Guitar Tuition

Note Durations

Music theory lesson covering everything you need to know about note duration or note length. Specifically aimed at beginner guitarists and bedroom producers who have little to no understanding of rhythm or note values. Try to ignore the layer of sweat on my face. This has been the warmest day of my entire life. Like, … Continue reading Note Durations

Chord Theory Brain Teaser

This is a fun, (well, fun for a specific kind of person), exercise which will help familiarise you with chords and scales and how some of the more complex chords can be constructed. Essentially we’re adding a Common Tone to a sequence of chords ...

Rewrite Your Song From Memory

Quick tip for songwriters and composers, especially ones wanting to create memorable, popular music. The idea is that trying to re-create your song using memory alone will highlight the elements that are most memorable and allow you to reconsider the ...

Neck Positions Are Dumb, Discuss.

Let’s clear something up before watching the video. There’s been some confusion in the  video comments which, I think, stems from the fact that there’s 2 things often referred to as “Neck Positions”, but only one of these is relevant here. The first is Scale Position – the note of the scale you begin on, (“starting on the … Continue reading Neck Positions Are Dumb, Discuss.

The Future of Guitar?

What is the future of guitar? Whilst some of the biggest brands are failing because they’re not giving players what they want and others are focusing on making viral online content, what should us players do to stand out? All this effort going into sounding like guitars did “back in the day” when barely anybody … Continue reading The Future of Guitar?

Dynamics for Guitar

Being able to vary the dynamics in your guitar playing is an essential skill if you want to stand out. It’s also integral to successful songwriting. Today’s video is looking at the various ways you can vary the dynamics in your guitar playing, aside from just playing hard or soft. This guitar is the M600t … Continue reading Dynamics for Guitar

Hammer-Claw Finger-Picking Technique

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIbqGtzHHr4] Hammer-claw finger-picking is a technique used in country, jazz and sometimes blues music where the guitarist plays with their fingers rather than a pick. In this style your thumb is the “hammer” and your fingers are the “claw”. Your “hammer” is intended to play the bass strings, (E, A and sometimes D), and replicate the job of a bass guitar, while your “claw” plays the chords on the higher strings. The really cool thing about this technique is it can replicate more than one instrument, which can thicken-out a solo performance remarkably.

Below are the charts for the 4 chords you’ll need. Although other notes are used between these chords, these are the shapes you’ll be holding down the majority of the time.

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Here is the tab and notation, broken up into each figure as discussed in the video.

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Backing track.

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