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What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?

What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?

What's the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important... If your teacher is cracking the whip every lesson because your hands aren’t in the proper position you may be asking yourself, “Does my guitar teacher hate me?” The answer is “no” – at least, I certainly hope not! More than likely, your teacher is trying to make you a better player by guiding you to play with good technique. We’ll be looking at e … Read More

What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?
What's the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important... If your teacher is cracking the whip every lesson because your hands aren’t in the proper position you may be asking yourself, “Does my guitar teacher hate me?” The answer is “no” – at least, I certainly hope not! More than likely, your teacher is trying to make you a better player by guiding you to play with good technique. We’ll be looking at e
Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know
Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know!  Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag”,
3 Beautiful Fingerpicking Patterns for Acoustic Guitar
Love the gentle, pretty sound of fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar? Guitar teacher Jerry W. shares three simple fingerpicking patterns you can use to start making beautiful music today... Many guitar players focus only on strumming patterns or guitar solo licks and miss out on the beauty and simplicity of fingerpicking.  Although fingerpicking can be quite complex, a lot of music can be played with just a few simple fingerpicking patterns.  Since most music is written with four beats per me
How to Sing Lead in a Band - Here's What it Really Takes
It’s a nice fantasy to believe that a lead singer just gets to walk onto stage, perform, and amaze the audience with their brilliance. In truth, the job of a lead singer entails hard work and compromise — and that’s actually part of the fun! If you want to learn how to sing lead in a way that can ensure a long career, read on. How to Sing Lead Natural talent and a love of singing are only the first two ingredients in this complex recipe. The best vocalists train, practice, and learn as many
Vocal Health: The Important Tip That Will Save Your Voice in Rehearsals
Lots of rehearsals coming up? Feeling under the weather? In this article, singing teacher Elaina R. shares an important vocal health tip that can save your voice!    The tenor in my professional vocal quintet is named Mark. It’s a perfectly good name, but for a singer it can be frustrating. Nearly every day someone announces that they are going to “mark,” and poor Mark gets confused. Sometimes even Mark has to mark. What the heck am I talking about? Marking is an important skil

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