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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up February 23rd, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:14
Master Your Favorite Tune with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast Big news today – the uploader for Student Reviews worked for me. I really want to encourage everybody to give it a try with anything you are working on or having trouble with. And speaking of uploads, it was […]
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Win a Free Yearly or Lifetime All Access Pass

Learning Guitar Now - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:29

For the 10 Year Anniversary I’m running a special promotion where you can win 1 of 5 All Access Passes. There will be 3 Yearly passes and 2 Lifetime passes given away.

To qualify you will need to make a purchase of the Download version of the new Play Like Duane Allman Slide or Slide Bundle. The last day to qualify is Monday Feb 26th at 8am EST. Then at 1pm EST on that same day the 5 winners will be announced and posted right here on this blog post.

Thanks and Good Luck!

– John

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10 Year Anniversary of Learning Guitar Now and Slide Method 1 Open E

Learning Guitar Now - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 08:19

This week marks the 10 year anniversary for the release of my first ever DVD video course Slide Guitar Method 1 Open E Tuning. This is the course that started it all for me and was the catalyst that led to this website being my full time job for 10 years now. It’s crazy how time seems to fly by so quickly as it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long ago since I was filming that very first video.

Things have changed dramatically since Feb of 2008 but one thing I have tried to continually focus on is making the lessons better and better every single year. I can’t say whether or not I have accomplished that but I sure have put forth a lot of effort in the past 10 years to make that happen. You can be the judge whether or not I have made the lessons better.

I would also like to thank every single person who has watched a lesson in the past 10 years whether it be free or paid. Without you guys there would not be any website at all right now.

Next I would like to send an extra special thank you to everyone has purchased lessons over the past 10 years as it is you who have allowed me to continue to make a living doing this and also to keep investing in more equipment to make the lessons better and better. I can’t thank you enough how much this means to me that you guys keep purchasing lessons and subscriptions. It’s been a dream come true for me to be able to do this for a living full time.

With the 10 year anniversary of Slide Guitar Method 1 Open E at hand I decided to put out a new course that focuses on open e tuning. I thought it was fitting since that’s how this website started and the reason I am here in the first place. It was also the Open E Tuning slide lessons that Gibson liked that I put out on YouTube that led to them using some of them on their website back in 2008.

It was an amazing feeling to know they thought my lessons were pretty good and also to put me and my favorite slide guitar player on the same webpage. That was an unbelievable moment when I first saw that and a feeling I’ll never forget.

After thinking about all this it was even more apparent that I should do something about Duane Allman Slide guitar for this 10 year event and that’s exactly what I have done.

For this 10 Year Anniversary I went back and listened to a lot of my favorite Duane Allman open e tuning solos and started going about putting this course into place. The material started coming really quickly and I knew this was going to be a great course in my mind. Whether other people enjoy still remains to be seen but it has passed my standards and ultimately that’s all I can do.

Lesson Index

Lesson 1 Abut Open E Tuning, Tone
Lesson 2 Open E Main positions
Lesson 3 Mannerisms

The Whip
The Fall Down
Repeated lick 1
Repeated Lick 2
Backwards Slide
The In Between

Lesson 4 Five Exercises
Lesson 5 Done Somebody Wrong Style Intro and Solo
Lesson 6 Statesboro Blues Style Solo

5 Free Download Versions Giveaway

For this 10 Year Anniversary Special I’ll be giving away 5 FREE Download versions of the NEW Play Like Duane Allman Slide Course. You’ll also receive Slide Guitar Method 1 Open E Tuning the new version that was re made back in 2011 then updated again in 2014.

To qualify for the FREE copy, just leave a comment below about how my lessons have helped you over the past 10 years. Only one submission per person please. The last day to leave a comment will be Monday Feb 19th at 9:00pm

All winners will be announced on Tuesday Feb 20th.

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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up February 16th, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 16:43
Master Your Favorite Tune with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast This week we tried something new as far as lesson go. Max Rich added a couple segments to our Girl From Ipanema lesson on improvising over jazz changes. I know some of you are interested in just that sort […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up February 9th, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 18:40
Improve Your Guitar Skills with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast This week I was inspired, partly by a couple lessons, to mess with some instrumental versions of songs. So what else is new? You might ask. I think it really started last week with the lesson on Girl From […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up February 2nd, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:13
Learn To Play Your Favorite Lesson with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast This week a question came up on the Forum about the metronome setting for Kathy’s Song by Simon & Garfunkel, although the lesson we have is based on Eva Cassidy’s version. I don’t always mention, or even […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up January 26th, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 16:37
Master Your Favorite Tune with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast This week we had a few lessons that I was particularly fond of, which inspired me to noodle around with one, butcher another, and offer a preview of what may be upcoming as an addition to another. The videos […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up January 19th, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:53
Learn to Play Guitar with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast The big news this week was our visit with Muriel Anderson. She is a complete joy to have around and hang out with, as I hope you have seen with the three part video we posted this week. She […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up January 12th, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 09:04
Learn to Play Guitar with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast More playing than News today. I was inspired by Max’s lesson on And Your Bird Can Sing where he goes into harmonizing a melodic line, like the opening of this cool Beatles’ tune. As you probably know, I am […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up January 5th, 2018

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:03
Learn to Play Guitar with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast Welcome to 2018, always a time to have an optimistic outlook on the coming year. Today I ran through some instrumental abstracts, starting with a take on a Forum post from our European friends, channeling through Fleetwood Mac and […]
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Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up December 22nd, 2017

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 19:39
Master Your Favorite Song with the online guitars lessons from Totally Guitars! Totally Guitars News Podcast I was able to get back in front of the camera for a bit today and decided to just tell a little story of how I got wrapped up in Christmas music many years ago. I hope you enjoy […]
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How to Prevent Guitar Corrosion in 3 Steps

Best Beginner Guitar Today - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:38

High-quality guitars are more likely to last longer than poor ones but it doesn’t mean they don’t require any maintenance or care. Guitars consist of various metal components that are susceptible to corrosion hence should be taken care of properly. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance is essential to keep any product in its best condition. Guitarists should learn how to keep the sensitive parts of the instrument clean and protected from corrosion. It is necessary because rusted and damaged guitar cannot produce rich and loud sounds. The parts like tuning keys, strings, pickups and knobs play the most important role in generating clean sounds hence their consistent maintenance is much necessary.

Guitar corrosion doesn’t only destroy the sounds but also makes it uncomfortable for guitarists to play the instrument. Certain materials like steel and iron are prone to corrosion and in this article; we’ll tell you how to keep the metal parts of guitars clean and rust-free.

What is Corrosion

Corrosion is basically a deterioration of metal due to environmental factors. It occurs when a chemical reaction takes place between metal and its surrounding environment. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the presence of moisture, metallic surface and electron acceptor, an oxidizing agent. When corrosion takes place, a reactive metal surface converts into a more stable form. The most common form of corrosion is called rust.

What is CorrosionAll metal surfaces are prone to corrosion. Some materials such as pure iron corrode quickly whereas some corrode slowly e.g. stainless steel. Corrosion damages the surfaces badly and causes various negative effects. If a guitar is rusted, it won’t be able to produce as rich sounds as it was used to before corrosion. You have to prevent guitar string rust in order to enjoy loud and high-quality sounds. Even a minor corrosion requires proper repairs otherwise it may spread further and destroy the product entirely. Fortunately, corrosion is preventable with proper maintenance and consistent cleaning.

There are different types of metals in the world used by builders and product manufacturers. Each type has its own electrochemical properties that identify the intensity and speed of corrosion it is susceptible to. In the chart above, you can see different types of metals and their details regarding corrosion and preventive measurements.

In this table, the column of galvanic activity is referring to the chemical activity of the relative metal. When two metals are put together in a liquid solution, galvanic corrosion takes place. The more the galvanic activity there will be, the faster galvanic corrosion will occur. Other than that, you can also see some preventive measures in the third column for each metal type to keep it in its best condition and enjoy higher performance.

Materials of Guitar Can Be Corrode

Like many other things, metal is also used in the manufacturing of guitars. There are various parts of guitars that are made up of different types of metal and can corrode over time if not cleaned consistently. In this section, we will tell you which materials are used in the making of guitars and can corrode easily.

Electric and Bass GuitarsElectric and Bass Guitars: When it comes to the manufacturing of electric and bass guitars, different types of materials can be used to prepare the effective strings. If we take the popular choice of professional guitarists and bassists, the nickel plated steel is considered to be the best option for string making. This material provides well-balanced, warm and rich tones. In other metals, pure nickel and stainless steel are also used to make the strings of electric and bass guitars for warmer and brighter tones. You will also find some guitars with strings made from copper-plated steel, titanium and chrome.

Acoustic Steel StringAcoustic (Steel String): The strings of acoustic guitars are usually made up of bronze and phosphor bronze materials. Bronze strings are not 100% bronze made as they also include 20% zinc in the making. Unfortunately, these 80/20 bronze strings are not long-lasting but offer bright and crispy tones. While on the other hand, the phosphorus bronze strings are quite durable but offer less brighter tones than the former one. This material significantly helps in preventing guitar string corrosion hence widely preferred by acoustic guitarists. There are also some acoustic guitars with compound strings that include both, metal and nylon strings. They are perfect for soft playing styles.

Classical Nylon StringClassical (Nylon String): The classical guitars usually come with nylon strings that provide an ideal balance between warm and bright tones. Nylon strings offer solid projection and come in two types: Black nylon and clear nylon. The black nylon is a little warmer than clear nylon. The bass strings of the classical guitar are usually made up of 80/20 bronze material that provides brighter tones and perfect projection. There are also some made up of silver plated copper, a material that offers warmer tones.

How to Prevent Guitar Corrosion

As we have already mentioned, guitars are prone to corrosion because there are many parts in it made up of different types of metal. No matter how expensive a guitar is or how well it is made, it is always susceptible to corrosion if not kept well cleaned or maintained properly. From strings to tuning pegs and pickups to knobs, all metal made parts of guitars can get rusted when exposed to environmental surroundings. But, don’t worry here are some effective ways to prevent guitar corrosion.

#Step 1: Protecting Your Strings

Keep your hands clean before playing: the simplest and cheapest way of preventing guitar strings from corrosion is to play them with clean hands. The naturally accumulated oil and dirt on your hands stick to the strings and lead them to corrode eventually. Sweaty hands also increase the chances of string corrosion. You must wash your hands with soap even if they are looking completely clean. Play strings with properly washed and well dried hands to avoid corrosion. Make this your habit and you will notice that strings remain spotless for longer duration and don’t require frequent cleaning.

Wipe the strings with a clean, lint-free cloth after you play: although you can replace the rusted strings with fresh ones, why not save some money by adopting some good guitar maintenance habits? Always clean the strings with a soft piece of cloth after playing. Even if your hands were well washed and dried, a little amount of sweat must have been released during the session. Clean that residue left by your hands on the strings properly. Cover the strings from both sides with a folded piece of cloth and wipe them gently to clean the sweat and dirt.

Protecting Your StringsUsing rubbing alcohol to wipe the strings: Cleaning guitar strings before and after playing it is a good habit but you also need to carry out proper cleaning procedure weekly to prevent corrosion. With a dry piece of cloth, you can only clean dirt and sweat but not stubborn rust marks. If you don’t know how to clean rusty guitar strings, here is the simple way to do it at home. Take some alcohol or string cleaning solution in a bowl and damp a soft piece of cloth with it. Wring it well and then start wiping the rust marks with dampened cloth.

Changing the new corrosion-resistant strings: Another way to prevent guitar strings corrosion is to replace the ordinary strings with corrosion resistant guitar strings. For acoustic guitars, you can get phosphorus bronze made strings that do not get rusted so quickly. For electric guitars, you can use stainless steels that do corrode but very slowly. These types of metals are not immune to corrosion but provide extended usage than ordinary strings.Comparing to corrosion resistant strings, bronze and steel made strings get rusted very quickly and require heavy maintenance.

#Step 2: Avoiding Corrosion around the Hardware

Turn the knobs on an electric guitar regularly: Knobs are used to control volume and tones. They are made up of metal hence vulnerable to corrosion. The easiest way to protect them from getting rusted is to turn them every time you play the guitar. Knobs are more likely to corrode when stay in one position and hardly turned ever. You might have realized that the knobs of a guitar you play more often turn so easily whereas the guitar you don’t play much has jammed knobs. Turning knobs more frequently doesn’t let them jam and keeps you updated about their condition.

Using a cotton swab to clean around the pickups on an electric guitar: pickups are most crucial to clean as this is the area where you pick tones. Pickups are magnets that capture the vibration produce with strings. The edges of pickups store dirt and are very difficult to clean. You cannot clean them with a piece of cloth but only with a tiny cotton swab. The best way to keep pickups clean is to remove the dust with cotton swabs weekly. Don’t leave them unclean for longer duration as more dirt will be extremely difficult to remove. Also avoid using any type of solution near pickups as it will lead to corrosion.

Avoiding Corrosion around the HardwareOil the tuning pegs: tuning pegs also known as tuning keys play an important role in the overall performance of a guitar. To prevent their corrosion, you must oil them once in 3 to 4 months. Tuning pegs are made up of steel and get rusted if not lubricated consistently. You may find an oil or lubricant from a guitar store to grease the tuning pegs. Buy an oil bottle with a nozzle that allows the lubricant to come out in drops and prevents the excessive oiling.

Polishing the frets with steel wool: to polish the frets, first you have to remove all the strings. Next, place the painters tape on each side of all frets. Now, use steel wool to gently rub each fret on the fingerboard. To pick up the residue of steel wool, use magnet that will attract every metal particle. Make sure you don’t buff too harshly or more than few seconds as excessive buffing will lead to an unwanted changed in the shape of frets. Polishing of frets is only required twice a year.

#Step 3: Storing the Guitar

Keep the guitar in its case in break time: we have mentioned it before that when metal is exposed to environmental surroundings in the presence of moisture, corrosion takes place. This is the reason; you should keep your guitar in its case when not using it. Leaving it open allows dust particles and moisture in the air to rest on the guitar, resulting in faster corrosion. Every time after using the guitar, clean it and put it in its case to prevent from all sorts of damages.

Monitor the humidity where the guitar is stored: the ideal humidity at which a guitar can be stored safely ranges from 45 to 55 percent. If the humidity level is higher, corrosion will take places faster. Make sure you store your guitar in a room that has normal humidity and for that reason, you can also use dehumidifier. Place the moisture absorbent packets in the guitar case and protect your instrument from getting rusted.

Storing the GuitarStore your guitar in a climate-controlled room for long-term storage: moisture absorbent packets are only effective when you are storing your guitar for a shorter period in a highly humid environment. If you need to store the guitar for longer duration, prefer climate controlled room. For an extended storage, avoid an overly dry or excessively humid place. You can also lend your guitar to someone to play it regularly while you are unable to do it yourself. It will keep the guitar in use so corrosion threat will be levied.


Like every other metal product, guitars are also prone to corrosion. Guitars are made up by assembling several metal made parts such as tuning pegs, strings and pickups. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, you can prevent guitar corrosion and enjoy its rich sounds for longer period of time. Following the 3 methods of cleaning and maintenance we have mentioned in this article, you will be able to fight corrosion and use your guitar for an extended time without replacing its parts.

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Bar Room Blues: “Blue Christmas”

TrueFire - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 04:00

Bar Room Blues is an exclusive series of video guitar lessons by Steve “Red” Lasner covering classic blues songs from historically great guitarists like B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, and many others. A new lesson will be released each week, so be sure to subscribe and check back often! Also, if you want more…

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How to Be Master in Cleaning Guitar

Best Beginner Guitar Today - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:27

Guitar is one of the most bought and played musical instruments that is owned by majority of teens and college guys. This instrument is easy to learn and produces very attractive sounds. But if not maintained properly, the sounds can be quite terrible. Guitar cleaning is as important as its tuning and adjustments. Dust and jammed strings cause trouble in playing the guitar and enjoying great sounds. It’s necessary to keep each and every part of this instrument well cleaned to enjoy rich and loud sounds.

How to Be Master in Cleaning GuitarPeople who don’t play regularly face much problems with the performance of their guitars and end up buying new ones every time. Instead of wasting money, the best option is to keep your guitar clean and packed when not playing. The cleaning of guitar is not as daunting as it might seem to many people. It’s a time consuming process but helps in maintaining the sound and performance of your guitar for longer duration.

Step 1: Gathering the Materials

To carry out guitar cleaning procedure, you will be needing a few important things. Gather the essentials that include a soft cloth, guitar cleaner, water and guitar polisher containing pure carnauba wax. You may use some clean socks or t-shirt as a cloth that will do just fine. Whether you want to clean an electric guitar or acoustic, both will require the same things for cleaning. People who want to carry out high level cleaning can use distilled vinegar to clean guitar as it doesn’t cause any damage but provides a shinier and cleaned surface.

Don’t use household cleaning items like furniture polishes, thinner or bleach as they may contain strong elements that can be damaging for guitar finish. Avoid everything containing silicon or heavy waxes because such elements are not good for the body of guitar and reduce the shine. Many people think using paper towel is better than a piece of soft cloth. But you must never use paper towel for cleaning guitar as it creates scratches on the surface and ruins the final finish.

Gathering the MaterialsThere are a number of options for cloth so just make sure you choose a relatively soft one to enjoy a smooth and scratches cleaning. When applying the cleaning solution to the guitar, this piece of cloth will help you apply it in a better way. Instead of spraying it directly to the surface of the guitar, damp the cloth into the solution so there will be no imbalanced cleaning. If you have a nylon string guitar, you may simply use a non-dampened cloth or a slightly water dipped cloth to clean it. For guitars with steel strings, a proper guitar cleaning kit is required that includes items like fast-fret string cleaner. So, don’t buy such guitars if you cannot afford their cleaning requirements.

In short, when gathering the materials for guitar cleaning, you need to determine what your guitar strings are made up of. It will help you choose the right cleaning solution to clean your guitar in an appropriate way. Those who cannot afford high quality cleaning solutions can use 70-90% rubbing alcohol as well as shaving gel for effective cleaning.

Step 2: Position the Guitar

Do not hold the guitar throughout the cleaning procedure as you need free hands to carry out proper cleaning. Place the guitar on its back very carefully. You can put it on table, guitar case or even in your lap to clean it easily. If your guitar has a neck strap, wear it and enjoy free hands to clean it properly. During the cleaning process, make sure your guitar’s top is not colliding with anything as it might mess up the tuning and increase your work. The best option is to clean your guitar in an open area with a lot of space.

Step 3: Remove the strings

Before you begin with the cleaning process, it’s best to remove the strings carefully so they must not get damaged during cleaning. Aside from that, removing strings also makes it easier to clean the fretboard. That’s why whenever you are changing your guitar strings, it’s an ideal time to clean your guitar properly. Don’t get harsh with the neck when removing strings and keep it slow by losing one string at a time.

Remove the stringsIf you don’t know, cleaning materials include oils and waxes that can be extremely damaging for strings. No matter whichever polisher or cleanser you are using, the best option is to remove the string beforehand. They should be totally free of oil, wax and polishes to produce rich sounds and clean tones. Moreover, many people apply a lot of force when cleaning guitars and break the strings so it’s best to remove them.

Step 4: Cleaning

Clean the Fretboard and Neck

Mostly don’t understand how to clean a guitar fretboard and neck because this part has strings. When you play guitar using your fingers, it catches the oil and moisture that should be remained on it for better performance. This is why, professionals recommended to clean the fretboard only once in a year. With the use of clean and soft cloth, dampened in the water of distilled vinegar, you can clean the guitar fretboard easily and softly.

Clean the Fretboard and NeckOne thing you need to keep in mind is to clean the guitar with slightly dampened cloth and not overly moistened one. You don’t want your guitar to get over saturated by water or cleaning solutions and result in lower performance. Considering this key point, wet the cloth with the use of spray bottle or wring it well after dipped in the liquid. There should be no dripping drops to destroy the interior or exterior of the guitar.

If there are some heavily dry spots of dirt that are not easy to clean with as oft piece of cloth, you may use steel wool to scrub them. Don’t get too harsh when scrubbing the dirt spots as it might destroy the guitar finish. When using steel wool, cover the pickups as it might get caught with them and because you trouble. There is a magnet in pickups that attract steel wool and make scrubbing difficult.

Clean the Body

If you don’t know how to clean a guitar body, don’t panic. Start from the head and move down the length of your guitar while cleaning the body including front, back and sides of it. If you have only one piece of cloth for cleaning, wash it after the first step. You don’t want the dirt to spread all over the guitar so rinse it in water properly and wring to proceed with further cleaning. Don’t put much pressure and always move the cloth in circular motion to clean the surface without causing any scratches.

Clean the BodyWhile cleaning guitar, you will see many stubborn spots that don’t come out so easily. You cannot clean them with a single wipe so be ready to take the pain. Spots like fingerprints and dirt smudges require a little bit moisture to come out. So use the slightly dampened cloth for such dirt marks and enjoy a shinier guitar. Sometimes, even the wet cloth won’t be enough to remove the stains so you may use detergent with water in such cases.

Clean the Bridge

The bridge is a very important part of a guitar that supports the strings and is located on the body. It’s cleaning is also as necessary as fretboard and body of the guitar. The method to clean it is almost same as of fretboard. Use a slightly damp cloth to clean the dirt and dust from the bridge. Unlike body of the guitar, you cannot use steel wool on the bridges to remove the stubborn spots. Here you will need to use the toothbrush or pipe cleaner to scrub the strong stains.

Clean the BridgeMake sure you don’t use heavily dampened cloth for bridges as they might get jammed due to extra moisture. Their cleaning should be done with great care because they give support to the strings and help in the adjustment.

Clean the Strings

Next comes the most crucial part of cleaning the guitar, the string cleaning. Most of the guitarists don’t know how to clean the guitar strings with household products. Take the piece of cloth in a long direction and fold it into two halves. One half should be under the strings and the other one should come above the strings, covering them from both sides to clean properly. Now drag the cloth from one end to another to remove the dirt from every single string covered by the rag. Make sure you go all the way from top of the strings to the bottom with folded rag.

Be very careful when cleaning the strings near to fretboard as you will touch them every time you come near ad might disturb the settings. Many people only clean the strings from the above side but that’s not right. Both sides of strings should be cleaned properly if you want to enjoy rich sounds.

Clean the StringsOnce the dirt is removed from the strings, you can change the fold of the rag to continue with clean sides. If the cloth is not clean from the other side as well, you may use an entirely new piece of cloth because using the same dirty cloth will not help you clean the guitar. If you are using some lubricant for better results, make sure it doesn’t contain any sort of petroleum as it can cause damage to your guitar overtime. You may also use Vaseline, baby oil and even olive oil as lubricant to weaken the spots and clean them in no time with less efforts. Don’t pour lubricants directly onto the strings. Damp a clean piece of cloth with it and then use it the same way you cleaned the strings earlier. Fold it and cover the strings from both sides to grease them properly.

Step 5: Wipe Down the Tuning Keys

Most of you may have no idea about how to clean guitar tuning pegs. What makes or breaks the performance of a guitar are its tuning keys. They are located on the top of the guitar at the sides of the fretboards. Using these keys, guitarists can adjust the strings and tighten or loosen them to enjoy rich sounds.The cleaning of tuning keys is very much necessary otherwise they might get jammed and won’t be easy to set.

You can take the tuning keys out and put them in the solution for a few seconds to clean them properly. Tuning keys are like iron nails that get stained due to moisture and are not easy to clean with dry or wet piece of cloth. It’s necessary to put them in a rust cleaning solution and dry them afterwards. The clean tuning keys set perfectly and allows guitarists to enjoy quick adjustments.

Step 6: Polish the Pickups

If you want to enjoy rich performance and loud sounds of your guitar, clean the pickups properly. The pickups are the portion of strings where guitarists pick the chords and strum them to produce desired sounds. Cleaning of pickups is as important as any other part of the guitar. They must be rust free so you may enjoy rich sounds without any trouble. Cleaning guitar pickups rust can be a little time consuming.

Polish the PickupsYou can clean the pickups with a piece of cloth but if there they are rusted, you will need to unscrew them in order to clean them properly. Put them in s rust dissolving agent for few second depending on the harshness of the rust. It will weaken the rust marks and make it easier for you to remove them by using a cloth. If the rust spot is very minor, don’t remove the entire pickups but only dip the cotton bud in the solution and apply it to the spot.

Step 7: Polish the Finish

Many guitarists don’t know how to polish a guitar with household items. Professionals are of opinion that guitars should not be polished frequently as it might damage the sound of the instrument. Make sure you use a good and appropriate polish for guitar. The polish may contain carnauba wax but not any other heavy wax or petroleum. Such elements can cause serious damage to the product and ruin the sounds.

Don’t polish the guitar by pouring the solution directly on the instrument. Always spray the material on the rag first and then use that dampened rag to polish the guitar. If your guitar has a satin finish, you must not polish or buff it as this will make it look spotty. Polishing a vintage guitar is also not a good idea. Cleaning a vintage guitar is a different method and requires specific materials.

Tips for Cleaning Guitar

For better performance and long term usage, it’s necessary to keep your guitar clean and well-maintained. Here are few guitar cleaning tips for beginners as well as pro guitarists. The first thing to keep in mind is to never use liquid cleaners as they have potential to ruin the look and finish of your guitar. You should always clean the guitar when changing the strings. It is because fretboard cannot be cleaned thoroughly without removing the guitar strings. So whenever the strings are removed, clean the fretboard first and then install new strings.

Another tip for guitarists is to never polish or buff satin finished guitars. You may use a dry or damp cloth to clean it but polishing with any polisher can be seriously damaging and might result in blotchy look. Same wise, when cleaning vintage guitars, be very careful about not removing the layer of patina. Vintage guitars have nitro finish that changes color and develops into patina. Using any harsh lubricants or solutions will result in removing the patina that will eventually devalue the guitar and ruin its overall look and performance.

Old guitars have a very thin layer of finish which makes them sensitive enough when it comes to polishing. The polishers contain waxes, oils and petroleum that are much harmful for the delicate finish of vintage guitars. You should also avoid using any liquid or wet cloth but simply breathe moist air onto the spotty areas and rub them instantly with clean cloth to get rid of stains. Vintage guitars are quite delicate that you should clean with much care.

Most of the guitarists make a mistake when cleaning their instruments. They apply the solution or lubricant directly onto the guitar surface that result in excessive damping. You should always spray the material on the cloth and then use it to clean the body of guitar. This way, the guitar will not be overly saturated or moistened.
Another most important thing to keep in mind while cleaning guitar is to never use paper towel. They create scratches on the smooth surface of guitar body. Always use something soft as socks ort-shirt.


Guitar is no doubt an amazing instrument with an incredible power of producing soothing and rocking music. But, to enjoy their high performance and rich sounds, make sure to keep them clean and well maintained. From the fretboard to the body and strings to the tuning keys, every part of the guitar needs proper cleaning. Using a few essentials like soft cloth, cleaning lubricants and rust dissolving solutions, you can clean your guitar at home. Just follow the above guidelines and tips to carry out this procedure properly.

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Check Out Our Ultimate Guitar Gift Guide

TrueFire - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 06:40

If you’re looking for a great guitar gift or need to pick up a special present for yourself or another guitarist, look no further. Our 2017 Ultimate Guitar Gift Guide is just what you need. There are a range of awesome guitar gifts from less than $10, under $500, and even a few big ticket…

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All of Me – Chord and Single Note Soloing

Jazz Guitar Online - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:43

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There’s something sophisticated and cool about jazz guitarists that solo and comp for themselves over a tune. Players such as Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, and others have made this type of soloing, mixed chords and single notes, a stable of their jazz guitar voice.

While you may love those players, and mixed chords-notes soloing, you might not know where to start.

In this lesson, you learn about exercises you can work on to develop this side of your jazz guitar improvisational approach.

As well, there’s a study over All of Me that you can learn to bring a practical, musical example of this approach into your studies.

Soloing and Comping Exercise

Before you learn the study below, you can work on creating your own mixed single note and comping solo over this, or any, jazz standard.

To work on this concept in your own playing, use the following outline as a progressive way to work the exercise.

When soloing, you can use any device you’re studying, such as scales, arpeggios, and licks.

As well, you can use any chord voicing that you know or are studying, such as drop 2, drop 3, or 4th chords.

Here’s the breakdown for working soloing and comping over any jazz standard in your guitar solos.

  • Solo for 8 bars – Comp for 8 bars
  • Solo for 4 bars – Comp for 4 bars
  • Solo for 2 bars – Comp for 2 bars
  • Solo for 1 bar – Comp for 1 bar
  • Solo and comp at will


After you work on the study below, or even before if you feel ready, give these exercises a try over All of Me.

Then, take these exercises to any jazz standard you know or are studying to take these concepts further in your practice routine.

Soloing and Comping Study

Now that you know how to practice adding comping to your solos, you can learn a study that mixes single notes and chords over All of Me.

In this study, you solo for two bars and then comp for two bars, running the form with that formula for a whole chorus.

Notice that the single lines start at least an 8th note after the last chord, and end about an 8th note or more before the next chord. This allows you to switch from comping to soloing and back again without tripping up on a fast change. Keep this in mind when working on your own mixed single note and comping solos.

Once you have this study under your fingers, you can expand upon this exercise to use it as a stepping-stone in your own playing.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Play the chords as written but you make up the single notes.
  • Change the rhythms for the chords but keep notes same.
  • Keep the single notes as written but make up your own chords.
  • Make up your own single notes and chords throughout.


Lastly, because it’s a long solo, 32 bars, start learning it one 4-bar phrase at a time. Learn bars 1-4, then when that’s comfortable, learn bars 5-8. Then, mix bars 1-4 and 5-8 together as you build an 8-bar phrase.

Continue through the study this way to make it more manageable to learn and not overwhelming in the practice room.

Now that you know how to practice this study, have fun learning it!


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