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Monday, September 23, 2013

Practicing guitar has two sides - the lab and the factory. Both are equally important and needed for effective learning. In his recent live lesson, the great Fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty shared this wonderful insight from Seth Godin and applied it to guitar learning. (And I’ve thrown in my thoughts as well!)When you practice, certain guitar learning tasks [...]

September 2013 Article - The Lab & the Factory


Monday, July 15, 2013

 Tom M.City: Decatur, ILForum Username: TomMy Gear:Guitars:Breedlove Pro C25/CRHEpiphone BroadwayVariax 300Amps:Roland AC-33 acoustic ampRoland CubeLine 6 Pod XTFavorite Artists/Bands: Tommy Emmanuel, Adam Rafferty, Frank Vignola and Joscho Stephan are my current favorites.Favorite style of music to play: FingerstyleWhat made you want to play music? Just an overa [...]

July 2013 Student of the Month - Tom M.


Sunday, February 05, 2012

Don’t let head-games steal your guitar playing future! Many future guitar players get way out of whack as they start learning and their head games end up forfeiting their guitar playing future. They start learning with great enthusiasm, practice a few times, hit the inevitable first wall of frustration, and immediately give up.It doesn’t need to be this way! J [...]

Straight Talk to Beginners on Guitar Learning


Monday, October 24, 2011

Our Live Guitar Lessons continue to grow and we are able to attract more and more notable names as guests each month to dispense their guitar knowledge to us and you. If you joined us on October 11, you were able to see and chat with me and Bryan White as we discussed songwriting and guitar (watch the recording). Bryan brought quite the resume, which includes a G [...]

20 Songwriting Tips from Bryan White


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Not long ago, we posted a Happy Birthday Les Paul blog. Well, on September 10, 2011 in Waukeesha Wisconsin (Les Paul was born in Waukeesha), the Les Paul family, estate and Les Paul Foundation unveiled a 500 square foot monument to the man who is arguably the most influential figure in guitar and music. The monument is meant to celebrate the life and accomplishme [...]

Les Paul Memorial


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pete Huttlinger is not just an excellent fingerpick guitarist, he is also a good friend of mine. He has also been a familiar name and face at our yearly Guitar Gathering (although he wasn't able to come this year because of his health). Earlier this year, I made a post on our Student Support Forum about how his health is deteriorating due to severe heart failure. [...]

Pete Huttlinger Medical Fund


Monday, June 27, 2011

Just a visual recap of a great Guitar Gathering! You can view more photos, or upload some you took, on our Facebook Page or the Guitar Gathering 2011 Photo Gallery on our Forum.And a short video of Johnny Hiland playing for the group from his Blues Connection album:

Legacy Days Guitar Gathering 2011 Photo Recap


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Today marks what would have been Lester William Polsfuss, more commonly known as Les Paul, 96th birthday. Many of you may only think Les Paul is the name of a Gibson guitar, when in fact Les Paul was one of the most influential guitarist ever. Besides being a master at the instrument, Les pioneered the modern solid body electric guitar, which we all know made Roc [...]

Happy Birthday Les Paul!


Friday, January 28, 2011

On Wednesday, I had the awesome opportunity to spend the day doing interviews of great guitarists at the Historic RCA Studio B here in Nashville, on Music Row. The day started out with Rick Vito from Fleetwood Mac. You may know Rick, even if you don't "know" Rick. If you are familiar with the tune "Like a Rock" from the Chevy commercials, then you've heard Rick p [...]

Interviews at Historic RCA Studio B


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