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Guitar Exercise: The 7 Minute Guitar Workout

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Wouldn’t you love to be able to play as fast as you wanted?  Wouldn’t it be great if your hands never got tired?

If you answered “yes” to either question, then I believe you’ll enjoy my “7 minute guitar workout”.

This workout will help you develop speed, endurance, accuracy, and finger strength. This physical aspect of guitar playing is called technique. Keep in mind that these exercises are not to be performed for their musical value. They are simply to develop skill.

These guitar exercises are not something you play through once and then forget about. Performing these exercises regularly is an absolute must. It’s not unlike going to the gym to workout. If you stick with it and keep a regular schedule you will see marked improvement as time goes by.

It doesn’t matter what level of guitar playing you are at. It doesn’t matter what style of music you play. Everyone can benefit from the same exercises, and it’s important that you keep doing them. If you slack off at the gym you’ll see you muscle development deteriorate after time. It’s the same with these technique exercises. You can spend months or even years building up blazing fret board speed, but the point where you stop exercising your fingers on a regular basis is the point where your hard earned skills will deteriorate.

Applied properly, these exercises will help you to develop confidence in your playing and will help make you aware of weak areas of your playing that need concentrated effort. They are great way to start out a practice session. They will help loosen your fingers and stretch your hand muscles to get you ready to practice other material.Read More »Guitar Exercise: The 7 Minute Guitar Workout

Learn Guitar Songs Online

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Learning how to play real songs is one of the best ways to improve your guitar playing. Learning new songs gives you great practice material to help develop your skills and understanding, plus it will improve your playing ability. At Guitar Alliance we offer a fun way to learn guitar songs in the comfort of your own home.

Featured here are lessons where you’ll find accurate riff transcriptions with looping audio examples so you can practice along with the song segment until you’ve got it down. It also includes tips and tricks on how to play featured songs and riffs, so you can go beyond just the tab and find the easiest and most effective way to learn the song. To top it all off we include video examples of the riffs and complete transcriptions to the songs featured for a total learning experience!Read More »Learn Guitar Songs Online

String Bending Basics

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Guitar bends (also referred to as “string bending” or “bending”) are produced by moving the stopped (held down) string with the fretting hand in a direction perpendicular to its axis and parallel to the fingerboard.  String bends are one of few ways to achieve micro-tonality, especially blue notes, on the guitar.

In other words, guitar bends make the guitar wail. In this guitar lesson you’ll learn about different types of guitar bends.Read More »String Bending Basics

Major Chords

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The five basic chord shapes are the open C, A, G, E, and D chords. Together they spell the word CAGED which helps us remember them.