Restring for Strength!

By Bobidge

Replace your second thinnest string (B) with a thicker one, and tune it to B but an octave lower than normal. Don’t be afraid to “Double Up” on guitar effects and use two of the same, works especially well with two delay pedals. Be careful with the amount of distortion if you double [...]

Avoid the Tab

By Andreas

Learn songs by ear not by tabs.

Think Melodically

By Andreas

Think of a melody in your head when you are improvising solos.

OWN Your Music!

By Rod C. Venger

OWN Your Music…and teach yourself how to learn what you need to play. Too many people are afraid to fail. Their bends don’t sound right because they haven’t practiced enough to acquire muscle memory and their ears have not become attuned to the pitch changes. Their barre chords buzz, the riffs [...]

Fingers, Passion & Volume

By joschi

My first secret are my fingers…you know sound is feeling, passion. The second secret is to play like there is no tomorrow – don´t be shy…play like you’re born with a guitar in your hand… don’t think to much, let it happen. my third and most important secret is the volume. there is [...]

The Whammy Bar Reach-Around!

By Jim Williamson

(File under EBow abuse. Requires a guitar with a whammy bar.)

Hold E-bow in right hand, per usual. Begin to sustain any open string. With left hand, reach under neck and across the guitar body, grab that whammy bar and go! It helps if your signal is routed through some delay, and [...]

The Importance of Intonation

By Rod C. Venger

Don’t forget the intonations when you play. How we intonate notes and chords is how we impart context, or emotion, into the music. Changing the various ways we intonate changes the context, in small measure or large. Bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs, taps, runs, rhythm and meter all come together to make a [...]

Detune to Help Learn Bends

By Rod C. Venger

If you’re having trouble learning bends, detune the string(s) you’re working with, down a half step, or a whole if needed. As you bend a string you’ll be bending it up into tune. Until muscle memory takes over, listen for the string to come into tune, which is easier than listening [...]

Vary the Licks You Learn

By Paulo

When you learn a new lick, play the notes in a variety of different ways: slow, fast, staccato, legato, change the time signature, change the rhythm, change the key, bend on different notes, swap a hammer-on for a slide, invert it. A lot of what you play will sound terrible but you’ll limber [...]

Learn by Teaching

By Phil Ockelford

In order to learn, teach. I know my playing has improved since I started teaching. Why? Put simply, you have to be prepared to justify everything you say and do, which in turn makes you question whether or not how you do anything is the very best way it can be done. [...]