New guitar players will tend to develop or discover a preferred strum pattern. I remember when I was first learning to play, a friend of mine and fellow musician used the same predictable strum pattern for every song. It drove me crazy. “There it is…” I would think to myself “…that same old strum!” Ever
When I work with a new student who is learning guitar from scratch we start out playing 4 string versions of G, C and D because they are a bit easier to play. It is also good to learn to be disciplined enough to start your strum on the correct string. In the case of
As I have said elsewhere, learning the fretboard is difficult when it is divorced from playing songs and exercises actually using the fretboard positions you are trying the learn. So playing the notes in question is very important. That’s why learning the fretboard goes hand in hand with knowing how to read traditional music, at
Many new guitar players have a bit of a problem using a pick, and find it more comfortable just to use their thumb. Playing with your thumb is OK, but you really need to get used to the pick, so you might as well start right at the beginning. Hold the pick between you first
If your trumpet mute keeps falling out (like mine often has), the problem is probably that the cork is too dry. You can temporarily solve the problem by wetting the cork slightly. One suggestion I found online was to put the entire cork end of the mute in your mouth for a few seconds before
It may seem obvious, but how you hold the guitar is important. First because proper posture helps you avoid getting a sore back and neck. And second, because it helps you play better. Here’s a little video describing some of the more obvious points about holding a guitar. Go here for more Tips for New
Lyin’ Eyes was written by Eagles band members Don Henley and Glenn Frey and recorded in 1975 by the Eagles. Frey sang lead vocals. It was the second single from their album One of These Nights. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Country chart. The
Here’s a practice track for you Michael Jackson fans. Play along with different versions in different keys and you’ll get a good workout for different minor barre chords. The bass part will keep you moving too! Billie Jean was released on January 2, 1983 as the second single from Jackson’s sixth studio album, Thriller (1982).