Mental Benefits of Music

Mental Benefits of Music

Alright, first post of the year! Considering this time of the year, I wanted to make this first post a bit more of an inspirational post, rather than so much a meaty post about musical concepts. I was inspired in one of my first lessons of the year by a conversation...
Improvisation – The Next Steps

Improvisation – The Next Steps

A few weeks ago I wrote a beginner’s guide to improvisation in which I promised some more tips for when you get over that initial point of simply “how do I even improvise”. In between then and now we had some fantastic posts (Part 1 & Part 2) by...
Are You Stuck In A Guitar Rut? – Part 2

Are You Stuck In A Guitar Rut? – Part 2

In part 1 last week I wrote about how a new focus can freshen up your playing and practicing when you feel like you’re bored and/or plateauing. This week I’m back for part 2 with some of my favorite exercises to break out of a rut.     Here we go! 1) Go to a different...
Are You Stuck In A Guitar Rut?

Are You Stuck In A Guitar Rut?

For this week’s blog we have a special guest writer, the newest teacher on board at TMTG and also the awesome lead guitarist from Esimorp I hope you enjoy the great insight that Ric has into breaking a guitar rut, I sure did!     Before joining a real band (you...
Beginner’s Guide to Improvisation

Beginner’s Guide to Improvisation

This week’s post is inspired by one of our subscribers so thanks again for all you support, readership and feedback.   For any beginner player (and even intermediate or advanced) improvisation can be daunting, I’ve seen this many times on students’...
Creating a Good Chord-Melody (Advanced)

Creating a Good Chord-Melody (Advanced)

Today we have another more advanced topic (jazz nerds rejoice), all about creating chord melodies. This can be done compositionally, or with any pop/folk song, but today it’s going to be focused on taking that from a jazz standard. Then, of course, if you are...
7th Chord Inversions (Advanced)

7th Chord Inversions (Advanced)

This week’s blog will be relatively short, really aimed at more advanced players looking at delving into jazz, or at least looking to have some jazz influence in their playing.   A lot of the principles for learning these inversions are similar to those which...
5 Essential Skills for an Intermediate Guitarist

5 Essential Skills for an Intermediate Guitarist

Of course, any intermediate guitarist would have more than just these 5 skills, and you may actually be an intermediate guitarist without some of these skills. So it’s important to highlight, that this isn’t a post made to peg you in a certain level, but...
The Altered Scale (Advanced)

The Altered Scale (Advanced)

Hey there, today we have a more advanced topic, delving into the world of jazz with “the altered scale”.   What is the altered scale? The altered scale is the Locrian mode (built on the 7th degree) of the melodic minor scale – quick side note –...
Using 3rds and 6ths

Using 3rds and 6ths

3rds and 6th intervals on the guitar are some of my favourite things to use to create riffs or just give a bit more interest to some lead parts. Some great examples of this already include Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, John Mayer’s Belief Cat...
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