Last Sunday I ventured out to the Melbourne Guitar Show for the afternoon. I mainly went to check out the Guitar Players Acoustic Session and The Finale Jam. Of course there were also all the exhibitor stands full of guitar and bass gear to check out too.
At these sort of events I personally find it hard to hear or play gear due to so much noise going on and am happy enough just to window shop as I walk by. Any way I probably have more than enough gear and guitars even though there were some good deals on offer! However there were a few products that grabbed my interest and I would recommend checking out.
Fican Guitars www.ficanguitars.com are a range of guitars created by Australian luthier Stuart Monk that looked really interesting. Read More
If you’ve been playing acoustic guitar for a while and are comfortable with strumming open string chords (A D E G and C etc) challenge yourself by learning some intermediate level songs. These songs should include more challenging guitar techniques such as bar chords, arpeggios, riffs, syncopated rhythms and fingerpicking. Here are 11 of the best intermediate acoustic guitar songs to learn.
Space Oddity – David Bowie
This song has a gazillion (lots anyway) chords with a few bar chords including F Fm and Bb. The more challenging part here is the rhythmic bar chord section using the 4 bar chords C F G and Am which happens after the lyrics “planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do”. Read More
What can the guitar gods teach as lesser mortal guitarists who are looking to improve on our instruments? Here we will see what they can teach us with some of the best quotes for guitar players and students.
“How can you learn to play lots of great fast notes when you can’t make a few slow ones sound good?” – Gary Moore
Gary Moore is spot on here. There is no sense in trying to play fast if you can’t play slowly well. When soloing its essential to know the right notes to play. Some of the best players don’t need to play a lot of notes to sound great.
Just listen to BB king and jazz trumpeter Miles Davis for examples of great soloing with minimal notes. The less is more approach often works well verses lots of rubbish throw away notes. Read More
Jimi Hendrix is one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music. He revolutionised rock n roll guitar incorporating the use of effects such as fuzz, wah-wah, octavia, feedback and more. He also had great rhythm and lead guitar technique which can be heard in his music ranging from quiet ballads to aggressive rock. His style of playing paved the way for hard rock, heavy rock and metal. However his playing wasn’t just about turning it up to 11!
Here we will look at 7 essential techniques for every guitarist to learn and how they were used in some of his most famous songs.
1. E Minor Pentatonic Scale with Vibrato, Bends & Slides
Image how futuristic this tune would’ve sounded when it was released way back in 1967. Read More
So who are the most influential guitarists in the history of rock? Which guitar players have inspired others to learn and play the guitar the most? These 10 guitarists led the way motivating generations of people to rock!
Influenced Slash, Joe Perry, The Black Crowes, 80s hard rock bands such as Bon Jovi, The Cult and Def Leppard
Jimmy Page was a young veteran of the London recording scene when he joined the Yardbirds in the late 60s to ultimately replace Jeff Beck. After this band broke up he reformed it with new players to create Led Zeppelin which became one of the biggest bands of the 70s. Yet again another blues influenced player he also branched out into folk and world music using alternate tunings and odd time signatures. Read More