The Idol delusion – Overstating your ability

The TV show American Idol has revealed a well known condition that we all suffer from to some degree in one area or another. That is we believe we are better than we actually are. When we watch Idol and see wannabe singers stand up and audition with no obvious training or natural we can’t…

The Shortcut to Learning Guitar

This is a short article about a very important topic for those who wish to learn guitar but can also be applied to really learning just about anything. I’m often asked the question “What does it take to learn guitar?” It is the burning question that anyone who sets out to learn guitar would give…

The Classical Sitting Position – Is it better?

  The Classical Sitting Position(on the left)  as it is known is really the result of hundreds of years of guitar evolution. When sitting in this position it really is the ideal way to play guitar. If you notice in the pic the shoulders are basically even, my back and neck are straight and the…

Do You Have A Vision For Your Guitar Playing?

Did you know pride actually increases willpower? According to the book ‘The Willpower Instinct‘ imagining yourself in the future reaching your goals creates a sense of pride which increases willpower.  It actually makes perfect sense because the only reason any of us picked up the guitar in the first place was because we imagined our…

Did you expect Guitar to be EASY??

One day for one of many possible reasons you decide to learn guitar. You say to yourself “How hard can it be? After all every second person and their dog seems to be able to play guitar.” You buy yourself a guitar, perhaps a guitar book and maybe even some lessons with a guitar teacher….

The Loog Guitar?

The Loog Guitar was the invention of Rafael Atijas who developed the concept as his Master’s thesis at New York University.  The Loog Guitar was launched in 2011 via Kickstarter the fundraising website as a creative project. The idea behind the Loog Guitar was to make a simple, fun, inexpensive and even environmentally friendly instrument that would…

How to start your child learning music

So where do you start?  Music learning is similar to language. Its starts with listening (exposure) by playing music at home, singing songs from 20 weeks from conception (or sooner as I am sure the practice won’t hurt). What songs should you play or sing?  Remember its like learning a language so although most music…

The Fastest Way to Learn Guitar

This is a short article about a very important topic for those who wish to learn guitar but can also be applied to really learning just about anything. I’m often asked the question “What does it take to learn guitar?” It is the burning question that anyone who sets out to learn guitar would give…

How’s your memory ? Musically speaking…

Musical memory is the ability to remember musical passages whether it be a melody, a chord progression, a rhythm pattern or a song arrangement. According to research our musical memory is encoded in a different part of our brain to language so needs to be developed. They also found that both sides (left and right…

The Guitarist Mindset. Will you succeed or fail?

New students will often wonder whether or not they have the so called musical bone in their bodies. Are some of us born more musical? After 30 years working with guitar students and much research I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t really matter. It may or may not be the case but…

5 tips for finding a great guitar teacher

Finding a great guitar teacher is difficult for several reasons. Firstly they are very rare. Secondly great teachers rarely have vacancies. Lastly teaching guitar is an unregulated industry so anyone can teach guitar which means you need to go through a lot of teachers to find those few exceptional ones. The question is how do…