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      by Dennis Winge  Suspended chords are created when you take a basic triad (first, 3rd and 5th notes of a given key) and move the 3rd up a half-step, which creates a sus4, or you take the 3rd down a whole step, which creates a sus2.  A sus4 chord, then, consists of the intervals 1, 4, 5.  A sus2 chord is 1, 2, 5.  When you hear a musician say “sus” without a number after it, it is safe to assume he or she means “sus4” because this is the most common type of sus chords.  I.  Common Voicings The 3 most common voicings on guitar for a Dsus4 chord are above.  Notice that the f# note, the 3rd

  • 10
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     Tips To Making Successful Chord Changes By Zach Payton   Tired of struggling to make successful chord changes? Today we’re going to talk about a few things that will help your progress, on how to make your chord changes more fluently. First thing, let's decide on which progression we’re going to use. Let’s choose G major, C major, D major.   Now we need to memorize the progression. Once you have the chords memorized, we need to make sure every string is ringing. Here’s an exercise that will help.     When you pick each note in this exercise, if one of the notes doesn’t ring out, start the exercise over again but this time focus on making the note

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    By Jake Willmot There is a worldwide crisis going on that is hurting musicians without them even realising it, or if they do realise it they are in too deep that they feel too unconfident to solve it. How did this come about? Well once upon a time a long long time ago, musicians developed the skills they needed to become a musician, everything from their physical playing abilities to music theory knowledge, their aural skills etc. People faced challenges when they were developing their skills but they got there in the end.   But then one day, disaster strikes! This has brought the death of aural skills to musicians. In the 1990’s the internet came along, which brought a lot

  • 26
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     Tips To Making Successful Chord Changes By Zach Payton Tired of struggling to make successful chord changes? Today we’re going to talk about a few things that will help your progress, on how to make your chord changes more fluently. First thing, let's decide on which progression we’re going to use. Let’s choose Gmajor, Cmajor, Dmajor. Now we need to memorize the progression. Once you have the chords memorized, we need to make sure every string is ringing. Here’s an exercise that will help.   When you pick each note in this exercise, if one of the notes doesn’t ring out, start the exercise over again but this time focus on making the note that isn’t ringing and don’t worry

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    By Jennifer Barlow What’s one of the things about your performing that if you improved, would help to captivate your audience more when you perform? You might think it’s your stage moves, maybe playing more complicated songs, or maybe even improving the sound of your singing.  All of these are important but there’s something else you can do that will help to get your listeners attention and keep hold of it throughout entire songs, or even entire shows. The big skill for you to work on The big skill that is most overlooked is something called “dynamics” (put simply, playing loud and quiet).  This is one skill that great performers are using throughout every song they ever play. Here’s how

  • 11
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    Are guitar scales important or is that stuff just for the theory buffs who want to do everything by the book? The short answer to this question would be: “Yes they’re important. But to what extent and how many scales you should learn depends on your musical goals.”  Let me explain further. I talk about the importance of goal setting in many articles but for the specific purpose of learning guitar scales, I’ll simplistically divide your musical goals in two: Whether you intend to just play other people’s music only. Whether you also intend to create your own music. Because while learning scales is important if you have either of these goals, a more thorough understanding of, and ability to

  • 11
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      Many Beginner to Intermediate Guitarists struggle to learn and improve their Strumming skills to their satisfaction. This begins with the challenges presented by the right hand not being in sync with the fretting hand that is playing the chords.  What most beginner guitar players fail to understand is that it’s the easiest thing to learn and develop on guitar, if you pay dedicated attention towards it.  This might require practicing strumming in isolation, playing rhythm to a metronome or drum beats and lot of other ways. Whatever is your method to work on your strumming skills, you can fasten the learning process  if you just remember a few key principles every time you practice strumming.  This would begin with

  • 10
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    Playing an instrument is very rewarding for both the child and the parent. To see the progress that they make over their guitar play journey and over a lifetime. One of the essential elements to make them improve their guitar playing is practice. For all children, they will be more motivated at certain times compared to others when it comes to practicing the guitar. There will always be challenges and difficulties when learning new things on any instrument. The key is overcoming those challenges through determination and practice. This really helps the child build confidence in the fact that when they work hard, they can get result from it. Playing guitar gives them a very clear example to reference from

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    By Byron Marks One skill guitar teachers usually overlook when teaching their students to play guitar is communicating with other musicians. Yes, the teacher communicates with their student but they rarely teach the student how to communicate with other musicians.  Regardless of the setting that you are playing in; playing around the campfire with friends, local jam nights to jam nights, live gigs with a band, working in a recording studio or just jamming with friends for fun. There will be plenty of situations where you will have to communicate with other musicians. You will have to be able to do this quickly and effectively. Because communication isn’t usually taught during guitar lessons; most guitarists won’t understand how important being

  • 21
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    By Piotr Sierzputowski Imagine a situation like this: All week long you have been trying to play the guitar... still you find it very hard to do because of work/shool, home, family, a lot of stuff that need to be done etc. Finally you manage to get 2-3 hours of free time. You pick your guitar …. and you don’t know what to to do. You start playing same thing as always - your favourite riffs or licks... but you keep wondering if this is really the best thing you can do at the moment. Then you get an idea: „I’m going to write something new!‘ and you’re bending over backwards trying to make the greatest song of all time.