Navigating The New Stuff…

Lots of things are afoot here at Planet BGU… You may already have been working with the new Member Portal, but with the launch of Blues Speed Building Blocks and the new All Access Pass, there’s even more to help keep your practice time effective and efficient. So I put together a little screen capture…

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Trading Fours

Trading Fours is something that comes up a lot on gigs, but for some reason I rarely see it discussed. And since I was working with some students who asked about it, I made a video 🙂 Trading Fours is simply playing a solo for only 4 bars of the 12 bar blues progression at…

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Picking Vs. Slurring In Practice

This is a quick, but useful lesson on adding slurring (hammer-ons and pull-offs) into your practice routine. The primary thing here is that we are attempting to make your slurred notes sound just like your picked notes – but you’ll never get there, and that’s okay. Like many things in guitar-land, it’s simply the fact…

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1 Way To Play Better In 2018…

You’ll see about 37 different “5 ways to play better in 2018” articles this week (I even did one in 2015 if you want to read it it’s not like anything has changed)… But here’s the thing… I really believe there is only 1 way that you’ll get better in 2018 (or any year, for that…

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[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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