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Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys

Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys

Curious about keys? Guitar teacher Alexander A. breaks down the guitar theory behind understanding keys... What key am I in? For most of the music we play this simple question yields a simple answer. I think the REAL question here is “why.” Why is a piece of music considered to be in the key of G major, or A minor, or any other key? I was in my 3rd semester of Jazz Harmony at Berklee when the instructor stumped the entire class with this question. I think the answer will surprise you. The … Read More

Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys
Curious about keys? Guitar teacher Alexander A. breaks down the guitar theory behind understanding keys... What key am I in? For most of the music we play this simple question yields a simple answer. I think the REAL question here is “why.” Why is a piece of music considered to be in the key of G major, or A minor, or any other key? I was in my 3rd semester of Jazz Harmony at Berklee when the instructor stumped the entire class with this question. I think the answer will surprise you. The
The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright
Stage performance is a challenging art form. Whether you're acting out a role in a musical theatre setting, giving a speech in front of a crowd, or even playing a solo at an open mic night, the experience can be nerve-wracking even for seasoned performers. It can be even more anxiety-inducing if you're a perfectionist, as that can breed a fear of failure... and from there, performance anxiety can feel even stronger. Performance anxiety (commonly referred to as stage fright) can devasta
How To Play Bluegrass Guitar: Common Fingerstyle Techniques
Want to master blisteringly fast bluegrass guitar picking? Guitar teacher Collin K. shares the essential fingerstyle techniques to practice to get you up to lightning speed! Ever thought of becoming a successful bluegrass guitarist like Doc Watson, Clarence White, or Lester Flatt? Well you can, and it’s easier than you think! Before beginning you will need a thumb pick, two finger picks, and preferably a metronome. If you don't have a metronome, you can find a free internet plugin by using an
The Real Secret to Improving Your Band's Sound
Do you want your band to sound even better? (Who doesn't?!) Here, San Diego, CA teacher Maegan W. shares her secret for improving the group's sound as well as your individual musical skills...   Do you think a metronome is just a personal preference for some musicians? Are you one of those musicians who KNOWS your time is perfect and unmatched? Well I've got news for you -- it probably isn't as spot-on as you think. Most fights in bands are due to someone being off-time, and un
Learning to Play Guitar: How Often Should I Take Lessons?
You've chosen a beautiful guitar. You have picks, a capo, a tuner, and a guitar teacher. Congratulations! You've begun your journey to becoming a great guitar player. But how often should you take lessons? Mastering the guitar requires blending many skills together,  and using your body and mind in unison to create music. You must perfect your muscle memory and fine motor skills, while remembering many chords, chord progressions, and how to find particular notes on your guitar. Playing electr

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