The Importance of Creativity Do you struggle to compose your own music or improvise freely? Do you wonder if creativity is something you have to be born with? Fear not! Getting your creative juices flowing is an easy task and once you get the ball rolling gets easier and easier. A common misconception among [...]
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How To Work With Other Band Members Like it or not, a band is a family of sorts, and like all families, a band comes with its own drama. This article will be about how to deal with any type of drama among the band members that may arise over time. Note that this [...]
Get Excited about Practicing Guitar Again We all love guitar, but how come sometimes getting better at the guitar feels like such a struggle? We know we want to improve, but there are periods where it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. And sitting down to practice guitar feels more like a chore [...]
Catapult Your Guitar Playing This Year The years always pass by more quickly than we would like. Every new year is an exciting new time where many people make their new year’s resolutions in areas of their life such as work, health, hobbies etc… but here’s an interesting thought. How many of these [...]
How To Practice Guitar For Maximum Effectiveness by Tommaso Zillio What is the best way to improve your guitar playing and avoid frustration? There are few dos and a few don’ts you want to be aware of when you are practicing your instrument that will make everything easier for you. Here we go: Things [...]
10 Key Principles to Help You Prepare To Learn to Sight Read Faster as a Seasoned Guitar Player If you would like to do certain things with your guitar, learning to sight read will be very helpful. Such as being a working musician, having to play with other instruments. For most instances, as long as [...]
How to Develop Better Guitar Phrasing for Beginners Guitar phrasing is a massive subject. I could probably write a whole book on the subject, but if you are a beginner, there are a couple steps you can take to work on your phrasing to become a better guitar player. Since this article is for [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]