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Beginner’s guide to playing electric guitar

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Electric guitars are quite popular among the young generation. This is mainly because of the loud sound it produces. It is quite simple and fun to play electric guitar. You can play different types of music with electric guitar. You need to practice a lot before you can be good at playing guitar. If you want to learn how to play an electric guitar, then here is your guide.

Learning to play by yourself

The primary task is to set up your guitar properly. You can ask a guitar expert at a music store to do it for you or you can try to do it yourself with the help of tuner. Setting up guitar properly has a number of benefits. It provides good intonation. The guitar should sound right when it is in tune. If the guitar has bad intonation, then it is because it is in tune on the lower strings, but out of tune in the higher tones. This kind of situations makes it harder to learn. If the guitar is set up too high, then it becomes almost impossible to play. This is because you will need to exert a lot of finger pressure down the string onto the frets. This will cause intonation problem and also hurt you.
Every song has a melodic pattern that’s easy to remember. You must listen to the singer, bass lines, little fills, etc. from the guitarist. You should carefully pick up anything that catches your ear. Listen to every little detail. This will make you a good guitarist.

You should mix up easy stuff and hard stuff. This is known as ‘mental’ break. After playing something hard, you should play something easier. This will help to keep your fingers moving and will encourage you to move on with your learning. Hard stuffs should not disappoint you. It is part of being a guitarist. You should keep on trying.

You must avoid stomp boxes when you practice. Though the stomp boxes will give you better tone but it harms your learning by masking your errors. If you use a pure guitar tone, then you will be able to identify all your flaws.

It is essential to know about the music theory. This will help you to find the right chords. You can also understand what other musicians tell you if you know the language of music.

Learning to play from a professional

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You must first find a good guitar teacher. People have different perspectives of a good guitar teacher. There are some people who learn better by watching, while there are others who learn by hearing. It is better to find someone who specializes in the type of music you like. This will encourage you to learn faster.

You must learn to read music. As there are six strings involved, many notes can be played on various strings. You need to train yourself to play guitar by reading music. Your lessons with your teacher must be fun. Don’t concentrate too much on difficult tones, repetitions, and exercises. Instead, try to play your fingers in such way that you sound interesting. This will make learning fun. Play what you like, instead of only playing stuffs that your teacher gives you to practice. You can think of breaking the usual routine by adding distortion, reverb, varying degrees of vibrato, or even playing the music backwards. This will keep your learning interesting.

There is nothing more important than practicing. Whichever way you choose to learn your guitar, you must practice. In order to learn playing guitar, you need to build strength and endurance in your fingers, playing with feeling, etc. These take a lot of time to develop. You need to be patient and never give up easily.

Tips for buying electric guitars

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Electric guitars are required for Rock ‘n’ Roll and other musical styles. If you want to learn how to play an electric guitar, then the first thing you should do is buy a good guitar. Here are some useful tips.

  • Choose a guitar similar to that of your favorite guitarist. In doing so, you will find more inspiration in learning guitar. This is very important for a beginner to have something that will make them move forward.
  • People have different tastes of music. You should buy a guitar that suits your taste of music. The Stratocaster is the most popular kind of electric guitar that is used in various kinds of music including pop, blues, heavy metal and even indie. The Telecaster is good for rock ‘n’ roll and blues. Les Paul is good for rock ‘n’ roll, blues and heavy rock. Legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Guns ‘N’ Roses, all used Les Paul guitars. SG guitars are appropriate for heavy rock players. Jaguar style guitars are good for alternative music, like Nirvana. For jazz and blues, you can go for semi-acoustic guitars.
  • As a beginner, you can think of buying a starter pack. These packs come with everything you need to get started. This is also a cheap option.
  • You can consider buying accessories like guitar amps, FX cables, picks, tuner, strings, straps, etc.

When buying an electric guitar for the first time, you can take opinion from your teacher or you can look up online to find recommendations from experts. Never forget that a guitar amp is just as important as the guitar itself, this is one of the best lists with guitar amplifiers and on that site there is a lot of additional beginner information that you can take a look at. You don’t need to buy an expensive guitar the first time. You will find various selections of affordable guitars in the market. There are many online resources available for playing guitar. You can find lots of tutorials and videos where professional guitarists show you how to play guitar. Being a good guitarist requires practice. So, you should practice whenever you can. Soon, you will find out how much your playing style has improved.

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3 best and most famous rock bands of all time

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Rock and roll came into existence in the 50’s in South America and then slowly spread throughout the country. People have loved this genre of music for ages. Here are the best and most famous rock bands of all time.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

This was an English rock band that was formed in 1968 in London. The band’s guitar-driven heavy sound has made them famous. They earned great success with their albums Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (‘1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). The song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is one of the best rock music of all times. This band is one of the most influential rock band ever formed. Their albums are one of the most best-selling albums in the history of rock music. It is estimated that the bands record sales was 200 to 300 million units throughout the world. In 1995, this band became part of the Rock Hall of Fame.

The Beatles

The Beatles

This was also an English rock band that was formed in 1960 in Liverpool. The members of this band were legends like John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Though they started with rock music, later they experimented with other forms of music like pop ballads, Indian music, psychedelic, etc. They also included classical elements in their music. Their famous albums were Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). The band has sold 178 million certified units in America and is known as the best-selling music artists. They became part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. They received ten Grammy Awards, fifteen Ivor Novello Awards, and one Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

This English band was formed in London. They produced progressive and psychedelic music. Their members include David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Richard Wright and Roger Waters. Their most successful albums were The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975/0, Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). Their album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is considered to be one of the best albums of all times. The band was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

All these bands are a real inspiration to the modern rock bands. These bands will be always remembered by the fans of rock music all over the world.

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8 tips to make the most out of a rock concert

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It can be exhilarating seeing your favorite band play live. In concerts, you will get some of the best memories of your life. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of a rock concert.

  1. You must figure out how long it will take to reach the venue. You must prepare yourself accordingly. You should be aware about the traffic, parking, stops for food, fuel, etc.
  2. You should check out the rules of the concert. Find out whether you are allowed to take pictures or record the concert. Most concerts have restrictions on these policies.
  3. It is a good idea to go to the venue early because that way you will get better seat to enjoy the concert. If you are lucky, you might even get the front row seats.
  4. Once you get to the concert venue, you must guard your spot, else other people will take it. Once the concert starts, the crowd starts pushing. So, you should not leave your place.
  5. The buses that take the musicians to the venue are usually kept behind the venue. If you can go early to the venue then you might sneak at the back to see if you can find any of your favorite musicians. If you are lucky then you will manage to get an autograph and a photograph too! You can also try this trick at the end of the concert when the musicians are about to leave the venue.
  6. You can choose to go to smaller concerts in a smaller venue. That way, there will be less crowd and you will get to see your favorite artists up close.
  7. Try to go to the concert in groups. That way, you will enjoy it more. There will be lots of shouts and laughs which you will enjoy.
  8. Let the music flow through you. As it’s a rock concert, you should feel the vibe, loud sound and the beat. Dance along with it.

Music is something universal. It eliminates the gaps across people, ages, cultures, etc. Concerts are a great way to meet new people without any boundaries.

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4 amazing free music apps for Android and iPhone

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There are millions of music apps available on Google Play and App Store. Some of these apps are free, whereas, others are paid. Here are the top four free music apps for your Android and iPhones.

Songza

Songza

This app showcases high quality audio having numerous genres and lets you choose from a number of curated stations. You can choose depending on a particular scenario or a particular time of the day. With this app, you can listen to music while working out, cooking or driving.

Rdio

Rdio

It stores more than 35 million tracks and allows unlimited streaming. You can listen to classic hits, new releases or songs from your favorite artists using this app. You can also follow artists and create a special playlist with friends. You can also download your favorite album for offline listening as well.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music

With this app, you can get full access to your cloud-based music collection even when you are on the go. The app can store handpicked playlists and custom radio stations. It even provides recommendations depending on your past music preferences.

Shazam

Shazam

Shazam is a unique music app in the sense that it can detect songs and TV shows instantly. It provides lyrics, purchasing options and convenient streaming. You can also get real-time chart from this app.
With these apps, you can access any kind of music from streaming apps, Internet radio, portable DJ stations, etc. Listening to music has never been so easy.

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