Here is another of my weekly 10-second tips. Enjoy!
Welcome to a new Monday email with 3 random thoughts on all things guitar, music, and life, including ear training fun, cassettes, and more…
I hope you had a great Easter. It is not exactly an Easter special, but in the spirit of the holiday, it is slightly retrospective.
Here it goes…
Below is an article I recently wrote on the topic of aural training for Guitar Tutor magazine, published and released by RGT – the Registry of Guitar Tutors. I’m a member of the RGT and love getting this magazine in the post every 3 months as it features some wonderful insights, tips and tricks for teaching and playing the guitar.
Many guitarists have limiting beliefs, but some, particularly those who are older or lack confidence have some that don’t just hold back their playing but actually sabotage it on a large-scale – often to the point it ruins their playing.
In this post, I want to share with you some stupid myths and weird beliefs that guitarists have and help you to see why they are nonsense and why they hold back your playing.
Out of all the things I have written about here on my blog, one thing I haven’t given you much of so far is ear training and specifically, ways to test your ‘ear’. Well, in this post that’s about to change. Ear training is so important for your overall musicianship and is often neglected by a lot of guitarists.
This is the third SABR video and features an important subject – stopping you bending strings out of tune by accident when playing simple open chords. The difference this can make can be huge and can make your playing sound really amateurish if you are guilty of it – don’t worry we will fix it in this short video!
I get asked a lot by students exactly how I work songs out for myself. That is, by not using any sort of tab, chord chart or YouTube video—nothing but my own hands and ears.
Often a student is really keen to learn this skill but they cannot believe it is something they can acquire. They see working songs out by ear as a mystical skill that only wizards such as Gandalf and Merlin could acquire (just imagine those two rocking the guitar!)
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…]