Here is a basic fingerstyle tutorial of the song Auld Lang Syne.
Another interesting product from Planet Waves is this NS Capo. There are 3 types of this capo, namely, NS Guitar Capo Pro, NS Guitar Capo Lite, and NS Classical Capo. In my video, I feature only the NS Guitar Capo Lite. This capo has a unique design and quite easy to use. Unlike other capo with spring, this capo uses a screw that can be adjusted slowly until reaching the optimum tightness. This design assures that guitar stays in tune.
Description from D'Addario: The NS Capo Lite uses a durable molded ABS thermoplastic construction to offer the most lightweight and cost effective choice. Ideal for use on all acoustic and electric 6 string guitars the NS Capo Lite can be adjusted to provide the exact tension need for your guitar. Designed for guitars with radiused fretboards, the NS Capo Lite greatly reduces the need to retune after applying your capo.
It would be interesting to see the comparison between guitar electronic tuner and mobile phone app tuner. Here in my video, I tested the Snark SN-1 tuner and Samsung Galaxy S4 tuner App Pitch Lab. These 2 tuners are using different sensors. The Snark SN-1 is using vibration sensor which detects the string vibration from the guitar head stock. The Samsung smart phone App uses the phone microphone to assess the frequency of the sound it receive. With this sound frequency, the App shows the corresponding guitar note or key. It is amazing that both tuners gave good results and exactly the same values. However, in a noisy environment, the smartphone App cannot be used since the noise mixes with the sound coming from the guitar string thereby giving false frequency value. Please view my video demo. Thanks.
In this video I made a detailed tutorial on how to use the Snark SN-1 guitar tuner. It is very easy to follow tutorial showing standard guitar tuning E-A-D-G-B-E.
Another great guitar tuner is the Snark SN-1. This is easy to use tuner which is being clip-on the guitar headstock. It features full color display and same as other clip-on tuners, this Snark SN-1 has vibration sensor which detects string vibration to get accurate frequency for tuning. It has 360 degree rotation display thus can be placed anywhere on the headstock for more comfortable position while tuning the guitar. In this video I unboxed a brand new Snark SN-1 tuner and did a short tuning demonstration.
If you have a guitar, it is always a good idea to have a good guitar stand together with it. This stand should be stable enough to hold the guitar in place. In this video I featured a small guitar stand made by Fender. This guitar stand is lightweight, portable and compact. This can be easily folded thereby quite easy to carry. It can even fit in some guitar cases. This Fender mini guitar stand can be used for hollow acoustic guitar as well as solid body electric guitars and basses. Please have a look at my video to see how to setup this Fender guitar stand.
With the help of electronics, even guitar tuning became very easy even for beginners. You do not need special musical ear to tune a guitar at this stage. In this video I tried and demoed the Fender Chromatic Tuner. It s a straight forward device that is to be attached to guitar's headstock while tuning. It is small and very light. Using the guitar tuner is quite easy. The tuner senses the guitar string vibration from the headstock and not the sound of the string, so this device can be used even in the noisy environment.
Another DIY project on my guitar. I worked on my Takamine G340S acoustic guitar since I felt I was not satisfied with the guitar action (string height). After playing this guitar for a couple of weeks, I noticed that the action was too high for me. In the end, I decided to make some adjustment on the saddle to make the action a little bit lower. I am not an expert guitar tech or luthier. I just learned by watching some YouTube video tutorials on guitar setup. After sanding the saddle, the string height of the 6th string on the 12th fret was reduced from 3.5 to 3.0 mm. I stopped at that point since I was worried that if I continued sanding, there might be fret buzz problem afterwards and there was no going back. I think it was a success DIY after all. I was able to achieve the guitar playability that I wanted.
I got a new tool for my guitar, D'Addario Planet Waves guitar pro-winder. This guitar winder is very easy to use and it has 3-in-1 function, with winder, cutter and bridge pin puller. It has good quality material unlike cheap plastic which are common to low cost guitar winder. The bridge pin puller is also handy and won't damage the bridge. I showed how to use it in this video but was not able to show the cutter function as I did not have excess string to be cut. Have a look on my video to see how to use it. Thanks.
This was my DIY on my Epiphone acoustic guitar. I am not expert on this adjustment. I just followed some YouTube guitar maintenance tutorial videos. I did a little bit of truss rod adjustment to minimize fret buzz. I noticed this problem when I replaced the my guitar strings with D'Addario Silk and Steel. These strings have low tension, thus, less pull on the guitar neck by strings. To balanced out, I reduced the truss rod tension. With a little turn, I managed to get good results.