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Are Tabs A Good Way To Learn The Guitar?

In Music by Craig Smith

So, you’ve just picked up your first guitar, and you’re eager to learn. A quick Google search will point you in the direction of thousands of online resources. Throughout your research, you soon see the same thing coming up over and over again: guitar tabs. Effectively, this is a style of written music that faciliates learning how to play the guitar and much popular guitar music. The ‘tabs’ represent the strings and frets on your …

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Everything But The Guitar

In Music by Joe Weintraub

5 Essential Items for Every Serious Performer Whether you play Jazz, Post-rock, Indie, or Classical, there are plenty of guides on how to choose the right guitar. However, you may not be so sure of the other essential items of equipment you will need to make sure your performance runs smoothly. Luckily, you can get a rundown on this topic below.  Tuner  Regular or special tuning of your guitar can make all the difference to …

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August 6th Newsletter

In Guitar Blog, Music by Craig Smith

How’s it going in the practice room this week? Website Updates First off this week, I’ve spent some time improving the navigation of the website. As the lessons and articles have grown over the past 2 years (thanks to readers like you), things were getting a little cluttered and harder to find. From the top menu on any page of Lifein12Keys.com, you can now navigate to the guitar lessons and topics of your choice. Under …

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5 Books Every Guitarist Should Own

In Guitar Blog, Music, Reviews and Gear by Craig SmithLeave a Comment

In the age of Youtube videos and Learning Apps on our devices, the online community has created a sort of overload of information (and misinformation) when it comes to learning just about anything. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in online Guitar Lessons, Apps, Tabs (that are almost always wrong) and the over-population of so-called ‘experts’ seemingly everywhere online. Enough already! Below is an excellent list of BOOKS, yes I said books, that I guarantee …

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Musicians Affected by COVID-19

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Craig Smith

How COVID-19 is Affecting Guitarists Well, this is a guitar website after all… We’re all musicians, we’re all in this together; even if it doesn’t always seem that way in heated political discussions on social media. (I’m guilty, I know) Things have changed A LOT. The 2nd week of March 2020, I was finishing up a typical 5-gig week. On that following Monday, everything was cancelled. Everything on my calendar gone, literally overnight. I’m not …

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Acoustic Inferno Virtual Gig No. 4- This Saturday 6PM!

In #Sanfording, Guitar Blog, Lifestyle, Music by Craig Smith

Acoustic Inferno Streaming LIVE, This Saturday, July 18th @ 6:00 P.M. Let’s do it! Another streaming shit show coming your way! Our first 2 streams were amazing thanks to YOU. We are ready to do another one THIS SATURDAY night. The tips and virtual ticket sales last time helped so much. We both can’t thank you all enough! All proceeds will be split between Lyndsley and Craig….  and of course, as with everything here on the …

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The Modal Scale Workout for Guitarists 2.0

In Guitar Blog, Music, Scales by Craig Smith

How the Guitar Mode Workout Started Back in the 1990s, I was teaching guitar lessons at Lentine’s Music in Akron, Ohio. I was teaching 6 days a week and playing gigs at night on the weekends. Before the internet, before cell-phones, before YouTube lessons… you had to take lessons in person from an actual person. I have a lot of great memories from those years. At one point I had over 70 students per week …

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How To Choose Your First Guitar

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music, Reviews and Gear by Craig Smith

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments. Whether you’re a child or an adult looking to learn to play the guitar, you must choose the right first guitar. Choosing, however, can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. There are countless guitar styles available for both electric and acoustic guitars. When you walk into a musical instrument store, you can easily get lost in all the guitar brands, styles, and shapes. Shopping online is even …

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Fernando Sor Study in B minor

In Classical Guitar, Guitar Blog, Music by Craig Smith

Fernando Sor 1778-1839 “The Beethoven of the Guitar”, José Fernando Macario Sors was born February 14th, 1778 in Barcelona, Spain. Sor was widely considered the best guitarist in his time by his peers and the general public. He composed for the guitar, ballet, opera, string quartet, orchestra, piano, and voice. Sor came from a family of military men and intended to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers before him. After his father …

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Guitar Modes – A Beginners Guide to Modal Scales

In Guitar Blog, Music, Practice and Technique, Scales by Craig Smith

Introduction to Modal Scales for Guitarists I know what you’re thinking. Oh, great. Another article on scales. You may be asking yourself the usual questions: Why do I need to learn these scales? Why do modal scales have such funny names? Are these scales really going to make me better? Can I really use modes in everyday guitar playing situations? These are the same things I asked myself over 30 years ago when I first …