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Improvisation On Guitar

Improvisation On Guitar

| April 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Improvisation on Guitar. The ability to jam over backing tracks (or even with a live band) probably gives me more satisfaction, guitar-wise, than anything else. Sure it takes some time to master, so that is why I like to encourage my students to start at the very basic level, usually in the E minor pentatonic scale and build up their fretboard knowledge slowly but […]

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Play Hotel California On Guitar

Play Hotel California On Guitar

| March 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Play Hotel California On Guitar. Everyone talks about, and in fact teaches or learns, the intro or the lead solo to HotelCalifornia, which is why we’ve decided to bring you something different. The lesser taught, but equally memorable, run-ins and licks that make up the two Hotel  California choruses.     Don Felder originally penned the song in the key of […]

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Beginners

A Personal Guitar Journey

A Personal Guitar Journey

| April 1, 2015 | 8 Comments

Hello! I’m Amanda. I’m 25, and live in Columbia, SC. I wanted to share with you my thoughts and also some tips for beginner players. I’ve recently celebrated my 3rd year of playing guitar, on Sun Feb 15th. I can’t even believe that! It’s just unreal to me. There’s been lots of blood, sweat and tears. […]

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REM. The One I Love Guitar Lesson

REM. The One I Love Guitar Lesson

| November 8, 2014 | 7 Comments

A simple strumming pattern (with a couple of accentuations), open chords, a typically formulaic song structure, open chords and a great song. It doesn’t really get much better than this if you are beginning your guitar playing journey or are looking to learn new songs. And The One I Love by REM has it all. […]

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Riffs & Licks

Improvisation On Guitar

Improvisation On Guitar

| April 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Improvisation on Guitar. The ability to jam over backing tracks (or even with a live band) probably gives me more satisfaction, guitar-wise, than anything else. Sure it takes some time to master, so that is why I like to encourage my students to start at the very basic level, usually in the E minor pentatonic scale and build up their fretboard knowledge slowly but […]

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Blues Licks: Eric Clapton Licks

Blues Licks: Eric Clapton Licks

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now we move on to the set of blues licks inspired by Eric Clapton, featuring a classic Cream vibe that focuses a bit more on aggression and boldness. Break each lick down once again into sections and make sure each one flows properly; these ones are based in the minor pentatonic territory and involve some […]

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Reviews

App Review: 4 Chord App

App Review: 4 Chord App

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month’s app review will be taking a look at the 4 Chord App by Musopia. OK, so first impressions of the app are great – namely the price. I’m not sure that there can really be any complaints for an app that costs absolutely nothing, but to be a truly stand out app it needs to offer something truly spectacular – […]

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Play Lead Guitar, From The Inside Out

Play Lead Guitar, From The Inside Out

| March 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

We were thrilled to be asked to review this iBook by Chris Sherland, that has been produced to change the way you think about how to play lead guitar. In the book, Chris aims to expand your approach and and change your perspective, by focusing on the listening, feeling and thinking parts of your playing. And, to a […]

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Tricks & Techniques

Learn Songs on Guitar Quickly (and Well)

Learn Songs on Guitar Quickly (and Well)

| April 16, 2015 | 6 Comments

As a guitarist who plays with more one than one band, also playing with a variety of artists and constantly learning ‘new’ material, one of the subjects that comes up time and time again is learning new songs. Here is the process that I use to learn songs on guitar. This has served me well […]

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The Best Way to Learn Guitar

The Best Way to Learn Guitar

| April 8, 2015 | 4 Comments

There is an amazing amount of guitar information everywhere these days, so what I want to talk about is the best way to learn guitar from whatever source you choose, because there are universal principles for learning that are true for everyone. The most important thing is to understand how the brain learns things, so […]

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Other Recent Posts

Learn Songs on Guitar Quickly (and Well)

Learn Songs on Guitar Quickly (and Well)

| April 16, 2015 | 6 Comments

As a guitarist who plays with more one than one band, also playing with a variety of artists and constantly learning ‘new’ material, one of the subjects that comes up time and time again is learning new songs. Here is the process that I use to learn songs on guitar. This has served me well […]

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5 Buying Tips for the Budget Conscious Player

5 Buying Tips for the Budget Conscious Player

| April 13, 2015 | 4 Comments

Everyone knows rock stars get the best of everything, including the latest (and most expensive) guitars, amps, and pedals. But you don’t have to be a pro to upgrade your equipment. Check out these five buying tips to get better gear for less $, and you’ll be well on your way to sounding like one. 1. […]

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The Best Way to Learn Guitar

The Best Way to Learn Guitar

| April 8, 2015 | 4 Comments

There is an amazing amount of guitar information everywhere these days, so what I want to talk about is the best way to learn guitar from whatever source you choose, because there are universal principles for learning that are true for everyone. The most important thing is to understand how the brain learns things, so […]

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