New moveable shapes from barre chords

September 17, 2018
New moveable shapes from barre chords

Barre chords are the first moveable shapes most people learn. The concept is easy: take an F chord and start sliding it up the neck. Every fret is a half-step, and because it doesn’t involve open strings the formation works Continue reading

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Should you anchor your picking hand?

August 30, 2018
Should you anchor your picking hand?

There’s some debate among guitarists whether it’s ok to anchor the picking hand.

As with so many other aspects of technique, there’s no absolute right answer. Watch ten different players and you might see ten different things. But there’s a Continue reading

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How do scales become melodies?

August 20, 2018
How do scales become melodies?

How do scales become melodies?

Most guitar students practice scales at some point. It’s a good way to build chops and learn to navigate the fretboard at the same time. With a little extra thought you can also use your Continue reading

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Learn new ways to play familiar chords.

August 6, 2018
Learn new ways to play familiar chords.

When was the last time you learned a new way to play a familiar chord?

It’s relatively easy to learn the primary “cowboy” chords. If we include the F chord, there are nine: A, Am, C, D, Dm, E, Em, Continue reading

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5 essential rules for accompanists

July 31, 2018
5 essential rules for accompanists

There’s an art to being a good accompanist.

To do your job well you have to be essential but invisible, because your role is to make someone else sound better. Whether you’re backing up a singer in a band or Continue reading

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Guest post: speaking of practice…

July 23, 2018
Guest post: speaking of practice…

This week, “Speaking of practice…”, a guest post from drummer Robert Crawford’s drumbad blog.

I had a drum teacher named Bill Roth.

I took lessons from him when I was 15 for only about three months because for the 15-year-old Continue reading

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Does your playing serve your writing?

July 20, 2018
Does your playing serve your writing?

Does your playing serve your writing?

If you play to write songs, of course you use the instrument as a creative tool. But do you use it in a way that both serves and stimulates your creativity?

One way of Continue reading

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What you know and why it matters

June 25, 2018
What you know and why it matters

You don’t need to know everything to play the music you want to play.

But when you know more it will help you play more things better, and thanks to the internet it’s easier then ever to find new information. Continue reading

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