Three reasons why everyone should practice scales.

September 11, 2017
Three reasons why everyone should practice scales.

Not everyone wants to be a lead player.

And it’s easy to think that the purpose of practicing things like scales is to learn to play lead guitar. There’s some truth to that, but the fact is that everyone can Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner – what are color chords?

August 29, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner – what are color chords?

Chords come in a wide variety of flavors or “qualities”. Each one has a distinctive feel or “vibe”, an emotional association that goes with the sound. A simple example would be the contrast between bright, happy major chords and darker, Continue reading

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The top 3 challenges for singers learning guitar, and how to conquer them

August 21, 2017
The top 3 challenges for singers learning guitar, and how to conquer them

Living and working in Nashville, I meet a lot of singers who want to learn to accompany themselves. Even in a music town like this one, where competent guitarists are easy to find, there’s a lot of value in Continue reading

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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: 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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