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  • 19
    Sep
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    Did you know that Ska originated in the late 50's/early 60's in Jamaica and was a precursor to Rocksteady and Reggae? I didn't know this when I first listened to bands in the 90's that would be classified as 'third wave ska' (the second wave of ska having come out of England in the 1970's). The first examples of ska that I heard were typically mixed with elements of punk rock -- bands like Rancid, Operation Ivy, The Suicide Machines and Goldfinger. This opened my ears to the modern ska sound, but the first real original ska rhythms I heard were from early Bob Marley and The Wailers recordings -- and over time I was able to work my way

  • 12
    Sep
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    Many rhythm players are comfortable strumming, but when it comes to playing rhythm guitar with arpeggios or picking patterns, that's where things usually start to fall apart. This week's lesson will help you focus on picking patterns over simple 2 finger chords. But don't let the description fool you -- this can actually be quite tough to play in time, so work on this one piece at a time and be prepared to encounter some roadblocks along the way!

  • 29
    Aug
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    Join me this week as we dive into a classic travis picking pattern, thrown into the mix with a beautiful melodic chord progression that uses just one chord shape throughout. This lesson is perfect for you if you're looking to build your fingerpicking skills, since you get to focus on one distinct pattern throughout with minimal confusion on the fretting hand.

  • 15
    Aug
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    In the classical guitar world, PIMA represents the fingers (in Spanish) that we use for our picking hand. P = pulgar (thumb)...I = indice (index finger)...M = medio (middle finger)...A = anular (ring finger). This week's lesson will focus on a piece written to help you practice one particular pattern using the PIMA fingers. If you're looking to build your fingerstyle skills, come join me for this lesson to help you get those fingers moving!

  • 08
    Aug
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    If you're an open chord player, at some point you're going to want spice things up by adding embellishments and other things to ornament your chords. For this week's lesson I (try to) keep things simple by teaching you a piece that contains a few common embellishments that can help you see what's possible and provide inspiration for what you could be doing when it comes to open chords with your own playing. Let's get started!

  • 01
    Aug
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    This week's lesson is all about pedal steel bends! Originally done on the electric guitar to mimic a pedal steel guitar, but don't let the sound of this original piece fool you: this sound isn't only for county music, as these bends have taken hold in many genres, including rock, blues, folk, and much more. Spend a few minutes with me here to get an idea of what this technique entails, and then give it a try on your guitar! I definitely recommend an electric guitar for this one, as well as some patience and persistence to get this technique down.

  • 25
    Jul
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    If you've ever been inspired by the sounds of the James Bond theme, surf guitar songs from the 60's like Wipeout, Pipeline, Walk Don't Run, Misirlou and more, then this lesson here will be right up your alley. This original piece combines number of the sounds you'd hear in a 60's surf rock tune, including spring reverb and a twangy jazzmaster tone. Come check out this lesson to find out how I get this surf sound, and play through the fun piece I've created for you.

  • 18
    Jul
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    Legato is used all the time in rock and blues, but even many guitarists who use it might not know what it means. The definition of legato is "in a smooth flowing manner, without breaks between notes" -- and on the guitar this translates into us using slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and bends to minimize our pick strokes to achieve this. So jump on into this lesson with me, where we learn 2 fun legato phrases that can be used over a minor blues.

  • 11
    Jul
    Weekly Lessons
    Written By proguitarstudio
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    This week's lesson is simple in concept -- we're going to use a very common travis picking pattern to play through a minor blues progression. The minor blues is something that I believe everyone should know how to play, regardless which style of music they're into (since the blues progression appears in so many styles of music), and travis picking is crucial to know if you want to fingerpick through a variety of songs. I've also included an original melody on top that was built using target tones -- so there's a lot to unpack in such a seemingly simple piece.

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