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We couldn’t find her guitar and other stellar excuses for not practicing

Oh the sad life of a music teacher. We labor long hours to teach you and your children, only to find out that some of you aren’t practicing. At least the excuses are entertaining. Here’s a list of real excuses: … Continue reading

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Four chords every beginning guitar player should know and songs that go with them

You want to learn the guitar. Does it seem like all the songs you love have chords like F#maj7/B? Have no fear! You don’t need chords that look like a physics equation. Learn G, C, D and E minor. With … Continue reading

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Ten great songs for beginning guitarists – from Cash to Green Day

 You’ve got that shiny new guitar, now what? Feel like you’ve got five thumbs? Don’t start with “Stairway to Heaven.” Begin with songs that won’t make you want to throw that Martin across the room. Here are the most popular … Continue reading

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Winter care and feeding of your guitar or mandolin

In January a few years ago I had a gig in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was 30 below (F); I watched in horror as my host placed the case with my thousand dollar guitar inside into the back of her open … Continue reading

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Transposing for guitarists – don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit

If you’re expecting a huge theory lesson that’ll make your eyes roll up inside your head, have no fear. These methods are so easy your cat could do them … if she had opposable thumbs. Say you’ve found the perfect … Continue reading

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So you’re not Eric Clapton

It’s not about the talent in your family, the size of your hands or whether or not you look like Sheryl Crow. Learning an instrument is about desire and sweat. Period. Eric Clapton started just where you did, holding a … Continue reading

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Buying your first guitar

You’ve always had that burning desire to learn “Stairway to Heaven” or maybe you just want to be able to strum a Taylor Swift tune – what’s your first step? Unless you plan to win a Grammy for air guitar … Continue reading

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Your hands are never too small to play “Stairway to Heaven”

I’ve got a few days off between gigs so I’m staying with my friend Kara Barnard, one of the best multi-instrumentalists I know. She could blaze through a hot blues solo and balance her checkbook at the same time. As … Continue reading

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Evaluating a guitar teacher

You’ve found a guitar teacher who might suit your needs, now what? Is it enough that she can play Hendrix solos note for note? Maybe, but you want someone who also knows how to teach and that involves different skills. … Continue reading

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