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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Jamorama Online Guitar Lessons Will Help You Learn To Play Guitar

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Jamorama Online Guitar Lessons? Have you heard of it before?

Anyway, I don't usually do this, but I've been recently recommending a piece of online guitar software lessons to people, and it's called Jamorama. Its the hottest selling online guitar course right now on the Internet!

It seems that a lot of folks settle for playing the “Guitar Hero 5” console game on the Xbox 360 these days, but I guess if you’re reading this then I assume it's certainly not enough for you if you really wanna learn guitar. I mean, come on, does jamming away on a plastic guitar to the song 'Barracuda' in Guitar Hero really help you to improve your guitar? (I'm chuckling when I think of that..:-))

If you truly need to learn how to play the guitar for real then this guitar learning software: Jamorama Guitar Lessons, is exactly what you need.

Teaching private guitar for a few months, I now understand better the frustrations my beginner students face learning the guitar. I don't admit to being the best guitar teacher around, but what usually happens is that I've got students who spend lots of time practising their guitar, but still struggle with basic things like strumming after 8 lessons.There is a limitation to private guitar coaching, and it's always got to do with the limited time you pay for having your guitar teacher around.

I've come to the conclusion that for all the benefits of hiring a private guitar teacher, it is still better for beginners to always have good guitar learning materials at hand that they can practise with at their own pace.

Jamorama Guitar Lessons really offers that benefit that cannot be found with a private guitar teacher, nor in trying to learn it totally on your own off the Internet. You will be able to learn beginner guitar at your own pace, and if you think in the long term, you save much more by using Jamorama Guitar Lessons instead of hiring a private guitar tutor. Why? Because with these online lessons you only have to make a one time payment of $49.95 one time, and then you have 100% access to it forever.

Stick with the old way of learning guitar through instructors, and trust me, it is not as effective and fast as compared to learning with this entire package of online guitar lessons! Don't do yourself a disfavor, and realize that after forking out $1000 for private guitar lessons, you still have not progressed as much as you wanted to.

Since every purchase of Jamorama comes with a total satisfaction guarantee, there’s absolutely no risk in trying it out for yourself. There’s a 2 month full cash back refund policy. That essentially means you can try the lessons for 2 months at no cost(no frills).

Also, their lessons are very easy to understand. They include step by step instructions that you will be able to follow no matter what your skill level is currently at. These online lessons are great for people just starting to play and more advanced level players.


On the left is an example of one of the chord lessons:

Some Features

(1) Download on the internet instantly.
(2) 100% satisfaction guarantee.
(3) Learn how to play guitar with a band(Not Guitar Hero, the real deal!).
(4) Learn all styles of music including rock, jazz, pop, & blues.
(5) Practice on your schedule at your own pace.
(6) Famous song lessons are included.
(7) Taught by a great guitarist named Ben Edwards.

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And lastly.It's officially National Day today in Singapore! And celebrating 44 years, I must say that I'm very proud to be a Singaporean living in this land the past 22 years. Count on me Singapore!


Friday, July 31, 2009

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Looks like we have another winning application for the iPhone now! Yonac Software has released the very first real steel probably ever to exist on your iPhone and iPod Touch..the steel guitar.


"With its gorgeous open-tuning sounds (you can change the tuning on the spot, to your preference), easy-to-manipulate "slide bar" and accelerometer controlled string bending, it is a unique app that fits the iPhone interface like the proverbial glove. Unlike the countless copycat guitar apps with pain-in-the-neck controls and non-existent playability, Steel Guitar is a masterpiece of elegance and simplicity that is built to empower your musicality. Experience it for yourself.
"(taken from their website)

These just some of the features that Steel Guitar boasts:














1.4 different instruments


that offer a choice among four unique tube-driven tones. So basically its 4X4













2.Pedal to the Metal


You can lay it flat, pluck, and rotate along the four axes to play a lick, or change the chord













3.Playability First


You can simply use a single fingertip to slide through a I-IV-V without the risk of damaging your phone






4.Pluck 'n' Tune


Never worry about turning the peg of a real guitar and bursting the string. Just tap the arrows and pluck to see where it takes you.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

La Bamba Guitar Tabs

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One of the few early guitar tabs I learnt when I first started out, I first learnt how to play La Bamba on the guitar when a scout leader showed me. La Bamba is very very easy to play, and it is basically a repetition of the intro throughout the whole song. Enjoy!

intro:

e-------------------------------------------------------------------|
b-------------------------------------------------------------------|
g-----------0---0-2-------------------------0---0-2-----------------|
d---------2---3--------------0-3-3-2-0----2---3---------------------|
a--0-2-3-------------------2-----------3----------------------------|
E-3----------------------3------------------------------------------|

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Besame Mucho Guitar Tab

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By the way,theses are the guitar tabs for Besame Mucho( compliments to
Erik Olofsen who wrote these tabs out)

Intro
---------------- | ------5-------7- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
----1-------3--- | ----6-------8--- | ------5-------5- | ------4-------4- |
--0---0---0---0- | --5-------7----- | ----6-------6--- | ----5-------5--- |
---------------- | ---------------- | --4-------4----- | --4-------4----- |
---------------- | ---------------- | 0-------0------- | 0-------0------- |
0-------0------- | 0-------0------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |

------1-------1- | ------1-------1- |
----2-------2--- | ----2-------2--- |
--2-------2----- | --1-------1----- |
---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- |
0-------0------- | 0-------0------- |

Besame, besame mucho
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
----1-------1--- | ----1-------1--- | ------3-------3- | ------3-------3- |
--0---0---0---0- | --0---0---0---0- | ----5-------5--- | ----5-------5--- |
---------------- | ---------------- | --3-------3----- | --3-------3----- |
---------------- | ---------------- | 0-------0------- | 0-------0------- |
0-------0------- | 0-------0------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |

---------------- | ------3--------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
------3-------2- | ----4-------3--- | ----1-------1--- | ----1-------1--- |
----5-------3--- | --2-------1---1- | --0---0---0---0- | --0---0---0---0- |
--3-------2----- | 3-------2------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
0--------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
--------3------- | ---------------- | 0-------0------- | 0-------0------- |

Besame, besame mucho
------3-------3- | ------1-------1- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
----3-------3--- | ----2-------2--- | ----3-------3--- | ----3-------3--- |
--3-------3----- | --0-------0----- | --2---2---2---2- | --1---1---1---1- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | 0-------0------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
0-------0------- | ---------------- | 2-------2------- | 1-------1------- |

---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | 1--------------- |
------1-------1- | ------1-------1- | ------3-------3- | --3---3-------3- |
----2-------2--- | ----2-------2--- | ----2-------2--- | ----1-------1--- |
--2-------2----- | --1-------1----- | --3-------3----- | ----------0----- |
---------------- | ---------------- | 2-------2------- | ---------------- |
2-------2------- | 2-------2------- | ---------------- | 0-------0------- |

Besame, besame mucho
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
----1-------1--- | ----1-------1--- | ------3-------3- | ------6-------6- |
--0---0---0---0- | --0---0---0---0- | ----5-------5--- | ----6-------6--- |
---------------- | ---------------- | --3-------3----- | --5-------5----- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
0-------0------- | 0-------0------- | 5-------5------- | 6-------6------- |

---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
------3-------2- | ------6-------5- | ---------------- | --------------5- |
----5-------3--- | ----5-------4--- | ----4-------4--- | ----4-------4--- |
--3-------2----- | --6-------6----- | --5---5---5---5- | --5---5---5----- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
5-------3------- | 4-------4------- | 3-------3------- | 3-------3------- |

Besame, besame mucho
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
----3-------3--- | ----2-------2--- | ----3-------3--- | ----3-------3--- |
--0---0---0---0- | --2---2---2---2- | --2---2---2---2- | --1---1---1---1- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | 0-------0------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
0-------0------- | ---------------- | 2-------2------- | 1-------1------- |

---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
------1-------1- | ------1-------0- | ----1-------1--- | ----1-------1--- |
----2-------2--- | ----2-------1--- | --0---0---0---0- | --0---0---0---0- |
--2-------2----- | --1-------0----- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
2-------1------- | 2-------1------- | 0-------0------- | 0-------0------- |

Break
------5-------6- | ------5-------5- | ------7-------7- | ------5-------5- |
----5-------6--- | ----5-------5--- | ----7-------6--- | ----5-------5--- |
--5-------7----- | --5-------5----- | --7-------7----- | --5-------5----- |
4-------6------- | 5-------5------- | 7-------6------- | 5-------5------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |

------5-------3- | ------1-------0- | ---------------- | ------2-------1- |
----5-------3--- | ----3-------3--- | ------5-------4- | ----3-------3--- |
--5-------4----- | --3-------3----- | ----2-------2--- | --2-------1----- |
4-------3------- | ---------------- | --4-------4----- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | 3-------3------- | 2-------2------- | 0-------0------- |

Besame, besame mucho
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
------1-------1- | ----1-------1--- | ----3-------3--- | ----3-------3--- |
----2-------2--- | --0---0---0---0- | --2---2---2---2- | --2---2---2---2- |
--0-------0----- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
1-------1------- | 0-------0------- | 1-------1------- | 1-------1------- |

--------------0- | ----1-------0--- | ----0-------0--- | ----0-------0--- |
----3-------2--- | --1---1---0---0- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
--2---2---2----- | --------1------- | --2---2---2---2- | --2---2---2---2- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
--------0------- | 0--------------- | 3-------3------- | 3-------3------- |
1--------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |

Besame, besame mucho
------3-------3- | ------1-------1- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
----3-------3--- | ----2-------2--- | ----3-------3--- | ----3-------3--- |
--3-------3----- | --0-------0----- | --2---2---2---2- | --1---1---1---1- |
2-------2------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | 0-------0------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | 2-------2------- | 1-------1------- |

---------------- | ---------------- | ------3-------3- | ------1-------1- |
--2---1-------1- | ------1-------0- | ----3-------3--- | ----2-------2--- |
----2-------2--- | ----2-------1--- | --3-------3----- | --2-------2----- |
----------2----- | --1-------0----- | 2-------2------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | 0-------0------- |
2-------1------- | 2-------1------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |

---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ------5-------7- |
----3-------3--- | ----3-------3--- | ----3-------3--- | ----6-------8--- |
--2---2---2---2- | --1---1---1---1- | --0---0---2---2- | --5-------7----- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- | ---------------- |
2-------2------- | 1-------1------- | 0-------2------- | 0-------0------- |

-10----- |
---12--- |
-----12- |
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If you know how to play the chords A minor, D minor and A, then you shouldn't have a problem
playing this song on the guitar.
major and E major so most guitarists should be able to handle it.

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Andrea Bocelli Sings Besame Mucho

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I don't confess to being a fan of romantic classicals,but Andrea Bocelli really blew me off my feet when I watched this video on Youtube!The song was written in 1940 by a 16 year old Mexican girl,Consuelo Velazquez, and the song itself is a forthright expression of her deep feelings to be kissed.Till today, it is still recorded and/or performed by thousands of performers.Jimmy Dorsey,the Beatles, American Idol's Sanjaya are just some of the examples of famous performers who have sung this song.

Here are the original lyrics to Besame Mucho :

Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche la última vez
Bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo perderte, perderte otra vez
Quiero tenerte muy
Cerca, mirarme en tus
Ojos, verte junto a mí
Piensa que tal vez
Mañana yo ya estaré
Lejos, muy lejos de ti
Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche la última vez
Bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo perderte, perderte después

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"How To Play The Guitar Like A Pro" Ebook released

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Hello guys..

The 1st release of "How To Play The Guitar Like A Pro!" guide has been released at last! It has been completed after 1 week of intensive compilation of common guitar topics on this blog. The guide is written towards beginner guitarists in view, but there's in harm in reading it if you are a more advanced player. It's offered free currently for the first 100 downloads only, so do grab your copy before it is gone.

You all STRONGLY encouraged to download it!

After you have read through this guide, you will:

1)Learn which guitar techniques really work and which ones don’t

-Discover which simple and easy to learn tricks will be right for you

2)Learn that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive lessons, one book is all it takes!

-If given the choice between choosing 2 same apples, in which one costs more than
the other, which one would you rather buy right?


So grab a free copy today for yourself before you have to fork out $20!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Free Guitar E-Book in progress

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Since this blog was conceived in May 2007, the traffic has grown considerably to approx. 100 unique viewers and 150 pageloads per day, with a couple of repeat visitors as of July 09. I must confess that in 2008, I did not really post much on this blog as I was serving my National Service. However, the traffic still kept growing! And I believe that it has helped many who are looking for useful information on a range of topics like tuning your guitar, what to consider when buying a new acoustic etc. So I want to say a big thank you to all who are reading this, and have supported this blog,

I've also received many useful and constructive comments from various people who do drop by this blog. One such thing that I noticed in my logs is that people tend to have difficulty searching for topics like learning how to tune the guitar, learning chord structures on this blog, due to the complicated nature of the categories. As part of my passionate pursuit to share and add value to visitors to this blog, I am in the works of developing a compiled e-book, "How to Play the Guitar Like a Pro!" which will address common topics searched in Guitar-Werks like:

  • Methods for tuning your guitar
  • Learning chord structure
  • Learning basic 4/4 rhythm strumming
  • How to Strum


The date of launch will be on the 28th of July(Singapore GMT). It's a free download, and it's my way of saying 'thank you' to you for just visiting this blog, and making it possible.Do leave your comments here if you are interested to get a copy of it. Thanks!

PerfectPitch Free Guitar Tuner

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Please feel free to download and make use of this free PerfectPitch Guitar Tuner . Quite an amazing and professionally made digital guitar tuner that works for Windows XP 2000/2003/Vista/2008. I'm sharing this cool app as I found it courtesy of the folks at NCH software.

Some cool features of it(from their web):

  • Tune to absolutely any note you want.
  • None of the constraints of conventional tuning patterns.
  • Highly accurate pitch detection.
  • Simple and intuitive interface.
  • Tune your guitar through any available sound input device including Microphone or Line In.
  • Excellent tool for checking fret board intonation.
Hope it helps you!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The History of The Electric Guitar: How Music Was Changed Forever

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In The Beginning
The guitar’s soft melodic tone made it difficult for people to hear it when being played alongside other instruments. So during the 1930’s an inventive individual decided to change that and invented the first electric guitar. Little did he know, or have imagined way back then how the invention of the electric guitar would significantly affect the course of 20th century music.

Like most new things, the electric guitar had its critics but it quickly won people over because of its ability to allow musicians to play much more creatively and express their own individual styles.

The First Pickup
In 1924 an inventive engineer working for the Gibson guitar company named Lloyd Loar, designed the first magnetic pickup. Using a magnet, he converted guitar string vibrations into electrical signals, which then were amplified through a speaker system. This first pickup was crude, but it was a great beginning.

The First Electric Guitar
In 1931 the Electro String Company was founded by Paul Barth, George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker, and developed the first electric guitars marketed to the general public. They made their guitars from cast aluminum and were played on a person’s lap using a steel slide much like today's steel guitar. Because of their unusual material, they were affectionately called “Frying Pans.”

The early success of the frying pans prompted the Gibson guitar company to build their first electric guitar, the ES-150 which is a legend today.

The First Solid-Body Electric Guitar
Electric guitars were quickly becoming popular, even though there was a major problem with their construction. Their bodies would vibrate due to the amplified sounds coming through the speakers they were played into, causing what we know as feed-back. The obvious remedy was to build a guitar made with a solid body which wouldn’t vibrate so easily.

As with most innovations, there is controversy over who invented the first solid –body electric guitar. Guitar legend Les Paul in the 1940’s developed his affectionately called “The Log” solid-body guitar by attaching a Gibson neck to a solid piece of wood…a railroad tie, hence the name “Log.”

Around this same time, guitarist Merle Travis and engineer Paul Bigsby developed a solid-body electric guitar that resembled the solid-body guitars that we’re so familiar with today.

The First Mass Produced Electric Guitar
Leo Fender in 1950 was the first to mass produce an electric guitar which was originally called the Fender Broadcaster. This guitar was quickly re-named to the infamous Telecaster because the name “Broadcaster” was already being used by another company. Leo followed this up in 1954 with the most renowned guitar of all time…the Stratocaster.

Leo’s success led other guitar manufacturers into developing their own mass-produced electric guitars. Most notable was the teaming-up of the Gibson guitar company with Les Paul to create the famous Gibson Les Paul electric guitar.

More Affordable Electric Guitars
During the 1960’s and 1970’s famous brand name electric guitars were too expensive for the average person to buy. Less pricey imitations quickly came to market but they were sub-standard in sound and playability. The Japanese, in the 1980’s started manufacturing electric guitars of similar quality to the more expensive American made models, but with much more affordable pricing. This prompted Fender and other leading guitar manufacturers into producing less expensive versions of their classic models. This resulted in electric guitars now being more affordable and accessible to more people.

Today, the Gibson and Fender guitar companies are still producing some of the most well-known and best made electric guitars on the market. But it’s getting crowded with other high quality brands such as BC Rich, ESP and Peavey. Innovative designs, shapes and materials are being incorporated with new technologies to produce better sounding electric guitars.

Modern guitars have built-in software allowing them to sound like other types of guitars. Some are even fitted with pickups that synthesize the sound of different instruments or record the notes in musical notation.

The electric guitar has come a long way with an interesting and inventive past and many in the industry say it has an even brighter future.

What to look for in a Guitar Humidifier

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Dry weather or environments can cause irreparable damage to acoustic guitars, in the form of fine cracks in the wood.

One way to supply additional humidity to your guitar is through a device known as a guitar humidifier. These devices are designed to release humidity inside the guitar through the sound-hole. Sound-hole humidifiers all utilize some type of water reservoir with an absorbent medium such as a sponge, water absorbent floral foam or absorbent polymer. The medium is then surrounded by some type of cover which holds the water absorbent medium in place and restricts the flow of water evaporation from the medium. To get inside your guitar, they slip between your guitar strings and are held in place there. Depending upon the brand of humidifier you purchase, it may or may not touch the wood inside your guitar. Dampit is designed to lie inside your guitar, while Planet Waves and Oasis are completely suspended from the strings.

Water holding capacity and the restrictiveness of the outer cover are the greatest factors in determining how often you will need to refill the device. Needless to say, you can’t stick a quart container of water inside your guitar, but there are several humidifiers that will hold an ounce (30 cc’s) or more such as Oasis or Planet Waves. If your guitar needs several cc’s per day of water vapor, a humidifier that holds only 5-10 cc’s will need to be refilled every few days.

Planet Waves and Dampit utilize holes in the outside membrane to release water vapor. Oasis uses a fabric which allows the water vapor, but not the water, to pass through the material to keep your guitar humidified. One downside to evaporation holes is the risk of water leakage. Very careful handling can minimize, but not eliminate this risk. Oasis is a water-tight, sealed unit which eliminates the risk of water leakage.

When to refill your humidifier is one of the great mysteries which have been solved by Oasis. Since Oasis is a flexible sealed container, is shrinks as the water inside of it evaporates through the fabric. When Oasis begins to look like a prune, you need to refill it.

All of the sound-hole humidifiers work. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. As with any new product you purchase, please read the directions carefully before use.
product you purchase, please read the directions carefully before use.

What It Takes To Be A Guitarist

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True interest in playing guitar comes from a burning desire to be what your heroes are. Its a blind passion. But, before you even pick up a guitar, you must first ask yourself these questions: Do I listen to music differently than my friends who don't play guitar? when it comes to listening to music, do I see myself being able to not only play all of the guitar parts, but be able to play all of the guitar parts on stage? Do I see myself playing guitar above anything else under GOD?

If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, chances are you have what it takes to become a serious guitarist. Now, you should pick up your guitar, and if the burning passion's there, never put it down. Never let it go. By now, you should know that playing guitar is much more than just something that you do, You are a musician, and that's not just something that you do, its who you are. So be proud, not just anybody can say their a musician. Your an artist, and that's a beautiful thing.

Now that you've figured out that you are a serious guitarist, you should now set out to be the best guitarist that you can possibly be. You are about to set out on a lifelong journey. a very fulfilling journey of mastering your craft.

So what do I do first? You might ask. You get lessons, buy books on learning guitar, video tape your heroes every time their on television, and then study them, whatever it takes to increase your skill as a guitarist. You should keep in mind that no matter what, if the passion is there, you will learn. So don't worry if you can't afford lessons, or afford books on learning guitar, if you have the undying desire and burning passion with or without help. No matter if the odds are in your favor or if the odds are stacked against you.

How do I know? Well, since me and my brother were old enough to remember, we've had a very close kinship, and a great understanding of music. But, unfortunately, our family was very poor. We were twelve before we got a guitar to create on. Our parents couldn't afford guitar lessons, so what we did was got our friends that were learning to play at the same time, and borrow their books on guitar, and then we would watch as they played the way their teachers taught them to play. We practiced night and day. We very rarely played outside like other kids. We never learned to swim because we played guitar all the time, we didn't go swimming. But, because we sacrificed so much for our craft, it wasn't long before our skill was unparalleled by our peers and we were teaching our friends teachers. We were showing guitarists twice or three times our age who were playing guitar before we were even born. We didn't have a guitar teacher, yet by the time we were the age of fifteen, we were the teachers. When we played talent shows at our high school, we were the talk of the school and very respected.

Now, I'm not saying by any means that you have to do to become a great guitarist. I'm just saying that this is how me and my twin brother learned. You should take your own path. Your path is always the best path to take.

Well, that's it. As always, I hope you found this article both informative and entertaining. May GOD bless you always, and in always.