Marty Schwartz, creator of Guitar Jamz and easily the biggest guitar teacher on YouTube has a killer mini course called Super Blues Licks available for FREE right now. If you’re tired of the same old blues licks and want to spice up your solos, head on over to www.SuperBluesLicks.com to grab your copy. It’s completely [...]
Ernie Ball just released a killer documentary called- “Real to Reel with Slash” documenting the entire in-studio recording process of Slash’s third solo album, World on Fire, along with world-renowned music collaborators Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz collectively called the Conspirators. Its a great behind the scenes look at how Slash and the [...]
Listen, if you’ve been “playing around” with your guitar far too long and you’re ready to get serious and really learn to PLAY, then you need to read this Look, don’t get me wrong. I love YouTube. In fact, we promote and share guitar videos from YouTube all the time on Six String Madness. Those videos, [...]
Doug Marks, creator of Metal Method recently put together an article that I thought was really good and worth sharing with the readers of Six String Madness. If you have ever dabbled in songwriting, created your own riffs or written a lead line, you’ll find this article interesting. Bands are constantly being sued for copyright [...]
Marty Schwartz, creator of Guitar Jamz and easily the biggest guitar teacher on YouTube has a killer mini course called Super Blues Licks available for FREE right now.
If you’re tired of the same old blues licks and want to spice up your solos, head on over to www.SuperBluesLicks.com to grab your copy. It’s completely free. Nothing to buy. No strings attached. Just some killer blues licks to spice up your playing.
In fact there is a sample on YouTube of one of the licks
Check out SuperBluesLicks.com
Ernie Ball just released a killer documentary called- “Real to Reel with Slash” documenting the entire in-studio recording process of Slash’s third solo album, World on Fire, along with world-renowned music collaborators Myles Kennedy, Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz collectively called the Conspirators. Its a great behind the scenes look at how Slash and the Conspirators approach recording.
If you are a fan of Slash and love to see how an iconic guitar player like him lays tracks down in the studio, you’ll dig this.
Check it out!
Look, don’t get me wrong. I love YouTube.
In fact, we promote and share guitar videos from YouTube all the time on Six String Madness. Those videos, however, are from some of the best guitar teachers out there right now with some of the best guitar courses that give players results.
But with the explosion of free guitar “lessons” over the last few years, you may think it’s easier than ever to get top-notch training at bargain price…or even free.
Well, that’s dead WRONG. Read more
Doug Marks, creator of Metal Method recently put together an article that I thought was really good and worth sharing with the readers of Six String Madness.
If you have ever dabbled in songwriting, created your own riffs or written a lead line, you’ll find this article interesting.
Bands are constantly being sued for copyright violation. The problem is, there are only 7 chords to choose from in a given key. The odds of writing something that sounds similar to something that has already been recorded are great.
So what does a creative artist to do?
There has been a lot of media coverage of the “Blurred Lines” controversy. A jury found that the song was rhythmically similar to the Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.” The problem was caused when the “Blurred Lines” songwriters Williams, and Thicke referenced the “Marvin Gaye vibe” during interviews. The moral of the story is, if you’re going to steal don’t admit the theft.
Actually, the biggest problem was that “Blurred Lines” reached the pinnacle of the charts in 2013. Where there are deep pockets there are those that want to take what was not earned.
The songwriting session for “Blurred Lines” lasted about an hour according to Ferrell Williams. Robin Thicke testified that the song was almost completed before he stepped into the studio. Thicke made 5.6 million dollars for his “efforts” and Williams earned 5.1 million. Even after the lawsuit they still made a few million dollars.
You too can write a hit song…
In my Songwriting Program I explain how to model an original song based on an existing work. I used “Stormbringer” by Deep Purple as my model. I primarily used the arrangement but created different chord progressions, melody and lyrics. The song that I wrote for the lesson was quite different sounding than the original yet it did capture a similar feel and vibe. I’m not here to sell my Songwriting Program. It was written in 1995 and much of the technology mentioned in the lesson seems quite ancient by today’s standards. Still, the modeling aspect of songwriting hasn’t changed and the lesson does teach the technique. Plus, it was pretty cool to have my friends Lonnie Vincent (Bullet Boys) and Jim Gillette (Nitro) record the final version of the song with me.
Stealing or creating…. is there a difference?
In your quest to getting better at the guitar, have you ever thought, “there must be something I’m missing?” Like that one thing that will cause all the dominoes to fall and you will have complete clarity and mastery of the guitar
I know I did in my early days as a guitar student.. I would actually watch people play something that sounded so far out of my reach that I figured there was some sort of trick that they knew that I didnt to allow them to play like that. Years later and now as a professional guitar teacher, I realize there is no trick.
In fact, I often say that if I can convince the student in front of me in their lesson that they can do it then we’re 80% of the way there.
Just think about that for a moment - most students stop 20 feet from the finish line.
I can hand them everything they need to know on a silver platter… but so many people won’t just put the blinders on and take it and learn it.
So if you have this nagging feeling like you’re missing something… you aren’t. There isn’t some magic chord or magic scale or magic technique that’s going to transform your playing tomorrow.
On the other hand, it won’t take even 1/10th as long as you think it will if you do what you know you need to do… and while that’s different for most every person chances are you know exactly what you need to practice on
I think the biggest key to success in learning how to play the guitar is either working with a good guitar teacher in your area or working through a good “self study” guitar lesson program. Check out The Best Guitar Programs of 2014 to see if any of those interest you or address gaps in your playing. They are all fantastic programs that will be absolute game changers to your playing
And don’t forget- you’re playing guitar and having fun along the way so enjoy the ride! Don’t be in such a hurry to get to the finish line. The journey is what matters.
The topic of natural talent and being able to learn to play the guitar comes up all the time. There are so many beginners out there that have given up their dreams of learning to play the guitar because they feel they dont have the natural talent to play the guitar like they want to.
I came across an article where Marty Schwartz answers a guitar student’s question about natural talent and their doubt in whether they will ever be able to play. If you have ever felt like this, keep reading… Read more
Yesterday there was a great lesson posted on TwelveBarBluesAcademy.com teaching you a cool hybrid blues rock lick in the style of ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. It’s a great lesson that really captures that Billy Gibbons sound and a great one to incorporate in to your playing.
The lesson is actually a sample from Next Level Guitar’s Modern Blues Masters DVD set. It’s a great course that takes a look at the signature styles of the 16 most popular modern blues guitar players.
It just so happens Next Level Guitar is running a huge sale on Modern Blues Masters for today only.
Check out the lesson over at Twelve Bar Blues Academy and if you dig that style of blues, be sure to check out the details of Modern Blues Masters and pick it up at a huge savings
Modern Blues Masters Details
Legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Robert Cray, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page … and several more.
The lessons go IN DEPTH, about 45 minutes EACH — on every one of these masters, breaking down every lick, every technique, in slow-motion, up-close camera angles with on-screen tabs so that you don’t miss a thing.
IN ADDITION to the 7 DVDs and 11 hours of instruction covering the 16 blues-rock masters, this package ALSO contains:
- 3 CDs With 30 Jam Tracks
- The Modern Blues Masters Workbook by David Taub
- 1-Year Free Access to Next Level Guitar’s private membership site with 1,600+ lessons
Remember- this [DAILY DEAL] $50 OFF on “Modern Blues Masters” is only available for 24 hours, so jump on this now before you get shut out.
The next time you are at your local Guitar Center or Mom and Pop guitar shop it’s good to know the proper etiquette when trying out gear.
Here are some basic tips to keep in mind the next time you are at your favorite music store so you dont look like a douche or worse yet, be put on the banned list
I came across a great article from Griff Hamlin of Blues Guitar Unleashed that I thought all of the readers of Six String Madness could relate to.
Check it out-
You know those tennis matches when the ball goes from one side to the other and back again…
And you see the crowd turn their collective heads from one side to the other and back again too.
Well I want you to imagine that your guitar is one side, and the printed music or on-screen video is the other side… and you’re going to have a hard time fully concentration on playing a piece of music if you have to keep looking to the other side to see what to play next! Read more
For a limited time, get a HUGE discount on Papastache’s 100 Blues Rock Licks
About 6 months ago, Brett Papastache released his biggest selling guitar course to date- 100 Blues Rock Licks.
It sold out quick but Brett has brought it back and with a huge discount and some nice bonuses to go with.
I know, Another “licks” course right?!
This one is different
Most licks courses show you a bunch of random licks and then go tell you to practice them. There is no application to the licks taught. No mention of how to make REAL solos with them. Nothing. Just a bunch of random licks.
Papastache’s 100 Blues Rock Licks is SOOO much different
See, Brett is not satisfied with teaching you a few blues-rock licks and leaving it at that.
No, because truth be told, that’s not good enough.
There’s one huge mistake people make when learning how to play licks. It’s that they are taught guitar licks – and nothing else.
In other words, they leave it up to you as to how to make use of the licks themselves: how to practice them, how to apply them, how to solo with them, etc.
BIG MISTAKE. You’re WAY better off learning right off the bat how to APPLY the lick. And how to ATTACH it to other licks. And how to play them all over the neck.
It means you can now do almost anything you want on guitar.
I’m telling you, this is the big missing piece that gets you to that next playing level quickly.
So here’s what Brett did ….
He created a 5-DVD set in which he breaks all this down in his own inimitable style.
It’s called “100 Blues Rock Licks,” and you can take a look here:
And because Marty Schwartz is childhood friends with Brett, he is including a free 14-day pass to Guitar Jamz.com where you can get access to every single guitar lesson Marty has ever created (1,500+ and counting).
Go see this now to see what it will do for your playing:
Check out this sample from Brett’s 100 Blues Rock Licks