Form: The Lesser Known Musical Element The big 3 when it comes to elements in music are melody, harmony, & rhythm. This article is about one of the other 4 elements that perhaps get less attention, and they are form, dynamics, timbre, and texture. Today’s topic is on the musical element of form. Form [...]
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Fingerstyle Pattern For Advancing Fingerstyle Guitarists Intro If you have been playing fingerstyle guitar and are looking to advance further, here’s an exercise for you which will: Strengthen your picking hand Increase your picking hand finger independence Increase your picking speed Give you several more interesting and varied patterns to play on chords than [...]
How To Best Practice Guitar To Play The Way You’ve Always Dreamed You’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect”. This however is not entirely true. It assumes one will not only practice, but practice the correct way. It would be better to say “perfect practice makes perfect”. Simply picking up your guitar regularly to [...]
3 Mistakes Of Beginner GuitaristsThis article will cover the 3 mistakes of beginner guitarists. Most new guitar players do not know what they have to focus on in order to get maximum results in the shortest amount of time. One simply does not know what the consequences of bad habits are. After time, we develop [...]
Why is Ear Training Important? When you first learn how to play the guitar, doing ear training may not seem that important. As your physical skill improves on the guitar, your ear will start to develop with it. Whether it's your ability to pick out the separate guitar parts in a song to picking [...]
How To Achieve ‘Hendrix Sounds’ With Blues Guitar Chord Inversions This Will Open The Door To Play Blues Licks Like Jimi Hendrix By Antony Reynaert Knowing this concept and using it in your improvisations as a guitar player, will give you this overall bluesy Hendrix sound. Hendrix often uses this variation of the barre [...]
Getting Your Fret Hand In The Best Position By Paul Kleff Most beginning guitar players have difficulty learning to play chords on the guitar. It is important that you learn the basic open chord fingerings and become fluent at placing your hand into the chord shapes. Until you memorize the chord fingerings, you will [...]
How To Clean Your Guitar So It Will Stay In Perfect Condition In this article I will tell you how to clean your guitar, so it will keep being in perfect condition for your performance. You want your guitar to sound the best it can and the first step to achieve this is to [...]
How To Kill Self-Doubt Overcome Your Frustrations, Your Fears, And Every Obstacle That Holds You Back From Becoming the Musician You Want to Be. Self-doubt destroys motivation. It prevents people from reaching their full potential and when left unchecked, self-doubt leads people to give up on themselves and their musical dreams. You don’t have [...]
Why Should Beginner Guitarists Practice Singing? Why Sing? If you are a beginner guitarist who does not sing, this article will give you some good reasons as to why beginner guitarists SHOULD sing. Even if it’s only at home on your own! First I’d like to define “singing” in two ways: 1) Singing to [...]