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Using Technology To Your Guitar-playing Advantage

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

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

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

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

Lead Guitar Improvisation – Part 1

This is the first in a mini-series of posts about improvisation for lead Guitar. Today the issue is improvising over a song containing vocals and how to make your playing work.  Whether this is practising over a recorded song, or in a live band situation, the ideas concerned are exactly the same. Essentially, the art… View Article

3 Tips on playing and singing at the same time

Tip 1:  Learn the guitar part inside-out You need to know the guitar part of the song you’re trying to play and sing like the back of your hand.  The sooner that playing that song becomes second nature, the sooner you can focus on incorporating your singing. Just like the driver of a car being… View Article

Slide Guitar : Getting Started

If you’re new to slide guitar playing, you’ll probably notice 3 basic obstacles.  Below I’ll give you the 3 corresponding solutions, to help you get started with slide guitar playing. 1 – “When I play it doesn’t sound like slide guitar, it just sounds like poor playing” The key to slide guitar playing, and the… View Article

How To (Properly) Learn To Play A Song

Learning to play a song on the guitar involves 3 stages.   Learning, Practice and Performance.  Below I’ll advise you on each of these stages, the best methods for each and how to get to that point at which you can definitively say that you’ve learnt to play a song. Stage 1: Learning  This means… View Article

Why You Should Learn Songs All The Way Through

A common thing to do amongst guitar and bass students is to just learn just one part of a song: Usually the catchiest section, that they could play to someone who would recognise it and say “Yeah that’s…..” Well, if you’re ever going to want to play guitar/bass in a band, any band, you’re going… View Article

Guitar Lessons St Albans

Welcome To Bruce Music!

We’ve just launched our brand new website.  We’re a London-based company providing Guitar lessons and we pride ourselves on being a friendly community of great teachers.  We’re up to date with the latest teaching methods, the modern music industry and we’re all experienced live performers in London’s lively music scene. We offer Skype Guitar Lessons too, so you don’t have… View Article