Hot Electric Guitar How-Tos

How To: Play "Bad" by U2 on the electric guitar (with and without delay)

Want to be good—even great—at playing "Bad" 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 "Bad" on your own guitar, just take a look!

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 "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 the blues with an electric guitar for beginners

In this tutorial, we learn how to play the blues with an electric guitar for beginners. Blues is a great gateway into learning more types of progressions of music. To start, you will need to have your favorite guitar and a basic knowledge of music. Next, you will need to learn where the six strings are going from top to bottom. The highest one is the first, then so on from there. Fir the first finger on the third fret, then play the A note. After this, place your third finger on the fret next...

How To: Shield your pickups cavity on your electric guitar

Single coil pick ups are notorious for being noisy and for having a lot of buzz. One way that you can get rid of the buzz and save yourself from sounding annoying and unprofessional on stage without messing with your volume knob or buying expensive noise gates is putting in copper shielding in your pick up cavities and on the pick guard! In this video you will get a complete walkthrough of how to install the shielding and rewire your guitar back to normal!

How To: Play D7b9 and Dm7b5 jazz chord substitutions

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 D7b9 and Dm7b5 jazz chord substitutions 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. To start playin...

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: Play blues guitar like T-Bone Walker

Check out this video from Berkleemusic.com and watch as Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Michael Williams explains how to spice up your rhythm guitar playing and get that T Bone Walker sound by adding chromatic approaches to the chords in your favorite blues guitar progressions.

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

Want to master "TNT" by AC/DC 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 "TNT" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play "Children of the Grave" by Black Sabbath

In this video, we learn how to play "Children of the Grave" by Black Sabbath. Start with E, C sharp, and your fingers on the top strings. After this, play an A and an F sharp. Follow this with a fourth string D and E, then you will have the basic sounds for the song completed. Play these all together to see how it sounds. After this, break down the song into different sections where the chords change at. After you have done this, play the entire song in one go around, then you will be able to...

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 "Molly's Chamber" by Kings Of Leon on guitar

This video, by JustinGuitar, starts off by giving a preview of the song that he is about to teach you. He explains that Molly's Chamber by Kings of Leon is a great song for learning to use your power chords. He says that you need to hit the string quite hard, but not to worry about breaking the strings when you do this. He says that you would hurt your fingers long before you were able to actually break a string. Watch this video to learn how to play this great Kings of Lean song.

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: Learn the pentatonic scales & vibrato with Zakk Wylde

Check out this instructional electric guitar video with Zakk Wylde that teaches you about the pentatonic scales, chicken pickin' and licks, and some vibrato. Before you begin the lesson, tune your guitar with Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, Zakk Wylde. This tutorial video covers the basics of playing the electric guitar and covers the vibrato and the pentatonic scales. With this lesson and a bit of practice, improve your electric guitar playing skills by learning from one of the best, Zakk Wylde!

How To: Play the dirty, or distorted parts, from "Dream On"

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 the dirty, or distorted, parts from "Dream On" by AC/DC. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate playe...

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: Create Awesome Sweep Picking Licks While Improving Your Guitar Technique

If you are having problems playing your sweep picking arpeggios fast and clean then you are not alone. Many guitarists have the same problem. I suffered from the same problem, years ago. In fact, playing sweep picking arpeggios with poor technique is one of the most common problems that I encounter with my guitar students. After helping them overcome these challenges I have discovered 2 different approaches to improving your sweep picking technique. The first will keep you frustrated with bad...

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 "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 "Until the End of the World" by U2 on electric guitar

Want to play "Until the End of the World" 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 "Until the End of the World" on your own guitar, watch this video g...

How To: Play "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" by U2

Want to master "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" 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 "IGCIIDGCT" on your own guitar, watch this video g...

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: Play "Magnificent" by U2 on electric guitar

Want to do a magnificent job of playing "Magnificent" 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 "Magnificent" on your own guitar, just take a look!

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!

How To: Play "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2 on electric guitar

Want to master "Where the Streets Have No Name" 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 "Where the Streets Have No Name" on your own guitar, just tak...

How To: Play "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson on electric guitar

Want to master "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson? See how it's done with this free video guitar lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its constituent riffs. 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 MJ's "Smooth Criminal" on your own guitar, just take a look!

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