Is a Capo Good for Beginners?

Learning to play guitar can be frustrating if you only know a few chords. But what if there was a way to play more songs with the chords you already know? That’s what makes the capo an ideal accessory for beginners. It's a clamp that fastens across the strings at a particular fret, allowing a … Continue reading Is a Capo Good for Beginners?

Can a Guitarist Play Bass Guitar?

Guitar players have a natural attraction to the bass. Why wouldn't we? At a glance it looks like a big guitar with four strings instead of six. Cool! The bass can be particularly appealing to composers and songwriters who want to lay down a bass part for a demo. Maybe you want to expand your … Continue reading Can a Guitarist Play Bass Guitar?

The 9 Basic Chords Every Guitarist Must Learn

You've got your first guitar. Or maybe you finally dusted off a guitar you bought a while back. Whatever the case may be, you're ready to learn some chords. But where do you begin? There are nine essential chords every guitar player needs to know: six major chords and three minor chords. And if you … Continue reading The 9 Basic Chords Every Guitarist Must Learn

Memorize the Fretboard With These 5 Exercises

No matter how many strings or frets your guitar has, it has the same 12 repeating notes as every other musical instrument. Just twelve notes separated by a musical interval called a half-step. But if it's really that simple, then why is memorizing the fretboard so difficult? The strings of a guitar are tuned to … Continue reading Memorize the Fretboard With These 5 Exercises

Why is Learning Guitar So Hard?

Learning to play guitar can be really hard. Books and courses promising "guitar mastery in 30 days" tend to gloss over the part about sore fingertips, fatigued muscles, and the sheer mental effort required to play any musical instrument. What really makes guitar hard to learn is the physical aspect. Suddenly your fingertips get sore. … Continue reading Why is Learning Guitar So Hard?