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Improve the quality of your guitar playing

So you’ve learned lots of chords and scales, you’ve developed a decent sense of time, and you have a nice armoury of phrases to use in improvisation. 

But how does all of this actually sound when you play?

Fret-buzz and guitar playing

Fret buzzTry recording yourself playing a familiar chord-based tune and listen back with a critical ear. Are the notes clean and pure or are you getting fret-buzz ...

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Which arpeggios should guitarists learn?

Arpeggios are the notes that make up a chord when played in succession, as oppose to at the same time.

They are just as valuable a resource for creating music as scales are, and in a way arpeggios are mini-scales of just three or four notes.

There are as many arpeggios as there are chords but in reality, we only need to learn a moderate number of them in order to meet most requirements.

So, which arpeggios should guitarists learn?

Triads

  • Major and minor – ...
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How to get in a band

So you’ve been playing guitar for a while and you want to play music with other people. In this article we’ll look at some of the different approaches of how to get in a band.

To start with, there are two fundamental decisions to make:

  • Do you want to play original music or covers?
  • Do you want to start a band of your own or join one that’s already established?

Forming your own original band

Do you already have songs written?

You ought to have some ...

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The gig that never happens

If you’ve been playing guitar for a while the chances are that you’re interested in doing gigs. 

It’s great to get up and perform music in front of people, both from an entertainment point of view and because it’s a landmark in your guitar playing ability.

Whether it’s a solo performance of your own songs with just you and a guitar, or a covers band made up of ...

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