How to find your favorite guitar strap – a guide for beginners

How to find your favorite guitar strap – a guide for beginners

You are probably still very excited about your first own guitar but there are many more accessories to get until you are fully equipped. A very useful buy is a guitar strap. The strap is attached to your guitar at two points and shifts the weight of the instrument to your shoulder. This will give your hands a lot more freedom to play the instrument and will make it easier to play standing-upright. As a beginner finding the right guitar…

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The Creative Urge – When It Strikes, You Cannot Ignore It

The Creative Urge – When It Strikes, You Cannot Ignore It

There can be very few men in the world who will not admit – no matter how long it takes them – to having at some time in the past (many of them in the past half an hour if they are honest) standing in front of a mirror playing air guitar. Some will admit, equally shame faced, to having used a prop to enhance their pretend guitar skills. Most usually it is a tennis racquet, although there are plenty…

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The First-Time Guitarist’s Shopping List

The First-Time Guitarist’s Shopping List

If you want to become a musician for fun, for profit or for any other reason, there is no escaping the fact that a little bit of money will need to be spent. Time and money are just two of the investments you will need to make to do it properly, and it is fairly important to get value for money in the early stages. Being able to learn the guitar means knowing how good you sound, and your first…

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So You Want To Be A Guitarist?

So You Want To Be A Guitarist?

One thing that is familiar among music fans is the tendency to psychoanalyse band members based on the instruments they play. The singer in a band is considered the narcissistic one, who craves attention. The bassist is seen as the quiet, unassuming one who will only be noticed if they are not there. The drummer – well, there are so many drummer jokes that it is hard to know where to start, but they are often seen as the beating…

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Has It All Been Done Already?

Has It All Been Done Already?

There is a broad school of opinion that holds most of the music on the market today to be derivative, copied from famous acts of the past, not creative enough. When a new band pops up and becomes popular, there always seems to be a caveat attached by the sage music experts. “The Strokes? They’re OK, but they sound like a cross between the Stooges and Blondie”, they might say, or equally they may argue that Snow Patrol sound like…

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If You Find That You’re A Talented Guitarist

If You Find That You’re A Talented Guitarist

There are some things at which some people find out they are gifted without having to try a great deal. Famously, athletic ability is one of those things that shows early – a child showing the ability to run faster or for longer than the others may be destined for a future athletics career. Musical ability also falls into this category. Some of us can pick up a guitar and put together a reasonable tune without having to concentrate too…

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Can You Learn Guitar From A Book?

Can You Learn Guitar From A Book?

One of the most time-honored ways that people get started when learning the guitar is to buy a “primer” – a book which explains, often using pictures, how to learn the correct fingering techniques to get a tuneful sound from a guitar. There is certainly a benefit to being ready to learn from such a book – it lets you see the basics, how to nail them down and should enable you to at least play a familiar note. However,…

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Anyone Can Play Guitar

Anyone Can Play Guitar

Before they became one of the most famous bands in the world, Radiohead had a debut album called “Pablo Honey”. As well as the multi-million selling single “Creep”, the album featured a song called “Anyone Can Play Guitar” – something that a lot of frustrated musicians have since found to be slightly inaccurate. Much as we try, there are some of us who feel that the likelihood of us ever managing to get something resembling a tune out of a…

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Would You Rather Be Good Or Famous?

Would You Rather Be Good Or Famous?

There is an old parable which relates to humility and goes along the following lines. A training musician is visited by a magic genie who says he can give him a choice between two wishes. He can make him incredibly talented at playing his guitar but unsuccessful commercially, or incredibly successful without having any talent. The musician plumps for being good at the guitar – because this is something of real, important value to him. As a result, the genie…

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Say Goodbye To Your Fingernails … And Other Guitar Side-Effects

Say Goodbye To Your Fingernails … And Other Guitar Side-Effects

Any long-time guitarist will tell you, as you are starting out as a beginner, that the bits you have to look out for are the ones you wouldn’t predict. You’ll expect to make mistakes as you get used to the instrument, and you’ll expect to fall out with loved ones over your practising in the house. What you won’t expect are the bizarre little side-effects which befall most guitarists – but don’t much get talked about because they aren’t part…

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