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Nail Your Rehearsal!

It’s almost rehearsal time for The Guitar Gym and Sono Music Performance Showcase. The organised

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Easy Vs Challenging

It’s fun to pick up the guitar and learn an easy song really quickly. The

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The Improviser’s Dilemma Series: Permutations Of The Pentatonic Scale Using String Skipping
The Improviser's Dilemma Series: Permutations Of The Pentatonic Scale Using String Skipping
Linear Makeover: “why not try a perm(utation)?” The first article in Brandon’s series “The Improviser’s Dilemma“ It’s a very common occurrence for guitar players to find themselves at a standstill with their current level of playing, whether it be linear, chordal or otherwise. You might find yourself unable to move forward because of a self-made ... Read more
Dynamic Control For Guitar Players: Simple Steps To Becoming A Better Musician
Dynamic Control For Guitar Players: Simple Steps To Becoming A Better Musician
Dynamic control is a crucial skill for guitar players to possess, but it can often be overlooked. Dynamics refers to how loud or soft notes are played, but there can be much more to it than that. Strong dynamic control will allow you to have more engaging performances, and elevate the quality of the songs ... Read more
Maximise Your Guitar Practice: The Metronome
Maximise Your Guitar Practice: The Metronome
Metronome practice is one of the most effective methods for improving your playing quickly, especially for technical, high tempo pieces. Unfortunately, for many of us it can also be a tedious way to practice and as a result is often overlooked or not done properly. Use these tips to maximise your metronome practice so you ... Read more
Nail Your Rehearsal!
Nail Your Rehearsal!
It’s almost rehearsal time for The Guitar Gym and Sono Music Performance Showcase. The organised rehearsal is an amazing opportunity to meet the rest of your band and practice playing your song in a full band context. This can be a daunting time, between meeting your bandmates for the first time and for some of ... Read more
Tips For Learning Your Showcase Song
Tips For Learning Your Showcase Song
  So you’ve registered for the concert and you’ve been placed in a band with other musos, and you’ve been given the song that you’re going to play on the day. Now all you have to do is learn the song! Easy enough, right? Just to keep the pressure off, let’s have a look at ... Read more
Essential Metal Guitar Licks II
Essential Metal Guitar Licks II
In Part II of our Essential Metal Guitar Licks series, Ryan shows you some cool string skipping licks to add to your lick library.  You can play these together with the licks in Part I. Enjoy! If you’d like to request a particular metal style lesson video, please contact us.  
Essential Metal Guitar Licks I
Essential Metal Guitar Licks I
For all you aspiring metal guitarists out there, our resident metal man Ryan has some essential metal guitar licks for you in our Essential Metal Licks series.  We hope you enjoy our first video, and be sure to tune back in for more in this series. If you’d like to request a particular metal style ... Read more
Pentatonic Scale Fragments II
Pentatonic Scale Fragments II
This video follows on from part I Ryan demonstrates some simple but great sounding pentatonic phrases you can use in the fretboard zones covered in part I.
Pentatonic Scale Fragments
Pentatonic Scale Fragments
Do you get stuck in your pentatonic box shapes and find it difficult to play THROUGH positions on your guitar? You’re not alone! In this video, Ryan demonstrates how you can break out of the vertical “box” positions and play the pentatonic scale horizontally through positions on the neck. Want more? Check out our video Understanding ... Read more
Practising to Perform: Getting Yourself Ready for the Stage
Practising to Perform: Getting Yourself Ready for the Stage
Practising to Perform: Getting Yourself Ready for the Stage One of the best parts about learning to play an instrument is the prospect of eventually getting up on stage and performing. This can happen in a variety of places, from small shows at local venues to bigger concert events like The Guitar Gym and Sono ... Read more
Easy Vs Challenging
Easy Vs Challenging
It’s fun to pick up the guitar and learn an easy song really quickly. The immediate reward of learning an easy song is a great feeling. Trying harder songs, however, can be daunting. When deciding which songs to bring in to your guitar lessons, by all means go for songs that you like, but don’t ... Read more

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