A Matter of Scale – Part 2


Here is some further clarification of the concepts I discussed in a previous blog post, It’s a Matter of Scale… There are seven notes in the major scale. C Major Scale = C  D  E  F  G  A  B But whenever I ask a student. “What are the notes of the C major scale?”, they frequently answer,  “C  D…

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And then the guitar says, “What are you looking at, anyways?”

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Are you ever aware of where you are focusing your gaze while playing? Here are the five places you can look while playing: • your left hand • your right hand • whatever is on the music stand • nowhere in particular… staring into space • close your eyes  My experience when observing students play…

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Warning: This is not a New Year’s Resolution Blog Post

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How tempting is it to discuss a new plan for a new year for something so progress-based such as learning a musical instrument. I’ve done it plenty of times myself… sitting down to practice on January 1st & feeling like I am somehow newly recharged & refocused. However, all the things that I have been…

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Contrary to Popular Belief…


… your fingers do not have minds of their own. Yet at times, it does indeed seem as if they do. Muscle memory is a big part of learning to play any instrument, so in a way, you could say that the fingers are often working independently from your conscious mind’s direction. It’s about getting the…

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Multi-tasking: Part One in a Series


Generally, when one starts a series of articles, they already have a number of ideas & topics that they will write about over the next few weeks. I just now had the idea for this series while I was warming up on my acoustic and so, right now, I only have this one idea. But I am counting…

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