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Guitar Gems, Insights, Tips and Lessons — Volume 3

October 29, 2010

Guitar Gems, Insights, Tips and Lessons — Volume 3

Besides writing blog posts, I enjoy reading posts from other people’s guitar blogs, or guitar-related articles from other sources on the internet. I usually read for inspiration, entertainment, or to educate myself about some aspect of guitar playing. Reading about playing the guitar, or writing about playing the guitar keeps you connected. It can sometimes [...]

How To Captivate Your Audience: Expression

October 26, 2010

How To Captivate Your Audience: Expression

Back in early 2001, I moved from my native country of The Netherlands to England. The reason I moved was because I had accepted a job there, which I was very excited about. I ended up living in a shared house with three other housemates. This turned out to have a grave effect on my [...]

Mastering Improvisation — How To Use Modes

October 23, 2010

Mastering Improvisation — How To Use Modes

If you have been reading this blog for long enough, you will know that I am a strong proponent of keeping things simple when it comes to improvisation. And with `keeping things simple’ I mean limiting the scales that you use for soloing to just the minor and major pentatonic scale, initially, and then view [...]

How Not To Lose Your Audience: The Importance of Articulation

October 20, 2010

How Not To Lose Your Audience: The Importance of Articulation

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who habitually slurs their words, skips over syllables, or is otherwise hard to follow because of their lack of articulation? Did you find it took quite a bit of effort to try and understand this person? Was it an enjoyable experience? It very likely wasn’t! It’s the [...]

How Should You Keep Your Wrist: Straight Or Bent? (link)

October 18, 2010

How Should You Keep Your Wrist: Straight Or Bent? (link)

I have written a guest post on wrist position for the excellent blog, Not Playing Guitar. There seems to be some confusion about the wrist position of your fretting hand, and in this post I try to explain that a straight wrist is best. The link is here: How Should You Keep Your Wrist: Straight [...]