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Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords

Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords

There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so let’s look at a couple of exercises using basic guitar chords. The basic guitar chords are C, D, Dm, E, Em, F, G, A, and Am. Some instructors add C7, D7, E7, G7, A7 and B7. The F chord is always the most difficult for the beginning guitar player because you hold two strings down with one finger. Ideally, you want your basic guitar chords to sound clean and crisp – no muffled strings. Keep practicing the individual chords un … Read More

Exercises for Practicing Guitar Chords
There are several ways to master the technique of changing chords, so let’s look at a couple of exercises using basic guitar chords. The basic guitar chords are C, D, Dm, E, Em, F, G, A, and Am. Some instructors add C7, D7, E7, G7, A7 and B7. The F chord is always the most difficult for the beginning guitar player because you hold two strings down with one finger. Ideally, you want your basic guitar chords to sound clean and crisp – no muffled strings. Keep practicing the individual chords un
15 Powerful Alto Songs for Auditions
There are dozens of excellent alto songs to choose from, whether you have an upcoming audition or performance. The most important part of vocal auditions is taking a piece and making it your own. When looking for talent, directors don’t want to hear another rendition of something they've heard many times before; you need to make sure you stand out! Here are a few options for alto audition songs that are bound to make an impression. Best Audition Songs for Altos 1. “I Want to Go to Ho
Learn to Play the Flute: Your Top Challenges, Resolved!
Want to learn to play the flute or improve your existing skills? Check out these helpful tips from New York flute teacher Nadia B... As you learn to play the flute, you may encounter some challenges as you grow, learn, and improve. Read on to discover the most common issues I see my flute students facing, and tips to overcome them so you can play at your best. “I don’t have enough air to play that passage!” While you may feel that you don’t have enough air, you usually have enough, or
Family Affair: 3 Creative Ways to Enjoy Music as a Family
Do you want to be more involved in your child's music lessons? In this week's guest post, our friend Lara L. at Piano Power shares five creative ways you can enjoy music as a family...  In a world of earbuds and custom playlists, sharing music as a family "IRL" (or "in real life," for those not hip to Internet slang) is more important than ever. Car sing-alongs and kitchen dance parties are par for the course. To help you get more involved in your child's music lessons or simply have some
11 Annoying Things People Say to Female Guitarists
Female guitarists rock just as hard, if not harder than some men, yet the things people say to us sound like they're straight from the 1950s! Ladies, women, and girls, here are 11 of the most annoying things I've heard in my years of playing guitar. Maybe a few will sound familiar to you too? 1. Is that for your boyfriend? Why do some people find it so unbelievable that you're carrying your own gear or shopping at Guitar Center for yourself? 2. You're pretty good for a girl.

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