What listening to new music can do for your playing

May 7, 2018
What listening to new music can do for your playing

Listening to new and unfamiliar music can really stimulate your playing, even if you don’t actually try to play it.

Many people only listen to music they already know. Sometimes it’s simply the comfort of the familiar, or nostalgia Continue reading

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Balancing technical challenges and musical satisfaction.

April 30, 2018
Balancing technical challenges and musical satisfaction.

Taking on new musical challenges is essential if you want to be a better player.

Just how much challenge you need depends on your musical circumstances right now. Those circumstances will change over the course of your playing life, and Continue reading

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Performing makes you a better player.

April 16, 2018
Performing makes you a better player.

Performing makes you a better player, even if you don’t have any interest in getting up in front of an audience.

The idea of people listening might just make you nervous. Even seasoned performers can still get the Continue reading

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Three chords and the truth

April 2, 2018
Three chords and the truth

 

You probably already know how much you can accomplish with three chords.

Simple three chord song forms are the root of the blues, country, folk, and rock & roll. So you can literally play thousands of songs even with Continue reading

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Three reasons why you should join the band.

March 26, 2018
Three reasons why you should join the band.

Not everyone aspires to join a band.

When I was a teenager, the idea of starting a band was the most exciting thing in the world. My first experiences of playing with other people were intimidating, though. It Continue reading

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Organize your practice time!

February 12, 2018
Organize your practice time!

The other day a student expressed his frustration at getting tired of a song before he was really able to play it. This is something a lot of people struggle with. We want to play satisfying music, not just beginner Continue reading

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The Perpetual Beginner: boxed in by chord boxes?

February 6, 2018
The Perpetual Beginner: boxed in by chord boxes?

Guitarists often learn chords by reading “box” diagrams.

If you’ve ever had a lesson in your life (or even if you haven’t) you’re probably familiar with these: essentially a drawing of the guitar neck held vertically, with six vertical lines Continue reading

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