If you’re anything like me, you have felt the pain of playing the guitar. I’m not talking about the blues, or the pain caused by being smacked by the singer; I’m talking about pain and tension in your muscles and joints. We guitarists put our hands through a lot of punishment. Bending strings, holding barre chords, rapid-fire picking – it all adds up, and none of it is good for your muscles or joints. When your hands are aching or your shoulders are locking up, your performance suffers. Worst of all, you might be doing long term damage.
Astronomically speaking, the beginning of a new year is pretty arbitrary. I mean, humans decided that January 1st would be the start of a new year (when we started counting 2016 years ago), instead of July 1st or March 30th. However, we tend to put a big significance on the end of one year and…
Performing live is harder than it seems. Sure, the band makes it look easy, and everyone has the perfect parts at just the right time. Bigger acts know just where to stand for certain lighting effects, and the guitarist is always under the spotlight for The Big Solo. However, what you might not know is…
Every musician is drawn to different genres and songs throughout their life. These tunes ultimately shape our very being as players through our desire to learn them and try to absorb the magic that caught our attention . . . okay, so some of us just wanted to impress chicks but I digress.
Being that most consumers of guitar-related gear work hard at a job that has nothing to do with music, time spent home is precious and usually spent with family. This article will give some suggestions to help keep guitar in our life, and balance it with the other demands on our time.
This article explains some preparations needed for the studio, and how you can adapt to the situation once you are there.
Practice makes perfect. Unless you’re doing it all wrong.
This article explains some of the challenges I have had in becoming a professional musician, and what sacrifices artists make to bring you the music you love.
This article explains some of the work required to becoming a working professional, and to continually improve our aptitude on guitar, learn about gear, and optimize our tone. Who knew it was going to be this hard?
There are different kinds of “chops” one can have. Playing by yourself to a click or metronome with your DAW is worlds apart from actually having other musicians in the room and interacting with them. It’s almost but not quite an entirely different skill set. Not that the first set of skills don’t benefit the second: having solid home practice chops are nearly invaluable when playing with others as you’re better prepared walking in the door, but it takes learning – and retaining the ability – to take cues from one another and vibing as a group to become a fully well-rounded musician.