5 Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing Fast

Focus on one thing at a time – The typical guitar student tends to bounce around, often working on several different scales, a few guitar chords, strumming patterns, picking patterns, perhaps an arpeggio pattern, a little finger picking and then half a dozen songs and riffs all in one practice session. Try focusing on just one isolated…

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….

When will you get around to learning guitar?

I often get asked when is the best time to start guitar and my answer is RIGHT NOW! The problem is the ‘right now’ answer does not always feel right wouldn’t you agree? Perhaps you are moving house, about to go traveling, having a baby, have no money or are just not in the right…

Are you a frustrated guitarist?

  Don’t be put off. Your frustration is trying to tell you something so you need to listen. My early beginnings on guitar were mostly enjoyable. I had little to no expectations. My school friend had an electric guitar and he would kindly let me play it when I would visit his home which became…

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…

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…

Looking at your hands while playing guitar. Yes or No?

This answer is yes and no so let me explain. The goal is to be able to play guitar without looking at your hands. There are several reasons why you will want to learn to play guitar with out looking but lets begin with when to look. The time to look at your handsThe time…