Category Archives: Misc

Steve Stine Helps You Understand the Modes

Steve Stine gets a lot of questions about modes, what they are and how to actually use them when you play. To most guitarists, modes are the annoying theory we have to learn but have no idea what to do with. In this video Steve hopes he can shed some light on the ideas behind…

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This 1 Practice Tip Will Have a HUGE Impact on Your Playing.

Here is a great video lesson from Jim Deeming where he discusses how you can optimize your guitar practice time and develop good time management.  The video is a bit long (25 minutes) but Jim has some really insightful tips to help you get the most out of the guitar practice time that you have…

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“Help, I’m stuck and can’t get out of the pentatonic box”

We, at Six String Madness get asked this question a lot … QUESTION: “How do I break out of the pentatonic box scale patterns. I’m stuck and can’t get out!” MY ANSWER: This is a great question and a common problem … I have found that an easy way to cover more territory on the…

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Learning, Practicing, Memorizing- What’s the Difference?

A lot of times you might get confused by the terms “learning” guitar or “practicing” guitar… Because, in our little world, they aren’t really the same thing – and you’ll spend time doing both, but differently. Learning is when you’re doing something new – a new lick, a new idea, a new song, a new…

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Sometimes You Gotta Fake It

Have you ever had something you could almost play… but kept messing up in 1 spot? Or maybe out of a whole song, you can play 95% of it, but there are those few spots that trip you up that you just can’t quite play fast enough… Those times are when one of your most…

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Steve Stine Shows You 1 Easy Lick to Play Awesome Guitar Solos

As promised, Steve Stine is back with one easy lick that will help you play awesome solos. Check it out and see how creative you can get with this thing:   Most guitarists never realize that one cool lick can be the starting point for a smokin’ hot lead… …You don’t need to know a…

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It’s All About Moderation

I used to be an avid runner and easily got out every day for a long run but life sort of got in the way and with a wife, kids, job, house etc that all competed for my attention, I was lucky to get out once or twice a week Lately, though, I’ve been reading…

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9 Things You Should Consider Before Buying a New Guitar

Whether it’s your very first guitar, your 10th, or your 100th, buying a guitar is always a super fun and exciting time. To make sure you’re making the best guitar-buying decisions, take a look at these nine things to consider before buying your next guitar. 1. Why are you guitar shopping? This is a very…

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How To Get Hooked On The Guitar

I know we’re all hooked on guitar to some degree or another, but there’s a really good reason for that… it’s a little challenging at times…   And what gets us through those challenging times is our love for playing music and how it makes us feel… the more “hooked” you are, the more you…

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Guitar Gear Buying Tips

I love guitar gear – amps, guitars, pedals, slides, picks, strings, straps, cases, cables… you name it, I’m into it. But guitar gear can be a frightening thing if you’re new to the sport… A lot of money can be spent, and like most things there is a point of diminishing returns. Does a $400…

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