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How To Install Aquila Red Series Strings Correctly


Aquila Red Series Installation Guide

Aquila Red Series strings are a highly complex, patented composition of Nylgut combined with copper powder designed to increase the density of the string to around twice that of standard Nylgut.

In doing so, a string of higher density can be produced without having to increase the string […]

Capo : Why Every Acoustic Guitarist Should Have One

Years ago, when I first started learning to play the guitar, I used to have so much trouble just getting a tune out of the damn thing that I used to be in total awe of anyone who could string a few chords together or pull off a few […]

Whatever You Do – Don’t Stop Playing

One thing that really bugs me about myself is my ability to get drawn into a new task and become so completely immersed in whatever it is, that I do nothing but that for weeks at a time.

Being able to focus on a project sounds like a good quality to have, […]

Thumb Wrap/Hook Style Bar Chords or 1st Finger Method

An age old problem encountered by beginner guitarists battling with bar chords is which way to finger them.

The most common method of fingering an average bar chord is to stretch your first finger across all six strings and finger the chord with your remaining 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers.

John Frusciante Guitar Lesson – Under The Bridge

Here’s a couple of great guitar lessons I found from the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

In these lessons he gives us a demonstration of how to play Under The Bridge from the album Blood Sugar Sex Magic.

John Frusciante

He also talks a bit about his youth and how […]

Cheap Guitar Strings : Save Money With Mail Order Strings

All the guitar shops in my area have shut down. So Instead of travelling miles to the nearest store every week to get new strings, I now buy mine online and in bulk to save a load of cash.

I used to get my D’Addario electric and acoustic strings locally for £5 […]

Musicians & The Economic Crisis – Beating The Depression

We are constantly hearing in the news about the current global economic downturn and how every day thousands of people are loosing their jobs and local shops and businesses are being forced to shut their doors and close down for good.

Being musicians, we can be forgiven for thinking we should be […]

Sine Wave Inverters – Power Inverters – Modified Sine Wave Inverters

If you are intent on taking your band or set to the streets or you feel like setting up an out door gig where power is an issue, then there are a few good ways of getting round the problem. Generators and battery operated systems provide good alternatives to consumer mains, but if […]

The Blues Scale In 5 Positions

Scales – Part 8

Probably the most widely used scale in the whole of modern day music. The blues scale is used extensively in rock, jazz, blues, metal, funk, country and almost every other type of music you can think of.

The most obvious feature of the blues scale is that – you […]

Jam Nights – Come & Have A Go Nights

Attending jam nights, or come and have a go nights are without doubt the best way amateur musicians and new bands can prepare themselves for a first gig or stage performance.

Busking is a great way of getting your self used to public exposure and can be quite a scary experience for those not […]

Alternative Minor Scale Positions

In our previous scale guides you have been learning all seven positions of the minor scale right the way up the fret board and should now be pretty fluent in crossing the neck just about anywhere you like.

As I stated earlier in my post on scale runs, you may find the […]

Why Learn Scales ? : The Maths Of Music

I was recently asked a good question by one of this sites regular visitors.

‘Why do I need to learn scales and what are their practical application in music ?’.

Scales are like the maths of music, the main reason to learn them is to give your self a […]

The Advantages Of Playing Guitar In A Standing Position

How do you play your guitar ?

If you asked most amateur guitarists whether they tend to sit or stand when they play, I reckon about 95% of them would say they sit.

Sitting is all very well if you just play the guitar as a leisurely hobby a few times a week […]

Minor Scale Runs : Different Root Notes, Octaves & Key Positions

Now we are going to take our previous run highlighted here in blue, and play it in various other G root note positions and at different octaves on the fret board, indicated in yellow and red.

The tab shows pretty much the same run (with slight alterations at the endings) […]

Major & Minor Scale Runs : Build Speed, Skill & Knowledge Of The Fret board

Below is a full scale diagram of the G minor scale. We are going to work on some runs from one end of the fret board right the way to the other and back again.

First we’re going to take an easy minor scale run on strings 5 and 6. […]

Easy Major & Minor Scale Runs To Build Speed & Fret Board Knowledge

In Parts 5 and 6 of our easy guide to scales, we learned that the major and minor scales are closely related and that they also contain the same notes. This means each one can easily be changed into the other and any key you choose can be easily transposed to a different […]

Killer Guitar Warm Up Exercises – Hammer On's & Pull Off's

These next few exercises are really good for building your finger strength, stamina and stretching abilities. As always, they are best performed using some form of metronome as this will help to improve your sense of timing. If you don’t have a real one, then try the internet as there are many available […]

Guitar Warm Up Exercises – Hammer On's & Pull Off's

Playing the guitar places an enormous amount of strain on the muscles, fingers and tendons in a player’s hands and also requires a great deal of finger strength. It is for this reason that it is vitally important that all guitarists, from beginners to expert, should perform some form of warm up routine […]

Chromatic Scales 2 – Exercises To Build Finger Strength, Speed, Agility, Timing & Co-ordination

Now you’ve got the hang of the first few exercises, here are some more combinations that start with your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers.

Keep practicing these with your metronome, or on-line metronome and remember to improvise with your own techniques such as string skipping, hammer on’s and pull offs […]

Chromatic Scales – Exercises To Build Finger Strength, Speed, Agility, Timing & Co-ordination

Chromatic scales play a huge part in building a guitarists finger strength, speed, agility and co-ordination and their importance should not be underestimated.

The chromatic scale consists of 12 half step or semi tone intervals and comprises of every note in the common musical scale.

The Chromatic Scale

As you […]

Pink Floyd – Is There Anybody Out There – Guitar Lesson, Video, Tab, Pdf

This song from Pink Floyd’s – The Wall, was once described by Roger Waters as a ‘mood piece’ and is the second track on CD 2 of the album. It is an extremely emotional and moving piece of music and the solo classical guitar playing provides us with a great finger picking exercise […]

Tab – Guitar Vocal Warm Up 1

Major scale vocal warm up using guitar.

For this scale we will be starting on G (3rd fret 6th string), work our way up to C (13th fret 2nd string) and back down again to G or below. Follow the exercise shown in the video and start with a gentle humming.

Tab – Guitar Vocal Warm Up 2

This second exercise uses an octave and a half scale range. This is slightly more difficult and takes a bit of concentration to get right. Match your fingers with your vocals.

Check out my Vocal Warm Up Techniques page for details on how to hum and perform lip rolls and tongue trills.

Tab – Guitar Vocal Warm Up 3

This 3rd exercise is the most awkward until you get used to it. The scale spans one and a half octaves and 5 strings and as you move up the fret board and across the strings the fingering patterns change as the scale ascends and descends with your vocals.

This will give […]

Street Musician's Videos – All This Site's Tutorial Videos In One Place

Here we have our videos section. If you are too lazy to look for them or read the articles and lessons you’ll find all this sites own vids from various pages here in one place. Click the links to view the full articles.

Guitar and Vocal Warm Up Scales

Go through your hums, […]

Guitar Chords Made Easy

Any beginner guitarist has to face the daunting task of learning a huge bunch of chords in order to familiarise themselves with the guitar, help them play their favourite tunes and enable them to write and play their own compositions.

But as there are tens of thousands of songs out there all […]

Guitar Vocal Warm Up Scales For Singers & Guitarists

The problem with being a singer and a guitarist is you have to do two jobs at once. This means that before you practice or perform, you have to warm up both your fingers and your vocal chords.

I used to get frustrated when going into practice as doing my vocal warm […]

Bar Chords – Learning, Using & Implementing Them In Your Guitar Playing

Most new guitarists begin their training by learning and practicing the usual standard 10 – 20 open chords such as E,D,G,A, Am,F,Dm etc.

Once proficient with these, many players tend to stay within the confines of these open chords at the lower end of the fret board and never venture past the […]

How To Buy A Guitar : A Beginner's Guide

Here’s a quick beginner’s guide for those of you thinking of buying a guitar. If you haven’t really got a clue what you are doing, or even what type of guitar you’d like i.e an acoustic, electric, strat or spanish etc. there are a few things you need to look out for and […]

How To String A Guitar The Correct Way

Most guitarists actually string their guitars the wrong way by winding the string around the top peg a number of times and then through the hole. This actually causes unnecessary stress to the strings and contributes to tuning problems and string snapping. This vid from D’addario’s Musician Hub shows you exactly how to […]

Guitar Practice : Achieving Certain Standards of Play

I often get people complaining to me that they are no good on the guitar and that however much they try to play a particular piece of music they just can’t get it right. They will often give the excuse that perhaps their fingers aren’t long enough or maybe they’re just not naturally […]

How To Strum A Guitar Like The Pro's & Improve Your Playing

Ok, you’ve got your guitar, you’ve got your books, you know the song, but you’re sick of learning twenty different strumming patterns for every verse of every song you want to learn.

When you see an experienced guitarist strumming away on the acoustic, they look good, sound great and never seem to […]

G Chord – The Best Way To Play The Open G

Someone recently asked me which of the two open G chord shapes they should learn and practice as standard considering they are both fingered differently and different song books and tablatures seem to switch between the two shapes depending on the groups and styles of music they are transcribing.

He was referring […]