How To Teach Yourself Guitar Lessons Online

Guitar Lessons Online Are Easier Than You May Think

This is a demonstration for our newer visitors to GuitarTicks.com, who are still contemplating whether it’s possible to teach yourself guitar lessons online. The blunt answer is yes, thousands of people do it every day, just like the thousands of registered students at TheGuitarLesson.com. Don’t want it to sound like bragging, but I get at least 5-6 thank you letters per day from my online students from around the world, which shows you that you can definitely learn the guitar online.

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Teach Yourself Guitar

Online guitar lessons videos are aimed at newbie guitarists who would rather teach themselves the guitar, than learn with a personal teacher. There are many reasons why people learn the online, the most popular beging less costs and no scheduling conflicts. Whatever your motivation, know that it is totally possible to teach yourself the guitar online.

How can we help you get started?

You’ll find video guitar lessons online teaching basic techniques, which will get you off in the right direction. Once you are comfortable with the basics, you can learn dozens of popular, yet easy songs on our site as well. Each one of our video guitar lessons has on-screen animated tabs, scale and chord diagrams, which make learning the guitar much easier, since you don’t need to look at any reference material other than the screen. Once you feel like it, you can dive in and learn guitar theory on our website as well, so you can find out why chords are constructed the way they are, which scale fits which type of music, etc. You’ll also find a variety of online guitar tools, such as our online guitar tuner, jam tracks, Guitar Pro tabs, and more useful widgets to help you teach yourself the guitar.

All in all, guitar lessons online are a thorough resource for beginner to intermediate and even advanced guitarists. If you are thinking about whether learning the guitar online, without the help of a personal teacher is possible, I can assure you it is. It takes dedication and practice, just like it would with a personal teacher. The old saying, “practice makes perfect” is all the more important when you want to learn the guitar, so don’t wait, grab your axe and start learning.

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7 Free Robben Ford Rhythm Guitar Lessons

Robben Ford Rhythm Guitar Lessons

Rhythm Guitar Lessons

 

Over the course of his 40-year recording and performing career, Robben Ford’s rhythm guitar work has excited the ears of his audience fired up his musical collaborations with dozens of top artists and simply amazed his fellow guitar players really giving budding guitar players many free rhythm guitar lessons . “Playing rhythm guitar is the greatest joy in my musical life,” says Robben,“I love the subject of rhythm guitar, I love talking about it and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to finally present my rhythm guitar lessons approaches in this Rhythm Revolution video course.”

Here’s a great opportunity to hear direct from the master. In this series of lessons, Robben shares his overviews, techniques and approaches, as well as musical rhythm guitar studies for context. Grab your guitar and get inspired!

Watch and learn as Robben demonstrates his rhythm guitar lessons in detail. You will learn a lot from these videos I can assure you of that

I’m Your Man:

North Carolina: Overview

We are going to focus on a B flat blues here with a funky little beat. The aspect that I want to relate to here is the use of sixths which is the tonic note of a chord and adding the sixth above it. You will have two notes – it’s called a double stop, but instead of just thirds these are sixths. I will show you how to move them around the guitar.

North Carolina: Performance

North Carolina: Breakdown

Just Like It Was: Performance

Rolling Stone: Performance

Delta Blues: Performance

 

 

 

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Billy Gibbons Announces New Album, ‘The Big Bad Blues’

Billy Gibbons Big Bad Blues Album

Big Bad Blues

The Legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons announced his second solo album, The Big Bad Blues.William Frederick Gibbons (born December 16, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top. He began his career in the Moving Sidewalks, who recorded Flash (1968) … Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top’s First Album in 1971.

Gibbons new album is a sonic departure from his Afro-Cuban-flavored solo debut—2015’s Perfectamundo—The Big Bad Blues will feature a mix of originals and classic blues covers. Billy Gibbons is commonly known as the ZZ Top

Featuring covers of tracks like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Standing Around Crying,” the aptly titled The Big Bad Blues is set for a September 21 release. You can hear its first single, “Rollin’ and Tumblin,'” below.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey,” Gibbons said of his new solo album in a statement. “The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form.”

Noting the blues’ lasting influence on his guitar sound, he said “There’s something very primordial within the art form. Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks!”

The Big Bad Blues features Joe Hardy on bass, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum behind the kit, Austin Hanks on guitar and James Harman—plus Gibbons himself—on harmonica. Unlike his last album Gibbons has returned to his roots in blues as he had also in ZZ Top which was a more rock orientated blues style. On this album he performs some classic blues tracks.

The Big Bad Blues is available for preorder right here.

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Billy Gibbons-Big Bad Blues

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How to Effortlessly Play Pentatonic Scale Over Three Octaves

Improvising With The Pentatonic Scale

In this lesson, we are going to expand on my previous lessons—“How to Seamlessly Play Arpeggios Over Three Octaves” and“How to Seamlessly Play 7th Arpeggios Over Three Octaves” —while adding pentatonic scale to the mix. Not only will this lesson help expand your musical vocabulary, but it may also change how you visualise and navigate the fretboard.

So what is the pentatonic melody? 

Pent stands for the number five which is how many notes this scale contains and Tonic means the root note of the key which is called the tonic note as in the C Major scale the C is the tonic or first not of the key. This scale is believed to have originated from Asia and is known as an exotic scale leaving out some important intervals like in the pentatonic minor scale omitting the 2nd and 7th notes of the major scale which are very resolving notes in the scale allowing you to play it over other chords with no clashing notes.

The six strings of the guitar can be looked at as three pairs of strings. The first pair being the low E and A strings. The second pair being the “middle” D and G strings, and the third pair being the B and high E strings.

Whatever pattern of notes you play on the first pair of strings, you can repeat an octave higher by simply performing the same thing on the next pair of strings, but two frets higher. You can do it again, another octave higher, by performing the same thing on the next pair of strings, albeit three frets higher up the neck than before.

In this lesson, we will do this with the five positions of the A minor pentatonic scale. Below are the five positions of the pentatonic scale played over three octaves. Check out the video above for specific fingerings, and to see and hear these examples.

A Minor Pentatonic Scale

The pentatonic scale is very often used in writing vocal melodies Make sure to practice these slowly, with alternate picking, transitioning from octave to octave by simply moving your whole hand up the neck, keeping the ‘shape’ of the pentatonic scales in your hand.

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Ted Nugent And His Guitar Amplifiers Used On “Cat Scratch Fever”

 

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Ted Nugent performs August 26, 2016, Using The Guitar Amplifiers Used In “Cat Scratch Fever” Sterling Heights, Michigan

The story of Ted Nugent and his guitar amplifiers and using an early Sixties brown Fender Deluxe to record “Cat Scratch Fever” has become modern guitar folklore. Over the last three decades or so, dozens of books and magazine features have repeated this tale, often citing it as an example—along with similar accounts of Jimmy Page’s Supro and Eric Clapton’s Champ—of how a small amp can deliver big sounds in the recording studio. This story was repeated so often that we didn’t think twice to question its accuracy when we wrote about the rig Ted Nugent used to record “Cat Scratch Fever” in our June 2018 “Tonal Recall” article.

The problem, as we quickly found out after Mr. Nugent himself saw the article, is that this story isn’t true.  My guitar amplifiers were not fender “I’ve never owned a Fender Deluxe and have never recorded with one,” Nugent says. “I used a 1964 Gibson Byrdland through a Fender Twin Reverb amp pushing a Dual Showman 2×15 cabinet loaded with Electro-Voice SRO speakers. I double-tracked the whole damn song, and most of the entire album for that matter, playing through an ancient Gibson-made Bell 15RV combo with a single 12-inch speaker. Of equal impact on the spirit of the recording was the pure rock and roll ears and touch of producer Tom Werman and engineer Tony Reale, both of whom brought a phenomenal craving and understanding of killer music and killer sounds. The energy, attitude and spirit of my team were the ultimate ingredients to make that song so damn cool.”

Guitar Amplifier Speaker BoxNugent’s  vintage Gibson-made Bell 15RV amp

We can attest that this story is no revisionist history, as while doing further research we came across Nugent’s cover interview with Tom Wheeler on his guitar amplifiers in the August 1979 issue of Guitar Player. “For me, and my guitar amplifiers a really great recording amp is this old Gibson I have with a 12-inch speaker and tubes that glow and breathe fire,” Nugent said during that interview, which took place less than a year after Cat Scratch Fever was released. Why this detail was ignored and how the brown Fender Deluxe story took its place is a mystery, although the first account we could find of the Deluxe appeared in Aspen Pittman’s The Tube Amp Book in 1987.

“It certainly was a mystical alignment of good-luck planets to stumble onto that old Bell amp at that time and is certainly one of my favourite guitar amplifiers I have ever owned,” Nugent recalls today. “As soon as I plugged into it, it made thick, nasty, electric, fat, greasy-ass tone magic with my Byrdlands. I floored all the tone and volume controls and used it on most of the album along with my Fender Twins. Listen to the flurry intro of ‘Out of Control’ for it at its purest scream-growl-fire! I still have that amp today.”

Nugent didn’t mention whether he used the Bell 15RV on his upcoming album, The Music Made Me Do It, but he promises to reveal the secrets behind the album’s recording process and his current live and studio guitar rigs to us soon. “We are super excited about these new songs!” Nugent raves while also noting that he’ll be road-testing several new songs on tour this summer and fall. “Greg [Smith, bass] and Jason [Hartless, drums] rocked their royal soul brother-funk brother-blood brother asses off! My gung-ho production team included the musically gifted Michael Lutz, master of Brownsville Station and author of “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room,” along with tone and techno geniuses Andy and Tim Palatan.

“Everybody gets excited about their new music,” Nugent continues, “but wait until you hear the guitar dreams every song is based on. Each song throttles a killer guitar signature timeline and goes from there. We had so much fun making this record, it’s stupid! For more than 60 years, the music made me do it! Not a damn thing I can do, and now I’m gonna do it to you!”

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