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Guitar Essentials: How to Play Barre Chords

Guitar Essentials: How to Play Barre Chords

Learning to play barre chords on the guitar is a big step for many beginning guitarists. Guitar teacher Joe L. breaks down the basic things you'll need to know in order to play barre chords and shares tips for practicing them... First off, if you don't know the basic open guitar chords you will have tremendous difficulty with these chords. Learning basic rhythm patterns with simple open chords gives you familiarity with different types of chords, how to play chords, and how they sound. Once y … Read More

Guitar Essentials: How to Play Barre Chords
Learning to play barre chords on the guitar is a big step for many beginning guitarists. Guitar teacher Joe L. breaks down the basic things you'll need to know in order to play barre chords and shares tips for practicing them... First off, if you don't know the basic open guitar chords you will have tremendous difficulty with these chords. Learning basic rhythm patterns with simple open chords gives you familiarity with different types of chords, how to play chords, and how they sound. Once y
Beginning Guitar: How to Build Up Calluses
There's no way around it, learning to play guitar is sometimes a painful process. If you're feeling like your guitar strings bit your finger, take this advice from guitar teacher Joe H.... Struggling to hold down the strings of your guitar without feeling like you are going to cut your finger wide open? Do you put your guitar away after just a few minutes of practicing with your fingertips gleaming red and feeling raw? Don’t worry! This is a common problem for the first few weeks or so of pla
5 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Guitar
If you're in the market for an inexpensive guitar, you've probably noticed there are many, many used guitars for sale. How do you find a great guitar and avoid the lemons? Follow this guide from guitar teacher James W. and you'll be on your way to finding the perfect new-used guitar... Buying a used guitar can be a fun and rewarding experience if you know what to look for and what to avoid. Let’s delve into the details in a step-by-step way that makes sense. First off, what kind of guitar do
The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright
Stage performance is a challenging art form. Whether you're acting out a role in a musical theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers. It can be even more anxiety-inducing if you're a perfectionist, as that can breed a fear of failure... and from there, performance anxiety can feel even stronger. Performance anxiety (commonly referred to as stage fright) can devasta
15 Struggles Only Left-Handed Guitarists Understand
Left-handed guitarists of the world unite! When it comes to guitar setup and style, you're kind of in your own world... 1. Some people try to change you... ...but you do your own, awesome, left-handed thing! There is a school of thought that lefties should conform to right-handed ways and learn to play a regular righty guitar. This works for some lefties, like Paul Simon and David Byrne. For other left-handed players, a right-handed guitar can be discouraging and difficult, and switchi

Guitar in Columbus

Simply taking guitar lessons in Columbus is often insufficient to mastering the instrument. Instead, you need to find motivation and discover new styles of playing by watching other musicians, learning more than just the pieces you cover in your lessons by purchasing sheet music and tablature, and enhancing your playing by performing live or finding new gear. Here are a few ideas to make the most of learning guitar in Columbus.

1) Guitar Festivals Jazz Guitar Festival Held at Denison University, the annual Jazz Guitar Festival is a weekend of performances, concerts, and clinics, all of which are free and open to the public. It is your chance to meet top guitarists, whatever your level of playing, and experience genres ranging from classical to bluegrass. Attend every October, and return to your guitar lessons in Columbus feeling inspired. (http://denison.edu/academics/music/whats-happening/18th-annual-denison-jazz-guitar-festival)

LMU Guitar Festival Loyola Marymount University holds the annual Guitar Festival every March, inviting guitarists from around the world to perform in a weekend of concerts. You can purchase tickets for individual performances or for the entire festival, with a discounted price for students. (http://cal.lmu.edu/event/11th_annual_guitar_festival#.VVo5Q2CZ5UQ)

Live Music The Tree Bar This bar and live music venue presents a different local or national act up to five nights a week. Come down when your favorite guitarists are playing or, better still, book the bar for your own band to perform. The Tree Bar is always welcoming to local talent, providing musicians with a platform to improve their recognition. (http://treebarcolumbus.com/)

Natalie’s With shows every night from Tuesday to Sunday, at Natalie's you can see guitarists and groups perform all styles of music, including genres that are difficult to experience elsewhere, such as soft rock, Irish music, Motown, swing, ragtime, Dixieland, and bluegrass. Check the event calendar before you go to find something that inspires you, as there are several guitar acts every week. (http://www.nataliescoalfiredpizza.com/calendar)

2) Music Stores Guitar Center The Guitar Center has everything guitar that you could wish for — from left-handed and vintage guitars to accessories and practice aids. Check out the selection to find material or equipment to improve your playing and supplement your enjoyment of guitar lessons in Columbus. (http://stores.guitarcenter.com/columbus?source=4GOA5AJBB)

Fifth Avenue Fret Shop Fifth Avenue Fret Shop is the place to go if you need to repair or restore your guitar. You can also order custom instruments or pick up spare parts, strings, and accessories. (http://www.fretshop.com/)

Only a qualified teacher is able to explain proper technique and ensure that you play to the best of your abilities. This means that, if you want to play as well as the musicians you see perform at events, festivals, and venues, you should start taking private guitar lessons in Columbus as soon as possible!

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