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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Simple triads offer some of the most grand riff possibilities (as the great Eric Johnson has shown us). This week's video tip dives into how we can use these great little riffs in our own playing.

August Video Tip--Eric Johnson Triad Riffs


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Spice up your blues playing with these classic blues double stop licks! Learn a couple of great licks that are “gig-ready” and can be immediately added to your own blues playing.

July Video Tip -- Blues Double Stops


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wouldn't it be great if you could use the same chords you already know to get fresh new sounds? Taking familiar chords that use open strings and moving them around on the guitar neck creates great sounding new chords. And the best part is you don't need to learn a new chord shape!Download a .pdf here: http://www.learnandmaster.com/email/Creating_New_Sounds.pdfVie [...]

March Video Tip: Creative New Sounds from Familiar Chords


Sunday, February 05, 2012

Don't just learn one new chord! Learn how to manipulate one chord shape to create chords all over the neck. Plus, find some great rock rhythm chord patterns along the way!  

February Video Tip: Chord Shape Magic: The CAGED System


Monday, December 12, 2011

Here’s a fingerstyle arrangement of the classic Christmas song “Away in a Manger." Download the sheet music and TAB here: AwayInAManger.pdfHave fun working it out playing it for friends and family over the holidays!

Fingerstyle Arrangement of “Away in a Manger” - December Video


Monday, October 10, 2011

Electric guitar effects pedals can add an amazing array of colors to your sound.  Learn the three basic types of pedals you should consider -- Distortions, Chorus, and Delays.  Learn the various types of pedals and how they work. We had an entire Live Lesson focused on Guitar Effects Basics last week with lots of great questions and information.Enjoy learning!

October Video Tip: Basic Guitar Effects


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

   NAME: John Everett WellsGENDER: MaleMY CITY: Annapolis, MarylandFORUM USER NAME: JWELLS6407  MY INSTRUMENTS/GEAR: Acoustic guitars: (1.) Taylor 712ce, (2) Taylor GC8, (3) Yamaha FG-Junior Electric guitars: (1) Paul Reed Smith Singlecut McCarty, (2) Custom Telecaster, (3) Squier Stratocaster (upgraded) Acoustic amp: Roland Acoustic Chor [...]

Student Profile: John Wells


Monday, September 12, 2011

Harmonics can add flash and excitement to your playing.  Learn what they are, how to play them, when to use them, how they work with a capo and how to play false harmonics in this month's video tip. Enjoy!Use this Harmonic Tip Sheet (pdf) that I made to accompany this video.

September Video Tip: Harmonics


Monday, August 08, 2011

Are you bored with the basic strumming patters you learned in Session 6? This month's video should help breath some rhythm back into your strumming. The video will walk you through building a simple groove on the guitar using some familiar chord forms. You can really spice it up by adding a few loops and then you can take this little groove in A7 wherever you wan [...]

August Video Tip: Building a Simple Groove on Guitar


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Each Tuesday (well, more like most Tuesdays) at 7 pm CST we have Live Guitar Lessons. I cover a variety of topics related to playing guitar and you have an opportunity to ask questions and chat with me during the lesson.This Tuesday, July 26, is special because it will perhaps be the most exciting Live Lesson we've had for three reasons and I am super excited to [...]

Live Lesson Guitar Giveaway


Monday, July 11, 2011

July's video tip breaks down one of the most common blues guitar licks. You'll recognize it immediately and by the end of the video, you'll be well on your way to playing it like a master! I've included some sheet music for the Sus to hammer-on blues pattern I talk about. Be sure to download it and print it off for additional practice on mastering this lick: Blue [...]

July Video Tip: Popular Blues Guitar Lick


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's April Blues Shower Month here at Learn & Master. This month's tip focuses on a popular blues lick. Practice this to add a little blues style to your playing and it will help you blossom into a well-rounded guitarist!Oh, and here's the sheet music: Sliding 6th Blues in AView all our Monthly Newsletter Tips.

April Video Tip: Blues Guitar


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Each year we try to have a charity that we raise money for during the Legacy Days Guitar Gathering. Last year we were able to raise over $2,000 for the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Music Therapy Fund.I am very proud to announce that we are officially supporting Guitars for Vets as our charity for this year's Guitar Gathering.Several months ago I was watching th [...]

Guitars For Vets is Official Charity


Monday, March 28, 2011

One of the most beneficial resources we have for our students is our Student Support Forum. One of the coolest, most satisfying parts of the Student Support Forum is when our students upload videos of themselves playing guitar. Some of the videos are the students wanting to record their progress through the guitar course; while others are of students learning a s [...]

Student Video Highlights


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Get your fiddles ready! I'm gunna give you all the tools you need to join a ho-down. Using this lick, you can flatpick your way into a Bluegrass festival. Start playing this around the house and your whole family will be dancin' away!Enjoy!

March Video Tip: Bluegrass Flatpicking


Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's Love Your Guitar Month here at Learn & Master! In the spirit of Valentine's and love, this month is a great time to talk about caring for your guitar. I've asked friend and Master Luthier, Greg Voros, to join me and give you some great tips for caring for your guitar.Enjoy!Here is my regular, monthly tip. I show you how to rock out with your electric usi [...]

February Video Tip: Guitar Care


Monday, February 07, 2011

Many of us get bitten by the musical bug at some point in our lives and we start to wonder which instrument is right for us. Some are attracted to the percussive power of the drum-set, others to the expressiveness of the cello, still others to an instrument like the piano with it’s broad melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic capabilities. While ultimately it boils down [...]

The Guitar: Its Own Musical Universe


Sunday, January 09, 2011

January signifies a fresh start. As such, because this is our first newsletter for 2011, I'll give you some beginning tips to playing. As well, I'll show you how to use 3rds in a scale and make some pretty cool chord progressions!Enjoy!

January Video Tip: Strumming Using 3rds


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Watch Guitar tech, Billy Penn, as he shares a very simple, but effective tip for holding on to your pick when you tend to drop them.  This even works when you're sweating!!Very short, but very informative:We recommend this rosin from Musicians Friend.  It is currently on sale for less than $1.50 and qualifies for free shipping!

Don't Drop That Pick!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Like last month's video, I'll be teaching you another Christmas favorite, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Again, due to the popularity of last month's fingerstyle arrangement, this one will also be a simple fingerstyle tune. Here is the sheet music (pdf) for the song so you can print it out and practice!Hope you enjoy!

December Video Tip: Fingerstyle God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Monday, November 15, 2010

November is upon us and that means Christmas is coming. One of the favorite parts of Christmas for many is the music. Therefore, in this month's video, I'm going to teach you how to play a popular Christmas song, Silent Night. I'll be using a nice fingerstyle arrangement which gives it just the right mood for the song!

November Video Tip: Fingerstyle Silent Night


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I recently found a couple videos on Youtube that claimed to list the "Top 10" and "Top 25" Guitar solos in order of "topness".The trouble was... I could never agree to them. MY LIST is different! My age (52), my experience as a songwriter, and of course my personal tastes demand of me that I engage in a "throw down" with these list makers, and present my own list [...]

Is there a REAL Top-10 Guitar Solos?


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