Tips, Tricks & Licks

CLEAN UP WOMAN

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 24, 2014 in Licks

This is the riff from a great old song from the soul music era by Betty Wright. The music that developed during this time saw the birth of some of the hippest, most fun to play and coolest riffs in popular guitar music history!

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Cool Blues Bounce

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 24, 2014 in Licks

This reminds me of some of the stuff George Benson was doing back when he was recording with Lonnie Liston Smith playing organ.

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BURTON'S REVENGE

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 24, 2014 in Licks

This lick sounds a lot like something James Burton would play. You’ll want to use the pick and finger technique to play this one.

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ACOUSTIC SWAMP

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 24, 2014 in Licks

There’s something about a blues lick in E being banged out on an acoustic guitar. Go out on the front porch and play it on a porch swing while yer hound dog is laying there almost asleep and it’s even more cool - this is ageless, evergreen cool!

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SPEED KILLS? NO, TENSION KILLS SPEED

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tips

If you find yourself becoming more and more tense the faster you try to play, this tip is for you. Some time back I purchased a book by Adam Rafferty on developing speed as a player. It’s one of the best books on the subject I’ve seen out there.

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GET YOUR EFFECTS IN ORDER

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tricks

As modern synths and inexpensive yet feature-rich recording equipment become more standard, guitarists are under increasing pressure to match the keyboardists versatility of sound. While the quality of amps and guitars has improved in some ways, the basic effects used by guitarists have not changed much in the last 20 years.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GUITAR AMP

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tips

Shopping for a new guitar amp can be a tough decision. There are many questions that enter a guitarist’s mind when considering a purchase. Which ones sound better? Are tube amps better than solid-state amps? Do I need a stack? All of these questions are important to consider.

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THE CAPO

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tips

The capo is most commonly used for the purpose of adjusting the guitar for vocal pitches. For example, if a song that is in the key of “D” is too low for your voice, try placing the capo on the 1st fret. If it is still too low, keep going up until it is comfortable.

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BUYING A BEGINNER ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tips

Acoustic guitars are very diverse in their shape, size, style, beauty, and sound. A great acoustic guitar is usually the one that works best for the player. Although the perfect guitar is usually a matter of opinion, one should still follow several guidelines before making a purchase.

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TRUSS ROD ADJUSTMENT

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tips

Most guitarists cringe when the term “truss rod” is brought up in a conversation. Many would rather seek professional help when making guitar neck adjustments as opposed to doing it themselves.

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CHECK OUT THE EBOW

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 23, 2014 in Tricks

The “EBow” is a small handheld device that was introduced to the guitar industry in 1976. Since then, this small device has allowed guitarists the ability to simulate the sounds of horns, cellos, violins, harmonicas, and many others.

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FIX THOSE INFERNAL JUMPING STRINGS

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 21, 2014 in Tricks, Tips

Everyone who has ever tuned an acoustic guitar with anything heavier than light guage strings has at some time or another experienced the string that would pop and “jump” above the correct tuning pitch.

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HAND POSITION FOR OPTIMUM REACH

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 21, 2014 in Tips

Whenever I see guitar players with their guitar hanging down around their knees I’m reminded that. . .

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ON CHANGING STRINGS

Posted by Kamal lamichhane on June 21, 2014 in Tips

One of the easiest ways to make your guitar sound better is to put on new strings!

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