Get some advice on choosing the best electric guitar for a beginner and learn what features to look for in your first instrument.
Useful classical guitar major and minor scale patterns in notation and tab. Patterns approved by Trinity College of Music, London
Find out how beginners can learn blues guitar by working on basic scales and music theory. The rest comes down to hard work and practice!
Is there an easy way to remember the order of sharps and flats in music? There is. Read more to find out exactly how to do it.
When buying your first acoustic guitar, you want to be sure you're getting what you want. In this article we look at the main differences between steel and nylon stringed acoustic guitars.
Learn everything you need to know about getting started on guitar in this comprehensive guide. Get help choosing your first guitar, advice on lessons and more!
Learn 5 steps to help you teach yourself to play guitar, no lessons required. It isn’t easy, but with a little hard work you can do it!
Been teaching guitar a while and found that your students just aren't getting it? Here are some tips to help you bring them back on board and help them learn faster.
Guitarists - Learn to read music with this graded tutorial covering the basics of standard music notation for guitar.
At some point a guitar player usually becomes interested in learning scales after open chords and barre chords have been learned. Playing licks and improvising solos is no doubt one of the most exciting things that can be done on a guitar – for both the player and the audience. In this article I am going to present the workhorse of scales for many guitarists – the pentatonic scales.
The original version of this guitar instrumental by Jørgen Ingmann. Note for note transcription of both parts combined into one. Very challenging to play! Chords, standard notation, tab, video.
An easy-to-read guide to some of the most interesting chords for writing music. How to write a great opening to a song, an interesting body, and a close that isn't cliche. Plus video examples.
Harmonization of the Major scale in all keys. Chords, Tab. Accurate, high quality transcriptions, in depth theory analysis.
How many notes make up a chord? Find out how easy it is to create any chord on the piano knowing just a few tips.
A standard 3 chord blues progression, reharmonized to form a jazz version. Stormy Monday Substitutions. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions. In depth theory and videos
Learn how to make interesting and original solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements of songs. This is a step by step tutorial with audio demo.
Find out if you really need a teacher to learn to play guitar, and why taking lessons may not be the best choice for every newbie guitarist.
The diatonic scales are 7 note patterns that in a sense are extensions of the pentatonic patterns. They require a bit more work to learn than the pentatonic scales but are well worth the investment to avoid ‘pentamania’ where lead guitar starts sounding ‘samey’ and predictable.
You’re never too old to learn to play guitar! Here are 10 reasons why your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond are the perfect time to pick up the instrument.
This article on flute breathing exercises discusses how we breathe, types of breathing and which is best for the flautist and also for the player's general health. Some breathing exercises that help with the control of breath are explained with diagrams along with an emphasis on the importance of good posture to assist controlled flow of air.
If you have a child who shows an affinity to the piano but is not old enough for formal lessons, the following article will give parents ideas for teaching early piano skills.
Improve your guitar practice routine with these eight tips on playing guitar with small hands. Includes alternative guitar technique ideas and original video examples.
The popular holiday song 'Away In A Manger' arranged for guitar as a strumming sing along, or guitar duet. In depth theory, professional transcriptions, lyrics and strumming pattern.
The recorder is an ideal musical instrument for the adult beginner. Follow this page for helpful tips to learn the instrument.
Accompanying on the piano can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Here's one way to create a back-and-forth style of accompaniment that's easy to master.
Whether your hands are too big or small or your wrist muscles are too weak, some ukulele chords are just plan hard to shape.
Learn how to solo on the guitar and write your own leads, plus the importance of scales, improvisation and self-evaluation.
Once a pianist learns the chord progression for Heart and Soul, they will be able to accompany numerous other popular songs. One strong favorite is the Rodgers and Hart standard "Blue Moon." Even absolute beginners should be able to understand this detailed explanation.
Mastered the basics and want to move on to some more challenging chords? Here's just the songs you need to help you get the hang of them.
It’s important to recognize that even major players had to start with the beginner’s chords, or open chords. What led them to become famous guitar players (besides raw talent) was an intensely disciplined approach to practice, combined with a creative fire and passion to make music.
A solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the famous Christmas carol, with notation, tab, chords, lyrics, and audio/video track
Guitar Lesson on guitar chords in Open G tuning. Rolling Stones guitar style, Keith Richards guitar chords. Rolling Stones guitar parts, Guitar and Open G tuning.
For many classical guitarists, locating the notes on the fingerboard can be difficult, especially in the higher positions. Here is a quick and reliable method for learning all the notes on the fretboard.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Skye Boat Song with tab, notation, chords, lyrics, audio and playing tips.
In this article we will take a look at barre chords, also called moveable chords because the same form can be moved up and down the neck. At first barre chords can seem like real hard work, or plain impossible to fret but they are well worth learning if you really want to rock because they give you access to the full range of the neck. Patience and persistence is the key.
Sight reading for guitarists in 12 fretboard positions - with standard notation, tab reading exercises and audio demos.
I Still Got The Blues For You by Gary Moore guitar lesson. Chords, tab, video. High quality, accurate transcriptions, theory explanations, and video lessons.
Find out which instruments are the best choices for kids or adults who are total beginners and want to learn music for the first time.
A guide to playing the violin with good posture by understanding the concepts of balance and ease and eliminating unnecessary tension in the body.
The Hapi drum is a steel tongue drum that needs minimal musical expertise to play. Here are a few techniques, complete with a video guide, to get you started today!
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Ye Banks and Braes," with audio and video of the notation and guitar tablature.
You too can learn to play the piano as an adult. Your experiences of life will help and you will persevere with practicing more easily than a child can.
If you want to know how to play Johnny B. Goode, this page will show you. Chuck Berry's classic rock and roll song is often requested. This is a simple version of the song for guitar.
Check out this Gibson Les Paul LPJ Review and learn more about the 2013 and 2014 models of this affordable American-made Les Paul.
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) arranged for guitar. Chords, tab, melody. Includes: in-depth theory explanations, some insightful playing tips, videos and high quality, accurate transcriptions of the Chord Chart, Comping Chart and Chord-Melody.
Play this simple guitar arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Read the tab or notation and listen to an audio demo for easy learning.
Piano is a versatile musical instrument and is probably one of the most widely played around the world. Piano is basically a keyboard instrument where the black and white keys represent different notes with different intervals. The way the notes go...
Piano worship chords aren't very much different from the chords found in other types of music - pop, jazz, country, etc. - but they do have a certain sound to them that's a bit difficult to explain. So, instead of talking too much about it, we're...
Further reharmonization of a twelve bar progression in G. In-depth theory, professional transcriptions, video guitar lessons.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the English folk song, Scarborough Fair with tablature, standard notation and an audio track provided for easier learning
When trying to improve your overall technique, guitar exercises are the best way to go about doing this. They focus on increasing your fingers strength, speed, accuracy, and dexterity. Doing all the different exercises will also allow you to learn...
An easy classical guitar piece by Ferdinando Carulli. Standard music notation and guitar tablature are provided along with an audio recording and study notes for learners.
Do you know that feeling when you know you should be practicing, but you feel like you just can't? Or you think all your efforts aren't making a difference? Read on for some helpful tips and advice.
Already got a uke and want to get a jump on the holilday season? Or did you just open a brand new ukulele and need to learn some songs before December 26th rolls around? I've got you covered!
Chords are a musical basic--but what are they, really? Here's a beginner's guide, with written and audio examples.
This article will show you the best method ever of how to efficiently learn and memorize the notes on a guitar neck in the shortest amount of time.
Most people who take music lessons of some kind learn some quick and easy tips for reading the music, especially for naming the letter or pitch names that correspond to each line and each space.
Common, everyday items have many functions. Some are even practical for working musicians. Things that may seem useless in the live music performance world can actually come in quite handy. Read on!
Learn to read chords in standard notation fast and accurately. All it needs is the right mental approach and graded practice material.
Hallelujah is an iconic song with a hauntingly repetitive melody. Leonard Cohen fans and Shrek fans will know it well although it has been a chart topper for many. Learn to play Hallelujah here.
Learning to strum the ukulele can seem intimidating, but if you follow these simple steps it can set you well on your way to playing with ease.
Practice is the only way you can get better at playing the guitar, but playing the right notes is only half the battle. Check out these seven ways you can improve your guitar practice routine today!
Complete guitar lesson for Stairway To Heaven. Each section broken down and notated in standard notation, tab, theory, and videos.
Would you like to play a stringed instrument? Do you think you are too old or too young to learn? Would you like to play something unusual and portable? Then the mountain dulcimer (also know as the Appalachian dulcimer) may be the instrument for...
This article is aimed at self-learning guitarists wondering whether to learn standard music notation or guitar tablature or both, or even neither. A look at the pros and cons of each system.
An easy to play classical guitar piece in standard notation and guitar tablature by the guitar composer Ferdinando Carulli. An audio track and study notes are provided for easy learning.
Understand the Circle of Fifths, what keys in music are, how they're formed and how they relate to each other in music.
Playing piano helps people release emotions and enjoy music. Here I provide six simple tips that can help you become a better pianist.
This article will help you learn the natural minor scale and will show you lead patterns to use as templates for solos. The natural minor is a fairly safe choice for soloing in a minor key and can produce more melodic and soulful solos than the pentatonic scale. There are many types of minor scales, but the natural minor is the basis of most minor harmony.
Learn about the terminology and definitions used in playing and discussing electric and acoustic guitar in this basic vocabulary guide for beginners.
Maple is one of the traditional tonewoods for acoustic instruments. Right there with maple are rosewood, mahogany, spruce, ebony, and all the varieties of species of those trees. Maple as a tonewood for bodies or backs and sides of a guitar can...
Two versions of Greensleeves for acoustic fingerstyle guitar to try. One simple and straightforward, one decorated and improvised. Also view or print as PDF file.
Learn this very popular and easy classical guitar study by Tarrega - Audio track, guitar tab, standard notation and study notes are provided.
A rock guitar version of the holiday classic, Do You Hear What I Hear? Composed in the style of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Chords, melody, harmony melody. In-depth theory, pro transcriptions.
Discover the best way to learn to guitar, with a focus on scales, chords and songs, as well as music theory. Here are some top options to get you started!
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
Synovitis can ruin a piano-player's career. Here's how I (mostly) recovered and got back to the keys, with gentle repertoire suggestions that I enjoy playing.
Check out the top bass guitar starter packs, the best choices for beginners who want to become bassists and start playing today!
A lower-intermediate level solo fingerstyle guitar arrangement of "Auld Lang Syne" in guitar tab, notation, chords, and lyrics with audio demo and study notes for learners.
The House of the Rising Sun is a folk classic and its most famous version was released by The Animals. There are so many ways to play this song in different styles, but this way works nicely.
Discover a few easy shortcuts to help you quickly learn the notes of the guitar fretboard. You can't master the guitar unless you know where to find all the notes!
The Suzuki method is enormously popular in the United States and Japan. While the method was originally used to teach violin, many children learn to play piano (and other instruments) with this method. The Suzuki method allows very young children to play music by ear before progressing to sight reading, which allows 3 and 4 year old children to play the piano. Parental involvement is critical to the success of this method!
So you want to learn how to play guitar? Well join the club, because people from all over the world want to do exactly what you want to as well. What separates you from the rest? It all comes down to whether you've got motivation and that little...
Play Sor's Study in D Opus 35 no.17 for classical guitar in notation and tab with audio demo and playing help for learners.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Scottish folk song, The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home. Tablature, standard notation and audio track are provided
What's the best method for learning a new piece of piano music? Find out what you should and shouldn't do to get that new piano piece under your belt as quickly as possible.
A haunting chord melody arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Also arranged for sing along or guitar duet. Chords, melody, strumming pattern. High quality transcriptions, tab, videos and theory.
Learn Minuet in G by J.S.Bach | Standard notation, guitar tablature, audio track and study notes are included.
Compare the top acoustic guitar starter packs and choose the best starter kit to inspire a beginner who is ready to learn to play guitar.
A fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Xmas carol, Silent Night in tablature and standard notation with audio track and playing tips included.
Learn to tune your guitar by ear in a few simple steps. It’s easy, and it can even help you become a better guitar player.
13 blues guitar turnarounds. Chords, tab, video. Mandatory for any blues guitarist. Complete with in-depth text explanations, videos and high quality transcriptions.
For Celtic music lovers, a fingerstyle Guitar Arrangement of the Scottish traditional song Oidhche Mhath with guitar tablature, standard notation and audio recording
Learn Bach's famous Bourrée in E Minor transcribed for guitar with guitar tab, notation, and audio demo track and study notes.
Here's a shortlist of the best beginner acoustic guitars for kids, a guide for parents looking to start their child on guitar.
Find out why it’s important for guitar players to spend time studying music theory and how it can improve their playing.
Fretboard Logic SE by Bill Edwards is a guitar instruction manual where the CAGED system is made easy to understand for any level of guitarist.
Have you ever wanted to learn guitar but weren't sure where to start? From choosing a guitar to playing your first songs, this guide will walk you through the first steps and more.
Most of us have a favorite song that we like to play or listen to, but how many of us are fluent in a musical instrument? Read this article to learn more about how music can enrich your life!
For many singers and songwriters, the guitar is the first instrument they pick up, owing to its popularity and versatility. But perhaps now you feel that it's time to expand your musical horizons...
The Martin D-18 has always been one of the world's most desired acoustic steel string guitars. It is somewhat expensive, so not everyone can afford a D-18, here, here are five alternative guitars.