Examples of Modes in songs and rock music

Modes song examples

When you’re trying to learn the Modes, one of the most important things is to have examples of real music that use them so that you can get their sound into your head. Having these examples will really help you recognise the unique sound quality and distinctive “attitude” of each Mode. So, without further ado, […]

How to work out the key of a song by ear

Ear Training - Key of songs

Have you ever wondered how to work out the key of songs with your guitar? Today I want to share my method and show you how easy it is to find the key of songs by ear. I was inspired to write this because I was on Youtube recently and I happened to stumble upon the worst […]

The myth of the self-taught rock musician

Myth vs Truth self taught musicians

Myth (noun): A widely held but false belief or idea;  A misrepresentation of the truth;  An exaggerated or idealised conception of a person or thing. Today we’re going to explore the popular belief that most rock musicians were self taught on their instruments. Is it true? Here is a classic example of the answer we […]

Why Youtube song tutorials don’t work

Type in the name of just about any song into Youtube and you can find a video of somebody explaining how to play it on guitar. Say you want to learn something like the Sweet Child o Mine solo. What’s stopping you? Just go on Youtube and find the video. Obviously you’ll have it down by the […]

Learning watching from the masters

Guitar masters Gary Moore and BB King

I don’t know about you, but I watch as much live footage of my guitar heroes as I possibly can. It gets me inspired and fired up to practice, and it reminds me why I play guitar and how far I still have to go. As a music fan it’s fun to watch concerts and […]

Stop practicing this exercise

It’s time to talk Guitar Technique. Everyone who learns electric guitar will sooner or later encounter this exercise: There are many possible variations on the basic idea, like these: You might hear people refer to them to as warm up exercises, or the “Finger Gym” exercises, or “Technique” or “Speed Building” exercises. I’m going to refer to […]

I bet you CAN’T play Smoke On The Water

Deep Purple Machine Head Smoke On The Water

Several years ago I started seeing this comment appear regularly under guitar videos on Youtube: “Nice, but can you play Smoke On The Water?” In case you haven’t seen the comment before, let me try to explain. It’s posted after someone has played something, usually something technical, and it’s an in-joke. It’s saying this: “Smoke […]

Those days when you just suck at guitar

Guitar off day suck day

Have you ever had one of those days when you pick up your guitar and for no apparent reason your playing feels WORSE than it was the day before? Suddenly you find yourself making mistakes left right and centre with things you thought you had down. Things aren’t happening, and your playing feels stale and […]

Why starting guitar with chords is the STUPIDEST idea ever

Spock Illogical Guitar

Start guitar lessons with a local guitar teacher and the chances are the very first thing they’ll show you is how to play chords. Did your first experience of guitar begin with chords? I know mine did. In fact, when I started out, I went through so many months of frustration and difficulty with chords that […]