Robert Callus

Guitar Phrasing Concept

Guitar Phrasing: How to Improve your Solos by Simply Understanding a Concept

What’s the difference between a lead guitar solo that makes you beg for more, and one that bores you to death? Is it the scales the guitar player is using? Is it the number of positions the guitar player can play the scales in? Is it how fast the guitarist can play? Is it an …

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Successful Guitar Player Formula: Practicing is King. Information is Queen. Mindset is God.

“Practice, practice, practice”. If you are learning to play the guitar, you have probably come across this advice before. But what leads to successful guitar playing? Is it just a matter of how many hours you put in? Practicing is king, right? Great guitar players are the ones who practice a lot, and the mediocre …

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Why “How Much Music Theory Should I Learn” is not the Right Question to Ask (and what to ask instead)

In 7 myths about music theory, I explain what music theory is not, what it is, and have hopefully convinced you that you need it if you’re learning a musical instrument. But how much music theory do you need? In this lesson, I will show you that this question isn’t the most ideal question to …

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How to Apply the Pareto Principle for Effective Guitar Practicing

What if I told you, the time you spend practicing guitar, is probably way less effective than it could be? That for each hour you’re spending practicing you’re most likely gaining less than you would if you actually applied the Pareto principle. In this article, I will explain what the Pareto principle is all about. …

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4 Scales you can use if you’re improvising in minor keys

4 Minor scales you can use if you’re improvising on guitar (and how to use them)

What guitar scale should you improvise on if you’re playing in the key of C major? The C major scale, right? Or else the C major pentatonic scale, which doesn’t have any different notes, only less. What guitar scale should you improvise on if the music is in the key of A minor? A minor …

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You Don’t Need to Play Guitar Fast To Improvise Good Solos

Many a time I have students who have the ability to at least start to improvise guitar solos, good solos if they commit to practicing the art of improvisation for a while, but they’re afraid that it’s not within their reach because they think they can’t play fast guitar, that they can’t “shred”, and that …

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How to focus and get more out of your guitar practicing time

Do you sometimes feel that your guitar practice time involves learning a bunch of unrelated things without knowing the reason why you’re learning them? That you have to learn all this so that finally, one day, years from now, it will magically tie up together and “you can play guitar”? I know exactly how this …

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