Performing makes you a better player.

April 16, 2018
Performing makes you a better player.

Performing makes you a better player, even if you don’t have any interest in getting up in front of an audience.

The idea of people listening might just make you nervous. Even seasoned performers can still get the Continue reading

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Three chords and the truth

April 2, 2018
Three chords and the truth

 

You probably already know how much you can accomplish with three chords.

Simple three chord song forms are the root of the blues, country, folk, and rock & roll. So you can literally play thousands of songs even with Continue reading

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Three reasons why you should join the band.

March 26, 2018
Three reasons why you should join the band.

Not everyone aspires to join a band.

When I was a teenager, the idea of starting a band was the most exciting thing in the world. My first experiences of playing with other people were intimidating, though. It Continue reading

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Organize your practice time!

February 12, 2018
Organize your practice time!

The other day a student expressed his frustration at getting tired of a song before he was really able to play it. This is something a lot of people struggle with. We want to play satisfying music, not just beginner Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: boxed in by chord boxes?

February 6, 2018
The Perpetual Beginner: boxed in by chord boxes?

Guitarists often learn chords by reading “box” diagrams.

If you’ve ever had a lesson in your life (or even if you haven’t) you’re probably familiar with these: essentially a drawing of the guitar neck held vertically, with six vertical lines Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: what makes a good teacher

January 29, 2018
The Perpetual Beginner: what makes a good teacher

Many guitar teachers seem to feel like they need to choose between two paths: what the student wants to learn, and what the student needs to know.

You would think it’s not an “either-or” proposition, and I don’t Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: how to play smoother chord changes

January 22, 2018
The Perpetual Beginner: how to play smoother chord changes

To play confidently on the guitar, you need to have control of your fingers.

Whether you’re playing single note melody or strumming chords, every note is a target you need to be able to hit accurately. This might sound obvious, Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: the problem with tablature

January 15, 2018
The Perpetual Beginner: the problem with tablature

Thanks to the internet, we live in a great time to learn the guitar.

When I was first learning to play, if I wanted to find a tab I had to ask my teacher or try to work it out Continue reading

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