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Will AI replace musicians? 7 Things robots can never do better

I have a love/hate relationship with artificial intelligence. The idea of having robots do the things I hate doing is the most exciting thing since Heavy Metal. But the prospect of having robots do the things I enjoy doing faster and better than I can is unsettling. Hearing Peter Gabriel express his concerns about AI […]

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10 Rhythm Patterns That Get More Complex (with guitar tabs)

In this article we will look at ten rhythmic patterns that gradually become more complex, along with guitar tab examples. Before playing these rhythmic patterns on the guitar, it is important to understand the fundamental elements used to create rhythm in music. Rhythmic elements In music, rhythm is created by combining different note durations and

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Is it better to practice the electric guitar with or without an amp?

If you’re learning the electric guitar, you’ve probably noticed that unless you plug it into an amplifier or use an alternative, such as a computer, the notes are audible but very faint. And if you like music with distortion or other effects, playing unplugged not only sounds lower in volume but also very different. Should

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5 Easy Guitar Scales (with lick examples)

In this lesson I explain what guitar scales are and why you benefit from learning them. In today’s lesson I’ll give you 5 easy guitar scales you can learn and start using right now. Each scale will also come with a short guitar lick based on its notes.  Keep in mind that, while learning scales on guitar has many benefits such as improving finger independence and dexterity, the ultimate purpose of scales is to

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7 Music Theory Tips For Guitar Players

I began studying music theory alongside the guitar because it seemed like the right thing to do. That if you want to become a musician, you should also learn the theory behind it. I’m glad I studied music theory, but as you’ll see in the music theory tips for guitar players below, I didn’t learn it in the most efficient way possible. The following music theory tips are aimed at correcting misconceptions I had, and ineffective methods I used when I started playing 28 years ago, as well as those I frequently notice in new students.  “Why should I learn to read notes when I can use guitar tabs?” I’m sometimes asked when introducing music theory to guitar students.   While the answer to this question deserves

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