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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Easy Ways Clean Guitar

About twice a year your guitar can use some polish on it. Depends on the type of finish of your guitar, you should use different polish. For unfinished surfaces, like bridges and fingerboards, use oil based polish like “lemon oil”. It can also be used on vintage instruments as well. Major guitar manufacturers make polishes for contemporary nitrocellulose or acrylic lacquers. Apply a little polish on a clean cotton rag, wipe it on your guitar, then clean it off with a clean, dry rag. Make sure to oil the bridge too. Because cracking can occur in dry climates, keeping fingerboard and bridge well oils helps to prevent it. Just read instructions before using the polish in case there are special tips you should follow. Some people like to use olive oil on unfinished areas. It’s not a good idea. Over a period of time it can clog up the pores in the wood.

If your guitar is really dirty you can purchase special heavy-duty grease in any music stores. It contains a little bit of grit, which helps to get the extra gunk off, without ruining the looks of your guitar, supposedly. Most of the time it does take some finish off. Not much, but with extensive use it does become noticeable. For best results it’s better to just keep your guitar clean, and resolve to the heavy duty stuff only if absolutely necessary. Also never use any over the counter cleaners as Pledge, Windex, etc… I know I’m being obvious on this one, but you would be surprised how many people I caught using heavy chemicals on their instruments. It still makes me cringe, just thinking about it.

Once in a while it’s a good idea to clean out the dust from the inside of your guitar. You see, dust can absorb moisture, which can potentially harm the wood. Just simply vacuum it out to avoid any damage to the guitar.

Another little tip to remember is to use clean hands as often as possible. Hands contain oil, which in turn rubs of on the guitar attracting dirt and causing those sticky stains no one really likes.

Learn Basic Bass

First, you cannot really begin to play the guitar if you don’t know its parts. As against the lead guitar, the bass guitar only employs four different strings. The thickest is the E-string. The thinnest is the G-string. The thickest will be that which gives off the lowest sound while the thinnest will give off the highest.

Aside from the different strings, you also need to acquaint yourself with the frets. The frets will be the metallic lines you see at the neck section of your guitar. These frets, when pressed, will produce specific sounds. Depending upon the notes needed for the specific piece, you will need to press different frets as you go along the way.

You also need to know the other parts of your guitar. You need to know how to adjust the pegs in order to get the proper tuning needed.

Basic Techniques

Aside from knowing the different parts, you also need to learn the basic techniques. These techniques will include how the guitar should be held; how plucking and picking is done; and how you do the fretting as well.

It should be good to find videos and guide books that will further help you learn how these things are done. The internet is a good source of references that will further help you with the basic techniques you ought to learn.

Musical Notes, Scales, Patterns, And Progressions

After you learn the basic techniques, it follows that you now start learning how music is produced. By employing the different techniques you already know, you start learning the theories employed in playing the instrument. This will require you to learn notes, scales, patterns, and progressions.

Some Tricks Learn Guitar Chords

Take it slow.

Don’t try to take on too much all at once. If you find yourself struggling with learning guitar chords, the problem may lie with the chord progressions you are choosing to work with. Start with simpler ones, and then move on from there. Take your time with changing chords and understand that putting too much pressure on yourself at the outset may backfire, discourage you, and ultimately, cause you to quit. Repetition is a useful tool for preparing yourself for more sophisticated chord changes.

Develop finger strength.

If you truly wish to become not just more adept at learning guitar chords, but guitar playing in general, you need to realize the importance of developing finger strength. The value of this exercise will reveal itself in time. Some of the best ways to do this would be to engage in finger exercises such as finger weights, doing finger press-ups, and even pressing down hard on guitar strings. Get creative and do what you think will help in making your fingers stronger and chord playing easier.

Avoid looking at your hands.

In the beginning, looking down at your hands as you learn guitar chords might seem second nature to you. However, this is an issue that needs to be corrected as finger positioning should be something that you become accustomed to without the need to look at your hands.

Practice several chords simultaneously.

While some of the foremost experts and sources on guitar playing might tell you that practicing one chord at a time is actually the best route to take, when you learn guitar chords on the contrary, this is actually not the best way to learn. In order to learn more quickly and more effectively, practice playing several chords all at once. In that way, you are more likely to retain the information in your head as opposed to just having one chord reverberating in your memory. This will also be useful when it comes to recalling finger positions and chord progressions.

Use your pinkie finger.

The pinkie finger is oftentimes the most neglected finger in learning guitar chords. While the tendency of most beginning guitar players might be to push the pinkie finger aside while not in use, this shouldn’t be the case. It is essential that all fingers stay close to the fret board even when not in use. You will find that picking up this habit will prove useful as you learn higher-level chords in the future.

Get familiar with the root note.

When learning guitar chords, I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is to know what the root note of a chord is. In simple terms, a root note is the bass note of a chord. Basically, the root note tells you which string you should begin strumming from. For instance, a G major is formed by the three notes G, B and D. Therefore, the root note of the G major is the note G.

Pick the chord that needs to be picked.

As a beginning guitar player when you learn guitar chords, if you are hearing dull or flat notes within the chords you are playing, the problem is probably caused by a fingering issue. Don’t waste endless hours playing a certain chord until it comes out right but instead, begin to pick the chord. This way you are able to identify the problem more accurately. From there, remedy the problem by applying more pressure on the particular string that needs it or adjusting your finger position to produce better-sounding notes.

Acoustic Blues Guitar

The right hand thumb can travel across to the treble strings to help out, which adds to the syncopation. We start to see that the picking thumb is the driving force behind the best acoustic blues. It can double up on the beat to copy a heartbeat, play off the beat , strike two or several strings at once and create individual string runs if used in conjunction with one of the fingers (normally the fore finger.) The singing Reverend was a leading exponent of that fashion of picking .

Davis could perform with picks or bare fingers, but favored a large plastic thumb pick and one steel finger pick steel pick on his fore finger. It makes a strong, penetrating effect that allowed his blues music to be heard above traffic din in Harlem when he sang and performed on the streets . His stunningly speedy individual string runs picked with thumb and finger are very hard to copy faithfully . Davis was broadly revered as a excellent blues guitar teacher. For the student guitarist motivated to learn the blues the Reverend was a gift from above .

Modern guitarists similar to Doc Watson and Chet Atkins, had a clipped, sparing way of finger picking , but Doc uses a plastic thumb and finger pick, while Chet employed a plastic pick for his thumb and bare finger nails. Doc uses one finger of his picking hand, and Chet used 3 (at least).

At the end of the 50s and beginning of the 60s, youthful students searched for the old blues guitarists and many of the old performers started to play their guitars again , either as performers or instructors . As the decades pass, these folks are now thin on the ground , so it is increasingly difficult to locate a real original expert who can perform in the original manner .