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: 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: Arpeggiate like Joe Satriani

Learning to play your favorite guitar riffs is not only a wonderful way of passing the time–and impressing those whom you'd like to impress–, it can do wonders for your technique. In this song tutorial from Siggi Mertens' series of beginning guitar lessons, you'll learn how to play a number of Joe Satriani-style arpeggios. While this video tutorial is geared towards beginners, it assumes at least some prior knowledge of guitar playing and its jargon. Take a look to get started arpeggiating li...

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: Play "Sweet Home Alabama" on the electric guitar

This video is part 1 of the lessons of FamousRiffs that teach you how to play the basic, easy riffs of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" on electric guitar. The video starts with a clean demonstration of how to play the intro and bridge of the song. After that, the guitarist shows and explains the 3 chords of the song: D power chord, a modified C and a modified G (all of them are very easy, even for beginners). He then explicitly explains and demonstrates the picking pattern used with the...

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: 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 "Throw Down the Sword" by Wishbone Ash 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 "Throw Down the Sword" by Wishbone Ash 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 "Throw Down the Sword." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "Throw Down the Sword" by Wishbone Ash.

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

Playing popular songs on the guitar is not as difficult as it seems. With this tutorial you can learn how to play "TNT" by AC/DC 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 "TNT." Watch this how to video and you will be able to sing and play "TNT" by AC/DC.

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: 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 "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 "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: 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 "Beth" by KISS on electric guitar

If you're a big fan of Kiss and you want to learn how to play their song "Beth" on guitars, Bobby Crispy shows us how using his own arrangement of the song. Watch Bobby play the chords first so you will know how it will sound and if you're doing it correctly. Follow the guitar tabs shown on the video. Pause the video whenever a guitar tab/guide is shown so you can follow them properly. At the last part of the video, follow the finger picking of each guitar chord that you tried to learn throug...

How To: Play "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions

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 "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate players, guitari...

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 "Rock and Roll All Nite" by Kiss on the guitar

Want to master "Rock N' Roll All Nite" by Kiss 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 "Rock and Roll All Nite" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play tritone substitution & passing chords on guitar

In this guitar lesson, learn how to play chord substitutions and passing chords in basic jazz guitar. 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 get started pusing tritone substitutions and passing chords yourself, watch this video tutorial.

How To: Play the Simpsons theme song on electric guitar

Want to know how to play the Simpsons theme song by Danny Elfman on the guitar? Learn how with this free video guitar lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, guitarists of all skill levels can play along given a little sticktoitiveness. For more information, and to get started playing this classic theme song on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play the lead part to the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden"

Want to know how to play the lead parts of "Octopus's Garden" by Ringo Starr of the Beatles on your electric guitar? While this free video lesson 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 the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" on your own guitar, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Desolation Row" by My Chemical Romance on guitar

Long before My Chemical Romance made "Desolation Row" a hit, a legendary and music-changing artist named Bob Dylan sang it loud and proud as the closing track on his 6th studio release in 1965, Highway 61 Revisited. In this video tutorial, learn how to play My Chemical Romance's version of "Desolation Row" on acoustic guitar with help from Your Guitar Sage.

How To: Play the "Star Spangled Banner" on electric guitar

In this video we are about to see how to play the "Star Spangled Banner" on electric guitar. This is a basic lesson to all the beginners in guitar. It starts with the E string. It travels from tabs 10-7-3 to start off with the anthem and returns back. Now to the next string below E. Go through 9-7-5 tabs and return back via 7-9-10 of the E string. Even though there are various ways of play the star spangled banner this method is easy to learn for the new users. Then play it once more with a 4...

How To: Play blues on an electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix

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How To: Play "Mama I'm Coming Home" on the acoustic guitar

This lesson uses droning notes and a little extra pick work to make simple fret work sound impressive. "Droning notes" are notes that keep constant in the background while other notes are played. We'll use the open E and open B strings as our droning notes, and learn to play "Mama I'm Coming Home" by Ozzy Osbourne. You'll get practice with your upstroke picking as well as arpeggiating chords, which is picking instead of strumming. Play "Mama I'm Coming Home" on the acoustic guitar.

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