• 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

  • 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