Play a note, or chord, and just listen. Meet that note. Look it in the eye. Hear its personality. Don’t move to another one until you’ve actually listened to the […]Read more
Don’t Like Repetitive Guitar Practice?
Repetition is one of the most effective tools in learning music. Yes, it can be boring, but it helps you memorize the technical stuff so your mind can be free […]Read more
Why Use a Guitar Strap?
So you can bring the guitar into your comfort zone. We often approach the guitar as something we need to wrap ourselves around. We end up in awkward positions because […]Read more
Should I Practice Guitar on Vacation?
In my book, vacations are ways to get out of our daily grind so that we can relax and bring more enjoyment into our lives. So I say “play if […]Read more
How Do I Help My Kid Play Guitar?
Best school? Best guitar? Practice every day? All helpful. But not if your kid doesn’t want to play. Kids who do well are in families that place a value on […]Read more
Don’t MAKE Your Kids Practice Guitar 30 Minutes a Day
But do have them play something every day. It’s the “every day” part that does the trick. Kids get discouraged when they have to do stuff that’s hard. If they […]Read more
We Don’t Really Play Guitar With Our Fingers
We play with our finger TIPS. I know that seems obvious, but we often don’t do it. If we spend some time getting used to this weird use of our […]Read more
Practice Guitar Every Day? Yes. And no.
A player asked me yesterday if he could postpone his lesson a week because he didn’t get to play much that week. Of course, that’s fine with me, but I […]Read more
Why Practice Guitar Slow?
Well, you may have heard several reasons, but this is my favorite: To witness what you actually do instead of what you think you should be doing. We are […]Read more
Playing Tough Chord Changes on Guitar, Method 2
Yeah, it’s a killer. Try this: Don’t strum all the way to the moment that the tough chord should be played and then changing chords (that’s like pressing pause while […]Read more