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Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

| June 9, 2015 | 13 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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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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Target Notes in Blues Solos

Target Notes in Blues Solos

| July 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

If you find yourself running up and down the frets and scales but feeling uninspired when playing blues solos, then here’s just one approach to help you break out of the musical rut. Just knowing the various scales is not enough because unless you make them connect to the actual chords being played, they can […]

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3 Ideas for Playing Remarkable Guitar Solos

3 Ideas for Playing Remarkable Guitar Solos

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I’m playing on other people’s records I’m often asked to come up with an interesting guitar solo, but the person asking doesn’t always know what they actually want. You have to ask and get some reference points. It might be ‘Derek Bailey meets East Bay Ray’ or ‘Bob Mould playing through a broken television’ […]

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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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Target Notes in Blues Solos

Target Notes in Blues Solos

| July 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

If you find yourself running up and down the frets and scales but feeling uninspired when playing blues solos, then here’s just one approach to help you break out of the musical rut. Just knowing the various scales is not enough because unless you make them connect to the actual chords being played, they can […]

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3 Ideas for Playing Remarkable Guitar Solos

3 Ideas for Playing Remarkable Guitar Solos

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I’m playing on other people’s records I’m often asked to come up with an interesting guitar solo, but the person asking doesn’t always know what they actually want. You have to ask and get some reference points. It might be ‘Derek Bailey meets East Bay Ray’ or ‘Bob Mould playing through a broken television’ […]

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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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