How To: Build dexterity and strength in your hands on the guitar to solo faster

A key element to making any guitar player, whether lead or rhythm, a great player is having good muscle memory and plenty of dexterity and strength in both your left hand and right hand. For those just getting started, or for those who have been playing for a while but are still having a hard time pulling off bends or holding down chords and barre chords, it's crucial to exercise your hands and build that dexterity and strength. In this fantastic video you will learn various exercises to help...

How To: Play along to "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Want to know how to play "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd on the guitar? Learn how with this free video guitar lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, rock guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this southern rock anthem on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Bad" by U2 on the electric guitar (with and without delay)

Want to be good—even great—at playing "Bad" 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 "Bad" on your own guitar, just take a look!

How To: Play "Sweet Home Alabama"

Learn how to play guitar with this classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song from our favorite guitar teacher Justin Sandercoe. This is the first video but make sure you watch the second one so you can play all of "Sweet Home Alabama". This is really for advanced players.

How To: Play the rhythm guitar parts to "Sweet Home Alabama"

Want to know how to play the rhythm part to "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd on the guitar? Learn how with this free video guitar lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, rock guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this southern rock anthem on your own guitar, watch this how-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: Play "Amazing Grace" on slide guitar in the key of E

Want to know how to play the "Amazing Grace" hymn on slide guitar? Learn how with this free video guitar lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, rock guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing "Amazing Grace" on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the "Super Mario Bros" theme on electric guitar

We've all heard of Mario. He is probably one of the most famous characters in video game history created by Nintendo. Remember the theme song that you would hear and dance to when you were a kid? This video shows how to play that theme song on guitar! This guitar lesson shows each fret and string to strike as it carefully explains each note in the Mario theme song. Watch the fingers fly as you learn how to play using tabs with walkthrough explanations every step of the way. Learn each section...

How To: Play "Mississippi Queen" by Ozzy Osbourne on guitar

Playing popular songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Mississippi Queen" by Ozzy Osbourne on the electric guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Marty Schwartz covers the strumming pattern as well as the chord structure for "Mississippi Queen." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Mississippi Queen" by Ozzy Osbourne.

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 "In Bloom" by Nirvana on electric guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "In Bloom" by Nirvana on electric guitar. The first riff will be played on the top string using E, B, G, D, A, and E. Play these together on different frets with power chords to get the best sound for the song. The second riff will include the chords: E, B, G, D, A, and E. Play the power chords five times and move the strings so you can easily get from string to string. When you are finished with this, continue to move on throughout the rest of the song the...

How To: Play the main themes from "Lord of the Rings"

In this video, we learn how to play the main themes from "Lord of the Rings". The first strings will be E, B, G, D, A, and E. Play this riff going from high to low as you play each one. Start out slow so you can better hear how each of the chords sounds as you play. The next riff will be: E, B, G, D, A, and E. Play this slowly as well, then play the first along with it, making sure to change the height in the chords to hear the difference between the first and second chord. Continue playing e...

How To: Play Pearl Jam style on your guitar

You don't have to be a member of Pearl Jam to be able to play some of their songs. Guitarist Marty Schwartz shows us how simple it is to play the guitar part of Pearl Jam's song "Last Kiss" with only a few chords and a simple series of strokes. The chords needed are G, E minor, C, and D played in a down-down-up and up-down-up succession. In just a matter of minutes, you can learn how to play the guitar part of a Pearl Jam song.

How To: Arpeggiate like Joe Satriani

Learning to play your favorite guitar riffs is not only a wonderful way of passing the time–and impressing those whom you'd like to impress–, it can do wonders for your technique. In this song tutorial from Siggi Mertens' series of beginning guitar lessons, you'll learn how to play a number of Joe Satriani-style arpeggios. While this video tutorial is geared towards beginners, it assumes at least some prior knowledge of guitar playing and its jargon. Take a look to get started arpeggiating li...

How To: Play "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses on guitar

Want to master "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses 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 "Welcome to the Jungle" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Make your guitar sound sorta like a lightsaber

Marty Schwartz demonstrates a guitar trick--how to make your electric guitar sound like a light saber from Star Wars. First, he turns his volume knob all the way down. Then, he plucks the string, keeping the front side of the guitar facing away from the camera. Then, after he plucks the string, he turns the volume knob up as he waves the neck of the guitar in his hand like a light saber. The volume knob is turned down as the guitar swings to the side, and turned back up as it nears the listen...

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: Transpose triad chord progressions

"I was wondering if you could take the triad Harmonic Analysis lesson you had done a step further and cover the concept of Transposing chord progressions into other keys?" Before you begin you do have to know some background information about your key signatures, knowing major, minor and diminished steps in triad analysis, and seventh chord harmony. The idea of transposing is that your take a set of notes and change they key it is originally played in. Andrew will walk you through all the ste...

How To: Play "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder on electric guitar

In Part 1 of this electric guitar video lesson, brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz will teach you how to play "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder. As you follow along with him, he teaches you the intro of the song, breaking it down slowly so that you can follow along with him. Then he moves on to the progression of the chords used in the song, breaking down each part of the song, teaching you the chords and explaining the strum pattern and picking of the guitar riffs. You will learn the...

How To: Play a G minor pentatonic riff 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 "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin on guitar

Playing popular songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin 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 "Stairway to Heaven." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.

How To: Play "Throw Down the Sword" by Wishbone Ash on guitar

Playing your favorite songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "Throw Down the Sword" by Wishbone Ash on the electric guitar. This lesson is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. Marty Schwartz covers the finger picking as well as the chord structure for "Throw Down the Sword." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Throw Down the Sword" by Wishbone Ash.

How To: Play the solo from "One" by Metallica on guitar

If you want to play the guitar well, you have to learn from the masters, like Kirk Hammet from Metallica. Learn how to play the guitar solo from "One" by Metallica on the guitar with this two part tutorial. This lesson focuses on the fingerpicking, and chord structure of the solo from "One." This song is geared towards intermediate guitarists because it assumes prior knowledge of guitar playing. With this how to video you will be able to play the guitar solo from "One" like Metallica.

How To: Set up a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar

In these do it yourself guitar tech videos, learn how to set up the famous Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Our expert will walk you through some basic techniques, including how to make truss rod adjustments, how to set the string level, how to loosen or tighten the spring tension, how to set bridge intonation, how to change the pickup height, and even how to change the strings—all tips for helping you get the best sound out of your guitar.

How To: Solo over a D major tune

This lesson soloing. This chord progression has been used to create many, many hits in just about every genre of popular music. During this lesson, we will investigate the D major pentatonic scale. You may still use the D minor pentatonic scale, but the best players can switch between major and minor pentatonic at will. The D major pentatonic scale is exactly the same as the Bm pentatonic scale. When you play D major pentatonic you are playing Bm pentatonic as well. This is called relative ma...

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: 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: Play "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath on an electric guitar

Want to play Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" 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 Black Sabbath song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica on guitar

In this two part electric guitar lesson teaches you how to play "Nothing Else Matters" by the great Metallica off "The Black Album". In the video, instructor Bobby Crispy breaks down the song cord by cord, from beginning to end. This is great for both expert and beginner guitarist, of course with lots of practice and this video you'll be mastering Metallica in no time.

How To: Play "Big Legged Woman" by Freddie King on the guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You can 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 a great Freddie King song "Big Legged Woman" with this guitar lesson. Freddie King, also known as the "Texas Cannonball" was a very influential American blues guitar...

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