Category Archives: Guitar Technique

Lead Guitar and Follow Guitar

You have spent a fair amount of time developing your chops, getting comfortable moving around the fretboard, honing your ear for exciting and explosive lead lines.  Now, you are a lead guitarist and you want to let loose.  When the … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Make Yourself Desirable

While this may seem like a topic more suited for a glossy newsstand magazine than for a music blog it is an important subject for guitar players.  There are four ways to approach your playing that will help make you … Continue reading

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Learn the fretboard

Being a valuable accompanist requires you to play a complementary role to the player or singer you are accompanying.  One of the ways to do that is by offering a different timbre or sound quality from the main parts.  This … Continue reading

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Making Musical Sense

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to take a class with renowned jazz guitarist Herb Ellis.  As one friend said at the time, ”Herb has more swing when he snaps his fingers than a lot of people … Continue reading

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Frank and Horns

I like Frank Sinatra.  I didn’t always.  My parents would play his records when I was a kid.  When I was very young the basic rhythm and rhyme was enjoyable.  Then I reached a certain age where I realized that … Continue reading

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Air

I was visiting a friend’s recording studio today and listening to some songs he was in the process of mixing.  This was a singer/songwriter sort of project, but the instrumentation was pretty full.  On most tracks there were lead and … Continue reading

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Steve Cropper

You have to be impressed with someone whose sound and style defined a musical genre while their name remained unknown to the majority of people hearing the music.  As a founding member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. … Continue reading

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Mark Knopfler – Accompany Yourself!

Name as many acts as you can where the lead singer, main songwriter and lead guitarist are the same person.  The list is pretty short.  For my money, and there’s not too much of it,  Mark Knopfler has to be … Continue reading

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“I’m Already Playing Too Many Notes!”

A few weeks ago I watched a video from Christie’s, the famous auction house.  It seems that Richard Gere was auctioning off a number of his guitars with the proceeds to be donated to charity.  I didn’t realize that he … Continue reading

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Editing Your Playing

A lot of guitar players who are good (or at least, adequate) accompanists have spent a lot of time practicing and developing their chops.  I’ll bet that you are pretty comfortable playing 8th note triplets or 16th notes at a … Continue reading

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