The Metronome 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 grooves 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 hooks 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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Songwriting For Guitar Tip (Cleaning Your Strings) cleaning strings Aug 13, 2019

We're going to talk about basic string maintenance and how to increase the longevity of your strings!
 
You're gonna need some super low grade rubbing alcohol or really cheap aftershave and a cloth! Take your rubbing alcohol (or aftershave whichever one you use) put a tiny bit right on the...
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Songwriting For Guitar Tip (Consistent Palm Muting) palm muting Aug 07, 2019

What's up everyone it's Tuesday and it's time for another song writing for guitar tip! This week I want to talk about palm muting. Now on the outside it seems like palm muting is very standard easy and super simple, but for a lot of people it's tricky to getting it sound consistent. I'm gonna...

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Building A Practice Routine practice Jul 30, 2019

Building a better practice routine, is one of the trickiest things for any guitar player/singer songwriter. Stop have this unreasonable expectations when practicing! Set very reasonable (yes, reasonable goals. . . you're an adult, life happens!)

Pick a focus item (Scales, chords, a chorus a song...

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You're Fine Just As You Are you're fine Jul 16, 2019

Far too often when I get a new student or have a mentoring session with someone for guitar they say a few phrases. . .

"I'm not that good"

"I'm awful"

"My technique it terrible"

"I'll never be good"

. . STOP! The language we use matters. It can effect our playing!!

Yes we're all working hard...

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Picking Patterns picking patterns Jul 09, 2019

Most of the time we don't give thought into getting creative with our picking patterns. Sometimes they have the same feel . . .back and forth . . .back and forth. Today let's break that by spicing up our pattern! 

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Which pick is right for you? dunlup picks guitar picks picks songwriter Jul 03, 2019

This week we're gonna talk about picks. Why am I being so picky?? (Sorry I had to) We spend some much time searching for the perfect guitar, the right brand of strings we sometimes skip over the most important item. . .the pick! In my experience, the pick you use dictates the genre you're...

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