45 Answered Questions for the topic guitar
Bass notes in guitar chords
Hi! I'm curious why the bass notes in some guitar chords aren't the lowest. In the D Chord, the D note is the second lowest. I wonder what I'm missing.Thank you
how do i convince my parents to let me learn electric guitar?
How do I convince my parents (specifically my dad) to let me learn guitar?I currently play the violin and it will be 7 years of playing once I get to my 14th bday. However, as much as I enjoy... more
What's a good age I should start my child on an instrument?
This is a great question! I have been teaching over 13 years with a degree in jazz music performance from the largest music educator school in the world, also known for it's prestigious... more
Can I schedule a lesson for four sisters?
Hoping to find someone who can give four sisters an introductory music lesson when we are together on April 6 & 7. This would be a gift to get our feet in the water, all retired and we are all... more
Do you teach kids to play guitar?
Should I start learning on an acoustic guitar or an electric?
I get asked this question a lot, and the truth is, its a lot simpler than you might think!
Guitar lesson for 7 year old girl
Which is bestYamaha Pacifica 012 vs Ibanez GSA60 vs IBANEZ GRG121DX
Cadences and Their Uses
Hey musicians and song writers! I wanted to reach out and see if anyone is familiar with cadences and how they are used in songwriting, theory (jazz and classical) and how you can use them in your... more
Why do my hands hurt so much while playing guitar?
Guitar can be painful when just starting out. My fingertips and my hands hurt so bad and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Why is this, when will it go away and what can I do to make it... more
What's the most important thing for a new guitar student to learn first?
When I was a student, learning guitar seemed impossible. It felt like there was so much to learn and I had no idea where to start. Should I learn chords then notes, or the other way around? Or... more
How do you decide chord fingering?
There are various ways to press the notes for chords. Some are more bar-based than others, some are based on pivoting. Getting familiar with 'tight spots' in a song helps you decide.
How does the thumb 'anchor' a guitar picking pattern?
Lead guitar is the flair and flourish of a harmony or jazz-extension of a melody. The basic picking pattern is the anchor of a song, and the thumb pattern anchors that. How does that work and... more
What is the best guitar to start with, acoustic or electric?
Acoustic guitars with nylon strings are best if you've never played guitar before. The nylon strings are softer for fingers who are not used to pushing down on the guitar's frets. Steel string... more
When I play the guitar and try to add the "snare", I can't play a note and hit the "snare" at the same time. Any tips on how to improve my playing?
Whenever I play the "snare" I stop all playing and hit the snare, and then I continue on playing.
What are some easy chords on guitar to get me started?
Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?
I am making a song composition in a scale of G. I have already used major chords **G, C and D** and in some places I have used **Am, Em and Bm**. I would like to make this composition richer with... more
Learn Guitar (and theory) one key at a time?
So I'm trying to learn guitar for like the 5th time in my life. I've taken formal lessons, read books, even been in a garage band for fun but have only managed to memorize chord progressions and... more
Is music theory universal?
I'm currently 17 years old and want to dedicate myself to music. I've listened to different styles of music now: jazz, funk,groove also classical (Bob acri>any pop Idol in 2018). 2 weeks ago I... more
How often should one practice to become good at guitar?
What do I need to know to be able to be able to play along with a song just by listening to it?
What is essential knowledge and skill one has to have to be able to play along with the radio?
Standard tuning Capo 8 Alternative?
Hello! Chords used, Eminor, Raised C(open C shape moved up two frets), C,Basically id just like more room on the fretboard. If i tuned to D standard (DGCFAD) would i still be able to play the same... more