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Practice Perfect, Perform Better

One of the goals of any musical practice should be to never make mistakes during the practice session(s). Every single repetition is a chance to reinforce good movements and interpretation in your muscles and mind. A mistake during practice means some invalid muscle or musical memory slips in. That’s a bigger opportunity for mistakes to […]

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Explore More Fingerings

Part of what makes guitar a difficult instrument is there is almost always more than one valid way of playing any given passage. But often times we read a piece, find a fingering that works and that’s that. We never move beyond that initial pass and maybe a few tweaks here and there. That first […]

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Recording Damages the Ego

Back in the daytm guitar was my job. I taught, I played some concerts, I gave lectures (mostly about digital marketing and music business) — guitar was my identity. My online identity is still tied to the whole guitar thing: chrisguitarguy. So when I heard myself on a recording, it hurt. That’s not what I […]

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Find Space to Relax

Recently I re-homed my sheet music collection into a proper filing cabinet and rediscovered a book on scales by Leo Brouwer and Paolo Paolini. The book itself has some often repeated advice and some scale patterns, but one thing did stand out. Tension and realization are two concepts that must always be combined, like day […]

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The Danger of Thunk Practice

Thunk practice is used to work on arpeggio (or scale) right hand evenness by muting the strings with the left hand. The result is that it’s really easy to hear uneven rhythms or accidental rushing/dragging. It’s a great, powerful tool. But there’s a downside: thunk practice hides all other right hand noise. An imprecise finger […]

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Technique Starts with Nail Care

Classical guitar technique starts with fingernail care. The most important part of nail care — before even finding the correct shape of nails for the right hand — is consistency. Technique is also about consistency: movement patterns must be consistent and consistently drilled in exercises and in real music. Those movement patterns will never be […]

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Burns Weill RP2G Super Streamline bass guitar from 1959

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here’s an intriguing and supposedly quite rare bass guitar from Jim Burns and Henry Weill, the Burns Weill RP2G Super Streamline Bass. I suppose that back in 1959 it looked futuristic and space-age. Today it looks … I don’t know what. It’s an ugly bass for sure but probably not as hideous looking as […]

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The Piglet guitar build project, part 15

guitarz.blogspot.com: The Piglet in action on-stage with Red & The Hogweeds at a festival in a field somewhere in Wales.That’s me on the Flying V bass, by the way. Sorry guys, I’ve not posted for ages and in the last Piglet post I had said I’d hope to show some video of the Piglet in […]

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Rare Fender Acoustic Jazzmaster JZM Deluxe

guitarz.blogspot.com: Love it or hate it, Fender makes acoustic versions of their electric icons. I’m not a big fan, but I understand the appeal. That said, I have some love for this abomination.  It’s got a “so ugly it’s cool” thing going on. I’ll have to do some research and find out just exactly how […]

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The Piglet guitar build project, part 14

guitarz.blogspot.com: Moving on to assembly, which meant much measuring… …drilling of holes… …and even more measuring! In the picture above we are determining the optimum position for the bridge before screwing it into place permanently. I had created a crude but effective device from some offcuts which is effectively a temporary tailpiece clamped to the […]

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