Guitar Tricks Blog

Posted November 7, 2022

Single Coil vs Humbucker Pickups - What's the Difference?

Single Coil vs Humbucker Pickups

If you're totally new to playing the electric guitar and are still taking beginner guitar lessons, you may notice that there's a wide variety of electric guitars.

The electric guitar comes in all shapes, sizes and colors -- it's something that guitarists love about the instrument. With so many out there, you can choose one that perfectly resonates with your personal style. In addition to visual differences, guitars can greatly vary in sound, too.

A lot of this comes down to the guitar's pickups.

Posted October 28, 2022

How to Play Guitar

How to Play Guitar

If you have never played guitar before, in this article we will walk you through the first steps for those taking beginner guitar lessons. And while learning an instrument does not occur overnight, if you follow these pointers on a consistent basis, you will see regular progress. Remember that playing the guitar is a physical exercise, it is essential to train and retain your muscle memory to accomplish it.

Posted July 21, 2022

ONE Pentatonic Scale for ALL Keys - Major and Minor

One Scale for All Keys

Want to be able to play a scale in any key, major or minor? This A Minor / C Major pentatonic scale pattern can be moved up and down the neck to fit into pretty much any key you might find yourself in. If you'd like to learn more about pentatonic (and other) guitar scales, 

Posted June 9, 2022

2022: The State of the Music Retail Industry Today

2022: The State of the Music Retail Industry

The Covid-19 pandemic affected most businesses and retail outlets in a negative fashion. However one of the few industries that saw growth was music instrument builders and lesson-oriented websites such as online guitar lessons. Despite live music disappearing there was an incredible push in music retail sales that led to 8.9 billion in growth!  But as of 2022 the pandemic music sales boom has been in decline.

Posted February 18, 2022

10 Ways to Beef Up Your Barre Chords

10 Ways to Beef Up Your Barre Chords

Do you struggle to nail a crisp-sounding barre chord? If so, you know firsthand how frustrating it can be to play one of these beauties without buzzing or dead strings. Getting barre chords to resonate brightly can be a real challenge, especially on an acoustic guitar. But with a little elbow grease, or rather, finger grease, and a whole lot of dedication, YOU can conquer the barre chord.

Posted February 11, 2022

Power Chords Explained in 5 Easy Steps

Power chords are the backbone of rock music. They're often used in rock music, and are also known as fifth chords. They're called fifth chords because they're made from the root note and the fifth. They’re beefy, often crunchy and are super simple to play because it takes only three notes to make these types of guitar chords. Here are 5 easy steps to learning and practicing these powerful chords.