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Ear Training 101: How To Identify Chords By Ear (Part 1)

(Watch Part 2 here)

To make your own classical or fingerstyle guitar arrangements, you need to be able to identify notes and chords by ear.But so few people develop that very necessary skill! Why is it so hard for us to pick things out by ear?

Other than the obvious reasons (practice ear training!), it’s because we often don’t...

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50 Game-Changing Guitar Tips in 10 Minutes

I took on an interesting challenge this week. I asked myself, if I had only 10 minutes with a student and would never meet with them again; what wisdom would I share with them from my guitar journey that would have a lasting impact on their playing?

That question inspired me to make one of my most ambitious videos to date. It is jam packed with...

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How To Play Guitar Beautifully

Late-night scale practice… slaving over the metronome… moments where we’d rather bash the guitar against a wall than do one more slur exercise…

Why do we do it? Why do we push day-after-day, year-after-year to further develop and improve our guitar technique?

We do it because good technique enables us to play the...

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3 Easy Ways To Harmonize Melodies On Guitar

In our last lesson, I showed you how to make guitar arrangements, specifically your very first arrangement. It was simple with just a melody and bassline, but it was a start! Now where do you go from there?

The next natural step is to add a harmony line to your melody. This is a lot easier than you might think, and instantly makes your...

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How To Make Your First Guitar Arrangement

Many guitarists want to learn how to make guitar arrangements, but so many never follow-through and actually complete their first arrangement.

I get it… the arranging process can seem overwhelming at first. That’s why you need a clear path forward, to help you get started.

Today I’m showing you, step-by-step, how to start and...

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How To Play “Harp Harmonics” On Guitar

Harp harmonics create such a beautiful and ethereal sound, but they baffled me for years. It’s one of those techniques that, when you’re listening to it, it’s hard to tell what the guitarist is really doing to produce that specific sound.

Frankly, they intimidated me until I finally decided to stop making excuses and...

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How To Practice “Perfectly” And Eliminate Mistakes

Nothing is more frustrating than practice with no progress…

What if I told you there was a recipe for practice that guaranteed steady progress?

Sounds gimmicky, I know, but there truly is a proven approach to practice that yields consistent results and enables you to play your pieces the way you want to play them, in a fraction of the...

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The 3 Worst Guitar Habits You’re Probably Doing Without Even Realizing

Let’s face it… it’s impossible to learn guitar without picking up a bad habit or two along the way. BUT the most dangerous bad habits are the ones that you didn’t realize existed.

Bad habits can sneak up in our playing at any time, especially if you don’t have a good teacher regularly checking in on you to...

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7 Different Ways To Play The Same Melody On Guitar (EASY to ADVANCED)

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If you’re wondering how to make your classical or fingerstyle guitar arrangements unique and interesting, you need to consider adding variety to how you play your melodies.

Audiences love to be surprised by hearing a familiar melody played in a completely different context, or with a different...

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The Best Software For Making Guitar Arrangements

Learning how to make your own guitar arrangements is not easy, but thankfully there are a ton of helpful tools out there that can help you through the process. Today, I’m showing you my favorite music notation and audio editing software that I use for every single one of my arrangements.

There are many obvious benefits to using these...

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