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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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Everything i need to know about playing guitar for beginners?

Question by Shamu: Everything i need to know about playing guitar for beginners?
I think I might start playing guitar so I was wondering :

Acoustic or electric ?

How to tune a guitar

Can I use a pick for both types of guitar ?

Which type of guitar is easier

How long does it take to learn the basics

Do u need to be able to read music ?

Best answer:

Answer by Ryan Szuster
Acoustic or electric ?
acoustic

How to tune a guitar
the strings

Can I use a pick for both types of guitar ?
yeah

Which type of guitar is easier
acoustic

How long does it take to learn the basics
a year

Do u need to be able to read music ?
not always

What do you think? Answer below!

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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.

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How Can I Play Guitar Very Fast?

How can i play guitar very fast?
I have been playing guitar for about 1 year, but still my guitar playing speed is not as fast as my teacher. My teacher gave me some speed exercises which I tried at best as I can. But when I played in front of my teacher he told it was not sufficient. He played it again and I noticed how fast he played it. How can some one play so fast. I could not reach that level of speed any way. It should be mentioned that i use alternate picking. Please help.

Best answer:

Answer by Kab
Stick with it. I can’t imagine a student of 1 year playing as well as the teacher.
If you are not satisfied, find another teacher.

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Guitar Scale Mastery

A Review of Guitar Scale Mastery

Learning scales for guitar over the entire fretboard is a lot easier than you think. It will also improve your lead guitar soloing and speed. This is only true if you use a method that you find interesting and easy to use.

Most methods I’ve tried present the scales on the guitar as a patterns of blocks on the neck of the guitar. You memorise one block pattern and then move up the fretboard and learn the next one.

I’ve always struggled to move up and down to different places on the fretboard using this method. It teaches you to move across the strings and you get stuck to one or two places.

So what if you do manage to memorise all the block patterns for a scale. You’ve then got to do it for all the other scales and keys. I learnt the G blues scale from a book years ago. I learnt the first two or three blocks by memory but found it boring to continue.

I’d struggle to change it to a different key. I could just about manage two blocks.

What Guitar Scale Mastery does is to show you how to learn guitar scales one string at a time, and it’s a lot faster and easier than you might think.

Once you’ve learnt where the notes of the scale are all the way up each string, those block patterns you tried to learn before just come naturally.

There’s theory in this, and again it’s set out in such an easy way that you will wonder why you struggled so much before.

There’s also a lot of practical exercises that reinforce your scale training. There’s single string, two string, and three string exercises that will have you playing guitar solos across and up and down the fretboard.

What you eventually get is a feeling for the notes in the scale and it just comes naturally to play them. Learning to play the scale in a different key then becomes so much easier. And you can then use the same techniques to learn a different scale.

What surprised me the most is the first scale you learn, E major. Now that scale has four sharps in it, F sharp, G sharp, C sharp, and D sharp. I listed those straight out of my head. Before, I would have been counting along the frets on the strings and working out the notes.

When I first started learning music theory, the book I was learning from started with the C major scale which has no sharps or flats in it. The G major scales is next which has one sharp in it, F sharp. After that you get bored and give up.

You don’t get bored and give up with Guitar Scale Mastery. It’s fun and interesting to do. It doesn’t matter how many sharps or flats are in a scale, it just becomes natural to play the right notes.

This isn’t for lazy people, it’s a long term training course that benefits you more the longer you do it. It’s recommended that you give up some time to practice each day. If you’re a keen guitar player, you’re already doing this anyway. I’ve found that even if I don’t pick up my guitar for a couple of weeks, I can still play those scales across and along the fretboard with ease. It’s like riding a bike, you don’t forget how to do it.

Guitar Scale Mastery

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Guitar Note Mastery

A Review of Guitar Note Mastery

Guitar Note Mastery is another of those courses that isn’t absolutely necessary to learning the guitar but will improve your soloing and improvisation skills and your knowledge of the guitar notes on the fretboard.

It’s written by the same person who did Guitar Scale Mastery. In the that course he recommends that you learn the notes on all the strings on all of the neck of the guitar. He also recommends you do this by using his course Guitar Note Mastery, but he would do wouldn’t he.

Guitar Note Mastery is priced so low that I decided to give it a go and it’s well worth it.

What I would recommend if you do use both courses is to dive right into learning the guitar scales and the notes at the same time. If you decide to learn just the notes before you start any scales, you might get bored.

Having said that, Guitar Note Mastery is very good and exceptional value. It isn’t one of those courses that just shows you the names of the notes on each of the strings at each of the frets on the guitar neck and tells you to go away and memorise them. It does actually show you how to memorise them with useful exercises.

When I first started playing guitar, I only managed to learn the notes on the 1st high e-string, 5th, and 6th low e-string. The 5th and 6th strings because they’re the root notes of the power chords and bar chords, the 1st string because it’s the same as the 6th string.  I just never found any way of memorising the notes on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strings.

So how important is it to learn the notes and scales on all strings and all the way up the guitar fretboard. Think who your favourite guitarists are. Do you think they know a few scales in different positions. Do you think they could name a few notes on the guitar including the sharps and flats.

Regardless of your playing style, or that of your favourite guitarists, your playing will improve if you can learn these notes and scales on your guitar.

Guitar Note Mastery

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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.