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Six-String Shopping Online: Ten Cheap Guitars in Ten Minutes

May 1, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Fender Telecaster Stratocaster GuitarsIt may seem quite the stretch to lump bass fishing, guitars and eBay all into one simple concept, but it can be done with some patience and plenty of hydration. Anyone who understands the predator-fish that is the large-mouthed bass knows that they don’t exactly go out and forage for their food. They prefer to hide in the murky shadows and ambush their unsuspecting prey.  Read more

How to choose a kids guitar

August 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

kids-guitar-guitar-review-childrens-guitarsMost of us readers at Gear Vault remember what age we started playing guitar and what kind of guitar we played. But many parents are stumped on which kids guitar to get their youngster. Rather then buy your child the ever so popular ‘Guitar Hero’ TV game system, why not persuade them to play the most popular American instrument, the guitar. Hopefully this article will shred light on a difficult decision on which kids guitar to purchase. Read more

Whitesnake: Fool For Your Loving – Learn To Play Guitar Online

July 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Easy guitar song to play — This 1980s rock song by Whitesnake is full of cool bluesy riffs with jazzy minor chords and an incredible solo. You’d be a fool not to learn this one.

Whitesnake’s original lineup featured ex-Deep Purple members David Coverdale (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) and Jon Lord (keys). The band also boasted two guitarists, Bernie Marsden (lead, who left the band after recording 1982’s Saint & Sinners album) and Micky Moody (rhythm).

Even though this track has two-part guitar riffs, we’ve combined both parts to create one riff during the intro and verse (this riff is multi-tracked on the original recordings). The guitar riffs consists of power chords played over a G minor chord, which is more interesting than just banging out boring barre chords.

Another cool feature of this tune is that it uses minor 7th chords. You don’t usually find them in rock songs, but they sound great in the bridge and chorus, providing contrast to the busy verse riff. It’s important to keep your distortion levels in check when playing minor 7th chords – dial in too much and all the harmonic subtlety will be lost and you’ll end up with mush. The main riff that follows the chorus is a dual lead harmony part. We’ve tabbed both parts, so you can choose to play just the lowest line/main part.

WHITESNAKE: Fool For Your Loving – intro/chorus rhythm guitar
120 Bpm
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The two-note powerchords that make up this riff shift around quite swiftly. To facilitate quick changing, play the chords that fall on the middle strings with a semi-barre (using your first finger on the 3rd fret and your third finger on the 5th).

WHITESNAKE: Fool For Your Loving – pre-chorus
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To prevent unwanted open strings from sounding when playing the minor 7th chords, angle your fretting finger so that it touches any adjacent strings. You should fret the lowest note with your first finger, carefully angling it so that it simultaneously mutes the fourth string.

WHITESNAKE: Fool For Your Loving – chorus
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We’ve used three-note power chord shapes in the chorus to ‘beef up’ the sound when played on one guitar. However, if you find these tricky just omit the top note (thinnest string). The high chord at the end of the 2nd bar is optional, as this would have originally been a separate overdub.

WHITESNAKE: Fool For Your Loving – interlude
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If you get the chance to play with another guitarist, try to listen to each others’ vibrato – it’s important that you only use it where indicated (to avoid ‘involuntary’ vibrato), and also apply the same depth and speed to keep things from getting messy.

WHITESNAKE: Fool For Your Loving – solo
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Sustained tone bends with vibrato feature heavily throughout this solo, so make sure you use three fingers for the bends and only apply vibrato once you have reached the target pitch. Watch out for the unison bend at the end of the 10th bar — fret the first string with your first finger and bend the second string with your second and third fingers.

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