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Thursday, August 9, 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 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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Put your jazz hat on and let's learn one of the signature guitar progressions in Jazz - the ii-V-I progression! In this video tip, Steve teaches the basic progression and several helpful variations from basic through advanced. Just follow along, get the new chord forms down and you'll be able to immediately incorporate these ideas into your own playing. The lesso [...]

May Video Tip -- Jazzing up the ii-V-I Progression

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 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, January 6, 2012

Don’t practice more, practice smarter!  This month's video contains four important secrets to getting more accomplished in less time during every  practice session. 

January Video Tip: Practice Tips for Success

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, November 7, 2011

Here’s your chance to get that Mississippi Delta Blues sound!  With some simple ideas to improvise, learn how to create your own acoustic blues tune.  Stop playing other guitarists ideas for today and start playing the music that is inside of you. Enjoy!

Creating Your Own Acoustic Blues Song: Monthly Video Tip

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 8, 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

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

Thursday, June 16, 2011

This month's video is all about using a capo. There are tons of questions on the Student Support Forum about capos and lots of different capos out there to use, so it seems prudent to show how to use a capo and what it does to your sound!Enjoy,

June Video Tip: Using a Capo

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ever thought the basic chords were pretty boring when you play them? There's the G, Am, E, D, C7 and a few more. Kind of ho-hum, huh? We'll not anymore! This month's video tip for guitar is all about infusing life into those boring old open chords. Check it out and let us know what you think:Now get out there and PRACTICE :)

May Video Tip: Playing Beyond the Average Chords

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

Wednesday, March 9, 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

Sunday, January 9, 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

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

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Want to spice up your fingerstyle original riffs? Try our September Tip which focuses on creating open string runs and using drop-D tuning. This should add a nice element to your fingerstyle arrangements!

September Video Tip - Open String Runs

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