Beginners Lessons

Alternate Tunings Are for Beginners

Alternate Tunings Are for Beginners

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

For beginning guitarists, alternate tunings are an impregnable enigma. An impregnable wha…? you ask. Exactly. That’s my point. Beginners don’t understand alternate tunings, much less how they work or why anyone would ever want to use one. (For a quick, easy answer to the last one, just listen to any Joni Mitchell song and you’ll […]

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Zen Guitar Habits for Beginners: Clear Mind from the Start

Zen Guitar Habits for Beginners: Clear Mind from the Start

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Building Zen Habits – Having a Clear Mind Use your practice time with the guitar to strengthen your Zen muscles. Every time you touch the guitar, you are developing behaviours (habits of thought and movement) that affect the way you will eventually play. It takes at least three correct repetitions of a skill to counterbalance […]

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Fretboard Fundamentals – Understanding the Major Scale

Fretboard Fundamentals – Understanding the Major Scale

| December 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The great thing about the guitar is how visual an instrument it is. Patterns and shapes repeat themselves, making it easier to learn and play. In this article we will see a great example of this by taking a look at the major scale, analyzing how the scale is laid out, and using this knowledge […]

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Coaching Sessions

Have an excellent Christmas and New Year

Have an excellent Christmas and New Year

| December 21, 2015 | 8 Comments

Hi Andy here, I just wanted to send you a personal message of thanks. Plus you can learn this great song. And, download my special festive backing track, complete with sleigh bells! It’s all a simple message of thanks. Thank you so much for your continued support throughout 2015. Even if that’s just reading my emails or sending […]

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Percussive Guitar Exercises

Percussive Guitar Exercises

| October 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

Hi! My name is Frank Crespo. I’m an acoustic guitar player and I want to teach you some percussive guitar exercises. I’m sure you already know people who play in this style. If not, you can look for guitar players like Michael Hedges, Mike Dawes, Preston Reed, Andy Mckee, Antoine Dufour, etc. Most guitar players who […]

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5 Alternate Picking Exercises

5 Alternate Picking Exercises

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Beginners often find it difficult to start alternate picking. By alternate picking, we mean alternating the pick from a downstroke to an upstroke or from an upstroke to a downstroke as opposed to playing just upstrokes or just downstrokes. Alternate picking allows you to increase your speed and change the dynamics of the pick attack […]

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Guitar Riffs

Writing Guitar Riffs, Part 2: Adding Power Chords

Writing Guitar Riffs, Part 2: Adding Power Chords

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Great guitar riffs have that magical something that reaches out, grabs you by the scruff of the neck, and pulls you all in. From Kashmir to Thrift Shop, a successful riff captures the ear and captivates the imagination. During the first instalment of this riff-writing series, we examined the three golden rules for writing classic […]

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Writing Guitar Riffs, Part 1: Three Steps to Writing a Great Riff

Writing Guitar Riffs, Part 1: Three Steps to Writing a Great Riff

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Riffs are the wholly recognizable, completely undeniable hooks that keep you coming back to your favorite songs again and again. Indeed, a memorable guitar riff can elevate a good song to iconic status. The late 1960s and early 1970s are a veritable gold mine of riff-writing inspiration for today’s guitar students. Without doubt, bands like […]

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Funk 49 Joe Walsh (The James Gang)

Funk 49 Joe Walsh (The James Gang)

| November 25, 2015 | 4 Comments

“I’d like to let you know that I’ll be running for President….and here is an industrial love song” said Joe Walsh as he launched into Life’s Been Good whilst on tour with The Eagles. Not sure why we’ve mentioned this, but Mr. Walsh is such a quirky character that Andy blurted this out as he […]

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