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Is This The Fastest Way To Learn New Strumming Patterns?

Strumming is important, whether you’re a country song slinger or a metal goddess. That one-size-fits-all strum was good enough to start with but dude, you’ll put your jam group to sleep and forget about that open mike. With the same strum pattern every song will sound alike, from Hank Williams to KISS. Start on a

 
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The Big Mistake That’s Slowing Down Your Chord Transitions

In order to effortlessly transition chords so you can play your favorite songs you need to do 3 things: 1) Change your mindset on guitar chord fingerings. There usually is more than one way to finger a chord and you’ll need to memorize the common ones. These alternate fingerings help you with the next part

 
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Easily Vary Your Sound with Different Strumming Patterns

Learn how easy it is to get vastly different sounds by simply switching up the strumming pattern. Knowing how to play consistent and interesting rhythm will make people want to listen to you. Other players will LOVE playing with you as well! Give it a shot: (NOTE: Want to learn the most popular strumming patterns

 
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How To Read Guitar Tab

What Is Tablature? Tablature (tab) is a system of writing music for the guitar. It makes reading music easier and more convenient for guitarists than standard notation. On the guitar there are many different frets that will produce the same pitch, so when reading standard notation there can be some ambiguity on how to play

 
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A Quick Guide to Reading Guitar Chord Charts

When you’re first starting to learn how to play the guitar, it may seem a bit daunting. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to learn the basics and play quite a bit after your first few guitar lessons. Beyond that, learning how to read music – and guitar chord charts, specifically – can help

 
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Playing Power Chords and Palm Muting

In this edition with Strummin’ with Steve we take a look at how palm muting and power chords can be combined for an in-your-face sound. Steve covers the power chords, demonstrates palm muting and gives his tips on using the technique. This lesson is brought to you by JamPlay.com. Be sure to check out our

 
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A Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Strings and Picks

Sometimes it’s all about the little things. When it comes to playing the guitar, there are a multitude of details that, when added up, can make a huge difference in how you play and the sound you produce. Choosing the correct strings and picks are a perfect example of this. As a beginner, you are

 
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Learn a Driving Punk/Grunge Power Chord Strum

Another episode of Strummin’ with Steve just went live. In this episode Steve teaches a punk/grunge strum pattern that makes use of power chords and a “driving” pattern. It really has that delicious angst filled feel that we all crave from time to time. Head on over to JamPlay.com to learn more.

 
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How to Combat Hand and Finger Pain When Learning Guitar

There’s no doubt about it… playing guitar is a blast. There is nothing better then seeing — and hearing — yourself progress as you work through notes, and then chords, and then, finally, songs. There is, however, one unpleasant reality that comes with the territory for beginners, and that reality is hand and, more specifically,

 
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Add Syncopation to Your Chord Progressions

In this week’s episode of Strummin’ with Steve we take a look at syncopation. Syncopation is an extremely easy, yet infinitely effective, way to add variety and tension to your strumming and chord progressions. He demonstrates the “Driving Downbeat Strum” from last week but adds syncopation. This is one of the most effective ways for

 
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