Learn Lead Guitar

By Matt Maguire

If you are looking to learn rock guitar, search the internet for online guitar solo lessons developed by a professional musician, international performer and experienced musical instructor.

If you're looking for an inexpensive and fun way to learn lead guitar, you need to check out online guitar solo lessons. Years of performing experience and a strong musical background have enabled talented musicians to create highly acclaimed compilations of guitar solo lessons.

Delivered through instructional videos, online guitar solo lessons begin by teaching you about basic bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and before you know it you are heading towards more of the most difficult techniques that can be played on the guitar such as, rakes and sweeps.

Online guitar solo lessons are not just for beginners, but also serve to help professionals continue their studies and solidify their already established skills.

Learning to play by ear is one of the most important skills a live guitar player can have! Being able to listen to a background section and pick up the key naturally and efficiently may come naturally to some, but playing by ear can also be taught. Not only do guitar solo lessons come with instructional video lessons, they also typically come with customized instrumental tracks that will assist you with learning to play by ear!

Online guitar solo lessons will show you the tips and tricks on how to unlock this skill, which will be crucial to the future of your shredding. Taking the time to learn lead guitar also means taking the time learn exactly the right finger placements on the fret-board based on the key of the song. As you may have noticed most experienced guitar players can pick up a guitar and jam to almost any key.

Online solo guitar lessons are a great place to start, or to finish honing your already well established skills. - 32186

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Guitar Tutorials: Buy The Right Guitar The 1st Time

By Josh Dexter

What is Magnum PI without a Ferrari or a Jedi Master without his lightsaber? Are there any tips for purchasing a good guitar?

You need a good axe if you I you aim to became a great guitar player. Now it doesn't have to be a 1960's Strat or something fancy like that but it should fulfill a few simple requirements.

What do I mean exactly? Well carry on reading I have a few tips on getting the instrument of your dreams or at least something close enough to it.

Always remember you should try and buy the best axe you can afford from the start and there are a few reasons why you should do that.

Having a good sound and proper feel will help you more and make you want to pick it up often. That's the idea behind this whole exercise, isn't it? You can't learn guitar without actually playing an acoustic guitar!

If you can buy a decent axe it will have better resale value which will help big time once it comes to upgrading to a better model.

Now what if you don't have a big budget and trust me I've been there and know all about it. Well you could find someone with a guitar that they're not using and ask them if you can borrow it for a while so that you can practice while you save for your own instrument.

What if you already have a guitar and it's not good what do you do then? Well get a guitar tech to have a look at it, make the necessary adjustments and change strings on it and you're off you go. A not so expensive guitar with a great setup is all you need to get going. And a crappy guitar is better than nothing.

I strongly suggest you get some good guitar tutorials and start learning the instrument the right way from the word go. You don't want to learn bad habits or even worst get stuck in your learning process just because you don't want to spend cash on good guitar tutorials. Here's to your success as you start learning guitar! - 32186

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The Beginners Guitar Dilemma - Electric Or Acoustic?

By Ed McMahon

For any beginner starting to play guitar the question is often raised whether you should start on acoustic guitar or electric guitar. For some, this will be a simple choice as they will be drawn to one or the other based on the type of music they like.

But the question still stands about which provides a foundation in technique that will form a basis for improving guitar skills? If you are going to teach yourself guitar then which guitar type does not hide your faults?

There are pros and cons to each at different stages of a guitarist learning so any evaluation needs to take into account the short term and long term benefits of each. I started on acoustic guitar. My brother started on electric. Over the years I have mentored other guitarists who brought along to sessions whatever guitar they had to hand. What I noticed, is that you can almost tell from a guitarist's technique whether they started on electric or acoustic, just by watching them play.

So here are the pros and cons we saw of each approach.

Beginning On Electric Guitar


* The narrower gauge strings and guitar neck make it easier to play.

* Easier to develop a subtlety of playing as amplification of what you play permits various effects and nuances in your play.

* Practicing using earphones is possible (neighbors will appreciate this).


* Don't build up muscle strength in the fingers.

* Using effects hides faults (string buzz, poor left hand placement).

* Strong tendency for incorrect placement of the left thumb on the guitar neck.

Beginning On Acoustic Guitar


* Lower startup costs.

* Doesn't require an amp, so allows you to play anywhere.

* Finger muscle strength is building up from day one.


* Temptation is there to strum through all songs. Beginners should take the time to learn finger picking styles.

* Guitar solos require great dexterity and can get 'lost in the mix' if playing in a group.

* Using earphones with an acoustic is not an option.

From my perspective, guitarists who start out on electric build up a speed of playing (solos, chord changes, etc.) which is admirable, but it is often at the cost of good playing technique. Playing the electric guitar hides a number of faults such as incorrect placement of the thumb and not holding down strings solidly that results in strings buzzing or being muted during play (this is highly noticeable when recording an electric).

By comparison, starting out on an acoustic guitar builds up finger strength, fosters better hand placement on the frets and nurtures clear sounding play.

That said, if you can handle the bill for buying both electric and acoustic guitars then you could split out the beginners training on both instruments and they will benefit from both approaches. - 32186

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