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

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

5 Ways to stay motivated when practising guitar

2021-03-02T11:39:18+00:00

Discover 5 ways to stay motivated when practising the guitar. Improve your practice routine and improve your guitar playing! All teachers have had conversations with students about practise routines and we’ve all dealt with students who are feeling less than motivated to practise. Here are 5 ways to stay motivated when practising. These tips can be used if you are a teacher with a student feeling the pinch of motivational depression or if you are a student looking to give yourself a boost. 1. Progress Chart For young students, I find progress charts are a great way to encourage them to [...]

5 Ways to stay motivated when practising guitar2021-03-02T11:39:18+00:00

The importance of being persistent when you practice guitar

2020-07-02T09:54:52+01:00

Discover the importance of being persistent when you practice the guitar Learning to play the guitar is wonderful. It is an exciting new journey full of adventure when you are just starting out. Once you have played the guitar for a little while, it can then at times become challenging. As human beings, we thrive upon a new product, a new idea, a new movie... The word 'new' has an amazing appeal and we love anything that is NEW! The problem is, that when we first start learning the guitar, the whole process is new and wonderful but in time new [...]

The importance of being persistent when you practice guitar2020-07-02T09:54:52+01:00

The importance of playing and saying

2020-07-02T09:54:37+01:00

Learning and mastering the guitar's fretboard is an arduous task. It requires tremendous concentration over extended periods of time and pig-headed determination to truly master the guitar's fretboard. The fastest way in my opinion to master the neck is to say and play whatever you are busy learning at the moment. As an example, let's say you are memorising all the E minor/major 7 arpeggios across the guitar neck. I would recommend learning the arpeggios in each of the five natural positions of the guitar. Whilst playing the arpeggio, I would recommend saying the degrees such as 5th, 7th, root, minor [...]

The importance of playing and saying2020-07-02T09:54:37+01:00

Tips to keep you motivated when learning how to play the guitar

2020-07-14T17:57:57+01:00

Learning to play the guitar can seem like a luxury, indeed it is, and like most of life’s luxuries, when life becomes busy they fall by the wayside and can often be forgotten. During your guitar lessons in London with me, I’ll make sure you learn techniques that help you hone your skills and develop your guitar playing quickly. (My methodologies are truly world-class and I guarantee that you will make rapid progress if you apply yourself and practise wholeheartedly) I’ll also show you ways which make it easy for you to reach the next stages, it’s my desire to ensure you [...]

Tips to keep you motivated when learning how to play the guitar2020-07-14T17:57:57+01:00

Practice makes perfect – top tips for practicing

2020-07-14T17:59:23+01:00

Practice makes perfect... or shall we say permanent. Practising using the correct technique is essential! Discover why you need to make time to practice in order to grow as a guitarist! Most guitarists could be far better off than they are now if they would only follow a proper practice routine! Your guitar lessons in London don’t end when we finish our one to one session, you’ll be given lots of material to practice at home. (Such as right and left-hand workouts, scales, chords, note reading, sight-reading, guitar-specific techniques, theory and much more...) The more you practice, the faster you will [...]

Practice makes perfect – top tips for practicing2020-07-14T17:59:23+01:00

How to practice the guitar without a guitar on you

2020-07-01T20:00:22+01:00

Discover how to practice the guitar without a guitar on you! Did you know that you can make tremendous progress in your guitar journey by practising the guitar without a guitar on you? All you need is to develop your visualisation by learning how to see the fretboard in your mind's eye! You can then practice during your lunch break or when commuting. Adding extra practice to your schedule will result in a compound effect and in time YOUR guitar playing will become awesome! Watch this video to find out more about how you can do just that:

How to practice the guitar without a guitar on you2020-07-01T20:00:22+01:00

How to practice the guitar effectively

2020-07-01T18:20:32+01:00

The adage “practice makes perfect” only holds if one knows how to practice. The correct saying should be: “PERFECT practice makes perfect”. One of the biggest obstacles to becoming a proficient guitarist is not knowing how or what to practice. Practising is as much an art as learning the guitar itself. Masters of the guitar know how to practice effectively; they know how to break down their time into workable segments to work on different areas of their guitar technique and performance. Guitarists who struggle to improve their playing probably have a lack of understanding of how to practice effectively. [...]

How to practice the guitar effectively2020-07-01T18:20:32+01:00
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