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Essential Guitar Terms for Beginners

Put together by TakeLessons.com

A Guide to Guitar Terms

When you start something new, like playing the guitar, it is important to learn the jargon.  Knowing key guitar terms is helpful when purchasing your guitar, learning techniques, and simply talking with other guitarists.  You will need to know where the pickups are, what a barre chord is, as well as how to use your capo.  (You can find more information on the capo here: Ultimate Guide to Using a Guitar Capo.)

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10 Easy Summertime Guitar Songs for Beginners

Image courtesy of Molly Martirez @ Unsplash.com

These easy Summertime guitar songs were put together by TakeLessons.com

Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to learn seasonal tunes on your guitar! And from “Summertime Blues” to Kenny Chesney, many of the top summer songs are easy to play. Check out the infographic below, compiled by music lessons provider TakeLessons, to learn the chords for 10 easy songs… 

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Patriotic Songs on Solo Guitars for the 4th of July

In the spirit of the 4th of July, I have put together a collection of patriotic songs on solo guitars, because sometimes simplicity is perfection.  All of the songs I chose are performed by regular people, like us, who play because they love it. Because, what better does the 4th of July represent than being able to do what you love? Please enjoy the music, support the artists, and keep playing!

Patriotic Medley
by wilsonmohill

She is playing some very tricky arrangements and doing a great job of it! I love hearing Stars and Stripes in there–it seems to be overlooked a lot, but it is such a great song.

Star Spangled Banner Guitar Solo (National Anthem)
by claytonh333

A beautiful rendition with his inspiration on the wall in the background! He took some liberties of his own and made it fun.

America Medley
by Stephanie Jackson

The sound of her guitar is absolutely beautiful. The chords that she is playing are very tricky, but she moves through them with grace.

Patriotic Medley–solo guitar
by Vince Carrola

The arrangements he puts together are not purely tradition, but they are still beautiful. I love how he starts off slow and then picks up steam as he goes; when you’re trying to evoke emotion, tempo is critical. When he comes back to America the Beautiful at the end, he ties everything together.

Happy Fourth of July, Patriotic Medley on Acoustic Guitar
by MidLifeVice

Maybe because it’s the first one I watched, or because I have a soft spot for The Battle Hymn of the Republic (thanks Grandpa!), but this is my one of my favorite patriotic songs. The guitar is simple and perfect. There is nothing showy about this recording, just three beautiful songs and the performers emotion.

Please let me know which was your favorite. Enjoy your 4th and thank you to all the men and women who made and still make this nation great!

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10 YouTube Guitar Videos That Pack the Most Punch

Who’s Doing Instructional Guitar Videos Right?
Written by Steve at GuitarNiche.com

Who’s knocking it out of the park with the best YouTube instructional videos for guitar players… hmmmm…

It’s no easy task to pick clear winners when you consider the amount of contenders in the ring. Anyone with a smartphone and a few chords under their belt can throw together a YouTube channel.

There are over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.  We are essentially looking for a needle in a very large haystack.

Lucky for you, you have a guide with deep experience navigating the video wilderness.

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