In the name of progress I’ve started making lists to help me progress with my guitar playing. I think it’s a good idea to be able to cross thinks off a list to really cement the fact that you’re improving. Continue reading
I’m not a huge ebay user but it is pretty handy when you need to get rid of something. That said, I would say that at least half the time now when I sell something the buyer never pays. Continue reading
It’s pretty rare that I talk about my stocks and shares investments on here (how to start investing) but I figured it was worth writing a post that gives the current status on my portfolio. I haven’t included the actual value of those shares but as I’m only really wanting to talk about the gains and losses it’s not needed… Continue reading
Back when I first started learning guitar it was all books and magazines, fortunately now there’s absolutely loads of places you can learn online too. Here’s a list of my favourite sites to learn from… Continue reading
I know this is pretty poor but I’ve never really even tried to transcribe a song before. If I want to know the chords, I look them up. It’s so simple. Unfortunately anyone that’s ever looked for song chords before will have found out that a lot of the time they’re wrong. Continue reading
Ben’s just bought a Fender Squier Strat Affinity as his first electric guitar. I was planning on getting him an electric for Christmas but he couldn’t wait and as he sold a load of his old toys to get it I couldn’t really say no.
Quite a while back I bought Justin Sandercoe’s beginners songbook to embed some songs into my brain. I’d kind of skipped by this song by Etta James until today when I spotted Justin’s accompanying video tutorial.
It’s just two chords and I think that’s what had been putting me off. When I played it, it sounded dull and really repetitive so I never gave it much time. Then I watched this video…
It’s a brilliant guitar lesson and, as ever Justin explains it really well. For me it’s all about the embellishments and the variation that he gets into it. Justin makes two chords sound like so much more. Oh and it’s a pretty good performance from Salena Mastroianni on vocals too!
Hopefully I’ll pick up a few tips to get my sound more varied.
I took a trip to the guitar shop today to look at the mini amps as I think getting Ben into the electric guitar will keep him interested in learning. Well, they are pretty cool let’s face it. Continue reading
For the past few weeks I’ve been teaching Ben how to play guitar. I don’t know if your kids are like mine but the last person my kids want showing them how to do something is their own dad. So it’s fair to say it’s been a bit of a battle, but the good news is that it’s really paying off. After the initial steep learning curve that the guitar has, once you can comfortably switch between 3 of 4 chords a lot opens up for you. Continue reading