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Comments Off on How to Choose a Bass Guitar

If you are interested in learning the bass guitar, and are unsure if the bass guitar is a good fit for you, it is best to purchase a starter bass. Most starter bass guitars can be found for under $200. In comparison, professional models can cost more than $1000. Of course, as with anything else, you typically get what you pay for. Though it may be tempting to buy a vintage Fender for $5000, the beginner instruments are best to start with since they will help you get through the early phases of learning the guitar. Set a budget before searching for your bass guitar and get a better understanding of what you are looking for. This will help you make an informed decision on what to buy. When I was working in lawn care, my budget was very limited, but I found a great bass guitar for a price […]

Comments Off on Advantages of a Fretless Guitar

Around the world, there are many fretless instruments, but one that is often not mentioned is a fretless guitar. The fretless guitar doesn’t include frets that are normally seen on a traditional guitar. Using a fretless guitar creates a new sound that is less amplified, but warm and unique. To better understand the fretless guitar, it is best to first understand what the purpose of the fret is. The fret simply segments the guitar’s neck into several sections. They alter the guitar sound by serving as tension points. A guitar with frets gives the semi-tones that are standard in the West. The frets also help provide a guide for the musician. An unfretted guitar, though not common, can be very rewarding as you learn to play. This type of guitar has many advantages and disadvantages, and there are several tricks that you need to consider before you decide to pick […]

Comments Off on A Look at Guitar Dynamics

It is imperative to master the basics you learn guitar. There are some tricks, though, that can be used to lose the sound of your guitar. One of these is musical dynamics. These directly affect the way you play notes. You can sound more like an experienced guitarist as you learn to use musical dynamics. Musical dynamics seem to be a big secret in the guitar world that no one talks about, but everyone knows. Many believe that using guitar dynamics is what makes someone sound like a professional. It seems that all guitar idols have become masters of dynamics and are able to control the technique completely. The best part about guitar dynamics is that, once someone begins to use them and apply them appropriately, they can begin to sound like a pro even if they are a beginner. Guitar dynamics are defined as the way of certain pieces […]

Comments Off on Learning through Interleaved Practice

A great way to practice your guitar playing is by using the interleaved practice method. This means experimenting using three sets of three as you practice your guitar routine daily. This could look like practicing verse chords of the song, then practicing a scale, then practicing alternate picking. That would be one set. Practice this three times in a row. Why it Works Using this routine is great for practice because, when you move from one technique to another, you have to quickly forget what you just practice. When you return to it, you must remember it again. Study showed that this act of remembering, known as effortful recall, helps to improve your playing long-term. Practicing and set of threes help you to solidify the neural connections, helping you to better remember. Why Interleaved is better than Traditional Practice The effects of interleaved practice over your traditional practice routine needs […]

A guitar is a very sensitive instrument. When the temperature and humidity change, the wood it is made from begins to expand and contract. This can cause the tension in the strings to change, causing them to get out of tune. You guitar may also begin going out of tune as you continue to play it, especially if you have the tendency to play hard or if you bend pitches frequently. Because guitar tend to be sensitive, you must tune your guitar on a regular basis. The best times to do it are for every practice and any time your guitar begins to not sound right. Occasionally, even a professional musician must take time in the middle of their performance to tune their guitar. Making the Tune Last Longer You are interested in making your guitar stand to longer, you can change the strings regularly. You may need to change […]