How to play with precision in the right hand (for classical guitar or finger style) Mar 31, 2020

Great sounding classical guitar and fingerstyle playing is all about the right hand!

Well, at least half of it is any way :)

If we can get the right hand feeling and sounding good then it makes everything else we want to do SO much easier.

In this video I walk through a silver-bullet exercise...

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How to practice barre chords on the guitar Mar 24, 2020

Barre chords are hard! Here's how I suggest practicing them.

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How to Practice and Hear Modes on the Guitar scales Mar 17, 2020

There’s a lot of information on the theory of musical modes out there, but very little on how to actually practice them or use them.
 
If you understand what modes are but haven’t yet figured out how to work on them or apply them, then this video is for you! 
 
And if...
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Diatonic 7th Chords with Diminished 7 Passing Chords Mar 11, 2020

In this video I teach how to play 7th chords through a major key along the 5th string on the guitar, and then how to add awesome sounding diminished seven approach chords in-between every chord from the scale

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How to Improvise Freely (A Secret Weapon for Lead Guitar Soloing) Mar 03, 2020

In this video lesson I talk about free-improvisation on the guitar and its many benefits
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How to Tune a Guitar by Ear (7 steps that work better than a tuner) Feb 25, 2020

Do you wish you could tune your guitar quickly by ear, get it more in tune than a tuner does, and improve your musical ear all at once?

In this video I explain and demonstrate seven ways to tune a guitar by ear without a tuner. These seven approaches combined are guaranteed to get your guitar...

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The One Warm up to Do When Practice Time Is Limited Feb 18, 2020

In this video lesson I teach and demonstrate the one technique warm up to do when your practice time is limited.

Outline (use the links to jump to that section of the video on YouTube)

0:00 - Introduction
0:22 - Why warming up is important
2:40 - Exercise setup
3:20 - Sheet music and full...

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How to Master Major Scales on the Guitar (5 levels) scales video lesson Feb 11, 2020

There’s a reason scale diagrams are so popular: because it’s relatively straightforward to sound good improvising within a scale while looking at a diagram.
 
But to get to the next level of music knowledge on the fretboard we need to learn how to rapidly switch between scales,...
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Best Left Hand Fingering for Playing Scales on the Guitar (how to shift positions) scales technique Feb 04, 2020

In order to play guitar in any key all over the fretboard we have to learn how to play the same scale in five different ways. 
 
The better we know these scale forms the better off we are as guitarists. 
 
Unfortunately three out of the five of them can be awkward becuase we...
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The Secret to Solo Guitar Playing (and making it sound smooth) classical guitar fingerstyle guitar solo guitar technique Jan 28, 2020

Playing "solo guitar” means that we’re playing multiple parts at once: melody, harmony, and bass. 
 
Sometimes even multiple melodies at once. 
 
But when we try to play solo guitar using old habits left over from strumming chords, it ends up sounding stiff and...
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How to Play Your Own Jazz Guitar Chord Melodies (this really works and it’s straight forward) jazz guitar Jan 21, 2020

In the world of jazz guitar there’s one thing that we can all agree on: chord melodies are hard! But also, that they sound so freaking cool that it’s worth it. 
 
A “chord melody” on the guitar is when a melody is played with nearly every note being harmonized...
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What does it take to get amazingly good at playing the guitar? micro-post question and answer text only Jan 15, 2020

To get good, really good, at ANYTHING, simply never stop practicing the fundamentals.

I'm grateful to have learned this many times over while teaching private guitar lessons.

Every time I simplify my approach to teaching or practicing, and go back to focusing on the fundamentals, that's...

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