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Six-String Ambition Podcast | Guitar Lessons and Interviews for future Guitar Teachers
8 minutes | Mar 29, 2015
The Top 10 Worst Guitar Teachers pt.2
It's WAY too easy to find a bad guitar teacher. Here are the FINAL FIVE WORST Guitar Teachers, find out if your guitar teacher made the cut!
6 minutes | Mar 22, 2015
The Top 10 WORST Guitar Teachers pt.1
It's WAY too easy to find a bad guitar teacher. Here are the top 10 WORST Guitar Teachers, find out if your guitar teacher made the cut!
8 minutes | Mar 15, 2015
How to Solo on Guitar Using “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
This classic solo to one of the best Beatles songs ever has some great takeaways for those interested in learning how to solo on guitar
12 minutes | Mar 8, 2015
How to Solo on Guitar Using “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
You're not done learning, "Sweet Child O' Mine" until you know how to solo on guitar using this famous riff! Learn how here!
18 minutes | Feb 27, 2015
How to Play the I See Fire Intro WITHOUT Fingerpicking
In today's tutorial, learn how to play Ed Sheeran's I See Fire Intro without Fingerpicking on Acoustic Guitar!
12 minutes | Feb 22, 2015
How to Play the Emmanuel Guitar Solo by Martin Smith
From the great tone to the fitting compositional style, the Emmanuel Guitar Solo by Martin Smith is definitely a solo worth learning!
18 minutes | Feb 15, 2015
How to Play “Our God Saves” on Electric Guitar
Well in case you couldn't tell from the title, today we're going to be learning how to play "Our God Saves" on electric guitar! This is yet another drop D tuned song that features interesting chord shapes, fun riffs and a pretty manageable mid-song guitar solo. This song uses a small but noticeable amount of dotted 8th delay to help create a bigger sound. For the purpose of making sure you understand exactly what to play, I have no effects on my guitar signal (other than some mild overdrive). Once you learn the parts, you'll see that added delay creates a whole new dimension that will take your performance to the next level. For a complete overview of what we're going to cover see the below outline, just after the video!
12 minutes | Feb 9, 2015
How to Play “By This We Know Love” on Acoustic Guitar
Find out how to play Sovereign Grace Music's "By This We Know Love" on acoustic guitar! It's an interesting and fun Drop D tuned little diddy
11 minutes | Feb 1, 2015
How to Transcribe Melodies By Ear Using Your Guitar
Guitarists who understand how to transcribe melodies by ear will be better soloists and composers, here's the audio to my video on how to get started.
15 minutes | Jan 25, 2015
How To Figure Out Key Signature Using Your Eyes (Reading Notation)
When guitarists learn how to figure out key signature, a world of possibility opens up to them well beyond just playing the right frets!
13 minutes | Jan 18, 2015
How Alternate Pickings Works on Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Alternate Picking is an often misunderstood and therefore overlooked aspect of right hand study for both acoustic and electric guitarists. Most often guitarists first try to master alternate picking when they START playing lead guitar, however, I'm of the opinion that this is relatively LATE to the game for learning this valuable rhythmic technique. In this video, I breakdown what alternate picking is and provide a simple blueprint for deciding what rhythms to apply and options as to when to apply them. To download the accompanying Alternate Picking Blueprint PDF for this lesson, register for the free downloads page here
11 minutes | Nov 17, 2014
Why You Still Don’t Know How to Play Guitar Solos
There's a very specific reason why you don't know how to solo and it has a lot to do with the same reason I'm a clueless driver!
11 minutes | Nov 10, 2014
How to Learn Guitar Online Without Suffering From Bad Habits
How to Learn Guitar Online Without Suffering from Bad Habits or a Lack of Progress! To watch the companion video go to www.GuitarSightedInstruction.com/learnonline
21 minutes | Oct 28, 2014
SSA-003 Tomas Michaud of Real Guitar Awesomeness [Podcast]
In Episode #03 of the Six-String Ambition Podcast I talk with the guitar teacher that started it all for me, Tomas Michaud! For the Show Notes and LInks Mentioned in this episode please go to GuitarSightedInstruction.com/STARLAND
4 minutes | Oct 20, 2014
How Guitarists Solo Past the “Pentatonic Scale”
Growing up I remember my Dad used to listen to these cassette tapes on expanding his vocabulary. These tapes would literally be word after word of giant vocabulary terms that could be used in a practical sense. I used to think he was such a nerd for listening to these tapes, and even more so when he would try to make me listen to them too! I didn't understand at the time that my Dad, being a doctor, would have to daily write reports describing the unique conditions and ailments of his patients. From his perspective, a good vocabulary ensured the best representation of their issues and thus the best chance of getting the appropriate care for his patients. His vocabulary reassured his patients that he was the best man for the job, was looking out for their best interest and gave him the freedom to describe something abstract (like pain) in its fullest detail. See where I'm going here? For us guitarists, we're in a similar boat. If you want to nail the audition, perform well at a jam session or express abstract emotion in more detail it's vocabulary you need! Vocabulary applies to WHAT you play in your solo. A lot of the time, guitar teachers will teach the pentatonic scale like it is itself vocabulary. Yet the pentatonic scale, like ALL scale patterns, is a template. It is not in it of itself something you would actually play from start to finish during a solo. It is only a structure within which we collect riffs and licks. Now before you run off and start trying to consume as many riffs as you can handle, here are three specific things to keep in mind: #01) Get Specific on Source Not all resources for riffs and licks are created equal. You never want your riff to sound like an exercise, even though an exercise may be exactly where you first pick it up. For me, the place where I have most consistently been able to pick up riffs that are both practical and sound legitimate is Guitar Techniques magazine. This resource is also known as a guitar teacher's best kept secret because it is so consistently chalked full of serious content that is always challenging to play. Pick up a subscription here #02) Get Specific on Style Most people search for riffs based on factors like key signature or tempo. However, style is a much more important determining factor for the riffs you choose. Ask yourself if a riff you're checking out will fit over the style you're trying to tackle. Sometimes a riff can be labeled as a bl
23 minutes | Oct 17, 2014
SSA-002 Matt Tippett of Unlock the Guitar [Podcast]
Enjoy Episode #02 of the Six-String Ambition Podcast. We talk with Matt Tippett founder of of Unlock the Guitar and the 2 Position Scale System! For the shownotes go to GuitarSightedInstruction.com/UNLOCK
44 minutes | Oct 3, 2014
SSA-001 Greg Clark of Crossroads Community Church [Podcast]
Today we are talking with Greg Clark, Worship Director at Crossroads Community Church in Valencia, CA. Greg shares his insights into the guitar teaching experience and how his various roles as a Choir Director, Pep Band Director, Chapel Band Leader and Worship Leader have influenced his approach and style as both a guitarist and guitar teacher. UPDATE: Go to GuitarSightedInstruction.com/GREGCLARK for more info and links!
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