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Guitar Player's Toolbox Update, Issue April 2006
April 14, 2006

Peter Bussey here with the April issue of Guitar Players Toolbox Update. We have added over 250 new subscribers since the last issue, so for many of you this is your first issue. If so, welcome!

In this issue:

1. The Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart- a Valuable Reference
2. How to Improve Your Alternate Picking Technique (guest article)
3. Recommended Guitar Learning Resource
4. Easy Song Video Lesson with Tab- "Vertigo" by U2
5. Guitar Quote of the Month- Brian Eno

The Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart

After you have learned to play some basic chords, the Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart II is a great chord resource. Developed by Phillip J. Facoline, it shows you how to play almost any chord you are likely to need. It is a comprehensive chord chart for the more experienced guitarist with at least some basic knowledge of chords and how to play them. Click here for the entire article and to access your free printable copy of the Ultimate Chord Chart.

How to Improve Your Alternate Picking Technique

Guest article by Ben Edwards. Beginning guitar players have a tendency to strum or pick the guitar strings by using a series of either all downstrokes or all upstrokes. It is important to increase playing fluidity and efficiency by using a technique called alternate picking: the process of using a guitar pick to strike the strings using a pattern of alternating downward and upward motions, or downstrokes and upstrokes. Resulting in faster, smoother playing. Read the complete article written by Ben Edwards of Jamorama offering practical advice in improving this important skill. Click here for the entire article.

Recommended Resource for Learning Guitar

If you've been looking for a high quality, user friendly guitar learning package, then read on! After researching many guitar learning programs, I decided to partner with Jamorama and feature their "Ultimate Guitar Learning Kit" on my site. Jamorama offers a great value for your hard-earned money for both the beginning as well as more established player. Click here to read my review of this guitar learning package.

Easy Song Video Lesson

The free Easy Song Video Lesson in this issue is "Vertigo" by U2, compliments of the Guitar Alliance. This lesson features the song Vertigo, from U2's 2004 album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb". The lesson includes tab of verse and chorus riffs, audio files, and video so you can see and hear how to actually play the song. It also includes a complete transcription (tab) of the song. This type of lesson really breaks the song down so you can learn it piece by piece at your own rate. Click here to access the Vertigo video lesson with complete tab transcription.

Guitar Quote of the Month

"I always use the same guitar; I got this guitar years and years ago for nine pounds. It's still got the same strings on it."

- Brian Eno

Well, that's it for this month.

Play Well!

Peter Bussey

PS. Don't forget to check out the Jamorama Guitar Learning Kit. Read my review of one of the best learn to play guitar packages on the market today. Read the review.

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