This is something I have known for years, but I have just started implementing with great results. It works wonders if you are having a hard time making a start on things and you are, like myself, a procrastinator. After all we are creatures of habit and all we have to do is allow the time… Continue reading 30 Days to build a habit
In this short post I want to spend a few words on the importance of knowing tunes, either written by other musicians or by yourself. ‘Repertoire’ is often a fancy word we use to identify ‘all the tunes we know’. In my experience as teacher I have found to be a divide between the guitarist… Continue reading The Importance of Repertoire
It’s not a secret that one of my all time favourite guitar instructional books is The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrich. One the exercises explained in this great book is about creating a random sequence of chords by writing every type of chord (major, minor, all the 7th chords and, if you feel more adventurous, chords… Continue reading A tool to improve your improvising skills.
This is a guest post by Mike Outram. Mike is a London based guitarist, professor at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music with performing credits including Tony Levin, Gavin Harrison, Robert fripp and many more. More about him at: MikeOutram.com You’re in Gardonyi’s, looking over a piece of music that seems interesting and you want… Continue reading Tempo Memory – By Mike Outram
A while ago I stumbled online on a few good articles on practice tips: a few of these included these12 rules by master jazz trumpet player Winton Marsalis. I want to share them with you as I think they are a great way of approaching practice and playing in general. Enjoy. THE WYNTON MARSALIS 12… Continue reading Practice tips: the 12 Marsalis Rules
An Introduction – the big picture In this short introduction I will point out what a musician/guitarist should know or should work towards to reach his/her full potential. Many times we get stuck trying to perfect little details, missing out on the bigger picture. This is so that you can be a well rounded musicians,… Continue reading The Master Plan: Reach your full potential as a Guitarist/Musician