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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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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 to transpose music
Oct 04

How to Transpose Music: 4 Easy Steps to Follow

By Monica | Guitar Techniques , News

Musical aficionados already know a thing or two about transposing. But for those who are still new to this concept, I will be guiding you. In simple terms, the act of the changing the key of any musical piece is technically called as transposing. And learning how to transpose music is quite necessary, especially if you want to improve the quality of your crafts.

In any given circumstances, a particular major key is transposable to another major key. The same thing applies to minor keys. Of course, you can transpose a major to minor key or vice versa. But it would involve a lot of elements that it goes beyond the simple art of transposing.

Some people would want to avoid transposition. Let me tell you that it is not prohibited at all. However, you can always reap benefits if you study transposing. If you are aiming to be a top-tier arranger or composer , this particular skill is very imperative.

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how to find the key of a song
Jul 13

How to Find the Key of a Song: A Beginner’s Guide

By Monica | Guitar Techniques , News

Learning how to find the key of a song is actually a necessary skill for any music players. This particular technicality will enable them to change or transpose the keys so that the song would fit your playstyle. Moreover, it also improves your versatility when it comes to song experimentations. If you are into making song covers, then this skill would benefit you.

In this article, we will feature some of the means of finding a song's keys, especially if they only come on its standard notation. It doesn't matter if you just know its chord progression. You will get things right as long as you follow the procedures we enumerated here. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!

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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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