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Nylon Vs. Steel String Guitar: How They Differ & Which to Learn

I’ve been playing the guitar since 2003.  And although I prefer the steel string guitar, I’m very familiar with both the nylon and steel string acoustic guitar.  If you’re like me when I first started playing guitar, you probably thought all nylon string guitars...

Tuning For Guitalele: The Complete Guide

I’ve been playing the guitar since 2003, the ukulele since 2011, and the guitalele since 2019.  As I’ve played these instruments, I’ve become familiar with each instruments’ standard tuning and tuning variations.  So what’s standard tuning for the...

Can You Put Steel Strings on a Guitalele? The Definitive Answer

I’ve been playing the guitar since 2003 and the ukulele since 2011.  In 2019, I finally purchased a guitalele, a hybrid guitar ukulele instrument.  The guitalele has:  the body of a concert or baritone size ukulelesix strings like a guitar instead of 4...

How to Learn Guitar Songs by Ear

Even though I’ve been playing the guitar since 2003, I still rely heavily on tabs to learn guitar songs. Using tabs to learn songs on the guitar isn’t necessarily bad. In fact, it’s great if you’re beginner guitarist. If you don’t have 10...

What a Guitalele Is and Why You Might Consider Owning One

In 2019, I purchased a guitalele after playing the guitar since 2003 and the ukulele since 2008. So what is a guitalele? A guitalele is a hybrid guitar ukulele instrument with: the body of a tenor or baritone size ukulele,six nylgut strings like a classical guitar...

What Is a Banjitar? The Complete Guide

If you read my article about deciding whether to play the guitar or the banjo, you know I sold my banjo and bought a banjitar in 2019. Why? I ultimately decided the banjitar was a better instrument for me than the banjo. But before we dive into whether the banjitar is...

Guitar Vs. Banjo: How They Differ & Which One to Learn

I purchased my first banjo in college after I had been playing the guitar for about 8 years. I’m no banjo expert, but I’m familiar with both instruments and can tell you how they differ and help you decide which one to pursue. First, let’s discuss...

How to Decide Whether to Learn Acoustic or Electric Guitar

I’ve owned and played acoustic and electric guitars for over 15 years and ultimately spend a lot more time playing acoustic than electric guitar. In this post, I’ll explain why I play acoustic guitar more and how you can decide which instrument is better...

An Acoustic Guitar Buyer’s Guide for Any Age or Skill Level

When I bought my first guitar 15+ years ago, I had no idea what to buy. Several guitar purchases later, I now have a good handle on what guitar to buy depending on your situation. So what acoustic guitar should you buy as a beginner? The 1/2 Size Yamaha Classical...

Guitar Vs. Piano: Which Instrument You Should Learn

I’ve played guitar since 2003 and have dabbled with piano for just as long. Though I don’t have as much experience with piano, I know enough to tell you about some of the contributing factors that may help you decide which instrument to pursue. So should...

20 Perfect Gifts for Guitarists Beginner & Expert Alike

Since I started playing the guitar in 2003, I’ve received quite a few gifts for guitarists on special occasions. I’m going to share the best gifts I’ve received (and some I’d like to receive) in this post. From a few dollars to thousands,...

9 Tips to Help You Learn Guitar Songs Quickly and Efficiently

One of my favorite ways to get better at guitar is to learn new songs. In fact: This is how I recommend every beginner learn the guitar: by learning songs first, music theory later. So what’s the fastest (and best) way to learn songs on guitar? The fastest and...

4 Steps to Teach Yourself Acoustic Guitar Quickly & Easily

Apart from lessons from two different teachers with each for about a year, I’ve taught myself guitar since I started playing in 2003. Since you’re reading this article, I’m guessing you prefer the idea of teaching yourself guitar as opposed to...

10 Amazing Guitar Books to Help You Level Up Your Guitar Education

I first picked up the guitar at age 12 thanks to a simple guitar chord book. Since my sister had begun learning the guitar at that time, I had access to both her guitar and learning resources. When I discovered how much easier the guitar was than the violin (which was...

The Best Guitar Capos: From One to Six String Capos

I’ve used a capo with my guitar for years to change the key of songs and the sound of my guitar. It’s an absolutely vital tool for the guitar player, particularly the acoustic guitar player. So how do you choose the best guitar capo for you and your style?...

15 Simple Steps to Learn how to Jam with Other Guitarists

When I first started learning the guitar, I wanted to know how to jam with other guitarists. I don’t have it all figured out, but after jamming with other guitarists since 2003, I’ve learned some tips along the way I wish I would have known when I first...

The Difference Between Guitar & Ukulele & Which One to Learn

I’ve owned and played an electric/acoustic ukulele since 2011, and I have owned and played an electric/acoustic guitar since 2003. Each instrument has its pros and cons and they have some significant differences. So how are guitars and ukuleles different? The...

9 Awesome Slide Guitar Tunings to Rock Out With

I’ve messed around with slide guitar tunings since 2005, and I love the way a slide sounds on the guitar. If you’ve ever played the guitar with a slide, you know it can be tricky to play with in standard tuning. So what are the best guitar tunings to use...

11 Great Alternate Guitar Tunings to Expand Your Repertoire

I remember when I first heard Bron Yr Aur by Led Zeppelin around 2004, and I learned about alternate guitar tunings. The possibility of getting new sounds out of my guitar with alternate tunings opened up a whole new world to me! I hope this article opens up that same...

How to Decide Whether Guitar Lessons Are Worth It For You

When I first started playing guitar at age 12, I wondered if guitar lessons were worth it with everything you can learn online, through books, and with other resources. 15+ years later, this question is even more relevant today since the internet has become a bigger...

Guitar-Like Instruments & Which You Might Consider Learning

If you’re a guitarist wondering what other guitar-like instruments are out there; Or if you’re an aspiring musician wanting to know what options you have besides playing the guitar, You’ve come to the right post! I’ve played the guitar and...

Guitar Vs. Mandolin: How They Differ & Which One to Learn

I started playing the mandolin 4 years after I started learning the guitar (and I’ve played both instruments for over a decade). One of the first things I wanted to know when I started playing the mandolin was how exactly these instruments differed. So how are...

Guitar Vs. Violin: How They Differ & Which You Should Learn

If you want to know how guitars and violins differ and which one you should learn, you’ve come to the right post! I debated this same question when I first started playing musical instruments at age 9. I ended up choosing to learn violin and played for 3 years...
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