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Make Practice Feel Like Play

July 29th, 2016 by


Over the past 20 years, I’ve repeatedly observed how the word practice can instantly turn students (and not just my younger ones!) off from wanting to pick up their guitar. They want to be able (more…)

Rhythm Lesson 5: 16th Note Bliss

July 22nd, 2016 by


We’ve reached the final lesson in our rhythm series. This lesson focuses solely on 16th note rhythms. Just by mastering the following exercises alone will enhance your (more…)

Rhythm Lesson 4: Even/Odd

July 15th, 2016 by


I hope you’re ready to test out your rhythm skills! If you’ve missed the previous three lessons, I suggest going back and reviewing these before continuing (more…)

Rhythm Lesson 3: The Periscope

July 8th, 2016 by


Lesson 3 takes what was taught in Lessons 1 and 2, and adds a twist. Like the smooth up and down movement of a submarine’s periscope, the goal here is to seamlessly switch from one rhythm to the next—in this case, speeding up and slowing down according to (more…)

Rhythm Lesson 2: Rhythm Builder

July 1st, 2016 by


Last week, you were introduced to the quarter note and the 8th note. Keeping in mind that everything in music is connected to rhythm, let’s quickly review some key points (more…)