Hot Electric Guitar How-Tos

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 "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 "Creep" by Radiohead on electric guitar

In this video, we learn how to play "Creep" by Radiohead on electric guitar. Start on a G chord, then play B, C, and Cm. These are the only chords you will play through the entire song while doing a simple strum through the song. You will need to slide from one chord to the other to create a unique sound, and go faster in some parts than in the others. After you have the sequence down, the entire song will be finished. This is a great song for beginners to learn, add in the lyrics if you pref...

How To: Play "Living After Midnight" by Judas Priest

In this video, we learn how to play "Living After Midnight" by Judas Priest. Start out by doing the first riff playing the E, B, G, D, A, and E strings. After this, play the second riff using the E, B, G, D, A, and E chords again, using different lengths with each of the chords so you create different sounds as you continue to go. Play through the rest of the riffs in sections, then combine all of them together until you have one fluid song. As you do this, perfect any chords that are off, th...

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: 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 the "Super Mario Bros" theme on electric guitar

We've all heard of Mario. He is probably one of the most famous characters in video game history created by Nintendo. Remember the theme song that you would hear and dance to when you were a kid? This video shows how to play that theme song on guitar! This guitar lesson shows each fret and string to strike as it carefully explains each note in the Mario theme song. Watch the fingers fly as you learn how to play using tabs with walkthrough explanations every step of the way. Learn each section...

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 octaves on the guitar

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 octaves on the guitar with this lesson. This octave technique is used in many songs. You can be jamming on the electric guitar to your favorite tunes, or even write ...

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: 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 "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 main themes from "Lord of the Rings"

In this video, we learn how to play the main themes from "Lord of the Rings". The first strings will be E, B, G, D, A, and E. Play this riff going from high to low as you play each one. Start out slow so you can better hear how each of the chords sounds as you play. The next riff will be: E, B, G, D, A, and E. Play this slowly as well, then play the first along with it, making sure to change the height in the chords to hear the difference between the first and second chord. Continue playing e...

How To: Write heavy metal music with songwriting tips

System of a Down. Motley Crue. No matter who you are, a heavy metal song is almost instantaneously recognizable, with bands as diverse as System of a Down and Motley Crue banging out deep, distorted guitar riffs and emphatic beats. The muscal genre of heavy metal is a headache for adults and a form of rebellion for kids, which is why you'll always seen teens rebelling by blaring this music on full volume.

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 "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: Put new strings on an electric guitar

Learn with this informative video how to put new strings on an electric guitar. The best kind of strings to put on an electric guitar are Ernie Ball Coated Slinky strings. The first thing you want to do is release the tension in the string. You do this by loosening up the tuning knobs on the top of the guitar. The string will then be loose and will release all the way to the bottom bridge. Next all you have to do is push the string towards the guitar and it will push through out the back side...

How To: Re-string a Floyd Rose guitar

In this lesson he shows the way to restring a Floyd Rose tremolo style system. You will need some Allen wrenches. Use an Allen wrench to take off the bolts at the nut area of the guitar which is located at the top. Next, loosen all the strings. You can simply cut the strings with a pair of wire clippers. The next step is to remove in strings from the tremolo. Use the Allen wrench again to loosen the screws holding the strings. There is a screw for every string. Once all of the old strings hav...

How To: Play a traditional-style country riff 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: 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: Make a homemade electric guitar

In this video series, watch as professional guitarist and skilled craftsmen Frank Pope teaches how to build an electric guitar. Learn how to cut the body, install the truss rod, make the fingerboard, make fret inlay, install the bridge, set the wires and electronics, and stain and finish the wood. With this easy step by step tutorial, you can finally get an electric guitar that is exactly what you are looking for. Take the art of guitar playing to the next level with the help of the experts f...

How To: Play interesting lead parts with the A Minor blues scale

Alright, let's be honest, blues guitarists can get stuck in a riff rut and then everyone ends up singing the blues. In this video, Robert Renman shows you how to break out of the mold and bring some life into your licks. Using the A Minor blues scale, Robert shows you how to create interesting phrasing and ideas to let you put your own stamp on a long, long tradition.

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 "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison on guitar

Want to master "Brown-Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison? 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 "Brown-Eyed Girl" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

How To: Play "La Grange" by ZZ Top on electric guitar

Want to master "La Grange" by ZZ Top? 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 "La Grange" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

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 "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses on guitar

Want to master "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses 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 "Welcome to the Jungle" on your own guitar, watch this video tab!

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: Create and build chords on the guitar

For beginners, you may learn a few basic chords here and there, but somewhere in your mind you must think about why do these chords sound like this, why is this an A chord and this a G chord? Well, wonder no more! In this video you will learn how the construction of a chord works, which is basically taking the root and adding a specific formula for what you're looking for. Let's say you want to build an A major chord. Well, you first have to build the triad which is the 1st note of the major ...

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: 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...