There's 5 uncomfortable truths about guitar culture that we, the players, need to address. Now, please. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIbrt1Ut-Vs&list=PLf_o4hrSq6nRwRoicP83Jt82Y8bSli48I In this 5-part video-essay mini-series, I talk about some of the weird ideas that guitarists have held on to for far to long. Some of them are holding us back and some are just plain dumb. Let's evolve.
Glissando for Guitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrY0_HGE7e4 Playing a decent Glissando on your guitar may not be as simple as a slide. Watch to learn why! Also, yes, learning new words is a good thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFF9SXWtiBA Music theory lesson covering everything you need to know about note duration or note length. Specifically aimed at beginner guitarists and bedroom producers who have little to no understanding of rhythm or note values. Try to ignore the layer of sweat on my face. This has been the warmest day of my entire life. … Continue reading Note Durations
Chord Theory Brain Teaser
https://youtu.be/5WGc4GheNRo This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we're adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords and seeing how that note affects each chord.
Rewrite Your Song From Memory
Quick tip for songwriters and composers, especially ones wanting to create memorable, popular music. The idea is that trying to re-create your song using memory alone will highlight the elements that are most memorable and allow you to reconsider the use of any parts you didn't remember.
Neck Positions Are Dumb, Discuss.
Let's clear something up before watching the video. There's been some confusion in the video comments which, I think, stems from the fact that there's 2 things often referred to as "Neck Positions", but only one of these is relevant here. The first is Scale Position - the note of the scale you begin on, ("starting on the … Continue reading Neck Positions Are Dumb, Discuss.
E Diminished Lick
https://youtu.be/K2lZhTjDqbQ Today I'm excited to present you with this new guitar lick, in E Diminished. The pattern takes advantage of the symmetry within the Diminished Chromatic scale, and can be used to add some spice to your playing. In the example at the start of the video, I'm improvising over 2 bars of Em, then … Continue reading E Diminished Lick
The Future of Guitar?
What is the future of guitar? Whilst some of the biggest brands are failing because they're not giving players what they want and others are focusing on making viral online content, what should us players do to stand out? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbWsBFgeeC4 All this effort going into sounding like guitars did “back in the day” when barely … Continue reading The Future of Guitar?
The Best Music Education Channels on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSoMTT0jwd8 Where do I go to learn about music theory, guitar, gear, and other instruments? These are my top 10 channels for learning music. Adam Neely https://www.youtube.com/user/havic5 Loudon Stearns https://www.youtube.com/user/LoudonYukon Stephen Taylor https://www.youtube.com/user/DrummerEtc Tantacrul https://www.youtube.com/user/martinth... 12tone https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTUt... Rob Chapman https://www.youtube.com/user/RobChappers Vulfpeck https://www.youtube.com/user/DJparadi... Scott's Bass Lessons https://www.youtube.com/user/devinebass Rick Beato https://www.youtube.com/user/pegzch Reverb https://www.youtube.com/user/reverbma...
Easy Chord Changes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1jhvm1XnN4 Changing chords is pretty hard, and is one of the things that puts people off of playing guitar past their first few lessons. It's true that you've got to put the time in, but there is something we can do to make things easier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1jhvm1XnN4