B minor backing track [003]

Chord Progression This track has the following chords: i9 viø iiø V7 Bm G#ø C#ø F#7 In the backing track we start with the chords high up on the neck, slowly playing down the beck using different inversions. Improvising This track uses a mixture of minor modes. The i9 is common to the natural, harmonic and melodic minor scales. viø is only present in the melodic minor. iiø is in natural and harmonic minor.

How to Play Guitar After Having a Stroke

A reader recently emailed me asking for some advice. He has suffered from a stroke and lost use of a couple of his fingers in his left hand. I’ve got his original email and my response response (with some editing to make more sense in a blog format and fixed typos). Here is the original email: Hello Sam. I dont know if you or anyone can advise me. Earlier in my life.

How to Become More Consistent With Your Playing

I recently received a message from someone lamenting that they felt like they hadn’t improved much over the last thirty years. We had a bit of a back and forth and hopefully he’s got a path to improve. The conversation was one I could imagine a lot of guitarists benefitting from, so I’ve put it out here. I started off asking a few questions: What do you want to be able to do on guitar?

How to Increase Speed With Difficult Riff

A former student recently emailed me with the following question: Hey Sam, In one month we´ll be playing the final concert for this semester. We´re doing one song that has a rather tricky Intro Riff. The target BPM for the riff are about 90 to 93. I can play it reliably at about 80 Bpm. That means at 80bpm I´m not making any mistakes. As soon as I crank it up to the target speed I´m starting to struggle and mistakes start to occur.

E minor backing track [002]

This is a backing track in E minor, with drums, strings and bass. String Arrangement The track has strings, drums and bass guitar. The guitar fills quite a low register, so to make room for improvisation, I placed the strings quite high up. The bass guitar is playing a single E note, with the strings filling out the e minor harmony, with violins I & II playing octaves, moving between the E and D note, to create an E minor 7 feel:

D minor backing track [001]

This is a backing track in d minor, with drums, strings and clean guitar. The backing comes from my original piece, Love In The Rain You can download this backing track here. Guitar Tab Here are the two (slightly) different parts for the clean guitar: This is the first part of the guitar backing This is the second part Scales and Arpeggios From Video In the video, we look at three different scales and arpeggios we can play over the top of this backing track:

How to Remove Stem Lines From Tabs in Guitar Pro

How to Remove Stem Lines From Tabs in Guitar Pro Guitar Pro is a great way to create professional and clean looking guitar tabs, but sometimes it has some annoying defaults. One such default is the stem lines that Guitar Pro insists on showing: To remove these, do the following: Open up the stylesheet, and navigate to the ‘Notation’ tab. You should see this screen: Under ‘Position in Tablature’, change ‘Voice 1’ to Hidden Those annoying tab lines are now removed :)

A review of Zene, mint a boldság hangszere

A review of “Zene, mint a boldogság hangszere” The following is a review by one of my readers, Krisztian Andeo. You can check him out on Instagram here Review Hi Sam, Would like to send some feedback to you if I may. I purchased your book and another one from Hungary half a year ago. The other book’s title is (in English): Music, as the Instrument of Happiness The subtitle is: Get from the bathroom to the stage!

Do Guitarists Need to Learn to Read Conventional Musical Notation?

One of my readers recently wrote: Hey Sam, Thanks for the message! I’ve had a skim read so far - looks like some great advice in there! I wondered what your opinion is on guitarists learning to read conventional notation - particularly the note pitches rather than just rhythms alongside a TAB? Classical and jazz guitarists will tell you it’s a necessity, whereas rock, pop and other genres might say it’s optional… To me it

How to Get Your Child to Practice Guitar More

Recently, a reader messaged me about how he can get his son to practice guitar more. He wrote: “hoping to encourage my son who is 12 to practise more. I don’t think he is that excited by his music lessons, but would like to improve” Here was my response: Getting kids to practice is a tricky one. They’re usually at a level where they can’t do anything too exciting (although if his teacher got him playing to a simple backing track, that would probably be exciting).