• 17
    Jun
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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

  • 21
    May
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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

  • 18
    May
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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

  • 08
    May
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    By Jason Wilford This is a question I get quite often, and, like anything else when it comes to learning an instrument, the answer is somewhat different depending on who is asking. Note names are definitely an important aspect to understanding what’s happening on the guitar, but it doesn’t mean this always has to be a priority. Let’s start with a few examples so you can get an idea what I mean.  Example 1: Kelly has been playing guitar for about a year, and has a pretty good handle on most of her open chords. She has started to work on barre chords, but has a hard time understanding how to figure out where to play the chords if she’s

  • 04
    Feb
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    By Jason Wilford How do you keep up momentum with your guitar playing while going through big life changes? It’s a great question. Big changes in your life can cause a lot of worry and stress, as well as the frustration and anxiety of how to keep up with your guitar playing. Whether you’re playing for fun, doing the occasional gig, trying to make it as a solo artist, or in a band, this is a great topic to think about because inevitably you’re going to be faced with one or more big changes at one point or another in your life. So what are big life changes? There are a few that come to mind, but I’m sure that

  • 05
    Jan
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    By Jason Wilford When it comes to learning the guitar, I find there are two types of guitarists (and many in between): those who likes to learn something exactly how it was played on a recording or written down, and those who like to focus on doing their own version (in other words, doing your own thing). There’s not a right or wrong way to do this, but there are valid points to both sides of this debate — should you play something note for note, or make your own version of it? I want you to be able to decide for yourself what will work best for you, so here are some benefits for both sides. Arguments In Favour

  • 12
    Aug
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    A question I get quite often from intermediate guitar players is whether or not they need to learn how to play modes. There are good arguments on each side of the coin, and whether you choose to focus your attention on modes now or at a later time is a decision that I'm going to try to help you with. I’ll lay out reasons for both sides so that you can decide for yourself whether now is the right time for you to be working on modes or not. But Before reading further, if you find yourself asking “what is a mode?”, you can click here to read more about them. Let’s start with reasons why you might want to

  • 12
    Aug
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    One of the most common problems I have seen with intermediate and advanced guitarists lies within their understanding of what ‘modes’ are, and how they are used. If you have read into, studied, and practiced the concept of modes, you fall into one of two categories: 1) You fully understand the concept of modes, and know how to properly utilize them 2) You THINK you know how modes work, but really have no idea how to use them (even if you think you do!) Now, as you are reading through this, and you feel that you know how to properly use modes, humour me and keep reading, as you just might be one of those guitarists who fall into the

  • 06
    Aug
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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

  • 08
    May
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    One of the first questions I often get asked by someone who’s just starting to play the guitar is ‘how much do I need to practice?’. Sometimes they will even ask deeper questions like ‘how many months until I can play like (insert favourite artist here)?’. I wish those questions were easy to answer, but the truth is that the answer will be different for every single person asking the question. To help you understand why there is no single answer to the ‘How much do I need to practice?’ question, we should take a look at a few determining factors that will shape how much you should practice. Before we get started, let’s clarify that more practice time is