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June News

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Fender, Gibson, ESP, Martin, Takamine and more......



******* KIRK'S COLUMN by Kirk Lorange http://lorange.kirk.net

IT'S ALL PATTERNS

No matter how you cut it -- whether you talking scales , chords, chord progressions, notation -- learning to play a musical instrument involves memorizing patterns. Thank goodness the human brain is well equipped to handle them all. Indeed our very thoughts form patterns... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010625/5.shtml?nl148

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6 - MARCOS VINICIUS

What opportunities are there for classical players? What is Marcos Vinicius up to? Who is he? Find out! http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010625/6.shtml?nl148

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7 - WHAT'S HOT IN JAZZ GUITAR by Doc Dosco http://www.docdosco.com

This week we feature Guitarist Bruce Forman. Bruce is a brilliant westcoast guitarist from here in the US, with a number of albums featuring him as leader... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010625/7.shtml?nl148

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8 - RAPID, ACCURATE TUNING by Gerald Klickstein

INTRODUCTION

Every guitarist aims to tune as quickly and accurately as possible. Nevertheless, most students and many professionals have significant difficulty tuning by ear. There are two fundamental reasons why:

1) conventional methods are difficult to use accurately; 2) few materials have been available for learning and mastering precise tuning skills.

To correct this problem, I began formulating a new tuning system. Find out how it can help you... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010625/8.shtml?nl148

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9 - GUITAR TRICKS TUTORIALS

GNW Reader, "Schmange", writes:

I've been writing a tutorial at Guitar Tricks for about 6 months now called "All About Tapping". There's about 50 pages so far, with tabs, MP3's, MIDI files, pics etc. I just started the 5th chapter and usually add a few lessons each week or so... take a look: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010625/9.shtml?nl148

**** The Value of Formal Study

You study the techniques of lyric writing for the same reason you take piano lessons: Even though by trial and error you could probably catch on yourself, it will save you time when someone shows you fingerings that have been proven to work. You get better faster, and enjoy the true creative possibilities of your instrument sooner. *** Practicing Sight Reading

Find material that is easy to execute, and read five or more pages every day. Play each page not more than twice through. Do not practice, memorize, or use the same pages on consecutive days. Vary the material, and read, read, read.

**** Keep Up Your Study

After you complete a course or method book in bass, don't let your education stop there.

What to do next? Play along with your favorite recordings. Find records you hear other musicians talking about. Learn these tunes, grooves, and bass lines. There is good reason that musicians talk about certain bands, albums, or bassists. Continue your theory, reading, and technique work. Investigate chord scales and modes. Learn all your key signatures (major and minor), scales, and chord arpeggios. Try to read all bass clef music and start to get familiar with the treble clef.

Develop your concept of what it means to play bass. Realize how important you are as a bassist in a band. You have a big responsibility, taking care of both the groove and the harmony. It is a powerful position.

Play bass every day, by yourself and with others, and get the sound in your body.

**** Harmony Central and Berklee Press present today's Tip of the Day:

Promote Through a Search Engine

You want a headline that will attract the most viewers to your Web site. Many search engines use the title as one of their main ways of showing sites to users. The first paragraph of text after your title is also often used by search engines to rank listings, so be sure your first paragraph contains key words about the contents of your site. As a matter of practice, you should add proper titles to the rest of your pages as well. Follow the same basic principles for all your pages.

**** Playing Vibrato

When playing single note lines, a standard vibrato technique is necessary to add warmth to the notes. This is done by gently rocking your finger back and forth in the fret.

While playing bends, thirds, sixths, or triads, it is very hard to get a good-sounding vibrato. To achieve a more authentic country sound, the best and easiest way is with a vibrato tailpiece. The pedal-steel player can use as much vibrator as he wants by rocking his tone bar. Your only choice is by rocking the vibrato arm on your guitar.

If you're using extra light strings, be very gentle. The lighter the strings, the farther they can be lowered by the tailpiece.

**** Gaining Proficiency with Studies

Do not practice them. Just read them, but no more than twice through during any single practice session. Do not play them on two consecutive days. Do not go back over any particular section because of a wrong note. Do keep an even tempo and play the proper time values. By obeying these rules, the studies will never be memorized.

It is recommended that a little later on you use this procedure with a variety of materials, as this is the only way for a guitarist to achieve and maintain any proficiency in reading. (Even when working steady we are not reading every day--so "scare" yourself in the privacy of your practice sessions.)

***** SHOULD I TAKE GUITAR LESSONS? by Jamey Andreas of guitarprinciples.com

The way that lessons, or the process of educating yourself as a musician, fit into your life will be a decision you make based on your unique circumstances, and your unique goals... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010528/5.shtml?nl144

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6 - GUITAR TECH TALK by Chip Wilson http://www.jumpinsomethin.com/

Chip discusses the proper adjustments for pickups on electric guitars... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010528/6.shtml?nl144

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May News

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IN THIS ISSUE SEVEN STRINGS BUYING A GUITAR ESP REVIEWS GUITAR TIPS GAINING SPEED GEARHEAD RECORDING MP3 JIMI HENDRIX ERIC JOHNSON FREE STRINGS FREE SOFTWARE BASS RESOURCES BASS REVIEWS NEW NEWSLETTER FROM BERKLEE

********* http://www.chrisbsmusic.com/gibson.html Gibson Guitars

********* http://www.chrisbsmusic.com/auctions.html Fender, ESP, Washburn, Zoom, Boss, Yamaha

********* http://www.fretland.com Martin, Takamine, Yamaha, Ibanez

********* SEVEN STRING GUY by Guy Pople, our "Seven String Guy" The section of the Major Scale from note 5 to note 12 is known as the Mixolydian Mode of the Major Scale. Lets say we were using the C Major Scale...ALL THINGS MIXOLYDIAN http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/7.shtml?nl142

********* KIRKS COLUMN by Kirk LorangeBUYING YOUR GUITAR Probably the most influencing factor in whether you become a guitarist or not is the quality of the first instrument you own. Nothing turns a beginner off quicker that a crappy instrument that is difficult, if not downright painful, to play. It's almost impossible to progress if you're hindered by an guitar that, for example, buzzes at certain frets, or whose intonation is out (meaning it will never be able to be tuned), or whose action is so high that it hurts to make a chord... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/9.shtml?nl142

********* http://www.chrisbsmusic.com/espguitrev.html ESP User Reviews

********* GUITAR TIPS by Kirk Lorange Once you have brought your guitar home, take it out of its case and leave it out. Cases are for transporting your guitar, not for storing them at home. Hang it on the wall if you're worried about it being knocked over, or buy a guitar stand...Why? Find out: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/10.shtml?nl142

********* SPEED THROUGH GRACE by Chuck Rathmann There are a lot of books about how to play fast. That's great -- everyone needs to make a living, and those books probably make a few people a decent living. But how many of the people who plunk down that money learn to play any faster as a result? I have no idea, but if I were a betting man, which I am not, I'd lay money down saying that overall, not many people learn to play fast from reading books. They say you have to bet on what you know, and I'm willing to make this bet because I've bought a lot of those books and they didn't do squat. And here's why... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/11.shtml?nl142

********* GEARHEAD REVIEWSfrom Gearhead Ezine Australia's On-Line Guitar Ezine by Chris "Gearhead" Carr http://www.1800Instruments.comREVIEWS AND ARTICLES... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/12.shtml?nl142

********* 13 - RECORDING MP3 MUSIC Recording MP3 Music For The InternetBy Robert Lee Johnson: "The Guitar Man" In order to get a "Hit," for the internet, or the commercial music world of CDs, one must have a certain energy, a certain freshness, and Artistic Creativeness that grabs the listeners. And believe me it is difficult to know when you have a recording that people will love, and one that is a Ho Hum Recording that the audience will not want at all, no matter how well you might perform on the recording... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/13.shtml?nl142



********* Jimi Hendrix CollectionNew Jimi Hendrix Compilation, TV Show In The Works More than 30 years after Jimi Hendrix's death, his works still inspire great interest. We get another chance to check out the Hendrix phenomenon this month, with multimedia events, TV programs, and releases that re-examine his musical legacy... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/14.shtml?nl142

********* - ERIC JOHNSON CELEBRATES Grammy winner Eric Johnson celebrates in Australia... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010514/15.shtml?nl142 ********************************************

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April NewsIN THIS ISSUE http://www.chrisbsmusic.com Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Martin, Takamine, Effects, more... 877 -71CHRISB

************ NEW CLASS GUITAR MALL 7 STRINGS MAKING A LIVING AT GUITAR MASTER CLASSES GUITAR Q+A TAB GUIDE VINTAGE GUIDE RECORDING AND MUSIC SCHOOLS GUIDE

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SEVEN STRING GUY by Guy Pople, our 7 String Guy...

This week, Guy answers our readers queries... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010416/7.shtml?nl138

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KIRKS COLUMN by Kirk Lorange http://lorange.kirk.net

MAKING A GUITAR LIVING

I've been earning a living with my guitars now for thirty odd years. I did a stint as a commercial artist for a couple of years when I finished high school -- I say commercial artist, what I mean is I worked in a commercial art studio learning the ins and outs -- but after a couple of guitar playing jobs I decided to focus on music as a career. I could earn more in a couple of nights playing than in a week of the day job... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010416/8.shtml?nl138

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SLIDE EXERCISE from Musicians News http://www.musiciansnews.com/

Slides in a guitar solo, chord sequence or guitar riff can really spice up your guitar playing. But only if you control this difficult guitar technique. This next few exercises show you a way of learning to control this guitar technique: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010409/12.shtml?nl137



SLIDE EXERCISE from Musicians News http://www.musiciansnews.com/

Slides in a guitar solo, chord sequence or guitar riff can really spice up your guitar playing. But only if you control this difficult guitar technique. This next few exercises show you a way of learning to control this guitar technique: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010409/12.shtml?nl137

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******* LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

We all have something to learn, right? then why not learn from past masters? Read the info on these pages and explore the links to other sites...

Ask yourself what made these people "greats" - the lyrics, music, timing, promotion, style, hard work or luck? or all of the above?

Listen again to their famous pieces and challenge yourself to find something new in their work...

JIMI HENDRIX http://www.guitarsite.com/hendrix.htm

ERIC CLAPTON & CREAM http://www.guitarsite.com/clapton.htm

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YOUR GUITAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED by Will Landrum http://www.willlandrum.com/

Since I receive so many individual questions ranging on such various topics, I realized that some of these questions may be on everyone else's mind too and it would be beneficial to publish them here.

So here are some "questions and answers", "inputs and outputs" that I've compiled for your guitar playing edification... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010402/16.shtml?nl136

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March news ******** ONLINE CHORD AND SCALE GENERATORS

Website with free online chord and scale generators for multiple instruments, tunings, chords and scales... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010326/5.shtml?nl135

******* ACOUSTIC FLOYD from Guitar Noise http://www.guitarnoise.com/

Pink Floyd is known to most of the world for spectacle. Mysterious pyramids, flying pigs, and walls tumbling down to the delight of thousands. To the guitar world they are best known for the searing guitar solos of Comfortably Numb, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and On the Turning Away. While the band has written very few love songs and is light years away from MTV Unplugged, they have a large body of acoustic work from their thirty year career. This work is not always given the appreciation it deserves... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010326/11.shtml?nl135

More on Floyd: Bios, TAB, CDs, pics http://www.guitarsite.com/floyd.htm?nl135

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WHAT IS REVERBERATION?

Reverberation (reverb for short) is probably one of the most heavily used effects in music. When you mention reverb to a musician, many will immediately think of a stomp box, signal processor, or the reverb knob on their amplifier. But many people don't realize how important reverberation is, and that we actually hear reverb every day, without any special processors... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010326/12.shtml?nl135

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CHANGING BAD HABITS [Part One] by Jamey Andreas of guitarprinciples.com

I want to address an issue that seems to keep coming up for people who are familiar with my work, and beginning to use my methods. People are reading my essays, and it seems a new awareness is beginning to dawn for them, which is good, that's the whole point. But for many people, it is a very disconcerting experience. I have gotten letters from people who have read some things I have written, and become afraid to practice! They are so aware of, and on their guard against, excess muscle tension, and the devastating effects for the developing player, they are afraid to touch a string! http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/010319/9.shtml?nl134

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BUSINESS 101

GETTING STARTED by Tonya Rae http://www.tonyarae.com

If you are a band, you have it a little easier than if you are a solo artist in terms of what it will cost for you to make the CD. But other than that, there is no difference. Let's begin this portion of the book for bands/artists who wish to start the process of making, distributing, and getting radio airplay by themselves. In short, starting your own record label...

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SEVEN STRING GUY by Guy Pople, our 7 String Guy

"I have just read an article in Guitar (British magazine) about Uli Jon Roth... his custom built 7 string "Sky" guitar has 36 frets and has been in development since 1985 when it was a lowly 6 string model. It was in 1987 that it got the 7th string added... apparently he plays those high end notes with his fingernails! I saw him on Satriani's G3 tour a couple of years back and was really impressed with his range and sound... now I know why."

"Here's some work for anyone interested in working out some new voices or shapes for them tired old 6 string chords..." http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001204/14.shtml?nl119

*************** ************* WOODS AND TONE: a quick primer http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001127/8.shtml

Referred to the Warmoth site and the excellent description and pictures of woods used in constructing guitar bodies & necks. Some of you couldn't find the right part of the site - here's the direct link: http://www.warmoth.com/wooddescrip2.htm

see also:

WOODS USED BY LUTHIERS by Bob Wilkinson http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000925/13.shtml

********* SEVEN STRING GUY by Guy Pople, our 7 String Guy

Here are some more scales, but this time some Major Blues Scales. Here is a little theory to accompany the scales: Note that the A minor Blues and C Major blues scale have the same notes. Scales with the same notes are called "Relatives" and this means you can use both sets of scales (in their present positions of course) at the same time when you are either crafting solos or improvising.

Here's more from Guy's mailbag this week: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001127/5.shtml?nl118

********** FREE BAND PROMOTION

FREE: Database listing for bands, artists & webmasters

Want free traffic to your site? Hitsquad has a number of resources you can use to find new fans or visitors to your site.

Are you into guitar music, tips, news, sites or discussion? Try GuitarSite's 2000 Guitars Database: http://www.guitarsite.com/database/ Or add your site: http://www.guitarsite.com/addsite.htm

*********** THE SECRET OF SPEED http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000904/15.shtml

YOUR GROWTH AS A GUITARIST http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000925/9.shtml

THE IMPORTANCE OF FINGERING http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001002/12.shtml

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CHRIS B'S OCT NEWS

*********** IN THIS ISSUE 7 string info Boss Pedals Major Chord Tricks Buying Used Gear Lessons with Page Playing Fast Growth as a Guitarist Mp3 Making it Work Acoustic Electric Guitars Guitar School

******** 7 STRING BLUES

Got the 7 string blues? Can't figure something out, or just want to know more? 7 String fan, Guy Pople offers his advice in GNW: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001030/10.shtml?nl114

******** BOSS PEDALS http://www.bosspedalzone.com excellent site for anything and everything about Boss effects

******** MAJOR CHORD INVERSIONS by Dan Cross the About.com Guide to Guitar

Everyone knows how to play an Amajor chord, right? It was probably the first or second chord you learned how to play on the guitar. Play it right now... ahh.... doesn't that sound nice?

How about this, just for fun: why not try playing a different Amajor chord? You know, one with the same notes, but a different shape on the guitar. If you've been playing for a while, chances are you can come up with a couple more ways to play Amajor. There are two popular barre chord shapes; one with a root on the sixth string (5th fret), and one on the fifth string (12th fret).

Did you get those? Try this: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000306/8.shtml?nl80

******** Buying Used?

How to Buy a Used Guitar Part II http://guitar.com/columns/viewcolumn.asp?columnID=17

******** Lessons with Page

Lessons with Zep's axe-man Jimmy Page http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000228/4.shtml?nl79



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EFFECTS ************* THE SECRET OF SPEED http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000904/15.shtml

********* YOUR GROWTH AS A GUITARIST http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000925/9.shtml

********* - THE MP3.COM EXPERIENCE

Geoff Nicholson, Production Manager for Hitsquad (publishers of GNW) writes:

"I was talking to a friend the other day who was disappointed with his experiences on a well-known MP3 artist portal. His music isn't bad, but he simply wasn't getting any listens. Then again, he wasn't promoting his music. Therein exists the cold, hard truth about putting your music online."

If you want people to listen to you, you need to promote as well as create.

"I offered him some advice such as setting up a mailing list, getting linked to on relevant music sites and developing good relationships with similar artists. It all seemed to work. Within a week he had quadrupled his listener base and had 20 people on his mailing list! That's not breaking any records but it is a start."

"Just remember that if you want to make money out of MP3, whether it be from MP3.com or IUMA or wherever, you need to promote to your potential audience. Get out there and let the world know you exist. You may even make a few friends along the way!"

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There now follows an article relating a personal experience of promoting music through MP3.com, by Robert "Lee" Johnson.

Lee writes:

"this is an excerpt of a letter I wrote to Bob, a Friend Back in Saint Louis, a Guitar Player, who I worked my first computer repair job with in 1977. I thought it would be of interest to you since it basically concerns my experience on MP3 COM, and the recording of Guitar Music..." Robert Lee Johnson

Read Lee's article: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001030/14.shtml?nl114

******** ELECTRO ACOUSTIC GUITARS by Bob Houlston http://www.houlston.freeserve.co.uk

Hi Bob, I am a beginner. Please could you give me some information about electro-acoustic guitars?

Sound is subjective. We hear differently. The electro acoustic is a compromise guitar. The black bowl body which reduces feedback and aids comfort does alter the sound compared to a dedicated acoustic guitar. It does not have the depth of tone of a conventional jumbo acoustic but it is easy to carry, comfortable & convenient for jamming, recording and gigs. I just can't seem to stop playing it! :) People I play with like it too.

Cheryl, a vocalist I record with, actually prefers an electro-acoustic when played "unplugged" to the sound of a genuine acoustic guitar. This may be because the electro-acoustic's tone is delicate and therefore less prone to dominate her singing. I always prefer to let the vocals rest easily on the backing. If she's happy, I'm happy.

If you require a guitar that sounds great for acoustic use most of the time then an electro acoustic is probably not for you... continues: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/001023/4.shtml?nl113

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CHRIS B'S AUG NEWS

IN THIS ISSUE IBANEZ98/99 SPECS MP3 GUIDE CHORDS APPRAISING YOUR GUITAR GUITAR TUNER SPECIAL GUITAR TIPS PROLONGING STRING LIFE CHAT TRANSCRIPTS HARMONICS GUITAR RESOURCES HOW TO SOLO MINOR SCALES SONGWRITING GEAR ORPHANAGE TUBE AMP CARE STEVIE RAY VAUGHN

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CHORDS by Kirk Lorange, from http://guitarforbeginners.com

You've no doubt heard, with trepidation, about the thousands of chords you must learn in order to play music. I myself remember a book called "1001 Chords" and my feeling of total inadequacy because I still only knew half a dozen or so.

Well, you can relax. Chords are no big deal. Keep in mind that you don't need to know any of the theory behind chords in order to play. HOWEVER, if you want to become a musician, not just someone who can hack out a couple of tunes, you'll get there much quicker by finding out the why's and wherefore's right at the beginning... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000814/6.shtml?nl103

*********** Guitar Appraisals

WHAT'S A GUITAR REALLY WORTH? http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/990906/7.shtml?nl103

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******** Prolong String Life How to make your strings last longer: for the battling musician: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000807/8.shtml?nl102

******** Tips

MORE GREAT STREAMING VIDEO TIPS FOR ALL LEVELS Gotta watch to learn, friends ... Beginner Tip#1: Naming strings & parts Beginner Tip#2: Holding the guitar Lead Tip#1: Pentatonic scales Lead Tip#2: Three-note pattern http://guitar.com/crossroads

******* Old Chats

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- SCALE OR SOLO? by Will Landrum

Well, after a lot of input from you all, one of the biggest questions asked went something like: "How do I make my soloing sound like music and not just scales?".

Everyone who plays guitar will have to pass through this phase of accomplishment. That is, the phase when your soloing sounds like music and not just the scale that the music is based on.

Soloing is like talking. The notes we play are like the letters of the alphabet. The words we speak are a small number of those notes played together forming licks or musical phrases... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000724/10.shtml?nl100

******* Minor Scales

11 - MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE

"One octave Blues scale fingerings can be played in many positions. Seven of these are in basic position on a six string guitar. A basic position is a single 4 fret span, one finger per fret. Beyond these basic positions, there are alternate and extended fingerings available..." Extract from a new guitar book - hear more: http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000724/1.shtml?nl100

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HARMONICS from Kyle's Virtual Guitar Lessons http://www.supersonic.net/guitar/

A harmonic is basically a flutelike tone that comes from the guitar by touching the string at or near the node. There are 2 kinds of harmonics used in guitar playing, Natural and Artificial. This lesson will attempt to cover both in a simple manner... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000724/12.shtml?nl100

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3 - WRITING BETTER SONGS

In the first segment of this multi-part feature, see how to create interesting chords and chord progressions for your songs. You can also read ahead, and learn about writing in minor keys, and also check out a technical analysis of songs by Radiohead, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles. http://guitar.about.com/library/weekly/aa091999.htm

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******** Stevie

He grew up listening and playing the music of men like Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Eric Clapton and many others. On his final appearance just before he died, he shared the stage with his heroes, friends and fans. After playing the music of his heroes all his life, he got to know them and play music with them. He listened to the best. He learned from the best. He became one of the best...

Find SRV tabs, bio, extensive site list and more... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000619/18.shtml?nl95 CHRIS B'S JUNE NEWS

IN THIS ISSUE Guitar?Bass Sites Sites Intro to Open E Tuning Video Tips Acoustic Repair Learning to Solo Reader Questions Ibanez Double Edge Ibanez Acoustic Amp Vintage Ibanez



******************* Here is a nice resource site..check it out.

...my page is a lesson page covering material such as scales, chords, arpeggios and technique. The URL is:

http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Hollow/2714/Guitar_universe.html

************** Also, a nice Bass Site, lots of reader reviews and pics.... ... be sure to mention my BASS page wants more USER REVIEWS of basses and equipment. thanks Don

http://www.fortunecity.com/marina/cyprus/500/

************* An Introduction to Open-E Tuning http://www.guitar.com/columns/viewcolumn.asp?columnID=39

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MORE GREAT STREAMING VIDEO TIPS FOR ALL LEVELS Gotta watch to learn, friends ... Beginner Tip#17: Notes Completed Beginner Tip#18: HO & PO Lead Tip#17: Quick Position Shift Lead Tip#18: The Blues Scale http://guitar.com/crossroads

*************** One of the most challenging repairs is the acoustic guitar neck reset. http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000522/14.shtml?nl91

*********** There are 3 things to know when trying to learn how to solo... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000522/15.shtml?nl91

************* There are 3 things to know when trying to learn how to solo... http://www.guitarsite.com/newsletters/000522/15.shtml?nl91



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*************** Reader Questions...

Name:spiro capellas Subject: guitar Question - Chris how are you im 43 yrs old,always interested to play guitar. I finnaly found time in my life to try it. My Question,is this something i can do on my own out of a book,or do i definitely need lessons. thank you Spiro Capellas

Answer - This is a very common question I have to say in my opinion, taking lessons, with the right teacher will save you a lot of frustration and you will learn quicker. But, you have to express to the teacher what you want to learn..or you are wasting time. You can try a book and see how it goes, if you are motivated, you can do it.. I rec. Berklee Guitar method Book One Or Alfred's Basic Guitar Method Book One Visit our site to order either, and check out our vast free guitar lessons section http://chrisbsmusic.com info@chrisbsmusic.com *********

My name is William I am 19 and have been playing for 4 years but for the most part Im self tought.Im taking a guitar class In college and would like to know if you could direct me to a site that has a lot of chords because that's the area that I seem to be having problems In. Lastly,I love listening to to my CDs and getting songs directly from the source but its too hard sometimes,I even adjust my stereo settings but sometimes Its hard to distinguish whats being played.

Thanx for your time Chris

Answer - No problem 1) on our site under the electrics guitars section there is an online chord generator, it will show fingering instantly for a lot of chords with a simple mouse click. Also, the Berklee Modern Method for Guitar, Book One, is excellent for all types of chords.

I would suggest studying some music theory, once you know how chords are put together, figuring them out on the guitar is easy.,

Playing by ear...besides doing it a lot, I can suggest the Ibanez rock and play, check it at ibanez.com

we sell it if interested

It basically slows down tapes for you to make it easier to transcribe the song you are learning

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