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    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

  • 26
    Apr
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    By Jason Wilford In my experience as a guitar teacher, I’ve seen countless people become frustrated with certain aspects of playing and practicing the guitar. From time to time, I’ve seen students that simply want to give up playing the guitar because they aren’t progressing as fast as they would like to; others feel that they will never get to the level of playing that they want to see themselves at. Whatever the case may be, I’ve noticed that the feeling of discouragement often stems from not truly understanding the process of learning guitar. I often hear the question from students and parents, such as: “How long until I can play guitar like (insert guitarists name here)?”, or “Will my