Learning to play the electric guitar is not easy. And not knowing the parts of your new instruments makes it harder still. Imagine reading an article about how to properly hold a guitar or watching a video on how to tune your instrument. Would you be able to follow all the instructions correctly, if you do not know what part of the guitar the instructor is pointing … [Read more...] about Parts Of An Electric Guitar Every Guitarist Needs To Know
Some people might tell you to just count. But since you're asking the question in the first place, you're undoubtedly aware that the answer is not quite so simple. Theoretically, you could count the strings on 5 different guitars and come up with 5 different numbers. That's because different guitars can have different numbers of strings. But there is a standard and … [Read more...] about How Many Strings Does A Guitar Have?
Do you know what drop C tuning actually sounds like? Most people don't, which is why we've created this list of bands that play in drop C, along with an example song for each one. You'll notice they are all metal or hard rock acts. Drop C tuning is primarily used in these genres, because it lowers the range of your guitar and makes it easier to play power chords. It also … [Read more...] about Bands That Play In Drop C (With Example Videos)
Miking up a guitar amp is a delicate process. Slight changes in the positioning and angle of the microphone relative to the amplifier's speaker cone can have a large impact on the tone. Of course, you don't actually have to mic the amp at all. There are some alternatives, which we'll discuss below. But miking your guitar amp is still the best way to get that natural … [Read more...] about How To Mic A Guitar Amp For Live Sound
At some point, every guitarist wants to record some music. But who can afford time in a recording studio? And setting up your own studio at home is even more expensive. Both only make sense for professional musicians who know they can sell their recordings and make a living from them. Luckily, modern technology has made it possible for the rest of us to record our guitar … [Read more...] about How To Record Guitar On A PC (And Actually Have It Sound Great)
I remember when I bought my first electric guitar. I bought it online, but I ordered an amp from a different store, because it was cheaper there. I bet you can guess what happened. The guitar arrived and the amp did not. It took another 2 weeks. Two very frustrating weeks. I played my electric guitar like an acoustic, but I'm sure you know, it's just not the … [Read more...] about Can You Play An Electric Guitar Without An Amp?
The acoustic vs classical guitar debate has no true winner. But it has no loser either. Either type of guitar is a great option for beginning and more advanced guitarists. Both types have distinct advantages and disadvantages. If you are trying to decide between the two, you want to match the pros and cons to your needs and goals as best you can. That is exactly … [Read more...] about Acoustic Vs Classical Guitar: Which Type Is Best For You?
Is your guitar making an annoying buzzing sound? I'm guessing you've done some research and found that it could be a ground loop that is causing the buzzing. And it very well might be just that. But other issues can cause humming or buzzing, too. That's why you first want to make sure yours is caused by a ground loop, before you go about grounding your guitar. We'll … [Read more...] about How To Properly Ground A Guitar (Assuming You Even Need To)
Sometimes a song just grabs you. You don't know why, but the rhythm and melody just find their way into your soul. It's something about the combination of chords that just feels exactly right. That's the kind of song you want to write. But how do you know what chords sound good together on guitar? Is there a list to draw from, or is there some other trick? It turns … [Read more...] about What Chords Sound Good Together On Guitar?
Few things impress like an amazing guitar solo. The guitar is the most popular instrument, and has been for decades. Great guitarists are worshiped like gods. And every generation has its guitar heroes. When one of those heroes busts out an impressive solo, you take notice. Everyone does. Some even accept the challenge of learning to play those solos themselves. If … [Read more...] about Hardest Guitar Solos To Play (Don’t Even Try #11 – It’s Impossible!)