Saturday, 13 August 2011

Google Doodle Guitar



This was a Google Doodle Guitar shown on 9th June 2011.


Google on June 9th 2011 paid tribute to legendary musician and innovator Les Paul with an interactive Google guitar logo that lets you play a virtual guitar, record it, and then share your composition. The special Doodle is in honor of what would have been Paul's 96th birthday. Les Paul (née Lester William Polsfuss) was born June 9, 1915. He was an talented guitarist and an innovator who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar and a slew of other musical inventions that were instrumental in paving the way for rock-and-roll and defining the musical sounds that followed.
The Google logo has been transformed into a playable stringed instrument and can even make a 30 second recording of the music created using the Google logo.The Google Guitar logo lets users "play" the guitar by plucking the strings, and even lets them record their melodies.
You can strum the virtual guitar using your mouse or use letters and numbers on your keyboard. U.S. users have an added ability to use a black "record" button to save a 30-second song. After recording your masterpiece (the red light flashes to warn you when time is almost up), you can play back your track or share the link, generated with Google's URL shortener goo.gl.

The logo uses a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas, CSS, and Flash, and Google credits the work to engineers Kristopher Hom and Joey Hurst and Doodle team lead Ryan Germick.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Finally a great site that will make you a professional at playing the guitar

"Can you imagine that today you can learn guitar at home for any level or style? In fact this is very much possible today as people can quickly log on to the internet and get access to free, user friendly video guitar lessons from the comfort of their home. One site that needs a special mention is learnguitar.
The site contains detailed lessons on guitar playing right from the basics to the most advanced techniques. Hence anyone who wants to start playing the guitar can refer to the site and have a personalized guitar lesson plan created just for them. One can start with the basic lessons of holding the guitar in the correct manner and also learn as to what the string names are, about chords and scales and even basic soloing techniques.

The site promises you that with just two weeks of structured guitar lessons can give you the desired results. After just two weeks you could start playing for small parties and group gatherings, however it is continuous practicing that makes you perfect and hence the site recommends that one should devote some time to guitar playing to become the guitarist you always dreamed of.

As mentioned before, the site contains step by step tutorials which are arranged in a logical manner. Hence one can start from the first chapter and then move on to the next one after mastering it. Unlike other free guitar learning sites that have taken guitar lessons from other sites and placed them here and there, learnguitar stresses on a proper flow of all the chapters so that the student does not become confused. There are lessons for playing different guitars such as acoustic and electric guitar. The technique for playing both these styles of guitar is slightly different and learnguitar will help you master both the techniques.        

The site guarantees that just within two weeks of learning its lessons, one will be able to play confidently at any party to impress family members and friends. One can even start earning money by giving guitar lessons or joining a band that plays at a club. There are other advantages as well such as learning techniques from famous guitarists such as Jeremy Laursen, Adam Ross and Jarrod Taylor besides other artists. The site throws light on the secrets of these professional players so that you stand to learn only the best. Through intense learning exercises from the site one will gain a lot of confidence in playing the guitar and also will be able to take his interest at the next level.

One can even imitate one’s favorite artist styles by learning their techniques and secrets of playing the guitar. Learnguitar promises that once a person embarks on the journey of learning through the site, he or she will not go anywhere else for sure.

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Guitars – The Fender Stratocaster Is A Thing Of Dreams

The very first guitar I ever played was a Candy Apple Red Fender Stratocaster. It was love at first touch. I wanted that guitar SO bad. I grew up listening to Eric Clapton, David Gilmore and Jimmy Hendrix, and during my college years I was a huge fan of Stevie Ray Vaughn. The Fender Stratocaster was the guitar of choice for these incredible guitar players and many more.

My tasted in guitars evolved as I learned, and I discovered that every guitar had their own personality in my hands. Some were sassy and bright, others were bad and loud, and still others just wanted to sing the blues. One of the coolest parts about owning a music store was being able to play thousands of different guitars of all makes and styles.

But my roots have always been with the Fender Strat. The secret to the amazing tone for the Strat lies in the traditional single could pickups, two piece body and the types of tone woods used to make the guitar. Fender offers the same pickups played by Jimmy Hendrix, or Eric Clapton. Fenders custom shop ’69 pickups will do the trick, or if you’re into Stevie Ray Vaughn you need Fenders Tex-Mex specials.

Probably the best way to play the same guitar as your guitar heroes is to purchase their signature model. Fender has signature models available for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson and more.

Rather a “c” or “v” neck dressed up in maple or rosewood, nothing feels like a Stratocaster and nothing plays or sounds the same. In everyone’s life a little rain must fall, and in every guitarist life a Stratocaster must be played.

Strat’s are best known for their warm unique tone, but not all Strat’s are created equally. The tonal range will depend on the tone woods used in the neck and body as well as the type and configuration of pickups. When selecting a Strat to purchase take your time and research the various online forums to learn everything about the model you want to purchase. You may even want to visit your local retailer and play a few, just to get a better feel for the playability of the model you desire. Sometimes you may find that what you think you want and what you really like are quite different. Once you are convinced of what you HAVE TO HAVE, you should check out the various online retailers. In most cases you will find better prices on line then at your local store.

Buying your Strat will be one of the best days of your life. So enjoy every moment and remember that you are not purchasing just a guitar, you are purchasing something from your dreams.
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Guitar Lessons – Playing Harmonics

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A harmonic is a tone that’s created by the guitar by touching the string above a fret on an open vibrating string. There are 2 types of harmonics Natural and Artificial or I prefer to call them pinch harmonics.

Natural Harmonics

Natural Harmonics can be produced by touching your index finger on your fret-hand above at the 5th, 7th or 12th fret. Just place your finger on the string above the fret, don’t press to hard or you will mute the note, pluck the note and then pull your finger off. Try it on the A string.

E|------------|
B|------------|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|----12------|
E|------------|

Timing is critical when playing harmonics. The length of time you keep your finger on the string will determine if you hear a harmonic, muted sound or just a regular note. Natural harmonics occur in various locations along the fretboard. The most common ones are on the 5th, 7th, and 12th fret. The harmonics in those positions will ring for all 6 strings on the same fret. Try playing them in all 3 positions. Place your finger across all 6 strings and play from the Low E to the high E lifting your finger as your pick strikes each individual string. You have to work at this and it takes some time, but it sound so cool.

E|---------5-----|--------7-----|----------12---|
B|--------5------|-------7------|--------12-----|
G|-------5-------|------7-------|-------12------|
D|------5--------|-----7--------|------12-------|
A|-----5---------|----7---------|-----12--------|
E|----5----------|---7----------|----12---------|

Pinch Harmonics

Pinch harmonics are done with the pick hand hand. I found this technique very difficult to master. The best method is to “choke” down on your pick so there is very little pick exposed between your thumb and your index finger. With time you’ll learn the pick has to be mobile in your hand, and you will move it into different position depending on how you play. Now when you pluck a string with your pick the trick is to hit the pick first and then slightly twist your thumb so that it touches the string immediately after hitting the string.

Why play a pinch harmonic…..well because they are very cool when playing solos. You can combine string bends with pinch harmonics and vibrato to get totally cool sounding “squeals”. They even sound great when you do them by accident. The trick is to devote some of your practice time everyday to just playing cool licks and try adding a pinch harmonic with some demonic vibrato. Oh yea, it makes you want to play more guitar because you can just create some of coolest sounds!

Guitar Tip: Secret Benefits Of Using A Metronome

I'm sure you've heard that it is incredibly useful to practice with a metronome. Most books and teachers make it abundantly clear that using a metronome is a great way to improve your timing. This is true. But did you know that there are other HUGE benefits to using a metronome? Let's take a look at a few now...

Goal Setting

It’s been proven time-and-time again that goals need to be specific and measurable to work. If you don’t know exactly WHAT you are trying to achieve, how will you know WHEN you have achieved it?

I use my metronome all the time to help me set SPECIFIC goals for my technique development. For example, let's say that you would like to increase the speed at which you can play a particular exercise. If you use a metronome you can set an EXACT speed for your goal. For example, you might say that when you can play the exercise using sixteenth notes at 160 bpm (beats-per-minute), then you have reached your goal. Can you see how powerful this is? The metronome setting gives you a clear target to aim for!

Progressive Realization Of Goals

Metronomes allow you to progressively achieve your goals. What do I mean by this? Put simply, it means start slow and GRADUALLY increase the speed of your metronome. For example, let’s say you want to get a particular lick up to 200 bpm. You could first master the lick at 40 bpm. Once mastered at this speed you could then increase the metronome speed to 42 bpm, then 44 bpm, then 46 bpm. You get the idea! You would work up to the target speed incrementally over a period of days, weeks or even months.

Developing Listening Skills

One absolutely vital skill to develop is the ability to play your guitar while still being able to listen to the people that you are playing with. This is especially true in jazz, where a large proportion of the song may be improvised!

Metronomes really help you develop this listening skill. As you practice you will also have to be listening to the click of your metronome. If you don’t, you will soon be playing out of time with it!

Obviously, you’ll develop this listening ability more fully by playing with other musicians, but playing with a metronome will definitely help as well. It’s a great place to start and can often can help build your confidence to play with other people.

Hopefully this article has inspired you to dust off your metronome and use it. It would also be a great exercise to think of some other benefits yourself. Practice hard and have fun!

Easy Guitar Songs

Easy Guitar Songs - You Can Learn To Play Music On Guitar

When you learn to play music on guitar it is one of the most rewarding things you can learn. It can be used at a variety of occasions and can also be used to make money when you become experienced. I will try to show you some simple steps to learn to play music on guitar, but it requires a lot of patience and even more practice.

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You have to remember there is no easy way out you have to practice or you won’t perfect the things you have learnt. Try not to get frustrated if it does not come to you straight away because it will develop over time.

Reference material

There is a wide range of reference materials available in book and video form. These are all available on the internet. Classes are also a great way to learn to play music on guitar. In the first few pages of most guitar books there is always a short riff, and easy song’s try. Start with them and practice those for a while until you are confident enough to continue.

Equipment

When it comes to buying a guitar go to a music shop and pick them up and hold them try to choose one that feels comfortable and if you still can’t decide talk to the shop assistant and see if they have any tips and tricks for picking the right guitar. Don’t be fooled by the price tag most of the cheap guitars are fine to begin with. When you first learn to play music on guitar you will not need a fancy guitar as most of the features will go unused and will only get in the way. However as you improve you may want to upgrade in small stages to suit your level of experience.

Classes and community lessons

There is a wide range of classes to learn to play music on guitar. Some classes are free or require a small donation. However most have a fee attached to cover the costs of teachers and equipment. When you participate in a free class, these are generally just as good as a paid class. All classes will help you with basics when you learn to play music on guitar. The best thing about classes is the hands on approach to learning; there is nothing better than having someone give you first hand knowledge on how to do something.

Practice make’s perfect

There is no such thing as too much practice when you decide to learn to play music on guitar, but you need to spread that practice out. Don’t burn yourself out to the point where you stop enjoying playing. Always remember that it’s about having fun and the second it stops becoming fun don’t do it anymore. There is no point pushing yourself to do something you don’t want to do.

Always remember that when you learn to play music o guitar it’s not just for you it’s for everyone one else to enjoy as well so don’t be afraid to share your new talent with your friends and family.