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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tone.  It’s the guitar player’s holy grail.  Those who have it are instantly recognizable.  Have you ever listened to a player and said, “Man, he sounds so great.  How does he get that tone?”It doesn’t matter whether you play acoustic or electric, the sound of a great guitar can turn a few simple notes from blah to amazing. So, getting the best tone from your ins [...]

August 2012--Achieving Great Tone

Wednesday, July 4, 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, March 11, 2012

Man, you ought to be in a band! Some guitar playing concepts like soloing and improvisation can’t be learned from a book or DVD. You only learn them from playing with a band - whether live or recorded. Since you probably don’t have your own back up band jam tracks can fill an important role in your learning.In my formative teenage years, I spent many hot Texas su [...]

Let’s Jam! Tips for Playing with Jam Tracks

Sunday, February 5, 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

Friday, October 7, 2011

Any trip to the local music store can be very intimidating, as you look at the dozens of guitar pedals available.  Many of them with unhelpful, non-descriptive names like “Electric Mistress”, “Metal Zone” and “Green Rhino”.  (Who thinks up these crazy names?!)  It can be hard to pick out the pedal that is right for you.  Which is the best pedal for you?  How much [...]

Tips for Buying Guitar Effects Pedals

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, 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, July 5, 2011

I've given you almost 1 month exactly to get through Session 7. It's time to move to the next session - Session 8: Barre Chords on the 5th String. If you're still struggling with Session 7, it's OK. Session 8 is very similar and will help you with barre chords. (est. time 3 weeks)If you've mastered the Session 7 barre chords, great! If not, keep strengthening you [...]

Course Walk-Through: Session 8 – Barre Chords on the 5th String

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's been over a month since the post on Session 6 and that is more time than is suggested in the Lesson Book so let's move on! Session 7 is all about Barre Chords. Barre Chords seem to give many people trouble and are often a major hurdle to get over. Don't fear though, while they may take a little more time to conquer, you can do it! (est. time 3 weeks)One secr [...]

Course Walk-Through: Session 7 – Barre Chords on the 6th String

Monday, May 16, 2011

First of all, let's define "Pentatonic Scale" before we get started on why it's such a great thing.  The term "pentatonic" just means "5 tones" or "5 notes".  So any scale with only 5 notes could be called a pentatonic scale, but when comes to guitar players, there are really only two particular scales that earn the name:Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic Scal [...]

What's the Big Deal About Pentatonic Scales?

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, February 10, 2011

Sooner or later, every beginner guitar player hits a wall or two in their playing... a tough skill that won't be easily mastered.  One of the biggies is Barre Chords!If you're reading this, you probably know what a barre chord is, but just in case you don't:  a barre chord is a guitar chord that is played up the neck, using your index finger to "barre" across the [...]

A Little "Barre Chord Magic" for Guitar

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, October 12, 2010

In this month's tip, I'll show you how to enhance a simple chord progression. Taking a simple chord progression, you can break apart the individual chords and add some interesting styles, arpeggios, power chords and more to take what was a simple, boring progression and transform it into something completely different.

October Video Tip: Enhance Your Chord Progressions

Friday, July 16, 2010

If you're just starting out with guitar, the best thing you can do is grab some early success to put wind in your sails. Knowing a some notes and their names useful, but early on, what you need most is courage and motivation to keep going.So my suggestion? Learn some easy guitar songs. It's a win-win situation because you get some gratification and those who will [...]

Easy Songs for Guitars

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