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7 Ways to Use Movable Guitar Scales to Write Solos and Riffs

Learning guitar scales prepares you for the fun of playing riffs and solos. If you know your scales but you don't know how to take the next step, try one of these tips from guitar teacher James W... You have 7 notes to choose from and the following 7 steps will help you in ways you cannot even predict. Most guitar players learn the basics such as the 5 basic major scale patterns in G major and go on to learn them in the other major keys as well. Perhaps you know what a pentatonic scale is in … Read More
7 Ways to Use Movable Guitar Scales to Write Solos and Riffs
Learning guitar scales prepares you for the fun of playing riffs and solos. If you know your scales but you don't know how to take the next step, try one of these tips from guitar teacher James W... You have 7 notes to choose from and the following 7 steps will help you in ways you cannot even predict. Most guitar players learn the basics such as the 5 basic major scale patterns in G major and go on to learn them in the other major keys as well. Perhaps you know what a pentatonic scale is in
10 Inspiring Quotes from Famous Guitarists
They are great and successful. They have been called geniuses, and their music still inspires hundreds of young musicians today. They prove that becoming a legendary musician takes determination, passion, and drive, along with sheer talent. Their contribution to music can't be counted, and today we share their words with musicians who dream of greatness, and try to reveal the secrets of these wonderful people's success and charisma. So, catch your muse, play a guitar – and may inspiration
Upgrading Your Gear: Must-Haves For the Intermediate Guitarist
Is your guitar gear stage-ready? If you've been playing for a while and you're ready to start performing, your set up might need some upgrades. Follow this guide from guitar teacher Nathan D. and enjoy rocking out...  So perhaps you've been playing steadily for a few months to years, and you're taking this whole “guitarist” thing seriously. Maybe you now have a band, and want to start playing out. There's plenty of necessities to get or upgrade guitar gear as you start to go a bit more pro, a
5 Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs Everyone Should Know
New to the guitar, and not sure which songs to learn first? These 5 easy acoustic guitar songs, as compiled by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W., are a great place to get started...   Can you play these five famous and easy acoustic guitar songs? If not, then why not learn today? The following songs are timeless classics for a reason. I promise that regardless of whatever stage of musicianship you‘re at, you can learn a wealth of information from these five songs alone. If you’re a
Valentine's Day Special: 5 Easy Guitar Songs to Impress Your Sweetie
Is there anything more romantic than sharing a special song with the one you love? We want to help you pull out all the stops this Valentine's Day, so San Diego guitar teacher Allen D. stopped by our office really quick for an easy Valentine's Day guitar lesson.  All you need are a few basic guitar chords and a little bit of courage, and you're sure to impress the heck out of your favorite lady or gentleman! In the video below, you'll learn how to play: 5 basic guitar chords: G, D, C, E m

Guitar in Charleston

By Christopher A. - Charleston Guitar Teacher

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the busiest music cities in the South. As a guitarist, you have the opportunity to see many styles of music in some of the nicest settings. If you’re eager to try your hand at materials you’ve been practicing during your guitar lessons in Charleston, there are ample places to showcase your skills with other musicians. You'll have the chance not only to apply what you've been working on, but also gather insight into live performance with other musicians. The receptive environment of these venues can take your learning to a whole new level.

Whether you’re checking out local Darius Rucker at the Charleston Music Hall or watching up-and-coming acts at the Music Farm, there are venues of all sizes within Charleston that bring you live music from different genres to give you a taste of what you can learn as a student. Downtown offers rooms with local cover artists playing in both solo and band settings. Wet Willie’s Charleston, Molly Darcy’s and Queology all have live music on the weekends and are within walking distance of one another on East Bay Street. If you’re on upper King Street, you can stop in Silver Dollar or Charleston Beer Works to hear local bands bringing their blend of covers and originals. For the jazz aficionado, there’s The Mezz; or, one can check out the Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall.

West Ashley has the local blues jams on Wednesday evenings at Home Team BBQ. Show up early, and put your name on the list to sit in with some of the area’s finest bluesicians. A short walk next door to the Tin Roof affords you the chance to hear all original bands in an intimate setting. The Tin Roof and Pourhouse both host original bands and are great places to meet the next generation of music makers.

Mount Pleasant has several smaller rooms ranging from The Shelter, The Black Sheep and Art’s Bar & Grill, all of which have bands Thursday through Sunday. If you venture north of Mount Pleasant to Awendaw Green, you can hear loads of original acts. Or, come down on Wednesday evenings for the barn jam, where you’ll have an opportunity to meet and network with other local musicians in the acoustic vein.

As you cross the Isle of Palms connector from Mount Pleasant, you can check out regional and national acts at The Windjammer. Local heroes Drivin’ and Cryin’ and Cowboy Mouth both hold court at the Jammer. Coconut Joe’s has live music outside on the roof and has a great menu to fill yourself with tasty treats while watching the folks on the beach below. The Dinghy, located across from the Windjammer, has live music in an intimate setting. These venues give you access to the musicians, so you can speak to them and get some tips and tricks on what inspired them to learn and be successful.

In the three years I’ve resided in Charleston, I’ve seen national acts at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, opened for national acts at the Windjammer on the picturesque Isle Of Palms, performed at weddings under the 100 year old live oaks at Boone Hall Plantation and shared music with over 40,000 runners at the Cooper River Bridge Run. The city is bustling with chances to hear other musicians and grow as a guitarist and musician.

So, if you’re interested in taking guitar lessons in Charleston, then you are in a great place with a thriving music scene that is sure to inspire. Start your lessons today, so you can play "Wagon Wheel" or some beach music and join in on the fun. From beginners to pros, the Holy City has ample chances to implement what you've gathered in your lessons, affording you the chance to mature as a musician and student of guitar.

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