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Just another practice tip

Pick a new key signature every month.  Use this for your picking exercises, scales, arpeggios, chords, theory, composing, accompanying.  If you use iRreal Pro or Ultimate guitar, learn songs, but transpose them to this key.

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Legato

If you’re not familiar, here is the technical definition: smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.

A good lot of my students struggle with this, especially on lead lines or on sustained barred chords.  For the most part…

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Your friend the alarm clock

I talk about metronomes constantly, waxing poetic about how they will keep time for you.  But beyond keeping track of your speed, you should be managing your time when practicing and the best way to do it is to keep…

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Consistency, bro

I’ve set out to work consistently on alternate picking for 100 days, mostly because I’d seen a lot of lessons online of people saying how, really the only thing holding you back from playing like this is dedicating the time…

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Mapping as it relates to speed picking

I’m finding this to be the biggest hurdle.  In terms of improvisation and composing, a lot of what is holding us back (this could possibly apply to repertoire as well) is that we’re not strong with our fretboard knowledge.  Ear…

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The motion is a lot like strumming a chord

Notice the circular motion of your right hand.  This is what people always say is “like buttering toast.”  If you make it more minute, it’s going to be a bit more like turning a key in a door, or even…

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Maybe science is holding you back

I have a hypothesis that there are a few global tempos that everyone feels more accurately than others, perhaps due to the nature of old school metronomes not providing such precision as digital metronomes, and up until the 80s or…