June 1, 2016

 In our last post, we had talked about how one of the biggest challenges guitar players face is chord transitions. We also, however, looked at a little trick or “hack” that we could use when faced with a song that contains the chord G, C...

May 25, 2016

 In a lot of ways, guitar players are a fortunate bunch. One of the biggest pieces of evidence for this is the fact that we can make a few changes with fingerings or chords if something is a bit tough for us. Have you ever noticed that s...

May 18, 2016

I think possibly the biggest problem learning musicians (and even the pros) face is actually what they expect of themselves. No one can really blame anyone, because we always only see the “finished product” when seeing musicians perform...

April 13, 2016


You may have read in past blogs about the importance I like to stress on learning musical ideas from your heroes. Again, music is a language, and, just like a language, we have to learn not only the vocabulary, but also the subtleties a...

March 3, 2016

It always seems like our heroes are on some other plane of existence, doesn’t it? What magic elixir did these guys and gals drink to transcend them to such incredible musical heights?

As someone who has been doing this for awhile, but i...

February 10, 2016

 It’s a bit of a tough question, but one that I get asked a lot: What should we work on to become the best musicians possible?

There are an INCREDIBLE amount of things that I could answer this question with, and these things could also...

February 3, 2016

Technique is a word you hear thrown out pretty much every day when you’re involved in any sort of art, but what does it really mean? The term can have a lot of blurry lines surrounding it.

It honestly used to be a bit easier. Back in th...

January 27, 2016

One of my most vivid memories, and one that I tell to my students all the time, is me staying up late playing along with CDs. I remember bouncing in and out of my room, checking to see if you could hear my stereo from outside the door,...

January 6, 2016


A big problem a lot of guitarists face, whether they’re just learning to improvise, or have been at it for decades, is what we commonly refer to as “getting out of the box.” We guitar players love using the minor pentatonic scale, but a...

December 9, 2015


Why can you never quite sound like Jimi Hendrix, no matter how hard you try? Well, it’s because you aren’t Jimi Hendrix, but that’s okay.

Maybe you’ve studied Hendrix for years, and you can do everything he can do technically. You know...

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