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Ear Training. Will it make you a better guitarist?

Ear Training. Will it make you a better guitarist?

| June 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

How can a wearable device train your brain to become a better guitarist? According to the ‘Making Music’ research report by the ABRSM, UK’s largest music education body, there are 17.2 million adults in the UK currently playing an instrument. However only 5% currently have any form of lessons. If you are a guitar player, […]

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Create a Powerful Old-School Sound with 3-Chord Acoustic Blues

Create a Powerful Old-School Sound with 3-Chord Acoustic Blues

| May 5, 2016 | 6 Comments

Almost by definition, an acoustic blues in E is the original blues. Done right, it can send a shiver up your spine. If it’s below par, it can be incredibly boring to listen to. Boring an audience is the cardinal sin of any performing art and playing acoustich blues guitar is no different. That said, the blues in E […]

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How to Hear and Play Guitar Intervals

How to Hear and Play Guitar Intervals

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Learning guitar intervals is one of the best ways for guitarists to start ear training – the process of developing a good ear for music. An interval is the distance in pitch from one note to another, and intervals can be thought of as the ‘building blocks’ of music. Learning to recognise guitar intervals when you hear them, and […]

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Fretboard Fundamentals – Guitar Modes You Already Know

Fretboard Fundamentals – Guitar Modes You Already Know

| April 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

Most guitar players have, at some point in time, heard of guitar ‘modes’, or ‘modal playing’. For some, the concept of guitar modes is confusing or daunting. Frequent questions include, ‘Where do I start?’, ‘How do I use modes?’, and ‘Do I have to re-learn all my scales?’ ‘You may already be using guitar modes […]

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Dropped Guitar Tunings

Dropped Guitar Tunings

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

There’s a secret that heavy bands don’t want you to know: many of their best riffs are actually the easiest to play. If you understand how dropped guitar tunings work, you can play a soaring chorus or a crushing breakdown with just one or two fingers. Here’s what they are and how they work. What […]

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How to Teach Guitar: Roadmap for the First Month

How to Teach Guitar: Roadmap for the First Month

| February 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

In part 1 of this series, How to Teach Guitar Lessons for Beginners, we outlined skills that most students should be able to demonstrate within three months of studying the guitar. Now, let’s narrow this list down to skills a student should reasonably be able to demonstrate within one month and explore how we can […]

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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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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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Guitar Triads, Part 1: Building Triads from Thirds

Guitar Triads, Part 1: Building Triads from Thirds

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Guitarists live and die by chords. Practically every song is based on a chord progression, regardless of the genre. So, what is the difference between a major and minor chord? How are chords constructed? When soloing, how do I know which notes will sound best over the chords? These are questions guitarists ask all of […]

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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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