How To Learn The Notes On The Guitar – A Guide

It's Time To Learn The Notes On The Guitar Looking down at your fretboard when you start learning to play the guitar can be intimidating.  It's a vast emptiness and you've got no idea what it contains. You know you should probably know where the notes are but you just don't know where to start.  All the frets look the same, and having multiple strings isn't helping either.  You're probably getting by using fret and string numbers. [...]

By |2019-01-31T14:43:38+01:00March 4th, 2016|Guitar, Music Theory|0 Comments

Eddie Van Halen Plays Eruption Live

Eruption One of my favourite guitarists! Eddie Van Halen plays the Van Halen song Eruption live.  The video, uploaded by byeson17, has been viewed more than 19 million times so far! This is pretty much Eddie noodling on the guitar for 10 minutes, but it's just rammed full of his signature sound and techniques. Legatto, tapping, vibrato, harmonics, trem arm control...it's all in there. You might even notice a few licks from other Van Halen songs in there too (a [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00February 19th, 2016|Classic Videos|0 Comments

Joe Bonamassa gives a lesson in Electric Blues Licks

Virtuoso Blues Lesson In this video, Joe Bonamassa gives a lesson in playing blues riffs on an electric guitar. Joe Bonamassa is famous for his fast, pentatonic blues licks.  His picking is always accurate and his notes are clear as a bell.  He is influenced by guitarists like Eric Johnson, BB King, Eric Clapton and Peter Green.  I can totally hear Eric Johnson in his playing! The video lesson was uploaded by Guitarist Magazine along with all the lessons [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00February 18th, 2016|Videos|0 Comments

Top 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs

List of 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs A New Zealand based Radio station called The Sound held a vote to find out what songs their listeners thought contained the Greatest Guitar Riffs ever. They compiled a playlist of the results into a Spotify playlist, which you can listen to below: https://play.spotify.com/user/thesoundnz/playlist/4oKP0PPHVQWqtDRa1PAj6R There are some amazing songs in that list and I've added it to my own Spotify 'Follow' list.  I think I might set myself a challenge to play all [...]

By |2016-02-17T11:20:00+01:00February 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

The Guitar Toolkit App

Versatile App for Musicians I think it's pretty accurate to say that there's an app for everything, and there's an app that I use for almost everything during my lessons.  That app is called 'Guitar Toolkit'.  It's an all-in-one app that you can use with your guitar, bass, ukulele and more. I think that every single one of my students has seen me use this app at some point during a lesson.  I mainly use it for [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00February 16th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Police Dog Blues by Blind Blake

Police Dog Blues by Blind Blake For those of you playing through the new Rockshool Guitar Grade 3 book, you'll eventually come across the piece called Old Bones Blues.  The piece is played in 4/4 time with a shuffle feel and uses the E minor pentatonic and E Blues scales.  You'll be using plenty of techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, double-stops, quarter tone bends and slides.  It's a great tune and you'll have a lot of fun learning it. [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00December 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top 10 Easiest Guitar Solos

I stumbled across this video this other day and thought I would share it with you.  It's called The Top 10 EASIEST Guitar Solos! This is a fun video made by YouTube guitarist Stevie T. It includes the solos to: Ain't Talking Bout Love - Van Halen Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Keep On Rocking In The Free World - Neil Young Fight For Your Right To Party - The Beastie Boys [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00October 20th, 2015|Videos|0 Comments

Acoustic Cover of Get Lucky by Daft Punk

Get Lucky by Daft Punk performed on the Acoustic Guitar by Daniel Padim Here's a video of an awesome acoustic cover of Get Lucky by Daft Punk.  It's performed by Daniel Padim, a guitar player from Brazil.  Watch his fingerstyle playing, and the way he always keeps a steady beat throughout the piece by tapping the guitar. My favourite part comes in at 2:31.  Beautiful harmonics!! You can follow Daniel on Facebook, or watch more of [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00October 5th, 2015|Videos|0 Comments

Acoustic Version of Fix You by Coldplay

Here's a little acoustic arrangement of the song 'Fix You' by Coldplay that a student and I have been working on recently. If you have a Capo, you can try it yourself. The chords (with the Capo on Fret 3) are C, Em, Am & F. You can learn a lot by playing this song - dynamics, simple chord variations, using suspended chords, flatpicking, alternate strumming, to name but a few. Grab your guitar and give it [...]

By |2017-04-03T22:12:32+01:00September 22nd, 2015|Videos|0 Comments