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easy fingerpicking songs
Dec 15

40+ Easy Fingerpicking Songs Beginners Should Try!

By Monica | Guitar Techniques , News

Do you want to master fingerpicking? Then don't be ashamed of taking baby steps. There are a lot of easy fingerpicking songs out there that can guide you on your journey!

Also known as fingerstyle, fingerpicking is a complex playing technique that involves your favorite stringed instrument. Although it is a highly dynamic playstyle, fingerpicking is actually fun to study. Many iconic bands such as the Beatles, Queen, and Guns N Roses incorporated this style to most of their songs.

Usually, fingerpicking is integrated during the intro part of any song. A good fingerpicking pattern will allow a piece to be easily recognized. It could make a song catchy, memorable, and iconic. Sometimes, the style alone could make an artist immortal. The likes of Chet Atkins, Martin Carthy, and Tommy Emmanuel are some of the few legends who cemented their names through this playing style.

However, a couple of us are quite daunted to learn the exquisiteness of fingerpicking. If you watch young talents like Sungha Jung recreate different masterpieces with the use of fingerstyle, you can always feel intimidation. But hey, that guy is a musical prodigy. Moreover, this doesn't mean that you can't learn the art by yourself. All you need to get is a good start, and your journey would become relentless.

Lucky for you, there are a lot of fingerpicking songs that are meant to be practiced by beginners. All you need to do is to search a little, and you can stumble countless of pieces that any novices can learn. But if you are not confident of your research skills, let me do the dirty work for you. I have listed a few titles that you should try to practice to hone your affinity in fingerpicking. Check them out now!

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kempe vs axe fx
Dec 02

Kemper vs Axe FX: The Ups and Downs of These Digital Modelers

By Monica | News

Kemper vs Axe FX. If you are familiar with these names, then you have been in the business of playing guitar for quite a time already. Both of these are digital modelers. They have the capabilities that can match the sound quality of authentic tube amps. This feat proves that the processing dynamics of these systems have improved over the years.

Both the Kemper Profiling Amplifier and Axe FX are among the most sought digital processors in the market today. They can fairly contend with names like Helix and Amplifier, which are also great in their own right. There are a countless of times already in where I have met fellow guitar players like me who are stuck between these two digital processors. Since they have reputable identities in the industry, deciding which one of them will work for you is a tad bit arduous.

In this article, I will give you a decent breakdown of these two digital processors. I will provide my fair share of thoughts about these models so that you can decide which one should fit your requirements. Let's get started.

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Five Unusual Guitar Techniques To Impress Your Friends
Dec 01

Five Unusual Guitar Techniques To Impress Your Friends

By Monica | Guitar Techniques , News

For uniqueness and an ability to really stretch yourself, would be great if we could all “invent” a new way of playing the guitar or employing a technique that no-one else has ever used. To be honest, this is probably quite unlikely, but here are some really cool techniques you may or may not have heard of, some of which you may like to research and learn for yourselves.Playing a harmonic by “splitting” the string.

This is a technique commonly used by Nils Lofgren, both in his solo work and whilst playing in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band. Essentially, you place your fretting hand on a note and then, in unison, pluck your thumb and one other finger of your strumming hand between the fret you are holding down and the bridge. This will produce a harmonic note, although there will be an element of trial and error before you hear that note ring out.

Finger Vibrato - Picking hand bending

This is a really cool way to imitate a whammy bar; so if you do not have one, try giving this technique a go. You can also start by playing some easy guitar songs. So how does it work?

Well, first of all play any not (probably best using some overdrive) and then pinch the string below the note you have just fretted and shake it up and down. In terms of the bend and the note variation, you can exaggerate this as much or as little as you want; with a bit of experimentation, you will almost be able to replicate the effect of a whammy bar. In fact, I reckon you can make some even better sounds!!! Because you will be pinching the string below the note you are playing, it will still ring out when you wobble that note around. Even if you don’t use it much, it’s great fun to mess around with.

Quick pull-offs using the open E string

This is quite commonly used, but by playing the G note on the 15th fret of the high E string, pulling off, so the open E string sounds out and then repeating the same for the A on the 17th fret and B on the 19th fret and then repeating the sequence over and over again, you can create a fast riff that also incorporated melody. Similarly, you can experiment using other positions on the beck. A good warm up and great fun.

Bending a note “out of tune”

Commonly used by Hendrix, if you are playing a solo that uses bends, and, say, are needing a note up 2 steps, try bending it up 3 steps, so it sound “sort of” out of tune. The pure target note may deliberately have been missed, but , when it works, it created a sound of real attitude. Why not have a play around with it.

Pull-on/Pull-off (Artificial) HarmonicsThis is an excellent trick that you can keep up your sleeve, especially if you are improvising and starting to run out of ideas!!! And it’s mainly for the rock and metal guitarists out there. You will probably have to be a relatively advanced player to use this effectively, but, like all these things, there’s nothing wrong with messing around with it, as this will still help you improve.

An example of how to use this, is to hammer on and pull off as fast as you can on the 2nd fret of the D and open D string. Then very lightly “float” your pinky (or other finger if it works best for you) up and down the D string between the pick-ups. Once you have mastered this you will sound like a guitar master and sound impressive, especially if used in the right places of a song or solo.

Author Bio:

Andy Partridge

As a well respected player, teacher and coach, Andy Partridge is the lead instructor for Guitar Coach Magazine. Andy’s gentle step by step approach, and detailed note by note lessons, will give you the confidence, reassurance and motivation you need to really achieve your guitar playing goals sooner than you thought possible. His relaxed and engaging teaching style (complete with sometimes questionable jokes) make learning easier, faster, and so much more fun.

How Long Do Guitar Strings Last
Nov 14

How Long Do Guitar Strings Last? The Answer Might Surprise You

By Monica | Guitar , Guitar Care , News

Your guitar strings are arguably the most crucial component of your guitar. Regardless of how good the hardware and electronics of your instrument, if it doesn't have a good set of strings, it would never make it big.

Because of this reason, it is proper that you know how to take care of your strings. But aside from cleaning and keeping the grime away, it is also necessary that you know when to replace them. Nothing last forever, after all.

So how long do guitar strings last? Are there any signs that would tell you that it's time to give up your current strings?

Well, just read on so that you can find out the answers to these questions.

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flatwound vs roundwound
Nov 10

Flatwounds vs. Roundwounds: Which Is Better For Bass Guitar

By Monica | News

When it comes to bass guitar strings, there are two primary options that you can take: the flatwounds and roundwounds. Both of these guitar strings have their respective capabilities to show off. But noticeably, in the recent years, people have been hopping back to the traditional flatwound strings while supplanting the roundwound strings.

So what are the things that precisely separates these two strings? Well, let us find out together in this article!

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