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Six Helpful Pointers For Learning To Play Guitar Solos

Six Helpful Pointers For Learning To Play Guitar Solos

What kind of preparation, thought, and practice goes into creating the best guitar solos? Take these six tips from Austin guitar teacher Samuel B. and you'll be well on your way to guitar glory... In reality, there's probably no way to effectively teach someone to improvise. At this point in the curriculum, the student is ready to begin exploring that mysterious terrain known as expression. Though the parameters (an understanding of guitar scales and corresponding keys) are necessities, y … Read More

Six Helpful Pointers For Learning To Play Guitar Solos
What kind of preparation, thought, and practice goes into creating the best guitar solos? Take these six tips from Austin guitar teacher Samuel B. and you'll be well on your way to guitar glory... In reality, there's probably no way to effectively teach someone to improvise. At this point in the curriculum, the student is ready to begin exploring that mysterious terrain known as expression. Though the parameters (an understanding of guitar scales and corresponding keys) are necessities, y
What is a Lute, and How is it Different From the Guitar?
As a guitar player, I rarely had to deal with the issue of explaining what my instrument was to people I met. Even non-musicians are generally familiar with the guitar and the many forms and shapes it takes. When I made the transition to playing the lute, however, this changed significantly, due in no small part to the odd-looking case that I have to carry the instrument around in. People will often ask me, “What is a lute?” In truth, the history of the lute is a long one and I often simpl
10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Practicing Guitar
  Nothing's worse than forgetting about your guitar practice time! Guitar teacher Jessica D. shares 10 fun ways to make sure that it doesn't happen to you... Playing guitar isn’t for the faint of heart. Its six strings require finger strength, and if you don’t practice, you simply won’t get better. Everyone begins taking lessons with the intention that they’ll make time to practice, but sometimes we find that work, events, and life just gets in the way. If this sounds like you, here a
How to Create Unique and Catchy Guitar Chord Progressions
A big part of songwriting is creating interesting guitar chord progressions. Guitar teacher Heather L. shares her secrets to finding chords that sound good together... Writing unique and catchy guitar chord progressions is one of the keys to creating unique and catchy songs. But so often, it seems like such a mystery, especially when you consider the fact that there are only so many possible combinations. In fact, thousands of doo wop tunes of the 1950's and 1960's were driven by a single pro
How to Hold & Use a Guitar Pick
For a beginning guitarist, the proper pick-hold is one of the most important things to master right off the bat. Grip too hard or in the wrong position, and you could wind up tense, in pain, and with a bad sound. Hold your pick too loosely however, and it could fly out of your hand! Luckily for you, learning how to hold a guitar pick the right way is easy. Plus, once you master your guitar picking posture, it will be easier to learn more techniques down the road. To get started, you'll want t

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