Fender are back with a second generation of ‘road worn’ guitars with a vintage look and feel. These take the experience a step further with modifications including hotter pickups for gritty tone, and a flatter fingerboard for effortless bends. Soon to be released through modern spec guitars, these are to be unveiled at Continue reading
I want to share something with you that can make an average guitarist great, something that enables a beginner to draw from something deep within themselves to come up with something magical, and it’s got very little to do with technique or speed…it’s something so simple that you may have even overlooked it yourself.
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Have you ever found yourself at a gig hearing an incredible sound coming from the guitars and wondered why you can’t get the same?
For many of you this may be the one topic that eludes you every time, I know it did with me for a lot of years. I’m talking about the Holy Grail for guitarists, the most sought after but rarely found thing called ‘tone’. You see, you can have the best Continue reading
One of the key fundamentals with any music and any instrument is timing and it doesn’t matter what you’re playing, if it’s not in perfect time then it sounds amateur and somewhat annoying for the listener. If you have ever struggled in the past with guitar timing then you may find these ‘guitar solo in time tips’ useful, and hopefully instantly applicable to your playing.
When learning how to play guitar solos there are quite a few things that first come to mind; technique, speed, picking style for starters…but rarely is hand placement talked about. When I talk about hand placement here I’m referring to the ‘fretting hand’ and not the picking hand, although you could write a whole book on that one. Continue reading
There has been a lot of talk lately about the ’100 greatest solos of all time’, well this has probably been talked about since the creation of mainstream music. I just thought i’d share the list that people have come up with and the order and sequence, and see what anyone else thinks? For me personally there are a lot on the list that should be where they are (maybe in a different order) but there are also some that didn’t make the list which is a real surprise – Jason Becker for starters Continue reading
Do you ever get bored playing your guitar to an electronic beep? Although playing to a metronome is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your playing (in more ways than you can imagine) it can sometimes feel a little unreal and more often than not, uninspiring. When learning how to play guitar solos you usually have something to play to, maybe playing over a CD or jamming your favorite song with a friend, but Continue reading
Ok, let’s take a look at a technique that is great for a few styles but especially for Rock and Metal, and thatis Palm Muting. The definition is fairly self explanatory as it’s just resting the palm on the strings to mute the sound, but when it comes time to actually play it can get a little tricky for newer players. Hopefully by the end of this you’ll have a clear idea of how it works and how you can use it in your own playing. Continue reading
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘guitar harmonies’? For a lot of people it’ll be 80’s glam solos and other seemingly outdated styles… but don’t disregard this as it can be a very full and effective sound in most modern styles if played right (and that is the key!). If you’re lucky enough to remember Continue reading
Have you ever wondered how to play guitar solos with the ‘slipperiness’ and ease that a lot of the pro guitarists do? There are a couple of tricks that don’t get talked about that much and are things that you can do immediately to enhance your speed and playing ability on any guitar neck.
First of all, let’s look at the natural things on a guitar that can make it Continue reading