Guitar Tricks Blog: How-To
Posted March 17, 2023
How to Use the Circle of Fifths
One little secret hidden within the Circle of Fifths, is that it shows you all of the major and minor chords in any key. First, let’s look at the key of C, which is at the top of the Circle of Fifths.
Posted March 3, 2023
Guide Tones On Guitar Made SUPER Easy
Everyone knows about 5ths, octaves and power chords. These are the building blocks of learning how to play guitar. But an easy way to level up your chord knowledge is to add 3rds and 7ths
Posted February 24, 2023
Super Easy Bluesy 9th Chords
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will go over the super easy chords that you absolutely must know in order to play blues guitar.
Tune-in to learn how to master these bluesy 9th chords!
Posted February 10, 2023
In this beginner guitar lesson, we will introduce you to signature licks and chords of the Rockabilly musical style. Rockabilly comes from a time in which music had a big swing feel, which was necessary for the dancers who wished to "dance to the bop", and has a kind of hillbilly approach to playing swing that gives it its own special rhythm.
Posted February 3, 2023
Rock Guitar Tones
The first thing to consider about rock guitar tones is the pickup configuration. The pickups in a guitar determine the way it sounds far more than any other factor. The main two kinds of pickups we have are humbuckers and single coil pickups. The age-old debate about the superiority of a Les Paul or a Strat, is in my opinion, at its core, a debate between single coil pickups or humbuckers! That is by far the main variable in how different they sound.
Posted January 27, 2023
Super Easy Power Chords
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is going to show you how to get a jumpstart on playing guitar with some super easy power chords.
These are the seriously the fastest chords you can learn on guitar. With them you'll be able to play hundreds of songs right off the bat!
Posted January 13, 2023
First Beginner Guitar Lesson - Day 1
What should you learn on your first day of playing guitar? Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you the things that are worth learning within the first 10-15 minutes of picking up a guitar.
Posted January 6, 2023
Play Better Guitar in 2023
Start 2023 off right with these easy tips for playing better guitar this year.
Whether you've got a new year's resolution to uphold, or you are continuing on your guitar journey, these tips for practicing, jamming, and more from Gary Heimbauer will set you on the right course to take on 2023 with guitar in hand!
Posted December 23, 2022
Super Easy Holiday Guitar Songs - Jingle Bells
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer is getting into the holiday spirit by showing you some super easy ways to play Jingle Bells!
Whether you want to play and sing, back your favorite band of merry carolers, or simply sip some eggnog and play the melody gently in the background while the family digs through their stockings -- Gary will show you a few simple ways to absolutely nail this holiday classic, no matter what your ability level is.
Posted December 16, 2022
Slash Chords Make Everything Better
Play better, more complicated, and more interesting guitar chords by using what are known as "slash chords."
We're not talking Guns N' Roses -- though Slash probably uses lots of slash chords in his guitar playing. We are talking about the technique of playing a standard chord, but adding a different bass note beneath it!
This is a lot more simple than it might initially seem. Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will break down how to approach this technique.
Posted December 14, 2022
The Best Way to Improve Guitar Skills
Consistency is one of the most important factors you can consider when it comes to improving your guitar playing. Learning new skills can be challenging and ensuring that your progress is efficient and consistent is essential. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, these seven habits will help you improve your skills no matter what level you're playing at.
Posted December 9, 2022
Deck The Halls with Major Scales
This week, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you how to practice major scales in a very festive way -- by playing Deck The Halls!
This classic Christmas carol is a great way to put your major scale skills through their paces because the entire melody encompasses all the scale's notes.
Posted December 2, 2022
Sound Pro in One Step with Dynamics
Using dynamics while playing guitar is one of the most direct ways to sound more like a guitar pro. It's a simple concept of volume control.
In this video, Guitar Tricks instructor Gary Heimbauer will show you how to apply dynamics to your guitar paying to make you sound better in one step!
Posted November 7, 2022
Single Coil vs Humbucker Pickups - What's the Difference?
If you're totally new to playing the electric guitar and are still taking beginner guitar lessons, you may notice that there's a wide variety of electric guitars.
The electric guitar comes in all shapes, sizes and colors -- it's something that guitarists love about the instrument. With so many out there, you can choose one that perfectly resonates with your personal style. In addition to visual differences, guitars can greatly vary in sound, too.
A lot of this comes down to the guitar's pickups.
Posted October 28, 2022
How to Play Guitar
If you have never played guitar before, in this article we will walk you through the first steps for those taking beginner guitar lessons. And while learning an instrument does not occur overnight, if you follow these pointers on a consistent basis, you will see regular progress. Remember that playing the guitar is a physical exercise, it is essential to train and retain your muscle memory to accomplish it.