Best Guitar Warm up exercise ever! – YouTube – Ray Wood

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01 Jun

Best Guitar Warm up exercise ever! – YouTube – Ray Wood

Hi folks, I found this great guitar warm up exercise on YouTube today (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNR9jpPPfKQ) and I thought I would share.  It's an arpeggio style exercise over A Major.  So big thanks to Ray Wood and the PBFWorship channel. I liked it so much that I wrote a tab at https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Warm-up-Skips-on-the-way-up.pdf. Visit my guitar lessons channel at www.youtube.com/simonmorelguitar for other guitar warm ups. Cheers, Simon

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20 Mar

The Top 50 Jazz Guitarists Of All Time

Jazz Guitarists Hey there, Today it is simple - Jazz Guitarists - and a top 50 list of the best Jazz Guitarists ever.  Before you say, "urrgghh, Jazz" - have a look and a listen.  Some of these jazz guitar players have played on the some of the most important records ever! What I got out of the list was a reminder of the continuing influence...

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05 Mar

Warm-Up Time: 11 Exercises That Will Help You Play Even Better

One thing I am always going on about during lessons is that a warm up is an integral part of your practice.  Before you do any sport you do stretches and a warm-up right?  Well, the exact same thing applies to the guitar.  Plus all the warm-up exercises will help you play better than ever. Sounds good huh? Let's get into it. If you are...

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07 Feb

So does string gauge really make a difference to your guitar sound?

Straight to the chase today - it's about string gauge.  Does string gauge really make a difference to your guitar sound?  For the last maybe 20 or so years I've only used 10-46 strings across all my guitars from Stratocasters to Telecasters and Gibsons to Rickenbackers. They feel right to me (plus I buy them in bulk, so it kind of makes sense to use...

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12 Jul

Free guitar exercises to improve your technical skills

Hi there, I regularly teach a bunch of drills and guitar exercises around major, minor, chromatic and pentatonic scales to help improve general guitar technique.  Even good old alternate picking exercises. To that end I started putting together a resource to send students that would encompass a bunch of those things - then about half an hour in, I thought I would have a quick...

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06 Mar

Say Wah! 10 of the Greatest Wah Pedal Songs of All Time (VIDEO)

I love the wah wah, I know it isn't the coolest thing right now for guitar players (that'll be massive delays and reverbs) - but you've got to say it has had a phenomenal impact on popular music.  That's why I loved this article - the top 10 wah songs of all time (no prizes for guessing #1). The wah wah was the second pedal...

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28 Feb

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online – 2015 Remix — Information is Beautiful

How many CD sales, downloads or streams does a musician need to get to make minimum wage? Are musicians best off with Spotify, Tidal, or going old-school? Source: How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online – 2015 Remix — Information is Beautiful I'm regularly asked, "so how does Spotify work when you are an artist?  How do you get paid for plays on their system?...

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12 Dec

The Best-Selling Guitar Amplifier of 2016 | via Reverb

I love guitar amplifiers and I'm always on the lookout interesting guitar amplifier stories.  This week Reverb.com delivered this peach into my mailbox and I thought it too interesting not to share. My initial reaction was surprise, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense.  People just aren't going for those massive 100w heads anymore.  There definitely seems to be a...

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03 Sep

How to learn intervals

How to learn intervals Hi there, I was just discussing intervals in a class today and remember this really handy site EarMaster.com. Intervals can be tricky to memorise, so putting them to a tune it a great way to really get hang of them.  You'll be able to conjure up major fourths, minor seconds and tritones in no time with this method. Here is the...

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31 Aug

Xotic EP Booster Demo

A very quick Xotic EP Booster demo that I recorded on my phone (I know, the horror) for my friend Kitch (www.kitchmusic.com).  Thought maybe someone else might be interested... you never know. This Xotic EP Booster is based on the preamp circuit of an EchoPlex EP3 pedal.  I understand that folks used to use these things to boost the signal, acting as a preamp and...