Coaching Sessions

Triplet Finger Exercises for Guitar

Triplet Finger Exercises for Guitar

| May 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

One method of improving your playing is to take simple finger exercises and spend some time focusing on building up strength and independence in the digits. For this selection of exercises we are going to use the notes of the C major scale. This will make the exercises more practical and musical. To make it […]

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How to Play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

How to Play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

| May 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

Thinking Out Loud by is another massive hit song for singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. This song is great for learning fingerstyle guitar playing with a Latin rhythm with percussive dead notes on beats 2 & 4. This style of playing is used in other songs, including More Than Words by Extreme and Why Georgia by John […]

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Beginners

Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

| May 21, 2015 | 25 Comments

After 25 years playing guitar, I should be agnostic on this. I should tell you they are both very valuable, and both will contribute to your technique and development. I could also tell you to learn both, which would be fine. This is all true, and it is best to learn all disciplines. Just as […]

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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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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

Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

| May 21, 2015 | 25 Comments

After 25 years playing guitar, I should be agnostic on this. I should tell you they are both very valuable, and both will contribute to your technique and development. I could also tell you to learn both, which would be fine. This is all true, and it is best to learn all disciplines. Just as […]

Continue Reading

Triplet Finger Exercises for Guitar

Triplet Finger Exercises for Guitar

| May 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

One method of improving your playing is to take simple finger exercises and spend some time focusing on building up strength and independence in the digits. For this selection of exercises we are going to use the notes of the C major scale. This will make the exercises more practical and musical. To make it […]

Continue Reading

How to Play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

How to Play Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

| May 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

Thinking Out Loud by is another massive hit song for singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. This song is great for learning fingerstyle guitar playing with a Latin rhythm with percussive dead notes on beats 2 & 4. This style of playing is used in other songs, including More Than Words by Extreme and Why Georgia by John […]

Continue Reading