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How To Organize Your Pedalboard

Rare is the guitarist these days whose rig doesn’t include effects. If you’re only using a pedal or two, your signal path is still pretty straightforward and relatively uncluttered by modern standards. Plenty of guitarists, however, use many stompboxes, rack-mounted devices, etc., and if you’re one of those guitarists who has more special effects than Avatar arrayed [...]

JamPlay Holiday Membership Sale

JamPlay.com is having a holiday sale starting today through December 31st. As of now, the regular price for a one year membership is $139.95. Starting in 2015, the price is going up to $179.95. This sale will be your last chance to lock in a full year of access for just $99.95 Dont miss out [...]

Why Screw Ups Make The Best Guitar Players

There’s something that I’ve noticed about GREAT guitar players. Most of them are what I call, “high functioning screw-ups.” And these screw-ups always end up being the best guitar players. Here’s what I’m talking about…   Listen, you MUST stop demanding perfection from yourself! Let me repeat that just in case you dozed off… STOP [...]

The Best Guitar Courses of 2014

As 2014 comes to an end and the holidays are upon us, that means a lot of people will become first time guitar players and many will find a renewed love with the instrument. Whether you are dusting off the guitar you’ve had in the back of your closet for years or are unwrapping one [...]

How To Organize Your Pedalboard

Rare is the guitarist these days whose rig doesn’t include effects.

If you’re only using a pedal or two, your signal path is still pretty straightforward and relatively uncluttered by modern standards. Plenty of guitarists, however, use many stompboxes, rack-mounted devices, etc., and if you’re one of those guitarists who has more special effects than Avatar arrayed at your feet, the question arises, “What order should all this stuff go in?”

There are no exact rules. You can put ’em all in whatever order you want, and let instinct and your ears be your guides. That’s perfectly OK. But there is a wealth of conventional wisdom about effects placement that goes something like this: gain-type effects come first, followed by time-based/modulation effects second, reverb third, other effects fourth and EQ pretty much wherever you want.

So if you use a lot of effects and you like a little order in your life, here’s the commonly followed breakdown, in a typical order of appearance in the effects chain: Read more

JamPlay Holiday Membership Sale

JamPlay.com is having a holiday sale starting today through December 31st.

As of now, the regular price for a one year membership is $139.95. Starting in 2015, the price is going up to $179.95.

This sale will be your last chance to lock in a full year of access for just $99.95

Dont miss out on this awesome deal for some of the absolute best guitar tuition on the internet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as a special holiday gift, JamPlay has some awesome free stuff for you

Check out the top 10 lessons they released in 2014

 

How about some jam tracks to practice your licks over.  Here is a FREE set of 25 killer jam tracks

 

 

 

 

Why Screw Ups Make The Best Guitar Players

There’s something that I’ve noticed about GREAT guitar players. Most of them are what I call, “high functioning screw-ups.” And these screw-ups always end up being the best guitar players. Here’s what I’m talking about…

 

Listen, you MUST stop demanding perfection from yourself! Let me repeat that just in case you dozed off… STOP expecting “perfection” from yourself. It’s not going to happen. And you kill your ability to make progress fast when you get stuck in the “I-got-to-make-this-perfect” trap.

 

Whatever you’re going to do, just DO IT. And stop trying to make it perfect. For example, say you want to learn a song. Just learn it as fast as you can and then MOVE ON… don’t sit around and try to get every chord, every strum, every lick “perfect.”

 

Why? Because you’re listening to a RECORDING. And in the studio, a pro guitarist can play a solo 183 times if he needs to. Or, he can play just 3-bars that are really hard… until he gets it, “just right.” But when you’re playing in your bedroom, you’re don’t have to be perfect, because you’re not playing-for-pay, you’re playing for fun!

 

Plus, it’s a lot more FUN to spend your time improvising and learning new songs and solos, than it is to get stuck in perfection-mode. Now, there’s a time to buckle-down and work hard to get a solo near-perfect. But, if you give it an honest-effort, and something’s still not quite right, then you may be dealing with a technique problem. (And not even know it.)

Make sure you have some solid technique exercises in your daily practice routine.  Steve Stine’s 42 Days to Blazing Guitar Solos is a great program if you are looking for some really good technique lessons.

Check it out ===> 42 Days To Blazing Guitar Solos

article courtesy of Dan Denley and Guitar Zoom

The Best Guitar Courses of 2014

As 2014 comes to an end and the holidays are upon us, that means a lot of people will become first time guitar players and many will find a renewed love with the instrument.

Whether you are dusting off the guitar you’ve had in the back of your closet for years or are unwrapping one from under the tree, you will need quality guitar instruction to make the most of your new guitar.

In 2014 there was A LOT of great guitar courses both online and in DVD form.

We at Six String Madness want to highlight the best of the best to help you make wise choices when looking for good material to help you in your guitar journey.

Check out the special page we set up so you’re guitar playing in 2015 will be sucessful


Marty Schwartz Want to Give You a Hug

Marty is so appreciative of the support that his students have given him that if he could give you a hug he would.  Unfortunately that doesnt work through the internet.  Instead he offering a killer deal on 3 of his most popular DVD courses.


What To Look For In A Guitar

Tis the season to be shopping for a guitar for either yourself or a loved one.  The choices are endless and you need to be informed to ensure you get a quality guitar that you will be happy with.

Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed wrote a great article to help you make wise decisions when you are out shopping this holiday season for a new guitar

Check it out…

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Blues Soloing With the Hybrid Scale

To kick off Steve Stine’s new Modern Blues Masterclass, he has released the 4th preview lesson for this awesome new course


Check out the full video here 

If you don’t know already, basically the hybrid scale is the combination of two scales to make a new one.

They tend to work really well in Modern Blues guitar because they sound fresh and different. In Blues, you can bend the rules a little and hybrid scales are all about that.

In case you missed all of the other great preview videos for Modern Blues Masterclass, be sure to watch them here-

Modern Blues Masterclass Mini Course

**IMPORTANT**

Enrolment for the Modern Blues Masterclass closes in 48 hours. You won’t see this again for a whole year after Sunday December 14th so you need to hurry if you still want a seat (class size is limited).


3 “Real World” Blues Rhythms To Get You Playing Literally Hundreds Of Songs

Here’s an awesome video from guitar instructor, Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed and the HUGELY popular 4 Note Solo

 

 

Imagine just being able to walk into a guitar store, grab a 335 off the wall and sit down and play and have it sound like you know what you’re doing… that’s what we’re talking about here.

“Blues Gig In a Box” has 5 full songs in it that Griff wrote and recorded with his band specifically to show you how blues songs get put together.

These 3 videos are sort of prerequisites for Griff’s “Blues Gig in a Box” course that is one of his most popular courses.

Lick by lick, chord by chord, and note by note you’ll see inside how most any blues song on the planet works.

So check out the videos now and be on your way to the land of blues mastery!

This mini course comes with free tab, jam track and downloadable videos

 

Want more details on Blues Gig in a Box?

Check it out ===>  Blues Gig in a Box Details

 

Also be sure to check out the hot new website from the Six String Studios family- TwelveBarBluesAcademy.com

Barre Chord Tips From Marty Schwartz

If you are like every other guitar player, you are currently or have in the past, struggled with forming and playing clean sounding barre chords.  Read below as Marty answers an email from a student that is struggling with barre chords.

Be sure to check out out the end of the article.  There is a surprise video where Marty teams up with a special guest to show you some of their barre chord tricks.  Check it out!

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Learn To Play Modern Blues

Steve’s new course- Modern Blues Masterclass is now available! 

This Course Will Turn Everything You Know About Blues Upside Down So That You Can Crank Out Mind-Boggling Solo’s Every Guitarists Wishes They Could Play.
You’ll learn everything you need to know to become a complete, well-rounded guitarist who can…
  • Learn techniques and tricks to create sounds you only hear in Fusion Blues
  • Develop your own unique style and signature sound
  • Apply and play almost immediately thanks to Steve Stine’s practical approach to teaching guitar.

Watch this short video where Steve explains everything about the class

 

There are also some killer previews of Steve’s new Modern Blues Masterclass

 

  • Meandering- Learn this key concept to help you string licks together for awesome solos