There are a variety of guitar chords that require your fingers to span frets and contort in ways that seem impossible. Your first attempt to play these chords around the first or second fret could prove futile. In Big Stretch Chords, Peter Vogl will show you how to use a capo to build up your stretching ability. By capoing up the neck, you can reduce the distance that your fingers have to stretch. As you get more comfortable playing the chord, move the capo down a fret to a harder position. Continue working and gradually moving the capo down until you can play the actual chord. We’ll use the Am9, Cmaj7, and Emaj9 chords as our example.

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If you already own some guitars and are looking for an excuse to buy more, why not use them as home decor. This expensive undertaking is exactly how one Chicago loft created it’s unique look. The owner has what appears to be over 20 feet of vertical space on the wall over his tv that needed to be filled. Hanging nine different guitars from the wall created a very chic and awe inducing sight. Judging from the rest of the pictures, he has more guitars around the apartment that are located in friendlier positioning for regular practice. Once you’ve gone this far, you may as well add a guitar shaped pool. See more photos of the loft at freshome.com.

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Restring-1If you have a Floyd Rose Tremolo on your guitar, you may know that breaking a string can be a bigger hassle than for most guitarists. It may seem like common sense to some, but when emergencies happen, sometimes we fail to use common sense. So what do you do if you’re playing a guitar with a Floyd Rose and you break a string and you don’t have a backup? First, of course, is panic. Then, grab your tools. Assuming you have enough string wrapped around the tuning post, you can actually reuse the same string!

Check out this article from Seymour Duncan on how to do it.

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The Practice Sessions by Peter Vogl were designed to be part of your daily guitar practice routine. Choose a video each day and work through the session. We’ll show you what to practice and how to get better. This collection of 24 brand new videos guides you through the type of focused practice that creates improvement.

Beginner guitar players can work on basic techniques like alternate picking, playing scales, or getting down strum patterns and chord progressions. More advanced guitarist’s can learn new drills to tune up their hammer-ons, pull-offs, finger independence, and more. Whatever your skill level is, we have a practice session that you can use.

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Have you heard of Jason Becker? Have you seen the documentary on his life and music? If you’re playing guitar, you need to. Jason was a virtuoso guitarist who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1990 as he was preparing for a tour with David Lee Roth. While the disease robbed his body of the ability to move, and doctors gave him three to five years to live, his mind remains sharp and he continues to compose music with the aid of a computer system and language chart that is controlled by his eye movements.

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is a testament to the power of music and the strength of the human spirit. Find out more about Jason at his website, JasonBecker.com.


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