The Best Two-Hand Tapping Tips For Beginner & Intermediate Guitarists

The Best Two-Hand Tapping Tips For Beginner & Intermediate Guitarists

The best thing about two-hand tapping is that it’s easy to do, and it sounds cool to boot. If you’ve already developed a bit of a comfort level with basic lead guitar techniques, then you’re ready to give it a try. If not, then you may want to spend some time working on your hammer-ons…

Lead Guitar & Improvisation: Coming Up With Licks Off The Top Of Your Head

Lead Guitar & Improvisation: Coming Up With Licks Off The Top Of Your Head

Wouldn’t you love to be able to jump into any band or musical situation and fill in the spaces with awesome guitar licks? The more experience you gain as a musician, the easier this becomes. But you need to have a willingness to explore the fretboard, even if what you’re playing doesn’t sound that great…

Best Tips On Learning Dominant 7th, Major 7th, And Minor 7th Chords For Guitar

Best Tips On Learning Dominant 7th, Major 7th, And Minor 7th Chords For Guitar

As you look to explore new genres, add some flavor to your playing, or read off of lead sheets at Sunday morning church services, there may come a time when you need to learn chords you’ve never heard of or tried before. If you’re relatively new to guitar, 7 chords probably fall under this category….

Syncopated Rhythms For Guitar, Definition And Examples Of Playing Reggae, Funk & Other Genres

Syncopated Rhythms For Guitar, Definition And Examples Of Playing Reggae, Funk & Other Genres

As a guitarist, it’s beneficial to be able to play in a variety of different styles. And although note and chord choices sometimes do define a style, more often than not, the rhythmic patterns do more to evoke a particular genre or feel than the notes themselves. Syncopated rhythms are what define dance music. And…

How To Play Rhythm Guitar, Tips And Tricks For Playing Well

How To Play Rhythm Guitar, Tips And Tricks For Playing Well

The old guitarist joke is that singing is wasted time between guitar solos. This is because guitarists are always looking for opportunities to show off their skills, be flashy, and play parts that keep themselves entertained. Solos are where stylistic choices and creativity really have a way of shining through. And while the ability to…

The CAGED System For Guitar – Turning Open Chords Into Barre Chords

The CAGED System For Guitar – Turning Open Chords Into Barre Chords

The CAGED system is a concept every guitarist should take some time to understand. Not only does it provide a framework from which you can instantly create barre chords, it also teaches you what the most commonly used guitar keys are, and why they are so popular. The CAGED system is also a stepping stone…

How To Do Palm Muting On Guitar, And Why You’d Want To

How To Do Palm Muting On Guitar, And Why You’d Want To

Palm muting is a technique you can use to dampen and deaden the strings on your guitar. From a more general perspective, muting is an important part of guitar playing, and oftentimes both the right and left hands are used to mute in different ways at different times. Palm muting, however, is essentially a picking…

How To Improve Guitar Playing Speed, Get Lighting Quick Fingers And Mind

How To Improve Guitar Playing Speed, Get Lighting Quick Fingers And Mind

Most guitarists, at some point, decide that they want to be able to play fast. I can definitely relate to this. In my formative years, I spent a lot of time working on my rhythm guitar chops, so while I was pretty creative and even adaptive in my approach to writing and playing riffs, my…

How To Improvise On Guitar And Get Better – A Beginner’s Guide

How To Improvise On Guitar And Get Better – A Beginner’s Guide

The ability to improvise is incredibly valuable. Not all pros can do it well or even do it at all, so you probably won’t hurt your chances at success if you can’t, but there is a certain confidence that can come from knowing that you can jump into any musical situation and add something complementary…