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2 Simple Ways To Get Creative With Your Open Chords

2021-02-17T12:20:38-08:00

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 the neck, do some lead [...]

2 Simple Ways To Get Creative With Your Open Chords2021-02-17T12:20:38-08:00

Why are you struggling to encourage your child to practise guitar when there are video games around?

2021-10-13T12:40:13-07:00

Why are you struggling to encourage your child to practice guitar when there are video games around?  A lot of parents express to us that they are struggling with their child practicing guitar because they always want to play their video games.  They are also very lovely parents who feel bad when they take [...]

Why are you struggling to encourage your child to practise guitar when there are video games around?2021-10-13T12:40:13-07:00

How To Create A Groove Using Harmonized Scales

2021-02-17T12:20:51-08:00

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 pre-made backing tracks (on Youtube, [...]

How To Create A Groove Using Harmonized Scales2021-02-17T12:20:51-08:00

Comparing How Amateurs And Professionals Jam

2021-01-25T11:35:55-08:00

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 end-all guide to jamming, but [...]

Comparing How Amateurs And Professionals Jam2021-01-25T11:35:55-08:00

Easy Ways To Create Your Own Chord Progressions

2021-02-17T12:21:09-08:00

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 created by your teacher or [...]

Easy Ways To Create Your Own Chord Progressions2021-02-17T12:21:09-08:00

2 Critical Ear Training Exercises You Must Master

2021-02-17T12:21:24-08:00

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 our instrument. Pianists always get [...]

2 Critical Ear Training Exercises You Must Master2021-02-17T12:21:24-08:00

3 Reasons You Are Not Likely To Blame For Not Being Able to Play Guitar Yet

2021-01-25T10:38:39-08:00

3 Reasons Why You Are Not Likely To Blame For Not Being Able To Learn To Play Guitar Yet So, you have tried to learn how to play guitar already and it did not go well. Guess what? You are not alone. The reality is that most people who pick up a guitar to [...]

3 Reasons You Are Not Likely To Blame For Not Being Able to Play Guitar Yet2021-01-25T10:38:39-08:00

Why You Should Understand The Fundamentals

2021-01-29T13:18:32-08:00

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 solve many problems that guitar [...]

Why You Should Understand The Fundamentals2021-01-29T13:18:32-08:00