What to Do When Tempos Are Too Quick

Many guitar players ask me questions about what they need to do when the tempos of songs they are playing with their band are just too fast for them to play well. That is a great question. If you have this problem, you can read the article What to Do When Tempos are Too Quick…

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You Can Learn A Lot From A Simple Lick

Many guitar players tend to overlook the many simple licks or riffs that come their way not realising that there is a wealth of information just waiting for you to tap into. Have a look at this lesson called You Can Learn A Lot From A Simple Lick and see what it can do to…

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The Best Guitar Solos Tell A Story – Do Yours?

Many guitar players just play up and down pentatonic scales, wonder around the fretboard aimlessly, or never think about what it is they are trying to say musically. Are you like that? Maybe you need to read The Best Solos Tell A Story. Make sure to implement the contents in this lesson into your playing…

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Play What You Hear

Many guitarists hear others say “play what you hear in your head”, but find that doing it is quite difficult. Wouldn’t it be great to play whatever you hear in your head, or on a recording, as it would make learning your favourite songs, solos, and writing your own songs so much easier than it…

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11 Things I Learnt From Carl Verheyen

Carl Verheyen (pronounced Ver-high-in) is the number one session guitarist in Los Angeles, a member of the band Supertramp, and runs his own band, the Carl Verheyen Band. In June I was in Los Angeles and caught up with him at Village Recorders in Santa Monica where he was working on and producing an album…

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Travis Picking

Here is an introductory lesson into Travis picking, made famous by the legendary country guitar picker Merle Travis. The difference between Travis picking and regular finger-picking is the use of alternating and/or descending bass notes played by the thumb. Click here to learn more about Travis Picking.

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Jingle Bells

The festive season is here again and a great way to celebrate is to learn a traditional Christmas song. Jingle Bells was written around 1850 by James Lord Pierpont, and at around 150 years old is still one of the most popular festive songs around. I have arranged this song as a chord melody –…

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The Lead Guitar Role

Great guitar players can play the rhythm or lead role easily depending on what is required for the gig or jam session, but sometimes you are the only guitarist so you have to do a bit of both. Click here to see the rest of The Lead Guitar Role article.

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The Rhythm Guitar Role

The rhythm guitar role is often misunderstood, and undervalued among many bands. Not many guitar players actually understand what the role entails either, but in this article I will explain some of the things you need to equip yourself to become a better player now. Here is the The Rhythm Guitarist’s Role article.

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Using Movable Chord Shapes

Guitar players face numerous challenges when starting out and three of them are 1/ knowing your chord shapes, 2/ how they fit together, and 3/ how to make music with them. To learn how to do the three things all at once have a look here at the Using Moveable Chords lesson

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