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Learning Playing Guitar: Guitar Tricks Free Lesson Review
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Learning Playing Guitar: Guitar Tricks Free Lesson Review

The Guitar Tricks online guitar instructional program has been around for the better part of a decade, and has a library of hundreds of videos from dozens of professional guitar instructors to show for it.

The longevity of Guitar Tricks is no doubt due to its great versatility of teaching different musical styles in different ways, and they're willing to allow you to take a free test drive of the site – more than two dozen videos worth! I decided to dust off my guitar and try my hand at it (if you'll pardon the expression), beginning with their two bonus free sample lessons.

The first lesson will take you through a basic blues pentatonic scale in the style of AC/DC's Angus Young, seasoned with string bends and vibarato. The second is a lesson in heavy metal riffs in the style of James Hetfield of Metallica, the original captain of crunch.

Don't worry if you couldn't keep up, or even if the musical style you wish to learn isn’t represented – you'll be sure to find it when you arrive at the main Guitar Tricks site. It's also where you'll find four additional free lessons. The first one warns you to resist holding your guitar pick between your thumb and curled index finger— holding it between the tips of your thumb and index fingers gives you more flexibility and puts less strain on your wrist.

The next thing you have to do with your guitar pick is put it down for a few minutes – next up is a finger picking lesson. You'll learn a basic four-string pattern which you may find tricky at first because you'll be tempted to use all four of your fingers.

Next up is a variation of the blues progression alternating strumming the bass note of the pattern on the downbeat and the lower strings on the up beat. Each of these lessons come with downloadable sheet music and tablature, so you'll have no problem following along.

Then there's a brush with classic rock guitar, complete with an instructor toting an old-time Fender Telecaster. With a little pinky stretching, he’ll take you through the anatomy of a Keith Richard rhythm riff. (Do you hear the difference between the foundations of rock and heavy metal music? While Richards played "triads" -- the first, third, and fifth notes in a major scale -- Hetfield pounds out "diads" -- the first and fifth notes only).

If you're having trouble finding or affording the right guitar teacher, Guitar Tricks guitar learning software gives you a great many to choose from. You'll pay less for your Internet guitar lessons each month than you'd probably pay a teacher each week. And the worst thing that can happen is that you'll fall in love with musical genres you thought you hated!


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