Become a Guitarist – How to

Playing guitar is more than talent. It is a habit that you nurture and then perfect. Here is how to do that:


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You may practice when you are playing guitar, but you can also practice without one. During your free time, let your mind go through how you can improve the riff or the musical you were studying.


Hear and see yourself playing with the ease of a professional, glide as though you were strumming at a string. In your mind, you should feel your fingers and pick in sync. You should do this as often as possible, and you shall see tremendous improvement when you play the real guitar.


When you get a hold of connecting the imaginative and the reality, you shall have no problem with translating what is in your head to the guitar. You shall also have the ability to play something you heard a while back when you were not with your guitar.

Bring something new to the table on a daily basis

That is the best way to improve and enrich your playing experience. When you have a fresh idea every day, you get motivated, your discipline improves as well as your ability to play and become a better musician. In simpler terms, find something new each day that you have not played before, or you have no clue about and then make sure that you learn it. After that, play it. It can be anything, a lick, a riff, a song, an exercise, a melody, or a section in a musical that seemed complex.


The habit of going out of your comfort zone to seek something challenging, learning it, playing it and then internalizing it is one that every guitarist ought to possess. It helps you to reenergize your mind, body and soul on a daily basis. That is because you feed your subconscious, enhance your memory is and express your emotions using your guitar.


Doing this on a daily basis shall push you to yearn for more and before you know it, you shall be devouring everything you get your hands on hence perfecting the art.Become a Guitarist



It is great that you have improved on many grounds. However, that has been behind closed doors where there was no pressure. It is now time to share your gift with others; play with someone.


You could invite people whom you know can play with you regardless of the instrument. A band is a magnificent idea. You should do that more than often.

There are also other options you could use. These include virtually backing up a band via the Internet, using phone applications or computer programs like EZ Drummer. These help you better your skills.


When you play that guitar with accompaniment, your improvisational capabilities, endurance, and consistency shall improve in leaps and bounds.


Record yourself

It helps you look at how you play objectively, and you get motivated to work harder. There are many cost-friendly ways to record your playing by yourself.

When you record, you have the ability to listen and pick out what needs perfecting or removing. Therefore, you can point out your strengths hence stick to them, and weaknesses hence make improvements.


Try recording rhythms, melodies, leads, and complimentary alternate rhythms. In so doing, you shall get to learn how to compose, produce and put together performances.


Another plus as far as recording yourself is concerned is that you get to have a record of how far you have come. A guitarist’s journey is and ought to be about continuous growth. When you listen to those recordings, you shall appreciate the far that you have come and get motivated to do more.


Go for lessons

Despite the fact that the Internet has a lot of guitar playing material, getting help from a tutor shall bear immeasurable fruits. This person shall ably pinpoint your ups and downs, sharpen your skill and eliminate the flaws.


A seasoned teacher shall also help you to save time by sifting through information with you and showing you the right direction to take towards becoming better.

You are paying that teacher to better you. So make use of that money you are paying out and take your lessons seriously.


These tips shall help you to become a better guitarist. However, while you are at it, do not forget to practice and make it a priority, not a by-the-way.

Writing a Song – How to?

Music has been a part of humans for a very long time. The process of making music has changed over the years because more words have been developed, and melodies have gotten fine tuned. However, the need to express oneself through music has never abated. Do you want to write a song? Regardless of the purpose and audience, I shall guide you on how to do it.

  1. Craft out a title

Come up with a phrase of not more than five words. That says what the song is all about. You may also use an action word or image in your title. That gives it energy and makes it captivating.


  1. Write a list of questions that are driven by your titlewriting a song

Some of these might be:

  • What is the meaning of my title?
  • What emotions does it invoke in me?
  • Why have I chosen it?

Three to four questions are enough for this purpose.


  1. Choose how your song should flow (structure)

One of the most common structures is verse – chorus – verse – chorus – bridge – chorus. However, there are some songs hitting the charts lately that have added a small section to this structure called a ‘lift’ or ‘pre-chorus’. This section is usually between the chorus and the verse and it gets added with an aim of building anticipation among the listeners.


You can check the Internet for structure guidelines, or come up with something totally new.


  1. Answer a question in the chorus and each verse

Pick a question that you want to give a reply. You should do that in a way that one question gets answered in the verse and another in the chorus. You could also get images that give your answers more meaning. What emotion do you want the listener to pick? How does that emotion affect you? Is it a joyous moment or a sad one? Do you feel at your wits end or does life seem to have taken an astonishing turn? Do not get too poetic that you lose your audience. However, if you do, incorporate a clear statement that helps them to stay on track.


  1. Find a melody for your song

Which lines in this song do you love the most? These are the words that shall make up your chorus. Now speak them to yourself over and over again. Speak them in a louder voice. Say them with all the emotion in you. Take the emotion to another level as you say them. As you do this, you shall start to speak them with a melody and rhythm that come so naturally. That is the beginning of getting a tune. Now go on and on with it until it feels right.



  1. Start adding chords to that chorus melody

Get a repeated chord pattern. Please start with something simple, no need to complicate anything now. Play around with the chords and melody until you get to a point where you are happy with what you have. Go ahead and record a sketchy vocal, your smartphone is good enough. Just make sure that you do it in the heat of the moment lest you lose it.


  1. Pick the question for your first verse

It must be one that captures the listener’s attention immediately. Then follow steps 4 through to 6.


  1. Connect the chorus to the verse

Now that you have a verse and a chorus, you need to connect them that you flow seamlessly from the verse to the chorus. You may have to alter the last line in your verse or you may lower or raise the melody of your verse so that you can join to the chorus smoothly.



Melodies in the chorus usually have a higher note than those in the verse. That is because the chorus captures most of the emotion and when we are emotional; our voices tend to go up. The verse is there to give the listeners more information about the circumstances.


  1. Compose the next verse and the bridge

Pick your next question and answer it in your subsequent verse. After that, go through with step 4 to 6. This verse should have a melody and lyric as those in the first chorus. Then add a bridge. That is the section that adds the cherry to the emotional part of the song. It is the ‘aha’ moment. You could get a line or two that you feel have the most insight for your bridge. The melody here is very different. Try using an entirely new chord or alter the length of the phrase or the melody motion. Although a bridge is not a must-have, it gives the song much more strength.

  1. Record the song

Something as simple as a guitar or a piano is good enough to make an efficient emotional statement. You ought to practice a lot with the instruments you desire to use to make sure that you are at ease with every word, note, and chord. That helps you when finally putting out the song because your focus is now on singing the song and not the instruments. That enables you to produce a song that has the right effects.

Benefits of learning a digital piano

digital pianoRegardless of what music you are playing, a piano has got the ability to move, inspire, and excite. The only hurdle is learning how to play as a beginner and then practicing until you can hold your fort. When you work with qualified piano tutors, you can get an incredible start that upholds good techniques and shuns bad habits. When that gets coupled with the innovative features, natural sound, and authentic playability that is in digital pianos, learning becomes fun and worth the time.


  1. First of all, digital pianos are in such a way that they accurately imitate an acoustic piano. They replace the hammers and strings with incredible digital sound technology and position the speakers in a strategic manner. The sound that comes out is still as good as that of an acoustic piano. That makes controlling volume very easy even for a beginner.


  1. Digital pianos have a sound engine that replaces the expensive tuning and other regular maintenance found in acoustic pianos with precision weighed keys. These recreate the feeling of a traditional keyboard to give you a real playing feel. With this also comes the ability to choose a sound from the many available sounds. These include non-piano and grand piano sounds. This technique makes learning very enjoyable and diverse.  There are some digital pianos that also allow you to create sounds that match your tastes.


  1. Digital pianos allow you to record and listen later. That feature enables you to revisit a piece of work, analyze it and see what needs to get changed or strengthened. The inbuilt recording feature that is in some digital pianos enables you to play back after the recording. As you listen, you can pick and correct any existing problems. That also allows you to recognize an error before it gets ingrained in you. Listening back also helps you to sort out problems with melody and timing. If you are also still struggling to read music, you have the chance of learning a music piece by ear and then study it as you listen to the recording. Depending on your piano model, there is a lot you can do with the recorded piece. They include: transferring it to a computer to share, edit or print out on a music sheet. Onboard recording also helps someone that wants to compose a piece because you record all the ideas as they come.


  1. Most digital piano types allow you to plug into the device and listen as you play through your headphones. That is very beneficial to a learner as well as the people around. That is because, with headphones, the player is not disturbed by the noise around them and the people around do not have to endure your noise and mistakes. Therefore everyone is at peace. There are some piano types that have a provision for two headphones, and that makes it possible for the teacher and student to listen together and pinpoint the mistakes easily and fast.


  1. digital pianoDigital pianos have a wide variety of sounds. For example strings, electronic and church organ, synthesizer sounds, guitar, and bass. These sounds allow for diversity. That allows one to mix various sounds to capture what he or she wants to put across. Children also enjoy mixing and experimenting different sounds. That makes learning fun.


  1. Do you want to develop your sense of rhythm? Then you need to improve your timing. When you are a beginner, timing is a big problem because you are still developing your mental discernment and muscle memory. Therefore, there is a tendency for learners to slow down or speed up a musical piece depending on how difficult it is. Metronomes are what help any piano player to develop their timekeeping and rhythmic skills by giving you a steady reference as you play. These have been with us for ages, and digital pianos have made them convenient by having them built in and ready whenever you need them with easy-to-use controls for beat and tempo adjusting. That means that you can place pieces at your pace, learn them, and master them and even move on to more complex ones.

There you have it, using a digital piano does not make you second placed to those using acoustic pianos. There are many advantages to enjoy.

Guitar Buyers Guide – What to Look for


guitarThere are loads of guitars on the market. While the brands are overwhelming, you need to know what works for you. Here is a guide on what to consider when buying a guitar.


Trust your gut

Does it look good? Does it feel right? Then go for it. Do not let that salesperson talk you into buying something that does not appeal to you. However, you need to ascertain that it has got a guarantee policy. That way, if some issues crop up shortly, you can return it and the get it fixed.  Therefore, buy what you love not necessarily what that shop attendant tells you.


Get an electric guitar

Most people believe that as a beginner, you need to get an acoustic guitar. Others think that you ought to get something cheap so that if the passion does not last, the losses are not high. However, that is a negative mentality.


Personally, my recommendation is an electric guitar. That is because, unlike in the previous years, the guitars that are manufactured today are of a sensible quality. Far East industries are currently availing us with electric guitars that are low in price yet good enough for any beginner.

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If you choose to get something better in the future, you can use that first guitar as your back-up or even alter its tuning.

You can get a good guitar that can stay with you for many productive years at a manageable price


My reason for an electric guitar is that what you can do with an acoustic guitar; you can do with an electric guitar. However, the reverse is not true. That is because an acoustic guitar does not have easy access to the top frets, does not have a tremolo system and its strings are of a heavier gauge that makes string bending difficult.


I understand that you need to strike a balance between quality and price. However, never go for the least even when you have to work within your means. Look at magazines, the Internet and see what is out there, you may get surprised. Here is a great resource for all types of guitars and comparisons.


Get a good quality amplifier that has reverb

amplifierAn electric guitar needs an amplifier. That is true, however; these instruments have got enough resonance for you to hear what you are playing in a quiet environment.

Amplifiers are very many on the market today, and you can get yourself one whose quality is fantastic. They are in boxes of 10 to 20 watts.


When buying your practice amplifier, you need to ascertain that it comes with reverb. Reverb is an effect that enhances the echo that happens naturally when a sound hits a solid object such as a wall. While every sound produces its reverb, it may not be heard. A guitar without this feature sounds lacking in depth and rather dry as opposed to alive and rich.


Gadgets that make guitar playing amazing

A tuner

When you use this device, you are not cheating. Getting a good tuner is the best thing you can do for your listeners and yourself. You need to learn the art of tuning a guitar by listening. That takes time and practice. When your instrument is not tuned before you start playing, and you are trying to learn something new, the results shall be very discouraging.

 A lead

A good lead helps you to play into the amplifier. If you go for something cheap, it might only serve you for a month or two. Invest $15 and get something that shall go on for ten years without a glitch. If you take good care of its cable, the lifespan might get longer.



They help in bettering one’s playing skills immensely. While they are essential in learning, they are sometimes a cause of distraction.

When buying a metronome, go for that one that has got a ‘click’ sound and not a ‘beep’ sound. This beep sound is likely to distort your playing one too many times. Therefore, steer clear of it when getting a metronome.


Effects pedal

When you get this, remember that you need to put the distortion pedals through a loud amp before they can work effectively. While the chorus pedals add immense interest and depth to the sound, they become tiresome after some time. I guess the best effect is a delay pedal. You can get fantastic results from this cheap and simple tool.