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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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Developing Your Own Guitar Playing Style

A lot of guitarists find that coming up with their own unique style of playing is difficult. However, it need not be difficult if you follow the imitate, assimilate, innovate rule. Click here to learn more Developing Your Own Guitar Playing Style

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Learning Simple Melodies

Many guitarists think learning simple melodies is a waste of time, but the benefits of doing this is not only fun, but your song writing, soloing, and general musicianship will improve so much you will feel it going through the roof in no time. Click the link to get started Learning Simple Melodies

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Do Your Solos Sound Like Scales?

A big frustration among many guitarists is that they complain their solos sound like scales. Have you ever complained of this problem before? If so, you need to read the Do Your Solos Sound Like Scales article right now.

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How Dynamic is Your Playing

Many things separate professional players from amateur players, but one of the biggest ones is the use of dynamics. Dynamics quite often relate to volume, like that of your strumming or picking getting louder or softer. Great soloists use dynamics to build solos up to a climax, while releasing to wind back into the vocal…

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