Indie-folk group Decker is a band on the move. When I called guitarist and singer Brandon Decker for an interview, he was signing the paperwork for a brand new van for the band. “I think it’s the nicest vehicle I’ve ever owned. It’s gonna be very nice to not have to worry about being stranded […]
Author Archive for: Megan L.
About Megan L.
Megan L. is a writer and musician living in San Diego. She loves supporting independent artists and learning more about music every day. Megan has been working for TakeLessons since November 2011. Google+
Entries by Megan L.
Chords are the foundation of all of those guitar riffs you love so much. Here, guitar teacher Kirk R. walks you through the basics of guitar chords and the importance of knowing how they’re constructed… Guitar is an amazing instrument, not only because of all that it can do, but also because of how great it […]
Learn how to play acoustic guitar like John Mayer in these video lessons from guitar teacher Jonathan B.… John Mayer has been called one of the new “Guitar Gods.” Claiming Stevie Ray Vaughn as one of his biggest childhood heroes, the blues and jazz influence on his pop style has given him more than just a […]
You’ve already seen the best tips and tricks for learning guitar chords, but what about the playing the infamous F chord on guitar? Guitar teacher Kirk R. shows you how to approach the F chord and gives you some advice for making it easier… Three Misconceptions About the F Chord The six-string F chord is, in my opinion, […]
It takes a lot of skill to stand out as a guitarist. Here, guitar teacher Bernard M. shows you exactly what it takes to pull off an amazing solo and how you should approach phrasing… You may or may not be ready to play a guitar solo, but it’s good to know what elements go into one. […]
Writing songs is hard enough work without having to deal with songwriters’ block! To help you find inspiration for your next song, we created this easy personality quiz. Take the quiz and find out what your next hit single will be about… For more songwriting tips and songwriting prompts, check out our infographic guide 25 […]
False cognates, or faux amis, are French words that look like English words but mean completely different things. Take the false cognate quiz to see how many of these French false cognates you can pick out! Thanks for taking the quiz, and be sure to keep studying with our French verb guide or get help […]
Learning to play an instrument is difficult enough, but what about trying to sing at the same time? It’s really not as hard as it sounds! Here, teacher Willy M. takes you through the steps to play the ukulele while singing… It doesn’t matter what instrument I teach (piano, guitar, harmonica, drums, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and […]
Bon weekend! To kick off your French-learning fun, here are the best and most interesting Francophile links from around the web. 3 Fun and Common French Idioms With Animals – Camille Chevalier-Karfis Idioms in other languages are endlessly intriguing, and these three French expressions are no exception. What do you think “les poules aurant des […]
Every songwriter runs into writers’ block at some point in their career. To help you dig your way out of the dreaded doldrums of songwriters’ block, we put together 25 songwriting tips and prompts plus great songs to inspire you. Check out these songwriting tips and find your muse today! Bonus: Take the quiz to find out […]