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Improvisation Guitar Camp?

As humans living in modern society, most of us feel a bit disconnected with nature, so we yearn for good days to go outside. I happen to love camping, so I’m going to use it as an analogy to help teach the concepts of learning new scale positions. Not quite the improvisation guitar camp you were thinking of from the …

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Apologies!

Hello, friends. I’ve been having some technical trouble with my web hosting lately. Lots of boring details that I won’t trouble you with, but it’s all up and running now, and should be for the foreseeable future! I’m very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. All pages and posts are back up, so your links and bookmarks will …

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Dean Murphy!

Since the inception of YouTube, I’ve been looking around for interesting guitarists. I look for people with great playing ideas, or different ways of doing the typical guitar video. One such player in this quest I found who has been quite intriguing is Dean Murphy. In my musical exploration, I’ve tried several 8 string guitars, and in doing so, I did what …

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Learning the Notes on a Guitar Fretboard – Part 4

If you’re still with me, thanks! This is the payoff, where we actually get to hone the instant recall of the notes on a guitar. We’ve explored why it is important to know one’s notes, the context in why it is looked at as being difficult to learn them, understanding the 12 note pattern, and now here we are. If …

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Understanding the 12 Note Pattern!

Learning the Notes on a Guitar Part 3. Up until now we’ve talked about why learning note names is important, and the context behind why it is viewed as being particularly difficult on guitar. So let’s dive into figuring this stuff out! As I said in part 2, the note system of western music has 12 notes: 7 natural notes and 5 …

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Why is it Hard to Learn Guitar Notes?

Learning the Notes on a Guitar Part 2. So, now we know why it is helpful to know what all our notes are called on a guitar, let’s do a quick exploration to get some important context before jumping into how to learn guitar notes. The western system of music uses 12 notes, 7 natural notes and 5 accidentals. The …

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Learning the Notes on a Guitar Fretboard

Welcome back! In our previous Just the Tip article, we explored holding guitar picks in different ways to maximize efficiency. In a future edition, we’ll talk about how pickers can be picky in order to pick a good pick to pick with (whew), but we’re going to take a little detour and talk about something incredibly important, but often overlooked …

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Thank You, Marty McFly! Happy Marty McFly Day!

It’s October 21, 2015! So today’s the day Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and Jennifer all arrive in “the future”, AKA Marty McFly Day. How exciting! If you were alive today, you were undoubtedly inundated with Back to the Future tributes, memories, stories, articles, photos, fan art, tasteless Parkinson’s jokes (donate to researching a cure for Parkinson’s here), “we’re already annoyed …

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Guitar Competitions and You.

This blog is going to be my take on the whole “culture” that surrounds guitar competitions, but before I get into all that, I want to congratulate Kee Poh Hock for his win in the recent .strandberg* competition, as well as Shane Keaney and Marc Lambert, the runners-up. Great job! The three players highlighted are all great examples of stellar musicianship …

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New Resources for Musicians Posted!

Hey all, a quick post here to let you know that the site now has some great resources for musicians for your use. Blank Music Paper – a great resource for free music paper. There are plenty of sites that have this, but my paper is unique in that it offers blank chord charts, a blank fretboard diagram, and multiple staffs …