Express Practice

What follows is the best way to practise.  Using these methods you will get faster results on any instrument, or indeed any study, whether sport, academic work, skills of any sort. This way of practising is designed to get you able to do things on the guitar quickly. ...

Moves Like Jagger

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 is a great song for learning how to strum freely with the right hand.  It is not an easy strumming pattern because the tempo is high and very syncopated (lots of playing off the beat), but it’s...

Double arpeggio

Double Arpeggios The double arpeggio is a way of breaking up a chord using the fingers of the right hand.  It is commonly used in flamenco and is one of the first challenges that comes up in early studies with soleares. This is also a great way of ensuring a good...

6 note shapes

6 note shapes – major scale There are only 3 ways that notes occur on a string as already identified here.  When you examine all the possibilities on the guitar fretboard you find there are fixed patterns that these shapes move from one to the other. When you...

3 notes per string

3 notes per string If you take that pattern for a major scale of Tone Tone Semitone Tone Tone Tone Semitone it means that there are only 3 ways that three notes can be spaced apart by these tones and semitones: Tone Semitone, or Semitone Tone, or Tone Tone. They look...

play guitar faster

In order to play things at higher speeds we have to make the movements automatic. The first step in this process is to make sure the movements are technically correct – playing with the tips of the fingers, using the correct down and up strokes etc .. Then the...

Strumming

Strumming ∏         Means a downstroke V         Means an upstroke >         Means an accent Exercise 1 Count out loud (say the number and then ‘and’ for each + sign). ∏        V        ∏        V        ∏        V        ∏        V...