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Top Song Tabs of the 2000s
Looking for some simple, recent songs to play on guitar? Check out this archive of great song tabs - including bands like Train, Incubus, Counting Crows, Faith Hill, and more.
Beginner Guitar Directory
New to guitar? Take a look at this one-stop beginner guitar resource, featuring lessons, first guitar buying advice, song tabs, and more.
Getting the Sounds: Jump, Jive, and Swing
A review of the newest entry in this DVD series designed to teach guitar interactively. Find out how this DVD intended to instruct guitarists how to play in the style of T-Bone Walker, Freddie Greene, Brian Setzer, and others fares.
Top 5 Beginner Bass Guitars
Looking for a bass that will provide you with an excellent instrument to learn on, without breaking the bank? Look no further... here are some specific recommendations for beginner bass guitars.
Learning Guitar: Figuring Out Songs
Are you a guitarist who has struggled when trying to figure out guitar parts off of records or cds? Read this tutorial, designed to teach you how to learn your favorite songs on your own.
George Harrison Guitar Tab
We reflect on the life of the legendary Beatles guitarist through his music. Featuring Beatles tab, Traveling Wilburys tab, and tabs from Harrison's solo career.
02/15/02- Michael Jackson's Guitarists
What do Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Steve Stevens, and Carlos Santana have in common? No matter what you think of the self proclaimed King of Pop, Michael Jackson has always used only the finest, and most popular guitarists on his records. Find out more.. including tab for some Jackson songs.
01/15/02- Learning Guitar - Lesson 11
In this lesson, we have a look at seventh chord barre shapes, major chord inversions, strumming patterns, and of course, plenty of new songs to practice.
12/13/01- Technique Building Exercises
Looking for speed and technique building drills for guitar? This exercise has been designed to improve both your picking accuracy, and to strengthen the fingers in your fretting hand. Including mp3 clips and more.
11/21/01- Guide Picks - Top Jazz Guitar CDs
Trying to find some stocking stuffers for that guitarist in your life? Here are some jazz guitar CD recommendations aimed at those not very familiar with jazz.
11/08/01- Guide Picks - Top Beginner Electrics
If you're in the hunt for a brand new electric guitar, here are five great, cheap electric guitars which would be terrific to start learning to play guitar on.
10/25/01- Guide Picks - Top Beginner Acoustics
Looking for beginner acoustic guitar recommendations? Here are five low cost acoustic guitars that should get you started strumming, without breaking the band.
10/14/01- Barre Chord Basics
Have you mastered the basic open chords, but are struggling with playing barre chords? Learn how the new low cost instructional Barre Chord Basics VHS/DVD from Warner Bros. can help. Read a full review on Guitar at About.
10/02/01- Sight Reading Practice
Have you learned the basics of sight reading, never practice it? Check out these freely downloadable and printable sheet music exercises, designed to start bringing your sight reading skills back up to snuff.
09/17/01- Make it Funky
An online lesson designed to introduce guitarists to funk music. Included are common funk chords, funk rhythms, mp3 clips, tablature of music by James Brown, Kool and the Gang, The Temptations, Jeff Beck, and more.
09/04/01- Keith Richards Profile
Get the full scoop on one of the most influential guitarists in rock and roll. Featuring info on how Richards tunes his guitar, links to online lessons, interviews, tablature, lyrics, and even the guitarist's sheperd's pie recipe.
08/22/01- Alternate Tuning Guide
Looking to explore the guitar a little more? Check out these tutorials on how to play guitar in various open tunings. Includes tuning tips, mp3s, guitar tab, links to lessons, and more.
08/07/01- Guitar on the Usenet
Want to have access to more mp3s, guitar tabs, software, movies, and pics than you ever dreamed possible? This article walks you step by step through the process of learning to surf the usenet, which is chock full o' these goodies.
07/23/01- Learning Guitar - Electric or Acoustic?
Confused as to which type of guitar would be best to start learning on? Worry no more - here is all you need to know to help you decide which type of guitar is for you. Includes specific recommendations for beginner guitars.
07/02/01- Chet Atkins Retrospective
A look back at the life of the legendary guitarist who passed away Saturday. Also featuring Chet Atkins guitar tablature, MP3s, an Atkins online lesson, a music video, and more.
06/24/01- Learning Guitar - Lesson 10
In this edition of the continuing series, we examine advanced bending concepts, major chord inversions, palm muting, plus take a chord quiz, and more. Featuring mp3 clips and more.
06/18/01- Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Profile
Did you know the former guitarist for the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan is now a defense analyst and a consultant to US Congressmen on Military defense? Check out online Skunk lessons, a discography, video clips, and more.
05/29/01- Learn to Play Like B.B. King
A free online lesson designed to teach guitarists how to solo in the style of blues legend B.B. King. Includes many transcribed solos (in tab format), mp3 clips, and much more.
05/20/01- The Dorian Mode Explored
Have you read about modes in magazines or on the net, but never really understood what they are? Here's an introduction to a minor mode, that will spice up your guitar solos. Including mp3 and tab examples of famous guitar solos that use dorian.
05/02/01- Andy Summers Profile
You may know him as the guitarist for The Police, but did you know Summers was briefly a member of The Animals? Come check out the web's best resource for Andy Summers information, including links to free video lessons, music, tablature, tour dates, and more.
04/25/01- Guitar Repair Shop
Does your guitar have an annoying fret buzz? Does it sound in tune when you play certain chords, but out of tune when you play others? Find out how to fix these, and dozens of other guitar-related problems, in this week's feature.
04/11/01- Learning Guitar - Lesson 9
In part 9 of this series, we examine a complex strumming technique, a two octave major scale pattern, sus4 chords, plus learn a bunch of new songs. Featuring real audio and mp3 clips.
04/03/01- Guitar Blindfold Quiz - Week 8
Think you know your guitarists? Listen to five audio clips, and try to identify the guitarist in each. Several randomly chosen entrants will win a copy of a great guitar instructional video, courtesy of Warner Bros.
03/20/01- Millionaire Guitarist 2
The fun continues, as Guitar at About presents an all new quiz to test your knowledge. Random names will be drawn from entrants to win a copy of a great guitar instructional video, courtesy of Warner Bros.
03/14/01- Learning Guitar - Lesson 8
In part 8 of this series, we examine more advanced strumming techniques, fingerpicking patterns, string bending, sliding, plus of course learn many new songs. Featuring real audio and mp3 clips.
02/28/01- Who Wants to be a Millionaire Guitarist
Want to test your guitar knowledge, and earn a chance to win a copy of the Phil Keaggy - Acoustic Guitar Style instructional video? Come join the fun, and take this trivia challenge.
02/20/01- Mark Knopfler Profile
A spotlight on guitarist Mark Knopfler, notable for his work in Dire Straits, and the Notting Hillbillies, as well as his considerable film scoring and producing credits. Featuring freely downloadable mp3s, guitar lessons, tablature, lyrics, and more.
02/06/01- Learning Guitar - Lesson 7
In part seven of our ongoing series aimed towards novice guitarists, we learn about fingerpicking, barre chords, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Plus, as usual, we learn many new pop and rock songs to play.
01/23/01- How to Buy a Guitar
A focus on the process of buying a new electric or acoustic guitar. Includes information on what to look for and what to avoid, how to deal with music store anxiety, and how to get a bargain.
01/09/01- Learning Guitar - Lesson 6
In part six of an ongoing feature designed for novice guitarists, we'll learn strumming patterns, barre chord shapes, 7th chords, a chromatic scale, and new songs. Now featuring RealAudio and MP3 files.
01/02/01- David Gilmour - Guitar Survivor Champion
After 18 weeks of voting and over 20,000 votes, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has been crowned the first Guitar Survivor champion. Read more about the competition, and find the best Floyd resources on the web.
12/19/00- Jimmy Page - Guitar Survivor Bronze Medalist
The former Led Zeppelin guitarist has finished third in the Guitar Survivor competition. Here's an overview of Jimmy Page's career, including links to all the best Page sites on the web.
12/05/00- The Harmonic Minor Scale Explored
If you feel like all your guitar solos sound the same, this lesson will introduce you to the exotic sounding harmonic minor scale. Feature includes the scale's uses in rock music, and provides play-a-long mp3 and RealAudio files for you to practice with.
11/21/00- Learning Guitar - Lesson 5
We continue our online series of lessons, this week delving into sharps and flats, learning a 12-bar blues, a B minor chord, new songs, and more. Lesson features RealAudio clips to play along to.
11/07/00- U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
The newest U2 album was released in stores on October 31st, and already we've got tabs and lyrics for each of the songs. If you're interested in learning all the new U2 songs, Guitar at About is the only place on the web that can help you out.
10/24/00- Radiohead - Kid A
If you've been looking for guitar tab for any of the tracks from Radiohead's newest CD Kid A, you'll find accurate transcriptions of each song here. Also included: links to multimedia interviews, rare songs, and more.
10/10/00- Green Day - Warning
Less than a week after the release of the new Green Day CD "Warning", here is an opportunity to get guitar tab and music for the entire album, for free. Includes an analysis of each track on the recording.
09/26/00- Learning Guitar - Lesson 4
In this free online lesson, we learn about power chords, note names on the sixth and fifth string, new strumming patterns, plus a whole bunch of new songs.
09/19/00- Herb Ellis - Swing Jazz
If you are a guitarist with an interest in beginning to play jazz, you'll want to read about this great guitar instructional video designed to make the learning process as simple as possible, hosted by legend Herb Ellis.
09/10/00- Getting a Classic Rock Guitar Sound
Are you struggling with your guitar equipment, trying to find a great sound, but failing? Read the review of a new budget-priced video, which demonstrates which guitars and amps were used on many classic rock recordings.
08/23/00- Learning Guitar - Lesson 3
Lots more instruction for beginner guitarists in lesson 3, including learning a blues scale, a new strumming pattern, three new chords, and many new songs.
08/13/00- Guitar Survivor
Are you a fan of the CBS TV show Survivor? If so, join in the fun with Guitar Survivor - and banish your least favorite musician from the list of top living guitarists!
07/26/00- Learning Guitar - Lesson 2
This picks up where lesson 1 left off. This second lesson teaches scales, names of the open strings, minor chords, strumming patterns, and songs.
07/12/00- Learning Guitar - Lesson 1
Have you always wanted to play guitar, but never got around to actually getting underway, or taking lessons? Here is reason to start... an online version of the first guitar lesson I teach all new students.
06/28/00- Riding with the King - Absolute Benson
Get the scoop on the brand new blues-soaked CD featuring Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Also, the real deal on the new George Benson disc "Absolute Benson".
06/14/00- Country Guitar Videos
Three great country guitar instructional videos are reviewed, one of which demonstrates how to get vintage and new country guitar sounds through the use of guitars, amps, and effects.
06/05/00- Metheny 101
A special feature on guitarist Pat Metheny, one of the most highly respected guitarists alive. Includes video and audio clips, mp3s, transcriptions and tab, and much more.
05/29/00- Eddie Van Halen Receives Cancer Treatment
The Van Halen guitarist has reportedly begun receiving treatment for cancer of the tongue. Read more...
05/25/00- Secrets to Playing Great Guitar Now
Have you seen this Fender-endorsed instructional video being advertised on latenight tv infomercials? Wondering how good it really is? Check out this thorough video review.
05/15/00- Metallica versus Napster
Looking for info on Napster, Metallica, and the ban of over 300,000 Napster users? Check here for the latest news, and links to the most amusing anti-Metallica sites on the web.
04/29/00- John Petrucci: Rock Discipline
A review of the impressive guitar instructional video featuring Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci. This informative tape features practice tips, speed building exercises, scale patterns, and provides a booklet containing tab of all included examples.
04/19/00- Printable Blank Staff Paper
Buying staff paper is ridiculously expensive. This week's feature will save you money by offering freely printable staff paper, blank tab paper, and empty chord diagrams.
04/05/00- Learning to Love Jazz
Does this style of music confuse you? Here are some pointers that will help you understand what exactly is going on in jazz music, and increase your appreciation for this artform.
03/08/00- Minor Chord Inversions
This lesson illustrates 12 different voicings for any minor chord. Teaches guitarists to play minor chords through the music of Santana.
02/23/00- Santana Rocks Grammys
The veteran guitarist collected an astounding 8 Grammy Awards for his mega-hit album Supernatural. Read the full story here (includes links to tab and more).
02/20/00- Lesson: Major Chord Inversions
Think you're a good rhythm guitarist? This lesson will give you the tools to write guitar parts like the ones created by Jimi Hendrix, or John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
02/07/00- Blues Guitar Legends
An analysis (with tab and audio) of 4 great blues guitarists. Learn to play like your favorite blues guitarist, or at least learn some new licks!
01/24/00- Album Reviews
Reviews of many of the most recent new guitar-related CD releases, including a tribute to the late Nick Drake.
01/09/00- Stevie Ray Vaughan on the Net
Looking for anything related to Stevie Ray Vaughan? You'll find it here; from MP3s and tab, to pics, memorial sites, and more.
12/28/99- Buying a Guitar Online
Examining the pros and cons of purchasing your guitar through the web, including tips you should know before you take the plunge.
12/12/99- Christmas Guitar Video Reviews
Check out these great video resources for learning to play Christmas carols that will please, and even stun, your friends and relatives.
11/28/99- The Clapton Controversy
Despite his status as a "Guitar God", there are those who believe Eric Clapton doesn't deserve all the attention he receives.
11/14/99- Santana's "Supernatural" Success
Read all about the new hit album from the aging rock star that surprised everyone in the music industry. With links to tab, concert listings, and more.
10/31/99- W.B.Songs: Part III - Melody Writing
A study of how to improve the vocal melodies of your music, through analysis of the music of McCartney, Brian Wilson, and Radiohead. Includes audio examples.
10/17/99- Album Reviews
A bunch of reviews of great new releases, including a new Wilson Pickett recording, a solo Ron Affif CD, and more.
10/03/99- W.B.Songs: Part II - Minor Keys
In the second installment of this feature, we learn how to use minor keys to create different moods in our original songs.
09/19/99- Writing Better Songs: Part I
In the first segment of this multi-part feature, we examine how to create interesting chords progressions for your songs.
09/05/99- Song Xpress Videos
An in-depth study and review of the recently released guitar instructional video series from Warner Bros.
08/22/99- Guitar Tab Software
An examination of the best guitar tab software available for Windows-based computers, with links to shareware or demo versions of each.
08/08/99- B.B. King
Searching for info and links on this master of the blues guitar? Look no further... this feature includes tab, links to lessons written by King himself, mp3's, a bio, and more.
07/22/99- Beginner Strumming Patterns
For those new to the guitar, here's a great feature on how to learn to strum like the pros.
07/08/99- Sound Like Your Favorite Guitarist
An exploration into the gear and guitar set-up of all your favorite guitarists, that gives them a unique sound.
06/28/99- Reg Schwager
The jazz guitar sensation everyone's talking about grants an exclusive interview with About.com. Plus: FREE mp3 download!
06/14/99- Know Your Tube Amp
Great resources from around the web for tube amp owners.
06/02/99- Buying an Amplifier
Buying tips for those looking to invest in a new guitar amp.
05/26/99- Learning to
In part 2 of this feature, we examine how to improve your soloing ability.
05/18/99- Learning to
Take the first steps towards playing your own guitar solos.
05/10/99- Larry Carlton
A spotlight on one of the most intriguing and exciting guitarists alive; one who has appeared on literally thousands of other musician's records.
04/21/99- History of the
For those doing research essays, or for those with a quest for knowledge, links to sites that detail the creation of, and the role of, the guitar throughout history.
04/05/99- Wes Montgomery
A feature on the legendary jazz guitarist, including links to tabs and transcriptions.
03/18/99- Importance of
A feature on the benefits of stretching, etc., before playing your guitar.
02/22/99- Jimi Hendrix
A spotlight on the guitarist who singlehandedly changed the course of rock music. Includes links to tab, explanations of Hendrix's favorite chords, and more.
02/02/99- Finding the
Right Tone for You
From beginners to experts, we could all use a little tweaking of our guitar sound.
01/08/99- Guitar Maintenance
Covers basic guitar care, from adjusting intonation, to guitar parts online.
12/21/98- Guitar for the
Everything from gift ideas to mp3 links.
Examining the basics of how to play classical guitar.
10/26/98- Guitar Effects
Find out which effects are right for you, and what the rest of the world thinks of the effects you own.