Free Guitar Lesson – The Guitar Ninja News Letter – September 2019
Sept 2019 – Ninja News #002
Hey Ninjas. The first edition of “Ninja News” went down so well we are back for more. This time under “Free guitar lesson and tips – Ninja News”.
If you missed last months edition, welcome to our new and improved Newsletter. This has loads of fun and interesting things we thought you would want to see.
Everything has been made bitesized and easy to digest and with a clear contents list so you can skip to the import bits or the bits you find most fun. Please note that the “Ninja News” and “Dates for the diary” sections may have important information regarding your lesson so even if you skip the fun bits, it would be worth a skim through the last few sections.
Have fun reading.
- Weird Guitars
- All the gear, with some idea
- Quick tips (practice tips)
- Guitarists you should know
- Quick licks
- Check them out!
- Finger Twisters
- Ninja News (Student achievements and more)
- Dates for the Diary
This month’s weird guitar is a crazy shark eating what looks like a fairly regular guitar. This was made for a promotional piece, more as a piece of art than as a playable sellable guitar. The first prototype was made in 2011 and designed by Mike Risinger, Ed Roman and Mark Kendall and was based on a BC Rich but was never playable and only used as a prop which is now on display within The Hard Rock Cafe.
This one however has a playable internal guitar that is apparently made by Quicksilver which is a brand I would think of when talking surfboards not guitars, but that might explain the sea life gimmick. This guitar apparently plays well and has mother of pearl inlays for the teeth. Thats a new twist on the shark tooth inlays we’ve gotten used to.
All The Gear, With Some Idea
The Gibson Les Paul
Arguably one of the most famous and copied guitar shapes in the world. Created by Gibson and jazz guitarist Les Paul and first sold in 1952 in order to rival Fender, it has since then found its way into the hands of many different guitarists.
Spanning all genres and it is fair to say most guitar players own some sort of version of this classic instrument. A standard Les Paul features 22 frets, dual humbucker pickups, a three way pickup selector, two volume and two tone knobs (one for each pickup).Thanks to the dual humbuckers the guitar is known for it’s warmer and bassier tone compared to Fender’s models.
There are plenty of players who have used the Les Paul but the most famous are: Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and of course Les Paul himself.
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Guitarists You Should Know
Born on the 22nd of November 1942 Jimi Hendrix is one of the most influential guitarists of all time. This is amazing considering his mainstream career only lasted around four years. His most notable work is with the ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ that he formed with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding in around 1966.
Jimi’s style at the time was unlike anything the world had seen before and helped to establish how the electric guitar would be played from that moment on. He was also known for his spectacular live performances, some of which would end with him setting his guitar on fire!
Hendrix also helped to popularise guitar effects that are used today, most notably Wah and Fuzz. Even though he was seen with many different guitars throughout his career Hendrix most notably used a Fender Stratocaster (that was strung and played upside down to accommodate him being left handed) along with using Marshall amplifiers.
Recommended listening: Purple Haze (Are You Experienced, 1967)
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Free Guitar Lesson – “Quick Licks” are short pieces designed with each note to be played at the same speed. Start slow and build up the speed a little with each run through. These are designed to help you get quicker and build finger dexterity.
F# Major arpeggio
Check 'em Out!
This section is dedicated to lesser known artists that have some real talent or an unusual way of looking at the guitar.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
This month’s check it out focuses on Mexican classical guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela. It’s worth looking into them as they take their amazing classical guitar skills and use them to create unique arrangements of rock and metal songs. Below you can listen to their fantastic rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
Check out!: Stairway to Heaven (live)
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Our Finger Twisters are designed to get those pinkies moving. This one is the bass riff in ‘Hey Joe’ by mr Jimi Hendrix as listed above. The best was to use this warm up is to look at each run on the same string and keep the previous fingers down. this will help with stretch and strength while getting you to use all four fingers.
Exciting things are happening as always. We have new banners in place with some of your smiley faces on for our shows and club rooms.
Northampton club is now in swing with a great response for a first week.
In these newsletters we will be announcing our graded students for the last month. This month we have seen the following students pass their grades:
- Evan – White Strap
- Dale – Orange Strap
- Lucas – Yellow Strap
- Ethan – Orange Strap
Congratulations to you all.
Sebastian, The bassist who played the chain (The formula one tune) at the performance is performing live on Friday 20th September in Ampthill. The event is called The Ampthill Great Park Experience. The postcode is MK45 2HX Things start at midday and the bands start at 6pm. I will be there for sure cheering him on from the crowd.
We are also finalising a new buy back scheme on guitars. You can buy guitars from us and if you decide it’s not for you then we will buy them back for a percentage of the purchase price. The amount we buy them back for will depend on how long you have had them and how well they have been looked after.
Dates For The Diary
- Every Saturday – Northampton Guitar Club – First entry free
- Every Monday – Leighton Buzzard Guitar Club – First entry free
- 20th September – Seb’s band is performing live The Ampthill Great Park Experience, MK45 2HX music from 6pm
- 29th September – Guitar Show in Northampton at the Saints Rugby ground loads of guitar stalls, live performances, plenty to see, do and learn
- 10th November – Guitar Show in Milton Keynes at the MK Dons ground loads of guitar stalls, live performances, plenty to see, do and learn