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How often do you change your strings?

Guitar strings under microscope

Guitar strings age in several ways - they stretch, tarnish and get contaminated with sweat and dirt. Professional players change strings before each gig. For general light home use we would recommend you change your strings every 6 months as a minimum. If you play a lot then every few weeks would be more appropriate. read more »

New online store for Guitar Gizmos

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Guitar Gizmos, the company that bought you first the Space Trainer for helping with chord hand position and then the Power Chord Trainer to help beginners learn Rock Chords has now opened a new web store. Gizmos is on a mission to help guitarists learn and practice more effectively and their latest offerings include "liquid skin" to help prevent the usual sore fingertips that all new guitarists suffer and an innovative color-coded system for finding notes all up the fretboard - humorously called "Don't Fret". They also sell some basic accessories specually chosen for new guitarists and we'll sure they will be expanding the range soon.

They boast worldwide delivery and accept payment in a variety of local currencies, from US, Canadian and Australian Dollars to Euros and UK Pounds. Check out their store at shop.guitar-gizmo.com read more »

Top 10 Christmas gifts for guitarists!

Rock Guitar Trainer

It's coming up to Christmas and the perennial question "what can I buy a guitarist for Christmas"? There are a million answers, but it can be difficult for Mom, Dad, aunty or sister to know what is suitable. So here's our top ten stocking filler Christmas gifts for guitar players everywhere, from beginners to experts. read more »

New power chord accessory helps beginners to Rock

Power chord trainer in use playing F5

Wanna Rock?? A brand new invention is helping wannabe Rock guitarists to master power chords.

Power chords are a major part of many rock styles and the Power Chord Trainer (see http://powerchordtrainer.com ) aims to overcome the main problem that beginners have with playing power chords, that of maintaining the correct finger spacing. Although power chords are generally considered to be easier to play than barre chords, the finger positioning can feel like am impossible task to the novice. The Power Chord Trainer acts as both a guide and a way of building muscle memory in the left hand. read more »

Guitar left hand help for beginners

Guitar hand help. Space Trainer Accessory

New guitar players always struggle with the correct position and shape for their left hand when playing first open chords. To a beginner, the hand shape feels unnatural and they tend to flatten the fingers on the fretboard and grip the neck too tight, leading to problems as the chord doesn't sound right and doesn't ring... and makes your fingers hurt! All very discouraging to the guitar newbie. But help is at hand with a simple accessory to overcome these hand problems.

Aimed at both beginner guitarists and guitar teachers, the Space Trainer is a simple and cheap little gizmo that clips onto the neck of any guitar. Available worldwide directly from http://guitar-gizmos.com , the Space Trainer clips into place on the neck of your acoustic, electric or classical guitar and the space bar across the bottom of the fretboard has the effect of read more »

Beginner's guide to tuning your guitar


A quick guide to tuning your guitar
The strings on your guitar are named as follows:
6th string = low E (thickest string)
5th string = A
4th string = D
3rd string = G
2nd string = B
1st string = high E (thinnest string)
Tuning your guitar by ear
First tune the 5th string to sound the same as this tone: A440
Once your 5th string (A) is in tune, play D on the 5th fret of the A string and tune the open 4th string to sound the same.
Once your 4th string (D) is in tune, play G on the 5th fret of the D string and tune the open 3rd string to sound the same.  read more »

Guitar teaching aid solves beginners problem of left hand position

Guitar teaching aid

One of the biggest problems children (and adults) have when first learning to play the guitar is the correct position for their left hand when playing chords. There is a natural tendency for the student beginner to over-grip the guitar's neck and flatten the fingers on the fretboard, leading to much frustration as the chord is incorrectly fretted and doesn't sound as it should... read more »

Wanna Rock? Power Chord Trainer