Overcoming songwriter’s block: The moment of revelation

Songwriter’s block is a very frustrating feeling many songwriters struggle with at some point or another in their musical life. A period of time when the ideas dry up and nothing seems to inspire them anymore. Or else, they may still get inspired but find it hard to turn their ideas into actual songs. I […]

7 Myths About Music Theory

Music theory explains  the things we hear. It’s the language of music, something that should be fun to learn for every person who loves music. If you have a negative view of music theory, most probably you’ve had some bad experience with the way you were being taught, or else had friends recount their own […]

The Art of Practicing Guitar

One of the main reasons many people quit learning guitar (or refrain from starting in the first place) is that they consider the time they spend practicing as stressful. Rather than fun, they see it as a chore they have to do each day, or for a certain amount of days each week, in order […]

Is learning to read standard notation worth the effort?

Should you learn to read standard music notation (notes written on a music staff) or should you just rely on tablature (a simpler way of reading guitar music)? Guitarists have debated this issue for ages. Some argue that the use of tablature (or tabs as they are more commonly known) makes learning to read music […]

Should Rock Guitar Players Learn Music Theory?

James Hetfield, Metallica’s singer, songwriter and of course, guitar player has made reference to his lack of formal knowledge of music theory many a time in interviews and elsewhere. He does mention being taught some theory by the late Cliff Burton, but it’s unlikely he spent time in a class spelling out the relative minor […]

The Power of Power Chords

The power chord is present in the majority of Rock guitar riffs. Punk Rock is probably the style that uses it most, and bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols have numerous songs with riffs made up exclusively of power chords. Rock, Blues and Metal bands also use power chords a lot though they […]