Guitars

Make your Guitar Learning Experience Worthwhile

By on December 31, 2013

 

Are you unhappy with your current ability to play guitar, and are you wondering what you can do to get better? Many people who would want to learn would just go to the local shop, buy a guitar, learn the basics, and then stop learning afterwards. Once they can play a few chords or a few songs, the excitement wears off and they never reach the level of ability that they desire. However, anyone can become an awesome guitar player if they are willing to put in a bit of time and energy, and these tips can help you get to be as good as you want to be.

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1. Commit to practicing every single day.

You do not have to spend hours each day doing nothing but playing guitar. You lead a busy life, so you probably do not have time for that. However, do you have twenty minutes to spare? All you need to do is cut out one TV show and spend that time playing guitar. The consistency is the key. If you do this for 20 minutes every single day, you will see a rapid increase in your skills, and playing guitar will get to be as fun again as it was when you first started.

2. Learn songs that you already like.

Sometimes it is a good idea to do lessons and learn the technical aspects of the craft, such as playing scales. However, you want playing guitar to be fun; when you are having a good time, you are more likely to do it every day, which is what is going to help you improve. Learn songs that you already like by the bands that you love. You will be inspired to play and you will really enjoy yourself, even when it takes a while to break down a song and learn each part, and so you will be driven to success.

3. Make sure that you get worthwhile equipment.

You do not need to run out and spend thousands of dollars on a guitar, but you also do not want to buy the cheapest guitar that you can find. The low-end equipment just does not sound as good. It falls out of tune more often and makes it sound like you are a worse guitar player than you are. You want equipment that makes you sound your best so that you can really see if you are making progress.

 

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Guitars

Combining Gears for Better Music

By on September 28, 2013

 

Many new guitarists ask themselves this question: What is more important, the guitar or the amp? The reason that they ask often has to do more with money than anything else. They may not have enough money to have top-of-the-line equipment, so they want to know which side they should upgrade first. Are they best to go out and get a $2,500 guitar and pair it with whatever amp they can get with their leftover money, or would they be better off to get a $500 guitar and then spend the money that they have left on the best amp they can get?

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The answer really depends on what you are looking to get out of your setup. If you are interested in playing intricately and precisely, about learning the craft the same way that you would learn how to play the saxophone or the flute, you probably want a good guitar. It needs to have a fast, flat fretboard so that you can hit those solos in stride. You do not want a guitar that makes you a worse player because you have to press too hard on the strings or because you cannot play it cleanly. You want it to reflect exactly what you are doing.

If you want to play in a rock band in the garage – which is what many young guitarists really want to do – you are best off with a $500 guitar and a killer amp. A lot of what you are going to be doing is just playing power chords anyway, so the guitar does not have to be as precise. You can rock out on those chords with anything for around the $500 mark, and you can get many good guitars – with twin humbuckers, whammy bars, and the like – for that price. You need to have a powerful amp so that you can turn it up at band practice, and the raw gain on the amp is going to influence your sound more than the guitar.

As you can see, it all comes down to your goals as a guitar player. Take a look at the Greenfield guitars at LuthiersCollection.com and then look up some of your favorite amps and half stacks, and add up the prices. Find out which combination of gear will give you the best results for what you are going to do with it.

 

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