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Yamaha FG700s acoustic guitarPersonally I have purchased two , both Yamaha acoustic guitars and got an unbelievable deal. The first guitar I bought used was just $40.00 while the second was just $75.00. I sold the first one a year later for $300 and used the money to purchase the second one which I just love and still play regularly, ten years later.

Getting any kind of second hand acoustic guitar can be extremely enjoyable, especially if you realize you’re receiving a good deal. Generally there are plenty of bargains to be found in a variety of locations.

You should not restrict queries to only where you live. You need to search on the internet as well as in the real world.

I am one of those people who needs to see, touch and hear a guitar, whether it’s new or used. This is why I like to check both online as well as offline in order to get a great deal. I can sit in the comfort of my home and look at online listings like Kijiji, Craigslist and Ebay as well as guitar shops close to my home.

Some other places one can look, other than the local music store and pawnshops, are music schools, colleges, local night clubs. Band guitarists often buy and sell guitars or have leads on who might be selling one.

Is there a shop in your area that repairs guitars? People don’t always return to pay for their repair so you might be able to find a great deal on a guitar. So leave your name and number as well as email address so they can call you when they have a guitar that’s not been picked up. Give them a list of guitars you’re interested in.

It’s not likely you’ll find more than you will online. Once I find used guitars online that grab my interest I head to a local shop to try out that specific guitar, if possible. Be sure you also read all reviews on used guitars.

It’s a good idea to check on guitar sales in the recent past. Seeing what those guitars sold for will help you find a great deal. It’s even good to look at guitars that never sold. It’s an opportunity to locate the best deal you’ve ever had just because the ad sucked.

Guitar forums can be a great place to find guitars for sale, used and new. These may be deals you can’t find anywhere else.

Be ready to put in some time searching and you will be rewarded.

acoustic electric guitarOne can learn many musical instruments, but when you learn to play acoustic guitar, it’s a completely different story. Something about the acoustic guitar makes it different from the rest. I believe it’s due, at least in part, to its versatility.

A Variety of Guitars

I’ve got a few friends who not only have an and another has a but by far it’s acoustic guitars that most start with. Unlike the solid electric guitar, the acoustic one has a hollow body and doesn’t make use of amplification to produce sound. Instead, it relies on natural sound produced by strings when its vibrations bounce around inside the guitar body’s hollow cavity.  So, there’s no need for an amplifier, well unless you own an .

Most people who are trying to learn how to play acoustic guitar often end up frustrated. That may be because they fail to pay heed to things that could help make the lessons easier. That’s not to say that acoustic guitar lessons are difficult. It’s far from it.

Start Simple And Hang In There

Today, with the Internet at your fingertips there’s no reason learning to play guitar should be difficult. There are just too many places online for you to learn to play a guitar that there really is no excuse other than you really don’t have your heart in it. My experience is that most who give up do so because their fingers begin to hurt. We all went through that so just hang in there for another week or two and they will toughen up and it will all be behind you.

My recommendation for two site where you can’t go wrong are Jamorama and Jamplay. Both are well worth the membership fee. Then you can add Youtube and learn just about any song by searching for it as a cover tune. I have learned so many songs there but it all starts with the two sites I mentioned first so that you can a good solid learning background.

The key to your success at learning to play guitar is to stay focused while practicing and to find songs that match the chords and stage you’re at right now and for me that’s where Youtube really shines.

As much as possible, you need to start with a song that has a simple chord progression. When I first learned I started with easy chords like C, G Am and D, which makes hundreds of songs available to learn.

I use Google to search for songs I like so I can find them with the chords included. That way I can download them to my computer and then follow along as I play the song on Youtube or from my collection of songs. But I do prefer Youtube over just having the song because so many people do covers for songs and use their acoustic guitars.

Keep Your Guitar Tuned Properly

The first thing you want to do before you ever start playing guitar is . This way you can be sure the guitar is tuned so that you are producing the right notes, otherwise something will not sound right. When a song doesn’t sound right it’s discouraging as well as frustrating because most people thing they are doing something wrong when it’s only the guitar not tuned correctly.

Example: Just yesterday the high temperatures and high humidity broke so the temp dropped and the humidity was gone. Almost immediately my acoustic guitar started to sound different. It had gone out of tune in just one hour and needed tuning.

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How You Can Tune Acoustic Guitar in Easy Steps

guitar tunerWhile it’s fun and enjoyable to learn how to play the acoustic guitar, it is not without its frustrating moments but I’ve found to be normal for most things I learn in life. Hearing the guitar play sounds that are out of tune is definitely one cause of frustration.

The thing is most guitars new or old don’t stay tuned forever. So even if you know the basic techniques to play a favourite song, it’s not going to sound right once your guitar starts getting out of tune. This means it’s important to tune your acoustic guitar before you’re able to play acceptable music.

When I got my first guitar I knew it would need to be tuned periodically but had no clue how to tune it but a friend showed me how to use a guitar tuner to get the job done quickly and accurately, because I couldn’t tune it by ear, that was made clear pretty quick.

The first thing you need to realize is you will likely need to tune your guitar each time you use it even if it’s just a tiny bit but that tiny bit can make such a difference. Guitars have the habit of going out of tune on its own very quickly, especially when the barometer changes slightly.

Most of the time it’s from strumming and slightly stretching the strings. It took me a while before my ear would pickup slight changes but my guitar buddies would pick up on the fact I needed to tune it, rather quickly.

I practice on my acoustic guitar at least a couple of hours a day and that’s usually enough that I need to tune it pretty much daily. That’s why it’s important to tune your guitar regularly and as soon as you notice a difference in the sound coming out from it.

I’ve had a couple of different guitar tuners over the last 10 years but I still have my first tuner and it still works great. But I also have a tuner now that clamps on the guitar head along with my capo. I find it so convenient and is actually quicker to use than my first tuner.

Tuning, using a battery operated tuner only takes a couple of minutes and so worth the time so you get those pure notes you love to hear. Some of my guitar friends tune by ear and are always adjusting the tuning. I haven’t reached that stage and I’ve been playing now for more than a decade.

You could also try the fret method, which starts by setting the low E string to set the initial pitch for the E and then using that string to set the rest of the strings. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Take your index finger and push down the sixth or E string on the fifth fret which is the A note. If you follow the notes from E you will see that it goes E, F, F# G, G# A. You want to make the 5th string, the A string, match that note. Now you have the E string set as well as the A string.
  2. Next you want to hold the A string down at the 5th fret which is the D note and then tune the D string until those two notes sound the same. So with the A string you move down each fret to the 5th fret so the notes are A, A#,B,C,C#,D.
  3. Repeat the same procedure, playing the fourth string this time, which is still on the fifth fret (note G). You also need to tune the third string with open fingers until they sound the same.
  4. For the third string, you would hold your index finger down on the fourth fret (note B) and repeat the same techniques as in numbers one through three.
  5. Finally, play the second string on the fifth fret (we go back to note E), and do the same things as above while making sure the result produces the same sound.

I just tried to tune my guitar by ear, which I do every once in a while to see if my hearing is getting more sensitive and I get a lot closer to tuning it accurately than I used to but still not enough for me to rely on it. Enough if I was out in woods alone with no one to hear me.

So if you find the above steps just a tad complicated or you can’t seem to get it to tune right don’t fret over it. A pun was meant there, ha ha. You can always do what I do and keep an handy.

What does that mean? Well, there are electronic tuners sold in most music stores. Such a gadget can help you tune your guitar without difficulty. Nevertheless, if you feel strongly about tuning your guitar through hard work, then you can just use a tuner to fine-tune your guitar. With a fine-tuned guitar, you would be able to play the sweetest music.

7 Reasons You Should Consider Buying a Used Guitar

learn to play guitarIf you turn your nose up at the thought of buying a , you really need to rethink things a bit.  There is no better way to stretch your dollars and get more guitar for your money.

When I was learning to play guitar, about 10 years ago, I bought a used guitar from a friend buying a new guitar. She learned on a used and was ready for that new one giving me the opportunity to get a good guitar, although used, for just $75.00.

Then it was a matter of money for me but even my second guitar was a used one and at that time I didn’t have money issues. I have been more than happy with them.

So, here are some reasons why a used guitar might turn out to be a better option that a new one in some cases.

Reason #1 – Really the design of the guitar hasn’t changed much over the past few decades so unlike computers or electronics which seem to be updated yearly.

Reason #2 – For The Price.  This is probably the biggest and best difference.  A used guitar be as much as 50% cheaper than the same model new and there are many used guitars that show so little wear or marks that you’d swear it was brand new.

Reason #3 – Guitars are made of wood and wood ages over time changing the sound.  This is especially true with acoustic guitars if you offered me a 30 year old Martin or Gibson acoustic in good condition or said I could have a brand new one for the same price, I’d take the old used guitar every time.

Now I’m not saying that ALL old acoustic guitars are a great buy.  The aging of the wood causes changes in the humidity.  If the guitar has been subject to drastic changes in humidity and/or temperature it could crack. 

Reason #4 – Bringing a used guitar to life and making it your own is very rewarding.  You bring the guitar home, remove the strings, clean the fretboard and vacuum the inside of the body out (if it’s acoustic), oil the neck, restring it and polish it and now it’s as good as new and it has some of your personality added to it.

Reason #5 – Many used guitars have actually seen very little use in the first place.  They get bought and then strummed every now and then before the owner decides they don’t use it enough and wants to sell it off.  This is where you swoop in and get a great guitar for a great price.

Reason #6 – Some older guitars are built from woods that either do not get used as much anymore or simply cost a lot more.  Wood such as Brazilian rosewood and bubinga are beautiful woods that create a rich and full sound but they are more rare these days so your best bet of getting a guitar built with them is to buy used.

Reason #7 – Construction techniques have become automated.  Some older guitars were handmade and there was a lot more attention to detail.  That’s not to say that there aren’t companies today using automation and building great instruments, it just that your chances of getting something unique are very low.

The days of a luthier hand selecting each guitar top based on the one it produced when he tapped it and listened to the wood are over for production line guitars and reserved only for the high and or custom handmade guitars.

In conclusion I really feel buying a used guitar is the way to go for those of us on budgets. I learned to play guitar from friends, Youtube and Jamorama and Jamplay. Take a look at them if you want to learn to play guitar.

Best Acoustic Electric Guitars from Yamaha

yamaha acoustic electric guitarJohn Lennon, and Paul Simon are just a couple of names of people would have appreciated the ability and quality of and have extensively used it to perform live on many different occasions.

Yamaha acoustic electric guitars are been in use for more than twenty years by various musicians all over the world. John Lennon had the best Yamaha guitar made the CJ5S. Yamaha has been well known for generations for their high quality sound instruments and also providing the music lovers a wide range of acoustic and acoustic electric guitars.

Some of the best Yamaha acoustic electric guitars:

Yamaha offers some of the best and aesthetically appealing acoustic electric guitars for students as well as for a professional guitarist. are well known for their quality, sounds and performance for generations.

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How to Play Guitar Scales For Beginners

I can’t help feeling a little bit of regret over the fact I never learned to play guitar when I first started. Wish I hadn’t been so shy and lacking confidence that I didn’t use my friends to help but I just couldn’t even try to play in front of anyone. I so wish the Internet had been around way back then.

Today, even if you don’t like playing or trying in front of others you can learned to play like a pro using the Internet. You should definitely take a look at Jamorama.com and JamPlay.com to see what they have to offer you. I love them both.

However, if money is huge issue as it is with many today, mostly due to the economic turmoil we have to deal with these days, then I would suggest you seek out the free training available. It will take more time learning but if time isn’t a factor you’ll do great.

Using YouTube To Learn To Play Guitar

I’ve probably said this a hundred times already but Youtube is my home away from home. I spend so much time on Youtube learning how to play guitar songs that would take me too long to figure out on my own.

But that’s not the only reason I frequent Youtube. I also love the fact I can find so many riffs, licks and scales to learn and practice that it can be hard to get back to my work from home online business. Well okay, part of my business is sharing articles, videos and how to play guitar tips but it’s only a fraction of my business. So I have to leave Youtube periodically to do other things.

Start With Basic Guitar Scales

I use guitar scales to help me improve my playing and to increase speed. Guitar scales also help me to use more of the fret board when playing, although I’m still pretty slow compared to a few of my guitar jam buddies.

Let’s start with a video by Peter Vogl. I like it when there is a link to a page that will give the tablature of what I’m learning so I can have it in front of me to keep my mind focused until I have the chart or tab memorized. Here is a beginner lesson from Peter. Oh and I better include the link to the Basic Scale tablature.

To get really good you will wan to learn to go forward and backward with the guitar scales you are learning and practice until you can do this without errors and you’ll get faster and faster as you continue practicing. Kinda like most things in life.

I doesn’t matter if you are using an acoustic guitar like my Yamaha or an acoustic electric like Peter is using or even an electric like my friend Peggy uses, it’s all about the practicing.

Learn How To Play Guitar Quickly

gibson-guitar-headstockGuitar is an amazing instrument and has made my life so much better. It’s a great choice to make if you want to play music and be mobile. I love going to guitar jams and playing guitar around a campfire.

As one interested in learning how to play guitar and as a beginner guitar player you need to focus on a few things that make the learning process more efficient. This way you will not be so likely to give up like I did when I first started all those years ago.

Learn The Parts of Your Guitar

What Are The Guitar Parts Called

know your guitarWhen I first started to play guitar I wanted to learn all about my guitar, not as much as I wanted to learn to play though.

To begin learning acoustic guitar or for that matter, any type of guitar, it is important for your to learn the parts of the guitar first.

It’s easier to follow guitar learning instructions if you know the name of important parts of your guitar.

Some of the important parts to remember are, the fret board and frets, tuning keys, the head nut ( "Barre" in French) and the bridge with string pegs.

Know Your Beginner Guitar Chords A Thru G

basic guitar chords

Guitar chords are the language of guitars and the more of the language or chords you learn to use the more songs you will be able to play. Starting with the basic chord shapes in the image above is a great place to start.

I made a point of learning a lot of chords shapes when I learned to play my acoustic guitar and today I am light years ahead of my of my guitar playing friends as they are limited by their lack of learning chords like barre chords. They have been playing 20 years longer than I have as well.

I really believe it’s how you start learning to play guitar that’s important. If you learn only the basic guitar chords and then stop learning you are missing so much, as my friends have now learned.

Learn How To String Your Guitar

guitar stringsIn order to use your guitar whether it’s an acoustic or electric you have to put strings on it. Knowing the name or letter of each string is important. Get them mixed up and it won’t sound correct at all but worse you will likely break your strings before even getting to play them.

Holding your guitar in front of you in the standing position and facing you of course, your strings are: E, A, D, G, B, E

You have two E strings, the thicker string on the left as you’re looking at it is the low E string and the thin string on the right is high E.

Once you have your strings memorized you will be able to follow and learn each not on every string as you go down the fret board. This will also help you when you start doing barre chords.

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A Quick Review Of The Yamaha APX500

This review of the Yamaha APX500 is designed to let you see if this really is the acoustic guitar for you. With there being so many out there on the market it is always wise to read up what others think before you go and part with any of your cash.

To begin with the price is very fair indeed as there are certainly many other makes on the market that are going to cost you a lot more if you want an electro acoustic guitar. Do not however think that because it is not as expensive as others that it will be missing something as that really is not the case at all.

You will be very surprised at the tone you get from this model as it really is perfect and it will also be very comfortable for you to hold as well as play. It should be able to suit various styles of music and can be used by experienced people as well as those looking to just switch to this form of guitar.

The frets and tuning plugs are nice and tight and you really can just lift it out of the box and start playing it. It may not be the fanciest guitar out there on the market but this is mainly due to them focusing on getting the basics right in order to get that perfect sound.

Its versatility is what makes it suitable for a range of people and it is fair to say that within this genre of guitars it really is one of the best out there. The only problem you may encounter is if you are continually playing low notes as due to the thinner body it could struggle at times.

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