The Perpetual Beginner: creating your personal guitar syllabus

November 20, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: creating your personal guitar syllabus

The word “syllabus” probably takes you back to college classrooms, final exams, and stressing over your GPA. I worked as a college professor for several years, and while my time in academia was a mixed blessing I did learn a Continue reading

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Self-assessment on guitar: 3 big-picture areas to explore

November 5, 2017
Self-assessment on guitar: 3 big-picture areas to explore

Most people seek out a teacher because they feel they’ve learned as much as they can on their own. It’s something I hear from new students all the time. The challenge isn’t the desire to play, or even a commitment Continue reading

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Your picking hand: the ultimate analog effect

October 30, 2017
Your picking hand: the ultimate analog effect

Electric guitarists have countless ways to manipulate the sound of their instrument. Start with the knobs and switches on the guitar itself. Add the amplifier, which will add another set of knobs and switches. That’s already a lot of variables, Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: 3 things you probably aren’t doing when you practice

October 16, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: 3 things you probably aren’t doing when you practice

For all of you out there that might be struggling with motivation, frustration, and plain old time management, I have good news.

Practicing works! When you practice properly, you get better.

I also have a less optimistic thought for you, Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: the brilliant simplicity of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

October 9, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: the brilliant simplicity of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

It’s been a week of Tom Petty tributes, and for good reason. He was everyman’s rockstar, as cool as anyone could ever want to be but not so cool you didn’t feel like you could sit down for a beer Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner – an introduction to fingerpicking

October 2, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner – an introduction to fingerpicking

I like to start new students out using a flatpick. It’s the simplest way to strike a string because the pick comes to a point, giving us one spot to aim for each time. For many people, that’s all they Continue reading

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The Love Of The Game

September 25, 2017
The Love Of The Game

It can be hard enough just to find time to practice.

And once you’ve found the time, it can be even harder to stay motivated. Real practice is hard work and often frustrating. When I was a student, I sent Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: changes, goal-setting and commitment

September 18, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: changes, goal-setting and commitment

I moved into a new office yesterday in a new building in a new part of town, and I’m energized and excited by the new possibilities that this change will open up. It’s also got me thinking about strategies Continue reading

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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: powerful practice tips

September 5, 2017
The Perpetual Beginner: powerful practice tips

Let’s face it, practicing is hard work.

It’s hard enough just to get yourself started. It’s no different from all the other things we know would be good for us but never do. But if you would like to play Continue reading

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