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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Melodic Rock Licks is our newest free lesson by Jody Worrell. In the video, Jody will teach you five different licks that follow the chord changes of the backing track. These concepts might help you get out of the rut of just playing pentatonic notes over and over. For each lick, Jody will provide step by step instruction making sure you understand how to play it correctly. Next you can work on timing and creating a performance atmosphere by trading the lick back and forth with Jody against the track. Click here to get the printable tab and downloadable jam track for this lesson.


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al_dimeola-300Does one note say more than a hundred? This subject always brings with it a heated conversation between the advocates of “shredding” and those who oppose such. Al Di Meola was interviewed in Guitar World last year, and while the interview covered several topics, one question was regarding speed and musicality.

The question is, “What’s more important: learning to play a lot of notes fast or learning how to get the most out of a few notes?”

You need both abilities: to be able to sing a melody and play with space, and also to have the requisite technique to play the most intricate music. That makes you more complete, and able to play a wider variety of music. It’s a bunch of bullshit every time guitarists say, “One note says so much more than 100.” I always laugh at idiots who make that claim. Tell that to a flamenco player or a classical player and see what they say. It’s almost a defensive reaction. They take something they lack, attack it and claim they never wanted it in the first place. Sure!

While I completely agree with Al Di Meola’s answer, I’m curious how you feel about this topic. Either way, you’ll be biased. But what are your reasons for your opinion? What sort of musical education do you have? These and other questions can easily shape your opinion.

And in pondering this, you might even raise your level of musicianship.

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