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Owen

The most valuable pieces of equipment you have as a guitarist is not your guitar and amp. It isn’t your Laptop or your stereo either… It’s your ears! We sometimes seem to forget that there is a HUGE benefit in using our ears to work out the right note to a solo, or using our ears to help us develop a new sound or learn a new scale or chord. Learning from chord diagrams and tabs is a great way to get started, but the sooner we start training our ears, the better we will eventually become. Using our ears to learn songs is a great way to hear all …

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“Pat Metheny -Watercolours”

Anri Maruyama

Hey guys, Today we are going to look at the solo of Pat Metheny’s “Watercolours” from the same named 1977 record “Watercolours” released by ECM Records. This tune is a very good example of how Pat is able to play over a fairly easy chord progression with simple ideas and memorable melodies. Everything is kind of “singable” and lick free. The chord progression constantly goes from a AbMajor7 chord to a Gminor7 chord and jumps after 16bars to the same movement for DbMajor7 to Cminor7. The only II-V chord movement you will encounter are in the last 4 bars of the progression, which are Bbminor7 to Eb7. Pay special attention …

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How often should I change my strings?

Owen

This might not be the most exciting topic to talk about, but I do get asked this question all the time! It’s worth writing a blog about it, as I know a few students who have had the same strings on their guitar for well over a year at this point! Basically, it comes down to a few factors. These factors are…. – How often you play – How good your strings are – How seriously you take guitar If you play all the time (especially in this humid weather!), chances are your sweat will wear out the strings, making them sound dull, much harder to bend and have really …

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Practice Time

Owen

Without a doubt, there is always an audible groan from my students when I pull out the metronome during lessons. There is something about the sound of rhythmic clicking that seems to really terrify all students of the guitar. But in all seriousness, the metronome is probably one of the best practice tools you can ever use. This is because playing in time is probably most important thing about music! One of the hardest things to do when playing music is to gauge your own improvement. Music is so subjective that most of the time we feel as though we are stuck in a rut even if we are improving, …

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