By Byron Marks One skill guitar teachers usually overlook when teaching their students to play guitar is communicating with other musicians. Yes, the teacher communicates with their student but they rarely teach the student how to communicate with other musicians. Regardless of the setting that you are playing in; playing around the campfire with friends, local jam nights to jam nights, live gigs with a band, working in a recording studio or just jamming with friends for fun. There will be plenty of situations where you will have to communicate with other musicians. You will have to be able to do this quickly and effectively. Because communication isn’t usually taught during guitar lessons; most guitarists won’t understand how important being
Playing music can be one of the most exciting feelings, especially as you’re learning. But part of playing an instrument inevitably involves feeling uninspired and unmotivated at some time or another. This is normal for any musician to go through, so when this feeling strikes, don’t feel like it’s the end of the world. In this moment, the most important thing for you to work on is getting that motivation back. A big part of this is ensuring that you’re still practicing and playing your instrument, but sometimes some extra help from external forces can help you feel motivated so that you are excited to pick the instrument up again. Here are some quick ideas to spark your motivation and
A Primer On How To Build Chords By Jason Wilford One of the first steps to understanding how to build chords is to know how to play at least a one- octave major scale on the guitar. This is going to be your reference point for everything, so make sure you know how to play this well, both ascending and descending. Here is the C major scale: The next thing we have to do is assign each of the notes a number. There are 7 notes in the scale, with the 8th note being the first note repeated an octave higher. We will number the notes starting on C, all the way up to the next octave. Keep in mind
By Piotr Sierzputowski Imagine a situation like this: All week long you have been trying to play the guitar... still you find it very hard to do because of work/shool, home, family, a lot of stuff that need to be done etc. Finally you manage to get 2-3 hours of free time. You pick your guitar …. and you don’t know what to to do. You start playing same thing as always - your favourite riffs or licks... but you keep wondering if this is really the best thing you can do at the moment. Then you get an idea: „I’m going to write something new!‘ and you’re bending over backwards trying to make the greatest song of all time.
5 Tips To Help Tackle Stage Fright By Jason Wilford Getting on stage in front of people can be quite daunting, especially if it’s something you’ve never done before, or have limited experience with. Whether you’re going on stage at a casual recital, or playing in front on an audience with a band, the anxiety can start even when you’re weeks away from an upcoming performance. Just thinking about having to get up there in front of other people can leave you feeling nervous, anxious, and stressed out. When I first got on stage in my teens, I felt the exact same way; I would get more anxious the closer the performance got. But over the years of performing with
5 Easy Tips On How To Improve Your Guitar Tone By Jason Wilford Improving your guitar tone doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money - and you certainly don’t need to go out and buy a new instrument to work on this! Here are my top 5 tips on how to improve your guitar tone; focus on these one at a time and I guarantee you’ll notice a difference! Keep Your Strings Fresh Nothing can make a guitar sound more alive than a fresh set of strings. I see many players playing strings that are way past their prime. My general rule is to keep strings on a guitar that I play often no more than 3 months — and
Using A Fake Book or Song Collection Book to Sky Rocket Your Guitar Progress By Eric Dieter Everyone wants to learn songs on guitar, right? How do you know which songs is right for your skill level? What will you do when you encounter a chord you don’t understand? What if you spend 3 months learning a song and all you know at the end of that time is… ONE song? These are all common problems. Let’s take a look at the first question: What song is right for my skill level? I think this question is fundamentally flawed, especially if you are working with a qualified teacher. I think the better question is: How do I take ANY song