Teaching Yourself Songs

Teaching Yourself Songs

This week’s blog is inspired by a lesson I had with a student this week. I’ve long believed as a teacher – especially in this day in age – with such a vast amount of resources online, that a large part of my role as a teacher is to teach students how to...
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...
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...
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...
7 Benefits of Using A Capo

7 Benefits of Using A Capo

Divisive comment alert: I love capos. They’re awesome. Now there are many guitarists who believe that you shouldn’t use capos but should just learn how to play the chords properly. They have a point, you SHOULD be expanding your knowledge of chords so that...