How To: Play Carlos Santana-style Dorian progressions

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 blues on an electric guitar like Peter Green

If you're a musician in need of some lessons, there's no better way to learn than with MusicRadar's so-called "Tuition" instructions. Although the title tuition is misleading, this video class is anything but costly, because it's free, right here. Whether you're looking for help with your voice, bass, electric guitar, drums, guitar effects, piano, Logic Pro or production techniques, Music Radar is here to show you the way.

How To: Master guitar picking and strum patterns

Check out this instructional guitar video and master guitar picking and strum patterns. Learn a few basic techniques as the instructor silently guides you along the learning process of guitar picking. This video is great for electric guitar enthusiasts. Watch this video to improve your guitar playing skills. Master guitar picking and strum patterns.

How To: Set intonation on a "Gibson Style" fixed bridge

How To Set Intonation on a "Gibson Style" Fixed Bridge. A step by step video tutorial that will teach you how to change the strings on a fixed bridge guitar and also set the intonation. Andrew Wasson walks you through a series of instructions that include cutting the strings off your guitar, tightening the bolts on your tuners, polishing frets and fret board and more. He then goes on to show you how to put strings on your guitar, tune the guitar with a tuner, set the bridge saddle, and settin...

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 "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: 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 blues on an electric guitar like John Lee Hooker

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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: 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 two signature Blues licks on the guitar

Sure, you can play minor pentatonic over the Blues all day and probably almost get away with it in a live setting. But if you want to play like the greats, you've gotta learn their licks! In this video you will learn two signature Blues licks that almost every player knows, that you can play over any sort of dominant or major slow blues progression.

How To: Play "Dream On" by Aerosmith 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 "Dream On" by Aerosmith. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate players, guitarists of all skill leve...

How To: Use a multimeter to check connectivity on a guitar

The first thing you need to get is a multimeter this will help you test it. There might be a function on the meter that will give you the amount of voltage in that particular area. Then you have to put foil tape on all of the inside of the guitar to test it. You need to get two wires from the meter and then put them both on the foil tape on the guitar. If you don't hear a beep then you add more tape in that area where there is no activity. You can also test this on the ground.

How To: Play "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne 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 "Crazy Train" 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 finger picking as well as the chord structure for "Crazy Train." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.

How To: Play "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith on the electric guitar

Want to play Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" 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 Aerosmith song on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play rock and blues solo guitar riffs

When you're in a band it's important to sound in tune with the rest of your band and to compliment your bandmates rather than stand out too much. And while for the most part that's true, if you're the lead guitarist then there will frequently be times where you'll be spotlighted to play a jammin' guitar riff.

How To: Play an Freddie King style Blues lick over the IV chord on guitar

They always did say, "simple music is the hardest to play, and Blues is simple music." Playing the Blues requires a specific touch that takes practice as well as a great compilation of licks! In this video you will learn how to play a signature Freddie King lick (ripped off by Eric Clapton, Stevie and other great guitar players, because that's what we do) over the IV chord of the progression (the fourth chord in the scale of the key). The faster you get with it, start to add trills, quick ham...

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: Restring & Tune an Electric Guitar

Hello again, faithful readers. For today's lesson, we will be learning the correct way to restring and tune an electric guitar. I almost wasn't going to post this because it is so basic. But, as with many basic tasks, there are a lot of people who know how to do it, but can't really do it right. If you are a new guitarist, this is an essential piece of maintenance work, because guitar shops usually charge way too much for this task. Of course, I'm kinda cheap, so even 5 bucks is too much for ...

How To: Play "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC on electric guitar

This is a great instructional video on how to play thunderstruck by AC/DC on electric guitar. Thunderstruck is played mainly on B string. It is the second string as you may be aware of. First you should start with 12th fret and hit that note. Then move to 10th fret and 9th fret. Then go back to 10fret and back to 9th fret. Then you have to go 7 and then again 9 and then 5. Now go to 7th fret and then to 4 and 5. Then to 4 and 5 and again 4 and 5 and finally to 4. You can write down on these n...

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 blues on an electric guitar like Rory Gallagher

If you're a musician in need of some lessons, there's no better way to learn than with MusicRadar's so-called "Tuition" instructions. Although the title tuition is misleading, this video class is anything but costly, because it's free, right here. Whether you're looking for help with your voice, bass, electric guitar, drums, guitar effects, piano, Logic Pro or production techniques, Music Radar is here to show you the way.

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: Play "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden on electric guitar

In this video, we, learn how to play "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden on electric guitar. First, practice the rhythm so you get a feel for the song. The first riff will be: E, B, G, D, A, and E. The second riff will be the same, except you will start to play it faster. You will also want to switch between a higher and lower chord as you continue to play the song. Keep playing the riffs until you reach the end of the song. Make sure you have your fingers on the correct chords as you play, then enj...

How To: Play "Beat It" by Michael Jackson on electric guitar

In this electric guitar video lesson brought to you by GuitarJamz, host Marty Schwarz will teach you how to play "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. As you follow along with him, he breaks down the picking of the notes used in the song by breaking down each part of the song. He then teaches you the chords and explains the strum pattern. This video is very easy to follow and will have any beginner ready to play in a relatively short time.

How To: Make a strap lock for guitar

In this guitar tutorial, learn this great tip on how to make your own strap lock system for musical instruments. No modifications are required to the original buttons or button holes. They can be easily removed and replaced if necessary. They are sometimes called "lock-picks." Of course, these don't have to be made from a pick (although the nylon material is highly recommend), but guitarists don't go to the hardware store for parts. Make a strap lock for your guitar and play guitar with ease!

How To: Play a slide dobro guitar

Playing dobro guitar involves using a slide made of steel or brass to sound notes on the fretboard, instead of the traditional method of pressing down with the fingers. In these online guitar lessons on video, learn techniques to play acoustic slide guitar music.

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