Posted on Category: Music Theory Intervals: a key music concept

Intervals: a key music concept

  GOAL:  Understand the concept of intervals Learn the intervals between all 12 notes Practice identifying the major 3rd, minor 3rd and fifth interval Previous articles in this series – strongly recommended to read these first! Intro to music theory (the 12 notes) Octaves (how to identify notes on the fretboard) The Major Scale The […]

Posted on Category: Riffs Travis Picking Exercises in C

Travis Picking Exercises in C

FINGERPICKING PATTERNS Travis Picking Patterns in C Learn how to travis pick in C and how to make it your own Travis Picking is a wonderful guitar technique to learn. Lets learn a travis picking pattern in C – these exercises help you learn it step by step Bass Pattern – Travis Picking in C […]

Posted on Category: Music Theory Learn the Minor Scale

Learn the Minor Scale

Previous articles in this series – strongly recommended to read these first! Intro to music theory (the 12 notes) Octaves (how to identify notes on the fretboard) The Major Scale The Minor Scale The natural minor scale is contains 7 notes with the following intervals between notes Tone Semi-tone Tone Tone Semi-tone Tone Tone You […]

Posted on Category: Practice Tips, Uncategorized Habit-stacking – a fun way to develop a guitar habit

Habit-stacking – a fun way to develop a guitar habit

One of the things I hear regularly from students is that they can’t develop a guitar habit. They can’t find a way to get “into the habit” of guitar playing. They would LOVE to! But it’s just not happening for them. In this article, I’ll show you a surefire way for developing a guitar habit […]

Posted on Category: Practice Tips Unlock perfect Right Hand Guitar Technique

Unlock perfect Right Hand Guitar Technique

Perfect Right-Hand Fingerpicking Technique This guide helps the beginner fingerstyle or fingerpicking guitar player to analyze their right-hand fingerpicking technique – particularly for posture that helps achieve comfortable playing, builds speed and avoids future pain in the wrist or arm. Note that I have a companion article for left hand fingerpicking technique that you should also check […]

Posted on Category: Practice Tips Set a guitar playing target

Set a guitar playing target

The ONE thing necessary to play great guitar Having taught dozens of guitarists in person and with over 13k online students, people often ask me “what is the ONE biggest factor in student success?” The answer might surprise you because it’s not about ability or having lots of time to practice. It doesn’t matter whether […]

Posted on Category: Rhythm Beginner Fingerpicking (with Guitar Pro Files)

Beginner Fingerpicking (with Guitar Pro Files)

Guitar Pro can help you practice Unlike classically trained musicians, guitar players are often self-taught. As a result, it is common for guitar players to have an under-developed sense of rhythm and timing.  Classically trained musicians: read sheet music can read and feel rhythm as a result have a strong accurate sense of timing Self-taught […]