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Masterclass 1 – Mark Knopfler

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

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

An Egg-cellent Offer!

Just a quick post about the unique deal we at Bruce Music are offering this Easter. Every new student booking a Guitar Lesson with one of our Expert Guitar Teachers by Monday 21st April 2014 will receive a free Easter egg at their first lesson! As always, you can book 11 guitar lessons for the price of… View Article

Learn From Our Social Media Pages

Our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are updated daily, with tips and tricks, articles, videos, etc.  All designed to teach, help or entertain you as an aspiring Guitarist, Bassist or Ukulele player.  So get involved, share, follow and join in, help us to help you better! Twitter Facebook Google+ -Alex Guitar Lessons London

Music Theory Part 7 – Summary/Recap of Parts 1-6

Welcome to Part 7 in Bruce Music‘s Blog Series On Music Theory.  This part is a brief recap of the main points covered in the first 6 parts.  Be sure to check out those previous instalments if there’s anything here you’re unsure of. The 12 notes in music –   C    C#/Db    D  … View Article

5 Guitarists You Should Know (But Might Not!)

Here are 5 guitarists that tend to only be known within circles of advanced guitar players, or die-hard fans. Get listening, they’re all doing something unusual and brilliant!  Each name is also a link to a YouTube video. 1) Jon Gomm 2) Antoine Dufour 3) Tommy Emmanuel 4) Guthrie Govan 5) Derek Trucks -Alex Guitar… View Article

Music Theory Part 6 – The Minor Key Chord Formation

Welcome to part 6 in Bruce Music‘s blog series on music theory.  As always, if there’s anything here you don’t understand, check back through parts 1-5, as you can guarantee it’ll be covered there. This part is on The Minor Key, and chord formation from the minor key.  The below follows on very directly (and… View Article

Music Theory Part 5 – Chord Formation And The Major Key

Welcome to Part 5 in our educational music theory series.  This post will cover forming chords from the Major scale.  If you’re new to the Major scale, check out part 2.  We’ll be looking at basic chords, made of 3 notes.  These are called triads. The 3 notes are: “Root” – Gives the chord its letter name,… View Article

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

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

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

Music Theory Part 4 – Relative Major/Minor Scales

Welcome to part 4 in our series on Music Theory.  So far we’ve covered tones and semitones, the major scale and the minor scale. Today’s post is about relative major and minor scales. This is a way of grouping scales in pairs of one major and one minor.  Thus we’re left with a pairing of… View Article

Music Theory Part 3 – The Natural/Relative Minor Scale

Welcome to part 3 in Bruce Music‘s series on Music Theory.  This time we’re looking at the Minor scale.  It is sometimes called the Natural Minor Scale (due to there being a couple of altered versions that we’ll look at later) or sometimes the Relative Minor Scale, (due to its close connection with the Major… View Article

Music Theory Part 2 – The Major Scale

Welcome to part 2 in our Music Theory series.  If you don’t already know what tones and semitones are then Find part 1 here. The Major Scale is the foundation of Western music.  All other scales are described in terms of how they differ with it. It is almost built-in to our brains, being the “doh-ray-mi”… View Article

Music Theory Part 1 – Notes, Tones And Semitones.

Welcome to the first blog in our series on Music Theory! Before we can get into chords, keys, scales and modes, we need to understand the very basic components – Notes, and the distances, or “intervals” between them. 1) There are 12 notes in music. They are:    C     C#/Db     D… View Article

Technology And Guitarists Part 2 – YouTube

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