Tutorials and tips

Left Hand Fretboard Fingering

Some lefthand fretboard fingering concepts:-

(1) the 4 fingers used to press the fretboard is usually notated as (Finger) 1, 2, 3 and 4 (1 is just after the thumb and 4 is the little finger)

(2) Finger 1 is the 'captain' - wherever Finger 1 is at, the position number follows. Example Finger 1 is at 5th fret, then we are playing at Position 5 - Finger 1 'takes care' of all notes (string 1-6) on the 5th fret; similarly Finger 2 looks after all notes on 6th fret; Finger 3 on 7th fret and Finger 4 on the 8th fret. So each finger looks after one fret.

Wake Me Up When September Ends (Acoustic)

If you know this song, surely you feel the beat [BoomBoom_Thud_BoomBoom_Thud] [BoomBoom_Thud_BoomBoom_Thud].. strum the same way..get into the groove..and when you sing, try aim for the accent on chord change on first Boom.

Sorry this is not tab software, just simple modification:-). Btw try figure out the fingering yourself, based on G, Em, C, Cm, Bm and D. Notice the 'running' bass line on 4th string.

Key: G major


Guitar Capo, Chord Shapes And Duo Playing

A guitar capo is like:-
(1) the nut of the guitar (the white piece at the headstock with string slots) - it shortens the guitar neck starting at the point where we fix the capo. Why do this? It helps to play the same chord shapes but at different pitches. Hey, not everybody can sing Take Me Home Country Roads at the G key. Say if your friend can only sing TMHCR at Bb key, fix the capo at the 3rd fret and play the same chord shapes!

The Nylon Spanish Guitar aka Classical Guitar

The typical Kapok guitar is a steel string guitar and so are many of the acoustic guitars. We usually see these on mtv, some with cutaway, some with built in pickup and or tuners. It has a bright sound and most use it for accompaniment while singing, either strumming and or fingerstyle picking. You can also use it to play solo style, pick or fingerstyle or a mix of both but it is difficult to play solo passages fingerstyle.

Romance Amor - How To Get A Stronger Melody Line?

The 'trick', well not really a trick - this is standard techinque in classical guitar, is to use a rest stroke for your 'a' finger playing the melody line on the 1st string (most of the time).

Like swimming, most of the time when we play fingerstyle arpeggios accompaniment, we are using the free stroke, typically like playing folk songs on the guitar ala Paul Simon.

Guitar Fingerstyle Arpeggios Picking - Your Right Hand

Arpeggios are just playing different chord patterns, flowing, especially for accompaniment. For fingerstyle picking using our right hand, some basic stuff includes:-
1) the little finger is not used
2) the thumb also known as 'p', index finger (finger after thumb) aka 'i', middle aka 'm' and the ring finger aka 'a' - p, i, m, a
3) can keep nails a little longer - over the top of flesh, round the nails to contour shape, attack strings more from the left side of nails. Nails give more projection but no nails also fine - just adept.

A Real Musical Instrument For Less Than RM99 And Easy To Play!

Do you know you can own a real musical string instrument for less than a RM99 and it is easy to play! The Mahalo ukulele U30 and the Gypsy Rose ukulele GRU1 are very playable musical instruments, well made with good intonation. picture
And because they are small built with only 4 nylon strings, learning the ukulele is easy - pressing the strings is not painful, nor is it too difficult to stretch the fingers. Just get a soft pick and strum and pick your way through.

Think Of Chords As I, III, IV Etc

It is very useful to think of chords as (roman numerals) I, II, IV, etc. Start with any Key meaning any of the 7 major alphabets, and that will be the Root chord. Example we checkout the chords of Amazing Grace online and find the chords start with A and has D and E, and ends with A. This means we are given Amazing Grace in the key of A. Then A will be the root chord or chord I, and D will be chord IV and E will be chord V (count A(1), B(2), C(3), D(4), E(5).....).

Guitar Lesson 1 - Learn To Count The Alphabets In Music

Learn how to count! Not 1, 2, 3 but understanding the musical notes of A, B, so on. No, we are not studying the standard music notation..... relax:-)

There are only 7 alphabets used in music C, D, E, F, G, A and B. After B comes C again and so on.

Note: I started with C because it is easier to explain the concepts that follows. It is just a sequence of seven notes identified with the first seven alphabets.

We can all sing the mother of all 'scales' Doe, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Doe in tune of course.