Chord Hacks For Guitarists Part One

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 some songs have some different chords or chord fingerings than what you’re used to? A big reason for this isn’t just the difference in sound, in fact, a lot of times the sound can be almost the same. Whether they’re willing to admit it or not, a lot of times these tweaks are actually to make chord transitions (which always are the hard part of any song for a beginner) easier. In this series of blogs, we’ll be looking at chord progressions that show up quite o

What Does Progress Actually Look Like?

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 live, or hear it when listening to a recording. But what did they do to get there? What was the process like? What are reasonable expectations to give ourselves, the mere mortals? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this, but I think we as a community of musicians trying to get better need to shift our view of what progress looks like. This, I contest, is the key to restraining ourselves from throwing our instruments out of the window into moving traf

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