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How to Prepare for a Gig – 5 Powerful Exercises

How to Prepare for a Gig – 5 Powerful Exercises

Andy | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just like practising notes on your guitar, playing in front of an audience is a skill that can be developed. The more you play in front of people, the better you will become at it – and knowing how to prepare for a gig can get you through those first few performances. I remember watching […]

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Alternate Guitar Strumming: Play As Fast As Possible

Alternate Guitar Strumming: Play As Fast As Possible

Justin | May 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

You’re listening to the chorus of a new song and think the guitarists are just letting chords ring out with some effect on them. But after a moment, you realize they aren’t just letting the chords ring. That’s no effect, either – they’re so fast at guitar strumming that they’re playing chords 32 times a bar! […]

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How to Play a Guitar Bend

How to Play a Guitar Bend

Justin | April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re playing blues, country, rock or just about any other genre imaginable, you need to know how to play a good guitar bend. The guitar bend is such a ubiquitous technique that you should learn it shortly after you first start playing. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to a small pool of songs – and you’ll […]

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Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs and Trills

Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs and Trills

Justin | April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are iconic guitar techniques. Mastering them is essential to playing faster songs – and especially solos. Why? Because hammer-ons and pull-offs allow you to play notes without picking or strumming. They also lend notes a softer tone that can be valuable in song-writing. Here’s a quick example of what they sound like. […]

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How to Play a Legato Slide on Guitar

How to Play a Legato Slide on Guitar

Justin | March 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Why should I learn how to play a legato slide? The legato slide is one of the first skills every guitarist should learn. Here’s why: It’s easy. It’s used in a lot of songs. It gives you a quick way to add style and flair when moving along the fretboard. It’s an incredibly versatile technique, […]

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How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

How to Play Easy Power Chords by Barring

Justin | March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

You’re learning to play guitar for the first time. You say to the instructor, ‘Teach me something easy.’ Your instructor says, ‘Sure, just put this finger on this fret, that finger there, this finger over here, and do a handstand while rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time, and soon we’ll […]

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Non-Judgemental Practice for Guitarists

Non-Judgemental Practice for Guitarists

Andy | February 11, 2016 | 3 Comments

Try this: non-judgemental practice. How does one perform non-judgemental practice on guitar? Perseverance First off, like any other thing you do, it is a matter of your mindset. Perseverance in putting your mind/thoughts back on track when you notice them having slipped away is the key. It’s just like meditation or mindfulness. ‘Like any other thing […]

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How to Mix Rhythm and Solos Like Jimi Hendrix

How to Mix Rhythm and Solos Like Jimi Hendrix

Andy | February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jimi Hendrix is a legend. Despite his short life of only 27 years, he has influenced a lot of the world’s greatest guitarists – and he still does! Just take a look at an artist like John Mayer. His style is heavily influenced by Hendrix. It’s quite easy to tell that Mayer is a fan from […]

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Zen Guitar Habits for Beginners: Clear Mind from the Start

Zen Guitar Habits for Beginners: Clear Mind from the Start

Andy | 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 – Build a Guitar Scale from Any Position

Fretboard Fundamentals – Build a Guitar Scale from Any Position

Andy | November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the coolest things about playing the guitar is that it is very shape- and pattern-oriented. Learn a single pattern, say a pentatonic scale in a closed position, and presto, like magic you can move that pattern to other places on the neck. Play the same pattern and shape and you have a new […]

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Metal Guitar, Part 2: Power Chords, Octaves and Pinch Harmonics

Metal Guitar, Part 2: Power Chords, Octaves and Pinch Harmonics

Andy | November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

So you’ve been spending the past month building up your palm muting and writing your own riffs, but palm muting isn’t enough to please the metal gods! That’s why this month, I’m going to show you more techniques to give your riffs more flavour: power chords, octaves and pinch harmonics! Once again, we’ll be in […]

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How to Get Better at Guitar Fast

How to Get Better at Guitar Fast

Andy | November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Supercharge Your Guitar Chops with Three Simple, Effective, and Scientifically Proven Learning Techniques By Brian Parham Have you ever felt frustrated with your overall musical progress? Have you ever finished a practice session feeling like you just wasted an hour of your life? Yeah, me too. In fact, most musicians go through periods of frustration […]

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7 Ways to Improve Your Stage Presence as a Guitarist

7 Ways to Improve Your Stage Presence as a Guitarist

Andy | October 8, 2015 | 8 Comments

If you practice enough, you can get your stage presence more or less down to a science. Most bands tend not to think about it until they play a couple of shows; then they suddenly realize that being on stage feels kind of awkward, and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Looking cool […]

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Guitar Chords. Rhythm Techniques & Chord Fills

Guitar Chords. Rhythm Techniques & Chord Fills

Andy | September 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

This is the third in a series of articles on rhythm guitar playing. You may find it helpful to review part 1 and part 2 before getting started. Rhythm Techniques There’s more to rhythm playing than simply strumming up and down. A few techniques can help make your performance more expressive and chords fun to […]

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