Struggle With Strumming? acoustic guitar beginner guitar lesson electric guitar groove guitar guitar basics guitar lesson how to strum learning to strum percussive strumming techniques strumming strumming guide strumming tips Apr 27, 2020

Have you ever worked on a strumming pattern where the count was right, posture was fine, you were holding the guitar properly, had the right pick and strings . . .but it still didn't sound right?!

I hate to break the news. . you might be a robot!

Don't fear. . .there is an easy solution!

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How to write a catchy hook on guitar! acousitc guitar beginner guitar lesson better hooks catchy loop electric guitar guitar coach guitar hooks guitar mindset how to killer hook riffs write a hook Apr 16, 2020

Have you ever been given a track or a series of chords and someone said

"Hey, write a guitar hook to this"

And you thought. . .

"How the &!*@ do I do that?!"

I'm gonna give you some simple questions you can ask yourself to make that process a little bit easier, not so stressful, and actually...

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Finding Chords to Match A Melody acoustic guitar beginner guitar lesson chord detector online chord progressions chords by ear chords in a song ear training easy guitar tip electric guitar find chords finding chords guitar coach identify indentify chords melody song chord writing chords Apr 13, 2020

Have you ever had a melody in your head, sing into your voice memo, and come back a few days later with your instrument and then you struggle to find the chords?

You're not alone, so many songwriting guitarists get stuck when it comes to this. 

I'm gonna walk you through some simple steps...

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5 Things To Work On During Lockdown acoustic guitar benefits of music covid creative thinking electric guitar growth mindset guitar coach guitar lessons lockdown mental health music and covid music goals music mindset pandemic Mar 27, 2020

Let's be honest, $h!t is crazy right now. We never experienced anything like this. We're all searching for a little bit of normalcy and trying our best to be creative.

During these times we can feel a little helpless and wonder . .

"What should I work on???"

I want to give you 5 things you can...

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Are You Confident? Mar 25, 2020

 

I want to talk about the #1 thing songwriting guitarists need but lack . . confidence.

So many people talk about exercises, techniques, and things we can be doing to improve our playing. Now, don't get me wrong all those things are great but we need to talk more about confidence when...

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Do You Know Your Mayo Chords? b/c basic guitar chords beginner guitar lesson chord progression e minor easy guitar tip f#/g free guitar lesson guitar chord progressions for songwriters guitar songwriting tips guitar tutorial guitar walkdowns inverted chords songwriting for guitar Dec 30, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a fantastic holiday, this week we're gonna talk about mayo chords! 

Now here's why I call them "Mayo chords". If we were to eat a jar of mayonnaise it'd be nasty (that's disgusting and nobody should ever do that!) But when paired with the right thing (like a...

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Practicing With A Metronome! acoustic guitar chord progression electric guitar free metronome guitar chord practice routine guitar practice guitar tutorial how to use a metronome metronome work metrotimer percussive strumming techniques scales Nov 20, 2019

 

 

What’s up everyone, it’s Mike here with a Songwriting For Guitar Tip!  This week is a follow-up to a video I posted a while ago on the metronome. I received a bunch of emails from people saying . . . . 

"I understand the importance of a metronome. I'd love to...

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Making Your Guitar A Sample acoustic guitar creating guitar loops electric guitar grow your own sample guide to electric guitar loops guitar riff guitar sample pack guitar techniques sampled guitar sounds samples songwriting for guitar Nov 07, 2019

 

This week we're gonna talk about making your guitar line feel like a sample. I know what you're thinking. . . 

"Mike why do we want our guitar to sound like a sample? Why can't we pull something from Splice, Arcade or Apple loops!?"

You could do that and that's completely fine, if...

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Building Dexterity & Stamina beginner guitar lesson build dexterity chords dexterity guitar techniques guitar tip improve guitar stamina stamina tip Oct 21, 2019

Today, let's talk about dexterity and stamina in guitar playing! When you're playing a series of chord progressions and shapes for a long period of time in a write, ever notice the quality just dip down?

How do we fix that what? Any steps we can take right this very second?...

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The Metronome acoustic guitar chord progressions electric guitar free metronome guitar chord practice routine guitar practice guitar tutorial metronome metronome work metrotimer strumming the metronome Sep 26, 2019

What's up everyone it's Tuesday and it's time for a "Songwriting For Guitar" tip. This week we're gonna talk about the metronome.

Now, many songwriting guitarists don't realize the importance of playing with a metronome consistently. You may not be recording the final product (the final version...

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Grooves acoustic guitar groove beginner guitar lesson free songwriting tips grooves guitar course guitar techniques guitar tutorial palm muting percussive guitar percussive strumming techniques rhythm grooves rhythm guitar songwriting for guitar writing songs on guitar Sep 10, 2019

This week, let's talk about grooves!

To me, a groove adds energy. It keeps the song moving forward but at the same time it doesn't distract from the melody. A groove is really gonna happen in the right hand, it's a mixture of openness and palm muting. The position of the hand matters, somewhere...

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The Three Boxes the three boxes Sep 03, 2019

This week we're gonna talk about the three boxes you should be thinking about when you're leading with your guitar in a co-write!

 

 

1) VOICING
These are the type of shapes that we're using to play our chords (open chords, barre chords, power chords, roots and 3rds

2) STRUMMING
What's...

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Turning Chords Into A Hook acoustic guitar electric guitar guitar chord guitar riff guitar techniques hooks intro song development song formula song intro techniques on guitar Aug 27, 2019

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Today we're going to take clunky chords and we're gonna turn it into a loop/guitar hook.


I've noticed with a lot of songs, they're not using massive guitar chords. Instead of using chords they have a hooky guitar that starts off the song. So that means, it's strong enough...

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THE CAPO the capo Aug 20, 2019

Time for a "Songwriting for Guitar Tip". . . this week we're gonna talk about the capo! For me as a songwriter, the capo is an awesome tool to use. This gives me the ability to write in different voicings.

If you're not sure what a voicing is, to put it simply, we can play the same chord but...

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