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Oasis Wonderwall. Chords & Melody.

Oasis Wonderwall. Chords & Melody.

Andy | November 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

Oasis Wonderwall Chords & Melody. Preview Video 2 This is the second in my series of video previews about creating and playing melody lines within chords and chord sequences. We’ll be covering more of this in my Free Live Training. Click the button below for more details!     To learn more of these techniques and find […]

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Guitar Secrets: Chord Melodies. Preview Video 1

Guitar Secrets: Chord Melodies. Preview Video 1

Andy | November 11, 2016 | 3 Comments

Chord Melodies. Preview Video 1 This is the first in a series of video previews, to give you give you and idea of what we’ll be covering my Free Live Training. Click the button below for more details! This first session is looking at how you might play a simple chord sequence, and then use that same […]

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Have an excellent Christmas and New Year

Have an excellent Christmas and New Year

Andy | 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

Andy | 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

Andy | 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

Andy | 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

Andy | 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

Andy | 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

Andy | 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

Andy | 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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Anytune App Review

Anytune App Review

Andy | 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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Hey There Delilah. The Plain White T’s

Hey There Delilah. The Plain White T’s

Andy | June 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Hey There Delilah. This is a tremendously popular song to learn, so we decided to include it in this edition as part of an instruction of how to learn a complete song, using basic finger picking. Something we have not ventured into before. And to make it really interesting, we have recorded a backing track […]

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Tom Petty American Girl. Strumming Session

Tom Petty American Girl. Strumming Session

Andy | June 11, 2015

Tom Petty American Girl. Us guitarists are always looking to pick up new tricks and either show them off or retain some self satisfaction that will give you an inner smile. To help GC readers achieve this we have selected  American Girl by Tom Petty which cleverly forms a chord employing the D note using octaves i.e. the same note […]

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Triplet Finger Exercises for Guitar

Triplet Finger Exercises for Guitar

Andy | 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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