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Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: New House of the Rising Sun

It's been a busy time for me but I have managed to add the next installment of "House of the Rising Sun" to the lessons. This is part 3 and is more of an accompaniment part that the traditional arrangements we know so well.

Are you having trouble playing cleanly? Here’s why ….

Practice your techniques slowly and build up speed. With slow practice and accuracy, speed will follow.

The Attitude of Mastery

We all experience problems when we practice. This means we continually find that there are things we “can’t do”. What we do with that experience defines us as players. Part of fulfilling the description of mastery, of eliminating obstructions in our relationship to experience, is to react to this common experience from a position of power, not from a position of weakness.

Why haven't you reached your music career goals?

Seems like a simple enough question, but can you answer it? I have read and been involved in discussions on various musicians' forums on the Internet and there are a lot of different opinions regarding this.

Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Kirks Back

Hi, fellow twanger ... it's been a long while since I've posted my Weekly Lesson here. Sorry about that, I've been up to here with 'stuff', not the least of which is a new baby daughter.

Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Daydream Blues

Hi, fellow twanger. It's been a while since I last added my post to GNW. I had a big computer crash and studio/office revamp and I was out of the loop altogether. But, I'm back now.

Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Blues and Christmas Carols

Hi, fellow twangster ... I'm back. Sorry about the long gaps, I've had my work cut out for me recently ... check it out:

Recipe for Success

Ever wonder how someone could be so good at what they do? Do you wonder if you could ever be as good as your favorite guitar player?

Cool Practice

I remember when I first started playing I told my teacher "I want to play something that sounds cool!" So I figured that you're thinking the same thing. :^)

Easy Barre Chords

In this essay, I am going to apply a number of The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar to a technical area that is of major concern to players.

The Eye Test

One of the Vision Music's most popular, ongoing features, especially for first and second year guitar and bass players, is the 'Eye Test' page.

7A Drop-D Tuning for 7-String Guitars

"Attention Metalheads! This week I shall introduce you to the low-down potential of the 7A tuning.

7 String Locrian Mode

The Locrian Mode is the name given to Notes 7 to 14 of a Major Scale (the seven note one 'do re mi' etc) or notes 2 to 9 of a Natural Minor Scale(the relative minor scale of the 'do re mi' one).

Less Intrusive 7-String Playing

This week, Guy answers our readers queries about 7-string playing in a band context.

7 String Phrygian Mode

The phrygian Mode is a particularly useful scale. With a little experimentation it can be used in and out of its proper context i.e. D phrygian has the same notes as the G Natural Minor scale (G Aeolian) so its proper context is within the Key of Gminor (or its relative Bb Major).

7 String 7B Tuning Bar Chords

This week I'm still trying to make amends for the old 7A bias (you will be pleased to know that I now spend equal time with each tuning) with this group of bar chords.

7B Tuning Power Chords

Here are some Power-type chords for all the 7B tuners.

Modes for 7B Tuned 7 String Guitars

In response to the growing cries for 7B tuned bits, here are the Modes for 7B tuners.

7 String Diminished Arpeggios

Here are some diminished arpeggios for seven string guitar players.

Seven String Dominant 7th Arpeggios

Here are some Dominant 7th Arpeggios for 7 string guitarists:

7-String Expanded Fretboard

This week I've laid out an expanded fretboard for the curious folk out there who might be wondering what the names of the notes they play are.

Changing from 6 String to 7 String Chords

Here are some good tips for re-voicing old 6 string chords as 7 string chords...

Seven String Tips

Here's the latest from our Seven string guy... Guy Pople.

Retrograde Inversion

This retrograde inversion sheet music submitted to us by [email protected]

How to Un-rattle an Amp

Peter Blue gives some tips on how to un-rattle a Fender Blues Junior amplifier.

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