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The Best Guitalele Capo for Your Instrument [2021 Guide]

If you’re looking for a guitalele capo, this post is for you! I’ve mentioned in other posts how a capo is a great tool for any acoustic, stringed, fretted instrument player. And the guitalele is no exception! Even though I use a capo on the guitalele less frequently than on a standard guitar, I still […]

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The Best Guitalele Books to Teach You This Instrument in 2021

If you’re looking for guitalele books to help you learn the guitalele, you’ve come to the right post!  I’ve played the guitar since 2003, the ukulele since 2011, and the guitalele since 2019.  In other words, I am familiar with music and specifically, the guitalele. And in this guide, I’m going to give you a […]

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Guitalele Vs 6 String Ukulele: What’s the Difference? [2021 Guide]

If you’re wondering what the difference is between a guitalele vs 6 string ukulele, this post is for you! I’ve played the ukulele since 2011 and the guitar since 2003. I started playing the guitalele too in 2019. In short, I know about these instruments, and I hope this post helps you think through their […]

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Guitalele Vs Baritone Ukulele: What’s the Difference? [2021 Guide]

If you’re wondering what the difference is between a guitalele vs baritone ukulele, you’ve come to the right post! I’ve played the guitar since 2003 and the ukulele since 2011. And in 2019, I started playing the guitalele too. In short, I’m familiar with these instruments, and I hope this post helps you think through […]

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The Best Guitalele Accessories for Your Instrument in 2021

If you’re looking for the best guitalele accessories to go with your instrument, you’ve come to the right post! (And if you want to know more about the guitalele, check out my post that dives deep into the details about this instrument.) I’ve played guitar since 2003 and guitalele since 2019. In short, I know […]

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Your Guide to the Electric Mando-Guitar [2021 Edition]

In this post, I’ll be discussing the electric mando-guitar and the various options you have if you’d like to purchase an one of these instruments. Although I don’t own an electric mando-guitar, I do own the electric-acoustic F-6 Mando-Guitar from Goldtone. I’d love to add a fully electric mando-guitar to my instrument collection one day. […]

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Does Eastwood Make a Mando-Guitar? The Definitive Answer

You may have searched the web for an Eastwood mando-guitar after seeing something like it at your local musical instrument shop, on YouTube, or hearing about it elsewhere. But does Eastwood make a mando-guitar? Yes! Eastwood makes a Mandocaster which is an electric mandolin with some guitar-like qualities, but it technically isn’t a mando-guitar. It […]

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Does Fender Make a Mando-Guitar? The Definitive Answer

You may have searched the web for a Fender mando-guitar after seeing something like it at your local musical instrument shop or on YouTube. But does Fender make a mando-guitar? Actually, no. Fender makes a Mando-Strat which is an electric mandolin with some guitar-like qualities, but it technically isn’t a mando-guitar. The term mando-guitar is […]

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The TEO Mando-Guitar: an In-Depth Analysis [2021 Edition]

In this post, I’ll be discussing the mando-guitar as made by the company TEO Guitars. Judging from their website, it seems as though the only instrument made by this company is their mando-guitar. The link to their website provides a list of medium to high profile artists and musicians who use the TEO mando-guitar. I […]

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The Complete Guide to Guitalele Strings [2021 Edition]

If you want to know which guitalele strings are best for your situation, this post is for you! Basically, the best strings for your guitalele depend on the type of guitalele you have and which tuning you are using. I’ve created a simple tool to help you choose the best strings below. But I’ll discuss […]

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The Vox Mando-Guitar: an In-Depth Analysis

If you’re interested in learning more about the Vox Octave 12, the predecessor to the modern electric mando-guitar, this post is for you. In my previous posts, I’ve typically discussed the GoldTone brand of mando-guitar. As I’ve said, the GoldTone mando-guitar is the most popular brand of the instrument on the market. But that doesn’t […]

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The Best Case for Your Mando-Guitar [2021 Guide]

Like all instruments, mando-guitars can be fragile, and for this reason, I recommend using a case to transport your instrument. I’ve owned an F-6 Goldtone Mando Guitar since 2019, and I have been very pleased with the hard case that comes with it. That said, there are other case options for the mando-guitar that are […]

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The Best Strap for Your Mando-Guitar [2021 Guide]

If you’re not sure which strap to get for your mando-guitar, this article is for you! Playing standing up is an important part of playing many musical instruments. Many love the idea of playing on a stage standing up with your instrument strapped to you in front of a thundering cheering crowd. And even if […]

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The Different Types of Mando-Guitar Bodies and Which is Best for You [2021 Guide]

In this article, I’ll discuss the A and F shape mando-guitar bodies and which might be best for you. As you may have noticed in my articles about guitaleles and banjitars, there are many different size options for these instruments. Guitars themselves also come in many different shapes and sizes, these don’t just apply to […]

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A Brief History of the Guitalele: The Guitar Ukulele Hybrid [2021 Guide]

To understand guitalele history, let’s step back in time and place to Hawaii. Though the commercialized guitalele is more of a recent instrument, the history of both the guitar and ukulele is older. As we know, the guitar has a rich history of its own. The guitar and related stringed, fretted instruments have existed for […]

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A Thorough Guide to Standard and Alternate Banjitar Tunings [2021 Edition]

If you’re looking for a guide to standard and alternate banjitar tunings, this post is for you! (And check out this post if you’re just getting started with the banjitar and are looking for more information about it.) The banjitar is an instrument with the tone of a banjo and the tuning system of a […]

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A Thorough Guide to Mando-Guitar Strings [2021 Edition]

If you’re looking for more information about mando-guitar strings, this post is for you! Although I’ve covered similar information in my post about banjitar strings, I’m excited to discuss this same concept in the context of the mando-guitar. Goldtone Mando-Guitar String Gauges Goldtone is one of the most prominent mando-guitar manufacturers. They are also one […]

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A Brief but Thorough History of the Banjitar [2021 Guide]

Banjitar history is a small part of the very long and interesting story of the history of stringed instruments. Although you can read a bit about the banjitar on Wikipedia, its entry doesn’t address much of the history of this instrument. That’s what I aim to expore in this post. With such a wide variety […]

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The Best Banjitar Strings for You [2021 Guide]

As with many stringed instruments, there are many different options when it comes to banjitar strings. Just like with a guitar or a banjo, there are a ton of differences in strings you can use on the banjitar. And for the most part, there is no right or wrong type of banjitar string for your […]

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A Thorough Guide to Standard and Alternate Mando-Guitar Tunings [2021 Edition]

If you’re curious about standard and alternate mando-guitar tunings, this post is for you! I’ve discussed what a mando-guitar is in some of my other articles. But as a refresher: A mando-guitar is a hybrid instrument with the range and tone of a mandolin combined with the tuning of a guitar (but one octave higher). […]

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10 Great Banjitar Songs to Learn in 2021

If you’re looking for banjitar songs to learn in 2021, this post is for you! I’ve compiled a list of 10 great banjitar songs to learn on the instrument this year. Although not always easy, I’ve tried to find songs originally written and performed on the six-string banjo. Of course, you can also find some […]

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Guitalele Vs Travel Guitar: Which is Better for You to Learn in 2021

If you’re debating the pros and cons of the guitalele vs. the travel guitar, this article is for you. I’ve played the guitar since 2003 and the guitalele since 2019. In this post I address differences between the two instruments and which is better to learn depending on your style. What are the Differences Between […]

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Guitar Industry Statistics and Data to Know About in 2021

If you’re looking for interesting guitar industry statistics and data, you’ve come to the right post! With Guitar Center filing for bankruptcy, and young people seeming more interested in electronic dance music than the guitar today, I decided to dive into the statistics to see what’s really going on with the guitar market. Here’s what […]

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How To Learn The Guitalele in 5 Simple Steps [2021 Guide]

If you’re interested in how to learn the guitalele, here’s my quick guide: Get the right instrument. Learn basic chords. Practice simple songs that use those chords. Continue learning songs of increasing complexity. Learn music theory and different styles of playing when you get in a rut. In the sections below, I’ll elaborate on each […]

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10 Modern Acoustic Guitar Songs to Start Learning Today [2021 Guide]

If you’re looking for some modern acoustic guitar songs to learn, you’ve come to the right post! In this guide, I’ll discuss a handful of songs all written after the year 2000 that you can start learning on the guitar today. Most of these are simple songs that are great for beginners. But I’ve also […]

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Martin Vs. Taylor Guitars: How They Differ and Which to Choose [2021 Guide]

If you’re trying to choose between a Martin or Taylor guitar, this post post is for you! Taylor and Martin are some of the most popular guitar brands in the world. Given each brand’s popularity and similar pricing, there is a lot of comparison between the two and a heated debate as to which is […]

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Orangewood Guitars: The Complete 2021 Buyer’s Guide

If you’re interested in learning more about Orangewood Guitars, you’ve come to the right post! Unlike brands like Ibanez, Fender, Epiphone, Gibson, and others, Orangewood is not a household name. In fact, many guitarists don’t know of this brand. Regardless of how much you know about Orangewood guitars, I hope this article helps you learn […]

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The Best Acoustic Bass Amps For Any Skill Level or Budget [2021 Guide]

If you’re looking for the best amps for acoustic bass, you’ve come to the right post! Basses add depth to music that’s hard to find in another instrument. And acoustic basses are a super-fun addition to a jam session that not many incorporate into their sessions. (If you want to know how else I recommend […]

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Esteban Guitars: The Complete 2021 Guide

If you’re curious about Esteban guitars and wondering whether they are worth the investment, read on! If you’ve ever looked for a new guitar, you’re probably familiar with the research phase. This is the time when you look up information about all sorts of guitars like Fenders, Gibsons, Ibanez, Yamahas, or in this case, Estebans. […]

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14 Basic Guitalele Chords You Should Know [2021 Guide]

If you’re looking for simple guitalele chords to learn, you’ve come to the right post! Like the guitar, the guitalele is as much a chordal instrument as it is melodic. Thus, you’ll want to know the most common chords on the guitalele! In this article, I will show you fourteen basic guitalele chords that should […]

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Guitalele Vs. Ukulele: How They Differ and Which to Learn [2021 Guide]

I started playing the guitar in 2003. In 2011, I began playing the ukulele, and since 2019, I have played the guitalele too. I don’t have everything figured out with these instruments. But I’m happy to share what I’ve learned about them so far, their differences, and which instrument I think you should learn in […]

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10 Awesome Songs For Guitalele [2021 Guide]

If you’re looking for songs for guitalele, this post is for you! Unfortunately, there aren’t many songs written specifically for the guitalele. (But if you know of some, let me know in the comments!) That said, you can learn to play a guitalele version of any song. However, I think the best songs to learn […]

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Banjitar vs Banjo: What Makes them Different and Which You Should Learn [2021 Guide]

If you’re wondering what the difference is between the banjitar and the banjo, this post is for you! The banjo (and banjitar) belong to the chordophone family of musical instruments. This family is one of the densest and richest. Many chordophone instruments are unique to a certain geographical area. In Africa, for example, you can […]

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Guitalele Vs Guitar: What Makes them Different and Which You Should Learn [2021 Guide]

If you’re wondering how guitaleles differ exactly from guitars and which you should learn, this article is for you! Several factors contribute to selecting the right musical instrument for you and your situation. Some of these factors include: the availability of the instrument, the style of music you want to play, awareness (just knowing that […]

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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 were the same. But there are actually two broad categories of […]

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Guitalele Tuning: The Complete Guide [2021 Edition]

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.  If you want to learn about guitalele tunings, this is the post for you.  So what is standard tuning for the guitalele? A […]

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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 ukulele six strings like a guitar instead of 4 strings like a ukulele a tuning in the same intervals as […]

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A Personalized Guide to How Easy It Will Be for You to Learn Guitar

When I first started playing guitar at age 12, I wondered how easy guitar was to learn.  After decades of playing instruments, I have a better idea of measuring how easy or difficult it will be for you to learn the guitar, no matter your background.  In fact, I’ve boiled it down to a simple […]

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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 or so songs you feel comfortable playing at any given time, I […]

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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 instead of the ukulele’s usual four, and a […]

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What Is a Banjitar? The Complete Guide [2021 Edition]

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 the instrument for you, […]

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What a Mando-Guitar Is and Why You Might Consider Adding it to Your Instrument Collection

In 2019, I sold the mandolin I had owned for over a decade and bought a mando guitar with the proceeds. So what is a mando guitar, anyway? It’s a hybrid between a mandolin and a guitar with: the body of a mandolin and the same number of strings as a guitar with the standard […]

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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 their differences. How are guitars and banjos different? The […]

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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 for you to pursue. So how do you decide whether to […]

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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 if you’re purchasing for […]

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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 you learn piano or guitar? Piano might be a […]

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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, there’s a gift choice in this post for every budget and every […]

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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 best way to learn songs on […]

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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 getting lessons. Even if you’re set on teaching yourself guitar, I recommend checking out […]

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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 instrument I was […]

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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? If you exclusively play lead on […]

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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 started. So how do you jam with […]

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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 ukulele has four strings and the guitar has six strings. Ukulele strings are typically […]

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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 when playing the guitar with […]

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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 world to you. Popular alternate […]

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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 place with better resources to learn guitar. So are […]

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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 other guitar-like instruments for 15 years and counting, I own a mandolin, banjo, ukulele, violin, […]

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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 guitars and mandolins different? They have different numbers of […]

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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 before I touched a guitar. Once […]