Andrew Clarke  /  Articles
The Best Guitar Pedals For Beginners in 2023
Welcome to the rich and addictive world of guitar pedals! Whether you’re looking to expand your current pedal collection or this is your very first venture into guitar effects, this guide has got you covered. I’ll be explaining what you should be taking into account when buying new guitar pedals and also what makes a […]

Andrew Clarke  /  Articles
How To Buy Your First Electric Guitar – A Beginner’s Guide
It’s a big day! Choosing your first electric guitar is step number one on your journey to playing the greatest musical instrument on the planet. Now, I might be a little biased, but as a 20-year veteran of the guitar, I can confidently say there is no greater feeling than strumming, picking, or shredding through […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Acoustic Guitar Classics – The Joker By The Steve Miller Band
(Download the tabs & sheet music) In this beginner guitar lesson, Ayla Tesler-Mabe tackles “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band. This is a great song to learn if you’re a fan of the acoustic guitar, and only have some basic skills under your belt. Before we get started, it’s important to know that we’ll […]

Andrew Clarke  /  Articles
How To Play Chords & Scales On Guitar
With all the guitar chords and scales out there, it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out which ones you truly need to know to get the most out of your instrument. And in the age of the internet, where an endless waterfall of information is at the tips of our fingers, finding […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
5 Top Guitar Riffs From Rage Against The Machine
(Download the tabs & sheet music here) Rage Against The Machine is one of the most influential rock bands of all time, and their iconic guitar riffs have made them a household name in almost every corner of the world. So to make sure we did this legendary band justice, Ayla Tesler-Mabe relistened to their […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Top 5 Glam Rock Guitar Riffs from David Bowie
(Download the tabs & sheet music) Music legend David Bowie has had a significant influence on a variety of cultural movements over the course of his career. His early 1970s period was particularly notable since he was instrumental in developing and popularising the glam rock subgenre. Bowie’s glam rock era is a gold mine for […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
5 Levels of Sultans of Swing
(Download the tabs & sheet music) We’re starting off 2023 with a bang by bringing you a brand new “5 Levels” lesson. This time, Ayla is breaking down the iconic Dire Straits song “Sultans of Swing.” This song is considered by many guitarists to be quite challenging, which unfortunately makes it inaccessible to a lot […]

Andrew Clarke  /  Articles
How To Achieve Your Guitar Goals in 2023 
2022 has come to an end, and it’s time to make some positive changes heading into 2023. The start of a new year is the perfect time to refocus on why you picked up the guitar in the first place and get a fresh start on your goals for the instrument. It’s important to remember […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Top 6 Guitar Riffs of 2022
(Download the tabs & sheet music) Contrary to what the internet might tell you, some incredible music has been released this year. So as 2022 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look at some of the best guitar riffs to grace the airwaves in the past twelve months. In this video, we’ll […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Adding Guitar to Anti-Hero by Taylor Swift on the Spot
In this video, Ayla Tesler-Mabe takes on the challenge to learn and perform a mystery song on the guitar. Prior to making this video, Ayla had no idea which song the Guitareo team had chosen for her. The secret song in question is Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” and Ayla has to figure out the chords and […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
The Best Rolling Stones Riffs from “Some Girls”
(Download the tabs & sheet music) The Rolling Stones album Some Girls was released in 1978 and was both a critical and commercial success. The album marked a departure from the band’s previous work, incorporating elements of punk and disco into their signature blues-rock sound. But as guitar players, the main thing we remember this album […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
5 Levels of Jingle Bell Rock
(Download the tabs & sheet music) The Holidays are here, and we’re not wasting any time! In this lesson, Ayla Tesler-Mabe dives into the Christmas classic “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms. Just like our other “5 Levels” videos, we’ll be making our way through the song at five different difficulties. Beyond the basic chording […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
How To Play Chords Like Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix is considered by many to be the greatest guitar player ever to live. And much of that praise is because of the unique approach he took to the instrument. When you hear one of Jimi’s songs, you can immediately tell it’s him playing because of this signature style. In this lesson, Ayla gets […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
5 Levels of Sweet Home Alabama
(Download the tabs & sheet music) There are a few songs that can be considered rites of passage for guitarists. One of these is the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Sweet Home Alabama.” Released on the band’s 1974 album Second Helping, it is considered by many to be one of the greatest southern rock songs of all […]

Guitareo  /  Articles
Your Guide To The Guitarist’s Survival Kit
When it comes to playing the guitar, being prepared is key. Whether you want to survive the coldest nights playing by the campfire, tackle last-minute emergencies before a big show, or prepare for a long jam session with friends, we’re here to make sure you’re ready. The Guitarist’s Survival Kit will have you well-equipped to […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Kent Shores  /  Lessons
5 Accessories Every Beginner Guitarist Needs to Own
There are an endless number of guitar accessories on the market these days. But which ones do you actually need to spend your money on? In this lesson, we’ll be answering that very question. With decades of combined experience, Ayla and Kent share their top five guitar accessories every beginner guitarist needs to own. But […]

Kent Shores  /  Lessons
10 Blink-182 Riffs Every Guitarist Should Know
(Download the tabs & sheet music) Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Blink-182 is back to playing shows and releasing new music. The band’s energetic pop-punk helped define an entire generation of millennials in the ‘90s and early 2000s. But with their humour-filled lyrics and catchy vocal melodies, it’s easy […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
The Best Rolling Stones Riffs from “Sticky Fingers”
In this lesson, Ayla dives into two of the most iconic guitar riffs from The Rolling Stones’ 1971 studio album Sticky Fingers. Considered by many to be one of their best albums, it’s packed full of incredible guitar work by Keith Richards and Mick Taylor. The two songs we’ll be looking at are “Can’t You […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Kent Shores  /  Lessons
The 10 Spookiest Guitar Parts of All Time
(Download the sheet music for this lesson) In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the spookiest guitar parts of all time. It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is that makes a guitar riff “spooky”, but these all seem to nail the vibe pretty well. The […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
How to Play 4 Essential Chords – Guitar Chord Workout for Beginners
(Download the sheet music for this video) Here we are at the final part of Ayla’s beginner guitar workout series. In this practice-along, you’ll combine everything you’ve worked on so far to play an entire chord progression utilizing four different chords. The guitar chords you’ll be playing are G major, E minor, C major, and […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Easy 10-Minute Guitar Workout – How to Play D and G
(Download the sheet music for this video) Ayla is back for the fourth installment of her beginner guitar chord workout series. In this lesson, we’ll be practicing changing between D major and G major. You should already be somewhat familiar with these chords since they were both used in earlier practice-alongs. However, changing between these […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Easy 10-Minute Guitar Workout – How to Play C and D
(Download the sheet music for this video) In this beginner guitar workout, we’ll be practicing the C major and D major chords. We’ll begin with a few exercises that focus on playing each guitar chord on its own, followed by some exercises that will help you go back and forth between them.  If you’d like […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Easy 10-Minute Guitar Workout – How to Play Em and C
(Download the sheet music for this video) We’re back with part two of Ayla’s Easy Guitar Workout series! This play-along is perfect for any beginner guitarist who wants to improve their chord changes and sense of timing. The format will be exactly the same as part one, but we’ll be throwing a new chord into […]

Andrew Clarke  /  Articles
The 10 Most Popular Strumming Patterns of All Time
If you’ve played guitar for any amount of time, you’ve probably gathered that strumming is a pretty important piece of the puzzle — the guitar is considered a rhythm instrument after all. So to help you navigate these daunting rhythmic waters, we’ve created a guide to help you play ten of the most popular strumming […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Sami Ghawi  /  Lessons
Learning a Pop Song on Guitar (Harry Styles – As It Was)
Many of the rhythm techniques touched on in this lesson are explored in-depth inside Sami’s full course, Rhythm & Groove. In this video, Ayla Tesler-Mabe and Sami Ghawi will attempt to learn a pop song on the fly. The Guitareo Team has secretly chosen a song that neither of the two has ever played before. […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Sami Ghawi  /  Lessons
5 Bad Habits Ruining Your Rhythm on Guitar
(Download the cheatsheet) Just like anything else, when you’re first learning how to play rhythm guitar, it can be quite easy to form some bad habits. These bad habits can quickly build themselves up into pretty major roadblocks for your guitar progress. So in this lesson, Ayla is joined by her personal guitar teacher Sami […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Easy 10-Minute Guitar Workout – How to Play G and Em
(Download the sheet music for this video) Welcome to part one of Ayla’s Easy Guitar Workout series! If you’re brand new to playing the guitar, then you’re in the right place. This workout is specifically designed to help beginner guitar players improve their chord transitions, work on their sense of rhythm, and have a better […]

Andrew Clarke  /  Articles
Beginner Guitar Technique Guide
If you’ve spent any time on “Guitar Instagram” you’ll likely have been bombarded with flashy techniques of all kinds – mindbending tapping, speedy slurs, crazy slides, massive stretches, and unimaginable speed. These guitar flexes can quickly make you feel like even playing your favorite songs on the guitar is way out of reach. But this […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away by The Beatles
(Download the tabs and sheet music) Learn how to play songs faster with our interactive practice tool inside the Guitareo members’ area. Start your 7-day free trial by heading to https://www.guitareo.com/trial In this lesson, Ayla Tesler-Mabe teaches You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away by The Beatles. This acoustic classic was written by John Lennon […]

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons
Top 6 “Dad Rock” Guitar Riffs From the ’70s
(Download the tabs) Father’s Day is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: Dad rock. Now, dad rock can mean a few different things, but ultimately, it’s the rock music that makes up your dad’s old record collection. It’s important to note that this music isn’t exclusively consumed by dads, as […]

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