Coaching Sessions

Improvisation On Guitar

Improvisation On Guitar

| April 22, 2014 | 0 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

What Is Legato?

What Is Legato?

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Smooth Operator – The Legato Technique Legato is a term that you will hear a lot once you start getting into lead guitar playing, but what exactly does it mean? The literal meaning of legato is ‘tied together’ but in musical terms it means that you should play the notes in a smooth manner, not […]

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Single String Guitar

Single String Guitar

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The single string guitar is basically what every newbie does when first picking up the guitar. Even though Deep Purples “Smoke one the Water” originally is played on two adjacent strings, it is a very good example of single string approach. It is easy to play that tune on one string, and I think everybody […]

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Riffs & Licks

Improvisation On Guitar

Improvisation On Guitar

| April 22, 2014 | 0 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

Major Blues Scale

Major Blues Scale

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Playing in major is challenging to many guitarists, the major blues scale is no exception. I think one reason to why many guitar-players prefer the minor scale is simply that it is the first scale you learn.  Also, a lot of rock and pop songs are based on minor blues, I don’t think there are many […]

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Strumming Songs

Strumming Songs

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Strumming Songs: Mr. Jones by The Counting Crows, The Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer and More Than A Feeling by Boston have 3 distinctive must know strumming patterns; each one completely different and deliberately picked to help you improve your muscle memory and strumming ability.   As with many of our sessions in this month’s issue, we will be stringing them all together, […]

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Other Recent Posts

How To Write A Song

How To Write A Song

| October 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

One of the most difficult questions to answer accurately is How to write a song. Should I tackle the lyrics or the melody first? The simple answer is “it depends on what you find comes easier or possibly the most natural. Alternatively, some song writers will start with a guitar riff and put the melody […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

| October 26, 2014 | 11 Comments

This is my new Sunday morning wake-up. Uplifting and inspirational. I can’t believe I only just came across this fantastic duo. Even if this isn’t your kind of music, you have to admire the talent. Let me know what you think…

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Experience Hendrix

Experience Hendrix

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 18th October saw the final gig of the 2014 “Experience Hendrix” tour at The Fox Theatre in Oakland CA. Sixteen musicians graced the tour, including founder of heavy metal band Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zak Wylde. Jimi Hendrix is essential education for all guitarists and he played in a time […]

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