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The 4 Main Spiritual Practices Of Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism<p>Ever since I read a book by the Dalai Lama I have been hooked on Tibetan Buddhism. I even spent a year as a Buddhist monk 2003/2004. …

An Introduction to the Tritone Scale

The Tritone scale can add a freshness to your lines and take your playing in new directions at the same time. Get a crash course on it in this lesson.<p>…

Improve your legato lead playing in 20 minutes with this easy guitar lesson

<b>Legato practice is an excellent way of building control over your fretting fingers and bringing a new dimension to your solos.</b><p>Don't Miss<p>For the …

Electric Guitar

Video Lesson: A Gentle Introduction to Jazz

Bill EvansFebruary 11, 2018<p><b>From the April 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY ERIN MCKEOWN</b><p>I don’t know of a richer and more complicated term in …

10 Easy Licks Every Guitarist Should Know

4.7K<p>SHARES<p>Having some trouble getting your soloing off the ground? This video may be able to help you out.<p>In this lesson from Darrel Braun—the man …

Electric Guitar

Why so many Americans think Buddhism is just a philosophy

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s death and entrance into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, …

Melodic Minor Modes Made Easy

408<p>SHARES<p>When learning how to play jazz, and other improvisational genres of music, learning how to play the seven modes of melodic minor is an …

Top Five Myths About Learning Guitar—and What You Can Do About Them

We’ve all heard time-worn advice about the dos and don’ts of learning to play guitar. How much of what we’ve been told is valid, and how much is pure …

10 Ways to Improve Your Guitar Tone for Free

What if there was something you could do for your tone that wouldn’t cost you a cent? Better still, what if there were 10 ways you could improve your …

Three Finger Exercises Every Guitarist Should Know

Some pragmatic exercises that can improve your overall technique.<p>2.2K<p>SHARES<p>Darrell Braun, one of our favorite YouTube bloggers, usually compares …

Video Lesson: 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Pinky

Bill EvansSeptember 12, 2017<p><b>From the November 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY ADAM PERLMUTTER</b><p><b>THE PROBLEM</b><p>You have a weak pinky that refuses to …

Dust That Broom! A Newbie’s Guide to Slide

Intrigued by the sweet ’n’ searing sounds of slippery-fingered guitar? Here’s how to choose the right slide and start exploring this timeless …

Guitar

The Best Ear Training Exercise for Guitarists

No, ear training does not mean doing push-ups with your earlobes. While there may be some debate about the best way to train your ears, the method in …

Guitar

Linux can still beat Windows in the desktop war, and Linus Torvalds is 'working on it'

About a year ago, I declared Windows 10 was "the final nail in the coffin for the Linux desktop". What I meant by this was not that Linux on the …

Here Are The Best Linux Distros of 2016

Here are the top Linux distros of 2016<p>Linux was developed by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki in Finland. It was inspired by Minix, a …

The Top Ten Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing Now

I am frequently asked by fellow guitarists, fans at shows, students, peers and the randomly occurring but feverishly passionate “Dude, I saw a …

Revolutionise your songwriting with these 9 alternate guitar tunings

Introduction<p>Drop D<p>From metal riffing to country blues, drop D tuning enables instant one-finger power chords, and makes your trusty open D chord …

Guitar

Learning the Fretboard Without Getting Bored

Q: I’m wondering how to develop an expanded knowledge of the fingerboard without falling into a rut. I have been working on “Straight, No Chaser” for …

Electric Guitar

Exercise For Changing Chords On The Guitar [Lessons]

<b>For Beginners</b>: Very often I see people coming to my guitar lessons who has already learned a few chords and can play them pretty well, but having …

Guitar Lessons

The Many Benefits of Playing the Guitar

Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino and Fender's SVP weigh in on why young people should play the guitar.<p>“I’ll just flat out say it: I’m not a very good guitar player,” reveals Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast’s rad-as-hell lead singer and (still quite apt) guitarist. “But I’ve gotten away with being a …

Want to Write a Masterpiece? Here Are Some Chord Progressions to Get You Started

There are basically three schools of thought on songwriting. First you have those who believe that “either you have it or you don’t.”In other words, …

Electric Guitar

Guitar basics: how to practise and improve your chords

Don't fret about fretting<p>This can be a painful and frustrating process, especially when notes don't ring out clearly. And that's where we come in: in …

Electric Guitar

Is This the Mother of All Finger Exercises?

PHOTO: Edwin van Buuringen | Flickr Creative Commons (cropped) Finger independence and hand synchronization are essential skills for guitarists to …

Guitar

Tips to Help Your Students Transcribe Music

I frequently tell my students that I have learned more about music by transcribing it than any book could ever have revealed to me. When I was a …

54 Easy Guitar Solos with Complete Tabs

In many respects, the music world has moved away from complex and fast lead guitar solos. And that's not entirely a bad thing.<p>Because guitar solos …

Play Like Jimi: How to Put Licks In-Between Chords | 10 Examples with TAB

One of the hallmarks of Jimi Hendrix’s style was his technique of playing licks in-between chords. Many of his songs—from “The Wind Cries Mary” to …

Guitar

How to See Triads on the Guitar’s Neck

0<p>SHARES<p>How would you like to be able to visual triads in their root position and first and second inversions on the guitar neck?<p>In this video, Tyler …

Types of Audio Effects and Effects Chain Order

In this two part series, we're going to have a look at audio effects. First we go through the types of effects as well as best practises for the …

Music Production

How to Memorize Scales and Unlock the Fretboard

An unorthodox way to memorize scales using the common three-note-per-string shapes we often employ during runs.<p>1.3K<p>SHARES<p>Here's is an unorthodox …

7 Guitar Picking Styles To Learn - The Blogging Musician

The world of guitar is fascinating and so is the various techniques that come with it. Why focus only on left hand techniques when there are a bunch …