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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.

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|

How Great Guitar Teachers Stand Out From Other Teachers

How Great Guitar Teachers Set Themselves Apart From The Rest Choosing a guitar teacher is one of the most important choices of your musical life. Choose the right one and you’ll make fast progress towards becoming the guitarist you always wanted to be. This should be your goal as [...]

By |January 22nd, 2021|

Benefits Of Exams For Guitarists

Benefits Of Exams For Guitarists For a lot of guitarists, taking an exam to evaluate their musical ability can be a daunting prospect. After all, many of us opted to pick up the guitar strictly for enjoyment, and some may fear that undertaking an exam could seemingly turn a [...]

By |January 21st, 2021|

The Lick Problem

Here Is Why You Will Always Run Out Of Licks Are you familiar with the following scenario? You sit at home and study a whole bunch of licks by your favorite guitar player. You're looking forward to your next band practice to jam with the guys and fire off [...]

By |December 28th, 2020|

Is It Hard To Learn The Guitar?

Is It Hard To Learn The Guitar? Learning the guitar is a long term process.  You cannot binge practice for a month and become a great guitar player.   You need to practice regularly for a long period of time to reach advanced levels of guitar playing. But is [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|

3 Reasons You Want To Play Guitar With Other People

3 Reasons You Want To Play Guitar With Other People by Maurice Richard It's pretty intimidating right? You have seen others play together in a group at a campfire or party before. You saw how much fun they were having and you want that too. But your skills are [...]

By |May 29th, 2020|

Finding The Right Guitar Teacher For Your Child

Finding The Right Guitar Teacher For Your Child After you’ve purchased the right guitar, the right accessories and an amp (the amp is not necessary to get started) you are going to need someone to teach your child how to play guitar. Without knowing what things to look for [...]

By |January 6th, 2020|

Music by Numbers

Music by Numbers Do you want the holy grail of music?  I’ll tell you where it is, but remember, don’t look at it directly or you will turn to stone.  Of course I’m being facetious, but what I mean is, I can tell it to you in one sentence, [...]

By |November 22nd, 2019|

Up Your Creativity With String Skipping

Up Your Creativity With String Skipping String skipping is one of those techniques that is quite difficult for a lot of people to do at first. On a technical side and the creative side. I won’t go deep into how to handle it on a technical level, but more [...]

By |October 4th, 2019|

How To Work With Other Band Members

How To Work With Other Band Members Like it or not, a band is a family of sorts, and like all families, a band comes with its own drama. This article will be about how to deal with any type of drama among the band members that may arise [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|

Get Excited about Practicing Guitar Again

Get Excited about Practicing Guitar Again We all love guitar, but how come sometimes getting better at the guitar feels like such a struggle? We know we want to improve, but there are periods where it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. And sitting down to practice guitar [...]

By |May 11th, 2019|

Catapult Your Guitar Playing This Year

Catapult Your Guitar Playing This Year The years always pass by more quickly than we would like.   Every new year is an exciting new time where many people make their new year’s resolutions in areas of their life such as work, health, hobbies etc… but here’s an interesting [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|

How To Practice Guitar For Maximum Effectiveness

How To Practice Guitar For Maximum Effectiveness by Tommaso Zillio What is the best way to improve your guitar playing and avoid frustration? There are few dos and a few don’ts you want to be aware of when you are practicing your instrument that will make everything easier for [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|

Learn To Sight Read Faster

10 Key Principles to Help You Prepare To Learn to Sight Read Faster as a Seasoned Guitar Player If you would like to do certain things with your guitar, learning to sight read will be very helpful. Such as being a working musician, having to play with other instruments.  For [...]

By |January 17th, 2019|

How to Develop Better Guitar Phrasing for Beginners

How to Develop Better Guitar Phrasing for Beginners Guitar phrasing is a massive subject. I could probably write a whole book on the subject, but if you are a beginner, there are a couple steps you can take to work on your phrasing to become a better guitar player. [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|

Form: The Lesser Known Musical Element

Form: The Lesser Known Musical Element The big 3 when it comes to elements in music are melody, harmony, & rhythm. This article is about one of the other 4 elements that perhaps get less attention, and they are form, dynamics, timbre, and texture.  Today’s topic is on the [...]

By |October 6th, 2018|

How To Best Practice Guitar To Play The Way You’ve Always Dreamed

How To Best Practice Guitar To Play The Way You’ve Always Dreamed You’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect”. This however is not entirely true. It assumes one will not only practice, but practice the correct way. It would be better to say “perfect practice makes perfect”. Simply picking [...]

By |June 8th, 2018|

3 Mistakes Of Beginner Guitarists

3 Mistakes Of Beginner Guitarists This article will cover the 3 mistakes of beginner guitarists. Most new guitar players 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 of [...]

By |June 2nd, 2018|

Why is Ear Training Important?

Why is Ear Training Important? When you first learn how to play the guitar, doing ear training may not seem that important. As your physical skill improves on the guitar, your ear will start to develop with it. Whether it's your ability to pick out the separate guitar parts [...]

By |April 2nd, 2018|

Getting Your Fret Hand In The Best Position

Getting Your Fret Hand In The Best Position By Paul Kleff Most beginning guitar players have difficulty learning to play chords on the guitar. It is important that you learn the basic open chord fingerings and become fluent at placing your hand into the chord shapes. Until you memorize [...]

By |January 23rd, 2018|