Archive for the ‘Tutorials’ Category

TrueFire continue to offer some great free guitar lessons on YouTube, in addition to their excellent catalogue of paid-for lessons. This one is with Sheryl Bailey, creator of the Bebop Dojo. It’s part of TrueFire’s ‘My Favorite Thing’ series – check out the original TrueFire page here.

Sheryl shows how you can create great jazz lines using chromatics  to approach and embellish normal chord tones.

Well worth checking out!

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Here’s the second of three great free lessons from the excellent TrueFire. Check out the original TrueFire page here.

The lesson is part of TrueFire’s ‘My Favorite Thing’ series. It features FAREED HAQUE demonstrating a useful lick you can start deploying in your solos straight away.

Check it out!

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Here’s an excellent lesson on using chromatics from the ever-helpful, ever-great guys at TrueFire. Check out the original TrueFire page here.

The lesson is part of TrueFire’s ‘My Favorite Thing’ series. It features Tom Dempsey showing how it’s done in his straightforward, no-nonsense way. Tom is a fantastic guitarist with a cv to die for.

Check it out!

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So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong!


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Ashdown Guitar Lessons is delighted to make available to everyone who wants it a set of charts giving fretboard patterns for Major scales and their associated Major 7th arpeggios.

Major scales snapshot

If you didn’t know, it all starts here. From these scales you can derive all the other modes/scales and their arpeggios. We’ll be making other sets available over time that spell out exactly how to do this and how to put all this good theory to work in your improvisation.

The approach is based on that of Jimmy Bruno, Jody Fisher and others – if you haven’t checked out their work you’re doing yourself a disservice.

This is foundation stuff on which everything else is built and it’s essential for any improvising guitarist. These scales and arpeggios should be practiced in all keys every day until you can play them in your sleep. Then play them in your sleep as well!

Check out the page here.

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This video takes you through the easy steps of tuning your PA system with a graphic equaliser – also known as “ringing out” the PA. It  shows you how to set up your live PA system quickly to:

  • avoid feedback
  • get a better, more balanced sound

Ringing out isn’t just about killing feedback. Feedback is fuelled by resonances in the room that also affect the sound, making it wooly, boxy, harsh etc. The resonances are different for every room you play, and they depend on where you place front of house speakers, on-stage monitors and mics.

This is a very practical tutorial given by live sound expert Buck Moore.

Key message: a live gig is not a plug ‘n’ play event – spend some time tuning the PA to get a great sound!

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Here’s a great video on making your own professional grade cables for guitar (and other equipment). Apart from the rather cheesy beginning and ending this is a really clear and well put together tutorial, presented by Robert Hull of TubeDepot.com

If you’re confident with a soldering iron you can:

  • save yourself a fortune
  • make sure you never have dodgy cables in your signal path

Bad cables are a total pain, causing noise and signal drop out. And tracking down the source of the problem can frustrate you and eat up your time if you have anything more than the most basic set up.

Key message: roll your own, and relax!


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