Comparison is the death of joy.
"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired." Fannie Lou Hamer
This lesson is about stepping out of your comfort zone. The goal here is to play with intention, delivering every note with confidence.
On this lesson I will share with you some easy steps to better, more focused and productive practice sessions.
In the case of the fretting hand being injured, it is high time to get to work on further developing your picking hand technique.
In this lesson you’ll learn all about how to set realistic and exciting guitar goals, as well as how to break them down into easy day-by-day steps so that you can achieve them!
Finger strength is something that every guitar player wants to develop. Click here to get to the bottom of this challenge and find out how you can play better right away.
Murdering your ability to accomplish all of your guitar goals may sound crazy, but it's an unfortunate reality for far too many players...
If you want to play fast, its vital that you understand the three elements of good guitar technique. Find out how to apply them to your playing and play faster today!
Let's explore a few important concepts that will help you be more musical...
Test how well you know your chords and scales.
This is for players at an intermediate stage.
The rhythm is very important when you improvise and in playing in general. A neat melody is not much but it's rhythm. The rhythm can also develop many pretty bad ideas to really good about finding the right way.
Five tips that have helped me get out of that zone where I've felt stuck, musically. That have helped me improve and advance further as a guitarist.
A short lesson, accompanied by a video, on how to sit with the guitar and how its proper positioning, combined with good posture, affects the fretting hand.
Here's five tips to take you above and beyond with your playing and general satisfaction with your music.
Have you ever faced this wall where you are already comfortable with where you are and you are too lazy to improve. Here are a few tips to get pass that wall!
Guitar players' excessive dedication to practicing solos causes them to neglect the most crucial part of blues guitar, i.e. rhythm playing.
How to know how much better you're getting right at home.
A loop pedal isn't just a fun gadget to use in your guitar playing - it's also a very useful practicing tool!
If you find that your practice is all over the place and has no structure then read this, it will speed up your progress.
What can you do when you are stuck somewhere without your guitar? Here are some ideas.
Learning a song is difficult unless you know how to fix the specific problems you are having. Here is an easy way to identify what mistakes you might be making.
How to avoid stress and actually enjoy practicing so that you get bigger results every time you play.
Learn techniques to help memorize and perform song parts faster with less stress...
This lesson will help you increase the fretting strength in your pinky-finger (if done religiously, of course).
Motivation issues? Writer's block? Here's your cure.
What limits your progress on the guitar while practicing?
Pros practice in a very different way from amateurs. If you want to get as good as your idols, start by copying their practice routines.
Learn how to use compositional devices to decorate the melody and use the melody as a basis for improvisation!
Timing is a crucial skill for all musicians. Improve this often neglected skill with these exercises!
This lesson will demonstrate a simple strategy you can start applying right away so you can learn songs faster and more efficiently.
Learn different ways to practice your scales as related to jazz and other improvised music!
Exercises for developing your ear and developing a greater connection with your instrument!
Tips on establishing your personal feel for lead guitar and gaining more control for playing guitar solos.
This article offers you an alternative approach to soloing.
In this lesson I share with you permutations of the famous "1234" exercise and tell you about their benefits.
After all this work on technique and songwriting, what's next? Time to stand and deliver.
Answering the biggest question that stops people before they ever start.
It's entirely realistic to find the balance between tending to your normal life and actually improving on guitar. These exercises will help you avoid getting rusty when your life circumstances won't let you play guitar as much as you like.
A discussion of the role that the anger response plays when we receive criticism, and how to handle that criticism better.
A series of mental exercises and perspectives that will make you immune to insults.
Learn the critical role self-esteem has on the creative process, and how to nurture your self-esteem to become more creative.
This article takes the strategy a step further by showing you how to add dimension and musical expression to the songs you learn so you can sound more like your favorite guitarists and apply what they do to your own style of guitar playing.
Five areas of the guitar to push yourself in.
Setting goals can probably be one of the most important things you can do to make sure you become the player you want to be. If you go into the jungle without a map, it can be fun and beautiful for a while, but if you don't know where you are and where you're headed, you'll be running in circles in no time.
If you are disappointed with the results of your efforts to get better as a guitarist, this lesson will help you.
Here are 3 more very cool and creative ways in which you can play your guitar.
A one-two punch that will get you singing when you pick up your guitar and will know you out when you see the results.
Do you want to practice more, but not sure where to start? Do you wish you had a more structured routine when it comes to practicing the guitar? This article will give you a simple idea on how to kick start your practice routine and gain momentum with your guitar playing.
A short treatise on the mental attitudes necessary to get the most out of your practice routine. Don't practice hard, practice smart!
In this article I tell you how an etude can be a more fun way to practice certain techniques, as opposed to just practicing exercises.
A 9-point guideline on how to practice guitar like a pro.
Most guitar players have excessive muscle tension when playing, and this is at the root of their playing problems. Discover yours!
Improve guitar playing and avoid getting stuck in a rut by setting guitar goals. Break them into short, medium and long term to make them achievable.
A way to use mental focus to massively enhance your motivation.
Musical burnout can ruin your music career and your life. This article contains four methods for preventing and recovering from musical burnout. After you’re done reading this article, apply all the information. Then you will be on the path to preventing and recovering from musical burnout.
Have you stopped making progress on guitar? Here are multiple habits that will slow down your progress on the instrument. Take note of the habits you suffer from and work to break them.
Practicing several hours a day can really help you grow as a musician, but it also has some negative consequences. If you practice several hours a day, you need to read this article. It will help you manage and recover from musical burnout, if it occurs.
Did you play an instrument in elementary school, middle school or high school. Did you try to learn guitar in the same way you learned this other instrument? This article addresses why you got mediocre results trying to learn guitar in this way.
This will show you some ways you can practice guitar when you don't have it with you.
This lesson in the topic of triple F as it will now be called will twist your mind and shatter your brains
This is a tutorial on how to practice a musical instrument, written by a proven musician. This is for those who want to get good at their instrument quick, and those who know the basics of their instrument.
This week's article is all about cleaning up your guitar playing. Here are 14 top tips to help you clean up your guitar playing and the sounds you produce.
A technique you can use to start recognising and playing chords by ear.
It's very easy to get burned out if you keep your head too engrossed in the game for too long but there are a few ways to combat this and help you get inspired and back on track again.
This article will get you on your way to playing your acoustic guitar more creatively with two unique ways to approach your guitar playing.
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!
This article will help intermediate or advanced players excel as players by explaining how to learn more from a song.
This week's article is going to focus on limitation exercises and how they can in fact, be quite the opposite of limiting.
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.
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.
3 main reasons every guitarist will be stoked if they include some ear training in their practice.
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.
Being able to visualize notes on the guitar.
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.
Stuck in a box? Well, let's move that box around.
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.
An explanation of tonality based ear training, and some tips to get you started.
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.
Here are several ideas you can apply right away into your practicing to become a better musician each time you pick up your guitar.
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.
Do you only have an hour a day to practice? Learn how to make it count.
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.
If you want to improve faster - read that article.
The metronome can be a beneficial aid in your practice regiment. Here is just one method on how increase the efficacy of your practice.
This article will help you develop a good singing voice.
How to be carry the burden of learning multiple musical instruments well.
Bass tablature, is a pretty simple system of music notation for bass. Learn how to read bass tablature here!
These are some proven principles that will enable you to take control of creative processes we normally believe are beyond our ability to influence.
Songs, solos and arpeggios. My weekly schedule and how I'm practicing this week.
Below there is the first part of an article describing some basic principles that I personally find useful when sketching one's practice routine.
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.
Need to warm up? Need to practice scales? Keep your chops up with this exercise.
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.
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.
This is practice in an unusual way and could help with soloing/tapping. I found out by just doing something like this.
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.
This is the first lesson instalment in a series which focuses on building all the right habits to ensure you become a guitar god!
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.
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."
Everyone got his own approach and this is what works with me.
In this lesson I will show you the way to the great knowledge in few easy steps...
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!
Most people practice guitar as if they had ear plugs in. Find out why this is devastating to your guitar playing progress.
I came up with a great technique to motivate yourself to achieve more. Enjoy the article.
A simple method for finding the key of any song, most useful for soloists.
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.
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.
Not to say you can become great without picking up a guitar. But you can develop important mental skills that will enhance your playing.
This blog is for beginner Rock Prodigy students. The Milestones are all about playing music with what you've learned so far.
Unlock your brain - throw away those useless 1234 exercises and defeat the evils of noodling.
How to ensure that your guitar playing always gets better no matter what exercises you are practicing.
4 tips to get you moving forward and keep you from staying still.
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.
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.
If you want to know any song you play from beginning to the end - have a read!
How to practice when life gets busy and you don't have pick up your guitar.
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.
Gmi7 pentatonic lateral pattern.
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.
A few tips on how to relieve unnecessary hand tension by releasing The Clamp.
A couple of fundamental exercises for the picking and fretting hands.
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.
A little game you can play to check how well you know a piece of music or technical exercise.
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.
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.
If you've ever had trouble remembering how many repeats you've performed on a part during a studio recording, or if you've experienced sloppy performances when playing multiple passes of a song section live... this video lesson is for you!
Some do's and dont's about finding a good guitar teacher for you.
If you have a problem with your practice routine, have a read!
A pinky sucks. Can we change it? Of course.
Spending time in the most awkward areas.
That's my simple metod that will make your left hand even more flexible!
Take a look at this practise schedule if you want speed.
A few pointers on how to approach exercises.
Breaking out of a rut comes down to doing something (anything) different. Here are five examples of how to do that.
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.
Certain technique exercises for playing faster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 reasons you should starting learning songs by ear, right now.
This lesson is a collection of tips that will help you get the most out of these lessons and your practice.
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.
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?
A lesson on challenging incorrect assumptions that can keep us from improving.
Part II in a series designed to increase your command of the fretboard.
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.
Practice tips and easier ways to build up strength and skill to play tricky parts in songs.
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.
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.
Some simple ways that we can incorporate rhythmic focus into our practice habits.
A problem solving approach to achieving a solid, accurate picking hand.
A non-exercise based approach for improving the agility of your fretting hand.
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!
Use the phrase separation technique to really tighten up your performances.
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.
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.
A set of guidelines on managing your time and learning how to play new things.
"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.
Seem to be stuck? Don't know how to move on? Take a look at this lesson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four separate exercises designed to develop your right and left hand skills.
Tips for singing along with playing your guitar, this will hopefully help you to sing while playing.
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!
The second part - focusing on physical aspects of performance and giving ideas on how to make playing for longer easier.
This is a great lesson that is VERY useful in the field of playing faster and alternate picking.
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.
Small and simple exercises to help the growth of fast and accurate playing.
The first in a series of lessons designed to enhance your command of the fretboard.
How to take your metal/rock playing up a level, and learn some handy little exercises.
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.
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.
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.
A guide including exercises on cutting down on the chances ( and effects ) of RSI and other related injuries.
A series of warm up exercises shown in John Petrucci's Rock Discipline DVD.
Some exercises from other people, and some that I've made up. All in all, this lesson strengthens your hands.
This is a great warm up exercise that will increase your accuracy, and build up the muscles just behind your figures.
Here is the follow up part to Warm Ups I article. These warm ups may prove to be considerably harder.
A list of good warm-ups that will both strengthern your fingers and get you going!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.