Archives for June 2008

How to Read Guitar Chord Symbols

Guitar chords, or any chords for that matter, can be expressed in a variety of different ways. Sometimes this means guitar chords might include weird symbols or numbers.

I want you to be able to identify the different ways guitar chords can be written, even if you don’t quite have a full grasp of what the chord might be representing. For that reason, I’m not going to go too deep into the theory behind these ways of writing guitar chords or show you how to play these chords. To learn how to play guitar chords, visit our growing list of guitar chords with chord chart diagrams here.

1. Major guitar chords

Often major guitar chords are just represented by a capital letter. For example: G, D, C. Sometimes major chords might have an added “maj” attached to the letter like: Gmaj, Dmaj, Cmaj. Those can all be understood as major guitar chords.

2. Minor guitar chords

Minor guitar chords will often be represented by a capital letter followed by a lowercase “m” or […]

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New Feature: Subscribe to Guitar Friendly

I just added a feature that allows you to subscribe by email or RSS to receive any new guitar lessons, videos, or tips straight to you from Guitar Friendly.  This is a really easy way to stay updated.  Read more about how it works to subscribe.

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Subscribe to Guitar Friendly: How does it work?

You might have noticed that on Guitar Friendly’s home page, in the middle column, there is a newly added “Subscribe to Guitar Friendly” area. This is a new and easy way for you to stay up to date with all the newest guitar lessons, videos, and tips added to Guitar Friendly!

How does it work?

You can either subscribe by email or to our RSS feed. If you subscribe by email, whenever there is new content added to the Guitar Friendly blog, whether it be guitar lessons, videos, tips, or anything else, you will receive an email of that content right to your email box.

If you subscribe to our RSS feed, you will need an RSS reader. One free and easy to use RSS reader is Google Reader. All you have to do is add the URL of our RSS feed into your reader.

What’s so great about it?

The beauty of subscribing to Guitar Friendly by RSS or email is the fact that […]

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How To Play Guitar Fast! 5 Tips to Increase Speed

In my post “Thoughts on Practice from a Wise, Old Guitarist,” I asked Bill, a well-aged retired, professional guitar player how to increase my guitar speed after hearing how fast he played on his old recordings. He just told me to “practice, practice, and practice.” But how do we practice when we want to learn how to play guitar fast?

1. Start slow, Speedy

This couldn’t be more important. Practice playing guitar scales slow at first with proper fingering, posture, and technique. Set a metronome at a slow speed then practice at faster speeds. It’s really boring at first (I won’t lie to you), but it’ll be harder to play guitar faster if you don’t have good technique. You must walk before you run.

2. Alternate Picking

As you pluck the individual strings with your pick, pluck each string alternately with a down pluck and an up pluck with the pick. When you play a guitar scale or […]

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Subscribe To Our Video Guitar Lessons Online

As you know, Guitar Friendly has released a couple video guitar lessons online on YouTube.  So far, people have found them helpful!  If you haven’t, subscribe to our video lessons here.  More to come in the future. Is there anything you’d like to see in the next lesson? Let me know–post a comment!

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Thoughts on Practice from a Wise, Old Guitarist

Just recently, I found a guy in my local newspaper selling quite a few quality, vintage guitars for a ridiculously cheap amount of money. In my interest, I called him and arranged a time to go over to see the guitars he was selling. He had a lot of guitars listed in the paper, but WOW, when I walked into the house there were high quality guitars everywhere! Hung on the walls, stored in cases behind the couch–everywhere!

His reason for selling his guitars was simply, “I’m just getting too old.” Bill was 81 years old. In talking to him, I found out that he actually played professionally all throughout his life. He ended up showing me some of his recordings, and man, they were impressive! Bill played guitar at lightning speeds with flawlessness.

So I said to him […]

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Fretboard Note Chart

I took the liberty of making up this guitar fretboard note chart as an aid for learning the guitar fretboard. I couldn’t find many good ones out there that laid it all out so I made my own! I made this fretboard note chart up to the 20th fret. Use this for reference or as […]

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