How To: Play "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple on an electric guitar

Want to play Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" 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 Deep Purple song on your own guitar, watch this video tut...

How To: Play "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones on guitar

Want to play "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones on your guitar? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and it 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 "Paint It Black" on your own guitar, take a look!

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: Hold you guitar pick for more accuracy

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to properly hold a guitar pick. Don't hold the pick with the point facing down because it can easily slip and cause you to lose accuracy. Instead, hold the pick with the point facing forward. Don't let the pick stick out too much. Secure it behind the index finger and under the thumb. This video provides a visual demonstration for viewers to easily follow along. This video will benefit those viewers who are beginning to play the guitar and would like ...

How To: Play a simple melodic 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: Restore a guitar

Guitar restoration is an art that requires a lot of patience and attention to detail. Know what problems usually need to be fixed in a guitar and how to fix them correctly from an experienced guitar parts expert in this free video clip.

How To: Play and use the Dorian mode on Guitar

Dorian mode is the second mode of the seven modes to learn and is also, in a way, natural minor with a major sixth note of the scale instead of the minor sixth. You can use it over a minor chord progression over the four chord if it's a dominant, among other things. In this video you will learn the basic construction and use for the Dorian scale.

How To: Play the intro solo to "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"

In this lesson Bobby Crispy teaches you the whole solo, breaking it down into small sections, and demonstrating it note for note with on screen tabulator to guide you. You'll learn how to play the intro solo to Metallica's "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" from the Master of Puppets album. The tabulator used in the video is very easy to read, and his teaching style easy to follow, as he demonstrates the solo in a slow manner so that you can readily see which notes he is playing and how to place you...

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 simplified rock riffs for beginners

New to electric guitar? You needn't sound that way. This nine-part video guitar lesson series is aimed at those who have never played electric guitar before and would like to try it for the first time. By the end of this series, you'll be playing the main riffs from Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman," and "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. To get started playing any, or all, above the above riffs on your own guitar, take a...

How To: Play Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" on electric guitar

This video shows you how to play "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne on the electric guitar. The first step is to strum the second fret of the low E chord twice. Then move your ring finger to the fourth fret of the A string. Go back to the second fret of the low E. Strum that twice. Then place your pinky on the fifth fret of the A string. Then you go back to putting your pointer finger on the second fret of the low E string. Then the fourth fret of the A string. Then the second fret of low E strin...

How To: Get started playing slide guitar

A step-by-step video tutorial presented by Andrew Wasson shows the basics of playing the slide guitar for beginners. First, choose what kind of slide you want. Metal slides are known for their high-end treble sound, while glass slides are a little warmer sounding. Andrew goes on to teach you what gauge of strings are best suited for slide playing, as well as how to pick which finger to use your slide on.

How To: Play Lydian mode riffs 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 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: Write heavy metal music with songwriting tips

System of a Down. Motley Crue. No matter who you are, a heavy metal song is almost instantaneously recognizable, with bands as diverse as System of a Down and Motley Crue banging out deep, distorted guitar riffs and emphatic beats. The muscal genre of heavy metal is a headache for adults and a form of rebellion for kids, which is why you'll always seen teens rebelling by blaring this music on full volume.

How To: Set up a Fender Telecaster electric guitar

In these do it yourself guitar tech videos, learn how to set up a Fender Telecaster electric guitar. Our expert will walk you through some basic techniques, including how to make truss rod adjustments, how to set the string level, and how to change the pickup height—all tips for helping you get the best sound out of your guitar.

How To: Play "18 and Life" by Skid Row on electric guitar

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 "18 and Life" by Skid Row. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate players, guitarists of all skill le...

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 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly on electric guitar

Want to master "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly? 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 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play single, two- and three-string melodies

Check out this instructional guitar video and learn how to play single, two- and three-string melodies on the electric guitar. Learn a few fretting tips on the guitar with this tutorial video. Watch as the instructor guides you along and helps improve your guitar playing skills. Play single, two- and three-string melodies.

How To: Play Johnny Cash-style country rhythm guitar

Even if you're a metal head or a shredder, you can't deny how cool it is when a good ol' country picker gets up there and rips it up! Johnny Cash was one of the few modern Country singers who brought electrified country into the mainstream for his time. If you're looking to add a few country-fried licks to your arsenal and learn how to do some basic country guitar, check out this video lesson! You will learn how to alternate between the root and fifth of the chord to simulate the bass, as wel...

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: 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: 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: 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.

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