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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Do You Get Tongue Tied?

Do you ever find yourself getting tongue tied when you try to explain something to someone? Think about the last time you couldn’t find the right words when you were having a conversation… you might stutter, you may keep repeating yourself… you could say the wrong thing altogether… but finally (if you’re like me) you’ll…

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5 Most Common Beginner Mistakes

So recently a new guitar player was commenting on the member forum that he was really struggling… And after asking some questions and getting some more info, a couple of things came to mind that might be holding him back. You see, there are some very common mistakes that almost all beginning guitar players make…

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How To Memorize Music…

If there’s one thing that all musicians struggle with, no matter your age or experience level, it’s memorizing music and being able to keep it in your memory for longer than a day or 2. For beginners, memorizing lets you get your eyes back on the guitar as soon as possible so you can focus…

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3 Steps To Better Guitar Practice…

I was reading an interesting article about a study that was done on practicing habits at the University of Texas. You can read the article in its entirety if you want, but the goal of the study was to determine which, if any, practicing habits did the top performers exhibit? In other words, if you…

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Stupid Rules…

Rules get a bad rap… rules are great and provide much more freedom than they take away (usually.) Let’s say I’m sitting down to practice and I want to just jam over a backing track, but I want to try to come up with something new. If I go to my usual box 1/box2 stuff…

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How To Play Catch

uh…. just watch the video on this one 🙂 Try it… let me know how it goes below. Doesn’t have to be now you can always come back later…

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Take Your Pick(ing)…

If you can’t yet walk, do you run? Well, no, of course not… we all instinctively know that. So then are you one of those guitar players stressing out trying to practice your scales and chords and riffs and licks and finding that your pick seems to have a mind of its own? Now at…

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5 Ways To Play Better In 2015

With the new year you’re bound to get the inevitable New Year’s Resolutions… and there ain’t nothing wrong with some new resolve, but they stick better when you know how to make them happen. On the Blues Guitar Unleashed Member Forum there is a thread with everybody’s goal for 2015… and I suspect those goals…

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The Rising Tide

Do you ever feel like your attention is being pulled in 12 different directions? There’s a cool song to learn, scales to work on and memorize, licks to learn, maybe that acoustic thing you were wanting to do… there’s just a LOT of cool stuff out there to learn and do. I like to look…

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