June 8, 2016

 

In our last post, we had talked about how one of the biggest challenges guitar players face is chord transitions. We also, however, looked at a little trick or “hack” that we could use when faced with a song that contains the chord G, C...

June 6, 2016

 In a lot of ways, guitar players are a fortunate bunch. One of the biggest pieces of evidence for this is the fact that we can make a few changes with fingerings or chords if something is a bit tough for us. Have you ever noticed that s...

February 2, 2016

 

One of my most vivid memories, and one that I tell to my students all the time, is me staying up late playing along with CDs. I remember bouncing in and out of my room, checking to see if you could hear my stereo from outside the door,...

January 8, 2016

 

A big problem a lot of guitarists face, whether they’re just learning to improvise, or have been at it for decades, is what we commonly refer to as “getting out of the box.” We guitar players love using the minor pentatonic scale, but a...

December 9, 2015

 

Why can you never quite sound like Jimi Hendrix, no matter how hard you try? Well, it’s because you aren’t Jimi Hendrix, but that’s okay.

Maybe you’ve studied Hendrix for years, and you can do everything he can do technically. You know...

December 2, 2015

 

It’s a dangerous combination. You’re busy, but you were dedicated and chiseled out some time in your tight schedule for your practice. Congrats! Here’s the problem: Because you have been so good about practicing, you now have a good amo...

November 25, 2015

 

“What does it take to make my child a better practicer, and musician overall?” This is a question on a lot of minds of parents with their kids in lessons. When you’re a music teacher, your job is to find ways to make the best musicians...

November 18, 2015

 

Here's our newest Jam Session! We have everything from blues, to punk, to jazz in this one! Great job to all of the students who came up with these ideas last month!

This is for the students over at FMS for now, but we're so excited to...

November 11, 2015

 

“Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” I think it’s safe to assume a lot of people have probably heard this quote. Most people just give it a little chuckle and move on. I think that there’s actually a lot of profundity to this quote...