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  • Different Causes Of Fret Buzz And How To Fix It

    Sometimes when playing the guitar, you will notice a zap or buzz sound on certain frets of the guitar. This is known as guitar fret buzz. This can be a serious problem because certain notes on that guitar can't be played correctly meaning the instrument needs to be fixed. Fret buzz occurs when the strings are too close to the frets. This is commonly referred to as "low action." The first thing you should do before making any changes is tuning your guitar to the scheme you plan to keep it at most often. Sometimes an alternate tuning, or a generally out of tune guitar, can affect the tension on the neck and cause it to bend.



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  • Learning How To Play Guitar Solos

    Before you even attempt to play an easy guitar solo it is important that you learn more about them. Guitar solos are melodic passages or complete pieces of music which have been written purely for playing on either an electric or acoustic guitar. Many of these guitar solos such as those played in rock, metal, and jazz or blues music allow for some improvisation on the part of the guitarist as well.


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  • What To Know Before Changing Your String Gauge

    String gauge is the measurement (in inches) of the outer diameter of your chosen strings and tells you how they will feel and sound. String gauges typically range from the easy playability of super lights (.009-.042) to the thumping sustain of a heavy set (.012-.052). Suffice it to say that they have a great deal of impact when it comes to tone and playability. For this reason, it's very good idea to experiment with different gauging – but it's essential that you prepare your instrument's setup before changing your gauge.



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  • The Do's and Don'ts Of Learning Guitar Chords

    Learning to play the guitar, or any instrument for that matter is easily one of the most rewarding endeavors you can make. But as you probably already know, it ain't easy! From my work with beginners, I have found that the thing they have the most trouble with early in their journey is chords. While switching and fingering guitar chords becomes second nature, they start off as foreign shapes that feel as though only some sort of hand contortionist could pull off. Eventually, we learn, and so do our fingers. With that in mind, we'd like to share a few of the do's and don'ts of learning guitar chords.


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  • Guitar Weight And Its Effect On Tone

    There’s a lot that goes into a guitar’s signature tone. There’s the pickups – of course – as well as the makeup of the wood, not to mention the type of body. But beyond that, the weight of the instrument also plays an integral role. And just as there are those who swear by either single coils or humbuckers, there too is a debate over what sounds better – a lighter guitar or a heavier one. The general consensus among guitarists says that a lighter instrument will resonate better in response to the full spectrum of string vibrations and thereby yield a more musical sound, consisting of brighter highs and a more “open” tone. On the other hand, heavier guitars are generally praised for their richer, fuller sound which is due to the relatively massive size of the wood used to anchor the pickups, strings and in a way, the tone itself.


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