As a guitar instructor, I routinely deal with students trying to learn songs they want to play. After all, that’s the whole point of this thing of ours, right? The thing that I notice over and over, however, is the increasing dependence of most students on some sort of online tab website to provide the details on how a given song is played, rather than learning the song in the time-honored play-along-with-the-record ear-based method. When I talk to students about this, they seem to feel that guitar tabs are the only way they can learn a new song, and are reluctant to use the play-along method. This causes me to worry about their development and overall musicianship, as pickers do not live by tab alone. In this spirit, I have decided to make this, my latest Fight Club piece, about this very topic in hopes of shedding some light on how and why we learn the tunes that we play and the benefits and drawbacks of each method.
First of all, let me say that there is nothing inherently evil about reading guitar tabs, online or otherwise, or standard notation, for that matter. I learned to read notes from my very first lesson in third grade and tabs a bit later and my reading skills have been very helpful in many musical situations over the years. The problem comes when students depend entirely on guitar tabs and never develop the skills needed to interact with the music they are learning directly, rather than through someone else’s interpretation of it. You see, a tab is as good as the person who did it. In a published transcription book, the tabs are usually done by professional transcribers who have a high black belt-level grasp of music and are normally pretty close to right. Read more
Usually when someone proclaims the “best guitar riffs”, it usually stirs up the most controversy, but most guitarists will agree that some of the easiest riffs are the most melodic. Some riffs are, however, so significant to the song, they can be called the best, and in this article we’ll discuss the riffs that are the most significant in rock music. Read more
Hey Gear Vault readers! It’s been a while since I have written anything new for the site and I am very happy to be back here with you. My new project is a series of guitar lesson articles and videos aimed at helping you improve your basic guitar skills and get you well on your way to being the plank-spanking maniac you’ve always dreamed of becoming. These guitar lessons will cover the basic vocabulary of the guitar and some essential concepts that we all need to know. Learning this material will get you ready for the stage, which is where I like my students to be, and will help you build the confidence you need to get up there. Read more
Hallelujah Chords The Easy Way
This is a magnificent song off Buckley’s debut 1994 “Grace” album. The original was by Leonard Cohen. However, we transcribed ‘Hallelujah‘ from Jeff Buckley’s version.
The Leonard Coen hallelujah has had a slight resurgence in the last few years with over 100 cover versions performed by such artists such as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Rufus Wainwright, and Bono just to name but a few.
As for which version of the song is better, well, I guess we’ll leave that up for you to decide. But for this latest resurgence of a 24 year old work, it must be the Cohen Hallelujah. After been swindled out of millions by his manager he’ll certainly appreciate the paycheck. To that, I’m sure he’ll say… “hallelujah“. Read more
Learning guitar online has become very popular these days, and as we see the online guitar lessons is becoming the wave of the future. You can compare it to the distance learning programs. The online lessons for guitar have made it very convenient to learn, for some it can create a perfect learning environment but some may not find is as much productive as the personal coaching. Although having guitar lessons in person have its advantages, but today’s technology has made it possible to get the same experience with online lessons for guitar, the online lessons are not any less than the personal lesson when it comes to the quality of teaching. Read more
Knowing how to play songs that are popular and recognizable is something every novice guitar player wants to do. Being able to impress your friends by playing one of your favorite tunes is an amazing feeling. I’m sure everyone has fantasized about being a huge rock star and playing in front of thousands of screaming fans at least once in their life.
Most of us won’t ever get the chance to play in front of thousands of people but it can be just as satisfying to learn some songs and play them in front of a smaller crowd. Eventually this will lead to you creating your own original songs, but for now it’s good practice to learn songs from other musicians. This will really help you understand some of the things involved in crafting a good song. Read more
Learning to play guitar takes lots of practice, patience and skill as well. In fact, according to experts the guitar is among the instruments that are very tough to learn and truly master it. Many people first thinks that they can pick a guitar, a book, few guitar songs and teach themselves. But once they find that it is not as easy as they thought, they become discouraged and leave it. But that’s not the way to learn it, you can learn to play guitar easily if you know how to start. Read more
So you want to learn guitar? Why not start off with one of the all-time greats, which is also a song on our ‘easy guitar songs for beginners‘ list. “Enter Sandman” is a song by Californian heavy metal band Metallica. Produced by legendary producer, Bob Rock. Enter Sandman was released in 1991 as the lead single and the opening track of the band’s eponymous Black album. Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield wrote the song, and Hetfield scribbled the lyrics. Read more
You’ve got a strap. You’ve got a sweet guitar. You’ve got a gig. Frankly, it’s only natural that while in the middle of a jam you might feel the urge to swing your guitar around your body, a tradition that goes all the way back to vaudeville*, an expected part of any high octane performance. If you’re not swinging that guitar, you might as well be a roadie or, worse, a drummer. Read more
Learning guitar is a common passion among the youngsters. It is not so tough to learn to play guitar if you follow and practice the lessons properly. Chords are the most important and fundamental thing a learner should focus on. Chords are proper combination of notes which are formed in various patters and after strumming it creates harmonious sound.
If you have started learning guitar you should focus on guitar chords, it is the basic point to start playing popular songs. Even if you have learned limited number of chords you can play wide varieties of songs easily. If you have command on chords you will enjoy learning and playing guitar. With proper knowledge of chords a beginner can start playing some known rock songs Read more