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Guitar Lessons Southgate

 Guitar Lessons Southgate

Guitar Lessons in Southgate North London. If you want to start guitar lessons in Southgate iGreater London, N14 you are in the right place. We guarantee you the best possible progress! One of London Guitar Academy’s main tutors Dan is based in Southgate and already teachers many students in the area. He is an excellent local tutor helping students learn songs quickly, helping them play guitar with real confidence and have great fun while learning.

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Guitar Lessons Southgate

Guitar Lessons Southgate

Guitar Lessons & Classes Southgate, London

We love to teach and see students grow love for guitar as an instrument. LGA is able to teach you whatever style of music it is that you are hoping to play.

All ages, group sizes and skill levels are welcome, and we would love to discuss starting lessons with you!  We teach beneficial, practical, and fun musical techniques for the guitar.

  • All Style Covered
  • Master playing the guitar from an any age
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Anyone who wants to play guitar can play with us
  • Guitar lessons for kids, beginners, intermediate and advanced players
  • Electric & Acoustic Guitar
  • Be able to play your favourite songs
  • Learn classic songs from every music era
  • Home Visits Available
  • With only a few minutes each day you’ll be able to pick up some songs and play great guitar techniques

Guitar Lessons & Classes Southgate, London

Guitar Lessons & Classes Southgate, London

Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in Southgate Greater London

Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in Southgate Greater London

Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in Southgate Greater London

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Guitar Lessons East Sheen

East Sheen Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons East Sheen. Professional guitar lessons with London Guitar Academy  London’s leading guitar tutors. Beginner students always very welcome. All ages taught. Electric & Acoustic LessonsWe have an easy approach to our lessons that guarantees your fasted possible progress. We make sure my students learn the music they want to learn. If you want to start guitar lessons in East Sheen, Greater London, SW14, get in touch today. Lessons from beginner to advanced, in your own home or in our nearby Putney Guitar Studio.

Guitar Lessons East Sheen

Guitar Lessons East Sheen

Guitar Lessons in East Sheen

Guitar Lessons in East Sheen

Guitar Lessons in East Sheen

Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in East Sheen

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GUITAR LESSONS AND GUITAR TEACHERS IN EAST SHEEN

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Guitar Lessons Bromley-by-Bow

 Bromley-by-Bow Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons Bromley by Bow. Our fantastic guitar tutors in East London are ready to help you reach your guitar goals. We offer friendly, one-on-one instruction anywhere in London. Lessons are conducted on a one-to-one basis in a comfortable, friendly and relaxed environment and taught by highly-qualified instructors who can tailor teaching to student ability and desired genre.

Guitar Lessons Bromley-by-Bow

We offer lessons in Acoustic, Electric and Bass guitar taught by world-class musicians who provide guitar lessons at our London studio, in students’ homes, and online via Skype. Styles and genres include Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, R&B, Indie, Blues and Jazz. One-hour lessons for students of all ages, including those as young as 7. Lessons cover both open position and barre chords, movable voicings and inversions, chord extensions and alterations, rhythm, scales, techniques, and songs.

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Guitar Lessons and Guitar Teachers in Bromley by Bow

Our classes are customer-driven and include a range of musical genres as well as information about music theory, performance, and guitar fundamentals.

 Guitar Lessons in Canning Town

 

  • Tuition in acoustic, electric, ukulele and bass guitar
  • Beginners of all ages, intermediate or advanced are welcome
  • Learn how to play every chord, solo, and lick you can imagine, all in the comfort of your own home
  • Full time professional guitar tutor
  • Teaching students about music theory, reading, ear training, strumming and picking techniques, songwriting, chords, harmony, and much more
  • Professional recording equipment is available for student use
  • Professional recording equipment is available for student use

London Guitar Academy
21 LONSDALE ROAD, QUEENS PARK, LONDON NW6 6RA
Central London
48 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7BB
Chelsea
Ashburnham Mansions, Ashburnham Rd, London SW10 0PB
East London
Flat 9, 10 Maitland Rd, London E15 4EL
Ealing
33 Coldershaw Rd, London W13 9DX
Harrow
111 Kenmore Rd, Harrow, Greater London HA3 9EY
Streatham
50 Rosedene Ave, London SW16 2LT
Tooting
102 steely road, Seely Rd, London SW17 9QU
Acton
Station Parade, 6A Noel Rd, London W3 0DS
Bow
Guitar Lessons Bow, Devons Road, London
Bromley
8 Upton Court, Blean Grove, London SE20 8XD
North London
90C Hazellville Rd, London N19 3NA
Limehouse
5 Bernardo Gardens, Bernardo Street, London, E1 0LN
Fulham
55 Waterford Road, London SW6 2DT
Kensington
Petersham Pl, Kensington, London SW7 5PU
Richmond
Queenswood Avenue, Hampton Hil, London TW12 3AT
Harringay
131 Turnpike Lane, London N8 0DU
Walthamstow
Walthamstow, London, E17
Enfield
Norfolk Close, London, N13 6AN
Brixton
48 Dulwich Road, Brixton, London SE24 0PA
Olympia
Kensington Olympia

Guitar Lessons Canning Town

Canning Town Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons Canning Town. A modern approach to music lessons with a high-end studio setting with professional-quality equipment. Our Guitar lessons in Canning Town can be the perfect outlet to express your creative and musical side. Become more confident in their playing and has a patient, encouraging, friendly, and supportive demeanour that makes learning to play the guitar fun.  Private lessons are based on student-directed goals with a focus on improving musicianship. Students are taught using the LGA method but can also pursue genres of their own choosing. There’s no registration fee, and both 45 and 60-minute lessons are offered. Our East London Tutor Vic has worked with more than 500 guitar students and is a successful recording artist in the smooth pop genre. Lessons are available for students at all skill levels

Guitar Lessons Canning Town

Guitar Lessons Canning Town

 Guitar Lessons in Canning Town

Guitar Lessons Canning Town E16. We believe Anyone Can Learn, so why not Start Today?  Our lessons also include a comprehensive online resource, with members having access to video lessons, tablature, printable notation, recordings, and other materials to help improve guitar-playing skill

 Guitar Lessons in Canning Town

Guitar Lessons in Canning Town

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  • Learn Guitar in Canning Town E16, East London
  • Private lessonsfor kids, teens and adults
  • Beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes
  • Affordable Guitar Lessons for Adults and Kids
  • For beginners and advanced players
  • Acoustic and Electric Guitar Lessons
  • Children’s Guitar Lessons Canning Town E16, East London

London Guitar Academy
21 LONSDALE ROAD, QUEENS PARK, LONDON NW6 6RA
Central London
48 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7BB
Chelsea
Ashburnham Mansions, Ashburnham Rd, London SW10 0PB
East London
Flat 9, 10 Maitland Rd, London E15 4EL
Ealing
33 Coldershaw Rd, London W13 9DX
Harrow
111 Kenmore Rd, Harrow, Greater London HA3 9EY
Streatham
50 Rosedene Ave, London SW16 2LT
Tooting
102 steely road, Seely Rd, London SW17 9QU
Acton
Station Parade, 6A Noel Rd, London W3 0DS
Bow
Guitar Lessons Bow, Devons Road, London
Bromley
8 Upton Court, Blean Grove, London SE20 8XD
North London
90C Hazellville Rd, London N19 3NA
Limehouse
5 Bernardo Gardens, Bernardo Street, London, E1 0LN
Fulham
55 Waterford Road, London SW6 2DT
Kensington
Petersham Pl, Kensington, London SW7 5PU
Richmond
Queenswood Avenue, Hampton Hil, London TW12 3AT
Harringay
131 Turnpike Lane, London N8 0DU
Walthamstow
Walthamstow, London, E17
Enfield
Norfolk Close, London, N13 6AN
Brixton
48 Dulwich Road, Brixton, London SE24 0PA
Olympia
Kensington Olympia

Guitar Lessons Finsbury Park

Finsbury Park Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons Finsbury Park. Our guitar lessons are specially tailored your individual needs as a guitarist making you learn guitar even faster! Our local teacher is an excellent, friendly tutor who love’s sharing his knowledge and making you the very best you can be. As we like to make your learning experience the most fun, complete rewarding experience it can we will ensure you learn both acoustic and electric guitar. It fair to say we Guitar Lessons Finsbury Park will help you excel when learning guitar. We will learn how music works through the songs and genres that you love. Guitar lessons are an excellent way to start a fun new hobby.

Local Guitar Tuition Finsbury Park London

Guitar Lessons Finsbury Park

Guitar Lessons & Classes in Finsbury Park

Learn your favourite songs, music theory, improvisation, and songwriting. Our teaching method is the most established and well known in London. We have taught 1000’s of guitar students just like you and we pride ourself in your success. Whether you are an absolute novice at playing the guitar or you already have some experience, you are guaranteed success in with our Guitar Lessons in Finsbury Park. Quickly learn the chords that will enable you to play the guitar styles you love.

Finsbury Park Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons London, Learn Guitar in London

  • All Ages Welcome
  • Lessons tailored to the individual
  • Play your favourite songs, understanding music theory,
  • Excel learning loads of great guitar techniques
  • Electric & Acoustic Guitar Lessons
  • Pick up a new skills and gain confidence with guitar
  • 1-2-1 Tuition or Small Groups
  • Each lesson is customised to the student
  • All Style Covered

London Guitar Academy
21 LONSDALE ROAD, QUEENS PARK, LONDON NW6 6RA
Central London
48 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7BB
Chelsea
Ashburnham Mansions, Ashburnham Rd, London SW10 0PB
East London
Flat 9, 10 Maitland Rd, London E15 4EL
Ealing
33 Coldershaw Rd, London W13 9DX
Harrow
111 Kenmore Rd, Harrow, Greater London HA3 9EY
Streatham
50 Rosedene Ave, London SW16 2LT
Tooting
102 steely road, Seely Rd, London SW17 9QU
Acton
Station Parade, 6A Noel Rd, London W3 0DS
Bow
Guitar Lessons Bow, Devons Road, London
Bromley
8 Upton Court, Blean Grove, London SE20 8XD
North London
90C Hazellville Rd, London N19 3NA
Limehouse
5 Bernardo Gardens, Bernardo Street, London, E1 0LN
Fulham
55 Waterford Road, London SW6 2DT
Kensington
Petersham Pl, Kensington, London SW7 5PU
Richmond
Queenswood Avenue, Hampton Hil, London TW12 3AT
Harringay
131 Turnpike Lane, London N8 0DU
Walthamstow
Walthamstow, London, E17
Enfield
Norfolk Close, London, N13 6AN
Brixton
48 Dulwich Road, Brixton, London SE24 0PA
Olympia
Kensington Olympia

 

Acoustic Guitar Techniques

Acoustic Techniques: How to Rock Unplugged

Ah the acoustic guitar: a campfires best friend. Servant to the troubadour, and sufferer of the Wonderwall covers. Its safe to say that acoustic guitar certainly has a lot of negative press going for it. Well not necessarily negative, just not cool. The electric guitar has chunky riffs, picks slides, and wailing solos, you name it, and it’s got it.

That doesn’t mean I’m saying that the electric guitar is the better of the two; I’m just saying that if you were organizing a house party and you needed someone to supply all the booze, I know which one I’d be asking.  

But maybe that’s just because the techniques and traits of the electric guitar are much more brash and bold than its unplugged counterpart, and you need a more refined taste to appreciate what the acoustic offers you. Tequila will definitely get you drunk more quickly than red wine, but that doesn’t mean its better right?

Acoustic Techniques How to Rock Unplugged

Yeah that is right so don’t question it. Anyway enough with the waffling, here’s some acoustic techniques to help you make your Arcala swoon at your next scout meet. 

Strumming:

Ok so before you all start making hilarious jokes about how you “never thought to strum a guitar before Dan thanks” I’m going to be talking specifically about the slight sonic differences between a few strumming styles. Because you can manipulate the sound of an acoustic less than an electric you have to think more precisely about how you approach playing it. For example, playing with the nail of your finger versus playing with your thumb.

At first glance you wouldn’t assume there would be a difference, but the percussive nature of your nail brings out a brighter tone than the skin of your thumb. Try switching between the two during a song to help with dynamics. Maybe the brighter timbre of your nail will help lift a chorus up a bit? (It will).  

Finger picking:

So it wouldn’t be acoustic guitar without finger picking would it? Everyone from Bob Dylan all the way to the big Bieber have had a good ole’ crack at it. Biggest faux pas people make with this is not thinking enough about the patterns they play. The reason finger picking is amazing is because you can shift the dynamics of a song simply by switching the finger picking pattern you’re playing. Don’t just sit there and play The Boxer’s pattern over every song, be better than that. You want inspiration? James Taylor, Nick Drake. If you need more inspiration than that then you’ve not listened well enough. 

The Power of Open Strings

So this one sounds more complicated than it is. In short, acoustic guitars can either sound beautiful, or really boring and flat. Most of that is down to technique, and specifically the use of open strings surrounding the chords you’re playing. No one wants to hear just the three notes in a G chord, they want all the over tones and open strings that give the acoustic guitar so much life. Try making sure your when you’re playing your chords that you’re note accidentally muting any open strings that help give the acoustic guitar life when being played solo. Equally however, do make sure you mute notes that don’t belong in the chord. There’s something about a duff note being played in and amongst other notes on a solo acoustic guitar that’s just a little bit more pathetic than usual. So don’t do it. 

Happy playing!

Dan

How to Sound Like Dave Gilmour

5 Pedals or Less: How to Sound Like Dave Gilmour

Back at it again, the hunt for tone never ends. Speaking from personal experience, furthering my understanding of tone has simultaneously been one of the most rewarding and frustrating experiences of my life. On the one hand, finally cracking one of my favourite guitar player’s sounds and learning all of their secrets is an exhilarating feeling. But staying up till 3am trying to work out which exact chorus pedal SRV used on David Bowie’s ‘Lets Dance’ only to find out its an extremely rare rack unit that would cost me more money than I’ve ever earned to acquire, blows.

Sound Like Dave Gilmour

Sound Like Dave Gilmour

But what can you do? Its not like finding that out has put me off the idea of maybe one day taking out some insane loan to buy one so I can play that solo through it once and go “Well, that wasn’t worth it” so there’s no point getting upset about it. I love tone; you love tone, that’s why we’re here. Forever sharing and reading about our collective theories on how we can get one-step closer to kind of sounding like our heroes, it’s what gets me out of bed on a morning.

The Beginner’s Guide to David Gilmour: Tone, Gear, Effects – Guitar

5 Pedals or Less: How to Sound Like Dave Gilmour

5 Pedals or Less: How to Sound Like Dave Gilmour

 

Sound Like Dave Gilmour

Today, we’re going to be looking at a man who needs no introduction: Dave Gilmour.

What? I said he needed no introduction. If you really need to learn about who he is and what he has contributed to music, then climb out from under that giant rock you’ve been living under and go buy Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and listen to them and realize what you’ve been missing out on your whole life. If that still doesn’t give you enough info about his guitar playing, then go watch the live at Pompeii concert, its on YouTube and has been for ages. I’m here to help you guys but I’m not going to spoon feed

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you. Go on, go listen to those albums and come back to me, ill wait.

You’re back? Great, lets get started.

Dan’s Pick No.1: Pro-Co RAT (£79)

David Gilmour, or Dave to his friends, has had a constant development of tone over the four decades he’s been knocking around making classic album after classic album. Every aspect of his tone can change on different albums, even on different tracks of the same album! And none of those aspects are trickier than his drive sound. The average user would assume that you’d buy a fuzz, and that’s fair enough. He his a well-known fuzz user, especially the Big Muff range by EHX. However, this series is supposed to help you sound like him in fewer than five pedals, and I don’t think there is any single fuzz that would cover all of his drive sounds, and we don’t want to waste our options on multiple fuzzes. However, there is a big argument for the Pro-co RAT being the ideal drive for Dave’s sound. You gun this pedal, you get creamy sweet fuzz like leads and sustain, very Comfortably Numb, very Echoes. But then, if you dial it back,

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you can get some classic overdrive sounds. Which is often overlooked when trying to sound like Dave. Think about Shine On You Crazy Diamond, that’s not a big drive sound, it’s a classic blues sound that has some bite when you dig in, and fuzz can’t really do that very well. I’m not saying this drive will suit everyone, it polarizes users because it takes some learning to get it sounding nice, and there’s argument that a fuzz (specifically the new EHX triangle mini range) would get you closer to Dave’s classic sound quicker and easier. But personally I think over time you’d get more enjoyment out of the RAT. Its also a great rock pedal in general, so bonus!

Dan’s Pick No.2: MXR Univibe (£130)

Again, modulation was a tricky one to decide on. No one loves modulation pedals more than me, but if you’ve only got five pedals then you kind of have to condense your modulation down into one pedal. Especially considering we’ve not looked at delays, or any of the other space like sound scape options that you need for Dave’s sound. I’ve chosen the Univibe for one reason, and I’ve said this before, I don’t really know what it is. Is it a phaser? Is it chorus? We’ll never know. But Dave used both of those kinds of pedals and

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this univibe does a really great job of giving you both sides of the coin, and then a free third side of this weird coin I’ve just made up that does univibe.
Also, lets be honest, everyone who’s trying to sound like Dave is going to want to play the Shine On You Crazy Diamond riff a hundred times over. And this pedal seems to get me the closest whilst still offering other tones for different sides of Dave’s playing. It’s also the best type of modulation pedal for psychedelic soloing, because it adds guitar tone without getting in the way. There are other options for this pedal I’ll admit that, but personally I think you’d be happier with this.

Dan’s Pick No.3/4: TC Electronic Flashback 2 (£98)/ EHX Memory Toy (£84)

When deciding on Dave’s delay, or Davelay as no one calls it. We had to consider a couple of things. You need a delay that offers you classic analogue sounds and can also do cool feedback stuff, but you also need some lush sounding delays with chorus and a digital edge. Sadly, there isn’t a pedal like that in existence to my knowledge. And if there is, neither

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you nor I could afford it. However, for a total of £174, which we can all agree is pretty cheap in the modern delay market, you can buy two delays that not only fill those desired needs, but also offer a lot more. With the Memory Toy, it’s just a simple version of the classic memory man at a great price, and will do all the cool feedback stuff you’d ever need. But throw in the Flashback two, and suddenly you’ve got anywhere from super modern digital delay, to classic 2290 chorus-y delay, and even some old school tape sounding ones too! Also stacking delays is a classic Gilmour move, or Gilmove (I’ll stop with these puns now) and there genuinely isn’t a better way to kill three hours than by stacking two different delays and seeing what happens. If you wanna save money here, just get the Flashback. It won’t do analogue sounds as well but it offers more options and functionality, especially with the tone print functions. But if you’re a legend you’ll get both.

Dan’s Pick No.5: Ernie Ball Vp-Jr Volume Pedal (£88)

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Volume pedals are a tricky one to sell to someone if they’ve never owned one before. They fall into the category of the not fun but necessary pedals, like buying a power supply. Its essential to your pedal-board, but no one is thrilled when it arrives in the post. Thing is, to create classic Floyd-esque soundscapes, you’re going to need a volume pedal. There’s gonna be some people out there who will say “Hey man, just use your volume pot for swells its exactly the same” and it isn’t. It’s harder, and restricting. Using a volume pedal will not only give your better swells and more control, it also frees up your hands so you can do more as you’re swelling. The Ernie Ball volume pedal series is basically the industry standard these days; you see them on basically every board on every rig rundown, so why go against the grain. I know that’s not a very Pink Floyd approach but hey, welcome to the machine. If you want to improve the quality of your tone you can buy the one up from this one that includes a 250k pot, which improves your signal passing through it, somehow. But for all you bedroom warriors I doubt you’ll need to worry about that.

By Dan Tredgold

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Tips For Learning Songs

Tips to Learn Songs Faster On Guitar

So you’ve been practicing and working hard on your instrument. The hours you’ve invested into mastering your craft are starting to pay off and you’ve decide to take the plunge and learn that song you’ve always dreamt of being able to play. However, you might find that despite your new found skills, you still run in to difficulties. There might be a specific section that trips you up, the structure might be confusing and you’re running out of patience. Don’t dismay though, we’ve all been there and sometimes all you need to do is take a different approach. In this article we’re going to explore some techniques to help you overcome these obstacles and hopefully give you the breakthrough that you need!

Active Listening

I know this might seem obvious, but listening to the song you’re trying to master is key to success. I don’t mean putting it on while doing the dishes or fighting through the crowds whilst commuting, I’m talking about active listening. Active listening is when you are solely focused on what is happening in the song. Before you even sit down at your instrument, find somewhere quiet where you can listen to the music without any external distractions and can really absorb the music. Listen to all the melodies, not just on the instrument that you play but within all aspects of the song. Hear how the instruments communicate with each other, familiarise yourself with the groove, listen to the vocals and lead lines carefully, taking note of how they change from section to section. The idea is to memorise all aspects of the song until you know what happens in each part without having to listen to the actual song. Once you are confident that you know the song like the back of your hand, then it is time to sit with your instrument and start learning. Doing this is going to save a lot of time having to go back and check if you are playing certain parts right because you know exactly what its supposed to sound like. You will be able to use your musical ear more accurately and be familiar with the structure and melodies, thus playing with more confidence.

Tips For Learning Songs

Break It Down

With some exceptions, most songs are built up of repeating sections or progressions that make up the structure of the music. It might be difficult to hear when listening to the song as a whole, but due to the mathematical nature of how music is created, certain patterns start to emerge that you can use to break down the song and can change your perspective on how difficult a piece is to learn. Let’s take the classic ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis and dissect the structure. 

(Oasis – Wonderwall) 

Intro

Verse 1 

Verse 2 

Bridge 

Chorus 

Verse 3 

Bridge

Chorus 

Outro 

At first glance this might look like a lot of sections to learn and follow, but you might just find that some of these sections are exact repeats of previous ones. For example, all the Verses are made up of the same chords, same goes with the Chorus and the Bridge. You’ll also find that the Intro uses the same chords as the Verses and the Outro uses the same chords as the Chorus. So what we can do is identify different progressions in the song and assign them a letter. If we use A for the progression used in the Intro and Verses, B for the progression used in the Bridge and C for the progression in the Chorus and Outro then the structure of the song starts to look a little bit like this. 

A – Intro

A – Verse 1 

A – Verse 2 

B – Bridge 

C – Chorus 

A – Verse 3 

B – Bridge

C – Chorus 

C – Outro

Here we can see that this song is actually only made up of three differing sections, all we have to do is arrange them in the right order. By looking at songs in this way it breaks them down into a more manageable structure and definitely makes things look less daunting. So try and find these patterns and see how they arrange themselves in the songs you want to learn. Learn each section independently then work on stitching them together in the right order. This will create you a basic framework from which to work from  and help you on your way to playing the song through from start to finish. Once you have a firm grasp of the different sections, then you can go back and start adding in extra details like chord inversions or extensions that will bring the song to life. 

Isolate The Difficult Parts

In my experience, I have found that there is often one section in a song that you find more difficult than the rest. It can be incredibly frustrating every time you get to that bit and your playing falls apart, knocking your confidence for the rest of the song. In these scenarios, I find it best to isolate the difficult sections and practice it in detail. Slow down the tempo and repeat the difficult part until you can play it accurately and confidently at a slower pace. Once you are nailing it every time, slowly increase the tempo until it flows naturally at the original tempo. If you’re feeling dedicated, increase the tempo further than the original song until you can play it faster, then when you come to putting it back into context at the original tempo, you will be able to play the section with more confidence! 

Patience

I find myself using this point a lot when writing about music in general, but genuinely this is crucial to progressing as a musician. Be patient with yourself and don’t be disheartened if you can’t play things perfectly first time. The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ resonates for a reason, it takes time and repetition to master an instrument. So if you find yourself getting annoyed or disheartened when learning songs, take a step back, have a break or work on something else. Getting annoyed at yourself is totally counter-productive and will only hinder your progress. 

I hope these tips help you overcome any obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your musical goals. It’s human nature to try and push yourself hard when learning anything, but pushing yourself too hard can be detrimental to your confidence and your playing. Don’t run before you can walk, break things down into manageable sections and practice in detail. Taking your time to learn things properly is going to save you from beating yourself up if you can’t play it quite right just yet! 

Practise tips for Guitarists

Practice tips for guitar

Practise Practise Practise! That’s the advice given to us by countless teachers, parents and other musicians to reach our goals, and it’s correct. But it’s often difficult to know how to divide our time efficiently when we practise and what we need to do to improve and make the most of our time. So I hope this article helps anyone out there that needs some guidance on effective techniques and time management.

Practise tips for the burgeoning Musician

How and what we practise is much more important than the amount of time we dedicate to it. Now I’m not saying that playing for hours and hours a day is meaningless, if you can do it and be efficient with your time then you will obviously see more rapid improvement in your playing, but spending hours a day just noodling will not be as efficient as spending one hour a day onquality practice.

Simple and Powerful Guitar Practice Tips

Whenever possible learn only what is useful to you and has relevance to you now or in the foreseeable future. Can you see yourself using this information in a months time and it will benefit your playing now? If the answer is yes then practise it, if the answer is no, then find a technique, scale, chord or whatever that will be useful to you now and learn that. The more relevant the information is the more your brain will remember it. Know what you are playing and why you want to play it.

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How long should I practise for? Great question! The answer is whatever you’re comfortable with. For some this will be hours, for others it’ll be thirty minutes. Dedicating approximately the same amount of time to sit down with your guitar everyday will see you reap the rewards. So forty minutes six days a week is better than four hours on a Monday followed by five days off! Doing the latter will result in your brain forgetting what you did on the Monday and you having to relearn that material again.

Tips to Boost Your Practice Session

Variation is key as it’ll stop boredom creeping in by playing the same thing everyday. Change your routine to keep things fresh. If you studied major seven chords on Monday, why not look at minor seven chords on the Tuesday. You played Blues licks on the Wednesday, try out some Country licks on the Thursday. Remember, find out what works best for you and stick to it and try and dedicate the same amount of time each day to specific areas of your playing.

There’s no hard and fast rules! As long as you’re learning material that you’ll use, is relevant to you and your growth as a guitarist and you’re consistent, then you’re doing the right thing.

Learning is a treasure that will follow it’s owner everywhere – ancient Chinese proverb

Thinking Theory: The BB King Blues Box

Thinking Theory: The BB King Blues Box

All right, we’ve had our fun. We’ve had a good nine weeks of talking pedals, and guitars, and which amp we think helps us sound like that lost B-side Radiohead recording from the early 90’s best. But the powers that be have told me that enough is enough, theory must be taught. We don’t want a generation of all gear and no idea now do we? (It rhymes caus its true)

So what are we going be looking at today? Well I thought I’d go easy on ya and not dive straight into anything too intense so we can shake of those easy gear chat hats and get our much more serious and committed theory hats on. So naturally we’re doing Blues. Why? Because you can apply pretty much any scale at its most basic form to Blues, and its format demands a degree of taste. You aimlessly wail over a Blues people are going to know, and we can’t have that. So we’re going to be taking influence from one of the most simple, yet timeless players: BB King.

Music Theory For Guitar

Lets ignore the fact that BB had a voice that could melt an igloo in conditions that only existed back before we began killing our planet (shots fired) what BB brought to the world of guitar playing was something all guitarists should endorse and implement into their playing; restraint. He had so much restraint and simplicity in his playing that you can pretty much play 85% of his licks in one tiny little box on the pentatonic scale, known as the BB Blues box.

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So where is that box Dan I hear you cry? Well calm down I’m about to show you obviously. Take a look:

Thinking Theory: The BB King Blues Box

Thinking Theory: The BB King Blues Box

This, is position three of the major pentatonic scale (or position four of the minor pentatonic) depicted by my dope drawing. Marvel before its beauty. The only problem with this picture is that it just kinda looks like a bunch of notes with no direction or vibe whatsoever. But things are not always as they appear:

The BB King Blues Box

The BB King Blues Box

Boom. Did that just blow your mind? Suddenly there’s a whole breadth of colour in this scale, both musically and literally. What I’ve done is alter one note of the scale, and then pick out pretty much the only five notes you’ll need to get your BB king on. Lets talk actual theory to make this a bit clearer.

Essentially what you’re doing by highlighting these five notes is picking out the 6th, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th notes of the scale you’re playing in. In the key of C, that would be A, C, D, F, and G. Or Green, Yellow, Blue, Red, Yellow on the chart.

You’re reading that and probably saying ‘That just sounds like random notes of the scale Dan’, but lets consider this over a blues in C (Chords 1, 4, 5, or C, F, G). If you think about it, you’ve basically got your root and fifth of chord 1 (C and G) and of chord 4 (F and C) AND of chord 5 (G and D). You can also consider F to be the 7th of your chord 5, or your A to be the 6th of Chord 1, and so on.

The trick with playing is this blues box, and soloing in general, is picking your moments. Try just playing the 1 and 5 of each chord over the changes of a blues, and you’ll begin to hear that you’re suddenly playing some pretty tasty licks without even really doing anything. Once you’re more confident, start experimenting with other notes. Bend your 2nd up to the 3rd over chord 4 and you’ve got the 3rd of that chord, or the most classic BB sounding lick, 6th to the 1st.

Tasteful soloing is all about finding your own licks, but being aware of the chords you’re playing over. Less is always more in this case. It will take some time to get confident playing with, but remember; BB always took his time! Explore you Blues Guitar playing with Guitar Lessons London

Happy shredding! By Dan Tredgold

Thinking Theory: The BB King Blues Box

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