Social Media Highlights September 2015

Hi everyone,

Here’s the best of this month’s Social Media output, relating to all sorts, including Guitars, Pianos and Keyboards, Classical Music, Jazz Music, Concert Films, Art, Autumn, London and Writer’s Block!

Ed Sheeran’s debut concert film will be screened in late October Read More

Ed Sheeran

Pianist Bob Karty’s Kickstarter project reunites members Of Oregon And The Pat Metheny Group With an Imaginative Original Composition Check It Out

Next up, Beyond Blues – How to recreate slide guitar sounds – using only normal string bends! Here’s The Lesson!

Mozart (finally) goes to Newcastle and gets a Johnny Rotten makeover!  An explanation

Mozart

Here’s the ultimate guide to Autumn in London – Get Ready

Autumn

And finally – 14 ways to beat creative block

We’ll be back with more in October, and normal blogging resumes later this week!

-Alex

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Electric Guitar Masterclasses From The Stars

Hi Strummers,

Here’s another post linking you to some brilliant online Masterclass resources – Video lessons and talks from some of the world’s best Guitarists across all genres and eras.

In the spirit of this diversity, you can find below some videos by Mark Knopfler, Nile Rodgers, Synyster Gates and Steve Vai.  Happy viewing, (and subsequent practising) and we’ll be back next week with another selection!

-Alex

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Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 5

Welcome to part 5, Friday’s final instalment in our daily blog series offering you a professional practice tip each day.

Tip 5:  Don’t Always Play With Songs

For some guitarists, this advice should be “Start Playing With Songs” but for most of us, it’s don’t always play with songs!

Especially if you’re preparing for a gig/performance/exam etc.  you need to know the song you’re learning inside out, and that means not coming to rely on cues in the vocals or production which you can’t necessarily trust to be present when you perform.

Practising material to a metronome or backing track can help you solidify and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the piece, and have you ready for anything.

So do it!

Good Luck

-Alex

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Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 2.

Here’s part 2 of our new daily blog series offering you a quick practice tip each day, to improve your Guitar or Piano playing.

Tip 2 – Little & Often

2 hours per week, split into 6 sessions of 20 minutes, is infinitely more valuable than 1 long 2 hour session.

Breaks are important to process the practice that you’ve done.

Over a period of 2 hours straight your concentration, focus and technique will drop off very heavily, your playing could become quite sloppy and you are unlikely to take onboard the benefits of regular, shorter practice sessions.

If you currently do long practice sessions, try splitting them into shorter, more frequent sessions.  The results will be obvious!

Tip 3 coming tomorrow.

Good Luck!

-Alex

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Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 1:

Hi everyone and welcome to our new series of daily blog posts offering you professional practice trips to maximise your Guitar or Piano practice time.

Each day we’ll offer you a professional, insightful tip that will help you notice an improvement in your playing, fast.

Tip 1:  Stop Practising What You Already Know!

Don’t stop playing what you already know – but that’s “playing” not “practice”.  If you want to improve as a guitarist, focus your practice time on what you don’t know, not what you do.

A short burst of dedicated focus on whatever it may be – A hard chord change, improving your speed, learning a new scale or solo, will pay huge dividends on your all round playing and knowledge.  Then when your practice is done, it’s play time!  This is when you play what you already know, for fun!

So separate your practice time and your play time.

See you tomorrow for tip 2.

-Alex

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Meet Our Guitar Teachers – Video Performances

Hi everyone,

Here’s a chance to meet our guitar teachers who cover London and the surrounding areas.

On our website we feature a page of Guitar Teacher profiles, listing our teachers’ information, qualifications, experience and successes.

And here below is a video playlist featuring performances by a selection of our Guitar teachers – From home studio performances, to Classical Guitar competition recitals, to Glastonbury to The Albert Hall.

We hope you enjoy the great playing featured in the videos, and we’ll post soon when we upload some videos of our newest teachers too.

-Alex

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Guitar Themed TBT Part Two

Welcome to part 2 in our Guitar-themed TBT (Throwback Thursday) mini series.

You can find part 1 here.

Again, we’re featuring 3 great Guitar videos from days gone by.  Just as part 1 contained performances from 1959, 1969 and 1979, now’s the time for 1989, 1999 and 2009.  So here we go!

1) 1989 – Night Of The Guitar

2) 1999 – Guitar Boogie – Tommy Emmanuel

3) 2009 – Joe Bonamassa Live 

Enjoy!

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