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Regina musicians raise money for rockers in Afghanistan

Regina musicians raise money for rockers in Afghanistan
“I remember thinking how crazy that was because I had the exact opposite (experience) growing up,” Val Halla said. “I started playing guitar when I was probably 11 years old and had nothing but support.” “I was carrying my electric guitar around school …
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// Four Player Co-op: Guitar Hero 7, 2012′s Least-Enjoyed Game, More
QUESTION ONE: In case you were interested about the now-mothballed Guitar Hero franchise, well, apparently there was a Guitar Hero 7 (wait, 7? Did I miss 4 through 6 or something?) in development as late as 2011. Apparently the concept involved …
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Widow tells of grief over husband’s death in fatal Cherry Burton bike crash
They shared all the same hobbies, with Dean, who lived in Hedon, teaching Angela how to play guitar, dive and helped her learn to ride a motorbike. “We spent nearly every day together,” she said. “We made sure we organised our stag and hen parties on …
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What’s the easiest way to learn how to play guitar?

Question by Charlye Ann: What’s the easiest way to learn how to play guitar?
I really want to learn guitar to add some music to the songs I write.. I heard that all you really need to know is 3 chords.. any advice or hints would help.

Best answer:

Answer by Pixandstix
I taught myself. Not hard. Look up how to read tablature. Tabs pretty much show how to play anything on guitar.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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How to play guitar like Taylor swift?

Question by Bridget: How to play guitar like Taylor swift?
I’m not sure if anyone will understand what I’m saying, but Taylor swift plays guitar a certain way. She mutes her strumming and it sounds sooo cool. I’ve always wanted to play like that? Anyone know how?

Best answer:

Answer by GregC
Well i just watched 2 taylor swift songs involving her playing guitar to get an idea of what you meant ( 8 minutes of my life i’m not getting back might i add.lol) but i can’t see any notable muting technique in her playing, at least in the tracks i listened to.

However I do play guitar and know exactly what you mean, the major problem being describing it correctly…so to save myself describing it wrong i just found a video on youtube to do it for me.

What do you think? Answer below!

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How To Play Guitar. Learn To Play Guitar.

How To Play Guitar! Learn To Play Guitar. A Simple Approach On Guitar Playing And How To Play Guitar For Beginners Using Basic Guitar Scales, Guitar Chords … Practice. Learn How To Play Guitar Today!

Amazing short report that will teach you the basics of guitar playing every beginner MUST know!

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Lakeland Guitarist Emily Jones Won’t Let Age Stop Her

Lakeland Guitarist Emily Jones Won’t Let Age Stop Her
At age 14, Jones has been playing solo acoustic gigs regularly over the last two years. Jones, daughter of Marty and Tracy Jones of Lakeland, started performing on stage at age 7 as a singer and would later learn how to play guitar at age 11. Now the …
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Ronnie Wood: ‘Touring With Keith Richards Used To Be A Pain’
The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood has admitted that he used to find touring with Keith Richards “a pain”. According to NME, Wood said that his last experience on the road with Richards had been problematic due to his hard-partying lifestyle …
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Metronome

Learn How To Play Guitar Software

This is one of my favourite guitar related software programs I have on my computer that I use regularly.

Metronome

Using a metronome is one of the best ways to practice scales. Regular scale practice with the metronome will improve your scale knowledge, speed, timing, improvisation skills, finger strength, and dexterity. Start off at a slow speed and gradually increase the speed as you improve. The free one I use is quite a few years old but more than adequate. The speed can be adjusted from 40 BPM to 208 BPM and the beats can be multiplied by one, two, or four.

Download it here:

etMetro

Here’s one simple exercise using the G Minor Pentatonic scale. Start off with the metronome set to 60 BPM to start off. Using quarter notes, this is one note a second. Play this repeatedly until you are comfortable with it and then increase the speed of the metronome. At 120 BPM, you’re playing two notes a second. At 180 BPM, three notes a second. And 240 BPM, four notes a second.

G Minor Pentatonic Scale

This next exercise uses the A Minor Pentatonic scale. With eighth notes, it will be twice as fast as the previous exercise and you will be playing two notes a second at 60 BPM. Do the same as before, practice it over and over until you can do it without making any mistakes and increase the speed of the metronome.

A Minor Pentatonic Scale

We’re now using sixteenth notes and the C Minor Pentatonic scale. This is again twice as fast as the previous example. You’re playing four notes each beat or sixteen notes each bar. At 60 BPM, you’re playing four notes a second and might be too fast for you to play comfortably. If this is the case, slow down the metronome and start off at a speed you can manage.

C Minor Pentatonic Scale

This final example uses the B Minor Pentatonic scale and triplets, or three notes a beat.

B Minor Pentatonic Scale

The tab diagrams are screenshots from Power Tab Editor and can be downloaded from Power Tab Editor Website.

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Power Tab Editor

Learn Guitar Software

This is another old program but is one I’m still using and it’s still free.

Power Tab Editor

What is the Power Tab Editor?

Power Tab Editor is a tablature authoring tool for the Windows operating system. It is intended to be used to create guitar sheet music, more commonly known to musicians as guitar tablature and bass tablature. (aka guitar tab/bass tab). The program provides the most commonly used symbols in tablature, including chord names, chord diagrams, rhythm slashes, bends, slides, hammer-ons/pull-offs, harmonics and palm muting. A useful piece of software for people who want to learn how to play guitar, and for experienced guitarists who want to transcribe their own music and/or guitar lessons. The software can be used by both acoustic and electric guitar players alike.

What is tablature?

Tablature, or tab for short, is a special form of sheet music used to indicate the fingering patterns used by an instrument. It is most commonly used to notate guitar and bass guitar parts.

Power Tab Editor can also be used to learn songs that have been transcribed by other guitarists.

Some of the other features of Power Tab Editor include:

  • Print power tab scores
  • Export power tab score to PDF
  • Export power tab score to BMP

One of the problems with the export to BMP feature is that it only exports a section at a time, either to a file or to the clipboard. You then have to combine the sections in your graphics software. One way around this, if the score that you want to export fits onto one screen, is to press the Print Screen key on the keyboard and then paste it into your graphics software.

One undocumented but useful feature is the ability to slow down the playback of the tab. All you need to do is change the tempo marker. This can be set to 40-300 BPM. This allows you to learn songs, or tricky parts of songs, at a slower speed.

Power Tab Editor Screenshot

Power Tab Editor Screenshot

Power Tab Editor Website

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Best Guitar Software

Learn How To Play Guitar Software

These are some of my favourite guitar related software programs I have on my computer that I use regularly.

Riff Master Pro

Riff Master Pro is software that you install on your computer and it lets you slow down music without changing the pitch so that you can play along to it, perfect it, and speed it up gradually, until you’ve got it mastered at full speed.

Read more here:

Riff Master Pro

Metronome

Using a metronome is one of the best ways to practice scales. Regular scale practice with the metronome will improve your scale knowledge, speed, timing, improvisation skills, finger strength, and dexterity.

Read more here:

Metronome

Power Tab Editor

This is another old program but is one I’m still using and it’s still free.

Power Tab Editor is a tablature authoring tool for the Windows operating system. It is intended to be used to create guitar sheet music, more commonly known to musicians as guitar tablature and bass tablature. (aka guitar tab/bass tab).

Read more here:

Power Tab Editor

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. It can be used to record live audio; convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs; edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files; cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together; and change the speed or pitch of a recording.

Read more here:

Audacity

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Guitar Notes For Beginners

How To Learn The Names Of The Notes On The Neck Of The Guitar

First of all, why should you bother to learn all of the guitar notes at every fret of the guitar neck? I know it can be boring and you can get by without doing it but the fact is, you will become a much better player if you learn how to play the right way. You need to learn them even if you aren’t serious about playing guitar. It helps construct yourself as a better player and it will help you with improvisation.

Should you learn guitar scales, guitar chords, or guitar notes first? Most people will say learn your basic chords first, then learn your scales, and notes last. Occasionally you will hear that if you want to understand why the chords work like they do then learn notes. Ideally, you will be doing all three at the same time.

What I’m not going to be doing is teaching you how to read music or guitar tabs. I’m not going to discuss basic chord theory either, that’s for another lesson. Guitar licks and solos will be left for another lesson as well but will be much easier once you’ve completed this one. All I’m going to do in this article is to show you a simple method of finding the notes on your guitar.

The first thing to do is memorise the notes on the sixth, or low e-string, and fifth, A, strings. These two strings are important to learn because they will be the root notes for many chords you play (see: Learn How To Play Guitar Chords).

The neck diagram below shows the notes on the sixth string except for the sharps and flats. Notice that the notes repeat after the twelfth fret. Fret thirteen is the same note as fret one but an octave higher:

Sixth String Notes

The next diagram shows the notes on the fifth string of the guitar fretboard:

Fifth String Notes

From here it gets easier, no more remembering notes. The next diagram shows the relationship between the notes on the sixth and fourth strings. Notice that a note on the sixth string is repeated an octave higher two frets up on the fourth string. This is the distance between the first and third fingers without stretching:

Fourth And Sixth String Notes

The next diagram shows the relationship between the notes on the fifth and third strings and is similar to the previous one. You should now realise that by learning the notes on two strings you can easily work out the notes on two other strings:

Third And Fifth String Notes

If we now add the second string to the diagram of the fourth and sixth strings, we see the relationship is slightly different. Instead of being two frets between the same notes on the second and fourth strings, there are now three. That’s the distance between the first finger and little finger without stretching:

Second, Fourth, And Sixth String Notes

The last of the neck diagrams shows the sixth string and first string, or high e-string. This is the easiest of all, they are both identical.

First And Sixth String Notes

Hopefully, I’ve demonstrated one way of easily finding the notes on different strings of your guitar. There are many other patterns and methods.