In times like this, it helps to have a little music to keep us all united and keep our spirits high. Music is an enduring, powerful force. Whether a music lover, a casual player, or a professional musician, right now many people are in need of some help, some comfort, and some good old distraction. […]
Research has shown that playing an instrument offers both mental and physical health benefits like de-stressing, increased creativity, and boosting the immune system. While concerts and shows are off the table for the time being, music lovers can still play their favorite songs and make some noise at home. Fender is offering new users a free […]
Here’s an article all about a distinctive, important technique in guitar playing—particularly in styles like country, folk, and blues—and that’s Travis picking. We’ll cover the background, where to hear it, the theory, and how to do it, and get you Travis picking right away. Good luck and enjoy! What is Travis picking? In short, […]
Thinking what you’re writing for guitar is too simple? Worried it’s not enough? In this video Mike Meiers will show you how to layer your guitar lines and bring your songs to life. Mike Meiers is a songwriter, producer, and founder of Songwriting For Guitar. Download the FREE Songwriting Guitarist Quick Start Guide: ➡️ https://www.songwritingforguitar.com/
Picks have existed from the earliest days of string instruments. There’s evidence that ancient Egyptians used picks made of stone or bone, similar to picks found today. Modern picks come in a huge variety of materials, both natural and man-made, even recycled, and in many shapes and sizes.
There are thousands of guitar books on the market, from instructional to biographical. We’ve compiled some recent titles—with a few older ones tucked in—to round out your reading list in 2020. The Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Complete Edition: Contains Books 1, 2 and 3 bound together in one easy-to-use volume by Will Schmid and […]
This brief history of the guitar dates back to the 14th century, when troubadours would serenade their ladies with guitars and guitar-like instruments.
“What should I learn to play first?” is a really common question for beginner guitarists. And although it’s somewhat subjective, there are certain staple essentials. Your stylistic tastes may determine how you explore these key elements (more detail below), but still this is ground that needs to be covered. Here’s a list of the categories […]