The Perpetual Beginner: how to use a capo as a tool, not a cheater!

June 26, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: how to use a capo as a tool, not a cheater!

Capos are for cheaters, right?

Wrong! Yes, you can use a capo to make a song easier to play by allowing you to use more comfortable chords, or to raise or lower the vocal range of the melody. But what Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: more on how to play barre chords comfortably.

June 19, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: more on how to play barre chords comfortably.

It’s an ongoing struggle for lots of people at the “long-term beginner” stage. I wrote a few weeks back about the pesky F chord, which is the first barre chord most students learn. The B minor usually comes next, because Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: chord inventory and the horse with no name.

June 5, 2017


 

 

 

 

How many chords do you think you know?

How many chords are there, anyway?

The average basic strummer uses a vocabulary of about eleven chords, and has probably learned quite a few more that Continue reading

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5 Tips To Help You Stop Avoiding Barre Chords!

May 30, 2017

Lots of people do it, maybe you do too: avoid learning a song because it requires barre chords, or limiting your songwriting vocabulary because you struggle with them and it’s easier to just avoid them. I’m not going to suggest Continue reading

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Fundamentals of fingerstyle: “Renaissance Faire”, a study in plucked chords

April 6, 2015

“Renaissance Faire” is a study in plucked chords, using the thumb and two fingers to sound three notes together. The goal is to get all three notes to sound evenly and clearly. Don’t overthink your hand position, just work slowly Continue reading

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Fundamentals of fingerstyle: hand position and movement

April 6, 2015

Playing with your fingers instead of a flatpick opens up an entirely new set of sounds, no matter what style you play. Whether you pluck, strike, strum, snap, or slap the strings, your sonic possibilities increase exponentially – Continue reading

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