Category Archives: The Basics

Why Mistakes In Your Guitar Playing Are Good

One thing that I notice with my private guitar students is that a lot of them get upset with themselves when they make a mistake during their lesson.  Part of my job as a guitar teacher is to help my students understand that those mistakes are ok, part of the learning process and actually beneficial…

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5 Key Elements of Music Theory

Some people seem to have been blessed with an ear for music and intuitively get how all the pieces fit together, while others immerse themselves in the formal study of theory till they sound like a mathematician. Most of us, however, fall somewhere in the middle of this continuum. We have a talent and a…

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Fix Your Own Guitar

I had a student come in for lessons last week asking how he can learn to make simple adjustments to his guitar so that it plays better.  He took it to a guitar shop (I wish he would have asked me before he did it) for a set up and a cleaning of the switches…

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5 Tips To Help You Improve Your Guitar Playing

Here are 5 things that will help you make huge progress in your guitar playing. Tip #1: Want It Passion is a very important element to have in yourself if you are truly serious about wanting to be a great guitarist. You may be skilled in all the techniques – you may have mastered the…

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Tips For Getting Over Your Guitar Playing Plateaus

When you first pick up the guitar, you spend considerable time learning the basics. Once you get those down and feel comfortable with your instrument, you move on to songs and various techniques and styles of playing. Your abilities seem to grow in leaps and bounds for a good long while as you cruise along…

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Make Your Chord Changes Smoother

Here’s a great article from the GuitarTricks.com archives on making your chord changes smoother and easier.  This is a topic that all guitar players face early on in their playing.  We have all struggled with chord changes.  If you are a new player or want to improve your chord work, read this great article. You’ll…

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Music Theory and Why You Should Care

Many people have a serious “block” when it comes to something like music theory. They think that learning something technical means that it’s somehow “anti-creative.” This is a really common myth. The truly great thing about playing guitar is that we can express things through music that are just not possible any other way. But…

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Steve Stine’s 3 Steps To Shred Guitar

Guitar World has had some of the biggest guitarists in the world write columns for them.  Now one of the most popular guitar instructors out there, Steve Stine, joins the ranks. In their latest issue, Steve discusses the fundamental daily practice techniques to help you play better guitar. Check it out- No matter your level…

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4 Must Have Base Tones

I caught a great article over at Premiere Guitar written by studio guitarist Pete Thorn discusses the 4 primary tones every guitar player should have in their rig.  If you play a variety of music or use amp modeling for example, setting up these 4 primary tones and building from there, will allow you to…

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Marty Schwartz Shares His Secret To Being A Great Guitar Player

You’ve heard the phrase “Knowledge is Power,” right? Well, when it comes to playing guitar, knowledge is EVERYTHING. There seems to be a trend lately where the days of buying a tab book of your favorite band and going home and with a lot of frustration, try to schlep your way through it with no…

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