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Hybrid Picking, Part 3: Practice Licks

Hybrid Picking, Part 3: Practice Licks

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that you’ve learned the basics of hybrid picking and had a chance to advance your skills … … here are five ‘country-style’ licks that incorporate hybrid picking. Having said that, don’t be afraid to experiment with these, as the licks could as easily be woven into other styles of music. Initially, spend some time […]

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Hybrid Picking, Part 2: Sixteenths

Hybrid Picking, Part 2: Sixteenths

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having previously looked at practicing hybrid picking using triplets … … this time we’re going to focus on similar exercises using a four-note pattern (but still over three strings) in sixteenths. Sixteenths/Semiquavers Take four QUARTER notes and divide each of them into a group of four. We end up with: The new pattern will be […]

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Beginners

Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

| June 9, 2015 | 11 Comments

Tablature. I loathe it. As far as I am aware, the guitar is the only instrument that offers the system. As a professional guitar teacher and performer I tell my students that we are musicians first, guitarists second, and I will always try to dissuade them from a reliance on tabs in favour of reading […]

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Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

Beginning Guitar – to Learn Rhythm, or Lead?

| May 21, 2015 | 33 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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Riffs & Licks

Hybrid Picking, Part 3: Practice Licks

Hybrid Picking, Part 3: Practice Licks

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that you’ve learned the basics of hybrid picking and had a chance to advance your skills … … here are five ‘country-style’ licks that incorporate hybrid picking. Having said that, don’t be afraid to experiment with these, as the licks could as easily be woven into other styles of music. Initially, spend some time […]

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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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Reviews

Anytune App Review

Anytune App Review

| June 16, 2015 | 9 Comments

As you’ll see when you watch the video below, the benefits of this Anytune App are far easier demonstrated than explained. So, I could write the shortest review ever and say – just download it! However I feel it does justify a few words of explanation. Now the version we used in the teaching video is […]

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Ultimate Guitar App

Ultimate Guitar App

| June 2, 2015 | 6 Comments

Ultimate Guitar Tabs HD for iPad. If you use guitar tab, then you’ll no doubt be familiar with Ultimate Guitar. So what does the Ultimate Guitar app have to offer that makes it any different from the web site? In short, plenty! From the moment you launch the app, the difference becomes clear. The simple […]

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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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Hybrid Picking, Part 3: Practice Licks

Hybrid Picking, Part 3: Practice Licks

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that you’ve learned the basics of hybrid picking and had a chance to advance your skills … … here are five ‘country-style’ licks that incorporate hybrid picking. Having said that, don’t be afraid to experiment with these, as the licks could as easily be woven into other styles of music. Initially, spend some time […]

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Hybrid Picking, Part 2: Sixteenths

Hybrid Picking, Part 2: Sixteenths

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having previously looked at practicing hybrid picking using triplets … … this time we’re going to focus on similar exercises using a four-note pattern (but still over three strings) in sixteenths. Sixteenths/Semiquavers Take four QUARTER notes and divide each of them into a group of four. We end up with: The new pattern will be […]

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Hybrid Picking, Part 1: Using Triplets

Hybrid Picking, Part 1: Using Triplets

| June 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Hybrid picking is an extremely useful technique to have at your disposal. Not only has it been pioneered and championed by many a country guitarist (check out world class players Vince Gill and Johnny Hiland for some amazing examples) but also many of the modern rock guitarists such as Guthrie Govan incorporate this technique into […]

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