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Can I learn to play guitar without having to learn basic music theory?

As a guitar performance coach, I regularly meet or receive coaching enquiries from guitar players that share a common problem. They’re usually self-taught and have a rudimentary understanding of basic chords. More often than not, they might know one or two shapes of the major and minor pentatonic scales. These players all have the same …

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The importance of developing good muscle memories

Muscle memory is the act of committing a specific motor task into memory through repetition. While it’s true that your muscles themselves can’t actually remember anything, your muscles are full of neurons that are attached to your nervous system and it is these smart neurons that play a major role in the skill retention of …

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What beginners don’t know and what intermediate guitar players have forgotten

Like many guitarists I know, before I picked up a six-string, I picked up an assortment of other guitar substitutes. Things like a broomstick, a tennis racket or even the good old fashioned air guitar. I rocked out to my favourite songs, imagining that my fingers were making those killer licks and guitar riffs that …

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Six steps to develop a positive mindset and achieve your guitar development goals

I have been coaching & mentoring and developing musicians now, for over twenty years.  I couldn’t begin to count the times, over those years when aspiring musicians have walked through my doorway and immediately, started pouring their hearts out to me about how much they either  love to play guitar or desire to learn to play …

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