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Cameron Hayes

About Cameron Hayes

Cameron Hayes is a guitar educator at The London Guitar Institute, teaching a wide range of styles such as rock, metal, blues, jazz, folk, RnB, acoustic, and many more! He teaches a large volume of students on a weekly basis and always looks to provide outstanding value in each and every lesson!

How the blues is relevant in popular music

2021-06-07T07:29:59+01:00

What is Blues? Blues music is an incredibly important genre to discuss not only for its timeless and instantly recognisable sound, but for its influence on the styles that would follow after its birth in the mid to late 1800s. This occurred around the time of theAmerican civil war, created by African-American slaves who worked in plantations and fields in the South of the USA. This music was sung in the form of call and response style chants, which would be a way to boost morale in the tough living and working conditions as a slave. Musically these chants were simple [...]

How the blues is relevant in popular music2021-06-07T07:29:59+01:00

Modes in popular music

2021-05-14T08:56:52+01:00

What are modes? The modes of the Major scale are a concept that many students struggle with on their theory journey due to the many different approaches one can take to view how each mode is formed. To put it simply, modes are really just scales, just like the Major scale, Pentatonic scale or the Natural Minor scale. This title of ‘modes’ is used as all of the modes are related to each other through their intervalic relationship and the notes that are used from one relative mode to the other. The seven modes of the Major scale are: IONIAN (Major [...]

Modes in popular music2021-05-14T08:56:52+01:00

How to practice with a metronome

2021-04-14T09:25:12+01:00

Why Should I Use a Metronome? Metronomes have been a popular (or sometimes not so popular!) practice tool amongst musicians for 200 years and have proven useful for many, particularly when it comes to improving their timing. The metronome should be used to keep a steady tempo, and to make sure that the player does not speed up or slow down through the duration of the piece that they are playing. It can also be used to work up to a faster tempo that may be unmanageable at first on the players chosen instrument, since by starting at a more comfortable [...]

How to practice with a metronome2021-04-14T09:25:12+01:00

How to approach electric guitar after learning on acoustic

2021-03-15T12:33:40+00:00

It is very common for those guitarists who start out on an acoustic instrument to want to branch out and try something a bit different to see what it’s like on the dark side, and by the dark side we of course mean the electric guitar! There are many factors that will be consistent across both instruments, although there are some differences to keep in mind such as technique, volume, tuning, and the tone of the electric counterpart. Technique The first thing to consider when moving to the electric guitar from the acoustic is if you will need to make alterations [...]

How to approach electric guitar after learning on acoustic2021-03-15T12:33:40+00:00

Importance of electric guitar tone

2021-03-10T13:38:18+00:00

Matching The Song You Want To Play Have you ever sat down to practice one of your favourite songs on the electric guitar, but found that although you were playing the correct notes and chords in time, it just didn’t sound like the original? One reason for this could be that your tone isn’t matching to the song. So what is guitar tone anyway? Guitar tone is the sound or timbre of the guitar which could mean the effects that are being used, what pickup selection is being used, is it played with a plectrum or fingerpicked, and many other factors. [...]

Importance of electric guitar tone2021-03-10T13:38:18+00:00

Shall I learn electric or acoustic guitar?

2021-03-10T13:39:02+00:00

What Music Do You Like? When deciding whether you want to learn the electric or acoustic guitar, the styles of music that you listen to should be taken into account. Some genres will typically favour one over the other, for example rock music will more often be played on the electric guitar where as folk music will favour the acoustic. Although it is definitely possible to practice a song that was originally played on the electric on an acoustic guitar at home for example, it may not sound as close to the original as you would like due to the tonal [...]

Shall I learn electric or acoustic guitar?2021-03-10T13:39:02+00:00

How to use the circle of fifths in your guitar practice

2021-03-01T11:18:24+00:00

What is the circle of fifths? The circle of fifths has been a staple of music theory knowledge almost since the dawn of time and shows us the relationship between the 12 different keys and how they relate to each other. By moving up in fifths of each other, we make our way around the circle to eventually end up back at the original key that we started in. A fifth is an interval of seven semitones or three and a half tones in the musical alphabet, which is regularly used in all genres of music and music theory. Understanding how [...]

How to use the circle of fifths in your guitar practice2021-03-01T11:18:24+00:00

How long does it take to learn the guitar?

2021-03-01T11:28:05+00:00

Maybe you’ve had it sitting there in the corner for ten years, or you dabbled when you were a teenager. Perhaps it was a gift for Christmas one year but you weren’t sure where to start. You’ve looked online but there’s such an overwhelming amount of information you don’t know what to believe! So how long does it take to learn the guitar anyway? Let’s make it clear from the get-go that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to how long this takes. Sure some sources will tell you that you need however many hours experience before you can say you can [...]

How long does it take to learn the guitar?2021-03-01T11:28:05+00:00

Five cool ii V I jazz licks for guitar

2021-03-01T11:21:02+00:00

The term “ii V I” (two, five, one) refers to a chord progression often used in many styles of music, especially in jazz. The numbers refer to the chords in the key that you are playing this chord progression, meaning the ii is the chord off of the second note of the scale, the V is the chord off of the fifth note, and the I is the chord off of the first note of the scale. The roman numerals tell us if the chord is major or minor, lower case representing a minor chord and upper case showing major. This [...]

Five cool ii V I jazz licks for guitar2021-03-01T11:21:02+00:00

Playing in a band for the first time

2021-03-01T11:23:29+00:00

You’ve been playing the guitar for a while now, but instead of it being a solo venture in the comfort of your own home, you’re ready to get out there and jam with some other musicians. Learn about playing in a band for the first time! If you’ve never played in a band setting before, there are a few more aspects that now come into play that you may not have had to think about when you were jamming by yourself at home. The first big difference to consider when playing in a band is to listen to each other! This [...]

Playing in a band for the first time2021-03-01T11:23:29+00:00
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