Feel The Music When You Play Guitar

Feel The Music When You Play We always hear the phrases like a guitarist's "touch" and that one should "feel the music" associated with great players and other musicians but it's easy to overlook the significance of these particular words. Just pause for a second and think about what they really imply... They are referring to experiencing your body: actually feeling what you a...
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5. Pentatonic Scales

Pentatonic Scales   We have made it this far which means you should now know at least 1 major scale position (but most likely a few or even all 5) and be able to use it/them in a creative way, playing little melodies and phrases, using all parts of the position or even just ascending and descending while simultaneously doing the following exercises: Mentally labell...
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4. Transitioning Between Thinking Major and Minor

Transitioning Between Thinking Major and Minor   Ok, so it's probably getting clear that the major and minor scales can really be thought of as the same pattern but with different root note positions within that pattern. Often they will seem to be described as different scales and with different formulas. This is actually only another way of thinking about what I have ...
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3. The Minor Scale…

The Minor Scale What do you mean "I already know it?"   Now, remember how earlier on we went through the Major Scale and not only memorised where all the Major Root Notes were but also added the Minor Root Notes to our mental labelling? By the end we should have been able to play through the major scale and mentally label every major or minor root note we came across....
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2. How to Use the Major Scale on guitar

HOW to Use the Major Scale on guitar   So by now, you (hopefully) know at least 1 major scale pattern. On guitar there are 5 patterns (often called positions) that make up the major scale between 12 frets. After 12 frets the patterns will start again because the 12th fret is actually the octave of the note that the strings are tuned to. Even though they are often thoug...
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1. Begin with the Parent Scale: The Major Scale

Begin with the Parent Scale: The Major Scale Building Your Guitar Theory on a Solid Foundation   This is a 5- step lesson that contains a lot of information so take it slowly and patiently. Try to apply each suggested exercise. By the time you reach the end you should have a very strong foundation on which everything else can be built. Now assuming that you are fam...
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Think Like a Farmer: Planting and Watering Seeds

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Think Like a Farmer: Planting and Watering Seeds I often like to say to students that learning to play guitar should be simple. I'm choosing my words very carefully here- should be simple. I'm not being smarmy! Instead, I'm just trying to remind both them and me that to reach our guitar goals we just need to plant and water the right kinds of seeds... and that's all! Everyt...
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Remember Your Reasons ‘WHY’

When to Recall Your Reasons for Playing Guitar It can be really tough to stick with things, trust me I know! It seems to be almost a curse at times that we desire so many things, behaviours and knowledge. With so many great activities to enjoy, places to see, foods to try and people to meet, it does beg the question: how can I still lead a rich life while also treating at leas...
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What You See… is What You’ll Be

What You See... Is What You'll Be   I have talked before about how aspiring to the wise attitude of a seasoned farmer is the way to go with approaching guitar practice (or any other practice really) and how getting ourselves to the skill level that we want is really just a matter of planting and watering seeds, allowing time to bring the result to us, provided we actua...
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