Hot Electric Guitar How-Tos

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 chorus effects on an electric guitar

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How To: Play an A minor funk 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 the batman theme on yuor guitar

As requested by a few of you guys, here is a video you can follow to learn how to play the batman theme on your guitar. Hopefully, this will cover all that is needed. This is ideal for beginners, provided you can play power chords and have a little bit of musical and batman knowledge. Enjoy!

How To: Play banjo-style rolls on the guitar like Albert Lee

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How To: Harmonize any melody on guitar

This free guitar video lesson is all about harmony and melody. It goes over how to create dual guitar harmonies, using thirds and other intervals. The goal of this lesson is to teach you how to take any melody and harmonize it. For more, or to get started harmonizing your own favorite melody lines, take a look!

How To: Move guitar riffs up and down the neck

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 "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 a Brent Mason-style fast country lick on guitar

Want to play like the great Brent Mason? This free video guitar lesson will get you started. Regardless of your preferred style of music, if you want to be great, you'll need your head and hands on the same page. And there's no better way to get your head and hands on the same page than to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in video tutorials like this one.

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: 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: 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 "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks on guitar

In this electric guitar video lesson, brought to you by JustinGuitar, host Justin Sandercoe, will teach you how to play "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks. This is a great song for those of you wanting to learn how to put your power chords to use. As you follow along with him, he teaches you the chords you need to know, and their progression through the song, breaking down each part of the song, explaining the strum pattern of the guitar riffs.

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 "Beautiful Day" by U2 on the electric guitar

Want to play a beautiful version of "Beautiful Day" 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 "Beautiful Day" on your own guitar, watch this video guit...

How To: Play various harmonics on the guitar

Various guitar players have made harmonics, and pinch harmonics, a popular guitar technique that has inspired a generation. Guitar players like Zakk Wylde, Andy McKee, Eddie Van Halen, and other amazing players have all contributed their own style of incorporating them into their songs. It's a simple technique of holding your finger over the fret wire without pressing down. It has to be over the fret wire, not while your finger is actually in the fret. In this fantastic video you'll learn how...

How To: Train your ear to play the electric guitar

Check out this instructional electric guitar video that shows you how to train your ear to play the electric guitar. This is Season 3, Episode 38 of Dave Weiner's Riff of the Week series titled "An Intro To Ear Training." Dave Weiner is a Favored Nations recording artist, a G.I.T. graduate, and has been playing in Steve Vai's band since 1999. You want to tune your ear so that you can better communicate in music better. A tuned ear will give you better chord choices, better voicings, better no...

How To: Strum the guitar

If you are looking to begin playing the guitar then this how to video is the place to start. This is a short demonstration lesson about right-hand strumming technique. You will learn some easy strumming patterns and most comfortable way for you to hold your pick. With this tutorial you will learn tips to improve your right hand strumming technique.

How To: Play "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin on the electric guitar

Want to play Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" 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 tutorial.

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...

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