Explaining Modes for Guitar - 065

podcast Mar 26, 2019

Today, I break down modes so you can start using them right away.



In this episode I:

  • Go over the basics of modes
  • Go over the difference of how we use modes in modern times
  • Explain the difference between Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and the...
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How Do I Make My Guitar Playing Smoother and Cleaner? - 064

podcast Mar 19, 2019

Knowing what to look for is the key to curing sloppy playing!



A lot of players, especially when they first start, have no idea why things aren’t sounding so good.

They try to learn their song or chord progression or lick and focus on the job at hand. When they have...

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How to Get the Most out of Your Guitar Licks - 063

podcast Mar 12, 2019

Today, I demonstrate my five favorite devices that help you get the most mileage out of your guitar licks!



Have you ever felt like you playing just sounds the same all of the time? Or, especially for newer guitarists, does your playing sound just like you are running scales up...

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What Should I Work on Next? - 062

podcast Mar 05, 2019

It’s a question I get all of the time. Today, I give a system to put your guitar practice back on track!



What should I work on next?

Well just like playing music, there’s not just one thing to focus on. We’re bringing different things together. We’re...

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Moving From the Practice Space to the Stage - 061

podcast Feb 26, 2019

Today,I discuss the five big challenges of moving from your practice space to the stage. Once you know what to expect, it makes performing so much easier!



Transitioning into a performing guitarist is the kind of thing that isn’t talked about a lot. Most players...

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How Do You Build a Guitar Solo? - 060

podcast Feb 19, 2019

Today I share my five-part plan to build great guitar solos… every time! If you’ve ever struggled to come up with a good sounding solo, this one is for you!



Whether you’ve got a new gig as a lead guitar player, you’ve been asked to record a solo...

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Should I Learn the CAGED System? - 059

podcast Feb 13, 2019

Today, I unlock the CAGED system. I talk about what it is, my opinions of it, and how you can make the CAGED system work for you.



What is the CAGED system? 

It’s a system for understanding how basic chord shapes are laid out on the fret-board and how scale patterns...

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Listener Q&A #2 - 058

podcast Feb 05, 2019

Bringing a Bit of our Facebook Group to the Podcast



Today, we answer your questions on our second listener Q&A.

The questions cover:

  • Strong and weak beats

  • Determining the key of a song

  • Amp sim software

  • The dreaded F chord

  • Moving from electric to acoustic guitar

  • ...
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The Basics of Playing a Chord Melody on Guitar - 057

podcast Jan 29, 2019

How Do You Play a Chord Melody?



Such a small question for such a big topic.

Today I’m going to take this question an break it down to the six essential areas that you need to know to be successful playing them. They are:

  1. What is a chord melody?
  2. In what style of music...
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What’s the Best Way to Learn Songs? - 056

podcast Jan 22, 2019

Today, I take some well needed time to answer this very common question.



What is it really to learn a song?

What does it take to take a song apart, see how it is constructed, put it back together and play it.

Is it enough to just learn a song by numbers by memorizing...

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