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How To Choose Guitar Strings

How to choose guitar strings.  Learn how to choose guitar strings: the right ones for you! Guitar strings are the lifeblood of a guitar. They are normally made of hard metal and come in various thicknesses. You’ll notice that they are around 3-4 feet long and have a small ball on the end of each string. You can purchase them with or without coating. Coating is a protective layer of material laid over the metal on the string and is said to increase string life. As you touch your strings your fingers leave acid residue which builds up over time. That residue causes the strings to become dull. You can actually feel the string itself and tell that it has built up too much residue. That means it’s time to change strings. Depending on how often you play, that could mean you need to change your strings as often as each month or as little as every six months. I recommend not letting your strings go longer than six months.  I recommend purchasing a set of light strings. That means that the thickness of each string will be in what is considered the guitar string light class. Typically that means your highest string 1 [e] will have a gauge of .10 – .12 mm. Light strings are easier to push down on the fretboard than medium strings, but not...

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How To Buy A Guitar

How to buy a guitar. A quick and easy guide you have to know before you head to a guitar store! “Friends never let friends go into a guitar stone alone.” “Friends never let friends go into a guitar stone alone.” Click To Tweet Here’s how to buy a guitar! IMPORTANT: Never go into a guitar store to buy a guitar without facts about the price and availability of that guitar in your area. Most music store salesmen are about as motivated as used car salesmen. They know which guitars have the highest margin. If you go into your store without a plan you may come out with your salesman’s favorite pick, but may not be the best guitar for you in the long run. My recommendation is that you take with you an experienced guitar player whom you trust. A note about price range. Also, a quick note about price range: I’m often asked “What guitar should I get?”. My answer is always the same: “What’s your price range?”. Acoustic guitars in particular live in specific price bands. The entry level acoustic: $100-$300. The intermediate: $500-$1,000. And the professional: $1,000 and up. I intentionally left out the $300-$500 range. The biggest difference between an entry level and an intermediate guitar is the type of wood and binding that the luthier, or guitar maker, uses to create the instrument. You...

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How To Tune A Guitar

In this article you will learn how to tune a guitar. Learning how to tune a guitar is extremely important. In fact, it’s the first thing you need to do every time you play and then at several varying intervals while you are performing.  I’m going to speak about standard guitar tuning. It should be noted that there are endless ways to alternatively tune your guitar, but I would recommend first learning standard tuning and then experiment with alternate tuning later.  Before we can learn about tuning, we have to know what notes each string should be tuned to. Each string, when plucked by itself, with no frets pushed down, will sound a note. In standard tuning, from lowest string [6] (which is the thickest string) to highest [1] (thinest) is: E, A, D, G, B, e. We use the big “E” for the lowest string and then the little “e” for the highest. You may not always see it written like that. Some teachers or websites reverse it but you will see it this way in most cases, including in this book.  We use numbers for our strings to help quickly identify each one. The lowest string is also the lowest sounding string. The low “E” string is considered the sixth [6] string. You count up from there. The fifth [5] string is the “A”, the fourth [4] the “D”,...

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How To Change Guitar Strings: A Guide

In this post you will learn how to change guitar strings. Here’s how! Knowing how to change guitar strings is a skill every guitar player should have. Yes, the store where you buy your strings will put them on for you, but they usually charge for that. Plus, when you learn how to change guitar strings you get to confirm that there aren’t any new chips in the body. You identify any problems that have arisen. Also, you get to clean your guitar. The shop isn’t gong to take near as much care of your instrument as you will.  To replace old strings with new ones, I typically follow this method and order. You can attempt other methods, but this is what I and most other professionals do.  Before you begin, here are some tools you will need to change guitar strings. Here are a few tools and items you may want to collect before you begin this how to change guitar strings. Guitar cleaner (or polish) Guitar fret lemon oil Cleaning cloth String winder Wire cutter Needle nose pliers Spray air canisters Bandaids Guitar tuner Guitar strings I recommend any of these brands of guitar strings: Elixir acoustic and electric, D’addario acoustic and electric, Ernie Ball acoustic and electric, Martin acoustic and electric. I’ve used each brand and they are all great! The first step to change guitar strings is to remove the old strings. To take off...

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The Best “How To Learn Guitar” Books of 2016

The Best “How To Play Guitar” Books of 2016 Learning to play guitar using a manual or “how to” book is one of the easiest ways to learn. Having the best materials available when teaching yourself an instrument is how you succeed. Anything less and you may give up or find incomplete information. Below are some recommendations and reviews of the best of the best guitar training books for 2016. Teach Yourself to Play Guitar: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners by David M. Brewster Pro’s High Amazon book ranking, others are using this resource and are having success Includes all the basics (ie. tuning, guitar posture, string notes names, etc.) Diagrams for both acoustic and electric guitar Includes chord diagrams for many beginner chords Con’s This is a short read. At only 48 pages, you may be wanting more and need to buy another book or utilize the internet and other resources Leans toward guitar tablature rather than music notation Available here: Kindle ($4.99) | Print ($6.07) Hal Leonard Guitar Method, – Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 by Will Schmid and Greg Koch Pro’s Books 1, 2 and 3. There is a ton of information in each of these books Available in Kindle, paperback AND plastic comb formats. Plastic comb allows you to lay the book flat. This is helpful since you need both hands when playing guitar and...

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