John McCarthy and the team over at RockHouseMethod.com put out a great article on 12 things that you can do right now to improve your guitar playing. If you are a regular reader of SixStringMadness, then you know we are big supporters of John and his products so be sure to head over to www.RockHouseMethod.com [...]
Sometimes it may seem as if you practice and practice and practice but get nowhere. All of your life you have been taught that practice makes perfect but somehow, despite your efforts in practicing the guitar, you feel you aren’t as far along as you should be. So why does this happen to people? This [...]
New Guitar Jamz Course Marty Schwartz has just released a brand new course that looks totally awesome! It’s called Hendrix Revealed and is a 26 video digital download where Marty teaches you the guitar playing style and techniques of the master- Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix was (and still is) one of the most influential guitar [...]
Just a quick post that for the next 48 hours, Dan Denley and the crew over at GuitarZoom are offering a 40% off sale on two of Steve Stine’s most popular courses. No coupon needed. Just click the images below Music Theory Made Easy Real World Soloing
John McCarthy and the team over at RockHouseMethod.com put out a great article on 12 things that you can do right now to improve your guitar playing.
If you are a regular reader of SixStringMadness, then you know we are big supporters of John and his products so be sure to head over to www.RockHouseMethod.com and check out the cool lessons he has
12 Things You Can Do To Be A Better Guitar Player Right Now
All musicians want to get better with their instrument as quickly as possible. Whether you play guitar, bass guitar, drums, keys or tambourine here are 12 things you can do to be a better musician right now.
Sometimes it may seem as if you practice and practice and practice but get nowhere. All of your life you have been taught that practice makes perfect but somehow, despite your efforts in practicing the guitar, you feel you aren’t as far along as you should be.
So why does this happen to people? This is very frustrating and I have seen countless students in this very situation. When you’re in this stage of guitar playing, it seems like you are looking through a long tunnel that doesn’t ever lead to anything. You’re doing what you think is the best way to becoming a guitarist and for some reason it just isn’t going anywhere.
Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your practice time.
New Guitar Jamz Course
Marty Schwartz has just released a brand new course that looks totally awesome! It’s called Hendrix Revealed and is a 26 video digital download where Marty teaches you the guitar playing style and techniques of the master- Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix was (and still is) one of the most influential guitar players of all time. He did things with his guitar that had never been done before and even long after his passing, continues to influence guitar players.
I dont know of another course as complete as Marty Schwartz’s Hendrix Revealed that walks you through the techniques, tricks, rhythm style, lead guitar ideas etc of Hendrix.
When I saw that everyone’s favorite internet guitar teacher, Marty Schwartz had a new course and it was all about Jimi Hendrix, I didnt even bother to read the description, I just ordered it. How can it not be awesome!
Here are some of the things you will find in Marty’s first ever digital download course- Hendrix Revealed
Understand the WHY of Hendrix’s playing. You’ll be able to analyze WHAT he’s doing and WHY.
Learn the famous “Hendrix chord” and how to apply it in your playing.
Learn the Hendrix style of barre chords that frees up his pinky finger when playing so that you can use it to substitute for any bar chord you’re playing. That’s right
Master Double Stop Bending Licks, as well as an easy classic lick using double stop bends that create a really powerful beefy sound and can be moved up and down the neck!
How to add “Hendrix-inspired spice” to an A Chord progression that is so killer you’ll want to set your guitar on fire.
Revolutionize your rhythm playing: discover how to incorporate licks into a basic blues progression to spice it up.
Learn the infamous bending style lick immortalized in the song, “Fire.”
The list goes on and on. If you are a fan of Jimi Hendrix (what guitar player isnt?!) or just a fan of Marty Schwartz and his awesome guitar lessons, you wont want to pass this up!
Check it out ===> Hendrix Revealed Course Info
Here is a video of Marty talking about Hendrix Revealed
Click the link below to learn more about Hendrix Revealed
Just a quick post that for the next 48 hours, Dan Denley and the crew over at GuitarZoom are offering a 40% off sale on two of Steve Stine’s most popular courses. No coupon needed. Just click the images below
Music Theory Made Easy
Real World Soloing
2 More Awesome Blues Guitar Lessons
As I mentioned in my last post, Marty Schwartz of GuitarJamz is reopening his Blues Master Class program and to help promote it, he has put together 3 great blues lesson videos in the style of some of the greatest players to play blues guitar. I already mentioned the Eric Clapton style video in my last post. In case you missed it, here is the link-
Clapton, of course, is on everyone’s short list of
greatest lead guitarists of all time. But you might be
surprised how easily this lesson shows you how to
achieve his signature sound, move for move.
Blues Video Lesson No. 2: B.B. King
Watch that video whether you’re a beginner or intermediate player — you’ll watch the infamous “B.B. Box” explained step by step.
Blues Lesson Video #3
How to Play Licks Like Stevie Ray Vaughan!
You’re going to be stoked when you see this
awesome lick style. Learn exactly how to bend
your fingers on this one, which is key to re-creating Stevie Ray’s one-of-a-kind sound.
As I mentioned, Marty Schwartz is RE-OPENING his infamous Blues Master Class shortly. In case you missed it last time, it’s basically every piece of instruction he’s ever done on blues carefully crafted into one killer package. PLUS an additional series of 10 Blues video lessons not available on YouTube. You’re going to love it, I promise.
If you want to get on the “early bird” notification list for
that, click here:
One of the Best Blues Guitar DVD Sets!
Marty Schwartz is offering his popular Blues Master Class program for sale again. It normally sells out fast and its usually months before its available again. This is one of my favorite Blues guitar programs.
He’s offering some killer fast action bonuses this time around including a free one year membership to GuitarJamz.com and a never-Seen “Secret Stash” Blues Video Series.
Marty is doing some free promo guitar lesson videos in the style of some of the biggest blues guitar players to help showcase the course. The first one is in the style of Eric Clapton.
Check it out
If you missed it last time, here is your chance. This program is everything you ever wanted to know about playing blues guitar in one killer package!
Click Here ===> GuitarJamz Blues Masterclass
The beginning of a new year is always a good time to take a moment and reflect. There have been a lot of great articles, lessons, tips, tricks etc that were published on SixStringMadness.com over the course of 2013. Here are the top 5 most read-
In no particular order
- 10 Steps to Being a Better Guitar Player
- 10 MORE Steps to Being a Better Guitar Player
- Get The James Hetfield Tone
- Free Resources For Learning To Play The Guitar
- Essential Guitar Gear
Master guitar instructor Steve Stine has put together another awesome lesson for his column in Guitar World magazine.
It’s no secret that virtually every kid who picks up a guitar dreams of one thing — playing super fast.
And I don’t blame them. Playing fast is fun. It is exhilarating. And it sounds awesome when done right.
But here’s the thing when it comes to guitar playing and speed: It is fairly easy to learn but hard to master.
If you take some of the greatest shredders of our time, for instance, guys like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Kiko Loureiro or Jeff Loomis, you’ll notice how, even when you slow down their solos to a crawl, each note sounds crisp, clear and purposeful. And therein lies the secret of mastering speed. Read more
Whether you’re cruising down a stretch of coastal highway to Joni Mitchell, or humming an Irish lullaby to a fussy baby, or squeezing out an extra mile or two while running to Green Day, or perusing the Sunday paper over scones and Schubert, music has a unique ability to affect how we feel. It pumps us up, it calms us down. It can make our heart swell with joy or reduce us to a puddle of tears. Harmony, melody, and rhythm can even act as a time machine, bringing memories vividly back to life. So how is it exactly that music has such a potent effect on our psyches?
The brain is an active participant in shaping how we interact with music. Every time we perform, compose, or listen to music, it plays a game of high-level Tetris with a range of devices, harmonies, and patterns, creating emotional meaning out of the elements of sound. While music often falls under the classification of a “right-brained” activity—meaning that the act of processing it is centered on the right hemisphere of the brain, the side associated with creativity as opposed to the left side, which is more engaged in logic—the processing of music is actually spread throughout the brain. Regions involved in movement, attention, planning and memory consistently show activation when exposed to music, although these structures have nothing to do with auditory processing itself.
As part of the temporal lobe, the auditory cortex takes in information from the ear and assesses the pitch and volume of the sound. Other parts of the brain deal with different aspects of music. Rhythm, for instance, is only connected in a relatively minor way to the auditory cortex. A lot goes into keeping even relatively simple, regular beats. Tapping along to basic rhythm brings in the left frontal cortex, left parietal cortex, and right cerebellum, and more unusual rhythms bring in still more areas of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum.
Tonality, the building of musical structure around a central chord, is another crucial part of musical understanding, and it reels in still more parts of the brain. The prefrontal cortex, cerebellum, and many parts of the temporal lobe all go into our ability to recognize the tone of a given piece of music. Taken all together, this means that music already brings in three out of four of the lobes of the human brain—frontal, parietal, and temporal, with only the visual processing occipital lobe unaffected. But wait. Another intriguing side effect of listening to music is the activation of the visual cortex. Research indicates that some music can provoke a response in this part of the brain as the listener tries to conjure up appropriate imagery to match the changes and progression in the music.
These are just the basic mechanical aspects of listening to music. A good song can trigger a cascade of secondary responses too, often involuntarily. An obvious example of this is the impulse to move in time with music—not so much dancing, which is an active, independent process, but simple motions like tapping one’s toe along with the song. This is caused by stimulation of neurons in the motor cortex. Mind effectively blown yet?
Okay. Let’s dispense with the neuroscience and take a far less dry look at how music messes with our minds, shall we?
Here is a great article that JamPlay instructor Mary Cambell wrote to help beginners decipher from all of the different option when it comes to guitar strings and picks-
Sometimes it’s all about the little things. When it comes to playing the guitar, there are a multitude of details that, when added up, can make a huge difference in how you play and the sound you produce. Choosing the correct strings and picks are a perfect example of this. As a beginner, you are going to want to make sure that the tools that you use are helping rather than hindering you… and we’re here to help you figure it out. Before taking off to your local music store to hit up the accessories department, check out these tips for finding your perfect picks and strings. Read more