Yousician is an app that teaches you to master the guitar instead of a plastic game controller. Yousician listens to you play through your device’s microphone and gives you real-time feedback. It works with any acoustic or electric guitar, without any special equipment. Yousician is packed with songs and exercises for beginners and advanced guitarists and is available for every major platform out there.
A good singer-instrumentalist will have plenty of experience accompanying his or herself as a soloist and will already be adept at creating a full, rhythmic sound with just his or her instrument. As an accompanying electric guitarist, your job is to add decorative color, rather than to fill the sonic space you'd normally be expected to take up in a full band.
Here's a pretty cool lesson video posted by Bad Guitar in April 2015. Bad Guitar's motto is "no talk, just licks," which is actually kinda refreshing. Anyway, in this video, which has already garnered more than 340,000 views, Bad Guitar presents what he calls "5 rare guitar techniques just for fun."
Folks, meet the B-Blender, an aftermarket B-bender unit that can be attached to any guitar with a U.S.-made or imported Bigsby vibrato. The B-Blender is special—and very intriguing to a lot of guitarists—because it allows you to use your Bigsby the traditional way, as a normal vibrato unit, changing the pitch of whatever strings you happen to be playing as you employ the vibrato. Yet—and here's the cool part—it's also a B-bender.
Hello there! Welcome to my first Guitar World column. I'm looking forward to sharing with you in these pages my thoughts on playing, equipment and the music business. Actually, this isn't the first time I've written a column — I used to do one many years ago for an English music magazine called Beat Instrumental. I did it for about eight months and it was great fun, and I'm sure this one will be too.
At a minimum, you should send detailed close-up pictures of the guitar to your repairman. But for the most accurate assessment you need to let him or her look it over in person so they can feel what’s loose, take measurements, etc. Allow time for your repairman to take the instrument to their workshop so they can examine it in detail without you staring over their shoulder.
If luthier Tim White has anything to say about it, his Ridgewing guitar will be the future of travel guitars. Or maybe guitars, period. Built of carbon fiber, the Ridgewing is a completely modular full-size guitar that can be broken down for storage and travel and reassembled in a flash. The entire instrument can be carried in a small briefcase.
One of the most beneficial ways to learn scales on the guitar is to break them down and work them out using the common “box patterns” for each scale. This system is a solid way to organize the neck and get any scale under your fingers when first exploring these melodic devices on the fretboard.
A couple of weeks ago, I gave you a short, 30-minute guitar workout designed for guitarists whose practice time is limited. The positive response I received prompted me to create an additional lesson, which, in combination with my original workout, will give you a good hour of intensive practice.
Have you ever bought a guitar slide and had intentions of ripping new leads with it, only to discover when you get home that it’s damn near impossible to use? Yeah, I’ve been there, too. Playing slide guitar, well, takes a little dedication in practice, but also in the way you set up your gear, too.