Beginners Lessons

Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

Why Guitarists Should Avoid Tablature

| June 9, 2015 | 14 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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Coaching Sessions

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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Target Notes in Blues Solos

Target Notes in Blues Solos

| July 16, 2015 | 3 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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Recent Articles

Clean Up Your Lead Guitar Playing

Clean Up Your Lead Guitar Playing

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

This article came out of answering a question from the Rock Guitar Power community, where a member asked: ‘When going up and down a scale, is it OK if your little finger touches strings below the one that you are fretting?’ This is a great and very common question – and one that’s especially critical […]

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Harmonising the Major Scale

Harmonising the Major Scale

| August 19, 2015 | 5 Comments

The first step to harmonising the major scale is understanding the fundamentals of chords and keys. Every key contains a series of chords, one for each individual note of the scale. For this lesson, we shall use the key of G major to understand which chords and why. What Notes Make Up the G Major Scale? Firstly, we […]

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It’s Not About You: 10 Tips for the Working Guitarist to Stay Working

It’s Not About You: 10 Tips for the Working Guitarist to Stay Working

| August 13, 2015 | 6 Comments

These days it’s increasingly hard firstly to find a gig, and secondly to keep it. Over many years as a working guitarist in Europe and the US, my one consistent thought has been, It’s not about you! (Unless, of course, you are a highly successful solo artist, and even then it’s something worth thinking about!) […]

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