Guitar Tips

SPEED KILLS? NO, TENSION KILLS SPEED

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 23, 2014 in Tips

If you find yourself becoming more and more tense the faster you try to play, this tip is for you. Some time back I purchased a book by Adam Rafferty on developing speed as a player. It’s one of the best books on the subject I’ve seen out there.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GUITAR AMP

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 23, 2014 in Tips

Shopping for a new guitar amp can be a tough decision. There are many questions that enter a guitarist’s mind when considering a purchase. Which ones sound better? Are tube amps better than solid-state amps? Do I need a stack? All of these questions are important to consider.

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THE CAPO

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 23, 2014 in Tips

The capo is most commonly used for the purpose of adjusting the guitar for vocal pitches. For example, if a song that is in the key of “D” is too low for your voice, try placing the capo on the 1st fret. If it is still too low, keep going up until it is comfortable.

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BUYING A BEGINNER ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 23, 2014 in Tips

Acoustic guitars are very diverse in their shape, size, style, beauty, and sound. A great acoustic guitar is usually the one that works best for the player. Although the perfect guitar is usually a matter of opinion, one should still follow several guidelines before making a purchase.

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TRUSS ROD ADJUSTMENT

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 23, 2014 in Tips

Most guitarists cringe when the term “truss rod” is brought up in a conversation. Many would rather seek professional help when making guitar neck adjustments as opposed to doing it themselves.

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FIX THOSE INFERNAL JUMPING STRINGS

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 21, 2014 in Tricks, Tips

Everyone who has ever tuned an acoustic guitar with anything heavier than light guage strings has at some time or another experienced the string that would pop and “jump” above the correct tuning pitch.

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ON CHANGING STRINGS

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 21, 2014 in Tips

One of the easiest ways to make your guitar sound better is to put on new strings!

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HAND POSITION FOR OPTIMUM REACH

Posted by Carvel Avis on June 21, 2014 in Tips

Whenever I see guitar players with their guitar hanging down around their knees I’m reminded that. . .

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