Top 3 Guitar Magazines To Help You Teach Yourself Guitar

There are many different ways that you can get lessons that will help you teach yourself guitar. There are guitar magazines, dvd’s, cd’s, books, tablature, online membership sites, teachers and probably a dozen other methods that I haven’t even thought of. One of the oldest and most popular ways is the use of guitar magazines. You can find many of these magazines at your local bookstore, grocery store or corner/convenience store. Most of them will contain lessons, gear reviews, album reviews, interviews with guitar players and some even throw in a cd or dvd that have video lessons and gear demonstrations. If you really like a particular guitar magazine, subscriptions are available at discounted yearly or more rates.

So which one is the best? Well that depends on a few things:

1. Where you are in your guitar playing? Beginner, intermediate or advanced?

2. What style of music are you into? Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Country etc.?

3. What do you want more of in your guitar magazine? Tabs, lessons, gear reviews?

Before you go running off to your local magazine stand to look for a magazine that’s right for you, check out the following list that I have put together for you of 3 of the best guitar magazines that are available today. Please keep in mind that these are my choices of the top 3 and depending on your taste, you may think another publication is better. But at least this list will give you a head start and you don’t have to thumb through every magazine on the rack.

Guitar World:

Guitar World is one of the most popular monthly magazines on the market and contains guitar and bass tablature of around five songs per issue. The lessons are directed at beginner and intermediate players and most of the lessons, tabs and interviews are in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal genres. The subscriptions are available at a pretty hefty discount and you can also upgrade your subscription and get a bonus cd-rom with each magazine. These cd-roms will play video lessons, gear demonstrations and music from some amazing guitarists. For more information check out

Total Guitar:

Total guitar is a monthly magazine from the U.K. and is the most popular guitar magazine in Europe. This is in my opinion the best magazine for beginner guitarists. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of lessons for guitar players of all abilities but Total Guitar focuses mostly on the novice. The mag has a nice variety of tab for Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Punk, Country and Folk, so there is something for everyone. Another great thing about Total Guitar is that unlike most guitar magazines, they don’t focus on articles and expensive gear but focus on teaching beginner guitar players how to play properly.

Each magazine also comes with a free cd that contains audio examples of the lessons and best of all, backing tracks for all the tabs. These backing tracks are great because they have the guitar parts missing so you can jam along with the song just like you were playing with the band.

The only downfall with this publication is that if you live outside of the U.K., expect to pay a lot for a subscription. Check out for more information.

Guitar Techniques:

Made by the same company that makes Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques is also a top-notch magazine. Guitar Techniques also has a massive amount of lessons that are spread out along many genres including Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Jazz and County. This magazine specializes in guitar instruction and it shows. You also get a cd with the backing tracks for the tabs and lesson examples.

You’ll get everything from beginner tips to some more advanced soloing lessons. They also get right into the different styles or techniques of your favorite guitarists. They explain exactly what scales and techniques they use and how the artist gets their sound. They then give you examples tabbed out so you can learn exactly how to play it. For more information go to

So there you have my list of the Top 3 Guitar Magazines that will help you teach yourself guitar. Hopefully it has made your choice a little easier. Now go get it and start shredding!

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Wall Faux Finishes and Selecting Colors – Designer Secrets

If you want the high-end design on a budget, try faux finishes on your walls. Besides giving your home an updated style, faux finishes add color and depth to rooms. Although every faux finishing project you tackle will be different, choosing the appropriate colors will always need to be one of your first design choices. Whichever room you’re redecorating, your choice of colors will need to take in a wide variety of criteria.

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I know it can sound intimidating, but it’s not something you can’t tackle successfully with a little thoughtful consideration and doing some research. One of the easiest ways to do that is to visit your local library and pick up a few decorating magazines and books. Go through them and find rooms that have the kind of look you’re hoping to achieve, taking special note of color combinations that might work in your own room. You’re trying to create a particular look or atmosphere, and color will be a big part of creating the effect you’re looking for. Does the room need a dynamic kinetic feel or do you want a feeling of relaxation and comfort?

There are no hard-and-fast rules, and your own color choices will ultimately depend upon your own uniquely personal taste and style. You’ll also want to take your existing furniture into account when making your color choices–that is, unless you also plan to buy all new furniture to match your new color scheme. Is there a particular color in your window coverings or upholstery that you’d like to augment? That could be a good place to start.

One of the basic things to understand is that darker colors will make a room seem small, while lighter pastel colors will reflect more light, giving the room a larger appearance. If you really have a desire to make a statement with a bold color in a smaller room, consider doing just an accent wall, meant to serve as a piece of art once you’ve done your faux finishing job. That way you can leave the rest of the walls a lighter color to give the room a bigger feel and still add some drama. However, a darker faux finish over a lighter color could have the opposite effect, but sometimes you need to do an entire room to see this phenomenon. And a caution: if you only do one wall of a room as an accent, the room could feel out of balance.

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Above all, don’t be afraid to experiment. The worst that could happen is that you’ll end up having to paint over your experiment. That should take some of the pressure off if you’re having trouble trying to decide.