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Knowledge is good, applying knowledge is much better. These free instruction articles will get you started in the right direction, but to learn guitar fast and know you are doing it right you will need someone to guide you along the way who can teach you the right thing at the right time and show you how to do it. To get help with your guitar playing click the big button at the bottom of the page and contact me about guitar lessons in Franklin.

Creating An Effective Warm Up Routine

Creating An Effective Warm Up Routine Warming up before playing is a crucial part of your long-term progress as a guitar player. One of the benefits is that you prime your fingers to make the most efficient motions and use the minimum amount of pressure each time before playing. [...]

By |June 8th, 2021|

Why Technique Matters For All Guitarists, Whatever Your Style

Why Technique Matters For All Guitarists, Whatever Your Style What is guitar technique and why does it matter?  The point of having good technique on guitar is to have the freedom to express what you hear in your head.. So that if you hear a fast flurry of notes, [...]

By |April 5th, 2021|

How To Spice Up Your Blues Guitar Playing With Turnarounds

How To Spice Up Your Blues Guitar Playing With Turnarounds Blues is a great style to jam with other guitar players and musicians. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself to be a blues player or not, with just a little knowledge and know how, you can easily find [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

How To Avoid Going Down The Rabbit Hole

How to Avoid Going Down the Wrong Rabbit Hole When It comes to learning guitar  How long have you been learning guitar for?  Are you getting stuck with your guitar playing?  Do you read information and feel like you are being dragged down with information that you don’t understand?  [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

The Ultimate Practice Method In Learning To Play The Guitar With A Strap

The Ultimate Practice Method In Learning To Play The Guitar With A Strap In the attempt of becoming a more complete guitar player, many things can totally wreck your growth when you’re not aware of it. One of the crucial things to get right is the ability to transition [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

The #1 Trick That Drastically Improves Lead Playing

The #1 Trick That Drastically Improved My Lead Playing Regardless of your preferred genre, chances are you’ve imagined yourself playing an amazing solo or melody line at some point! I mean, come on, playing solos on the guitar is totally awesome and a lot of fun, so why wouldn’t [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

3 Major Mistakes Of Beginners

The 3 Major Mistakes of Beginners When you start out learning how to play the guitar, most of the students do not know, what they have to focus on in order to get maximum results in the shortest amount of time. One simply does not know what the consequences [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

2 Simple Ways To Get Creative With Your Open Chords

2 Simple Ways To Get Creative With Your Open Chords A common trend I see in lots of guitar players as they start out, is that once they’ve learned their open chords, they get bored and want to move onto something else (learn new chords in other positions on [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

How To Create A Groove Using Harmonized Scales

How to Create a Groove Using Harmonized Scales Introduction Many times in lessons, I create a groove for students (using a looper or midi-generating pedal or software) on the fly for them to solo over or practice switching chords with.  The advantages of doing this as opposed to using [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

Comparing How Amateurs And Professionals Jam

Comparing How Amateurs and Professionals Jam Because of the unpredictable nature of a jam session, each participant’s musicianship really comes to the fore in many ways.  I have run many jam sessions that were open to the public over the years, and I offer this, not as a be-all [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

Easy Ways To Create Your Own Chord Progressions

Easy ways to create your own chord progressions When you start learning guitar, most of the times you begin with learning some basic open major, minor or 7th chords. After a while, you expand your chord vocabulary to some advanced or suspended chords by learning from either chord progressions [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

How I Climbed Mount Everest

How I climbed Mount Everest… Imagine this - you’re at the base of Mount Everest. You’ve got all your hiking gear on and you’re ready to climb.  Now just the idea of climbing this mounting can seem pretty like a daunting task. I mean… that’s a lot to climb! [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

2 Critical Ear Training Exercises You Must Master

Two critical ear training exercises you must master It is very obvious that having a good ear is important for all musicians, but it is especially important for guitarists to consciously train and focus on this. As guitar players we don’t get any automatic help in ear training from [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

Why You Should Understand The Fundamentals

More Than A Theory: Why You Should Understand Music Fundamentals On Guitar Over the years of my playing guitar and taking guitar lessons, I have noticed that many guitarists tend to not learn basic fundamentals of music which is a shame since just understanding a few basics can easily [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

5 Reasons Why Your Guitar Playing Doesn’t Sound Good Yet

5 Reasons Why Your Guitar Playing Doesn’t Sound Good Yet A time comes, in the course of learning the guitar, where the student feels like he can play songs, riffs, licks and solos but for some reason, they don’t seem to sound good. Where he knows he’s hitting the [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

3 Benefits Of Learning Music Theory

Three Benefits Of Learning Music Theory There are many guitar players who try to learn independently (without guitar lessons or a teacher) and for some reason take pride in it. Some of these people believe that doing so will create a unique sound for themselves, something that nobody can [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

Beware Of Trojan Horses

Beware of Trojan Horses I don’t mean computer viruses here, nor literal wooden horses delivered unexpectedly to your door. ‘Trojan horse’ in this case is a metaphor for ‘things which you think are good for you but are actually bad.' Modern society constantly bombards us with marketing and cultural [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

The Myth Of Finger Strengthening Exercises

The Myth of Finger Strengthening Exercises Do you spend hours working on finger strengthening exercises but still struggle to make your playing sound musical? Have you bought a grip strength builder only to find it had no effect on your playing whatsoever? Chances are you’ve bought into the myth [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|

The Top 5 Reasons People Avoid Learning Guitar

The Top 5 Reasons People Give To Avoid Learning to Play Guitar  One of the coolest parts of being a guitar teacher is getting the opportunity to meet and talk with people. These people come from all walks of life and have different likes and dislikes. One of the [...]

By |January 24th, 2021|

What To Do When Practicing Guitar Becomes Stale

What To Do When Practicing Guitar Becomes Stale (PT 2 Inner Turmoil): There are many reasons why your practicing might become stale as a guitar player and so, as a teacher I think it’s important to discuss why your practicing has gone stale and how to give it some [...]

By |January 24th, 2021|