April 3, 2018

Part two of inversions looks at inversions of a minor triad on the E, B and G strings of the guitar. Using the key of C minor as an example, we see how the inversions of Cm, Fm and Gm are laid out across the neck and how they connect. There are several examples of how...

March 23, 2018

If you are a guitar player that likes the blues and would like to learn how to play it, this exercise was created for you. I wrote it several years ago and have worked on it with many of my students.

This exercise is in the key of A. It starts easily but progressively...

February 26, 2018

This short video is an introduction to major triad inversions on the first three strings (E, B and G strings) of the guitar. Once you learn these three moveable shapes, you can use them for any major chord; extending your creative possibilities to the entire length of...

February 26, 2018

I bought My Aim Is True on vinyl back in the mid 80's and instantly became an Elvis Costello fan. I listened to his music for a few years and then got into other things. A student of mine recently asked to learn some of the songs from this album. I was completely amaze...

February 13, 2018

A few months ago, I wrote a post entitled "A Musical Revolution Hiding In Plain Site?". The post was about my rediscovery of the iPad version of GarageBand. For those who are not familiar with this app, you can check it out here: GarageBand for iOS. It is pretty amazin...

November 27, 2017

My focus as a music teacher has always been on getting my students to play with others. That is the reason why I started putting on my LFTG or Live From The Garage shows back in 2006. I wanted to give my students the opportunity to play in a band. One of the elements t...

November 21, 2017

All bassists should learn at least one Paul McCartney bass line. Okay, I guess it is possible that you may not like The Beatles that much but please, do yourself a favor and give this a chance! I think a lot of people don't realize how good a bass player Paul McCartney...

November 14, 2017

I transcribed this song yesterday for one of my students. Classic Canadiana. I haven't listened to a lot of Blue Rodeo but every time I come across one of their songs, I seem to always enjoy it. I know quite a few people who are hardcore fans. We played Lost Together a...

November 7, 2017

Just as learning how to play an instrument is a long-term project, so is learning how to solo or improvise. Practicing your technique, listening to and transcribing the music you like and learning a bit of music theory are the keys to becoming a good soloist. Here is a...

October 31, 2017

If you don't know a lot about Elliott Smith, I strongly recommend that you give his music a listen. I recently watched a documentary about him called Heaven Adores You and became completely mesmerized by his music. Elliott Smith released five solo albums while he was a...

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