Guitar Lesson Expert. How to Practice on GuitarWhen guitarists consider how to practice on guitar, there are a couple of main focal points that I’d like to concentrate on in three consecutive posts on how to practice for guitar. The first, and possibly the most important concept I’d like you to grasp is to play within your means. What I mean by that will become clear as I tell you a little story.

I had a very talented student whose name I will withhold. He was used to playing at a pretty high level. He also had the type of personality that wanted what he wanted when he wanted it. In other words, he wasn’t particularly patient. During one of his lessons, he let me know that he really wanted to learn the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Little Wing.” I knew that this piece was a departure from his regular playing style, in that it wasn’t a single line solo part, nor was it a typical rock accompaniment. Hendrix had developed a kind of fluid, chordal, embellishment style of playing that was hyper-focused and really upfront in the song. I knew that this student was going to have to learn an entirely new approach to playing a non-jazz, kind of chord-melody style.

I went ahead and transcribed the song for him and began to teach it to him with all the different inversion approaches, using double and triple stops. As I taught him the song, it became clear as it is with almost every advanced song, that some of the measures or bars were easier for him to play than others, and some were downright difficult. Unfortunately, this student’s impatient personality took over, and the rest of the story became a fairly predictable outcome. Continue reading »

Guitar Lesson Expert GuitarsThere are hundreds if not thousands of styles of guitar that you could play, and yet fundamentally a guitar is six strings, stretched between a nut and saddle, allowing you to “fret” different strings at different points to make notes higher or lower. This is what makes fretted instruments differ from the piano or the harp. Interrupting the string at various fret points to make notes higher or lower across an assortment of strings is what allows the guitar to be such a great harmonic or chordal instrument for accompaniments, and simultaneously be an amazing solo instrument, stringing individual notes in interesting melodic lines.

How it all works, and the role your hands, body, mind, and heart all have in the making of music, will be the subjects of a variety of blog posts, videos, and podcasts here on the blog at

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