Why Speed Matters – Even If You Don’t Care About Playing Fast

Hyperspace image representing speed

Let’s be honest. When we find something too hard to play – whether it’s a well known song, or our own idea we’re trying to bring to life – most of the time it’s ‘too hard’ because it’s too fast. Obviously speed is not the be all and end all of playing guitar, but, when […]

How To Work Out The Tempo Of A Song

How To Work Out The Tempo Of A Song

 Today I will show you how to work out the tempo of a song or any piece of music for yourself, with confidence and accuracy. Let’s get started! Find the beat Straight away, let me tell you that working out the tempo of a song is very straightforward. Anyone can do it. In fact, most […]

Blues Guitar Backing Tracks

Blues Guitar Backing Tracks Blues Jam Tracks

Practicing and jamming with backing tracks is one of the best ways there is to improve your playing – especially when it comes to blues guitar.  There are lots of good backing tracks available on Youtube, but it’s not always easy to tell what key they’re in, what tempo they’re at, whether they’re major or […]

The singlecoil pickup instant noise fix

Fender strat singlecoil guitar noisy pickups gain distortion

Single coil guitar pickups have a distinctive character and gorgeous sound, but they have also have a significant disadvantage – background noise. Single coils sound great clean, but they start to hum and buzz with noise when you use them with distortion or overdrive, even when you’re not playing (which is the reason the doubled-coiled […]

Metronomes don’t make you faster – YOU do

Today I want to clarify a common misunderstanding among guitar players who are starting to think seriously about their technique.  This is the widespread belief that “practicing with a metronome” makes you faster, or builds your technique. Now, virtually every technically-able musician uses a metronome at least some of the time, and nobody denies that the […]

Why the fretboard is hard to learn | In defense of guitar players

Why the guitar fretboard is harder to learn than the keyboard

If you’ve ever tried to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard then there’s a good chance you’ve heard a comment like this: “You don’t find players of ANY other instruments who don’t know the names of the notes they’re playing. It’s ridiculous! If a piano player didn’t know this stuff you’d just laugh at […]

The Jimi Hendrix Chord explained – What it is, how to play it, and why it sounds so good

Hendrix wanted to learn music theory

The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 Jimi Hendrix was a one of a kind musician who revolutionised the guitar. Although he is often best remembered for his incendiary solos and lead work (and rightly so), his rhythm playing style was no less innovative and influential. Like a scientist having a new species or planet named […]

Why Drum Tab is pointless and why drummers should learn music notation

Drumkit, Rock kit, Drum Tab, Drum notation

First of all, I’m not a notation snob and I’m definitely not anti-tab. Without guitar tab, myself and tens of thousands of other players would probably never have stuck with the instrument long enough to get anywhere, so I’m very grateful it exists. Tablature – known as tab for short – is a system for […]

Mythbusting The Modes

Modes For Rock Guitar Players | Learn Modes the easy way

The Modes… The keys to the musical Ferrari. The secret knowledge of guitar virtuosos. The Holy Grail of being able to play anything you want. You’re here because you’ve heard guitar players talking about something called “Modes”, but you still don’t understand what they are, how to play them, or where to use them in […]

Handle with caution: Advice from famous guitar players (even when they’re great)

Marty Friedman definitely sweep picks

When you’re trying to learn guitar and improve your guitar playing, you could be forgiven for thinking that going straight to the source would be a pretty safe bet. After all, what better advice to follow and who better to learn things from than the original person who did it? The truth is that interviews […]