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15 Struggles Only Left-Handed Guitarists Understand

Left-handed guitarists of the world unite! When it comes to guitar setup and style, you're kind of in your own world... 1. Some people try to change you... ...but you do your own, awesome, left-handed thing! There is a school of thought that lefties should conform to right-handed ways and learn to play a regular righty guitar. This works for some lefties, like Paul Simon and David Byrne. For other left-handed players, a right-handed guitar can be discouraging and difficult, and switchi … Read More
15 Struggles Only Left-Handed Guitarists Understand
Left-handed guitarists of the world unite! When it comes to guitar setup and style, you're kind of in your own world... 1. Some people try to change you... ...but you do your own, awesome, left-handed thing! There is a school of thought that lefties should conform to right-handed ways and learn to play a regular righty guitar. This works for some lefties, like Paul Simon and David Byrne. For other left-handed players, a right-handed guitar can be discouraging and difficult, and switchi
10 Online Guitar Resources for Beginners
Attention beginner guitarists: you need to bookmark these sites ASAP! Check out this great guide from guitar teacher Milton J.... When practicing guitar, you may want to explore more of what you can do with your favorite instrument. Or maybe you need a little refresher on something you're working on with your guitar teacher. The following online resources can complement what you are learning before or in your lessons! Take a look below. How to Tune A Guitar Use this website to learn how
Five Tips For Writing A Jazz Song On Guitar
Take the plunge into writing jazz songs on guitar with these tips from guitar teacher Samuel B.... Although jazz guitar is a formal discipline, you can mix it into your repertoire of original songs without formal training. Here are five easy ways to do this: Include Triads In Your Songs Triads (three-note chords) are your most accessible ally. There are two basic ones. I refer to the first one as the “L.” It looks like this:   Although it can be strummed, the “L” chord sou
Why You Should Learn Acoustic Guitar First
Not sure whether to buy an acoustic or electric guitar for your first try at the instrument? Read on as Corona, CA teacher Milton J. shares his expert advice...   Deciding on which guitar to start with is a big step. Not only do you want to feel comfortable with playing guitar for the first time, but you also want to suit your musical tastes, style, and aptitude. So should you learn to play acoustic guitar first? Or go straight to the electric, if your style leans more toward He
50 Little Things You Can Do To Get More From Your Guitar Practice Time
Does guitar practice ever feel overwhelming, too hard, or like a chore? Take a tip or 50 from guitar teacher Jerry W. and you'll have enough material to work with to keep practice fun for the rest of your life. As an added bonus, we've peppered in extra resources for you so you can learn even more about each guitar practice tip. Ready Freddie? Let's get started! 1. Use a metronome. Practicing guitar with a metronome trains you to play in time, which is useful whether you want to play i

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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