar power chords

Guitar power chords are very similar to barre chords. As you learned by now. Barre chords (and other chord formations) are comprised of R-3-5. Power chords are simply R-5. Power chords are not recognize as true chords, like other chords. Because they don’t have the 3rd tone and they are call dyads. It makes sense, dy meaning 2. Continue reading