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

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

Alternating-Bass Fingerpicking

Acoustic Guitar, Country Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitar Technique

Hi folks If you've ever listened to the likes of Chet Atkins, Davey Graham or the like, you've probably found yourself confounded by the torrent of simultaneous notes underpinned by a pounding alternating bass....well my friends, "fret" no more (ahem!) because I've finally pulled my finger out and provided a detailed tab for this vid […] Read More

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 3

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Jazz Guitar, Music Theory

Hi folks Welcome to the third lesson in my jazz guitar series on using altered dominant dominant chords. I'm getting down to business in this lesson and demonstrating how to apply the altered dominant chords in the keys of D minor and D major, using the ii-V-I chord progression. All the examples are in the […] Read More

Tritone Substitutions, Part 1

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory

Hi Folk, and welcome back for more lashing of red hot theory. This week I'm going to delve into the arcane mysteries of the dread "Tritone Substitution", a diabolical techique where an innocent dominant 7th chord is substituted for more diabolically satanic alternative...ahem! Sorry...little musical joke - if you want the scoop, here's an excerpt […] Read More

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 2

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory

Hi Folks Welcome to the second installment in my series on altered dominant chords. Last lesson I introduced you to the basic theory of altered dominant chords. In this lesson I demonstrate the most common chord shapes for the guitar, limiting myself to the 'E' type CAGED position (where the root would lie on the […] Read More

Altered Dominants for Guitar, Part 1

Guitar Chords, Jazz, Music Theory

Hey Folks I want to do a short series on using altered dominants chords since they seem to be particularly intimidating from a theoretical point of view. This is largely because of the descriptive notation which generates length chord names. Indeed it is often a lot simpler to describe a chord like Ab7#5b9 as Ab7alt. […] Read More

Drop 3 Seventh Chords for Guitar, Part 1

Guitar, Guitar Chords, Guitar Tutorial

Howdy there you plunkers! It's time to dust off the old Jazz box and prepare to launch yourself upon that excruciating voyage of musical discovery par excellence - that's right, it's time to learn your Jazz chords in all inversions!!! However, in the interest of limiting the torture to merely modest levels of agony, I've […] Read More

Roleplaying for Guitarists

Guitar, Musicianship

Hey folks...I’m back again and I’m here to tell you about all the wonderful things you can do with a guitar! Seriously...aside from music you can employ it for a variety of manual tasks such as improvising a hammer, a cricket bat or even going as far as Antonio Banderas’ character "El Mariachi"  in “Once […] Read More

5 Perfect Practice Points to Picking Perfection

Guitar, Practice Methods

  So you’ve finally decided to take learning the guitar seriously? Good for you! You love the music, you’re enthusiastic and you’re raring to go... Or maybe you find yourself longing to play well but daunted amount of information about how to play....we are living after all in the information age! Fortunately for the daunted, […] Read More

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