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So how do you get good at playing guitar quickly!

So how do you get so good so quick? Rifting a pentatonic scale everyday won’t! Endless noodling on the guitar won’t! Repeating what you know over and over won’t! Music is a language and like a language we need a vocabulary. I use “Transcribe!” everyday to work out new tunes. Import a song, slow it down, loop sections and ‘work stuff out!”. The very act of working songs out using the ear is the key to developing musical literacy and ‘relative pitch’ All the greatest players echo the same wisdom. If you need a tab or score, fine, refer to it but it is the internalisation of musical phrases that develops that wonderful almost magical neuroplasticity that occurs within the brain and enables us to sprout even more new ideas and permutations. After all music is patterns right? The more patterns we learn the more apt we are at creating new ones. Every new idea, lick or phrase sets up a wonderful far reaching domino effect within the mind of the musician. Feed it with excellent music, listen deeply, over and over. Work on tunes, slowly, patiently and methodically and the fruit shall return to you. It is simple cause and effect. How can you not improve? Learning is a natural occurrence, no effort needed other than presenting ourselves each and every day with a system that works. Happy learning! 🙂 Here is the website for Transcribe! By far the best investment in software I have ever made. https://www.seventhstring.com/xscribe/overview.html

Why the electric guitar for beginners?

As a guitar teacher in Perth, I get to see many guitars bought to me as possible contenders to be used during my lessons. Some are great and some literally quite horrendous. A typical scenario may be a parent who wishes there child learn to play but understandably unsure about the longevity of their child’s interest may purchase a budget acoustic guitar just to get going. As we know guitars come in all shapes, sizes and qualities and typically cheaper guitars tend to have their drawbacks. If they are acoustic guitars the action (height of string from the fretboard) may be unrealistically too high to play for little fingers, you could however fashion the bridge lower by sanding it down somewhat or having a luthier look at it but for a guitar that may be worth $200 sending it to a luthier for a $100 setup seems hardly worth the expense. Consider also the tone of some of these cheaper guitars, they are often quite uninspiring,  typically made of  cheap ply that displays little inherent beauty in sound. Something I have also noticed that young children struggle with is the size of the guitar itself, reaching over the body of an acoustic instrument can be quite a challenge for small arms and to position the picking hand in the correct position an almost impossible demand. This is where the humble electric I feel serves us very well indeed; The electric guitar has less mass than an acoustic guitar and can be…
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Indian Slide Guitar Lesson

Learn how create an Indian flavour with your slide guitar. This one is tuned to D A F# D A D and by using a Lydian Scale which is essentially a Major Scale with a sharpened 4th note we can change the flavour of slide piece we are playing dramatically.

Guitar Lessons Tuition Perth & Fremantle

For adults & children, beginner to advanced, enjoy one on one guitar tuition in a friendly, courteous and encouraging environment. Having produced 5 albums and playing for live audiences for over 25 years I have also been a teacher in Western Australian schools for over 30 years. Qualified with a Bachelor of Education (Music Specialist), Police Clearance and Working with Children Check let me help you or your child take guitar playing to the next level. Take it as far as you like covering Pop, Blues, Jazz Blues, Folk, Slide Guitar (upright and lap style position), Finger style, Open tunings, Rock, Latin and Nouveau Flamenco. Young Children “Music is not a race but an experience which can be enjoyed by anyone at any age”. Having taught children from age 4 and up and worked in Early Childhood and Primary Schools for many years I can provide a safe and nurturing environment for your child to grow. Working with two children at a time may also be an option as it can help alleviate any anxieties that may be present knowing they have a “friend” with them. Feel free to discuss if you may think this arrangement could suit your child’s needs, we are more than happy to help. Very young children may also benefit from learning how to play the ukulele before attempting to play the guitar. Ukuleles can be a great introduction to playing music in a fun and exciting way. Method Unlike a piano the guitar can be…
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