Becoming A Versatile Guitarist
Written by Corey   
Becoming a versatile guitarist involves plenty of practice and knowledge of theory behind music. Many people think that memorizing chords and looking up guitar tabs online will make them become the next Jimi Hendrix. Only using these references will not make some a versatile guitar player. Any amount knowledge in music theory will help to create a talented musician.

One extremely important part guitar playing is learning scales. There are four types of scales that the majority of guitarists play while on stage. They are the major, minor, pentatonic and blues scales. Each scale has a significant pattern that moves to different areas on the fretboard depending on the key it is played in. By knowing any of these scales, a future musician already has a good grip on playing guitar. Famous guitarists such as Eric Clapton only play guitar solos on the blues scale. 

Learn Without Guitar: Think About Music--A Lot!
Written by Gary Fletcher   

Here's an easy way to improve your guitar skills that you can do any time and any place. You don't need any equipment, and best of all it's free.

Pressed For Time?

All you need to work on your guitar skills is your mind. You can use it to practice in those little spare moments of the day, or during activities that don't take much concentration, such as jogging or doing the housework.

Learn to practice with your mind using the exercises described below and you can take advantage of those otherwise wasted moments.

How to Set Effective Guitar Goals
Written by Gary Fletcher   

This post shows you the CROW method for setting simple and effective goals for your guitar learning.

The CROW process has two big advantages.

First, it's name makes it easy to remember and use.

No long winded instruction manuals.

Simply check your goals are CROW - Concrete, Realistic, Observable and Worthwhile.

Let's see just what that means...

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Guitars (Before I Bought One): Kotornut's List
Written by Ava   

Remember the Jemsite list for 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Guitars (Before I Bought One)?

A few members came up with their own lists.  Here's one that I found particularly enlightening (and entertaining!) It's by Jemsite member Kotornut (Louie), who came up with this list with his pops while they were talking guitars and perusing some of the cooler features of Jemsite.

Here's what they gave us!

  1. Save money now and get a better guitar and more satisfaction later on.
  2. Play everything regardless of what's "cool" or not.
  3. Amps are as much of a part of the electric guitar as the big sound box on an acoustic is.
  4. Decide what your style is and let yourself decide what gear to use not your friends, a forum, guitar teacher or even your guitar hero.
  5. Playing better is sounding better.
  6. Don't discount the comfort of a guitar in your hands and on your body while playing, just because another one looks "cooler."
  7. Is the guitar easy to tune and stays in tune (basic but important)
  8. Gold hardware wears off anyways (from my dad, the Gibson Jazzbox player).
  9. You will get tired of every color after a while (even swirls).
  10. Does the electric guitar have sustain, tone and good harmonics unplugged?


10 Things I Wish I Knew About Guitars (Before I Bought One): MusicDr's List
Written by MusicDr   

When I asked Jemsite members to post some of the things they wished they knew about guitars (before they bought one), a few members came up with their own 10-point list.  I'm posting a few that I found particularly entertaining.

Here's MusicDr's take:
  1. Just because a guitar looks and sounds cool doesn't necessarily mean you will because you buy it.
  2. The secret to being an accomplished guitarist is actually playing, not reading about playing,posting about playing or watching others play.
  3. If you practice things that are hard for you, it makes everything else you play seem easy.
  4. If you practice things that are easy for you, you have just wasted good practice time.
  5. If you buy the same guitar back 5 times and still don't bond with it, chances are it is just not for you.(recent experience)
  6. When you finally find that holy grail guitar,buying 4 more exactly like it doesn't necessarily mean you will have 4 times the enjoyment.
  7. Although it sounds cool,having 20+ guitars is
    • A lot of maintenance
    • 20+ pickup choices
    • A lot of string sets
    • 20 more choices than I probably need when deciding what to play
    • Still has nothing to do with being a better player.
  8. I know tone is in the hands,unfortunately you can't hear it without a guitar and amp.
  9. There is no "magic bullet","ninja scroll" or "top secret formula"to be a guitar master,only practice and hard work.
  10. There is a secret to getting along with bandmates and other musicians-don't be an a*****e.
Zoning Issues
Written by Herb Smith   

I had a particularly good practice day yesterday where everything felt right. I could play pretty much whatever I wanted and feel the "ease" of it all. I had a sense of “light-fingered-ness”. I was practicing and playing about a half-dozen, new-to-me classical pieces that I’ve learned over the past year or so and have tried to practice with this sense of ease. The pieces I was playing ranged from a couple of lively baroque things — a Bach allemande and a gigue by Robert deVisee — to a romantic era piece by Spaniard, Angel Barrios, to up-tempo jazzy Latin-American classical pieces that I love. I felt hot. I felt like I had them in control and could make them sound like I wanted them to.  


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