Guitar Advice & Inspiration

Are you in need of guitar advice, inspiration, or just a good kick in the pants? Here you’ll find topics that address the kinds of things we guitarists think (and worry) about.

Got Sore Fingers From Playing Guitar? Don't Give Up. Lighten Up!

Fingers Sore From Playing Guitar? Don’t Give Up. Lighten Up!

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Last Updated: November 3, 2018 Got sore fingers from playing guitar? You’re not alone. For new guitar players, sore fingertips can be pretty demotivating. In fact, […]

Guitar Neglect: If You're Not Gonna Play It...

Guitar Neglect: If You’re Not Gonna Play It…

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Recently, we decided to escape the summer heat for awhile by heading north to Flagstaff, AZ with the dog for the weekend. It’s much cooler up there, […]

How I Backpacked With a Guitar and Made Money

How I Backpacked With a Guitar and Made Money

I’ve always been a guitar lover, but until a year ago, I never would have thought I could travel around the world with my guitar and make money. For the past five years, I had been a corporate robot and decided that I wasn’t getting any younger. I wanted to see the world and have […]

Should you loosen guitar strings before shipping?

Reader Question: Should You Loosen Guitar Strings Before Shipping?

Markus asks: I just sold a guitar and need to ship it. Should I loosen the strings before I pack it up for shipping? Ever so often, this question comes to me–usually from someone who just sold a guitar online, and is about to pack ‘er up for shipping. There’s a lot of debate out there about […]

7 Simple Mistakes Self-Taught Guitarists Make - and How to Fix Them

7 Simple Mistakes That Self-Taught Guitarists Make – And How to Fix Them

Being a guitar instructor means I often get to witness novice players doing some pretty weird things. I don’t mean pig’s blood and a chicken foot type weird–I mean “where on earth did you get that” kind of weird. Many of these errors in a guitarist’s technique or conceptual understanding come about by a simple […]

Playing Guitar Despite Physical Limitations

Do It Different: Playing Guitar Despite Physical Limitations

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2017 I’m probably the least-qualified person to be writing this post. When I was born I popped out with 2 arms, 2 legs, 10 fingers, and 10 toes. Everything was where it’s supposed to be and it all seemed to work okay. So, it was no problem for me to pick up […]

11 Things My First Year Playing Guitar Taught Me

11 Things My First Year Playing Guitar Taught Me

After celebrating my first year anniversary with my guitar it’s time to look back on some awesome adventures and lessons learned. Lesson 1: it’s ok to suck after playing guitar for one year Yes. That’s right. Sure looks fun and easy whenever [insert name of your favourite guitarist here] does it, huh? No worries. There’s […]

Guitar String Labels Demystified - Buy the Right Guitar Strings for Your Guitar

Guitar String Labels Demystified

You’ve had your new guitar a few months now, and the time has come for a fresh set of strings. You head to your local guitar store without much of an idea of what you like, want, or need–because you’ve decided you’ll just look around and figure it out once you get there. You walk into […]

What is the best beginner electric guitar?

Reader Question: What’s the Best Beginner Electric Guitar?

This post contains affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you. Learn more. Andrea asks: “What’s the best electric guitar you’d recommend for a beginner?” Hi Andrea: Since you specified that you want an electric guitar, I can jump […]

Community Discussion: Why do You Play Guitar?

Community Discussion: Why Do You Play Guitar?

I thought it would be fun to deviate a bit from my usual format and delve a bit into some guitar player psychology this week. I’d like to pose a question to all of you, and I’d love to hear your answer in the comments below: Why do you play guitar? Or, for those who […]

Action! A Beginner's Guide to Understanding String Height

Action! A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Guitar String Height

Last Updated: September 9, 2018 “Action” … a weird word used to describe how high (how far above the wooden fretboard) your guitar strings are. Some people just say “string height” or “guitar string height” as well, which is a bit more specific. Also, you’ll sometimes hear guitar players throwing the term “action” around loosely–to describe […]