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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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Mistakes Beginner Guitarists Should Avoid
Oct 24

Mistakes Beginner Guitarists Should Avoid

By Joseph | News

(This is a guest post by the team of

A journey starts with one step but eventually, you can reach your destination with the right moves. This is what a beginner guitarist anchor on.

The quest and the burning desire to learn and perfect the art of playing the guitar can come with a lot of experience to catch up with for a beginner guitarist. Mistakes are likely to be made as a normal path up.

Learning to minimize these mistakes can help catapult a beginner guitarist's passion to great play that touches the hearts flawlessly leaving them with an undoubtedly impressive sense of accomplishment.

This doesn't have to be the hurdle any longer. All a beginner guitarist simply needs is to avoid these common mistakes to realize tremendous growth in the aftermath.

#1. Holding The Guitar In An Inappropriate Way

As a beginner, it is very true you might have just seen guitars but never held one in your hands irrespective the dreams about going the music way. What most beginners do is fight holding the guitar. Some mistakenly hold the guitar by neck only while playing without proper guitar positioning.

Hold the neck and the other part of your hand elbow to connect with the top corner of your guitar far away from the neck. This will help you to secure the guitar against your body to avoid it slipping away or sliding off you as you play your best tunes and notes. Avoid tilting the guitar towards you in such away if hampers clear vision of the frets.

#2. Playing An Out-Of-Tune Guitar

Most beginners hardly notice when their guitar is out of tune. This could result in a play that they only find odd when they probably hear somebody play their guitars while it's in tune. You could get accustomed to an out-of-tune play starting off on the wrong notes and pitches.

Ensure your guitar is well in tune by getting yourself a tuner or seek assistance from an expert to assist you to tune it to place as you learn step by step yourself on how to do it. Professional setting up of your guitar will assist you for lower string action, being the distance of between the fretboard and your guitar's strings. In the end, you have to apply better-controlled pressure down on the strings while playing.

#3. Avoiding Audience Play

Early stages of a beginner guitarist may seem to create the impression not-yet-there mentality or being afraid of ridicule. This could result to beginners shying away from playing for an audience to help them grow or even compliment them on the play that could be coming off so well. A beginner can opt to play before close family members or relatives before even going to face strangers.

One needs the constructive critics, smiles of applause and the mixed feelings about their play to help them outgrow the beginner mistakes for a more pronounced and flawless growth path. This is healthy for a beginner guitarist.

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#5. Shunning Off Music Lessons

Does a beginner need music lessons anyway? Beginner guitarists tend to imply music theoretical lessons are boring hence no need to rely on them for more knowledge, opting to train playing the guitar alone.

The reality is it can take a little more time to learn, but the good outcome is that, it will help you as a beginner understand the world of music form rhythms, melody, harmony, handling pitches, notes and so much more as you outgrow your weaknesses and change them into strengths as a guitarist.

#6. Pressing Too Hard When Starting Out

Yes! The enthusiasm could be too much to handle, but one thing that most beginners end up missing is trying too hard to get their act of playing the guitar together in a short time.

This perfect play will have to grow gradually. You are also likely to apply playing the technique of your choice gradually while monitoring your progress.

One doesn't also need physically strain pressing the strings. This can always be done easily despite the hurdles of getting it right with rhythms, scales and such like. Place your fingers on the strings gently as you apply moderate effort to achieve the right sounds notes.

Place your fingers on the fret wire towards your guitar's body. Avoid pressing the fingers exactly right above the fret wire but just slightly behind it because this position doesn't need you applying too much of the pressure for clear notes.

#7. Ignoring The Help Of A Metronome

A metronome helps you slow down while practicing as a beginner, help you understand your progress path for a more achievable natural sense of rhythm.

A metronome will assist the mistakes a beginner guitarist makes by starting out slowly and then bursting out to full speed towards 100% perfection. This where it will help you check your speed of playing your guitar for the right balance towards your growth. I t is a growth pattern monitoring too for a beginner who wants to get it the right way from the start.

#8. Ignoring Your Sound

You need to listen to how your sounds come out, an aspect that beginner guitarists at times don't end up being keen on. This will enhance your minor adjustments on your bends, tuning, strings muting among your favorite techniques. You can best perfect these adjustments by listening to your sound as you play your guitar.

Other mistakes beginner guitarists can avoid

  • Handling poorly your vibrato and bending out of tune while playing
  • Ringing out strings
  • Not warming up before a live performance to whatever audience
  • Not learning or playing with others
  • Practicing with too many effects
  • Practicing inconsistently
  • Not having to try what you haven't handled before


Never be caught up in the beginner perfection mindset when you have a lot to learn. Keep learning from others and music content on the best play for a more perfected and informed growth process.

If you embrace minimizing these mistakes, you will also connect gradually your physical and psychological aspects that come along with learning to play as a beginner guitarist.

Lastly, avoid sticking to the beginner mentality that you are not or can't be good in this and that. You can equally do amazingly well if you focus on your strengths as you fizzle out your weaknesses. Eventually, you will realize incredible growth as your music keeps touching and healing the souls across the globe.

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

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!