Guitar Help

Getting To Know Your Guitar

Getting To Know Your Guitar  “H H & T” #1 Hi!  First things first!  Getting to know your guitar. I was at such a loss when I picked up a guitar because I went straight to a video of how to play a song and not FIRST learning about the guitar.  “Place your pointer finger on the second fret, G string…”  Ummm, what??  Whats a fret?  Where’s the ‘G’ string? I should ‘ve taken two minutes to look this up and understand what was what!  It really would’ve helped to first have some understanding of my guitar before trying to jump right in with a song ;)  Getting to know your guitar is important and the first step in mastering it! So check out the pic’s below and look around your guitar to place everything.  There will be a pop quiz in class tomorrow ;)         The frets are the spaces between the fret bars starting at the nut.  The numbers are showing the 1st fret, 2nd fret, 3rd fret etc… The fret markers (dots) do just that-  They mark the frets giving reference points, making moving around/changing chords easier.  Notice the string order on the right […]

Your First Guitar? Tips and hints to help you learn quick!

Your First Guitar? Tips and hints to help you learn quick!   Hi all :)  So anyone get a new guitar for Christmas- Their first guitar?  Playing guitar has been an incredible experience for me and I want everyone who is wanting to learn to be able to, without getting frustrated and giving up!  I hope somehow, someway everyone  can find themselves to this site!  I think I have very simple, easy to play songs on here!  And I answer all question and try my hardest to make everything understandable ;) I started doing my own tabs/chords because being self  taught, I needed the chord placement exactly where the chord change was happening!  It was very confusing having chords sporadically placed above the lyrics. So my tab’s/chords are very precise and it makes it easier!   I then realized I kind of have an ear for figuring out songs and everything just rolled from there!  Who knew!  Someone with no musical experience of any sorts could do this!  That’s why I think anyone can learn to play guitar!! I’m gonna start posting tips that I wish I had known back then, when I was trying to teach myself how to […]

Guitar Restringing Time! Oh Joy….

Hi there!  It’s guitar restringing time.   I’ve been putting this off for a couple months now.  I was hoping to just take it to Guitar Center and they would nicely do it for me, but I never got over there.  Now with it being the holidays I’m sure they’re too busy,  so I’ll have to suck it up and do it myself :( I found a tutorial on youtube and it’s very helpful!  I feel a little bit at ease about doing it myself now.  It will be the first time I’ve restrung my Taylor guitar since I got it in April, so I’m kind of nervous ;) So check out the video, this guy knows his stuff ;)  (Simply staring with taking “off” the old strings, I now see all the mistakes I’ve made in the past when restringing my old guitar!) LLG♥        

Easy Guitar Strumming for Taylor Swift’s “22”

Easy Guitar Strumming for Taylor Swift’s  “22” My first Youtube upload!!  An easy way to strum the song “22” by Taylor Swift. Down strum  to the beat.  Simple as that.  If you’re still not getting the rhythm, try listening to the song and clapping your hands to the beat along with the lyrics.  When you have that down, try strumming out the beat ;) Let me know if this is helpful! LLG♥   Easy guitar strumming technique :)

Capo’s and Transposing…

    So, I’ve had a lot of inquiries over the few years I’ve been playing, about capo’s.  “How can I play this without a capo?” (transpose it!), “I don’t have a capo and when I play this it sounds very wrong” (because it needs to be transposed to remove the capo!), “You talk about transposing.  What is that?” and on and on.  Here’s some explanations :) “What is a capo?”  It’s a tool used to change the pitch of your guitar.  The higher the fret number it’s placed on, the higher the pitch. “What is transposing?” Transposing is changing the key you’re playing in. “Will transposing combined with the use of a capo, keep the song in the same key?” -Yes and no.  Say a song using no capo is in the key of ‘A’.  If you transposed down 2 half steps and put a capo on the 2nd fret, that ‘A’ becomes a ‘G’ so yes, the key ‘technically’ changes but only because an ‘A’ transposed down 2 frets becomes a ‘G’. Make sense?  The transposed chords will still play right along with the song as if you were using no capo and still in they key of  ‘A’.   All chords will change depending on what fret […]