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10 Essential Songwriting Exercises to Hone the Craft

Becoming a creative songwriter, rather than a gift a few inherit through their genes, is a skill that can be trained and developed. There are theoretical aspects that can be learned (such as the elements of music), but it also requires a lot of time training your mind to create.  In today’s songwriting exercises, we will …

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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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