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Folk Guitar

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Open Tunings

Open tunings are a great way to explore new terrain on the guitar. They're popular in folk music...
Classical Guitar

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Are graded examinations essential?

Graded instrumental exams provide a stable learning process for a lot of pupils. The carefully...
Folk Guitar

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Fingerstyle Guitar

Fingerpicking is a hugely popular technique in the folk genre and has experienced a resurgence...
Electric Guitar

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The Internet: A Helpful Hindrance

We truly live in an age of unprecedented opportunities for growing as guitarists, and indeed,...

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  • Open Tunings Editor's Pick

    Josh Geffin Folk Guitar Teacher (East London) Picture Open tunings are a great way to explore new terrain on the guitar. They're popular in folk music and have been used by the likes of Martin Carthy, Bon Iver and John Fahey. I've experimented with a number of different tunings myself, and love the blank canvas of a new tuning, the potential for...
  • Three Chords and The Truth

    Sam Bloxsidge Electric Guitar Teacher (North West London) Picture My musical journey began properly at the age of ten, when I first held a guitar in my hands and was shown three chords. A, D and E. This gave me The Trogs classic 'Wild Thing.' I practised the changes to death on a beat up old classical guitar that had steel strings on it. I felt exhilarate...
  • Your Relationship With The Music

    Cindy Cheung Classical Guitar Teacher (Twickenham) Picture Many students may find classical guitar very imtimidating, however it is nothing to be feared if it is taken step by step. The first time a student picks up the guitar or any instrument, he or she may love it and become fascinated by it. But when the practice kicks in and their interest starts...

 

  • What is Music?: Music's role in quality education

    Robin Thornton Music Tutor Bass Guitar Teacher (Aberdeen) Picture There is an hierarchy of subjects in school, with the STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - at the top, languages, the Arts then Gym Class.  The question, "How would you get a job in that?", may steer student's away from subjects in which they are naturally more...
  • Learning Guitar By Ear

    Andrew Souter Jazz Guitar Teacher (Birmingham) Picture I am a firm believer in learning by ear as a supplement to learning from tab or notation. Like many guitarists, I began by learning a few essential chords (in my case from my Dad), and then spent many happy and sometimes frustrating hours studying chord grids and tab in guitar magazines and,...
  • The Joy Of The Pentatonic Scale On Guitar

    Richard Constable Electric Guitar Teacher (South West London) Picture The Pentatonic scale comes from the 2 words "Penta" which means five and "Tonic" which means note. As per the words in the name it reflects that there are 5 notes in this scale. One of the reasons we learn scales is because the notes that are in the scales go really well together and this is the...