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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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: 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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Droning or dynamic: be more compelling onstage!

May 22, 2017

When we refer to someone as a dynamic performer, we mean that person commands attention. They draw an audience in and make a lasting impression. You might see this as pure talent, and sometimes it is. But these dynamic performers Continue reading

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A CRASH COURSE IN CAPO TRANSPOSITION

June 1, 2014

You probably already know how to use a capo to change the pitch of a song to match a singer’s range. But did you know that you can use the capo to find new ways to “voice” a chord, or Continue reading

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