I just wanted to share with you a lovely video I watched the other day of Paul Simon playing, talking about, and clearly enjoying his guitar playing.
It is a gem of a video and one that shows his passion for music and songwriting.
Whenever I ask students what they want to improve on when it comes to their guitar playing, along with rhythm, strumming, chord changes and theory, the one thing that crops up a lot is they want to improve their ability to find and use the notes on the fretboard. Today you will learn how to get started on this.
Many guitar students play for years but have literally no idea what notes they are playing at any given time.
Music theory is a touchy subject for a lot of guitarists. Most of them don’t believe in it and others just hate it. On the other hand, some guitarists who struggle to knock out a decent tune, spend too much time reading up on advanced intricate theory when they should be practising their guitar skills and learning how to play the songs they love. [Read more…]
Recently, I was thinking about an old friend I had back when I was a kid. His name was Ian. Although he wasn’t a formally taught musician, he used to play this game that at the time I thought was a bit silly but, as a full-time musician nowadays, I know now is incredibly useful.
Every guitarist should learn at least 10 famous chord progressions and know them inside out.
The main reason is, doing so will save you a lot of time and make you a better guitarist in the long run. [Read more…]