Guitar wisdom

Is the guitar relevant in pop music?

2021-08-15T11:27:57+01:00

Why is the guitar less prominent these days? To most people, pop music these days means slick, polished production that appears near perfect, although the sound of pop and what exactly is pop music is something that has changed drastically throughout the decades. Pop music of the 1960s and 1970s was far less “perfect”, as this was an age of minimal editing of the band or artists performance once they had been recorded in the studio, as the performance was already committed on tape. These days however, digital audio workstations (DAW’s) allow for endless editing meaning the performance that goes into [...]

Is the guitar relevant in pop music?2021-08-15T11:27:57+01:00

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

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

How to become an outstanding guitarist

2020-07-02T09:57:44+01:00

Find out how to become an outstanding guitarist! Make your guitar dreams a reality and breakthrough by developing the right habits to become truly outstanding! You need passion and inspiration To become truly great at anything in life requires a fire from within. Learning to play the guitar is definitely no different. You see, the main issue at hand is inspiration... If you are inspired, you will do whatever it takes to become great at what you do. You will be passionate and willing to practice. Learning the guitar at the end of the day is more to do with the [...]

How to become an outstanding guitarist2020-07-02T09:57:44+01:00

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

Keeping your New Year’s resolution – become the guitarist you have always wanted to be!

2020-07-02T09:53:45+01:00

It's a New Year and there is a whole new wonderful adventure in store for your guitar journey in 2017! The biggest issue facing most of us at the start of the year is how to stick to our New Year's resolutions! So what is the answer to achieving the all-too-elusive goals of your New Year's resolutions? In my opinion, the secret lies in two things! Firstly, your mindset is the most important. If you believe you can achieve, then you will EVENTUALLY achieve your goals! You see the man or woman who believes that can will make it! So you [...]

Keeping your New Year’s resolution – become the guitarist you have always wanted to be!2020-07-02T09:53:45+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
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