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Musicians Affected by COVID-19

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Craig Smith

How COVID-19 is Affecting Guitarists Well, this is a guitar website after all… We’re all musicians, we’re all in this together; even if it doesn’t always seem that way in heated political discussions on social media. (I’m guilty, I know) Things have changed A LOT. The 2nd week of March 2020, I was finishing up a typical 5-gig week. On that following Monday, everything was cancelled. Everything on my calendar gone, literally overnight. I’m not …

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How To Choose Your First Guitar

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music, Reviews and Gear by Craig Smith

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments. Whether you’re a child or an adult looking to learn to play the guitar, you must choose the right first guitar. Choosing, however, can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. There are countless guitar styles available for both electric and acoustic guitars. When you walk into a musical instrument store, you can easily get lost in all the guitar brands, styles, and shapes. Shopping online is even …

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Taking Your Music With You Wherever You Go

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Craig Smith

For many people, playing a musical instrument isn’t just a hobby, it’s their passion, which makes leaving it behind for college or vacation all the more difficult. So how can you take your music with you wherever you go? Here are a few things you could try.  Invest in a good quality travel case If you really can’t bring yourself to leave your instrument behind, then the only answer is to bring it with you. …

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5 Tips on How to Become a Better Musician

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Craig Smith

As an independent musician, several factors can disrupt your career. Maybe you’ve got a day or night job, social obligations, you’re in school, or other responsibilities that take top priority. So how will you create more time to focus on your talent? Just like any other endeavor, you need to create time for your creative work. How much you devote will mainly depend on the demands of your non-musical life. With this in mind, it’s …

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6 Simple Ways Parents Can Support Their Child’s Guitar Lessons

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Craig Smith

As a music teacher and private lesson instructor for a while now, I’ve taught them all. From ages 7-70, I’ve seen students become proficient on guitar no matter what their background.  The challenges from younger learners are much different than with older ones. The sad thing is the reason most of the younger students (18 and under) quit is because of the parents.  Without realizing it, parents may be hamstringing their child’s learning potential.  With …

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How Some Of The Most Famous Guitarists Learned To Play

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Joe Weintraub

Guitar lessons online for beginners are a great way for people to learn to play the instrument today. Thanks to the rise of the Internet, the possibilities are endless. However, this has not always the case, and some of the most famous guitarists today never had the option of online music lessons. With that being said, read on to find out how they learnt.  Let’s begin with Kurt Cobain. He received his first guitar from …

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40 Day Guitar Practice Challenge

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music, Practice and Technique by Craig Smith

Are you ready to take your guitar playing to the next level in 2020? Let’s do it together! New Years resolutions can be cliche but what’s wrong with trying to better yourself, whether it’s a hobby, your health or the desire to become a better guitarist? For beginning guitarists, improvement can be a measured by leaps and bounds almost daily. For intermediate and advanced guitarists those jumps in technique and musicality can be few and …

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5 Ways Guitarists Develop A Better Ear

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music by Craig Smith

One of the most important skills you can develop as a musician is a “good ear”. The ability to match pitch and audiate on the guitar is fundamentally important in all aspects of your playing. Developing your ear will make your improvisation more creative and melodic, as well as improve your composition and make learning and accurately playing any piece of music easier. While some musicians are lucky enough to be born with perfect pitch, …

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HX Stomp Review – Guitar Gear Gift Ideas

In Guitar Blog, Interviews and Insights, Music, Reviews and Gear by Craig Smith

As Thanksgiving and Black Friday approach, we’re all getting ready for our holiday gear shopping, whether for ourselves or the guitarist in your life. If you’re like me, you do most of this shopping online. At this point in my guitar playing career, I really don’t feel the need to go to a big chain music store and listen to some kid (who let’s face it, doesn’t know as much as I do) demo and …

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10 Ways To Get Your Kids To Appreciate Good Music

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Getting your kids to appreciate good music can start as early as in the womb. Many parents-to-be report excited kicks coming from their tummy when singing to their unborn babies or playing good music. Music can bring great joy and speak to the soul – not only that, it has many benefits that can seriously improve quality of life. Music increases brain power and memory, gives kids a form of artistic expression, improves creativity, can …