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A Couple Fun Songs to Play

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” — Victor Hugo

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” — Frank Zappa

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” — Jimi Hendrix

Here are a couple of fun songs to play.

Working Man (Rush)

Believe it or not, there are some Rush songs that you don’t need a music degree from Berkeley to play! 🙂

Rush has been my favorite band since I was a kid.

I even play in a Rush tribute band in the Chicago area (Animation a Tribute to Rush – check it out: https://atributetorush.com/)

However, I can tell you that some songs aren’t really out of reach for many of you.

Working Man is one of them.

In fact, there are a number of my beginning students that actually are making great progress with this song (even on acoustic guitar!).

And, even if Rush isn’t your main band, you can still learn a lot by figuring out how to play this song.

Here ya go!

Working Man

Here’s the TAB that contains the main parts: Working Man TAB

Day Tripper

Beatles songs are timeless. It seems that every generation at least knows about their songs (seen the movie Yesterday yet? Go see it!)

So, it is always a good idea to have some Beatles songs in your back pocket to play.

Here is a video on how to play the main riff to the song Day Tripper.

Here is the TAB to the lick: Day Tripper TAB

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!Have fun!

Rock on until the next time!

Best Way to Replace Your Guitar Strings

Best Way to Replace Your Guitar Strings

I owe all of you an apology.

A few weeks ago I sent out a newsletter article about changing strings.

What I didn’t say was that it was about when to change strings!

Of course, if you didn’t get the newsletter, this is news to you! (You can sign up for it here and also get a free guide!)

I believe more than one of you would like to learn, or at least brush up on, how to change your strings!

Good news, here is your chance!

Save yourself a few bucks, and precious time, by having to take it to a music store and do it yourself!

I made this exclusive video for all of you to show how it is done.

It is important to know that I show how to change the strings using my acoustic guitar.

However….

Pay special attention to the part about stringing through the bridge. That is where the electric guitars differ from most acoustic guitars. I go through most of them but it is still possible you might have something different and unusual. Let me know if I missed anything.

Also,

Stringing through the tuners is the same for most all guitars except those that have locking tuners. I show you how that is done on my PRS guitar. Check it out if you think you have this style on your guitar.

At the end I do show some extra details for all of you stratocaster owners to be aware of.

The video is long but it does have step by step instructions for you that you will find useful.

Of course, we do start things out with a little funny business! Click the link above (or below) to get started:

The Best Way to Replace Your Guitar Strings

Remember to “like” the video. 🙂

Just in case there might only be certain details you need to know, click to skip to the section you want to know more about:

1:02 Bridge Styles This matters!

5:05 Tools Needed and How They are Used

6:39 Taking Your Old Strings Off

8:09 Extra Cleaning on Your Guitar

9:23 Putting In Your New Strings

19:07 Tuning the New Strings on Your Guitar

22:58 Stretching The Strings  Don’t Forget This!

26:00 Trimming New Strings

27:40 Locking Tuners Bonus #1

28:12 Floating Bridge Bonus #2 – For anyone who has a “whammy bar” on the bridge

29:44 Stratocaster “Trees” Bonus #3 – Anyone who has a Strat or a Strat style headstock should take note of this

Rock On,

Tony G.

PS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscriibers to more than 16 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

Six String Corner

 

Cleaning Your Guitar

How often do you clean your guitar?

Good guitar maintenance is always a good thing, and cleaning is a part of it.

You really want to keep off any oils or dirt that get on the guitar.

Plus, it just looks better when it is clean! And yes, that even goes for the old, beat up models!

Cloths

I like to always keep a cloth in all of my guitar cases. A good microfiber kind works real well. Simply give the guitar a “wipe-down” when you take it out of the case. At the very least, wipe down the back and front of the guitar neck. Here are some good cloths you can use and they are all very inexpensive. Order them online or go get them at your favorite music store.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN203–mus…

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/099-0524-0…

Polish/Cleaners

Cleaners that are also polishes work great! Except for the fretboards. I would offer extreme caution there. Why? It can add excessive wax that can affect the tone of your strings, not to mention it will get your fingers dirty!

Here are some good polish/cleaners:

I like this one a lot:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/654–dunlo…

This one I use on my acoustic:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/18A0073–m…

I have used this one too:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PolishPump…

Really, just google what you need and choose one that looks good for you.

Fretboard Cleaners

For your fretboards you will use something that is wax free. Most brands use some kind of a lemon oil mixture. Regardless, make sure it is a fretboard cleaner and not just a guitar cleaner.

Here are some examples:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN105–mus…

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/6554–dunl…

Cleaning Kits

I prefer to grab guitar cleaning kits (in fact I need to get one soon). They are very inexpensive and are all in one. Some even have extra types of cleaners, like string cleaners, if you really want to go over the top.

This is a very popular one from Dunlop:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/6504–dunl…

Another one from Nomad:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MN140–mus…

I think you get the idea. Look for what might work best for your guitar.

When do you clean?

A good time is when you are changing strings. The guitar is for the most part bare and you have accessibility to all sections of the instrument. Make sure you have it available to use after the old strings are off and before the new ones go on.

Of course you need to be changing your strings regularly, so there is that…

And I will use the cleaner bottle more regularly on the guitar body and the back of the neck, especially when I have an upcoming performance. It simply makes everything look better.

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!

Rock On,

Tony G.

PS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscriibers to more than 17 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

Six String Corner