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Guitarists: How to Use Open Strings for New, Colorful Chords

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If there’s one thing I’ve heard guitar students say over and over again, it’s that they love guitar and can’t wait to practice every single day of the week until they lose feeling in their fingers. But if there’s a second thing I’ve heard from guitar players, it’s that they feel trapped inside the patterns and shapes that they know and want to try and break free from them to feel more fluid on the neck. So let’s look at some ways to address the issue of fretboard confinement.

Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Everything You Need to Know About Strings and Cables

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We’ve covered so many bases in this guitar breakdown series, I don’t even know if we can keep calling it baseball! But to round back to home, let’s take a look at two more important factors in the overall sound we hear from our instruments – from all the way back in the accessories department at the music store, it’s strings and cables!

How to Memorize Any Piece of Music

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Memorizing music is invaluable in the eternal quest of learning and growth. From strengthening your ears to widening your understanding of compositional structure and recognizing patterns, there's no quicker way to develop into a well-rounded musician than to leave your charts at home and memorize the music you play, practice, and perform.

Why write about how to memorize music? For one thing, I'm of the belief that you can’t truly know a song until you no longer need to read it off of a piece of paper. As rhythm players, once you can get off the page, you’ll be able to anticipate changes and sit comfortably in the groove, instead of reconciling your trouble spots and letting them dominate you. And as lead players, a song won’t really come alive until you’re able to weave your way through the changes without constantly having to look at a piece of paper for a roadmap – it’s in your ears. So here are my five steps on how to memorize any piece of music.

Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: How the Type of Wood Shapes the Tone

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Welcome back to Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy, my multi-part series examining the ins and outs of your electric guitar. In the last lecture, we talked about body styles, and that knowledge will help you to grasp this one, as we’re going to be talking about the different types of wood used for guitars and their effect. The type of wood used to construct a guitar has much to do with the tone, but the end result is going to be a combination of all the elements of the guitar’s construction – including its body style and pickups (coming up next!).

Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: A Quick Guide to Body Styles

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Welcome to the Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy. This is a four-part lecture, so take your seats, bust out your axe, and grab a magnifying glass, because we're going to examine all the ways your guitar's sound can take shape through design and hardware. (If you're ready for next-level sound sculpting, try adding some pedals).

First, I'd like to break down all of the most common body styles of electric guitars and talk about their very noticeable differences.