Do you know any easy guitar solos?
It’s one of the most asked questions I get from guitar players who are just starting out playing solo guitar. And I get that.
The most solos you hear in songs are not exactly beginner solos. They are often intermediate or advanced guitar solos.
For the beginner lead guitar player it almost feels like every solo is out of reach and that can be discouraging. How do other guitar players go about this?
Well almost every guitar player starts off with an easy guitar solo. Those who don’t are up for a major challenge and often left disappointed. You’ve got to work your way up one solo at a time.
My first solo was Wonderful tonight by Eric Clapton. Beautiful, short and fairly easy.
Once you practiced a couple of solos and you get the hang of the basic techniques like pull-offs, hammer-ons, slides and bend-ups it get’s easier and more fun. Then you also want to work on scales, dexterity and speed which you will achieve with regular practice and specific exercises.
But first thing first, let’s start off with choosing one easy guitar solo and have loads of fun with.
You can click the song title and listen to the song and solo on Youtube or click Tab to find the tablature for the song.
Knowing how to build a scale is essential for understanding music theory, learning how the guitar works, to able to communicate with other musicians and to grow towards becoming an accomplished guitar player.
Every piece of musical knowledge adds to your musicianship and makes you become a better guitar player. Applied knowledge is power.
The whole-half Step formula is the perfect way to build and recognize the pattern of any scale. The scales you need for soloing, chord construction, chord progressions, arpeggios and a dozen of other things. It gives you insight in the whole matter.
So let’s see how this baby works.
The whole-half step formula is similar to the scale formulas only it uses whole and half steps to explain the construction of a scale.
A half step = one fret. A whole step = two frets. So going one fret up or down the neck is a half step. Going up or down two frets equals a whole step.
Let’s take the major scale as an example:
Major scale = Whole step – Whole step – Half step – Whole step – Whole step – Whole step – Half step
or simplified: W-W-H-W-W-W-H (W = Whole, H = Half)
You can also notate the fret intervals: 2-2-1-2-2-2-1 (W = 2, H = 1) Read More »
Today I’ll show you a nice acoustic fingerstyle blues arrangement. It’s got that delta blues, Robert Johnson kind of feel to it.
I’ll explain it slowly and step by step so it’s easy to understand for guitar players of all levels.
Try to memorize the piece while practicing it so you have something to play on the beach, on your front porch and to perform for friends and family.
A really nice sounding blues arrangement right in your back pocket whenever you need it.
Below I’ve written out the tabs.
You can also download the tabs / tablature right here: TABS Guitarhabits’ Fingerstyle Blues
Take your time and take it slow. The piece has 12 bars / measures. If you find it a bit challenging just practice one or two measures a day and you will get there.
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Enjoy the lesson!
Today is all about guitar jokes. We’re turning the tables and make fun of ourselves… The guitar players.
Sit back, relax and have a laugh.
If you don’t like jokes you can always check out the guitarhabits’ archive for a great workout and some awesome guitar knowledge to get your fingers moving.
If you do like jokes, read on and check out the archive later on.
Below in the post there are also some really great “Shreds”, where footage is taken from a guitar player’s performance and replaced with new audio in sync with lip and guitar movements to create some brilliantly funny videos.
There are 20 guitar jokes here. Remember they are just jokes, don’t take them personally or seriously.
Enjoy and have fun!
1 – Two jazz guitarists meet in a bar, and one says, “Yeah man, I bought your last album, it was awesome!” to which the other replies, “Oh so that was you!”.
2 – What’s the difference between an electric guitar player and a vacuum cleaner?
When you unplug a vacuum cleaner it doesn’t suck anymore. Read More »
So how do you build a scale with a formula, how do you figure out the notes for a particular scale, what else can you do with a scale formula and how can you make sense of it all?
Well, let’s find out.
The scale formula gives you insight in the notes you play. It gives you a clear overview of how scales relate to each other and reveals the easiness of building any scale in seconds.
It also a great tool for learning and understanding chord construction and soloing. Once you know the logic behind a scale and how to use the formula, a lot of pieces to the puzzle will fall into place one step at a time.
To construct or build a scale we need a major scale and a scale formula. We use the major scale as groundwork and reference point for building all the other scales and then apply the appropriate scale formula to fill in the notes. Read More »
It’s amazing how the quality of affordable guitars is improving these days.
I can still remember the time when you would have to dig deep into your pockets to get a guitar with a decent tone.
Nowadays you can buy really good quality and a great sounding guitar for a reasonably cheap price.
Whether you want a guitar from one of the manufacturers that have proven high quality over decades or solid wood guitars built with passion and care, it’s all within reach.
I’m often pleasantly surprised when I hear and feel some of the lower priced guitars at the guitar store or when my students hand over their freshly new bought guitars for me to try out. After a while they dare to interrupt me, “Hey Klaus, Sir… Excuse me! Can we get on with the guitar lesson, please?” and I’m like “Oh yeah, right, Sorry. Where were we?”. I just get lost when a good sound captures me.
What you pay and get for these guitars is just really good. Don’t get me wrong, a 3000 dollar Martin or Taylor will take your sound to the next level, but we’re talking medium priced guitars here. Guitars with a good sound that give you a lot of value for your money.
When I play a Martin DX1RAE, a Mini Taylor (mahogany top) or a Cort 200 (all between 300 and 650 dollars)… I don’t know how to put a stop to my bucket list. They are all stunning beauties in their own way.
So, if you don’t want to spend a fortune, but neither want a cheap guitar that lacks quality and tone, then these guitars are the real deal.
Check out the list of great affordable guitars:
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