It's back! After "accidentally" destroying my website and moving to a new city I finally got some guitar chord posters back on my Etsy page. I designed this poster back in the days I was teaching full-time, 30-40 students a week. Students would pick up traditional major and minor chords, quickly moving on to "Now what?" Sure, a bunch of chord shapes were nice, but how do you … [Read more...] about The Guitar Chord Poster is back!
(A blog from my teaching days...) I get this question from my students occasionally, the motivated ones who want to maximize their improvement without wasting any time. It’s a good question, though, what essentials should you tackle first. Of course, I am but one humble lifelong student of the guitar, so what do I know about the essentials? And then you have all the … [Read more...] about Six Important Things EVERY Guitarist Must Learn
(Repost of a past article I wrote in my guitar teaching days.) Things my guitar students do that make me secretly dream of setting them on fire. 1. Not tuning up your guitar before practicing EVERY TIME. Or at least, being too lazy (WTF???) to tune when it’s obvious one string is way flat and another is way sharp. People don’t play their guitars like that, you say? Then … [Read more...] about 10 BAD Guitar Playing Habits of Beginners
Unless you’re going to be an introvert solo artist (which I often am) you’re going to want to jam with other players. Jamming is a way to challenge your musicianship, hang with your friends, make new ones, even network into better gigs. And all you gotta do is show up with your instrument. Some of my guitar students have approached me after an attempted jam, disappointed in … [Read more...] about The Art of Jamming with Other Musicians
4:00 pm, Saturday afternoon. Heading on the Expo line to Union Station to catch some part of the LA Philharmonic perform in the subway. A bunch of singles get on, a large woman sits in front of me, then changes to the other side of the aisle at the next stop. You know...bald guys. A family gets on, black husband, white wife, both large folk. Their two kids sit down in front … [Read more...] about In the Middle of a Metro Brawl