Is There a Separate Realm for Picks?
Misc. / October 30, 2016

Share This: Where do Picks go when they get lost?!?! This is going to be kind of a rant. We all have had this happen to us. Picks fall out of our hand to never be seen again. I have lost hundreds of picks over the years and I still don’t know where most of them have gone. How the heck do picks get lost so easily?! I am so careful when handling my picks because I know that one slip up can cause me to lose the pick forever. I started this year off with about thirty Jazz III picks. I have one pick left…. Jazz III picks are great and all but they’re small. Which also makes them so good. I just cannot keep them for longer than a couple of months. When one pick gets lost. It shall never be found again. Tell me if this happens to you in the comments

The Minor Pentatonic Scale: Key to Soloing Heaven
Mini Lessons / October 26, 2016

Share This:  The Minor Pentatonic Scale The minor pentatonic scale is THE most important scale you can learn as a guitar player. It is the most used scale in rock and blues and even in genres like jazz. Almost every solo you could possibly hear in popular rock and metal songs are made from parts of the Minor Pentatonic Scale. Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett, you name him and he knows the pentatonic scale. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, arguably one of the most popular rock songs ever, uses the pentatonic scale in its riffs and solos. This is a pretty simple scale that anybody who has been playing guitar for at least a month can learn. I won’t be getting too in depth with the music theory of these, because as I’ve said in my “Should I learn Music Theory“, you shouldn’t bother with it as a beginner. This is a pretty simple concept.This picture is showing you from the bottom to the top what notes to play. At the top of the picture is the skinny high E string and at the bottom is the top of the guitar fret board, or the low E string. Don’t…

Your First Guitar Chords
Mini Lessons / October 25, 2016

Share This: So you’ve just gotten your first guitar and you want to learn the chords. I’m proud of you for coming here to learn the basics first. A lot of people think they can just pick up a guitar and be a rock star with one day of practice. After learning these basic chords, you can go onto learning some songs from the list of beginner guitar songs to make you feel like a rockstar. These diagrams might be a little confusing to a beginner so I’ll explain every bit of them. First of all you should know the order of the strings. From top to bottom it is EADGBE. You can remember it by this, Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie. EADGBE. In this diagram, string 6 is the top string, the fattest string. Every string from 5-1 are just the strings below string 6, 1 being the lowest, skinniest, and highest sounding string. The black dots are wear your fingers should be when playing this chord. Here are some of the first guitar chords you should learn. This is a G chord, one of the most common and most epic sounding chords. It is made by putting…

What are some good picks?
Info / October 22, 2016

Share This: Picks Picks aren’t really a hot subject in the guitar world but they should be. A lot of people that are starting to get into picks are the ones that are starting to play faster and faster licks. That is when you notice how much a pick really matters. It matters when you want to play fast, and it can even change your sound for other things that are played slowly. When you’re playing an acoustic guitar and you want the raking sound, it really matters what kind of picks you use. You want a pick that isn’t too thin but also isn’t too thick. Now you can see that picks are actually something that matters when you really start getting into guitars. This is why I don’t get why I don’t hear about picks being talked about more. The picks I use My personal favorite picks are Dunlop Jazz 3 picks. These picks never bend on me so when I want to play something fast, it doesn’t bother me. I can also use Dunlop Tortex picks, but I’d much rather play Jazz iii picks. Jazz III Picks Jazz III picks are the choice of many guitarists like…

Should You Learn Music Theory?
Advice / October 19, 2016

Share This: Music Theory, Should it be learned? Music theory is being able to understand modes and notes and a whole bunch of complicated stuff. As you can see, I never learned music theory. This article is going to be aimed more towards the beginner to intermediate players. If you were an expert, you wouldn’t need this advice. It Matters where You are in Your Playing If you’re a beginner, don’t even bother learning all of the details of the modes and everything. You should learn the scales and a little bit of the music theory of the scales. A LOT of professionals don’t know music theory, they just know the scales and with much practice, they know what notes they like. You’re a beginner, you don’t have to know the details of everything. Just get into it and enjoy yourself, you can decide later. If you’re an intermediate player then the decision is up to you. You really don’t have to bore yourself with it if it is that bad. If you really want to learn it and you’re already playing some crazy stuff, then learn it. It is mostly for creating your own music though. It matters What…

Best Sounding Guitars Under 500 dollars – Electric
Beginners , Guitar Recommendations / October 17, 2016

Best Sounding Guitars – Under 500 The best sounding guitars for under $500 are not far away. We all want to sound good and we all want to get the best bang for our buck. If you’re an intermediate player and you want to upgrade to your next guitar, then this is the perfect list for you. If this is your first guitar then I think you might want to step back and get something less expensive, I have a lit of the best beginner guitars you should get. Check that out if you’re a beginner. If you’re an intermediate player or someone on their second guitar, then we shall continue. Maybe if you’re upgrading guitars you might want to upgrade guitar amps, if you want there is an article on the best guitar amps for beginners and intermediate players. The Telecaster                                                                        Fender Modern Player Tele® Plus  on Amazon                                …

Motivating Yourself to Play Guitar
Advice , Beginners , Info / October 13, 2016

Share This: This is a different kind of post. I remember when I first picked up the guitar. I had dreams and aspirations of the things I would do with that guitar. I wrote a note to myself to never quit and never stop playing and trying to go pro. I totally did  what I told myself not to. I used to sit down playing guitar and wondering if I could be a famous musician before I would graduate college.  wanted to be rich and famous. I used to watch the Rich and Famous episode of Motley Crue and I wanted to be just like them. They had so much money in their day that they didn’t know what to do with it. I used to think about them when I played and they’re a big influence on my playing. I used to look up questions I had about being a professional guitar player but I ultimately decided not to. I thought hard about it. Nobody buys music anymore. I can find any song I want to on YouTube these days (except Prince songs, it’s pretty hard to find his music online for free). I thought about it and I…

List of some My Favorite Solos of all Time
Misc. / October 10, 2016

Share This: The reason I started playing guitar was because of these little parts of songs called solos. We all love solos as guitar players whether it’s something slow and soulful like a B.B King solo or a blazing fast lick like anything from Yngwie Malmsteen. I love solos more than anything in this world. Solos get me so emotional and I literally cannot control myself when I hear a solo. I have to make all of these crazy facial expressions and I have to play the air guitar, it is inevitable. This is probably going to be an ongoing list. This list would be really long if I remembered and named every single solo that I loved. This is just going to be a list of my favorite solos from the top of my head so it won’t be 100 songs long. I have over 1100 songs on my phone, it can total up to well over 800 solos. If I forget any solos that you love let me know. I probably like the solo too and just forgot to add it. I will try not to make this too long. That might be hard though, just when I…

Best Guitar Pedals for Beginners
Beginners / October 7, 2016

Looking for the Best Guitar Pedals? If you’re a beginner guitarist looking for the best guitar pedals for beginners, then this is the place to be. You’ve probably heard of guitar pedals and had no idea what they were. If you were like me you had no idea that your favorite guitarists weren’t just using an amp and a guitar to get their sound, then you felt kind of betrayed. But then you get it. Guitar pedals can make your sound 10x better than what it was. Even Jimi Hendrix, who is widely regarded as the best guitar player of all time used pedals. He was actually one of the first to use pedals in rock. Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal… because of course, it’s so cool This is the MXR ZW45 Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby® Wah Wah. This pedal is great for a beginner guitar pedal because of how simple it is to use and how good it sounds. If you don’t know how a wah pedal sounds, then listen to the intro of voodoo child by Jimmy Hendrix. You’ll definitely know why it’s called a wah pedal. You simply just stomp your foot down to start and then…