As a fellow guitarist, I’m sure you have your favorite sites where you go to learn new songs or riffs. For me, my default go-to is Ultimate Guitar, although I’m coming to appreciate Songsterr as well.
As long as I’m a guitar teacher, there will probably never come a time when I don’t access the vast resources that are online. I do use my creativity to come up with unique exercises for my students, but I also like to show them how to play well-known songs, since that’s one of the main draws of learning the guitar.
Recently, I’ve come to discover that Google Image Search is also a handy tool for finding songs, riffs, scales, and exercises.
Really? Google Image Search?
I know, I was a little surprised myself, but you never know when it might come in handy for you.
I think I first came to this realization when I searched for a specific song on Google, and then clicked on the “Images” tab. More than likely, there was a song that I couldn’t find on any guitar site, so I happened to try something different.
Interestingly enough, I found what I was looking for (on that occasion). Since then, I’ve found that even if you can’t necessarily find the tab for the song you’re looking for, oftentimes you can still find the sheet music, which is better than nothing.
So, if you just can’t find the song you’re looking for on your favorite guitar site, it might be worth trying Google Image Search.
Finding New Practice Ideas
Us guitarists tend to watch a lot of instructional or demonstration videos, especially early in our development. I’ve watched my fair share of Joe Satriani videos myself, because he always has great tips to share (it might have something to do with the fact that he used to be a guitar teacher).
Anyway, I remembered that he was talking about a Joe Pass book one of his teachers had him work through. One day, I entered “Joe Pass chords” into Google Image Search, and sure enough, it turned up a few examples.
I don’t typically play a lot of jazz, so studying these examples brought me outside of my comfort zone. It didn’t take long before I figured out how to play several riffs, but at least it gave me something new to work on.
Similarly, I recently searched for “guitar arpeggio tabs” (there aren’t too many guitarists out there that enjoy working on their arpeggios, are there?), and that turned up multiple examples that I could immediately learn from.
It’s important for us guitarists to address our problem areas instead of constantly going back to the things we already know well, so this simple method could help you find new and different things to work on in your playing.
Obviously, when it comes to learning guitar, there are no shortages of resources you can take advantage of, from books and DVDs to magazines and blogs.
However, it’s always nice to add another tool to your toolbox, right?
Did you find this tip helpful? Will you be giving it a try? What other sites do you like to use?
Let me know in the comments section below!
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Author: David Andrew Wiebe
David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a touring schedule with multiple bands.