Guitar Strings & String Gauges

Guitar Strings

Image of guitar strings on a guitarWhen you need to buy new guitar strings you have three choices: 1) go to the music store and buy one pack of strings for at least $5; 2) order a pack of strings from Amazon; or 3) order strings in bulk from places like JustStrings (this is my preferred choice).

At JustStrings you’ll be amazed at the variety of strings that are available including:

  • 12-String Guitar Strings
  • Acoustic Strings
  • Banjo Strings
  • Classical Strings
  • Electric Strings
  • Flatwound Strings
  • Lap Steel Strings
  • Pedal Steel Strings
    …and more

Finally, here’s a great video from the slightly offbeat @RobScallon about the many different string gauges (thickness) that you’re likely to encounter.

How to tune a guitar

How to Tune a Guitar

Learning how to tune a guitar is an essential skill if you always want to sound your best when playing the guitar (and who doesn’t?). The video below, from Nate Savage, is for beginners that want to learn how to tune a guitar by ear or tune with an electronic tuner.

Image of Guitar Tuna app on page about how to tune a guitarToday, there are excellent apps to help you tune a guitar (for your mobile phone or tablet) or you can use a quality electronic tuner. Nonetheless, it’s still very valuable to have the ability to tune a guitar by ear. Not only will this help you whenever you don’t have access to a tuner, but it will also help develop your ears.

You should also know that your guitar can easily fall out of tune due to changes in the temperature, environment and regular playing…and when it does, you will hear that your songs seem to sound off-key.

Guitar strings do not fall out of tune at the same rate, so it’s important to know how each string should sound in tune as you learn guitar chords.

Guitar Tuning Basics

Tuning a guitar involves adjusting 6 strings on the instrument. Standard guitar tuning, starting from the thickest, lowest-pitched string (the 6th string) at the top of neck is: E – A – D – G – B – E – The high E string—the thinnest, highest-pitched string at the bottom of the neck—is known as the 1st string and all others follow suit.

Here’s Nate Savage with an excellent video on how to tune a guitar:

Finally, here is a way to remember the string names, starting from the small “E” to the big “E.” E-very B-oy G-ets D-onuts A-fter E-ating. I’ve also seen:

Every Asshole Does Good Barely Ever

Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie

Elephants ‘Ave Dirty Great Big Ears

Blues Guitar Riffs – Delta Blues Style

Blues Guitar Riffs

Image of boy playing guitar on page about blues guitar riffsI absolutely love this blues guitar riff lesson showing how to play in the Delta blues style. It is an in-depth lesson from John Hatcher (@johnfhatcher) where he takes a typical blues progression and adds several fingerstyle blues licks to help you sound better when playing acoustic blues.

Guitarless Backing Track in Ab – great quality

Image on guitarless backing tracks page featuring link to spotifyThere are plenty of great guitarless backing tracks on Spotify. Here’s one of my favorites–don’t be thrown that it’s in the key of Ab (or G#). Remember, the pattern for the pentatonic scale (blues scale) is the same in every key…only the starting point–which fret–changes.

So, jump in and jam with this excellent backing track in Ab.

 

 

Jimmy Page Guitar Lesson

Image of Jimmy Page's dragon telecaster on online guitar lesson pageIn this online guitar lesson, Joe, from Reverb, runs through some classic Jimmy Page guitar riffs and talks about his guitar gear.

Joe shows us five quintessential Jimmy Page riffs that have cropped up in some of the most famous Zeppelin songs as well as in sessions and live jams throughout the band’s career. Take a look at the video below to master these Page riffs.

For more about Jimmy Page and his gear, visit Reverb.