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Guitarist Bobby Koelble – Interview and Lesson

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I want to start this article by saying, I’m just a big fan of Guitarist Bobby Koelble. He’s the type of Guitarist I want to be like “when I grow up”. I like to think of myself as a busy musician. I’m writing, teaching and performing 4-6 days a week, 52 weeks a year. But… theres busy… and there’s Bobby Koelble busy. I like to think I’m fairly versatile on the guitar. I’ve done my …

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Alternate Picking – 20 Essential Picking Exercises For Guitarists

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Alternate picking for guitarists may seem like something we all take for granted. Most guitarists, even complete beginners alternate some down and up strokes whether they are consciously doing it or not. As we develop our picking hand, alternate picking can open a whole new world of techniques and music not obtainable otherwise. Even if you’re familiar with alternate picking, it can often be helpful to go back and work on the basics. Sometimes I …

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Are You Pursuing Your Passion?

In Musicby Joe WeintraubLeave a Comment

When you have a passion for something, it consumes you. A passion is more than just an interest. You may like tennis and you may enjoy eating cake, but if you HAVE to partake in music or anything else – if you cannot imagine your life without it and you’d love to dedicate all the time you have to it, then you have a passion! But, just because you have a passion, it doesn’t mean …

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90 Page Guitar Practice Routine Ebook Sale

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Today April 30th is the last day of Sale! You asked for it… you got it.. 33% until May 1st. Enter code “Easter19” to get The 7 Day Practice Routine For Guitarists for only $9.99! What you get… Over 90 Pages of Chords, Scales, Arpeggios and Music Theory for Guitarists. Printable Chord, Scale and Arpeggio Charts. A comprehensive 7 Day Practice Guide for Guitarists of any Skill Level. Printable Musical Examples in TAB & Standard …

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10 Essential Guitar Albums

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I love lists! There are so many ‘greatest guitarist’ and ‘greatest guitar album’ lists out there, why should you care about mine? The biggest fault I see is in the lack of diversity found in most. When making a greatest guitar music album list, I think it’s essential to cross into different genres of music and cover as many techniques as possible. ….and why does the music all have to be from the 20th century …

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How Playing a Musical Instrument Can Benefit Your Life

In Musicby Joe WeintraubLeave a Comment

Music is a huge part of life for most of us. We get up in the morning and we play the radio on the way to work. We pop in our headphones and listen to our workout playlist at the gym, while we’re cleaning the house, in the shower. It can give us a boost and make us feel good, evoke memories and motivate us when we need it to. You know you love listening …

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Flamenco Guitar Lesson and Interview – Berto Boyd

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I came across Flamenco and Classical Guitarist, Berto Boyd, on Facebook a while back through our mutual friend and guitarist, Ben Woods. I admire anyone who (like me) is able to make a living playing guitar at any level. I’m also just a huge fan and admirer of Flamenco guitar in general and it’s not something I’ve covered yet here on Life In 12 Keys. Berto has a passion, depth and sophistication in his playing …

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7 Essential Jazz Guitar Chords and Scale Study – The Girl From Ipanema

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7 Essential Jazz Chords and Scale Study – The Girl From Ipanema An analysis, lesson and study of a really classic Jazz / Pop tune, The Girl From Ipanema. In this Guitar lesson: Girl From Ipanema Chord Chart Chord Analysis Section A Chord Analysis Section B Soloing and Improvisation Ideas – The Essential Scales Practice Backing Track Every once in a while I need to write a lesson for myself as well as for my …

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The 7 Day Guitar Practice Routine – 33% Off Valentines Week Sale

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How was your weekend? I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten a ton of emails for sales over the weekend for Presidents Day, Valentines Day, Lincolns birthday etc from just about everywhere… I’m just a guitar player like you. This is my first website and this is also my first book, so I’m kind of learning about this stuff as I go…. UPDATE: The Sale is over, but you can still get the book 25% …

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Minor Pentatonic Shapes – Guitar Scale Overlapping

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This week I’m going to revisit the Pentatonic Scale. Particularly the minor pentatonic scale and how it overlaps notes in it’s parent Major Key. In case you missed it, last week I did a lesson on guitar modal scales and how they overlap. One of my readers, Tim, sent me an email right after that lesson went live and asked about the same concept using minor Pentatonic scales.. so like I always say… I get …