Hot Electric Guitar How-Tos

How To: Apply the CAGED system over minor chords

The CAGED system is an amazing way of organizing the fretboard to allow you to find any chord on any place of the neck and instantly have a shape to play on, a scale, a triad and even an arpeggio. In this video you learn how to apply the method with minor chords as opposed to major chords.

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 C#dim, GM7, CM7, Am7, Dm7, D7, G7 & G#dim chords

Having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user freddym233 is here to help you train your head and hands with his series of free video guitar lessons. In this installment, you'll learn how to play C#dim, GM7, CM7, Am7, Dm7, D7, G7 and G#dim jazz chords on your guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, the better you'll sound and the better able you'll be to play what you hear....

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 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: Use two-note chords when playing rhythm guitar

This explains how to use two-note chords when playing rhythm guitar. A step by step video tutorial that will show you how to mix two note melodic ideas with double stops and throwing in a single note melody. Andrew Wasson from Creative Guitar Studio put together a melodic phrase and a minus one track that will be available to download from his site. Andrew goes over all the techniques you need to help you learn this phrase and teaches them to you with simple instructions. These double stop an...

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 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: Play "Hurt" by Johnny Cash (NIN cover) on guitar

In this tutorial, we learn how to play "Hurt" by Johnny Cash (NIN cover) on guitar. Start with an A minor, then go to a C, then D, and back to A minor. These are the main chords of the song. You will play these as the intro to the song, one after the other. You will play this nine times for all the verses and the intro together. The only time this will change is at the end, when it goes from C to G to A minor. You can add in the lyrics to the song as you continue to play, then you will have l...

How To: Play a melodic style of rhythm guitar with Paul Jackson Jr.

Paul Jackson Jr. is one of the tastiest session musicians alive and has played with hundreds of artists over the span of his career including most of the guitar work on Michael Jackson's Thriller album! In this video he explains the secret to his style and how to pick apart chords and play the very basic components of each chord to create a more sonically sound rhythm guitar part that doesn't step on anybodies toes but is catchy enough to be noticed in the mix.

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 "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: 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 "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: 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 "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: 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 the main riff from "Sweet Home Alabama" on guitar

Want to know how to play the main riff from "Sweet Home Alabama" 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: 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 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: 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: Play a sliding 9th chord on a blues guitar

In this video, we learn how to play blues guitar: a sliding 9th chord. First, play a G9 chord, where you will here all of the chords around it as you play. You can slide this chord around one or two frets to hear different sounds come from it. It's a great vehicle to slide up and down. You can also use the fifth string to go up and down, which will create a more funky sound while playing. Use the four and five chords for the most interesting sounds. You can also put the fifth in the bass to m...

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

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How To: Shift between adjacent pentatonic patterns on 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: 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: 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: Modify Your Guitar Pedals

Guitar pedals add character to your playing. However, musicians still say that certain pedals by themselves don’t live up to its promise of a perfect sound. Therefore, instead of replacing your guitar pedals with new and expensive ones, you can modify your pedals using different DIY kits available online and at local music stores.

How To: Play "New Year's Day" by U2 on electric guitar

Want to play "New Year's 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 "New Year's Day" on your own guitar, just take a look!

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