[VLOG] Practicing 1 Bar + 1 Beat

Today’s blog is a video blog (vlog) where I’ll answer a question about practicing for beginners. Always practice 1 bar + 1 beat…

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Better Practicing With Technology.

It’s a great time to be a guitar player…  I know it sounds like me being old, but “back in the old days” the idea of being able to slow down sections, loop them without having to take your hands off the guitar, and generally doing everything you can to a track to make it…

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When All Else Fails…

It’s been a while since I’ve written a new article for you, and as you may know I’ve recently returned from Lake Arrowhead for the annual Blues Guitar Unleashed Live event. What’s always interesting to me is how at each event I notice a common theme… a similar thing that the players seem to struggle…

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Hard Skills Vs Soft Skills

Over the years you may have heard me talk about “Hows” and “Whats,” when referring to skills or ideas you will need to be proficient at… Well I’ve also heard them referred to as “hard skills,” and “soft skills,” which might make a bit more sense… plus it also tells you a little bit about…

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Skills To Pay The Bills

Guitar playing revolves around a lot of different skills… some of them are basic like plucking a string, while others are a bit more complex like strumming in time. Some skills are what I call “hows” in that they revolve around how to do something – how to switch from C to G smoothly, or…

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Learning A Blues Tune

First… notice that this article is “Learning A Blues Tune,” (singular, as in not tunes.)  Why? Because (we) guitar players have a habit of trying to learn a LOT of things at once. And the first step in learning to play the blues better, is to focus on 1 thing at a time. But I’m already…

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Rhythmic Note Reading…

OK, this video’s a little longer than most… and even at around 40 minutes it’s not totally comprehensive, but it should give you just about all you need to know to figure out what beat notes are supposed to fall on. There’s a common practice most people do which is to learn the notes first,…

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The 3 Fret Rule – Part 2

Well… my post the other day about what is commonly called the 3 fret rule seemed to ruffle a few feathers – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the most overwhelming comment appeared to be, “how about a video of this?” So here you go… At the end of the day, you need to…

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Ignoring The Important Stuff…

If you’ve read my ramblings for any amount of time you might remember what I call your Guitar DNA… In a nutshell, your Guitar DNA is the stuff that you’re naturally good at. All of us are naturally predisposed to be better at certain elements of playing guitar or making music in general. And your…

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Why Practice Slow?

I think one of the most common myths surrounding guitar practice and playing is that playing slowly, over and over, will eventually get you to where you can play at full speed. Unfortunately, in my experience nothing could be further from the truth. If you constantly play a piece of music slowly, you’ll get really…

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