Recently, a reader messaged me about how he can get his son to practice guitar more. He wrote: "hoping to encourage my son who is 12 to practise more. I dont think he is that excited by his music lessons, but would like to improve" Here was my response: Getting kids to practice is a tricky one. They're usually at a level where they can't do anything too exciting … [Read more...] about How to Get Your Child to Practice Guitar More
One of my readers recently wrote: Hey Sam, Thanks for the message! I've had a skim read so far - looks like some greatadvice in there! I wondered what your opinion is on guitarists learning to read conventionalnotation - particularly the note pitches rather than just rhythms alongsidea TAB? Classical and jazz guitarists will tell you it's a necessity,whereas rock, pop … [Read more...] about Do Guitarists Need to Learn to Read Conventional Musical Notation?
When you start out creating music, as a guitar player, the drums are probably not the first thing on your mind. You’re thinking about writing a great riff, how to capture your guitar and get a great tone. So when you’re at this beginning stage, having drums that exist is usually good enough. Going to an Apple Loop, or Logic Pro’s Drummer is usually where most people … [Read more...] about Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 Review – When An Apple Loop Won’t Do It
The major scale is the most important scale in music theory, and today we will have a brief look at how to play it on guitar. What Is The Major scale? The major scale has seven notes, which we label 1 2 3 4 5 6 7. The first note, note 1 is the root note. This is the note that we start from. From 1-2 is a whole step. From 2-3 is a whole step. From 3-4 is a half … [Read more...] about The Major Scale on Guitar
Set Goals For Yourself and Guitar practice The first step to getting more form your guitar practice time isn’t doing practice, but thinking about who you want to be as a guitarist. Do you want to play rock guitar? Rhythm guitar? Lead guitar? Classical guitar? Do you want to be able to compose or improvise? Read music? Or play songs from tab? What genres do you want to … [Read more...] about 50 Little Things You Can Do To Get More From Your Guitar Practice Time