Guitar Guru

Everyone wants to learn the king of all instruments, but as soon as they start they quit. We know why and that’s why this column provides all you need to know about the guitar in a way that won’t drive you nuts or be too difficult. Once you’ve mastered the ole git-fiddle, check out our other columns to push your music to new heights.

Guitar Pedal Order Matters! - The Signal Chain & Effects Loop Guide

Updated: Guitar Guru

This nightmare question gets asked once per musician, they spend a couple days tormenting themselves over it, then it finally all clicks into place. That question? "What's the best order for my guitar pedals?" The problem arises from realizing you may be using as many as six or even 12 pedals, and even more on […]

Types of Guitar Pedals: 23 Must Have Effects That Define Your Style

Updated: Guitar Guru

We all have heard that tone starts in the hands of the guitarist.  Different players can play thru the exact same amp and guitar rig and produce sounds on opposite ends of the spectrum.  I like to refer to this base sonic level as the DNA of a player.  Thanks to mad scientists tinkering in […]

Beginner Jazz Guitar for Non-Jazz Guitarists

Updated: Guitar Guru

Learning to play jazz guitar might seem like rocket science to some, and while there is a world of information and approaches out there, taking things in small steps will yield the best results. Remember that music is not a competition.  It is art for its own sake. In this lesson, I'll attempt to give […]

How to Build Guitar Calluses: Take Care of Your Fingers!

Updated: Guitar Guru

Forget about the tall tales, the marketing schemes, and the urban legends.  Nobody wants their fingertips raw and wounded from playing guitar. Mainly because that means you have to stop playing until you heal. As a beginner, it's bad enough to need to restrict your practice time because your fingertips are tender and squishy. You […]

What is Guitar Tone? Understanding & Dialing In Your Sound

Updated: Guitar Guru

Depending on who you're talking to, you'll get various definitions on what tone is and where it comes from.  Many purists will even tell you where it should come from, too. The reality is that various genres of music and guitar playing are accepting of more and more layers of signal processing and effects, and […]

Guitar Inlays - All About Those Fretboard Markers

Updated: Guitar Guru

“Playing guitar is easy, just follow the dots!”  Playing the guitar is that easy, huh?  I guess that explains why my grandma shreds like Steve Vai, right?  I guess that's why nobody rage quits daily... There may be some truth to that "dot" statement, but we can’t always follow the dots these days.  Sometimes we have […]