So you got yourself a new heavy metal guitar and you want to start playing some of your favorite riffs. But a lot of them are just too complicated when you're just starting out. That doesn't mean you can't play anything, though. Some of the greatest heavy metal and hard rock riffs of all time are actually quite easy to learn to play. The following easy metal riffs … [Read more...] about Easy Metal Riffs (Tabs For Beginning Heavy Metal Guitarists)
The guitar is a fretted instrument. You can see that immediately. It has raised metal strips along the fretboard. But if you look at most other stringed instruments, like the violin, viola, cello, double bass, etc., they do not have these frets. Why do only guitars (and a few other instruments) have them? What is their purpose and how do they affect … [Read more...] about How Many Frets On A Guitar?
Obviously, how hard it is to learn the guitar depends on a number of factors. The most important is your goal. If you want to become the next Eric Clapton or David Gilmour, learning to play the guitar will be exceedingly difficult. But if you just want to be able to play a few simple tunes or easy heavy metal riffs, you can do that in no time. You'll have to push … [Read more...] about How Hard Is It To Learn Guitar?
Changing your guitar strings can be a pain. But it's something you have to do. And if you are a professional guitarist, it's something you have to do quite often. In fact, it is a part of the job, just like the actual playing. But there is no hard and fast rule for when to change your strings. How often you swap strings depends on a number of factors. Let's take a … [Read more...] about How Often Should You Change Guitar Strings? (And How To Extend Their Life)
Guitars need love, too. Every time you play, sweat and grim from your fingers gets on the strings, the fretboard and the body. Doing a quick clean after playing goes a long way toward preventing it from really building up. That said, even if you clean your guitar every time you use it, eventually you will still need to do a deep clean. It just won't be nearly as … [Read more...] about How To Clean A Guitar The Right Way (Without Damaging It)
Your fingers are disgusting. All day long, they pick up dirt and dust and grime. You don't even want to think about some of the stuff that ends up on your fingers. When you play the guitar, your fingers rub against the strings and the fretboard, transferring some of the filth to the instrument. But it's not just the filth. The dirt combines with the sweat and oils … [Read more...] about How To Clean Guitar Strings And Fretboard (Quick And Easy)