Welcome to our 3rd Q and A. So far we have had our first two with singer/songwriter Harry Harris, and super popular YouTube guitar teacher Drue James and now for this month’s we have session guitarist Mike Georgiades.
Most guitarists who want to learn how to play guitar and sing often prioritise the guitar part over the vocal part but this is a common mistake that will hold you back.
The reason why? Because it takes much longer that way. Spending too long perfecting the guitar part before adding singing can work against you.
Singing and playing the guitar is tough and does take a little time, but you can shorten that time by doing things in the correct order which I’ll show you.
Fingerpicking is a wonderful part of guitar playing and it is one of my favourite things to do on a guitar – especially on a nice acoustic guitar. The trouble is many guitarists do not really know how to fingerpick properly.
It might be surprising to hear, but learning to sing can improve your guitar skills rapidly. As we go through this post, I’ll explain why.
First thing’s first though – having the ability to belt out one of your favourite tunes is a skill that not only feels and looks great, but is also an ability that all of us have somewhere inside of us.
For this week`s blog post, we are looking at lead guitar, and more specifically the minor pentatonic scale. Everyone including acoustic guitarists will benefit from learning the minor pentatonic scale – it`s so useful.
Many beginner guitarists don`t really know how to strum a guitar – not properly anyway. They often `fake it till they make it` but unfortunately that can lead to bad habits.
Check your strumming regularly by ensuring you are not making the following very common mistakes that many guitarists make – especially beginners, but often experienced guitar players too. [Read more…]
I have been mentioning it here and there for the past year or so, and now it is finally on its way. My brand new Strumming Masterclass e-Course. It`s the most important course or resource I have created as of yet.
One thing that crops up time again from students everywhere is the dreaded issue of chord changes. I spend a lot of time in the early stages with my private students helping them get past this hugely frustrating part of playing the guitar, and I answer quite a few emails on this subject too.
It`s clear you guys who visit this site regularly really love to fingerpick and want to learn more fingerpicking patterns. That`s been shown by the popularity of my `Fingerpicking Classics Series`. I`m just glad you love to fingerpick as much as I do. Even for a rocker like me, fingerpicking is cool.
It`s a great technique and once you get a few simple fingerpicking patterns down you will find that any chord progression can be given a new lease of life by applying a `stock` fingerpicking pattern to it.