The Player’s Room

The Art of the Barre

Let’s face it: for the beginning guitarist, barre chords are hard. The idea that one finger has to hold down multiple strings when it has a hard enough time trying to hold down one seems like an impossible task. Continue Reading

Supposin’ You’re Transposin’?

Not long ago, music was less about riffs and more about chords from a particular key circling around. Of course every kind of music evolves, and our musical forefathers probably never dreamed of guitarists with Viking names and scalloped fretboards whipping around the harmonic minor scale at light speed. Continue Reading

Don’t Listen to Guitar!

Sometimes we have to break free, right? While we (hopefully) include a healthy dose of guitar-based music in our listening habits, sometimes it can be refreshing to understand how other instruments approach music. Continue Reading

Sweep Picking Demystified

Sweep-picking is another one of those guitar techniques shrouded in mystery and folklore. One that, while great to have in one's arsenal, much like hammer-ons is great until it's overused. Continue Reading

Balancing Time for Guitar in Your Life

Being that most consumers of guitar-related gear work hard at a job that has nothing to do with music, time spent home is precious and usually spent with family. This article will give some suggestions to help keep guitar in our life, and balance it with the other demands on our time. Continue Reading

8 “Easy-To-Play” Songs To Add To Your Guitar Repertoire

In our first segment of “Easy-To-Play” Songs I presented seven songs across several genres to get you on the fast track to campfire and family gathering greatness. You may have even been able to learn a few new tricks to use at your first open mic night, or followed some of the video links to an even longer list of songs to learn. Without further adieu, […] Continue Reading