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Fingerstyle: Caledonia

Fingerstyle: Caledonia

Andy | January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month I got in touch with one of the biggest names in Scottish folk music, Dougie Maclean, OBE. Below is my arrangement of one of Dougie’s best-known pieces, Caledonia. Many different artists have done their own take of Caledonia, but I urge anyone not familiar with Dougie to check out the original. As well […]

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Blues Licks: Eric Clapton Licks

Blues Licks: Eric Clapton Licks

Andy | January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now we move on to the set of blues licks inspired by Eric Clapton, featuring a classic Cream vibe that focuses a bit more on aggression and boldness. Break each lick down once again into sections and make sure each one flows properly; these ones are based in the minor pentatonic territory and involve some […]

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Blues Licks: BB King

Blues Licks: BB King

Andy | January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hi all and welcome to my first bag of blues licks! I’d like to tentatively call this ‘Blues for the Common Man’ because, after all, blues is about interpretation as well as heart and soul. What I’ve got here today is 6 licks over a 12 Bar Blues shuffle backing in the key of E. […]

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Guitar Chord Values

Guitar Chord Values

Andy | January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

When we first begin learning guitar, we usually start by learning the basic major and minor chords – made up of root, third (or flat third) and fifth degrees – and these form the basis of our chord vocabulary as we progress. I remember when one of my friends first showed me how to play […]

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Guitar Skills: Rhythmic Development

Guitar Skills: Rhythmic Development

Andy | December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many books, teachers, and students devote a great deal of time to developing the use of chords and scales, and almost entirely neglect the development of rhythmic skills. This is unfortunate, as guitarists in general, and those from a classical background in particular, often seem to have a weakness in this area. The following exercises […]

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Dominant Chord Tricks

Dominant Chord Tricks

Andy | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dominant Chord Tricks: How to Make Chords Interesting. A chord symbol is the starting point, not the final destination for your rhythm playing. A few tricks can make your performance much more fun and interesting.!   Let’s focus on dominant chords. They’re frequently found in blues, jazz and funk pieces. They are usually presented with […]

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