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 […]

How to focus and get more out of your guitar practicing time If your guitar practice time is focused and effective, you'll get much more from the same amount of hours you put in

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 […]

The Tritone: A Lesson on Consonance and Dissonance Explaining the concept of consonance and dissonance in music using the most dissonant interval of all

What makes beautiful melodies…..beautiful? There are quite a few things you need in place to write a great melody, but the one thing that makes a melody stand out is a good relationship between consonance and dissonance. Consonance and dissonance in music is a concept you need to understand from a theoretical level as well […]

When do you become good at playing guitar?

There was a time when I thought I had become pretty good at playing guitar. Then I got a bit better and found out that the things I knew were far from enough. So I practiced more, got better, only to find out that the horizon was even further away than I had thought. Until […]

How to Feel Inspired to Write a Song Any Time You Want Songwriting inspiration is within your reach anytime. Learn how to get in the right state to write songs

Songwriting inspiration comes in abundance on some days but seems to dry up completely on others. Do you have days when you’re spending more time dwelling on whether you’re going to start writing the words or with the music, the melody or the harmony, or on which topic to write about rather than actually writing […]

You Don’t Need to Body build Your Fingers to Learn Guitar

When I was just starting out on guitar I saw a product for building strong guitar fingers in a music shop and thought “cool, with this I could keep practicing while I’m on the bus” Though I hated real life pushups and sit ups, I liked the idea that I was “body building” my guitar […]