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    • 30 days to better blues guitar ebook

      30 Days To Better Blues Guitar eBook $15.99


      In the 30 Days to Better Blues Guitar eBook you will find a month long practice routine with a lesson a day on a topic covering some of the basics and most fundamental principles of Blues Guitar playing. Each short lesson will improve your knowledge of soloing, licks, scales, arpeggios, chords, harmony, vibrato, accents, phrasing, ear training and sight reading.

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  • winton marsalis

    Tackling the Monster: Winton Marsalis' 12 Essential Practice Tips

    I will always remember watching Winton Marsalis' instruction video, back in the days of VHS, entitled Tackling the Monster. In it he detailed 12 essential tips for effective practice which have stuck with me ever since. I usually cite them when meeting musicians that are just starting out but, in my opinion, they are very relevant for players of all levels and ages:

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  • varety of music

    Have a Variety of Music on the Go

    Often you will hit obstacles when you practice guitar. These are good because they provide a challenge that you must overcome. They can also be dangerous as they can lead to frustration and worse still become a deterrent to you spending time with your instrument.

    When you practice I always recommend that you have a few things on the go. You must always have your scales and technical

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  • margie politzer

    Some Tips for Practising Singing and Playing Guitar

    by Simon James.

    With singing, keep the strumming patterns on your guitar really simple to begin with, and sing over the top. Loop each line of every song that you sing over and over. As the simple strumming pattern gets stronger, start to add an extra note or strum to the pattern. Then when that becomes strong add a one or two more. Do these slowly so that you don't ever lose the rhythm and then gradually speed up. As soon as you start to lose rhythm and coordination, slow down and simplify again.

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  • guitar4free-repetition

    Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

    by Simon James.

    When you are learning something new it is very rarely the case that you will be able to play it immediately. This only really happens if you have been playing a long time or are a very good reader or if you are particularly adept at picking things up by copying or playing by ear.

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  • guitar4free practice tips

    How To Develop Good Practice Habits

    by Simon James.

    I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to develop a ‘habit.’ If you do something continuously for that amount of time, you will become adjusted to the routine as it will become second nature. Some habits are certainly easier to get into than others....

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  • michael jordan

    Music and Sport

    by Simon James.

    Malcolm Gladwell states that, “Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” And when I look at some of the master musicians that I’ve been fortunate to work with there is no denying that they have put in the hours....

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  • joseph james and the lost society

    Learn by Playing Your Favourite Songs

    by Simon James.

    Guitar Playing can be tremendous fun especially if you learn by playing your favourite songs. Practice ceases to be practice and instead becomes something that you can’t stop doing, especially when you are working on material that you can’t get enough of.

    It was a revelation to me when I was able to work out all of the songs on Nevermind by Nirvana and BloodSugarSexMagik by the Red Hot Chili Peppers....

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  • john frusciante

    Practice Makes Perfect

    by Simon James.

    There’s no avoiding the fact that in order to be a good musician you must practice. No amount of reading or watching videos can deny that the more time you spend with your instrument in your hands playing....

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  • lionel messi

    A Few Tips from the World of Sport

    by Simon James.

    The analogy between sport and music is one that I find myself using all of the time when I am teaching as I find the disciplines involved in both remarkably similar. Certainly there are those musicians and sportsmen in the world that are so phenomenally talented that you could be forgiven for thinking that they have been lifted off the earth dipped in some special juice and put back down to perform and make the rest of us feel humble!

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  • The Cut up writing technique

    Mixing Up Everything You Have Learned-

    by Simon James.

    There is no denying that it takes time to really master a musical instrument, but you can be up and running and playing relatively quickly. When you have a few songs under your belt why not play around with them a little?

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