Tag Archive: Bass Guitar

Music Theory Part 9 – Minor Scale 4 Note Chords

Welcome to Part 9 in our series on Music Theory.  This time it’s about Forming 4 note chords in a minor key. This is where we refer back to the post about Relative Major/minor scales and keys, and 3 note chord formation: Major and minor. In exactly the same way that we would jump to… View Article

Music Theory Part 8 – Major Key 4 Note Chords

We learned in parts 1-6 about Major Scales, Minor scales, Chord formation, Keys and Relative Keys.  Revisit these earlier posts if you need to, as from now on in our Music Theory series we’ll be presuming these things to be known. Today’s post is about the 4-note chords that can be formed from the Major and… View Article

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

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

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

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