• 07
    Jan
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    Written By proguitarstudio
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    Sometimes taking a break from playing the guitar can be good for both your mind and your body (provided you play often enough to begin with), but when it comes time to get back to playing, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the process.  It’s easy to be filled with thoughts of just how many things that you need to work on, how much practice you missed, how hard it will be to get back into the groove, and other negative thoughts that can prevent you from getting back on track. I’ve created a list of 5 simple things to keep in the back of your mind as you get things moving again. Just remember to do things one

  • 26
    Nov
    Articles, Mini-lessons
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    By Jason Wilford If I had to single out the most essential and important trick for me when it comes to playing blues lead guitar, it would be exactly what I'm going to talk about here. Obviously blues lead guitar can't be singled down to just one aspect - there are so many facets to the blues that it would be impossible to contribute the sound to just one thing. But for me, this trick is definitely my favourite and most used. To find out what I'm talking about, click and watch the lesson below. I have also included some supplemental material for you to work with, but it will make more sense once you watch the video. Supplemental Materials

  • 16
    Oct
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    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

  • 01
    Oct
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    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

  • 24
    Jul
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    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

  • 24
    Jul
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    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

  • 29
    Jun
    Articles, Cool Licks
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    Here's my list of 15 amazing Canadian guitar riffs. This is by no means a comprehensive list (there are so many great Canadian bands and guitarists), and it's in no particular order, but it's a place to start exploring the world of Canadian music. Enjoy! Bridge To Nowhere - Sam Roberts Try Honesty - Billy Talent I Don't Know - The Sheepdogs Heart Of Gold - Neil Young Little Bones - Tragically Hip Turn Me Loose - Loverboy The Spirit Of Radio - Rush If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot Cuts Like a Knife - Bryan Adams Fly At Night - Chilliwack Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell Ocean Pearl - 54-40 American Woman - The Guess

  • 19
    Mar
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    By: Jason Wilford As a guitar player and teacher, knowing how to play many different rhythms is an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to being a versatile musician. There are so many interesting ways to use the guitar as a rhythmic device that the options are endless; with all the different genres and rhythmic feels out there, there really is a lot to learn! At first, many guitarists will need a break down of what particular strumming pattern to play when they are learning a song just so they can get a handle on it. This is totally fine, and can be very helpful, but in this article I’m going to talk about why this type of

  • 26
    Jan
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    By Jason Wilford Over the years I have received the question ‘what kind of guitar should I buy?’ more times than I can remember. It’s sort of like shopping for a new car; there are so many options out there, so how do you decide which brand to stick with? How do you know which model to choose? How much should you spend, and what deciding factors are important when buying a new (or used) guitar? Since I have answered these questions so many times, I thought I would put together a little buyers guide to help you choose which guitar is right for you when the time comes to purchase a new (or used) instrument. As a bonus, once

  • 26
    Jan
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    By Jason Wilford A question that I’ve received from many students over the years is whether or not they should be practicing with a metronome. Practicing to a metronome can definitely help your playing in many areas, but the answer to this question is a little more complicated than just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Whether or not you should practice to a metronome depends on individual circumstances, the level of the player, what they are working on, and much more — so in this short article I want to lay out the reasons why you would — and wouldn’t — want to practice to a metronome. First off, if you don’t know what a metronome is, the short answer is