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Learning Licks vs. Learning Concepts

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

We all want to get better on our instrument, and this means different things to different people. Everyone is in a unique place as far as progress, but one thing is true no matter how good you are: To master something, it takes a deep understanding of the concept, and constant practice. We will return […]

How Long Does it Take to Learn Guitar?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

I hear this question and see it posted online all the time. I don't think there has ever been a definitive answer, but the question intrigues me…so I decided to Google it. That little suggestion dropdown shows Google’s frequent searches-which means 'Guitar' tops the chart over all other things to learn? Wow! Well, naturally I […]

Building Your Guitar Vocabulary

Friday, September 24th, 2010

One thing that can’t be taught is real-world experience. You just have to get out and soak up what you can to become a versatile player. Becoming fluent in a given style requires a couple of things – immersing yourself in the style to learn it’s particular quirks, and then getting out in the ‘real […]

Playing Guitar Without Tension

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

In my younger days I played a lot of fast noodly stuff, aggressive rock or classical playing where my muscles and tendons were tortured for hours on end. I had some issues with tendonitis, a ganglion cyst, which caused all sorts of pain when playing, so I started focusing on ways to help it. I […]

Les Paul

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I got my first ‘good’ guitar back before the price of ‘good’ guitars was through the roof. I still have this guitar, the only guitar I’ve kept through the years. I never met him, but Les Paul seemed like such a cool cat. So full of energy and always living life to the fullest. I […]

How to be More Musical?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Technical problems usually have technical solutions…I always post technical things because they can be addressed and/or aided by technical means – like if you want to get better at chords…Practice Chords! or if you need to improve your bending or vibrato…Practice bends and vibrato! It’s easy to give suggestions and examples of technical stuff, and […]