Although there is a huge amount of helpful content for guitar players, the biggest problem most musicians face is trying to make sense
of it all. After teaching hundreds of guitarists from all over the world privately, and through my online guitar lessons, I can relate to the frustrations and struggle that you face in improving your musical skills. With my lessons and columns I will point you in the right direction to taking your guitar playing to the level you want to be.
The Five Things You Should Ask If You Want To Build A Music Career -
Many amateur musicians try to get the answers to incorrect questions. These questions are often based on myths, assumptions and ignorance about how the music business truly works. Looking for the correct answers to these types of questions is a guaranteed way to sabotage your attempts at starting and building a successful career in music.
Want To Play Cool Arpeggio Guitar Licks? Do This: -
Tired of playing boring arpeggio licks and want to make them more creative? Here’s how: focus a lot more on applying the arpeggio patterns you already know as creatively as possible instead of looking for tons of new patterns or exercises. This is not difficult to do and you can easily turn the patterns you know into badass guitar licks using the following 4 approaches...
How To Become A Highly Successful Guitar Teacher -
Statistics revealed that the vast majority of guitar teachers almost never earn huge amount of money with their teaching businesses. For most of these guitar teachers, the idea alone of making $80,000 in a single year is an unrealistic dream.
How King Diamond’s Vocal Technique Will Help You Play Killer Guitar Solos Part 1 -
Want to play killer guitar solos? Listen to your favorite singers! You heard right... Fact is, the majority of guitarists never even thought about studying singers to improve their guitar solos... they only take the conventional routes of increasing speed, researching new licks or attempting to learn different scale positions. If you understand how to integrate the vocal style of great singers with your own guitar playing style, you will be able to play amazing solos that sound highly emotional and expressive.
How To Improve Your Live Guitar Skills -
Are you dissatisfied with your live playing skills and tired of being nervous every time you perform? Here is a little secret: these kinds of mistakes (and your fear of playing in live situations) can be improved upon with a specialized practice routine. Additionally, if you want to really improve your live playing skills, you must practice like the pros. Here’s how:
How To Become A Pro Musician & Build A Successful Music Career -
Did you ever wonder to yourself how great musicians achieve success in the music industry? Of course, not all of them do the exact same things when building their career but each one of them has applied the very same key principles needed to become successful in the music industry.
How To Leave Your Day Job & Teach Guitar For A Living In The Least Risky Manner Possible -
Wish you didn’t have to work 40 hours every week at a job you hate? If
you’re a guitar player, this kind of job will both keep you from playing
guitar, and stop you from pursuing a music career. However, you can
change this if you really want to. Fact is, teaching guitar for a living
is by far the greatest way to do something you love while also making
The Most Effective Way To Make Progress On Guitar -
Regardless your current guitar playing skill level, there is one thing you can do to get huge results from your guitar practice. Here it is: Monitor and track every element of your guitar playing.
How To Make Your Legato Guitar Technique Clean & Articulate -
Is your legato technique in need of some serious improvement, but you’re
not sure how to go about it? Fortunately, you don’t need to search for
any special exercises to do this - you must simply use the best
practicing methods for developing the technique, just like all the great
players do. By doing this, the quality of your legato playing will
How To Easily Get A Lot More Music Gigs -
Are you unsure about what you must do to get more gigs? You could be causing problems for yourself by thinking that “venues aren’t looking for bands in this moment,” or “there’s too much competition for my band to stand a chance”. Fact is, these statements are based in excuses. Here are the actual facts when it comes to getting more gigs...
How You Can Play Kick-Ass Pinch Harmonics On Guitar -
Being able to play pinch harmonics will make your guitar playing sounds
totally badass. With this single technique, you can add true passion,
quickly and easily to your guitar playing. However, if done improperly,
it can be a very frustrating technique to deal with.
Why You Are Not Making Progress In Your Guitar Playing & How To Start Improving -
Does this scenario sounds familiar?: learning to play guitar at a higher levels, required you to practice various guitar skills and techniques for months or even years. Yet after invested all this hours into practicing, you still lose your bearings when playing in front of others, improvising, or recording music.
How To Make 6-Figures Per Year Teaching Guitar & Turn So-So Guitar Students Into Great Players -
Guitar teaching reality: you can achieve incredible success and earn great money teaching guitar whether you are a total beginner or have been teaching for many years. The world’s most profitable guitar teachers are not smarter than you and don’t have a lot more talent or potential than you... Fact is, they have all had to overcome the same (or greater) challenges than you in their guitar teaching journey.
3 Reasons Why You Struggle To Play Guitar Both Fast And Clean -
In Part 1 of this article, you learned that mastering your 2 hand synchronization is absolutely crucial to your ability to play guitar both fast and clean. The next logical step is learning why many guitar players struggle to perfectly synchronize their picking and fretting hands.
Here are the 3 biggest reasons why most guitar players don’t improve their 2 hand synchronization and how you can overcome these problems in your own guitar playing.
How To Dramatically Improve Your Guitar Playing And Reach Your Musical Goals Fast -
Are you absolutely positive, beyond any doubt, that the guitar exercises you practice are actually making you a better guitarist? If you aren’t 100% certain you are using the most effective guitar exercises in your practice routine, then you need to take these 5 essential steps to get you back on track towards reaching your musical goals.
How To Quickly Become A Highly Creative Guitarist -
Do you believe that becoming a creative musician is a matter of being born naturally talented? That is what I used to think. When I was a young guitarist, negative beliefs like this nearly destroyed my dream of becoming a great musician.
Learn How To Play Guitar Super Fast & Clean Using Perfect Two-Hand Synchronization - Part 1 -
Do you ever struggle to play guitar both fast and clean once you reach your top speed? Tons of guitar players have this same issue and attempt to resolve it by “moving their hands faster”. However, this will not help you play guitar fast and accurate. To do this, you must solve the fundamental cause of your problem. This takes more than simply practicing various speed exercises.
How To End The Cycle Of “Guitar Teaching Insanity” & Make A Great Income Teaching Guitar -
INSANITY was defined by Einstein as: “committing the same errors over and over again while expecting to obtain new results.” Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of guitar teachers commit this mental error while trying to make a lot of money teaching guitar lessons… and this is the main reason why they simply will NOT be able to become highly successful.
10 Things Every Fast Guitarist Knows -
All of these elements of building great guitar speed have been followed and mastered by many of the world’s fastest guitar players. If you want to build insane guitar speed, follow these 10 rules consistently and you too will be an incredibly fast guitarist.
How To Quickly & Easily Play Difficult Guitar Licks And Solos -
Even though you can practice advanced licks on their own and it CAN improve
your skills for performing those licks - it won’t help you understand how to
smoothly combine them together within an actual guitar solo. It is this problem that
causes most guitarists struggle with playing complex guitar licks and it’s why their
improvising often sounds more like a “collection of strung together licks”
rather than a real “guitar solo”.
How To Become A Better Guitar Player By Learning From Steve Vai - Part 2 -
Begin to analyze guitar players like Steve Vai and soon you will learn lots of thing…IF you know what to look for. Like any other great guitar player, Steve Vai’s musical greatness was NOT the results of his perfect guitar playing technique alone, but due to his ability to express himself with music.
How To Play Awesome & Exotic Guitar Licks -
Tired of playing the same guitar licks over and over using the pentatonic and blues scales? To become a more creative lead guitarist, you must learn how to play with tons of expression – this can sound especially cool when used together with exotic guitar licks.
Why Teaching Your Guitar Students To Be Creative Is Extremely Important -
What is the best way to get tons of new guitar students, make your current students more enthusiastic about learning and make your competition jealous of your success? Answer: being able to turn average students into great musicians. To do this, you MUST teach them to be creative... in fact, this is also a major factor when it comes to making good money as a guitar teacher.
Steve Vai's Guitar Playing Can Make YOU A Better Guitar Player…Here's How - Part 1 -
Steve Vai is undoubtedly one of the world's best guitarists. So how can you use this fact to make YOU a better guitar player? Hint: the answer is NOT "learning Steve Vai solos" or "looking up Steve Vai tabs". This is because these things will never allow you to the learn from the REASONS that Vai is great. If you can understand these reasons, you can use them to become a better guitar player yourself.
The Best Method For Playing Tremolo Picking Guitar Technique With Unbelievable Speed -
Do you strongly desire to play with lightning fast tremolo picking guitar technique? It’s actually a lot easier than you might expect. In reality, tons of guitarists have a hard time playing fast tremolo picking lines because they are under the impression that merely moving their hands faster will lead them actually play faster. However, this conventional wisdom is entirely false and I’ll tell you why...
5 Ways To Grow Your Guitar Teaching Business -
Why are some guitar teachers able to easily grow highly successful guitar teaching businesses, while the majority struggle to make ends meet?. If you want to become a member of the special group of successful guitar teachers, you’d better learn what these teachers know the 5 ways about growing your teaching business.
How To Play Guitar Lightning Fast Using The Most Effective Picking Technique -
To easily play with greater speed, you’ll need to use the most effective
picking technique possible. This doesn’t require learning many new exercises for guitar...
you only need to change one thing in your current guitar playing
approach. Follow this basic idea from now on to make your picking
technique highly efficient, giving you the ability to play faster on
guitar with ease...
The Most Important Factors For Building A Music Career -
No one succeeds in the music business who doesn't already utilize the five key elements used by massively successful pro musicians. Until you learn about these key elements and start creating a foundation based on them, your music career will quickly head off-course... never to recover again.
Why You Can’t Attract Guitar Students During The Summer -
Chances are, you already understand that the summer is the slowest season for being contacted by potential guitar students. This makes earning a good living teaching guitar very challenging for most teachers. However, unlike most guitar teachers, YOU will be filling up your teaching schedule during the summertime. To do it, you just need to understand the right approaches to take...
The Only Way To Succeed As A Guitar Teacher -
Any guitar teacher who achieves great success fully understands how they share a lot in common with anyone who has ever climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. Not sure what I mean?
The Best Way To Practice Guitar And Eliminate Mistakes -
The greatest guitar players and the worst guitar players are all the
same in that they share one common goal: they want to ‘play it
correctly’. When you use effective guitar practice techniques,
you eventually gain confidence and look forward to learning new skills.
This is great except for one thing... After you begin seeing progress
(and want to move your skills to a very high level – such as performing
live), you will often feel a lot of anxiety around making mistakes that
will cause many problems for you.
How To Play Badass Lead Guitar Licks, Part Two: Creative Bend Application -
Boring guitar solos are usually NOT the result of a lack of musical
talent or technical skill. Instead, you will struggle to play killer
guitar solos when you use the same process for improving your solos
every time. For example, here are the two most common ways guitar
players try to make their solos sound better...
The Music Career Questions That Lead To Failure -
Every day I receive messages in my inbox from musicians asking me how they can build their music careers. Maybe 1% of these questions are ‘good’ questions... all the others are built from totally misguided assumptions and myths about how the music industry works. Although some of these questions may ‘seem’ like good questions, they actually achieve highly destructive effects on a musician’s mindset that lead him/her far away from their musical goals...
The Four Worst Fears Of Guitar Players -
What is the real reason why you haven’t already become a great guitarist
and musician? No, it’s not your inability to play perfect guitar solos,
a shortage of natural talent or anything like that. It’s your ‘fear’ of
negative outcomes. By focusing your mindset on what you ‘don’t want to
happen’ you put yourself in a situation where you are more prone to NOT
taking action to achieve your goals. Before you can become a better
guitarist, you MUST figure out why these fears exist in you and what you
can do to prevent them from controlling your musical future.
Why You Aren’t Beating The Guitar Teaching Competition In Your City -
Sad but true: almost 100% of guitar instructors choose ‘mediocrity’ as
their standard of achievement. These teachers fail to make a big effort
to move beyond merely having enough students to ‘get by’ and have no
real commitment to getting great results for their students. In
addition, of the guitar instructors who have great ambition, only a
select few are able to reach their greatest potential because they have
no clue of what can really be achieved.
The Missing Elements Needed For Your Guitar Teaching Success -
Do you wonder why you can’t seem to achieve success in your guitar teaching business? In order to succeed in this business, you will need
to do much more than the average guitar teacher. Consider the Olympics: in the Olympics, most athletes have similar physical attributes, yet
only a few of them (who seem to possess ‘something extra’) are able to win medals while everyone else goes home empty-handed.
The Secret To Becoming A Successful Professional Musician -
Have you always wanted to become a professional musician and wondered what it takes to reach the top of the music industry? Are you frustrated working at your current job because it has nothing to do with music? I can relate because I was once in the exact same spot you are in!
How To Quickly Correct Your Guitar Playing Problems -
Tired of not making progress in your guitar playing? Most likely, your
lack of progress is the result of years of bad playing habits. Until you
correct your bad habits, you will be destined to experience the feeling
of helplessness you get after realizing that you need to ‘begin from
square one’ every time you try to learn something new.
6 Ways To Attract Tons Of New Guitar Students -
You’ll never build a highly successful guitar teaching business without
being able to attract tons of new guitar students on a continual basis.
If you’re like most guitar teachers, you have tried the approach of
‘advertising more’ with minimal results. Truth is, there is much more
you must do before you will be able to consistently attract more
The Secret To Playing Badass Blues Guitar Licks -
Before you can create truly intense and passionate blues guitar licks
you must master the ability to mute ALL unused strings while you are
playing. If you are unable to do this, your licks will sound sloppy and
you will struggle to play music that sounds as expressive and inspiring
as you want it to.
The Top 7 Guitar Teaching Questions You Shouldn’t Be Asking -
Are you ready to become a more successful guitar teacher but struggle
to solve many problems that seem to be holding you back? Truth is, this
happens to all guitar teachers. In order to move forward and develop a
flouring guitar teaching business you must continually ask the ‘right’
questions that will promote growth and prosperity. Unfortunately, if you
ask the ‘wrong’ questions (as most guitar instructors do) you will
condemn yourself to mediocre success at best.
The Five Keys To Building A Successful Music Career -
Wish you knew why some musicians become massively successful
(and how you can too)? Hint: It’s not by simply copying the actions of others
in the industry – it’s by developing a success-oriented mindset as the
foundation of your actions. Once you have the right ‘mindset’, everything else
will fall into place in your music career and you will achieve success...
How To Create Awesome Shred Guitar Ideas Without Playing Faster -
Do you love playing shred guitar licks but struggle to come up with cool
ideas on your own? Chances are, you believe the myth that good shred
guitar playing is only about playing fast. This approach is the same
approach that keeps thousands of other lead guitarists from playing
powerful and expressive guitar licks. Truth is, you must master the
ability to play with both speed and creativity in order to make your
licks stand out.
How To Play Creative Sweep Picking Arpeggios -
Want to play amazing sweep picking arpeggios that demand the attention of everyone who hears you play? It’s actually much easier to do than you think. The key is focusing on building incredible amounts of musical tension by combining sweep picking technique with creative guitar phrasing ideas.
Five Methods For Getting Into The Music Business That Lead To Failure -
Ready to break into the music industry but unsure about what you need to
do? Before you will become a highly successful professional musician,
you need to get rid of several false beliefs that will cause you to fail
in your music career. With this in mind, you might be surprised to
learn the following fact about how the music business really works...
How To Play Awesome Guitar Licks And Empower Your Lead Guitar Playing Pt. 2 -
Do you struggle to play great lead guitar licks? Chances are you’re
making the same mistake as most guitarists: You add extra notes to your
licks in order to cover up your lack of guitar phrasing skill. To make
your lead guitar playing sound great, you must understand how to play
every single note in your licks with as much expression as possible. Read this article and learn how.
How To Play Awesome Guitar Licks And Empower Your Lead Guitar Playing Pt. 1 -
Wish you could play killer guitar licks every time you
pick up your guitar? The truth is many guitar players think that great guitar
licks are made by playing specific notes or scales. However, this usually not
the case. As you will find out in this article (and video), the key to playing
killer guitar phrases is focusing on ‘how’ you play… not necessarily which
notes you use.
Why You Should Forget About Most Common Guitar Teacher Advice -
Are you tired of earning only a small amount of income from
guitar teaching? Wish you had a schedule full of motivated students? Unsure
about what you need to do to grow your guitar instruction business? Truth is,
most guitar teachers never become successful, nor do they earn a lot of money.
However, ALL teachers have the potential to do so...
Taking Lessons For Guitar? Here’s 7 Unfortunate Truths About Your Guitar Teacher -
REALITY: Most guitar instructors have never taken the time to develop
their teaching skills. Unfortunately, this means you must become their
student ‘experiment’ as they learn through trial and error. Before you
take another lesson, here are the seven things that your guitar teacher
has never told you (that you need to know!)...
Use Your Favorite Singer's Voice To Write Guitar Solos -
Would you like to have the ability to write guitar solos which are
highly melodic, expressive, and passionate? If you are like the
majority, then you have a hard time making your lead guitar playing
sound exactly how you want it to. A great way to solve this problem is
to start listening more closely to your favorite singers.Here's how...
5 Creative Tactics That Will Transform Your 7 String Guitar Playing -
Do you feel like your 7 string guitar playing is not as
creative as you would like it to be? Chances are, you have not fully explored
the instrument’s creative possibilities and limited your approach to simply
trying to make your 6 string ideas work with the low B string...
A Powerful And Unique Approach To Writing Guitar Solo Phrases -
Many guitar players think that having great technical playing skills is
crucial to writing incredible guitar solos. In reality, there exist
tons of great guitarists who play truly inspiring guitar phrases without
playing in a very ‘technical’ manner… and you can do this to when you
follow the steps in this article.
How To Succeed At Teaching Guitar By Showing Your Students How To Practice -
Have you ever had a hard time getting your guitar students to make significant progress from one lesson to the next? Although there are tons of reasons why most guitarists who take lessons
never become great musicians, in the end a lot of your success as a guitar teacher will depend on your ability to effectively teach your students to practice.
How To Gain A Lot Of Motivation For Guitar Practice -
Have you been experiencing a lack of motivation in your guitar practice? Are you unsure
about what and how to practice? Get effective guitar practice tips and become a more motivated guitarist by reading this article.
The Secret To Achieving Great Success As A Guitar Teacher -
Have you ever noticed how some guitar teachers seem to “have
it easy” when it comes to getting great results for their students? You too can achieve great things as
a guitar teacher once you understand exactly what makes these teachers
Top Ten Reasons Why You Aren't Making Good Money Teaching Guitar -
Most guitar teachers don’t believe it is possible to build a guitar teaching
business that makes an annual income of $100k or more. The truth is that
it is actually very realistic to want to make 6 figures or more per
year in your guitar teaching business. Read more about how to make a good living as a guitar teacher in this article.
How To Gain The Power To Create Intense Musical Emotion -
Have you ever wondered how your favorite musicians make such great
music? The answer is this: They fully understand how musical emotion
works, and how to use this to create intense emotions in YOU while you
listen to them. Understanding musical expression is key to becoming a
great guitar player and musician. When you control emotion in music, you
will gain the power to greatly affect the listener’s experience...
How To Take Your Music Career To The Next Level With A Mentor -
If you would like to start a career in music and quickly reach success as a professional musician, it is crucial to find a mentor who has
already achieved great things in the music business. Learn how to find your own mentor by reading this article.
How To Make Your Own Rock And Metal Guitar Riffs -
Mastering the ability to play creative rhythm guitar riffs does not happen overnight. However, there are many things you can work on right now to make good progress in this area of your guitar playing. Read this article to learn how to make guitar riffs and improve your rhythm guitar skills.
How To Make Your Music Career Highly Profitable And Stable -
You don’t need to be a big time rock star to make good money in the music business. However, in order to become financially free in your music career, you will need to take a very different approach than the one that is taken by most musicians. You will need to approach your music career as both a “musical artist” AND as an entrepreneur.
How To Improve Your Lead Guitar Playing -
Find out how great guitar players come up with their awesome guitar solos. This article will help you to learn the secrets to improving your lead guitar playing.
How To Improve Your Guitar Playing With And Without A Metronome -
Do you think that using a metronome is important for improving your guitar playing? On this issue, guitar players tend to fall into two camps: some use the metronome all the time and others don't use it at all. The truth is that neither approach is correct. This article will show you how you should use the metronome in your guitar practicing in order to make faster progress as a musician.
How To Make The Right Contacts In The Music Industry -
In this article you will learn the best ways of attracting the attention of the most powerful music industry contacts that can help you to further your professional music career as a songwriter or performer.
The Pursuit Of A Record Deal -
Do you want to turn your passion for music and songwriting into a career? Would
you like to know exactly what record companies, producers, and management
companies are looking for when seeking out new artists? This article will tell you.
Songwriting - Part 5 -
In this article you will learn about using principles of orchestration to your advantage when writing music.
Songwriting - Part 4 -
In this article, I will show you how to use the often overlooked element of dynamics in your songwriting that will make you a more expressive musician.
How To Make A Great Guitar Solo -
This article will show you how to instantly improve your guitar solos. You will learn new creative ideas that will greatly advance your lead guitar playing.
Songwriting - Part 1 -
Learn how and why it is important to have more than one method for writing music. If your main approach to songwriting involves improvising on the guitar, you are severely limiting your creativity. This article outlines several additional songwriting strategies that will make you a more expressive composer.
Songwriting - Part 2 -
In Part 2 of this article series you will learn more innovative ways of using melody and chords to enhance your songwriting.
Songwriting - Part 3 -
In this part of the Songwriting article series, you will learn more advanced ways of applying rhythm to the process of songwriting.
How To Play Awesome Metal Rhythm Guitar -
Do you wish you knew how to play killer rhythm guitar technique? To do
this, you need to stop trying to find “cool” new riffs. Instead, you
need to understand how to make every single guitar riff you play sound
awesome, anytime you feel like it. You need to focus on HOW you play the
notes the notes themselves.
short bio: Tom Hess is a professional touring guitarist and recording artist. He teaches guitar players around the world via online guitar lessons, Visit http://www.tomhess.net to get free guitar playing tips, assessments, surveys, mini courses and to reach Tom with questions about reaching your musical goals.
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