GuitaristNation.com

Guitar News, Lessons, Interviews, Gear, Reviews

Chad Gerber Talks New WoodrowGerber Album and Future

Chad-Gerber

I interviewed Chad Gerber, solo artist and frontman for Suicide Denial, back in September 2011 and I had chance to catch up with him just before New Year’s Day 2013. He’s currenly working on WoodrowGerber – an alternative, electronica, hip hop, dub, influenced record, a new classic rock oriented album with Suicide Denial, and an ambitious one of a kind live show project.

Chad was gracious enough to share his experience and thoughts on a number of topics ranging from advice for beginners to art appreciation.

Interview with Chad Gerber

With Lights in the Sky and the songs from the forthcoming alum, they are more inclusive of the pop genre, what drove you to put together this kind of album?

Chad-Gerber-Profile

CG: With this album, I wanted to speak a simpler language through music. With Suicide Denial … it’s rock n’ roll, and people get it. With this I was trying to make the guitar the icing on the cake so to speak and not the main attraction. Music that you can relax and groove to, that’s not lyrically heavy.

From the forthcoming WoodGerber Album “Lights in the Sky”

Play

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for 10 years now but it was never the right time. With this album I wanted the songs to be easily digestible to anyone but at the same time include a lot of layering and really have the guitar standout instead of being just background music.

How did you get your tone?
CG: I started using a Rock Crusher from Rivera Amps. I’ve always struggled with getting the sound out my guitar that I wanted because cranking my amp all the way up wasn’t very practical. The Rock Crusher is a power attenuator that juices my amp. I mic it with 57′s then dial it in until I get the tone I want. I’ve yet to capture that sound on a record because by the time it get recorded and produced it’s gone through so many processes, it loses a little something although it sounds pretty cool overall.

On the NAMM show:
CG: It’s absolutely overwhelming how massive the show is. It’s like an indoor guitarist Disneyland. It’s a totally freak show but it’s a ton of fun.

Where did the name WoodrowGerber come from?
CG: I got a gig when I was 20 playing guitar for this hip-hop group in Dallas. They were actually a pretty funny group of guys and they said that my teeth were so straight they looked wooden. Then they started asking who was the president with wooden teeth? … they came up with Woodrow Wilson. They basically threw Woodrow in front of my name and that’s where it came from.

Thoughts on new technology for recording …

Continue reading

Be Sociable, Share!

Doing What He Loves – Interview with Guitarist Jon Herington


I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jon Herington, his band is currently touring with the Dukes of September in Hawaii, then off to Japan before returning the the states. He’s in a good place doing what he loves and I get a strong sense of this just in speaking with him. He found his groove over a decade ago when joined Steely Dan. He’s also toured with Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen, Bette Midler, just to name a few.

One of the most interesting things I discovered in talking with Jon, is that he never really had a favorite guitarist to listen or one that he wanted to emulate. Even before getting the job with Steely Dan, he says he never said to himself “I’d really like to play with Steely Dan someday.” The opportunity presented itself, a result of his skills as a guitarist that would make a good fit for the band and being in the right social circles to be asked to join.

His latest cd, “Time on My Hands” was released in August, 2012 is a blues rock mix of original tunes in which Jon also sings.
My personal favorite is “eGirl” which I think has nice bluesy feeling with some witty tongue n’ cheek lyrics about a virtual dream lover like “turn on your cookies and throw me a crumb” and “the “best girl I never had”.

About practice time
When we finally decided to get serious about playing guitar he estimates he practiced for “8 to 9 years for 4 hours a day”. Let’s do the math …

Continue reading

Be Sociable, Share!

Getting to Know Your Guitar Pickups

by Kurt Prange

Passive (i.e. battery-free) electric guitar circuits are relatively simple and the possibilities for customization are endless. A basic understanding of pickups, potentiometers, capacitors and switches is all you need to get creative and take more control of your instrument’s voice on an electronic level.

Where does the electric guitar signal come from?

Pickups are transducers that convert the mechanical energy of a vibrating guitar string into electrical energy by way of electromagnetic induction. It is a fundamental concept studied in physics and electronics that a changing magnetic field will generate a current through a coil of wire. The electric guitar pickup uses permanent magnets and pole pieces to form a steady magnetic field in the vicinity of each individual guitar string.

An opposite magnetic polarity is induced in the metallic (steel core) guitar string when mounted above its respective pole piece and when the string moves, the otherwise steady magnetic field changes accordingly. Wire is wrapped around the poles thousands of times to form a coil within the magnetic field to pick up an induced current and voltage.

click on image to enlarge)



Continue reading

Be Sociable, Share!

The Basics of Chord Progressions

In every key there are seven chords than can be numbered from 1 to 7 using Roman Numerals. In this example we’ll take the key of G. So here are the chords(the chord fingerings are pictured above):

I …… II …… III …… IV …… V …… VI ……VII
G … Am …. Bm ….. C …… D …… Em …. F#dim



The I, IV, V chords are always major chords. The II, III, IV are always minor chords. The VI chord is not used that often in popular music, so I’ll leave it alone for now.

What can you do with this knowledge?

Create songs, baby! When you play a I – VI – IV – V progression in the key of G, you know that you’re playing G – Em – C – D. If you play around with different combinations of chord progressions, you’ll start to notice the familiar sounds associated with song structure.

Here are some other popular progression to try:

      I – V – VI – IV
      I – IV – I – V
      I – II – III – IV

So go through each key and figure out the chord progressions, learn the chords and start working out combinations to work on your own song. Don’t over complicate it, just do it an listen as you play. If you need help with your chord fingerings, use the widget in the right hand column.

Be Sociable, Share!

Basic Guitar Setup – Getting the Most Out of Your Amp and Effects

Guest post by Alan Maloney

Your first step is, of course, obtaining a decent quality guitar amp. I would recommend a tube amp, because of the inherent warmth of their sound, but this is a personal preference. Before introducing any effects into your signal line, you must first find your desired amp sound.

Part 1 – Amp Setup

Here is a quick guide to amp set-up …

1.

      Set the volume and drive knobs on the guitar amplifier to zero by turning the knobs all the way to the left (counter-clockwise). On some amplifiers, the drive knob may be labeled “gain.”

2. Set all EQ knobs to 12 o’clock. Unlike volume and drive, the zero setting for EQ knobs like treble and bass are at 12 o’clock. This is called a “flat” setting. Flat means that the true sound or “coloring” of the amplifier is unchanged. Always begin setting up an amplifier with flat settings before making modifications as this will allow you to learn the true sound of the amp itself.

3. Slowly turn up the volume on the amplifier and play the guitar. Set the volume to a comfortable listening level. The tone should be completely clean with no distortion.

4. For clean tone, move on to Step 5. For a distorted tone, slowly turn the drive knob to the right. The higher you turn the drive, the more distorted the guitar sound will become.

5. Turn the bass knob to the right to increase the bass. This will give a thicker sound with lower end. For a thinner sound, turn down the bass by moving the knob counter-clockwise.

6. Mid, or, mid-range, is the knob that will determine how much the guitar sound will “cut through” a mix of other instruments.
*WARNING* – Vocals usually reside in the mid-range of the sound spectrum. Adjusting your midrange too high will end up overpowering the vocals. This is not a desired situation.

7. The treble knob adjusts how “bright” your guitar tone is. More treble can add sparkle to a clean guitar tone and a more biting edge to a distorted tone. Turning down the treble knob will give a darker tone.

8. Changing the drive and EQ settings may have raised or lowered the overall volume of the guitar sound. Once all of the settings are adjusted to your liking, set the overall volume to the desired performance level.

These are very basic guidelines.

***Remember; LESS IS MORE! Always start with the amp in flat position, and make small adjustments, until you find your sound. Next, we will discuss introduction of effects into your sound.

Part 2 – Incorporating Effects

Now you have found your basic guitar amp tone. It is time to incorporate effects into your sound. There are 2 types of effects currently being popularized, Processors, or Multi-effect units, and individual or “stomp-box” type effects. You can use either or both in conjunction with your guitar amp.

First, I highly recommend reading the entire instruction manual TWICE, and pay close attention to the location of the important adjustment knobs. On stage, in the middle of a song, is the wrong place to learn about your unit! I will discuss the use of a processor first.

1. Insert the unit into the effects loop of your amp, if one is provided. Run a patch cable from EFFECTS SEND to the input of your processor, and from the output, run a cable to EFFECTS RETURN. The actual names may be slightly different, but you will get the idea. The instruction manual will help you with this connection. If you have a volume or level adjustment on your processor, set it to the 12 o’clock position, or lower. All units are different, and may not require hooking up to the effects loop. I will discuss the other options later.

2. Power up your processor PRIOR to powering up your amplifier. This will eliminate the harmful popping noise that occurs if the amp is on. Set the processor in BYPASS mode.

3. Slowly turn up the volume on the amplifier and play the guitar, while turning up the volume, or level adjustment on your guitar. Set the volume to a comfortable level. You should now be hearing the neutral tone you have chosen to start with. I advise turning the reverb setting on your amp completely off, until you have gotten used to your effect unit. There may also be a “MIX” adjustment on your effects unit. This will usually adjust the amount of effect that is mixed with the “DRY”, or original sound you have obtained. Try to use this feature sparingly, remembering “LESS IS MORE”.

4. Engage the unit by turning off the bypass mode. Your volume should not have increased or diminished. Set your level or volume knob on the processor to make this happen. Do not attempt to increase your volume with your effect unit, let the amp do the work.
5. Now comes the hard part! You will need to spend many hours perfecting your tone. You will want to set up several tones that are close to each other, and easy to access quickly on stage. I always tried to have a lead channel next to each rhythm setting on my unit. You may want to download actual artist presets, and many processors have this capability. (Line 6 is an industry leader in this area).

Part 3 – Order of Effects

“STOMP BOXES” are the slang term for individual effects units. There are hundreds of different brands, types, and sizes. Try to use the highest quality gear you can afford. I always research on the internet and read reviews by actual musicians before I buy anything. These units are usually powered by a 9 volt battery, or a power supply that is intended to replace the battery. There are many exceptions to this rule, however, and this must be considered prior to purchasing any effect unit. It might be beneficial to discuss appropriate guitar effects order and what guitar effects belong in the FX loop versus in front of the amp.

Always begin your guitar effects chain with distortion of overdrive effects. Adding these types of guitar effects after time based effects (delay, chorus, flange, etc) will only introduce unwanted noise and sound horrible. Additionally, placing an overdrive before distortion is better as the overdrive can be used to push the distortion for additional volume or gain.

*Never place an overdrive or distortion effect in the FX loop of an amp.

Time based guitar effects (delay, chorus, flange, etc) are placed after gain effects to keep noise to a minimum. This also allows the effect to be placed on the signal after gain has been added. Time based guitar effects are perfect for the FX loop on an amp or between your preamp and power amp in a rack setup.

The last guitar effect is EQ which works both in front of the amp and in the FX loop. EQ also works well before gain stage or after and optimally in both position. Place volume pedals first in the signal chain while Wahs can go before or after the gain/overdrive pedal depending on how you want to affect the sound.

Here are some sample signal chain diagrams that have been proven effective:

Volume –> Overdrive pedal –> Distortion Pedal –> Chorus/Delay/Flange –> Noise Gate

Volume –> EQ –> Overdrive pedal –> Distortion Pedal –> Chorus/Delay/Flange –> Noise Gate

Volume –> Overdrive pedal –> EQ –> Distortion Pedal –> Chorus/Delay/Flange –> Noise Gate
On the following page is an actual photo of a powered, multi-pedal effect board. These units, while large and cumbersome, allow the musician to have high quality individual effects, with settings that are protected fro alteration, allowing the player to have reliable, consistent tone. This set-up is preferred by countless professional players. I personally use a large pedal board, very similar to this one.

A powered effect board with multiple effect units includes a rather extensive learning curve. While processors may have “preset” sounds, with a pedal board you have the flexibility to alter your sounds “on the fly”. This takes experience and practice, and requires a firm knowledge of the owner’s manual for each effect. Again, read each owner’s manual completely at least twice before setting up your pedal board.
Use only top quality patch cable to connect your effects. I use only MONSTER cables or the high quality build-your-own kit from PLANET WAVES. I have had no problems with my connections for several years now.

As with the processors, adjust your amp to your desired tone with all of your effects pedals in “off” or “bypass” position. After obtaining your optimal amp tone, start turning on your effects pedals, one at a time, taking careful note of how each one affects the end resultant tone. This is a trial and error process, and will take a LOT of time to perfect your sound. Please be patient. Eventually, you will identify several appropriate sounds, and effect combinations that will provide all the flexibility needed to perform live.

Part 4 – Stage Amplifier

STAGE AMPLIFIER setup is often overlooked by the younger musicians, but is very important to a successful live performance. Here is a typical amp/stand setup, featuring the tilt-back feature.

As pictured, the amp should be directly behind the player, tilted up, so the sound will radiate “through” your body. This allows you to closely monitor your tone and volume. Adjust your volume to a comfortable level. This is the tricky part, since many guitar amps, including the one pictured, must be at a certain level of volume to obtain certain desirable tones.
For larger venues, you will need to maintain your usual volume, and run your amp through the house PA system. When using your amp in this fashion, in a smaller venue, your stage volume should be approx. 75-80% of your total volume. In other words, use your amp for the majority of your volume, and do not turn up the guitar sound extremely high in the PA system.
I personally use a 15 watt Class “A” tube amp. I run it at about 50% volume, and this is plenty for most small to medium sized venues. Any more than that, or for outside gigs, I mic the amp in the PA system.

About me: My name is Alan Maloney, and I have been a working, professional guitarist in the Fresno, CA. area for 25 years. My current band is KROSSOVER and can be found on Facebook at Krossover Fresno and on My Space.

Be Sociable, Share!

Best Electric Guitar for Playing the Blues?

The “Blues” originated from the American South and it underlies most popular music today due to it’s highly expressive nature. When I think of the blues, I think of Stevie Ray Vaughan mostly due to the fact that he was popular in my generation. However, there’s a rich history of great blues guitarists and their guitar of choice varies as widely as their music. Look to some of the great blues guitarists for an answer to the question of “what is the best electric guitar for playing the blues?” Like music itself … it’s subjective. But if it’s a great bluesy tone that your after, I think that it’s helpful to look at some of the greats to look at the type of electric guitar they used for playing the blues.

Continue reading

Be Sociable, Share!

Fretpen – Not Just An App But A Real Device

fretpen

Interview with Mark Roebke, Inventor of FretPen

We had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Roebke, inventor of the coolest guitar gadget ever: The FretPen.

As an avid guitarist, Mark Roebke dreaded leaving his ax at home when heading to work. As an entrepreneur, Mark recognized a need for musical minds to make use of their creativity even on the go. And as an app developer and inventor, he made a way — by creating his latest the FretPen, launching on Kickstarter on April 22.

1. Where did your idea come from for the FretPen?

MARK: It’s a pretty simple story, actually. I was sitting at home, relentlessly working on a lead in a song, and I was close to getting a part down. Practice is a lot about repetition — I was like three-fourths of the way from having it nailed, and I had to go to a meeting.

As I was driving down the hill from my house in my car, I found myself trying to noodle the riff on my steering wheel, trying to get my fingers to remember the muscle memory. That’s when I asked myself, what could I have brought with me to this meeting that would allow me to still work on that piece? Boom! I thought. A pen.

I don’t know why — it’s stupid — I literally just came home that night, hooked a piece of string up to a dowel, lopped off bridge piece from real guitar, and welded and slapped a string on it. I started playing it when I thought, I don’t want to be just another guitar that doesn’t make noise. At my day job, I was spending time with mobile and Bluetooth LE. The technology out there is perfect to do this.

Now I have an amp I plug it into, and I can shake the walls with this stupid little pen.

2. So what is the FretPen exactly?

MARK: If there’s one thing I want the FretPen to be known as, I would say it’s the best way to practice guitar anywhere. It’s a functional, super-portable practice device.

There are three key components to the purpose of FretPen, and that’s portability, playability, and transferability. Portability, because you can literally take it anywhere. No one’s ever gotten busted for bringing a pen anywhere. Playability, because whether you’re a pro or have never picked up a guitar, you can have fun noodling around on this thing. And transferability because you can actually learn skills like finger dexterity on the FretPen, and then transfer those skills back to your real guitar.

3. I understand there’s a huge amount of technology involved in this. Can you go into some detail about that?

MARK: The pen connects to your phone or tablet with either Bluetooth LE or Bluetooth Smart, and both of those are very lightweight Bluetooth protocols. Normally, because of latency, wireless can’t handle music. But with only one string and four frets, the data moving from the pen to the iOS device is such a small data set.

So, following the signal’s path, it goes from the FretPen, to the iOS, the signals are converted into MIDI format, and then fed into the audio engine with guitar tones and effects.

All the data processing is on the iOS side. That leaves about 8 hours of battery life on the FretPen and your phone. Bluetooth is low energy and very easy on the battery. The pen has a rechargeable battery and a USB charger.

4. When can get my hands on one of these?

MARK: The FretPen is on Kickstarter April 22 to the end of May. Just for our Kickstarter backers, we’ll be doing pre-orders at a special price, and those units will be delivered in October. In October we’ll also be into full production, and the app will be in app store. It will be ready in time for Christmas next year.

Be Sociable, Share!

Interview with a Blues – Rock – Shred Original: Guitarist Joe Becker

joe-becker

Joe Becker began playing guitar at 4 years old appearing on local radio shows only a few years later. In 2002 he was invited to contribute a track to Jason Becker’s tribute album. His “Hot As Love” album in 2009 has recevied rave reviews. As a guitarist, he’s been described as a “Very versitle and lyrical player who runs the gaunlet from shred to ear-catching, melodic instrumentals, at times bringing to mind players such as Joe Satriani, and Eric Johnson.” - Mike Varney – Guitar Player.

Interview with Joe Becker

1. What do enjoy the most about your career in music? Playing live, producing, something else? and why?
I’d say writing and recording. Composing. There’s nothing like being able to sit back and listen to the finished product. Like looking at a piece of art on the wall. Especially when there’s a specific sound in your head. I’m currently experimenting with how to re-produce Jeff Lynne’s drum sound.

2. You’ve been featured and discussed in numerous guitar publications, is there a particular feature, article, or comment that you’re most proud of or flattered by?

I’d have to say Gitar Plus Magazine’s feature. It’s in Indonesian, so I can’t read it, but I don’t care because it’s the first time my name was on the cover of a guitar magazine and also the first time there was a two-page spread.

3. How was writing and performing music for film soundtracks, like for “Evil Awakening” and “The Fixer”? What’s your creative process?

I actually have a large catalog of unreleased music. I write and record all types of music. Blues, Rock, pop, symphonic pieces, orchestral pieces, soundtrack style pieces, piano pieces, etc. Some stuff doesn’t have any guitar at all. So, typically on a project like that I start out handing over whatever I’ve already recorded that might be a good fit, let them review it and advise if something may work as-is. In the case of The Fixer, they wanted to use a couple songs from my last album to play on the jukebox in the bar scene in the movie, which was perfect because that’s the type of music it is. So that was a no-brainer.

4. I’ve read that you’ve played with guitarist such as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and Jason Becker. How did these opportunities come about and what was the experience like?

That’s not entirely correct. I’ve been on CD’s with all those guys but I’ve only played with a few, and only recorded with a few. I’ve played and recorded with Joe Kelley, and recorded with Todd Duane, Jason Becker and James Murphy. All the opportunities were different. In the case of EVH, he just happened to be the focus of the Guitar World Magazine issue that put that CD out, so it was just luck that I happened to be on it too. In the case of Steve Vai, I was putting a track on Jason’s second tribute album and asked him and Rusty Cooley if they’d do the same. So our tracks are together on that album. With Jason, I asked him to send me some unheard guitar solos to use on a song for the album I was working on at the time.

5. What’s your understanding of music theory? Chords, keys, etc. Is it part of playing or do you strictly play by ear and what sounds good to you? Do you advise beginners to learn it?

I play by ear and what sounds good to me, but have a full understanding of theory. I taught music for 6 years at Weaver’s Music in Elgin, IL and that’s part of what I taught. Theory, composition, history, guitar, bass, vocals, some piano, instrument maintenance and repair, performance, etc. I strongly advise beginners to understand theory. Understand scales, how chords are built and how scales are altered, how chord progressions and melodies are derived. It’s a necessity in my mind.

6. For beginning guitarists, what do you recommend they concentrate on and also what should they not waste time on – from what you’ve learned from experience?

Every beginner is different so that’s hard to say. At least know the 7 major chords, the 7 minor chords, the 4 primary barre chord shapes, the major and minor scales, then learn some rudimentary songs that incorporate what you’ve learned to get some rhythm going. 3 and 4 chord progressions. Learn how scale positions change the chords (how to add a 7th for example which goes back to theory). Just the basic stuff at first obviously, but get the playing time in. When I was a kid I played all day long. Woke up with the guitar, brought it to the breakfast table, played it while watching tv, played it all night long, played it in the car, played it walking down the street or just hanging out in the neighborhood. Man, I played my guitar in the bathroom. You know, practice practice practice! Listen to a lot of players, and learn.

7.On your “Hot As Love” album, what was your guitar & effects setup? What’s your advice to other guitar players in finding the tone they want from their playing style and gear?

That album took me about a year. So there were various guitars, effects and other equipment used. I had Morley and Cat’s Eye pedals in there, an ART SGX LT rackmount unit, Jackson, Ibanez and Fender guitars, I’d say the main singularity throughout is the strings ha ha. I use GHS strings for everything and recommend them highly ( www.ghsstrings.com ). As for advice, you know there’s a lot of real gear heads and sound snobs out there with ideas about recording that make their stuff sound stale. My advice is use what you got, make it work. Houndog Taylor used to play economy Teisco guitars through beat-up crappy amps and didn’t even have a bass player but would blow other musician’s off the stage that used new Fenders, Gibsons and Marshalls. If you love it, and you can feel it and produce it, there’s no right or wrong. Make your own, like everybody else. You don’t need a multi-thousand dollar setup to lay down quality sound and you don’t need to compete with anyone else. Do it for yourself, what you like to hear and what sounds good to you. After all, you’re the one that’s gotta be happy with it.

8. What are your plans for 2014?

Changing direction. Right now I’m trying out some bassists and drummers. Looking at playing a few shows and getting some tracks down to start a new album. I may do some clinics. I’m a newly endorsed Timberline Guitars artist ( www.timberlineguitars.com ) so I’ll definitely be doing some videos for them and recording with my new T70D acoustic.

For more about Joe Becker and his music, visit: JoeBeckerMusic.com

Be Sociable, Share!

New High Octane Fuzz Pedal Kit Released

Octane Fuzz
The Contortionist kit is a limited edition, all analog high octane fuzz box. It produces fuzz with layered octave overtones similar to those produced by an electronic-bow. The frequency multiplier circuitry creates harmonics that swell and recede depending on gain setting, pick attack, neck position and pickup.

This is a high gain circuit that can put out up to 2 volts and will provide ample amounts of sustain. MODTM Kits and Assemblies are designed to give novice and experienced musicians the opportunity to build or modify their own amps, effects pedals and guitars. All kits come with easy-to-follow instructions and use point-to-point
wiring.

All effect pedals and amplifiers come with a pre-drilled enclosure and all necessary parts are included. All you need to provide are hand tools, a soldering iron and solder. The effect pedal operates on a 9V battery; for a longer lasting option, a 9-volt adapter can be purchased separately.

For a complete listing of kits available from MODTM Kits DIY visit:
www.modkitsdiy.com

Be Sociable, Share!

Jammmz Aims to Connect Musicians Across the Globe

Jammmz
March 3rd 2014 — Jammmz is a new, interactive, community-driven website focusing on improving musicianship in a fun and challenging way, and brings together all of the elements of some more popular instrument-teaching platforms and games on an unprecedented, real-life level. Guitarists around the world are flocking to the site to partake in the lessons and show off their skills; and now, Jammmz has been branching out to include bass and drum packages as well.

Integration of an expansive social platform has been crucial for the effectiveness of the site.  Members of the Jammmz community learn from each other as their playing is graded and commented upon by their fellow users.  Instructors post in-depth instructional videos from which the members can learn the theory, tips, and tricks to get a particular playing style down pat. From power chords to arpeggios, slap-bass techniques, and syncopation, there is no limit to the knowledge being imparted from the qualified, professional musicians employed by Jammmz.

Several key motivating factors keep bringing the members back for more.  There is a ranking system that awards prestige, higher levels, and brings with it the admiration of peer musicians. Users can see themselves improving on their instrument by completing challenges on a progressively higher scale.  One of the newest features to be added to the site is a section called Sponsored Packages.  These groups of challenges offer actual prizes for the members whose uploaded solution outperforms the rest.
Continue reading

Be Sociable, Share!

Sam Lyons – A Passion for Teaching Guitar

My name is Sam Lyons and I have taught beginner guitar lessons for over 36 years. I have taught literally thousands of people of all ages how to play the guitar and invite you to visit my website to see my step-by-step guitar lessons video tutorials on how to play the guitar. And best of all, the guitar lessons are 100% FREE. You can visit my Best Beginner Guitar Lessons website at here.

If you are wanting to learn the guitar and be able to play your favorite songs for your family, friends, or even maybe in your church band, then my lessons will do just that.

Check out the video below for more information on my online guitar lessons and learning to play the guitar.

Be Sociable, Share!

4 Reasons to Learn Guitar (Besides It Being Super Awesome)

strumming-a-guitar
By the Strum Music School of Austin

Being able to shred on a guitar is awesome. There’s just something everyone can admire about that kind of talent and ability. That sort of gratification is precisely the reason many people take up guitar lessons. However, playing guitar actually has many more benefits to offer than just the dream of playing in front of millions of fans. Guitar lessons can actually enhance your life!

Develops Patience and Discipline

Learning to play the guitar takes a lot of time and patience. No one can just pick up a guitar and expect to be a sensation overnight. It takes a lot of time, memorization, and practice. These things, though frustrating, pay off over time. Not only will you gain more patience in yourself but you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment once you’ve completed your goal – whether it be finally learning to play your favorite song flawlessly or playing for a group of people – the work you put in will pay off and will teach you what kind of effort you need to put in to achieve your goals in general.

Cognitive Development

Though taking guitar lessons will greatly enhance your creativity capacity, it also has a huge effect on your cognitive development. Because of all of the memorization required in the beginning stages, you’ll find that your memory and alertness greatly improves after just a couple of guitar lessons.

Self Esteem Booster

Nothing feels better than accomplishing a goal, especially if you’ve put in a lot of time and effort. Once you achieve one of your goals in learning guitar, it’ll be easier to get started on your next because you know you can achieve it. Not to mention, this sort of confidence in yourself will shine through in all other aspects of your life. You will be more confident at work, school, with friends, etc.

Break Out Of Your Shell

Playing guitar can help you break out of your shell. Once you become confident in your guitar playing ability, it will be easy for you to strike up a conversation with other people who share your passion or to impress someone with your newfound skill because the guitar will do the talking. If you’re regularly a bit of an introvert, playing guitar can be a great segue into lots of social opportunities.

About The Author

Strum Music School of Austin is a creative environment that offers music classes in all styles of music for both adults and children. For those looking to learn guitar lessons in Austin, we urge you to come by our school or visit us online at http://www.strumaustin.com.

For our fellow guitar lovers that happen to reside outside of Austin, we strongly suggest finding your own local music school and start reaping the benefits of learning guitar. It’s well worth it and you’ll be rocking in no time!

Be Sociable, Share!