It’s a Game of Millimeters

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It’s a game of millimeters, I tell you. The slightest adjustments can create optimum results when it comes to chord clarity. And that is one of our prime directives as guitarists… to have the chords we play ring out cleanly, clearly, and for as long as possible. (meaning, sustain is good!) So when you work…

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Take your pick…

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  … but not just any pick. One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of how your guitar sounds is the plain ol’ guitar pick. This simply designed, wafer-thin implement is perhaps as significant of a factor in your guitar tone as is what kind of wood the guitar is made out of, or what kind of strings you…

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The Effective Practice Checklist (tips for a healthy mind~body~fretboard experience)


One of the most important, yet overlooked, aspects of the guitar path is how you can create an inner & outer practice environment that enables you to be productive in all your efforts. Optimum conditions produce optimum results (is that an old saying?) and sometimes the littlest of things can make the biggest of differences (that’s definitely an old saying). Here’s…

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It’s a Matter of Scale – Part 1

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If you are new to the world of learning scales on the guitar, you might be fascinated (better word than “overwhelmed”) with all there is to explore when it comes to the learning all the patterns on the fretboard. There are, indeed, myriad arrays of the notes of any scale and I understand how it can get…

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What kind of guitarist do you want to be?

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“Begin with the end in mind”. Stephen Covey says that a lot in his best-seller, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘. As a matter of fact, it’s actually  “Habit #2″. He’s referring to the simple, yet very important, concept of knowing what your goals are before you set out to achieve them. Now that you have decided…

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