Tag: guitar strings

articles with a bit more a specific focus on the strings

  • Tips for Playing the Guitar Without Looking at the Fretboard

    Tips for Playing the Guitar Without Looking at the Fretboard

    Looking to build confidence and muscle memory when playing the guitar? Look no further! These practice tips will help you gain dexterity and fluidity fast.

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  • Why Can’t You Tune Your Guitar?

    Why Can’t You Tune Your Guitar?

    15 minutes of math and learning about frequency divisions can help you understand for good why your guitar may never fundamentally be in tune.

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  • Everything to Consider When Buying Your First Guitar

    Everything to Consider When Buying Your First Guitar

    “I got my first real six-string. Bought it at the five and dime. Played it ’til my fingers bled. Was the summer of ’69.” – Bryan Adams Whether you’re thinking about hunkering down and buying your first guitar or looking to upgrade from the $199 Strat pack that your grandma gave you for Christmas to […]

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  • Learn to Play Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, and Joni Mitchell in Open E

    Learn to Play Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, and Joni Mitchell in Open E

    In Soundfly’s new multi-module course, Alternate Tunings for the Creative Guitarist, we’ve started the series off with an introduction to one of the most popular alternate guitar tunings for songwriters, Open D. In this tuning, you can strum all the strings openly, without touching any frets, to play a brilliant D major chord. And that’s […]

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  • My Bass Odyssey: What 4, 5, and 6-String Basses Did for My Sound

    My Bass Odyssey: What 4, 5, and 6-String Basses Did for My Sound

    Though I believe wholeheartedly that your tone is mostly in your fingers, the choices you make as a musician on gear, style, and technique will go a long way in shaping your sound. One option that’s pretty unique to bassists, though, is how many strings they want under their hands (sure a guitarist can go […]

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  • How to Play Alternate Tunings on the Guitar: A New Free Series

    How to Play Alternate Tunings on the Guitar: A New Free Series

    We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our latest free course series, “Alternate Tunings for the Creative Guitarist”! The first installment, new this week, explores the nearly endless creative possibilities of the Open D tuning. If you’ve ever played a guitar, you’re probably familiar with standard tuning. The six strings of the instrument are commonly tuned […]

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  • Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Strings and Cables

    Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Strings and Cables

    We’ve covered so many bases in this guitar breakdown series, I don’t even know if we can keep calling it baseball! But to round back to home, let’s take a look at two more important factors in the overall sound we hear from our instruments — from all the way back in the accessories department at the music […]

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  • The Art of Being an Organized Guitarist

    The Art of Being an Organized Guitarist

    If you’ve ever wondered how to cross the line from being a good to a great guitarist, you’ve probably already identified some key factors to focus on — mastery of technique, the quality of your gear, and learning to adopt different performative styles. But I wouldn’t start with any of those — I would start with organization. I have studied the […]

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