How To: Tighten the cable input jack on a Stratocaster

This is a step-by-step video tutorial on how to keep up your guitar maintenance by tightening your cable input jack, a very simple but extremely important maintenance routine for your guitar. If you let the cable input jack loosen, it could end up costing you quite a bit for repair. First, you are going to need a 1/2" socket and a Phillips head screwdriver. You will need to unscrew the cable input jack. Next, use the 1/2" socket to tighten the nut on your input jack. Then screw the cable inpu...

How To: Mic your guitar amp and get a great sound in a live setting

When playing live, having the BEST sound possible is probably the most important part of the show! (well you know, besides rehearsing and stage performance, but that's a completely different subject!) When you're playing out, you need to be prepared to have a sound man who has absolutely no idea what he's doing or how to mic anything, including your amp. In this video you will get a full walkthrough of the different mics that you can use including dynamic mics and condenser mics, and differen...

How To: Adjust the spring tension on a Tremolo

In this video, we learn how to adjust the spring tension on a Tremolo. First, find the strings in the back that are parallel to the body of the guitar. Then, unlock the nut and set the fine tuners so you have maximum range of adjustment. Start to twist the tuners at the bottom of the guitar until the tension on the strings is enough for you to play correctly. Then, go to the back of the guitar and adjust the crimp screws that are along it. When finished with tightening your guitar, test it ou...

How To: Play the intro to "Crazy Train" on electric guitar

Looking for a guide on how to play the introductory riff to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" on your electric guitar? You've found it. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players (advanced ones should be able to figure out the song themselves), beginning guitarists should also be able to play along given a little time and effort. Play "Crazy Train" à la Randy Rhoads with this video guide.

How To: Replace or install a new pickup in a Telecaster guitar

1. This video tutorial in Music & Instruments category will show you how to replace or install a new pickup in a Telecaster guitar. First you need to remove the strings so that you can take the bridge plate off. Pull the strings out from the back of the guitar. Take a calipers and measure the distance from the back plate to the front of the bridge and note down the readings. Then remove the four screws from the bridge plate and unscrew the telecaster panel. The pick up wire is connected betwe...

How To: Play blues on an electric guitar like Peter Green

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How To: Play warm-up exercises on electric guitar

To play a guitar riff is to do more than simply to memorize a short musical phrase. Guitar riffs are like any other musical exercise; practicing them can be a terrific means of building manual dexterity and improving your overall playing technique. We can say of riffs, then, that they are not so much about rote repetition as making available to the guitarist new and different ways of playing. Every new riff you learn will make you a more able and versatile guitarist and better equip you to st...

How To: Play the dirty, or distorted parts, from "Dream On"

There are few projects that are so simple, and so immediately rewarding, as learning to play a favorite song on the guitar. Not only is it a wonderful way to pass the time but, by learning to play your favorite songs and riffs, you'll be better able to articulate (and otherwise translate) your musical ideas into great-sounding songs. In this guitar lesson, you'll learn how to play the dirty, or distorted, parts from "Dream On" by AC/DC. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate playe...

How To: Play "With or Without You" by U2 on guitar

Want to master "With or Without You" by U2? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete (and we mean complete) breakdown of the song and its constituent parts. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "With or Without You" on your own guitar, watch this video guitar tab!

How To: Play "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 on guitar

Want to master "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete (and we mean complete) breakdown of the song and its constituent parts. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "ISHFWILF" on your own guitar, watch this video g...

How To: Play "Voodoo Chile" by Jimi Hendrix on the guitar

Want to master "Voodoo Chile" by Jimi Hendrix? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Voodoo Chile" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play "The Final Countdown" by Europe on electric guitar

Want to master "The Final Countdown" by Europe on the guitar? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "The Final Countdown" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Use the CAGED system on the guitar

The CAGED system is the road map of your guitar, it teaches you how to play any shape for any chord on any point on the neck of the guitar. This system does require you to be able to at least be able to bar anywhere on the neck with your finger. In this video you will learn the entire CAGED system and how to apply it to your playing.

How To: Play "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin on electric guitar

Want to play Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" on the electric guitar? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords in tab notation. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the guitar, players of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing this Led Zeppelin song on your own guitar, watch this video t...

How To: Play "Creep" by Radiohead on electric guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Creep" by Radiohead on electric guitar. Start on a G chord, then play B, C, and Cm. These are the only chords you will play through the entire song while doing a simple strum through the song. You will need to slide from one chord to the other to create a unique sound, and go faster in some parts than in the others. After you have the sequence down, the entire song will be finished. This is a great song for beginners to learn, add in the lyrics if you pref...

How To: Play "Children of the Grave" by Black Sabbath

In this video, we learn how to play "Children of the Grave" by Black Sabbath. Start with E, C sharp, and your fingers on the top strings. After this, play an A and an F sharp. Follow this with a fourth string D and E, then you will have the basic sounds for the song completed. Play these all together to see how it sounds. After this, break down the song into different sections where the chords change at. After you have done this, play the entire song in one go around, then you will be able to...

How To: Play the key elements of "Sweet Home Alabama"

Learn how to play Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" with this free guitar lesson. This video guide presents a complete, step-by-step breakdown of the song including chords and picking patterns. For more information, and to get started playing this popular southern rock anthem on your own acoustic guitar, watch this tutorial.

How To: Fix a wobbly whammy bar with plumber's tape

Wobbly whammy? Don't fret. This brief how-to from YouTube guitar whiz Justin Sandercoe will demonstrate how to use normal PTFE tape (also known as thread seal or plumber's tape) to keep your guitar's whammy bar from rattling around. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this free video tutorial.

How To: Paint a 5150 Van Halen replica guitar

This three part tutorial shows you how to pait a EVH Kramer 5150. You'll paint and design, doing it all for less than $350.00. It covers all the steps from primer, taping, painting, clearing coating, and assembly. After watching this you'll have your very own Van Halen replica electric guitar to jam out with.

How To: Change a guitar string on a Stratocaster

In this how-to video, you will learn how to change a guitar string on a Stratocaster. You need a guitar, a new set of strings, and a diagonal wire cutter. You might also need a string winder. You will need a guitar tuner and a guitar cable if you have an electric guitar. First, remove the broken string from the guitar. Push the broken string down and through the bridge. Remove the other end from the tuning post. Take the correct string and unroll it. Do not bend the string in any way. Take th...

How To: Improvise on guitar

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to improvise on the guitar. This video lesson will cover how you can make a study of the fretboard layout of notes and then move on to applying scale patterns on top of, "octave templates," to gain a better working knowledge of the guitar neck. Soloing skills have a lot to do with having a great connection between left and right hand techniques. This means that phrasing devices are of the utmost importance. Learning to phrase lines can help you achiev...

How To: Change the actives pickups battery on a guitar

The guy in the video starts out explaining that, over time, his guitar has started to sound a little funny. He thought maybe it was a cord or wire shorting out, but it turned out to be the battery. He shows us how to change that battery. You are going to need a Philips head screwdriver and a new nine volt battery. Take off the tremolo plate on the back of the guitar. You'll be able to see the old battery in the body. Gently remove the old battery and replace it with the new. Slide the new bat...

How To: Study chords & practice playing harmonized scales

This is a video guitar lesson brought to you by andrewwasson.com, and is Part 1 in the series "Harmonized Moveable Chord Shapes". This video lesson covers how to study chords on the guitar neck, and how to practice playing harmonized scales using both triad and seventh chord qualities. The idea taught here works well, because the harmonized major scale gives you most of the popular chords in today's music. These include: the Major Triad & Major Seventh, the Minor Triad & Minor Seventh, the Di...

How To: Play the guitar using only three strings

Don't know how to play the guitar but want to learn? Do you want to learn fast and impress your friends? No problem! Check out this video and master the 3 basic chords (or strings) on your instrument instantly and trick everyone into thinking you've been playing for years! This video is easy to follow and offers a step by step introduction to guitar playing as well as advice on playing with three strings. So, grab you guitar and get ready to rock!

How To: Play Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" on electric guitar

Grab your electric guitar, strap, amp, and your pick and check out this free guitar lesson. This video tutorial will teach you country guitarists how to play a Johnny Cash song. Not just any Johnny Cash song, but one of his most famous: "Folsom Prison Blues." The solo for this song is also included in this instructional music lesson. And just so you know, here are the lyrics:

How To: Learn the slap & pop technique on electric guitar

Check out this instructional electric guitar video that teaches you about the slap and pop technique. The slap and pop techniques are commonly used with pull-offs and hammer-ons with the fretting (left) hand, to further increase the rate at which notes may be played. This is Season 3, Episode 34 of Dave Weiner's Riff of the Week series called "Slap & Pop Evolved For Guitar." Dave Weiner is a Favored Nations recording artist, a G.I.T. graduate, and has been playing in Steve Vai's band since 19...

How To: Play metal rhythm guitar

This is a lesson on the basics of rhythm guitar playing. Some of the topics covered are drum beats, timing, and what to listen for when playing along with drums. You may try learning easy power metal songs to practice changing chords quickly and sharply to make your playing sound tight and on beat. For more, or to get started playing metal-style rhythm guitar, take a look!

How To: Play "Armageddon It" by Def Leppard on guitar

Playing popular songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Armageddon It" by Def Leppard on the electric guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. This lesson covers the finger picking as well as the chord structure for "Armageddon It." Watch this how to video and you will be able to play "Armageddon It" by Def Leppard.

How To: Play "Same Old Song And Dance" by Aerosmith on guitar

Playing popular songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this two part tutorial you can learn how to play "Same Old Song and Dance" by Aerosmith on the electric guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. This lesson covers the finger picking as well as the chord structure for "Same Old Song And Dance." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Same Old Song and Dance" by Aerosmith.

How To: Play a fusion electric guitar lick

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner and intermediate techniques. You can learn how to play a fusion guitar lick with this lesson. This little lick works great over an E7 vamp. You can be jamming on the electric guitar to your favorite tunes, or even write ...

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