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

Fort Lauderdale Guitar Lesson: Mississippi Queen by Mountain

For our next lesson I decided to cover the epic classic rock song “Mississippi Queen” by Mountain.  For equipemt on this recording, the guitarist Leslie West used a Gibson blues Junior loaded with a P90’s thru a Sun Amp PA head (it wasn’t even a guitar amp!)  He accidently discovered this massive sound when his booking agency sent him the wrong equipment at his gig at the Fillmore West.  For equipment in this video I used a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with an Analogman King of Tone into a Billm modified Blues Junior with a Heritage Greenback speaker.  It […] Read more

Billm Modded Fender Blues Junior

This review is of a Billm modded Fender Blues Junior.  The reason I got the Billm amp is because I wanted a way-huge Fender Blackface tone at low volume.  This amp was originally 15 watts and after the mods it became 18watts.

 

The mods I had done were

The Basic Kit Mod

The TO20 Output Transformer

Presence Control Mod

Cathode Follower

Switchcraft Input

TP24 Transformer

Line Out Built In

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Your Guitar’s Worst Enemy: Heat and Humidity

Written by Madison Iszler

Wooden guitars are very susceptible to the negative effects of temperature and humidity. The surroundings of your guitar matter because of these factors.

Humidity is not good for guitars because it can cause the metal parts of the guitar to rust and the wooden parts to become wet and weakened, which obstructs sound resonation.

Fort Lauderdale guitar teacher Dyce Kimura offers some personal advice of his own. “Part of the soundproofing in my office is done in plexiglass, which seals out the humidity and helps me keep my equipment in the best condition.”

Heat can negatively effect a guitar because […] Read more

How to Play "Let it Rise" on Acoustic Guitar

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This how to play Paul Baloche’s “Let it Rise” on acoustic guitar. I play and sing the song at first then teach you how to play it on the guitar.
Start with a G chord riff and then go to the C riff.
It is a very rhythmic song and can be a challenge to understand and play at first. On the chorus I teach the “and” rhythm or the off beat rhythm for that section. This makes the guitar sound colorful and interesting.

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How to Play Back in Black on Guitar

This video is how to play “Back in Black” by AC/DC. Their guitarist, Angus Young, plays the song electric which I also do at the start of the lesson. But then I quickly switch over to the acoustic to teach you the song because it has more clarity and hopefully without the distortion you can hear the complex rhythms better.

This song is definitely mid-advanced level. It sounds easy at first but the rhythms are rather complex. I must confess that when I first trying to learn the song I thought it was going to be a lot easier than it […] Read more

Pick or No Pick for Beginner Guitar Players

Many beginning guitar students struggle with the following question: to use a pick or to use fingers to play? Are picks just another unnecessary product that companies can make money off of? Will one’s fingers develop callouses and scars if one plays without a pick?

 

Some guitar players maintain that the pick vs. fingers debate is largely based on sound preference. Playing with one’s fingers makes a different sound on guitar strings than does a pick, and the sound that the player prefers should determine their choice of pick or fingers. Different types and brands of picks sound different, so if […] Read more

Top 3 Guitar Amps to Buy Under $200 for Beginner Guitar Players

Let’s say you’re looking to buy an amp, but are unsure which one to get since you’re just starting out with playing guitar. You also don’t want to spend a lot.

 

Here’s a helpful countdown of the top three choices of experienced, Fort Lauderdale Guitar Teacher, Dyce Kimura.

 

Line 6 30 watt – http://line6.com/amps/

Dyce says, “This guitar amp has all the effect you would need to really explore your guitar’s soundscape. It’s also extremely easy to use and is a great value for the price. This could be a good choice for heavy metal– especially nu-metal– and rock guitarists. It offers you […] Read more

Top 5 Electric Guitars to Buy Under $200 for Beginners

When you’re new to learning electric guitar, the wide variety of instruments to choose from can be overwhelming. Which to start out on? Fort Lauderdale Guitar Teacher Dyce Kimura has some advice just for you!

 

Fender Squier Strat

Your first model to consider might be a Fender Squier Strat, which sells for around $199. Dyce calls this “an excellent guitar, with hot, loud pickups that work well for all styles: blues and rock and pop.” He adds: “It has a great neck and feel. This guitar is all business!”

Find a Fender Squier Strat online.

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How to play "Open the Eyes of my Heart" on guitar

This is “Open the Eyes of my Heart” by Paul Baloche.You can play almost the entire song with the first and second strings open and use them as pedal tones to give you a beautiful open sound on this song. Paul Baloche said that he got the idea for the B section from

Isaiah 6 I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robefilled the temple.

A consistent theme in the song are the pedal tones of high E and B played throughout the song The for the verse chords  are

| E | E | Emaj7 | Emaj7 […] Read more