String Gauge-How It Affects Your Guitar Tone | Fort Lauderdale Guitar Lessons

“Big Strings Equals Big Tone,” Fort Lauderdale Guitar Lessons

Hi this is Dyce Kimura. I am giving Fort Lauderdale guitar lessons out of my studio in sunny South Florida. Today I want to talk to you about the topic of string gauge, and specifically, how string gauge can actually effect your overall tone.

This is a critical question, because string gauge is an important concern for all guitarists—acoustic or electric, and no matter your proficiency level, age or style of music that you play. You probably have noticed by now that some people use really big strings—and others will use any thickness […] Read more

How to develop proper muting technique | Fort Lauderdale Guitar Lessons

Fort Lauderdale guitar lessons teacher demonstrating palm muting.

If you are a beginning guitarist and still hearing odd sounds when you play, the problem is most likely not the notes that you are playing—but rather, the problem comes from the notes that you AREN’T playing.   Unwanted string noise is a problem that affects all beginners at some time or another—and is always the result of improper technique.  However, even if you are an accomplished guitarist, according to professional guitarist Dyce Kimura who provides Fort Lauderdale guitar lessons, developing the proper muting technique will take your playing to the next level.

 

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Skype Guitar Lessons: Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys Guitar Lesson

For our next lesson we will learn to play “Hang on Snoopy,” by the McCoys. The song is basically | G C | D C | and you will play each chord 2 times each. Please refer to the video for the chord charts.
To begin to play the song simply strum each chord with down strokes 2 times each. Start by strumming slowly and playing by yourself until you can switch records comfortably. Then start playing with this drum machine beat at 65 BPMs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ACh9uGNcu0
Ultimately you want to get a place where you can play with the song. If you […] Read more

Sweet Home Alabama Beginner Lesson

Today we are learning to play a simplified version of the classic song “Sweet home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, using the chords D, C, and G.  I have gone to great lengths to find songs like this that can be simplified because it allows the beginner student to participate in playing a famous song that they know and love.  In this beginner lesson we are focused strumming the chords along with the song.

 

 

 

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Pink Floyd's "Time" Guitar Lesson

This is a lesson on Pink Floyd’s “Time”. It is definitely one of David Gilmore’s finest masterpieces. While taking the time to learn this song, I must say I was blown away by Gilmore’s soaring melodic structures and his ability to convey subtle inflections in his soloing. I was equally amazed by the sheer power of the solo and the fact that he played it without playing fast. This shows true mastery in my opinion. Playing fast instantly gains the performer the “wow” factor, but few guitarist can play slowly and deliberately while still maintaining a captive performance level. Also, […] Read more