Make learning chords easier by learning to see the big picture.
When you’re learning to play guitar, learning the chords is one of the most important things you have to do. It is one of our fundamental skills, and you typically learn at least a few chords when you are getting started with your guitar lessons.
The problem that a lot of people have is that a lot of brainpower is devoted to memorizing where to put your fingers to make each chord. While this is important (if your fingers are in the wrong places, you’ll play the wrong chord - or no chord at all), there is an approach you can use to make it easier on yourself.
By learning how to "connect the dots” and visualize your chords as shapes, you can help yourself learn your chords faster in the first place, and have an easier time remembering them as you play through chord progressions or songs.
Learning guitar is something that most of us want to do at some point.
Whether you want to be able to play the chords to your favorite song in your own room or perform with a band on stage, you’ve probably thought about learning to play guitar.
While it seems simple enough on the surface, guitar can be a complicated instrument to learn on your own.
An overflow of free lessons and conflicting information on the internet can make it even trickier.
If you want to learn to play guitar, your best bet is to take some guitar lessons with a good teacher.
Lessons with a great guitar teacher will give you a range of benefits while helping you become a much better guitar player than you could if you tried to learn on your own.
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Learning guitar can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to reduce stress, explore your creativity, and have fun with music.
With guitar lessons, you can speed up your progress, make new friends, and have more fun with your instrument as your guitar teacher shows you more ideas you can use to play your music.
Sometimes though, it’s not all fun and games. As with any new skill you learn, there will be plateaus, roadblocks, and other frustrations along the way.
The difference between people who quit and people who keep playing guitar is often found in how you approach these frustrations.
The ukulele is a great instrument. It’s portable, it’s fun to play, and it’s a relatively easy instrument to get started on.
By learning a few well chosen chords, you can start playing songs on your ukulele today!
Instead of memorizing a huge library of chords, and trying to use them in songs later, I’m going to take you straight to the 4 ukulele chords that will let you start playing real music right away.
Accessories are the little "extras" that every guitar player needs to buy at some point.
Guitar accessories can range from essential to your ability to play the guitar, to making it easier to take care of your instrument, to giving you different ways to make sound with your guitar.
Below is a list of accessories that I recommend to my students when they ask about strings, picks, or other accessories. Take a look, and use this guide as a starting point for your own guitar accessories.
You don't need to know thousands of chords to start playing jazz guitar.
When you’re just getting started with jazz guitar, it can seem pretty daunting.
At first glance, there appear to be hundreds or thousands of possibilities when it comes to the chords you will need to learn.
In reality, things aren’t that complicated. There are really just 5 different types of chords you need to learn in order to get started playing jazz guitar.
By learning these chords, you will be able to start working your way through playing jazz standards or jazz ensemble music.
Once you are comfortable with the 5 basic jazz guitar chord types, you will have a good foundation that you can use to learn more complicated variations of these chords later on.
In this lesson you will learn:
Everyone wants to be able to improve their guitar playing.
Whether you are just getting started, or if you’ve been playing guitar for years, chances are that you would like to be a better guitar player than your are right now.
While there is no real quick fix to instantly turn you into a master guitar player, there are things you can do on a daily basis to help you make consistent improvements to your guitar playing over the weeks and years of your guitar playing.
In reality, there are no shortcuts to getting better at playing guitar. There is no magic knowledge, special training program, or lost secret that will make you a better guitar player overnight.
But you can make steady improvement in your guitar playing by developing certain habits and incorporating them into your practice sessions.
Throughout this lesson we will look at 7 things you can do on a daily basis to improve your guitar playing, keep your practice sessions interesting, and have more fun with your guitar playing.
Choosing a guitar teacher is an important part of playing guitar, but it can be difficult to know what you are really looking for in a guitar teacher.
Unless you are an advanced guitar player who has already had one or more great teachers, choosing a guitar teacher can be a daunting task.
One of the biggest problems is that there are so many choices available to you for learning guitar. There are probably too many guitar teachers to count, and that’s just in your local area.
Try looking for online guitar lessons and there is an overwhelming amount of options. The sheer number of choices lead many students to just pick someone at random and hope for the best.
When you choose a guitar teacher in your area or online, many people don’t know what to look for.
What are signs that you’ve found a good guitar teacher who can help you become the best guitar player you can be? What are some signs that you should probably keep looking?
Finding the right guitar teacher for you is an important first step towards your success in learning to play guitar.
Having a good teacher can save you time and money, while helping you learn to play guitar as quickly as possible.
In this article, we’re going to look at:
Developing control in your fret and picking hands is an important part of playing guitar.
Often it goes overlooked, even though it can become a source for problems in your guitar playing.
Getting your left and right hands to work together can be tricky - but not impossible. There are exercises you can do as a warm up that will help you develop control of your hands and fingers.
With the simple exercise in this lesson, you will be able to develop the control to play the different scales, arpeggios, and patterns that come up in your music.
As I was getting into jazz guitar, learning scales was an obstacle for me. I knew a couple of scale positions, but had no logical way to get from point A to point B.
After some searching, I took a lesson with a great jazz guitarist in the Seattle area.
He showed me a system of 5 scale shapes that would help me organize my lines so I didn’t have to jump around the neck so much as I played.
I practiced the patterns and exercises, and got pretty good at them. However, it was still hard for me to use them as I played songs.
I would still revert back to old habits because I didn’t really understand how to apply the scale patterns to playing songs.
Over the years, I figured it out - after lots of practice, research, and experimentation. But at the time, it left me with the question: what are these scale patterns good for anyway?
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