how to play guitar
Jul 03

How to Play Guitar: A Comprehensive Course for Beginners

By Monica | Guitar Techniques , News

Learning how to play guitar is a remarkable thing to consider. Many people want to get familiar with this instrument because of its capability to exercise your dexterity and affinity to music. Of course, we all know that guitarists are cool folks. If you want to join the bandwagon of all string-lovers, then you should check out this article! This will be your comprehensive guide towards learning the guitar.

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Introducing the Dreadnought Guitar
Oct 20

Introducing the Dreadnought Guitar

By Monica | News

The Dreadnought is by far the most popular acoustic guitar in the industry. Originally invented in 1916 by C.F. Martin & Company, the dreadnought was significantly larger than other acoustic guitar styles of the day.

(This is a guest post by the team of heartbreakerguitars.com)

At the time, most acoustic guitars were significantly smaller than what modern musicians would be used to today. There was little need for a loud, bold guitar tone because the music of the era did not favor the instrument over its venerable cousin with a centuries-long history being played by some of music's greatest names – the violin.

Similarly, as an instrument of accompaniment, there was little need to use an acoustic guitar when the piano was a more versatile and prestigious choice. Most venues at the time had their own piano, so singers and performers could simply sit down and start playing their songs without having to bring their own instruments and tune strings.

For early 20th century guitar players, the guitar's main role was to back up the piano in the context of a folk or blues band. The instrument's preeminence in jazz was still a decade or two away. Tin Pan Alley, the musical publishing nexus of the day, was thoroughly unconcerned with guitar music.

The Dreadnought Changes Everything

Dreadnought Guitar

All of this changed with the advent of the dreadnought-style guitar. With a much broader body, a mahogany back, and a spruce top, this guitar had a deep, bellowing tone that could rival many of the other instruments in a folk ensemble.

This was particularly attractive to country musicians, who could rely on this guitar to stand out in an ensemble even when the fiddle and banjo players were both performing at maximum intensity. The guitar's rich tone always came out, and generally with a deep tonal range that supported the mostly male voices it accompanied.

This was important in band contexts that often lacked a powerful bass sound. Unlike pianos, string basses were hard to come by and nobody wanted to be the unlucky one to carry one from town to town. Thus, the dreadnought guitar became the go-to musical foundation for innumerable country artists of the era.

It was Gibson's 1940s and 50s dreadnought-style guitars that would really break the mold and make this style dominate the industry of which it was a part, however. The breakthrough occurred when blues artists like Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt began to favor the big, earthy tone of the instrument and – most importantly – began to play it alone, unaccompanied by piano, fiddle, banjo, or percussion.

Moving on into the 1960s, famous names like Bob Dylan became so closely associated with the style that people began to forget there ever was a different type of acoustic guitar. Fast forward to today, and dreadnought-style guitars like the beautiful African Blackwood custom set, the standard for rich tone and endless sustain.

Dreadnoughts like the Bourgeois with its extra large sound hole very literally set the tone for what a dreadnought acoustic guitar should sound like. You can check out Heartbreaker Guitars to see their selection of Dreadnought guitars!

how to play twinkle twinkle little star on guitar
Oct 17

How to Play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on Guitar: Easy Tutorial for Beginners

By Monica | Guitar Lessons

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is among the most enduring nursery rhymes in the world. The song was written by an English Poet named Jane Taylor and was officially published in 1806. It is not true that Mozart wrote this piece. Take note of that. However, it is a fact that the tune used in this song is derived from another piece, specifically the "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman" by M. Bouin.

Admittedly, the song itself is contagious at first. When we were still kids, we can't help but this song, even if we are not really conscious about it. Even today, I still have an inkling to hum this song, especially during leisure.

Notably, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" has the same tune as "The Alphabet Song" and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." The melody has been used by other songs in different parts in the world such as Hungary, Spain, and Germany. Therefore, if you know how to play those latter songs on the guitar, you won't have any difficulties with the prior piece.

But for starters, let me give you a quick guide on how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on guitar. Let's get started!

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best gifts for guitar players
Oct 14

The Best Gifts for Guitar Players: 20+ Options to Choose From! (2017)

By Monica | News

Guitar players have a lot of gears that they should invest. It is not sufficient anymore that you have a guitar only. The music industry is different from what it is used to be 10 or 20 years ago. If you don't have the right amenities, then you can't keep with the latest tunes and play styles.

If you have friends or family members who are avid fans of this instrument, it would be great if you endow them gifts from time to time. There is no need to be flashy about it. As long as you can give an item that they can utilize during their practice or live performances, you are already making a difference!

But if you are clueless about what to get, then this article is perfect for you. In here, I have listed some of the best gifts for guitar players out there. These following recommendations are taken across the entire price range. Therefore, you can always have a choice, depending on your spending capacity! Check these cool selections out!

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DIY music stand
Oct 11

How to Make a DIY Music Stand: A 7-Step Guide

By Monica | Gear

Music can become an expensive hobby or pursuit. The instruments alone can cost hefty, especially if you are going to choose those high-end units. Other than that, there are still accessories that you have to invest in. For example, a pianist does not only need a grand piano or a digital keyboard. At some point, he/ she will have to get a music stand. For composers and music arrangers, such amenity is necessary.

Fortunately, if you are crafty enough, you can make your own music stand. Your garage or basement might have some spare parts that you can use for a DIY music stand construction. If there are not, then you can just purchase the necessary tools and components.

I will show you a step-by-step guide on how to do this. Just pay attention so that you can’t miss any important details. Let's start now!

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best delay pedal
Oct 06

The Best Delay Pedal That You Should Invest In Right Now!

By Monica | Product Reviews

It is bad to delay your improvement and progress in playing the guitar. But it will be a good turn if you invest in the best delay pedal. With this stompbox, the quality of your performance would certainly elevate.

I can personally testify that a delay pedal should be among the first effects pedals that you should get on your pedalboard. In fact, it should come next to a tuner pedal. Of course, some of you will argue that a distortion pedal is quite a necessity, too. But I will leave you on to that. Either way, these pedals should be acquired the moment you familiarized the basics of electric guitars.

But why a delay pedal is important? Well, I can provide a short but crispy answer for that. Specifically, the mechanism of a delay pedal is not complicated as what you think. Instead, its function is just to "replay" all the notes and chords that you created. Many song intros are generated with the help of this pedal.

Of course, it has other unique functionalities, too. You can use a delay pedal to add supplementary notes to your solos. It is like having two lead guitars playing at the same time. You don't need to dig too deep, as this method is used in any musical genres (especially on recording applications). Moreover, delay pedals can boost the course of your rhythms as well.

Any experienced guitarist will tell you that there is no such thing as absolute best in the world of music. Even in small devices like a delay pedal, this concept still applies. However, I know some units of delay pedals that simply stands out from the crowd.

Want to know them? You should read on!

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