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Pros and Cons of Guitar Multi-Effects Pedals – What You Need to Know

Effects pedals are cool - we really don't think that anyone can debate that statement! Since introducing the first effects pedals back in the 1960s, there has been a constant and ever-changing market and demand. Name one type of effect - just one, mind you - and there will be countless versions and models available from many different manufacturers, Overall, that's a good thing. Being able to enhance your sound not only makes playing guitar more fun, but it also can open up creative avenues that you may never have considered before. Multi-effects units While having a good number [...]

Chord Progressions | an Overview

Chords are the backbone of pretty much every song that has ever been written. This is true no matter the genre of music or how complex the piece may be. For example, it's not uncommon to find an old jazz standard that changes chords on almost every beat; simultaneously, 'Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatle's is one single chord all the way through. Several chords are found in numerous songs, and some are much more common than others. These combinations are called chord progressions and can be found on guitar chord charts; they are accessible to group chords in a [...]

All about Barre Chords – Open Up Your Playing

One of the best things that you can do to advance to the next level with your guitar playing is learning how to properly play barre chords. They are commonly found in almost all styles of music. Furthermore, having a good grasp of playing them (and playing them correctly) will significantly enhance all you can do with the instrument. That being said, barre chords often get a bit of a bad rap, especially with most beginners. That's because they can be a little challenging to pull off without some substantial practice time. Tricky? Yeah. Impossible? Nope - not at all! About [...]

How to Read Guitar Tablature and Get to Playing

When you're a beginner just starting out to learn how to play the guitar. There may be many things about the whole deal that may seem a bit overwhelming to you. For many players, the idea of learning to read sheet music or guitar tablature can be one of them. And, truthfully, for a good reason. Let's be completely clear here, though. Taking the time to learn how to decipher all of those guitar tablature symbols can benefit you as a guitar player. Especially if your goals are to play professionally (particularly studio work and 'paid sideman' gigs). But...wow...what [...]

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