How To Figure Out The 7 Chords In Any Key

Why is a chord a chord? It’s a question philosophers have grappled with since the beginning of time. Ok, not really, but it is the subject of this lesson. Guitarists have a great dependance on chords. Many guitarists put themselves into the ‘rhythm-guitarist’ category and decide that that’s all they’ll ever learn. But for all the time we devote to learning chords and using them in music, we often overlook what they actually are, at a fundamental level. There are a few reasons why this happens. The main one is that we tend to learn shapes, which means that we can play a D minor chord without … [Read more...]

Finger Exercises For Guitar

Finger exercises are a great way to improve the strength of your hands for guitar playing. There are many finger exercises that you can do for both hands, especially the left hand. Although it's great to study and play as much material as you can, the good thing about finger exercises is that you can make up your own. … [Read more...]

Practicing slow vs practicing fast

A common question that seems to arise again and again amongst my students is this: "Should I practice slowly or should I practice quickly"? Usually the student is struggling with a certain technical challenge, such as a chord change or a picking exercise etc. A common answer to this question is simply to practice slowly and work your way up, until you can play the passage or movement at your desired speed. To be honest, I don't think this is the ideal way. I think the answer is not always to practice slow, or fast, but both. Simply put, both methods focus on different areas, but both are … [Read more...]