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Beginner Guitar Chord Chart

Here’s a nice beginner guitar chord chart. Do the basic open chords first (C, D, E, A, G), leaving F for last. F is tough due to the ‘bar’ you make with your first finger (laying it flat across 2 strings at once).

Then move on to bar chords. Bar Chords are great because they are movable. There are only a few shapes, chords starting on 6 string, chords starting on 5 string, with each having a major and minor shape.

EMG Pickups

I also get a lot of questions about the pickups I use in my Ibanez RG Guitar. I had a friend put in 2 EMG active pickups – one humbucker and one single coil. They are also set up to be in either series or parallel.

Listen to the sound from my song Metal Mayhem.

emg pickups

Here’s the
EMG Zakk Wylde Humbucking Active Pickup Set, Black.

Line 6 PodXT & FBV Shortboard (My Gear)

Guitarists on YouTube ask me all the time what gear I use. I use the Line 6 PODxt for playing and recording. I like it because it is small and portable, has tons of amp models (marshalls, plexi, modern hi-gain, etc) and effects (delay, reverb, compression, chorus, distortion/overdrive, flange, phaser, etc). You can download patches that others have created (if you’re lazy like me) from the line 6 website.

line 6 pod xt

Go here to buy the Line 6 PODxt.

I also use the Line 6 FBV Shortboard for control with my foot. It’s also got a rocker pedal that you can use for wah or volume and you can save your favorite patches for easy switching. Here’s a picture: FBV shortboard.
Go and pick up a Line 6 FBV Shortboard today.


Musicians: Sell Other People’s Products

Every musicians wants to sell his cds and possibly merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, etc). Why not sell other people’s products as well? Did you know you can get a commission for every product that someone buys through your website (via an affiilate link)?

According to music futurist Glen Leonhard, the future is around content, assuming you can get attention and engage with your readers the key method to monetize this is via sponsorships and product placements (in videos, blogs, etc) or what I also suggest: – affiliate commissions for related products. You don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to sponsor you. You can go obtain the products right now. Sign up as an affliate at Clickbank, Commission Junction, or PayDotCom for example. Or find an affiliate program for something else you like (guitar, drum, bass gear for example). Amazon and SheetMusicPlus has tons of products for sale in the music industry. You’re only limited by your creativity.

I give away my songs for free. But I present related products (ie. product placements) around my content, not just big banner ads, but text links. I put them in my blog posts and video descriptions. You can put links to tunes you like (for ITunes/Amazon commissions), music lessons, songwriting courses, music gear, and so on. The possibilities are endless!

Line6 JM4 Looper Demo Part 2

JM4 has built-in backing tracks that you can solo over. Get it here: JM4 Looper (Amazon) or JM4 Looper (ZZSounds)

Line 6 JM4 Looper Demo Part 1

JM4 has built-in backing tracks that you can solo over. Get it here: JM4 Looper (Amazon) or JM4 Looper (ZZSounds)

Learn and Master Guitar Review

As a teacher and guitar player for over 28 years, I’m always on the lookout for the most effective and most comprehensive guitar lessons that are out there. And because I have thousands of students that subscribe to my YouTube guitar lessons and email lists, I have become a trusted resource for quality guitar lessons. Since I teach mostly intermediate to advanced topics I was looking for something that would start from the absolute beginning and work its way to more advanced topics.

I recently came across a guitar course called Learn And Master Guitar by Steve Krenz. It looked promising as it has 20 DVDs, and 5 jam along cds, as well as a book and access to online support. But unlike most people who promote the product without seeing it (in order to make a quick buck), I emailed the owners and asked to have a copy of the course mailed to me so I could see it and evaluate it for myself.

I recently received the course and went through each DVD, CD and lesson book carefully. Here is what is contained in the guitar course. These DVDs start with easy guitar lessons that will allow you to learn guitar fast. Each Session is in the book as well as on the DVDs and jam along cds:

Session 1
Session one starts with the basics such as:
-Parts of the Guitar
-Names of the Strings
-Proper Left and Right Hand Technique
-Tuning the Guitar
-Reading Guitar Tablature
-Finger Exercises
-How to Read Chord Blocks
-C and G7 Chords

Session 2
-How to Read Music
-Notes on first and second strings
-Play exercises and songs on those strings

Session 3
-Notes on the 3rd and 4th strings
-Play more songs and exercises on those strings

Session 4
-Notes on 5th and 6th strings
-Songs and exercises on these strings
-Sharps, flats and natural signs
-A minor and E chords

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Session 5
-Lots of Open Chords including C, D, E, G, A, Em, Dm, Am and 7th chords
-Exercises including strumming

Session 6
-Seventh and sus chords
-Strumming exercises
-Lots more songs

Session 7
-Barre chords on 6 strings
-Major scales
-More songs and assignments

Session 8
-Barre chords on 5 strings
-Keys and key signatures
-parallel major and minor scales

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Session 9
-More strumming patterns
-Diatonic intervals
-Harmonic intervals
-Songs and assigments

Session 10
-Fingerstyle guitar
-Merle Travis technique
-Canon in D and other songs

Session 11
-Pentatonic scales
-Pentatonic patterns
-Blues progression

Session 12
-Advanced Chords
-Major 7th, Minor 11th chords
-Chord substitutions
-More songs

Session 13
-Playing the blues
-Blues scale
-Blues chord progressions
-Blues tunes

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Session 14
-Hammer ons

Session 15
-Electric guitars
-Power chords
-Country chicken pickin’

Session 16
-Advanced strumming

Session 17
-3 note per string scales
-seventh chords

Session 18
-Jazz up progressions

Session 19
-Ear training exercises
-Chord tone soloing

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Session 20
-Chord formulas
-Altered chords
-Assignments and songs

5 Jam Along CDs
The course also comes with 5 play along cds.

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Easy Guitar Lessons

I have played and taught guitar for 28 years and have not seen anything as comprehensive for the aspiring guitarist as Learn and Master Guitar. For an awesome 20 DVD set course on learning guitar, please check out these easy guitar lessons.

Here are some other great easy guitar lesson resources.

Some other videos for easy guitar lessons:

Easy Guitar Lessons

When we start out learning the guitar, the best way to start is with easy guitar lessons. You want to make sure you don’t start with something that is too difficult at first, because you might get discouraged and quit. With easy guitar lessons, you are better equipped to learn guitar fast (at least the basics), so you can have fun playing songs more quickly. This will ensure you keep playing and enjoying the guitar for years to come.

When you’re first starting out learning how to play the guitar, you should probably learn some easy guitar chords to start with. Pretty much all songs are made up of just a few chords. It might be surprising for you to know that many songs only have three or four chords! A chord is a combination of 3 or more notes played at the same time. They are played on the guitar by strumming the strings with a pick in most cases. You can also use your fingers but this is a more difficult technique (referred to as fingerstyle).

Some of the chords you will learn are C, D, E, G and A. These are played on either 4, 5 or 6 strings at the same time. If you search for ‘basic chords’ or ‘open chords’ on Google or YouTube you will find many good lessons on this topic. By learning just a few of these chords, you will be able to play complete songs very quickly. Along with the chords you need to learn how to strum the guitar with a pick. So you could search for ‘strumming patterns’ for example, or ‘how to strum the guitar’.

Some common challenges with learning chords are making each string ring clearly. Sometimes the curl of some fingers will touch a string so it won’t sound clearly. Also, chords take some hand and finger strength so it takes a lot to press your fingers on a few strings, especially on an acoustic guitar. Another common challenge is being able to switch chords quickly enough to keep up with a song. So even though you might find a few easy guitar lessons, it will still take some practice to play them properly.

Things you will probably want to avoid looking at when you search for easy guitar lessons are things such as guitar scales, bar chords, modes, theory, speed, and so on. Stick to the basics which are a few easy chords. Try to find a song you like that can be played by strumming a few chords. You could try Bob Dylan’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door, or Neil Young’s Heart of Gold, Jimmy Hendrix’ Hey Joe, or The Troggs’ Wild Thing. These are some easy songs to play, but will still take some practice.

For guitar fretboard mastery, and soloing over chord changes please check out Online Guitar Coaching.