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Protect Your New Guitar: 5 Simple Steps

How to Protect Your Investment

When it comes to keeping your new guitar protected sometimes you just can’t win forever; I mean you have anything from the weather getting to it and completely ruining that beautifully sculpted wood, to Billie Joe getting hold of it and someone reminding him it’s time to go, not a pretty sight either way. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try to protect it from disaster. Here are five great tips for giving your new baby the best chance for a good long life.

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Acoustic Guitar Reviews

5 Best Acoustic Guitars Under $500

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. 

Best Acoustic Guitars:

Fender T-Bucket 300CE

Starting off, the first guitar on our list of the best acoustic guitars is the . This dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar has a beautiful flame maple top with laminated mahogany back and sides, as well as a mahogany C shaped neck and a rosewood fingerboard. This is a great sounding, sturdy guitar and definitely the way to go.

Yamaha FG850

Next, we have the all mahogany,. The Yamaha FG series really does an awesome job of proving that you can get one of the best acoustic guitars for a pretty reasonable price. And, because of the full mahogany body, you are really getting a steal on this guitar.

Epiphone AJ-220SCE

The third guitar we have is a little less money than the previous, however, the is still a choice you that you will not regret. Whether you are using it with an amp or just as an acoustic, it has a nice sound to it. The vintage sunburst is a great way to finish up this guitar.

Yamaha CG122MCH

If you are more interested in a classic guitar, the is the perfect choice for anyone. Especially important is the  solid cedar top and 3-ply neck construction to make the neck stronger. Designed to be high end in sound quality, performance, and playability at a surprisingly low price, you are going to love this guitar.

Fender FA-100

Finally, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money the is a great way to keep the cost down and still getting a reliable guitar. It’s a well built acoustic guitar, and as long as you take care of it, you’ll have it for years.

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What do you think? Have you played any of these guitars? Do you have any other recommendations? We love to hear your feedback!

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Acoustic Guitar Reviews
Guitar Reviews

Find an Acoustic Guitar Under $1000

When choosing the correct acoustic guitar for yourself there are a lot of variables and choices out there. Factors like your playing style to your build will be huge when finding the right guitar for you. But how do you know for sure which guitar is the one for you if you’re just starting out?

All of the guitars on our list are under $1000 and would all be great for learning as well as maintaining their quality for a long time with the right care.

Top 5 Acoustic Guitars

This two toned beauty is built to be a durable, great sounding instrument. Using strong traditional construction methods and new features like the forward shifted X-brace pattern for the top, it’s the perfect mix of the classic vintage style with the modern improvements for easy learning and a long life for your acoustic guitar.

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Guitar Tips

Simple Shortcuts for Switching Between Chords

Written by Ivan Rivera from IvanRivera.BandCamp.com

 

Switching Between Chords

Chords are usually the first thing we learn on guitar and they build the foundation for a lot of what we do. I remember the first time I strummed a chord all the way through and it rang through my room and all the strings sounded clean. It’s a great and proud feeling that instills a feeling a progress and I see that in my students. It’s a great feeling every single time. But getting these chords to ring out nicely without any muted strings is only the first step in the journey of guitar and rhythm playing.

The next step for chords is learning and practicing how to switch. It’s usually the first thing that comes up with my students after learning most of the basic chords. It’s a logical progression and it’s essential for playing songs. While a lot of it has to do with muscle memory and getting the chords under your fingers, I have a found a few ways to switch between some basic chords that are common in some of the first songs you learn.

The concept is based on finding common fingers that stay the same between the chord you’re currently playing and the chord you want to switch to. This accomplishes two very important things:

1.Efficiency and economy of movement: The less fingers you have to move, the faster and more efficiently you’ll be able to get to the next chord. Also, your hands are less likely to get tired since you’re moving less.

2.Keeping your hands closer to the fret board: A very common thing I notice in all my students in the beginning is that when they’re done with a chord, they take they’re hand completely off the fret board and have to reposition all they’re fingers for the new chord they’re going to. Having to keep common fingers pressed and in place while you’re switching prevents you from doing this since you always have to keep your hand on the fret board.

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Today we’ll be working with the chords C major, A minor, E minor, G major, D major and finally F major. These are usually the first chords you learn and are found in so many songs so these moves and tips are definitely practical. We’ll also be looking at another set of chords that are a bit less common but incredibly fun to do.

The last thing we’ll be looking at is switching between A minor and E major. This will be less common of a progression but it’s still a very fun one and it still displays the concept we’re discussing, just in a different way. These two chords contain the same shape, it’s just they’re a string set up or down depending which you’re switching to. Very useful if you’re into Spanish songs or Flamenco though!

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