The Perpetual Beginner: how to play bass walks on guitar

July 31, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: how to play bass walks on guitar

A “walk” is a single note line on the low strings that connects one chord to another. Essentially, it allows the guitar to take on the role of the bass player for a moment and lead the music forward into Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: why everyone should go back to basics.

July 17, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: why everyone should go back to basics.

I started using the phrase “perpetual beginner” to refer to guitar enthusiasts/hobbyists/students who have played for months or years but don’t feel like they’re improving any more. Almost everyone hits plateaus and blocks, but so many people build Continue reading

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Be a real guitar hero: 5 ways to play better rhythm

July 10, 2017
Be a real guitar hero: 5 ways to play better rhythm

When you think “guitar hero” what do you picture? (Look out, the clichés are flying already…cue the fog machine!)

I’ve had many students start their first lesson by saying that they’re “not a guitar player” and don’t really need to Continue reading

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Why Does It Hurt When I Play?

July 3, 2017
Why Does It Hurt When I Play?

I should say at the outset that this is not meant to be medical advice. Serious chronic pain should be addressed by a professional. But understanding some basic mechanics can help you tell the difference between a signal to change Continue reading

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