Saturday, October 23, 2010

Greetings everyone. I apologize for not posting in a few days, my schedule has been packed as of late. Finally it is Saturday! For today's post, i'd like to get a little insight from my fellow bloggers out there: what kind of guitar(s) do you have? Amps? What is your favorite type of genre, and possibly why? I'm interested to hear what you have to say. As for me, I have an American Stratocaster with a line 6 tube amp(stack, of course.) My favorite genre...Well, I really don't have a favorite. I admire a wide variety of music, taking each one in and being in-tranced into the unique sound each one has to offer. Enjoy your day everyone :D

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's Friday again :D

So we're here again on Friday, the last day of the week. The majority of you are finally ready to settle down for the weekend, or getting ready for some plans that you've made. For those who have time, I've decided to choose the band City and Color for Acoustic Friday! I'm sure some of you have heard of this band, and if not, you're in for a treat. This song is called 'Save your Scissors', look for the lyrics, and sing along. Hope you all enjoy your Friday, and the weekend to come.

See ya ~ Osiris  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's Wednesday!

       Finally, the middle of the week. Some of you are relieved that Monday is gone and out of the way, and just want to cruise. Others are begging for the weekend, wanting that nice few extra hours of sleep and a hot cup of Joe in the morning. Today, i'd like to share with you of the scale titled: The Major Pentatonic scale. This is commonly known as a "box scale" as it tends to take on notes being in a specific, encased spaces when playing in a certain key on the guitar. There are multiple variations of the Major Pentatonic scale, and i'll be giving you the way I was taught by my guitar teacher when I was taking lessons.
       Lets start off by learning this variation beginning on the 1st fret (F) on the low E string. The pattern is rather simple, and once you refine it and experiment with it, you can use it to preform solos when you jam with your friends. The pattern is as follows going by fret numbers starting at F, which I have previously stated:

e  1       4
b  1       4
g   1    3
d   1    3
a   1    3
e   1       4

And it's simply that! This variation can be preformed almost everywhere on the neck, and once you've got it down, feel free to turn up your amp and shred. If you already know this variation, look at some of these if your interested:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Acoustic Friday!

That's right, i've decided to make every Friday Acoustic Friday. So go ahead and share your favorite mellow tunes, pick up your box and strum along. For this Friday, i'll be presenting the wonderfully sounding Acoustic Alchemy. I personally favor the album This Way(I believe this is probably the best piece they've crafted, but that's just me.) Check em out, discuss, do what you please! The weekend has finally arrived, enjoy yourselves.(:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stringing and Tuning the guitar.

           Okay, so you've taken your time to look for a nice sounding guitar, and bought some good quality strings for this bad boy(either acoustic or electric). So you sit down on the table with your string package torn open and the guitar on the table, and you're ready to get started-but HOW do you string it or un-string it? How do you tune it? Good question! In this blog, i'm going to explain how to unstring and restring the guitar, and how to tune it by hand.
          I'm going to begin with the electric guitar, since i'm more familiar with stringing them. First off, tune all of the strings(preferably from the low E string up) until they're all uncoiled from the tuning picks. Find the metal bead at the end of the guitar, and thread it through the corresponding hold in the back of the guitar. Once all of the strings are out, feel free to do what you wish with them. For the acoustic guitar, you'll do the same procedure, except thread them through the bridge that's past the hole in the guitar starting from the low E string.
          Finally, we're ready to put the new strings on and tune the guitar. For the electric guitar, take each individual string and thread it through the corresponding hole from the back of the guitar. Line the string up nicely(it should fit in the little crevasse where the head and the neck of the guitar meet at the top) and put it through the correct hole. Bend the string to the right, then tune until it sounds like the corresponding string. Do this for all of the 6 strings, then you'll be ready to jam! For tuning the guitar for now, you can go here for an online reference: OR you can use a tuner. Whatever pleases you that gets the job done, do what feels right. The acoustic guitar will be tuned the same, just threaded through differently. Take your acoustic guitar strings and begin with the low E string. Take this string, and thread it through the corresponding slot or hole in the bridge, and do the above procedure after this. Congratulations, good sir or madame! You've successfully strung, and tuned your guitar. Take the access string that you have hanging out and clip them with wire cutters to a good length, and you're done. Thank you for reading, and I hope this has helped!