Saturday, 17 October 2009

Can You Really Learn The Guitar Using Online vGuitarLessons

Can you learn to play the guitar without hiring a local guitar instructor to show you "the ropes" in person?

Yes, yes you can!

In fact it's easier than ever before to do just that because of the internet. In the old days you may have to learn only from books or from videos that were not particularly effective and that you would have to go to the store to buy. But now with the internet you can download high quality guitar instruction with written and video guides that makes learning to play the guitar easy.

Among the many benefits of downloading online guitar lessons instead of hiring a local teacher is that when you get online guitar lessons you are set for life!

You don't have to keep paying for each lesson you get like with a local guitar instructor (and that can really add up really fast!) Instead you get all of the guitar lessons you need without having to pay per lesson.

That means if you want to practice for an extra 10 hours a week it won't cost you another dime.

Another great benefit of learning to play the guitar with online guitar lessons is, of course, that you get instant access to these lessons...

Even if it's 3 AM on a Tuesday night right now when you're reading this you can be downloading the recommended lessons within minutes from now. And you can literally be learning how to play the guitar just minutes after that! It's impossible to beat that.

On top of all of that is the fact that the highest quality online guitar lessons are 100% guaranteed which means you can try them with absolutely no risk involved.

There's no reason to wait at all.

You can literally get started right now.

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Choosing The Right Guitar For Your vGuitarLessons

Are you not sure what type of guitar is best for you?

Well, you'll have to ask yourself a couple questions:

What Type Of Music Am I Going To Play?

Whether you're playing Rock, Country, Classical or Jazz....

Here's what you'll need to know..

It's very important that you pick a guitar that is going to work for the type of music you want to play.

Here we will take a look at most of the genre's of music and lay out for you some recommended guitars for what you want to achieve in your guitar playing....

I would stick to the major brands when purchasing a guitar. The reputation of the brand is very important for quality and resale value. These major brands also have guitars that can be manufactured outside of the US for a much cheaper price that don't compromise quality.


Rock If you're interest is in rock and roll, then you're going to want an electric guitar. Pay mind though; you will also have to purchase an amplifier and distortion pedal (I'll go into those in another post)

Here are the Guitars I recommend for Rock.
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • or if you're playing METAL... Ibanez or Hamer
Country If your interest is Country, then you're going to want either an acoustic or electric. I would recommend...
  • A Fender Telecaster for an electric
  • A Martin for an acoustic.
Classical this is a very different type of guitar. This guitar is mostly picked with your individual fingers and contains nylon strings.
I would recommend
  • A Yamaha
  • Or Lucero for starting out.
Good classical guitars can be quite expensive for higher quality.

Jazz This is primarily played on an electric guitar. I'd recommend
  • A Fender Jazzmaster with its smooth hollow tones
  • Or a Gibson Les Paul
The Les Paul has a very rich classy smooth sound.

Am I The Type Who Gets Bored Or Frustrated Easily?...

You'll want to decide which type of guitar will be best for you to learn on...

If you're the type who wants results right away and doesn't want to have to go through the pain and frustration..... I would recommend an electric.

It is much easier to press on the strings and the strings are lighter to play.

However, an acoustic you can play anywhere and it will strengthen your hands so that when you do play an electric, it will seem like you've gone from swinging two bats to one! (A little baseball analogy for you)

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Friday, 19 December 2008

How to choose strings for your guitar

String gauge or thickness is one of the most important things to consider when choosing strings. String gauge effects volume, tone, and ease of playing. It is measured in thousands of and an inch. The typical high E-string on an electric guitar is .009 inches in diameter. Common string gauges for electrics from high to low: .009 - .011 - .016 - .024 - .032 - .042. For acoustics: .012 - .016 - .024 - .032 - .044 - .054. Another important fact is that the different types of materials used for the string-wrap provide different tonal responses. Choosing the right type of strings depends upon what your looking for in a sound...ranging from a bright, clean sound to a dull and smooth sound.

String Materials:

Nylon Strings
Classical and flamenco guitars typically have nylon strings that come in low, medium, high, and extra-high tensions. The treble strings are made from a mono-filament nylon, and the bass strings with a nylon core and an alloy round-wound wrap.

Steel Strings
Made with a steel core and used on acoustics and electrics. For acoustics, the wrap is typically made from brass, bronze, or a similar alloy. "Phosphor-Bronze" string are known for there great tone and strong resonance. For electrics, the wrap is usually a nickel-plated steel, nickel/iron alloy, or stainless steel.

Round-wound Strings
The most popular type of string used on acoustic and electrics.

Flat-wound Strings
Mainly used on archtop guitars, these strings are made to reduce or eliminate finger noise.

Somewhere between the round-wound and flat-wound type of string.

Trying out different strings for your guitar as you progress with your playing will help you find the sound you're looking for from your guitar.

Todd Wales is a musician and guitar teacher. He has been traveling and playing gigs across the country and writing for Learn more with

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Blackstar Amplification presents HT-5 Models

The HT-5 is a studio and practice amp, packing tone and innovative features of the award- winning HT valve pedals into a two channel, footswitchable valve amp format. The patent-applied-for ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) circuit gives you infinite adjustment over the characteristics of the tone control network and takes you from the USA to the UK and any where in between.

In making the HT-5 ideally suited to home and studio use, the aim was to develop a valve amp which sounded full and toneful even at the lowest volume level. With this in mind the Blackstar design team designed a brand new valve power amplifier topology. The HT-5 power amplifier is a low powered push-pull design which produces the crunch and break-up characteristics of a traditional 100W output stage but at a much lower volume. This is achieved by the use of a 12BH7 dual triode in push-pull configuration producing 5 watts output, which is rich in valve harmonics and compression.

The HT-5 also has a fully specified speaker emulated output which further enhances the studio credentials and allows any guitarist to get valve tone straight to tape or disk, or through headphones. It also features the unique 4x12/1x12 voicing switch allowing you to change the tonal characteristics of the emulated signal between two emulated cabinet types.

Add to this an effects loop with switchable level, along with 16Ωand 8Ωspeaker outputs which allow you to run the amp into an external speaker cabinet of your choice, and you have everything you need for recording or practising.