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5 Sight Singing Tips to Make Sure You Make Fast Progress
A few basic sight singing tips that will help you to make sure you're doing it correctly and you get the most out of it!

POSTED: 09/22/2014 - 10:33 am

 
How to Correctly Learn a Song
This article will help intermediate or advanced players excel as players by explaining how to learn more from a song.

POSTED: 09/15/2014 - 10:04 am

 
Going Beyond Your Limitations
This week's article is going to focus on limitation exercises and how they can in fact, be quite the opposite of limiting.

POSTED: 09/12/2014 - 12:23 pm

 
Designing a Practice Schedule
Being able to design a proper practice schedule is crucial for all players. Without one, you will waste years of practice. Learn how to design a schedule NOW.

POSTED: 09/03/2014 - 11:21 am

 
Top 5 Guitar Practicing Tips with Andrew Wasson
These are my own personal top 5 guitar practicing tips. Many of these tips are ones that I both use and have taught to students over the last two decades at my guitar school Creative Guitar.

POSTED: 09/02/2014 - 10:07 am

 
3 Reasons You'll Be Stoked If You Do Some Ear Training
3 main reasons every guitarist will be stoked if they include some ear training in their practice.

POSTED: 08/12/2014 - 11:15 am

 
Building Finger Strength and Speed
This lesson is for those players who want to take challenge and take their playing to next level. You will be giving trouble to your fingers.

POSTED: 07/24/2014 - 09:28 am

 
Practicing Guitar When You Don't Have a Guitar With You
Being able to visualize notes on the guitar.

POSTED: 07/19/2014 - 08:11 am

 
Losing Your Ears and Your Sanity After Each Rehearsal
Are you wondering why your $3,000 amp sounds muddy and harsh? If you're looking for some ultra quick fix-ups, check this out.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 09:10 am

 
Extending Your Reach
Stuck in a box? Well, let's move that box around.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 08:49 am

 
A Philosophy for Effortless Guitar - with Andrew Wasson
Most of what stands between us and a "perfect performance" is more mental rather than physical. Learning to control how we internalize our thoughts during a performance will have very positive results in regard to how smooth and effortless our guitar playing will be in the end.

POSTED: 06/18/2014 - 11:19 am

 
Ear Training 101: Tonality Based Ear Training
An explanation of tonality based ear training, and some tips to get you started.

POSTED: 05/29/2014 - 10:42 am

 
A Shred Odyssey: Part 1 (Self-Mastery)
The first in a series of lessons designed to teach newcomers and more experienced guitarists alike to take charge of their progress. This lesson focuses on the concept of self-mastery.

POSTED: 05/23/2014 - 11:06 am

 
How to Make More Progress on Guitar When Your Time Is Limited
Here are several ideas you can apply right away into your practicing to become a better musician each time you pick up your guitar.

POSTED: 05/06/2014 - 11:28 am

 
Right Hand Strength and Picking
There are some very nice and useful alternate picking and sweep picking exercises to build up accuracy, speed and strength for the right hand, which is the limit for every guitarist.

POSTED: 04/24/2014 - 10:18 am

 
How to Practice Efficiently
Do you only have an hour a day to practice? Learn how to make it count.

POSTED: 04/18/2014 - 11:02 am

 
Why Strumming Patterns Are Killing Your Creativity
Are strumming patterns an issue for you? This may just be the missing piece of the puzzle for the guitar player who always wants everything laid out in front of them.

POSTED: 03/26/2014 - 11:12 am

 
Getting Better at Guitar - A Correct Way to Approach Big Goals
If you want to improve faster - read that article.

POSTED: 02/12/2014 - 09:55 am

 
A Method for Practicing With a Metronome
The metronome can be a beneficial aid in your practice regiment. Here is just one method on how increase the efficacy of your practice.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 08:40 am

 
12 Tips on How to Have a Good Singing Voice
This article will help you develop a good singing voice.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 10:14 am

 
Practice Multiple Instruments Efficiently
How to be carry the burden of learning multiple musical instruments well.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 06:46 am

 
Reading Bass Tablatures
Bass tablature, is a pretty simple system of music notation for bass. Learn how to read bass tablature here!

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 07:20 am

 
Take Control of Inspiration and Increase Creativity
These are some proven principles that will enable you to take control of creative processes we normally believe are beyond our ability to influence.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 07:16 am

 
Practicing Tips
Songs, solos and arpeggios. My weekly schedule and how I'm practicing this week.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 02:56 am

 
What to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Practice Routine. Part 1
Below there is the first part of an article describing some basic principles that I personally find useful when sketching one's practice routine.

POSTED: 12/27/2013 - 03:58 am

 
Overcoming Guitar Practice Problems - It's All in Your Head
Learning guitar parts can be difficult, especially when you are not the original writer and the style is not natural to you. In this article I look at a methodical approach to overcoming issues, and suggest the problem may not lie in your hands.

POSTED: 12/25/2013 - 03:41 am

 
Hands and Brain
Need to warm up? Need to practice scales? Keep your chops up with this exercise.

POSTED: 11/07/2013 - 10:10 am

 
Reading Guitar Tablature Correctly
The following lesson will help to explain to you the basic concept of how to read guitar tab. Learning tablature is quite simple, and you should find yourself reading guitar tab in no time.

POSTED: 11/05/2013 - 10:16 am

 
Effective and Fun Practice Using Guitar Riffs
Is your guitar technique practice feeling stale and boring? Are you getting burned out playing finger exercises that just sound very "musical"? Most beginning guitar players feel this way - it is very common.

POSTED: 09/24/2013 - 10:40 am

 
Practice With My Own Tabs: Imagination
This is practice in an unusual way and could help with soloing/tapping. I found out by just doing something like this.

POSTED: 09/16/2013 - 09:28 am

 
Become A Guitar God - Heat Those Fingers
This is the second lesson in the "Become A Guitar God" series and will focus on exercises that should be completed in order for the guitarist to be ready to blitz the fretboard.

POSTED: 09/05/2013 - 09:19 am

 
Become A Guitar God - First Steps
This is the first lesson instalment in a series which focuses on building all the right habits to ensure you become a guitar god!

POSTED: 08/22/2013 - 09:44 am

 
How to Develop Your Ear
Ear training is an essential part of my teaching approach because it's what separates good guitarists from great ones. This article will give you a background of ear training methodologies and two foundational exercises.

POSTED: 08/01/2013 - 10:37 am

 
How to Do Chord Tone Target Practice
When I was first learning to solo, I'd keep hearing how the best players target into chord tones and into color tones. My frustration was mainly with not being - in any way - able to do this idea of, "Targeting."

POSTED: 07/23/2013 - 10:24 am

 
How to Play Over a Backing Track
Everyone got his own approach and this is what works with me.

POSTED: 07/18/2013 - 09:10 am

 
Learn Something New Everyday - Egyptian Scale
In this lesson I will show you the way to the great knowledge in few easy steps...

POSTED: 07/10/2013 - 10:29 am

 
Getting Fast Guitar Licks Up to Speed
Having troubles getting those fast guitar licks up to speed? Can't memorize them to a level where they're really quick to recall? Can't play those fast licks at your jams, or play them live?.. What you need is a system for getting faster licks up to speed!

POSTED: 07/09/2013 - 10:20 am

 
Why You Might Be Deaf When You Practice Guitar
Most people practice guitar as if they had ear plugs in. Find out why this is devastating to your guitar playing progress.

POSTED: 07/05/2013 - 10:14 am

 
Motivating Yourself to Achieve More in Guitar Playing
I came up with a great technique to motivate yourself to achieve more. Enjoy the article.

POSTED: 05/22/2013 - 07:57 am

 
How to Find the Key of Any Song by Ear
A simple method for finding the key of any song, most useful for soloists.

POSTED: 05/14/2013 - 08:57 am

 
Speed Improvement
This exercise was given to me by my guitar teacher, this has helped me alot to pick up my speed. Hope it helps you too.

POSTED: 05/06/2013 - 10:48 am

 
Let's Strengthen That Pinky
Bored of the 1-2-3-4 or 0-1-4 exercises? Wanna learn riffs which strengthen your pinky and sound cool at the same time? This is the article for you.

POSTED: 04/05/2013 - 10:04 am

 
Practicing Guitar Without a Guitar
Not to say you can become great without picking up a guitar. But you can develop important mental skills that will enhance your playing.

POSTED: 04/03/2013 - 09:40 am

 
Milestone 1 for Rock Prodigy Students
This blog is for beginner Rock Prodigy students. The Milestones are all about playing music with what you've learned so far.

POSTED: 03/25/2013 - 10:47 am

 
Finger Independence Exercises
Unlock your brain - throw away those useless 1234 exercises and defeat the evils of noodling.

POSTED: 03/22/2013 - 10:23 am

 
How To Improve Your Guitar Playing With Any Exercise
How to ensure that your guitar playing always gets better no matter what exercises you are practicing.

POSTED: 02/26/2013 - 07:27 am

 
Moving Ahead In Your Practice Session
4 tips to get you moving forward and keep you from staying still.

POSTED: 02/21/2013 - 04:25 am

 
String Sorcery: The Wizard's Tower Pt.2 - Picking And Chromatic Exercises
Part two of the Wizard's Tower portion of the String Sorcery series: this lesson covers the basics of picking and introduces some simple chromatic exercises.

POSTED: 01/30/2013 - 08:50 am

 
String Sorcery: The Wizard's Tower Pt.1 - Technical Improvement
A primer for The Wizard's Tower portion of the String Sorcery series. This lesson covers the basics of technical improvement, and this will allow you to make the most of your practice sessions.

POSTED: 01/22/2013 - 07:53 am

 
Building Your Repertoire
If you want to know any song you play from beginning to the end - have a read!

POSTED: 12/04/2012 - 09:35 am

 
How To Practice Away From The Guitar
How to practice when life gets busy and you don't have pick up your guitar.

POSTED: 10/24/2012 - 08:45 am

 
Cure Your Rhythm Ills In 3 Simple Steps
Got your chords and some basic rhythms, but it still doesn't sound like music? Use these 3 simple tips to shore up your right hand technique and you'll be in Groove City.

POSTED: 10/18/2012 - 09:51 am

 
Minor Seventh Pentatonic
Gmi7 pentatonic lateral pattern.

POSTED: 09/03/2012 - 07:51 am

 
How To Strengthen Your Fretting Digits
Having a stronger fretting hand allows you to greater sustain string bends and Hams/Puffs as well as gaining better endurance in the fretting hand.

POSTED: 08/22/2012 - 09:11 am

 
Relieving Fretting Hand Tension
A few tips on how to relieve unnecessary hand tension by releasing The Clamp.

POSTED: 08/01/2012 - 09:41 am

 
Picking And Fretting Fundamentals
A couple of fundamental exercises for the picking and fretting hands.

POSTED: 07/17/2012 - 09:44 am

 
Want To Become A Great Guitarist? Stay Away From These 4 Mistakes
If you can identify with even one of the guitar practice mistakes listed in this article, you will have taken a big step towards overcoming an important obstacle that stands in the way of you becoming a better musician.

POSTED: 07/13/2012 - 09:13 am

 
How Well Do You Know Your Stuff?
A little game you can play to check how well you know a piece of music or technical exercise.

POSTED: 06/29/2012 - 10:10 am

 
Unlocking Hidden Finger Tension From Guitar Fingers
At Guitar Principles, we get a lot of long time players who want to figure out why they haven't gotten any better at guitar in the last few decades, and see if they can do anything about it.

POSTED: 06/27/2012 - 07:00 am

 
An Effective Way Of Practicing Scales
I just wanted to show an easy way of memorizing scales and not getting stuck in a box position but instead knowing the scale all over the neck.

POSTED: 06/04/2012 - 09:59 am

 
Organizing Your Practice
If you have a problem with your practice routine, have a read!

POSTED: 05/04/2012 - 02:30 am

 
Fun With Pinky
A pinky sucks. Can we change it? Of course.

POSTED: 05/02/2012 - 02:25 am

 
In Bed With Mr And Mrs Awkward
Spending time in the most awkward areas.

POSTED: 04/09/2012 - 07:45 am

 
Developing Left Hand Dexterity
That's my simple metod that will make your left hand even more flexible!

POSTED: 04/03/2012 - 03:45 am

 
Speed Building Guitar Schedule
Take a look at this practise schedule if you want speed.

POSTED: 03/14/2012 - 03:35 am

 
General Practice Tips
A few pointers on how to approach exercises.

POSTED: 02/27/2012 - 03:28 am

 
5 Ways To Break Out Of A Rut
Breaking out of a rut comes down to doing something (anything) different. Here are five examples of how to do that.

POSTED: 02/20/2012 - 06:47 am

 
Breaking The Speed Barrier: How To Go Fast
Learning to go fast has everything to do with setting up the pathway in your head, and then having an orderly way to traverse it faster, so you can hand it over from conscious to unconscious control.

POSTED: 12/12/2011 - 03:26 am

 
How To Play Fast
Certain technique exercises for playing faster.

POSTED: 11/22/2011 - 01:56 am

 
Start Using Your Ears. Part 2
If you read part 1, hopefully you're thoroughly convinced that learning songs by ear is a great way to improve your playing. So here's how to get started.

POSTED: 11/16/2011 - 02:17 am

 
5 Licks To Help You Play Without Looking At The Fretboard
Playing without looking at the fretboard can be very useful. In this lesson I made 5 long licks to help you play without looking at the fretboard. Play every lick exactly the same time as you read it. No memorizing at all. This lesson is for intermediate/beginner+ players.

POSTED: 10/07/2011 - 02:34 am

 
Hands Of Steel III: Mastering Scales. Part I
Part III of the Hands of Steel series. This multi-part lesson will focus on mastering scales with fluency and versatility. Part I introduces scale patterns on single strings.

POSTED: 10/05/2011 - 03:55 am

 
24 Licks To Warm Up
Warming up is important. In this lesson I give you the 24 permutation of the number 1, 2, 3, 4 to help you warm up and improve strength.

POSTED: 10/05/2011 - 03:51 am

 
Start Using Your Ears. Part 1
10 reasons you should starting learning songs by ear, right now.

POSTED: 08/17/2011 - 02:47 am

 
Hands Of Steel Tips
This lesson is a collection of tips that will help you get the most out of these lessons and your practice.

POSTED: 03/18/2011 - 05:51 am

 
Warm-up Exercises: Big Stretches - Quick Results
This is a lesson (sort of) showing you the best (IMO) warm ups to get your fingers limber in as short a time as possible, these DO work. My hands are always cold and they even manage to warm mine up after about 10 minutes with a metronome.

POSTED: 03/17/2011 - 07:12 am

 
Beating Frustration & Making Guitar Fun Again
A lesson about how to beat frustration and start enjoying the instrument again. We did pick up the guitar in the first place for fun, right?

POSTED: 03/10/2011 - 06:24 am

 
I Suck At Guitar Because Im Insane
A lesson on challenging incorrect assumptions that can keep us from improving.

POSTED: 01/26/2011 - 04:57 am

 
Hands Of Steel II
Part II in a series designed to increase your command of the fretboard.

POSTED: 01/05/2011 - 06:18 am

 
I Suck At Guitar Because I Cant Define Why I Suck At Guitar
Improving at the guitar can be vastly easier and more fun if we can identify and understand the things that hold us back from being the musicians that we want to be.

POSTED: 12/16/2010 - 06:08 am

 
'This Is Sparta' Guitar Song Conquering
Practice tips and easier ways to build up strength and skill to play tricky parts in songs.

POSTED: 11/22/2010 - 07:05 am

 
Grand Theory Of Everything
Music theory from simple wavelengths to the chord progressions. Basically showing how Western music isn't just a random pile of notes some guy chose hundreds of years ago.

POSTED: 09/28/2010 - 08:38 am

 
Exploring Harmonic Minor With A Linear Lick
Harmonic Minors sound very cool. Why not explore them with a cool practice? CAUTION: This lessons features a lick that can make your hand hurt if played 5 times together.

POSTED: 08/16/2010 - 07:36 am

 
Rhythm - Our Achilles Heel
Some simple ways that we can incorporate rhythmic focus into our practice habits.

POSTED: 07/26/2010 - 04:26 am

 
Improving Your Picking Hand
A problem solving approach to achieving a solid, accurate picking hand.

POSTED: 07/01/2010 - 06:27 am

 
Improving Your Fretting Hand
A non-exercise based approach for improving the agility of your fretting hand.

POSTED: 06/09/2010 - 07:33 am

 
The Challenge Of Studenthood - Confronting Your Limitations
Sometimes I get all nostalgic for the times when my students had nothing to do but practice. Ok you're right that time never existed. But really it's tougher than ever to focus on any one thing and devote yourself to becoming masterful at it. We all know how challenging it is to fend off those nagging obligations to all that stuff that gets in the way of us playing music for 8 hours a day!

POSTED: 03/02/2010 - 08:13 am

 
Phrase Separation Polish Up Your Performance Skills
Use the phrase separation technique to really tighten up your performances.

POSTED: 11/26/2009 - 07:35 am

 
Fresh Practice Ideas And Tricks
This lesson outlines a few tricks to improve your practice sessions, unusual ways to improve your playing with a metronome, different approaches to phrasing, and just general practice and playing advice.

POSTED: 11/23/2009 - 06:51 am

 
Warm Up Game
This exercise is for all ranks. It is good to build up the speed and strength of both hands And its A GAME! Yep, even has levels for you to try and achieve.

POSTED: 09/28/2009 - 08:01 am

 
Effective Practice
A set of guidelines on managing your time and learning how to play new things.

POSTED: 09/14/2009 - 07:09 am

 
Getting The Most Out Of Your Practice Session
"Practicing" is by far the most misunderstood term in music. Far too few people really understand what practice is for, and how to optimize the time you have to garner the greatest results.

POSTED: 08/12/2009 - 07:03 am

 
A Productive Practice Session
Seem to be stuck? Don't know how to move on? Take a look at this lesson.

POSTED: 08/11/2009 - 08:52 am

 
A Lesson About Lessons
Hey, you're getting pretty good! At this point, people are starting to take notice, and they might want you to teach them a couple tricks on the ole gee-tar. But teaching isn't quite as easy as it seems. This lesson will give you a couple things you to think about, to be aware of, and a couple tricks to make sure your first forays into teaching go as smoothly as possible.

POSTED: 07/21/2009 - 07:08 am

 
Right Hand Economy And Left Hand Agility
This was origionally ment to help somebody on the forum with his problems switching strings on his right hand. I ended up spending a few hours getting it down, so decided it might be able to help others.

POSTED: 06/01/2009 - 06:48 am

 
How To Practice
Ok, a lot of people don't practice correctly and it shows in their technique. In this lesson, I'm going to show you practicing techniques that may not be fun, but they will definitely help and you will see results very soon. I'll even throw in some guitar exercises that will really boost your playing.

POSTED: 05/14/2009 - 08:55 am

 
Building Speed On The Fret Board
This practice is for those who have worked with scales and know where to position your fingers. Also the main focus on the lesson is the Method of a practice, not the scales that I tab out.

POSTED: 04/30/2009 - 06:52 am

 
The Intangibles Of Forming A Great Band
Forming a good band is more than just being able to play the songs. Here are 9 tips to help make practices and the band better.

POSTED: 04/29/2009 - 06:21 am

 
How To Pick Accurately
If you are tired of having that *put!* sound or missing strikes, or you just can't get your accuracy when you try to solo a little. Use this guide to help yourself become a much more accurate guitarist and make your sound more than pleasant.

POSTED: 04/14/2009 - 07:40 am

 
How To Improve Hand Synchronization
Four separate exercises designed to develop your right and left hand skills.

POSTED: 04/02/2009 - 09:13 am

 
Singing While Playing Guitar
Tips for singing along with playing your guitar, this will hopefully help you to sing while playing.

POSTED: 04/01/2009 - 11:44 am

 
Pre-Playing Warm-ups
In this lesson, I am going to put some exercises that I do before practicing, or doing a gig. These will include hammer ons and pull offs, string skipping scales (try saying that 5 times fast!), and detailed instruction on which fingers to use. Hope you like it!

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 10:00 am

 
Hot To Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Part 2
The second part - focusing on physical aspects of performance and giving ideas on how to make playing for longer easier.

POSTED: 03/21/2009 - 07:54 am

 
How To Increase Speed Using Your Practice Time And A Metronome
This is a great lesson that is VERY useful in the field of playing faster and alternate picking.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 10:14 am

 
Things To Be Aware Of And Useful Tips
Some people, while learning, they develop wrong methods to make things easier for them but in fact it's not.It may be easy at once, but later at higher skill songs they may face difficulties because of the wrong methods they use, so here I am trying to share some of the wrong methods I used to use, and the correct ones.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 07:55 am

 
Yet Another Speed And Finger Strength Exercises
Small and simple exercises to help the growth of fast and accurate playing.

POSTED: 10/09/2008 - 08:54 am

 
Hands Of Steel I
The first in a series of lessons designed to enhance your command of the fretboard.

POSTED: 10/06/2008 - 10:46 am

 
Some Decent Exercises
How to take your metal/rock playing up a level, and learn some handy little exercises.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 07:53 am

 
Effective Techniques for Practicing with a Metronome
Whether you're a beginner trying to learn your first few chords or an expert trying to blaze 16th notes at 200 beats per minute (bpm), the best (and often most ignored) practice device at your disposal is the metronome. Although some of these concepts may seem simple and intuitive, this lesson will talk about the most effective ways to use the metronome to practice a variety of guitar techniques.

POSTED: 09/19/2008 - 08:24 am

 
Hand Finger Strength
This is a good way to help strengthen your fingers and hands so they don't start to hurt in the middle of a gig.

POSTED: 09/12/2008 - 09:40 am

 
Total Guitar Workout
Give yourself a guitar workout or just use these to warm up before playing. Some useful samples to help your bring your playing out of the shadows.

POSTED: 10/03/2007 - 06:16 am

 
How To Prevent Repetitive Strain Injury
A guide including exercises on cutting down on the chances ( and effects ) of RSI and other related injuries.

POSTED: 06/13/2006 - 07:42 am

 
Warm Ups IV
A series of warm up exercises shown in John Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD.

POSTED: 06/06/2006 - 09:29 am

 
Strengthen Your Hands
Some exercises from other people, and some that I've made up. All in all, this lesson strengthens your hands.

POSTED: 01/19/2005 - 09:11 am

 
Warm Ups lll
This is a great warm up exercise that will increase your accuracy, and build up the muscles just behind your figures.

POSTED: 09/23/2004 - 07:26 am

 
Warm Ups II
Here is the follow up part to Warm Ups I article. These warm ups may prove to be considerably harder.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 08:47 am

 
Warm Ups
A list of good warm-ups that will both strengthern your fingers and get you going!

POSTED: 11/20/2003 - 08:14 am

 
Discover Your Discomfort!
Okay, I'm going to explain some powerful things for the practicing guitarist who wants to see results from their practice. In other words, the guitarist who wants to do what I call correct practice.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Changing Chords
Many people begin to play the guitar by learning a few chord changes to their favorite song. There are many things to be aware of while doing this. There are things to know and do that can make it easier, and guarantee you will have success.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
What Should I Practice?
I am feeling overwhelmed with lessons, books, methods, skills, & principles of practice. This is a common feeling that troubles many beginning guitar students, and can rear its head from time to time with advanced players as well.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Your growth as a guitarist: vertical or horizontal?
As the years go by in the life of a player, there are two kinds of growth we can experience. Both are necessary for our development as musicians and guitarists. I call them Vertical Growth, and Horizontal Growth.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Finding The Incredible Lightness
In my essay "Discover Your Discomfort", I urged you to become aware of the sensations of discomfort you experience while practicing and playing. The reason is very simple. Until you do, you will not be able to be aware of the sensations a good player has.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am