• 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

  • 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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    Guitar Buyers Guide 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

  • 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

  • 30
    Oct
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    By Jason Wilford Over the years that I have been teaching guitar, I have had my share of students who express frustration with their self‐proclaimed low ability to learn things on the guitar. Some of them feel that they aren’t able to put aside enough time to practice; others are worried that they’re not musical enough to play at the level they desire. I’ve even seen people completely convince themselves that they will never have any real talent on the instrument, and quit playing the guitar altogether! In every case, I’ve noticed one thing in common: All of these fears or worries are self‐imposed excuses, and they can easily be reversed with a change in outlook. To go into greater

  • 31
    Aug
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    By Jason Wilford  Practice Slowly -  Nothing will slow down your progress more than playing too fast when you’re first learning a song, solo, scale or exercise. This is a simple tip, but one that's often overlooked. If you find that you’re playing something with many mistakes — slow down! To have the ability to play fast you first need to build up the muscle memory in your fingers. If you practice something wrong repeatedly, you will end up memorizing the mistake. Take your time, slow down, and practice properly from the beginning so that you ensure you’re playing things correctly. Get In The Habit Of Warming Up -  During a practice session you may notice that playing the guitar

  • 28
    Jun
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    By Jason Wilford I know many people that feel like it’s impossible to find the time to continue practicing guitar throughout the summer at the same level they were throughout the winter months. For guitarists, the winter can be a time where it’s really easy to grab a guitar and hang out inside practicing for hours (especially in Canada). When the summer rolls around, however, we all find ourselves doing other activities and it may feel like the guitar is taking a backseat to everything else. A common response to this by many of us is to just give in and not think too much about it. Some of us stop working as hard, slow down on practicing, and maybe even just