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“I didn’t practice” and nine more things you should never say to your guitar teacher

I’ve taught guitar and other music classes for nine years now, and while the majority of my students work hard and progress, there’s that small percentage that keeps me entertained with comments like these. I didn’t practice You don’t have … Continue reading

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Hold the guitar correctly, don’t just pose

Sure, you look cool playing the guitar behind your head but know there are several other ways to hold the guitar. Besides, “Blowing in the Wind” sounds stupid played behind your head. The easiest way is to sit down. You … Continue reading

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Ten favorite practice excuses busted

I’ve played the guitar for about 40 years and taught for 8. I’ve become an expert on excuses for not practicing. Read on for ways to get beyond them. 1. I don’t have time. Definitely the most heard excuse. And … Continue reading

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Smart resolutions for musicians and soon-to-be musicians

Mastering a Hendrix solo by the end of January probably isn’t a realistic goal, unless you’re Clapton. However, there are lots of smart resolutions you can make. Learn to play Did Santa bring you a new instrument? After you kiss … Continue reading

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All dressed up and nowhere to play: accessories for your guitar

All right, you’ve got that brand new shiny guitar, now what? When you buy a new dress, you need pearls and matching shoes. Hmm, bad analogy for some of you but you get the picture. Having a guitar is not … 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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