Category Archives: The Basics

5 Ways to Play Faster On The Guitar

Want to play faster? Build speed? Want to shred your guitar? Are you frustrated because you cant play as fast as your buddy or the guitar hero you look up to? Here are five tips to help you play guitar faster.   Develop Muscle Memory – With a new piece of music, we have not taught…

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Guitar Warm Up Exercises

As guitar players we know the importance of warming up before we begin our daily practice routine or prepare for a show. Brett “Papastache” Papa who is a regular guitar instructor for Marty Schwartz’s GuitarJamz.com did a cool video that is aimed more for the intermediate and advanced players where he shows some really good…

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Make Progress on the Guitar FAST

Most of us start playing the guitar because we want to learn how to play our favorite songs.  But without the proper technique and skills within our fingers, learning your favorite songs can be frustrating.  When you are practicing the guitar, be sure to spend some time on working finger exercises and technique drills.  By…

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Guitar Practice Tips

There was a great article on the Jamorama blog that discusses how you can develop good guitar practice habits and the common problems that many people have when learning how to change between chords smoothly and other key guitar skills. Be sure to check out one of the most popular beginner courses out there.  Jamorama…

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Beginners- How to Start Your Guitar Playing Journey

I love teaching new guitar players.  They are full of motivation, excitement and wonderment.  One question that I get asked a lot by beginner guitar players is how to get started in playing the guitar. Here are seven key things all beginner guitar players should do to make sure they are on the right path…

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Learn the Blues Scale

Understanding the blues scale is key to playing good blues lead guitar. The blues scale is simply the minor pentatonic scale with one added note. The Blues scale is called hexatonic because it is made of 6 notes. Not sure where the pentatonic scale comes from?  Take 5 notes of the major scale and you’ll…

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Learn to Play Barre Chords

Barre chords are probably one of the most demanding things you will learn to do on the guitar.  It is something that beginner guitar players struggle with but once you apply some key techniques, they become easy to do.  I wrote a great article on tips for playing barre chords   Disclosure: We are sometimes awarded commissions…

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Get the Most out of Your Practice Time

I’ve written a number of articles on guitar practice and how to be efficient with your time.  Let’s face it, there are not enough hours in the day for everything and unfortunately guitar practice usually falls low on the priority list. If you find yourself struggling to make the most of the precious moments you…

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Fingerpicking 101

Depending on the styles of music you are playing, there are times where you will need to finger pick.  I can think of examples in several genres where fingerpicking is used.  You will see it a lot in acoustic music including folk and acoustic blues.  If you are famaliar with Guitarzoom.com’s newest course- Acoustic Blues…

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One of the Biggest Mistakes Guitar Players Make

One of the biggest mistakes most guitarists make is that they don’t have work on building their finger strength. This video will teach you three powerful exercises that will instantly improve your playing regardless of your musical style. Dan Denley and the team at GuitarZoom.com put together an awesome video on how you can improve your finger strength, allowing you…

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