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Tips ‘n’ Tricks For Buying a Used Guitar

April 30, 2010 4 comments

Thanks again to Jonathan for this post from Guitar Tips Weekly

Guitar buying is always fun, and some of you have told me that you don’t yet have a guitar, so I thought I would do a little video on how to buy a used guitar. These tips will also apply to new guitars by the way, but I’ve always loved buying used guitars because you can so often buy a far better instrument used than you would normally be able to afford in your budget if you bought new.

The biggest thing you need to do is to first figure out what you want. Acoustic, electric, classical — those are just the major categories. Within each it gets really complicated — do you want a cutaway, no cutaway, if electric what kind of pickups (single coil or double humbucker)… and the list of options goes on, and on, and on.

How to deal with this? Head down to your local music store and spend an hour playing a whole bunch of different guitars. Try to figure out what you like about each one, and see if anything obvious springs out at you.

Once you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, then by all means checkout all options available to you. Last fall I bought my first brand new guitar (the Hagstrom Super Swede I’ve used in many of the videos) — all previous ones were twice-loved. Check the pawn shops, Craigslist, and yes — check the local music shops too. You never know what sort of deals pop up. Online retailers are great for getting a terrific price — Guitar Center often advertises that they give you new guitars at used prices, so that’s worth a look as well.

Regarding buying online, my advice would be that you can save a lot of money by doing so, but you really need to know what you want first. If at all possible, find a guitar of the same make and model you’re considering in a store somewhere and try it out. Once you’re satisfied its the one, then see if you can save money online. That’s cool.

Some key areas of the guitar to check: neck, hardware, electronics, body. Also check the intonation and action, and above all, make sure the guitar is something you’re going to love playing. Nothing is more demotivating than a crappy guitar.

Do you have any tips for buying a used guitar?

Post your ideas in the comments

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Categories: Guitar

How to Play “How Great Is The Love” with Paul Baloche

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Many thanks to Paul for explaining how to play this song. You can learn more about Paul Baloche at his website leadworship.com.  Paul shares lots of great advice on music and worship on his blog.  You can also find out what guitar equipment he is uses.

Enjoy Paul’s approach to playing “How Great Is The Love”.  I’m always curious to see how the actual artist plays their own songs and what tricks they have to make it sound great.  Paul makes great use of some color chords (minor-7ths, add9 and add4).

He also obtains a slightly different texture by capoing the 3rd fret.  If you like these chord shapes along with the capo sound, be sure to write down the chords in the video since they are different than the ones presented on Rockin With The Cross.

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Holy Holy Holy Guitar Tabs

April 16, 2010 1 comment

Today’s post is courtesy of guitarmusictheory.blogspot.com

(To watch the entire teaching video check out blip.tv. Otherwise I have embedded the video split into 2 parts on YouTube)

“Holy Holy Holy” is a traditional Christian hymn and praise and worship song. This is a fingerstyle chord melody version for intermediate and advanced guitar players with finger picking experience. It’s a great lesson on how to use shapes and inversions based on the CAGED Guitar Chord system.

D     Bm    A  A7 D     G            Em7 D/F#
E--------2--2--5-----2-----7---7---7---7--------------|
B--3--3--3--3--5--8--3-----8---8---8---8--10--7-------|
G--2--2--4--4--6--6--2-----7---7---7---7--7---7-------|
D--0--0-----------7--0--------------------7---7-------|
A--------2--2--0--0--------10--10--10--7--9---9-------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|

A     D A/C# Bm E7  A   D   A     E7     A   A7
E--------------10--10--9----------5--7----------------|
B--5--5--7-----7---9---10--10--5-----9--10--10--5-----|
G--6--6--7--9--7---9---9---11--6-----7------9---6-----|
D--7--7--7--7------------------7------------11--5-----|
A--0--0--5-------------0-------0------------0---0-----|
E-----------9--7---0-----------------0----------------|

D     Bm    A  A7 D     G           Em7 D/F#
E--------2--2--5-----2-----7---7---7---7--------------|
B--3--3--3--3--5--8--3-----8---8---8---8--10--7-------|
G--2--2--4--4--6--6--2-----7---7---7---7--7---7-------|
D--0--0-----------7--0--------------------7---7-------|
A--------2--2--0--0--------10--10--10--7--9---9-------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|

Bm  D/F#    G   D     G/B   A     D
E--10----------7--------------------------------------|
B--7---10--10--8---7-----8--5--5--3--3----------------|
G--7---7---7---7---7-----7-----6-----2----------------|
D------7---7-------7-----5-----7-----0----------------|
A------9---9---10--5-----------0----------------------|
E--7------------------8--7----------------------------|

Music Theory Primer Part 1

April 14, 2010 2 comments

If you recall our previous post about Major Scales, then you will enjoy today’s  installment from Chad Tipps with another intro to Music Theory.

Be sure to drop by Chad’s website as he has a PDF documentt with lots of theory explanations.

Categories: Music Theory

Christian Music in Rock Band

April 2, 2010 14 comments

Anyone out there play the video game Rock Band? In the past couple days, some great news has been announced. On March 30th, 1CN Records announced their new worship artists, Jonathan Lee and Andy Kirk have songs in the game via the Rock Band Network.

Then today, Harmonix, the company that makes the game, Rock Band (Rock Band 2, Lego Rock Band, Beatles Rock Band) announced 6 more Christian songs coming out some time next week.

On a personal level, I am so excited to see some spiritually positive music showing up in a completely secular venue.

So, now the big controversy.  We’re all guitar players or aspiring guitar players here.  Does clicking some buttons on a plastic guitar help in any way to become a better musician?

PRO

  1. Games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero generate genuine interest in wanting to learn to play music (just ask the music/guitar teachers in your area)
  2. Teaches left-hand / right-hand timing and coordination
  3. Promotes ability to sight-read music; to clarify a game player is translating the note-gems they see on the tv to actions with their hands to “play” the gems.  Its not sighting reading a chord chart or sheet music, in terms of what the brain is doing, its very similar
  4. Drums – I would say the closest “fake” instrument to being real in terms of rhythm and technique.  The only thing missing from drums is the hi-hat pedal.
  5. Vocals – clearly like doing karaoke with the benefit of seeing the pitch in reference to what the player is singing

CONS

  1. There are no strings on these plastic guitar, no picking techniques or articulation
  2. 5 buttons is nothing like 6 strings over 22 frets (21 if you have a strat, 20 for your acoustic)
  3. 5 colored circles or rectangles is nothing like actual notes and do not directly translate to real notes

So what’s your take?
Do you think playing video games like Rock Band help in playing real music?