The Perils of Perfectionism

The Perils of Perfectionism

I’m going to make a big confession: I make mistakes when I play the guitar. Not only do I make mistakes, I make them nearly every single time I pick up the instrument. However, I learned quickly while playing in my first band that most of my mistakes are...
3 Essential and Easy Practice Tips

3 Essential and Easy Practice Tips

Finding your practice groove can take some time and effort but once you discover it, the rewards will be unmistakable. Here are 3 simple things you can try to make practice more fun and efficient: 1. Keep it short, but consistent You’ll be far better off having...
5 Reasons to Use a Capo

5 Reasons to Use a Capo

I love capos, but they have a bad rap. Sometimes when I suggest to a guitarist to use a capo for x reason, I’ll get that look–the look that says “Seriously? I’m not a cheater but thanks for the suggestion.” For those of you open to...
When to Change Your Strings

When to Change Your Strings

If you don’t have a clue as to when or why you need to change out those guitar strings, look no further. This topic comes up frequently during lessons. Most often, students don’t have a particular problem at the time–they just want to make sure...
Learning to Improvise

Learning to Improvise

Improvisation can be one of the more complex and intimidating topics for any musician. But if you break the process down into manageable chunks, you may find you’re closer to improvising on the guitar than you currently imagine. I think of improvisation as a...
5 Guitar Must-Have’s

5 Guitar Must-Have’s

Here are a five gadgets that are universally helpful to almost any guitar player. If you’ve been playing for any length of time, you likely have some or all of these items already. If not, maybe it’s time to update that guitar wishlist! String Winder...