Hot Electric Guitar How-Tos

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: 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 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 funk in 7/8 time on the guitar with Ross Bolton

Every once in a while you're going to run into an odd meter song, and one of the most common is 7/8 (7 eighth notes per measure). If you listen to a lot of Frank Zappa then odd meter is nothing new to you. If you're not familiar with odd timing, or are having trouble lining up, this amazing guitar lesson from Ross Bolton, an instructor at Musician's Institute, can help you out. In this video you will learn how to count 7/8 meter as well as play it and apply it to funk guitar.

How To: Play a slow pentatonic blues lick in E on the guitar

Learn how to play a slow blues lick in the key of E, using the pentatonic scale. 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: 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 "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: 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: 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 "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: 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.

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 "Slow Ride" by Foghat on electric guitar

Want to master "Slow Ride" by Foghat? 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 "Slow Ride" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

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: Play Coldplay's "Clocks" on the guitar

Learn how to play Coldplay's "Clocks" on guitar 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 Coldplay song on your own electric guitar, watch this tutorial.

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...

How To: Play an E minor (Em) chord on an electric or acoustic guitar

In this guitar lesson, learn how to play an E minor triad on a guitar in standard tuning (EADGBE). With the guitar, as with any other instrument, if you want to improve, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash with free, high-quality guitar lessons like this one. For more information, and to learn how to play a E minor on your own guitar, watch this video tutorial for beginning guitarists.

How To: Play "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix on electric guitar

Want to master "Foxy Lady" 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 "Foxy Lady" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play "The Final Countdown" by Europe on electric guitar

Want to master "The Final Countdown" by Europe 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 "The Final Countdown" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd on guitar

This is a short clip that gives a few pointers on how to play sweet home Alabama. The song starts with D-String open twice, B String, G string, B String twice, B String, G string, then the E string twice. It is a little hard to understand what the host is saying as his/her voice is very low in comparison to the music, but you can make it out if you turn the volume up. Overall, this is a good tutorial on how to play the two main melodies of the hit song sweet home Alabama if you are new to the...

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

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How To: Play a fusion electric guitar lick

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could 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 fusion guitar lick with this lesson. This little lick works great over an E7 vamp. You can be jamming on the electric guitar to your favorite tunes, or even write ...

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 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: Add rhythmic variety to your solo on guitar with Jeff Marshal

Just playing the same sixteenth notes over and over and over again in your solos can become stale after a while, and even if you learn every scale and every lick in the world, if you play them all with the same rhythmic dictation, it can get stale fast and you will lose a lot of your audience members! In this fantastic video lesson, Jeff Marshal, instructor at Musician's Institute, gives you an in depth look into adding rhythmic varieties into your solos.

How To: Music read & understanding the music staff

A step by step video tutorial by Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio that shows you how the music staff works. Have you ever had trouble reading a music staff? Not anymore! Andrew Wasson explains to you what a treble clef, key signature, and time signature are and how to understand them. He goes on to teach you how to read quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted quarter notes, sixteenth notes, and triplets. The video also shows you how to bring everything that you learned on to the guitar and...

How To: Play perfect open chords on an electric guitar

If you're a musician in need of some lessons, there's no better way to learn than with Music Radar'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: Play riffs in odd meter

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...

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