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Electric Guitar Masterclasses From The Stars

September 3, 2015 2:47 pm Published by
Hi Strummers, Here’s another post linking you to some brilliant online Masterclass resources – Video lessons and talks from some of the world’s best Guitarists across all genres and eras. In the spirit of this diversity, you can find below some videos by Mark Knopfler, Nile Rodgers, Synyster Gates and Steve Vai.  Happy viewing, (and… View Article

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 5

May 22, 2015 2:02 pm Published by
Welcome to part 5, Friday’s final instalment in our daily blog series offering you a professional practice tip each day. Tip 5:  Don’t Always Play With Songs For some guitarists, this advice should be “Start Playing With Songs” but for most of us, it’s don’t always play with songs! Especially if you’re preparing for a… View Article

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 4

May 21, 2015 9:52 am Published by
Welcome to day 4 and another brand new expert Guitar practice tip from our London Guitar Teachers Tip 4:  End on a high note! Whatever’s In your practice routine, or whatever new things you’re covering that day, finish on a positive.  Don’t walk away from the guitar having just had an unsuccessful moment.  You’re a… View Article

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 3

May 20, 2015 11:54 am Published by
Welcome to the third day in our new daily blog series offering you expert practice tips, to maximise your time and your improvement on Guitar or Piano You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here Tip 3:  Slow Down! Learning and practising new material at slow tempos is advised so often that most… View Article

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 2.

May 19, 2015 10:54 am Published by
Here’s part 2 of our new daily blog series offering you a quick practice tip each day, to improve your Guitar or Piano playing. Tip 2 – Little & Often 2 hours per week, split into 6 sessions of 20 minutes, is infinitely more valuable than 1 long 2 hour session. Breaks are important to process… View Article

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 1:

May 18, 2015 10:47 am Published by
Hi everyone and welcome to our new series of daily blog posts offering you professional practice trips to maximise your Guitar or Piano practice time. Each day we’ll offer you a professional, insightful tip that will help you notice an improvement in your playing, fast. Tip 1:  Stop Practising What You Already Know! Don’t stop… View Article

Masterclass 1 – Mark Knopfler

May 7, 2014 3:07 pm Published by
Welcome to the first of several posts linking you to masterclass resources online.  The first is a 3-part Mark Knopfler Masterclass.  It’s From the late 90’s and so is a bit retro looking now, but his tips are timeless!   – Guitar Lessons London –  

Common Questions From Beginners

April 24, 2014 12:04 pm Published by
Today I’m going to answer some of the most common questions beginner students tend to have.  Some from absolute beginners, some from students a month or two down the line.  Hopefully you find it useful! 1)  What Guitar Should I Buy?  Should I start on Electric or Acoustic? Our website has a whole page on… View Article

Rocksmith – Why Do You Still Need A Real Guitar Teacher?

January 6, 2014 3:37 pm Published by
Rocksmith and Guitar Hero.  Both great fun, both help with your development as a guitarist (to differing extents)!  So why do you still need a real Guitar teacher, giving you real lessons in person? Well, some aspects of Guitar-based computer games are bang on the money.  But others are about as close to real-life playing… View Article

How To Learn A Song By Ear

December 12, 2013 6:06 pm Published by
All over the internet there are sites full of tabs, chord charts and video tutorials on how to play just about any song.  So the idea of learning a song “by ear” ie. listening to it and figuring out how to play it, poses 2 questions in this day and age.  Why? And How? 1)… View Article

Technology And Guitarists Part 2 – YouTube

October 23, 2013 1:36 pm Published by
Following on from last week’s blog about using technology to your advantage as a guitarist, now I want to talk to you about YouTube. If you can manage to navigate around the distraction of cats making cocktails and a Japanese football team’s physiotherapist scoring from the car park, there’s about 5 lifetimes’ worth of Guitar… View Article

Using Technology To Your Guitar-playing Advantage

October 18, 2013 4:55 pm Published by
I’m going to tell you about a few ways to practice, progress, and be creative by recording yourself play Firstly, “Recording” here means just about anything – whether it’s recording software, a loop pedal, your phone’s voice record function, or a dodgy old relative’s dodgy old twin cassette deck.  Anything 1) Testing Out A Multi-Part… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 4

September 11, 2013 10:42 am Published by
This is the 4th and final part in Bruce Music‘s Improvisation mini-series.  It’s about Listening.   “‎Listening is the key to everything good in music” – Pat Metheny Listening is a huge part of your improvising process as a Guitarist.  Listening to recorded and live music, and listening to the rest of your band while… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 3

September 6, 2013 2:48 pm Published by
Welcome to part 3 of our mini-series on improvisation.  Today’s post is 5 tips to improve your improvising ability and practice methods. 1)  Don’t just use instrumental backing tracks designed for soloing practice, use backing tracks of songs as well where possible, to practise soloing in context. 2) Record some of your improvisation sessions and… View Article

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 2

September 2, 2013 4:56 pm Published by
Welcome to part 2 of Bruce Music‘s mini series on improvisation.  (Click here for part 1) Today’s topic is Improvisation Exercises.  The exercises are designed to stop you getting stuck in a rut with your playing.  (Or help you out of a rut you’re already in!)  They’re also good for general practice, and you should… View Article