Today, I want to start off a new series of my top ten tips for all the important aspects of guitar playing. Each lesson I`ll send you ten quick but very powerful tips that will help you with a specific subject so you can make improvements in this area and get past the most frustrating hurdles on the guitar. Today, it is… guitar technique.
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If you struggle with chord changes and find they are slow, awkward and are ruining the flow of your songs and maybe they even want to make you throw your guitar out of a ten-storey building hoping it will land in a burning car, then you will definitely find this post helpful.
There are multiple reasons for slow chord changes but one of the biggest culprits is one not many are aware of and even those who are, have no idea how to fix it. In this post, I`ll show you what the issue is, why it crops up and more importantly how to fix it so your chord changes, especially those when changing from G to C, become faster and smoother.
The Bb chord on guitar is definitely one of the hardest barre chords around and it is the one that gives a lot of beginners and intermediate guitarists a lot of bother. Today, I`ll show you some ways to simplify this, play it with better technique (which no one really teaches), how NOT to play it and even ways to “invert” it for a sophisticated take on the chord.
A lot of guitarists can play a few fingerpicking songs and knock out some fingerstyle patterns but a lot don`t ever do any exercises for their fingerpicking hand. Yet, they wonder why they lack speed, dexterity and agility with their picking hand. This video, featuring two simple fingerpicking exercises will help you with this. [Read more…]
Barre chords are one of the most infuriating parts of learning guitar for most beginners. Unfortunately, many guitarists really struggle with them and usually, this isn`t their fault but it is the way that barre chords are taught. Most teachers and resources out there teaching barre chords are really poor.
In this podcast, I discuss one of the hidden killers of guitar playing progress and why it is so important you spend some time focusing on getting it right.
One of the biggest misconceptions about learning and improving your guitar skills is the myth about sore fingers. Many guitarists are told or taught that sore fingers equals progress and that it is, in fact, a sign you are doing things correctly. In this post, I’ll explain why that is nonsense — and what you should do instead. [Read more…]
In Part one of this series on how to sit with a guitar properly, I explained why good, solid and consistent posture is critical for you as a guitarist – mainly because good posture can save a huge amount of time and frustration.
In this part, we are getting right into the meat and potatoes of the series where I`ll show you what I have found to be by far the most optimal playing position for guitarists.
Many people have no idea how to actually sit with their guitar for the most optimal playing comfort, efficiency and technique. Some sit in a downright terrible way. This places a huge strain on their wrists, leads to their backs being hunched over and their guitar being placed at a weird angle.
In this two-part post, I`ll explain why it is essential that you start sitting in the proper manner, why most teachers get it wrong, and what you can learn from the sport of golf. Most importantly I`ll show you what I have found to be by far the most optimal playing position for guitarists.