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One thing that is familiar among music fans is the tendency to psychoanalyse band members based on the instruments they play. The singer in a band is considered the narcissistic one, who craves attention. The bassist is seen as the quiet, unassuming one who will only be noticed if they are not there. The drummer – well, there are so many drummer jokes that it is hard to know where to start, but they are often seen as the beating heart of the band. What about the guitarist, though?

There are probably no statistics to prove this, but when bands split up due to “creative differences” – which usually means they hate each other – the most common source of the split would seem to be the guitarist and the singer not getting along. The guitarist is considered the “musician” of the band, and the source of tension is often a perception on the guitarist’s part that the singer is simply in it for the fame, while the singer for their part feels that the guitarist is pretentious and dull.

For people watching from the outside, this is a lot of what makes bands great. However, if you are in a band it can be somewhat tiresome. Should you be considering learning to play guitar it is worth remembering that most bands split before they ever become famous. Make sure you are taking it up for the right reasons, because if you learn to play guitar only to find out that you don’t get along with singers, you’ll need to really enjoy playing to make it feel worthwhile.

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One of the most popular video games of recent years, without a doubt, would have to be the Guitar Hero series. Considering the huge crossover potential between rock music and video games it is only a surprise that it has taken this long – with games in the series now devoted to bands such as Metallica, Van Halen and Aerosmith, and a very real likelihood that others will be immortalised in the same way very soon. However, it is important to remember that there were guitar heroes long before these bands, and this game, etched themselves on to our consciousness.

It is often said that the first real guitar hero was the troubled bluesman Robert Johnson. Legend has it that he sold his soul to the devil in order to be an accomplished guitarist. Although he played along with the story, it is believed that this was purely a joke on his part – in actual fact, he was a prodigiously gifted guitarist with a fine teacher. His influence is still felt today as it has been throughout the decades since his premature death in 1938. There are echoes of his playing in more recent guitar heroes such as Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and a great many others.

One of the most seismic changes in the history of popular music was the move from acoustic to electric guitars. Perhaps most famously encapsulated by Bob Dylan’s decision to “go electric”, this has radically changed the kind of sounds you can get from a guitar. There are many folk musicians who, to this day, feel that Dylan crossed an unacceptable line that day.

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Learn to Play Guitar with Metallica (Cherry Lane)

Features tips and instruction on how to play more than 30 Metallica songs on the guitar: …And Justice for All * Battery * Damage, Inc. * Enter Sandman * Fade to Black * Fuel * Hero of the Day * Master of Puppets * Nothing Else Matters * One * Ride the Lightning * The Struggle Within * The Unforgiven * and many more! Also available: Learn to Play Bass with Metallica (02500189) and Learn to Play Drums with Metallica (02500190).

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Fun To Know: Learn to Play Electric Guitar

From the producers of the award winning rock house method® come the Easiest acoustic lesson program Ever available Guaranteed.It begins at the roots of guitar with an easy to follow look at basic chords scales strumming rhythms and exercises. Learn key components of the Blues and the foundation of Rock Bonus Blues Heavy metal and funk lesson as well has three lessons from our hands of steel workout program.System Requirements: Running Time 60 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: INSTRUCTIONAL Rating: NR UPC: 822479033828 Manufacturer No: ELECTRIC

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Mel Bay Presents 101 Three Chord Songs for Country & Bluegrass Songs For Guitar, Banjo, & Uke (McCabe's 101 Series)

You need only minimal playing skills and three chords – G, C, and D7 – to accompany each song in this innovative book. This is the perfect book for beginners, casual musicians, and teaching studios. The book is absolutely bursting with an abundance of timeless standards, many of which are rarely found in print. All songs are made playable for folks who play for their own enjoyment. Melody, lyrics, and chords are included for each song. We invite your entire family to enjoy this unique book. It is also an excellent, compact fakebook for pros.

About the Author

Larry McCabe was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He studied music with a number of teachers including Eldon Shamblin, legendary swing guitarist and arranger for Bob Wills. Deciding on freelance teaching as a music career, Larry received his degree in education from the University of Arizona in 1979. Since graduating from college, Larry has taught over 30,000 private music lessons. An experience (more…)

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Learn to Play...Pink Floyd Guitar Techniques

Learn five Pink Floyd tracks note for note with Jamie Humphries. This excellent 2-DVD set will guide you through the bluesy rock licks of Dave Gilmour, one of the greatest Strat players of all time! Tracks include: Money; Shine On You Crazy Diamond (part 1); Another Brick In The Wall; Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb.

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Learn To Play GuitarNo description for this product could be found, but have a look over at Amazon for reviews and other information.

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Learn to Play Guitar with Metallica - Volume 2: Further Adventures for the Intermediate Guitarist (Guitar Educational)

More tips on mastering the guitar using the music of Metallica as a guide, with demos of chords, articulations, modulations, soloing and much more on the CD. 32 top riffs are covered, including: Blackened * Don’t Tread on Me * For Whom the Bell Tolls * The Four Horsemen * Master of Puppets * Nothing Else Matters * Ride the Lightning * Seek and Destroy * The Unforgiven II * Wasting My Hate * more.

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Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Learning Acoustic Guitar - Learn how to play acoustic guitar instructional video

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Charles Sedlak is an international recording and touring artist, having logged fifteen albums to date. Charles played for the 2000 Grammy Awards dinner, where Carlos Santana led a standing ovation. It was his marvelous talent and good fortune that got Charles selected as one of six students for Christopher Parkening’s once-a-year Master Class. Recently, his performing ability and intense interest in education have allowed him to be chosen as one of the first accomplished musicians on Dean Markley’s new Educational Support Team.

With These Acoustic Guitar Tips & Techniques, Discover How You Can Play Acoustic Guitar Easier Than Ever Before! Today, You Can Finally Become a Confident Guitar Player. It’s The Beginners Acoustic Guitar Course That Gives You Proven Results! Dear Beginning Guitarist….. Would you like to easily play acoustic guitar today, but you’re not sure where to start? Would you like to discover many guitar techn (more…)

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