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Ten Essential Principles of Productive Practice

Guitar, Musicianship, Piano, Practice Methods

  Practice is the key to progress, but without effective tactics, you're liable to get nowhere fast and give up in frustation. Here are ten red-hot tips for enhancing your practice sessions and making sure you get the most out of your precious practice time!   Here's an effective method for mastering challenging pieces of […] Read More

Bass Transcription: Joni Mitchell w/ Jaco Pastorius – “In France they Kiss on Main Street (Shadows & Light)

Basslines

This inspired piece of bassage from the febrile fingers of the late great Jaco Pastorius graced the smouldering live Joni Mitchel album, "Shadows & Light" and has long exerted a spell over me. I finally settled to transcribe the first verse and interlude and discovered a wealth of fascinating lines, infused with great rhythmic and […] Read More

Troubleshooting Chord Strumming On the Guitar

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Chords, Guitar Technique, Practice Methods

Strumming chords is essential "bread & butter" technique for accompanying songs with the guitar, and yet it is suprisingly hard to do well. Here's a short checklist you can run through each time you practice to ensure that you're getting the best possible sound.     Are all the desired the notes ringing cleanly?   […] Read More

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