Essential Guitar Terms for Beginners

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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.)

5 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

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If you are on the hunt for a great acoustic guitar it is a good idea to do some research before hand so you know exactly what you want. There is a huge variety out there so we narrowed it down to the 5 best acoustic guitars under $500. All of these guitars would be excellent for any skill level from beginners to experts, making them awesome gifts as well. 

Beginnings of a Rockstar: Minor Pentatonic Scale

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Written by Ivan Rivera from IvanRivera.Bandcamp.com. You can also find Ivan on YouTube.

The almighty minor pentatonic scale: the 5 notes (penta = 5) that make up the bulk of your favorite solos, riffs and lines across a multitude of genres (especially Blues and Rock). It’s usually one of the first scales, if not the first, that guitarists learn and there’s a good reason for that. The scale contains only 5 notes instead of the 7 that form a “full” major/minor scale. This alone makes the shapes “finger friendly” and it takes out the intimidation a bit out of soloing and applying them right away.

How (and Why) to Learn a Song by Ear

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Written by Alex Bruce of BruceMusic.co.uk

When my team of Guitar teachers and I talk to our new students, so many of them, whatever their level list being able to learn a song by ear as one of their main aims. It seems to be something that aspiring Guitarists want to be able to do, whether they feel they need to or not. Perhaps it’s part of their perception of what a ‘real’ musician is, or just feels more authentic than using a tab or a tutorial.