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Fixing Mistakes and Improving Problem Areas
David Carr

Part 1: Location, Isolation and Repetition - the first in a series of articles in which David addresses common problem areas in one's playing and offers strategic advice to ensure you keep on improving.

12 Nov 2006
rating: 8.3


How To Nail A Solo
Jamie Andreas

So you want to learn a real live rock solo? You've got the tab off the internet. Now what? In this article, Jamie explores the various procedures and techniques necessary in order to come to grips with a solo.

20 Oct 2005
rating: 7.9


Pulling Up The Slack: Mining Your Potential
Jamie Andreas

"Review and increase your understanding of what you are about to do, and how you are going to do it." There is a world of meaning here, and I would like to take a look at a few of the applications and ways of understanding this directive ...

21 Sep 2004
rating: 6.5


The Workout, Part 3
Eric Vandenberg

In this final episode of the Workout-trilogy, I am gonna show you a bunch of execises you could include into your own personal workout. And I'll show you 5 etudes I came up with while I was practicing...

06 Jan 2004
rating: 9.2


The Workout Part 2
Eric Vandenberg

I'm back, and here is the second part of the Workout-series... this time I talk about practicing strategies and some aspects of playing that a lot of people seem to forget

19 Dec 2003
rating: 9.1


The Workout... Part 1
Eric Vandenberg

There have been quite a few requests about an example workout. So here is Part I of an mini-series about that. I'll show you the workout I used to use a few years ago, and how to personalise it for yourself.

13 Nov 2003
rating: 9.3


Sight Reading
Steve Carter

Because of the complexity of the fretboard, learning to sight-read on the guitar requires a disciplined approach. In this article I'll discuss the approach that worked well for me and has worked well for many of my students.

18 Oct 2003
rating: 8.8


Scales, who needs them? Why and What For, Anyway?!
Jamie Andreas

Getting the unsettling impression that there seems to be an awful lot of those things called scales? You may even run across an encyclopedia of scales, and realize that there could be thousands of these little buggers out there!

06 Oct 2003
rating: 8.8


Squeeze it out
Eric Vandenberg

A lot of people spend way too much time and effort in gathering way too much material, without ever using an exercise to its full potential. Let me show you how to squeeze so much more out of a simple exercise...

29 Aug 2003
rating: 9.3


Climb Every Mountain
Jamie Andreas

The longer I teach, the more I am impressed with one fact: most of what becoming good or great on the guitar is about has nothing to do with musical ability. It has everything to do with that group of qualities loosely spoken of as character.

23 Jun 2003
rating: 8.9


Get the Juices Flowing
Jamie Andreas

Music is emotion, and if you play it, you are obligated to have an emotional relationship with it, and the deeper the better. Would you want to be in the audience listening to someone give a speech about something they didn't even care about?

10 Jan 2003
rating: 8.9


The Glue of Repetition
Jamie Andreas

Every day you pick up your guitar and get in the ring with that new piece, or song, or something your teacher gave you in the lesson. You try to put on your best attitude, and you grab that piece with both your guitar playing hands, and you wrestle!

04 Nov 2002
rating: 9.3


Your Hand is Your Band
Jamie Andreas

Very often, we are not really sure of which fingers we are using for each note we must play, and we do different things at different times. Read all about the importance of fingering

20 Sep 2002
rating: 8.3


Break It All Down!
Eric Vandenberg

In this article, we will take our microscope and really get into the details of our playing technique, such as picking. Theres lots more to discover than you would've thought!

31 Aug 2002
rating: 9.3


The Importance of Having a Repertoire
Jamie Andreas

I have met many guitar students who could not actually play anything, even though they had taken lessons. If they were asked to play something, the best they could do would be offer you some isolated "pieces". Do you have a repertoire?

07 Aug 2002
rating: 9.5


Review is Required!
Jamie Andreas

One of the aspects of a properly balanced practice approach that is very often overlooked is review. The common tendency of most students is to focus on "new" things to play, even if last month's or last year's "new" thing was never properly learned.

23 Jul 2002
rating: 9.3


Your Growth As a Guitarist
Jamie Andreas

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.

11 Jul 2002
rating: 8.3


The Secret of Speed
Jamie Andreas

... Finding the Incredible Lightness. The feeling of lightness is what makes fast, accurate playing possible. Unfortunately, because of ignorance of how to practice correctly, far too many players create for themselves "The IncredibleTightness"

30 Jun 2002
rating: 8.9


What to Listen for in Your Practicing
Steve Carter

Steve lists and describes 8 important things to focus on to get the most out of your practicing time. These include Phrasing, Time, Dynamics and more.

16 Apr 2002
rating: 7.8


So ... You Wanna Play Guitar, Huh?
Alan Horvath

Alan shares 3 decades worth of experiences, philosophies, and advice about learning to play the guitar. Also, here's where to go for advice about tuning your guitar and about purchasing a guitar

12 Apr 2002
rating: 7.9


Step By Step
Eric Vandenberg

In this article I will try to show you a good approach to long and complex licks and runs and how to learn and practise them more effectively. As an example, Im gonna use a cool run by Steve Morse...

06 Apr 2002
rating: 9


Discover Your Discomfort!
Jamie Andreas

Jamie is 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 Jamie calls correct Practice.

01 Apr 2002
rating: 9.1