The Basics of Effective Practice

“Wow, he’s good.  I’ve tried, but after all this time I still can’t do that.” “I’ve been playing for 25 years and still can’t play like I want to.” These

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Melodic Connections – A Discussion on Chord Tone Soloing

Have you ever spent hours trying to create the perfect solo and still ended up with something that you weren’t happy with?  Even after all of the scales and arpeggios,

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Focus – The Missing Ingredient

We’ve all had the experience of trying to fast track our guitar playing only to be met with a plethora of choices that leaves us asking, “Where do I go

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Skipping Your Way to Gains – Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of Skipping Your Way to Gains, a guide to becoming proficient at string skipping.  If you missed Part 1, you can get up to speed

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Play Better Without Touching Your Guitar?!

No one will argue the fact that there are many areas of practice and factors to consider on one’s quest to becoming a master musician.  However, most people are so

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Simple Tips For Avoiding Guitar Shame

You’ve been there.  A glaring moment when you’ve sucked so badly that you hoped no one was listening.  But guess what?  They were. In fact, I witnessed an example of

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Personal Lessons In Creating Memorable Guitar Parts

Playing a guitar part that truly resonates with an audience is one of the hardest things that a musician is faced with having to do.  The part must be memorable,

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3 Questions to Bust a Rut and Play Better Now

Here’s the scene.  You sit down to practice, grab your guitar and proceed to play a lick or chord progression that makes you say, “Oh man,  now I’ve played that

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Skipping Your Way to Gains – Part 1

On our way to shred awesomeness, we run a lot of scales.  From Aeolian and Dorian to Diminished and Melodic Minor, a lot of study goes into being the best

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Building the Ultimate One-Sheet

Since grade school, you’ve been told repeatedly how important first impressions are.  When submitting material to magazines, newspapers and radio stations, personal hygiene and grooming are, thankfully, a non-issue.  However,

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