Years ago, when I first started learning to play the guitar, I used to have so much trouble just getting a tune out of the damn thing that I used to be in total awe of anyone who could string a few chords together or pull off a few [...]
Every guitarist knows the only way to achieve real success with the guitar is through sheer grit, determination and thousands of hours of painstaking practice, but if you really can’t be bothered with all that blood, sweat and tears stuff, there is another way you can go about it.
Check this out, [...]
Welcome to our new classical guitar section.
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Street Musician is now proud to be able to offer our readers a small range of handmade classical guitars from South America, made by the same expert luthier and musician who has been touring South America and [...]
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The Top 100 has been going strong now since July 2008, and over the last 15 [...]
The charango is a small traditional South American stringed instrument that resembles a ukulele and has 5 sets of paired strings.
The charango is a member of the lute family and is said to have descended from the Spanish vihuela which had six pairs of double strings and was most commonly used [...]
I’m often asked the best ways of powering your equipment when out busking or gigging at outdoor events where power is an issue.
This is a good question to answer and depends greatly on a few main factors.
1. The size and type of gig you are looking to provide [...]
Attending jam nights, or come and have a go nights are without doubt the best way amateur musicians and new bands can prepare themselves for a first gig or stage performance.
Busking is a great way of getting your self used to public exposure and can be quite a scary experience for those not [...]
These next few exercises are really good for building your finger strength, stamina and stretching abilities. As always, they are best performed using some form of metronome as this will help to improve your sense of timing. If you don’t have a real one, then try the internet as there are many available [...]
Playing the guitar places an enormous amount of strain on the muscles, fingers and tendons in a player’s hands and also requires a great deal of finger strength. It is for this reason that it is vitally important that all guitarists, from beginners to expert, should perform some form of warm up routine [...]
This song from Pink Floyd’s – The Wall, was once described by Roger Waters as a ‘mood piece’ and is the second track on CD 2 of the album. It is an extremely emotional and moving piece of music and the solo classical guitar playing provides us with a great finger picking exercise [...]
Major scale vocal warm up using guitar.
For this scale we will be starting on G (3rd fret 6th string), work our way up to C (13th fret 2nd string) and back down again to G or below. Follow the exercise shown in the video and start with a gentle humming.
This second exercise uses an octave and a half scale range. This is slightly more difficult and takes a bit of concentration to get right. Match your fingers with your vocals.
Check out my Vocal Warm Up Techniques page for details on how to hum and perform lip rolls and tongue trills.
This 3rd exercise is the most awkward until you get used to it. The scale spans one and a half octaves and 5 strings and as you move up the fret board and across the strings the fingering patterns change as the scale ascends and descends with your vocals.
This will give [...]
Scales – Part 6
Take a look at the two scale diagrams below. At first glance, the G minor and G major scales at first look completely different from one another.
Look at the pattern of notes between frets 1 and 6 of the minor scale, and compare them [...]
Scales – Part 5
Now you can handle the natural or pure minor scale in all twelve keys, by simply learning the Gm, as shown in parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this no nonsense guide. It’s time to use these minor scales to play all twelve keys of the [...]
Ok, by now you should be completely familiar with the 7 overlapping patterns of the G natural or pure minor scale, as shown in parts 1, 2, and 3 of this no nonsense guide.
If you’ve been practicing them for 20 – 30 mins on a daily basis for a couple of [...]
Here’s a collection of vids featuring some of the worlds most famous (and not so famous) people busking.
It’s nice to know that however much cash these guys have got or how famous they are, none of them are too proud to hit the streets and play for the people.
Here we have our videos section. If you are too lazy to look for them or read the articles and lessons you’ll find all this sites own vids from various pages here in one place. Click the links to view the full articles.
Guitar and Vocal Warm Up Scales
Go through your hums, [...]
Any beginner guitarist has to face the daunting task of learning a huge bunch of chords in order to familiarise themselves with the guitar, help them play their favourite tunes and enable them to write and play their own compositions.
But as there are tens of thousands of songs out there all [...]
I often get people complaining to me that they are no good on the guitar and that however much they try to play a particular piece of music they just can’t get it right. They will often give the excuse that perhaps their fingers aren’t long enough or maybe they’re just not naturally [...]
Having made it through our no nonsense guides parts 1 and 2, you should now be well on your way and have a firm grip on the first 5 positions of the natural minor scale.
You should see now just why I divide the scale up into 7 easy over lapping parts as [...]
By now, if you have been following the first part of our no-nonsense guide to scales, you should be very familiar with positions 1 and 2 of the natural or pure minor scale. You should have spent at least two days learning the first two positions and should be able to move [...]
This weeks pick of the week is an amazing bit of guitar lap tapping by the canadian composer and guitarist Erik Mongrain. His debut album Fates is an brilliant piece of work and has been described as ‘unbelievable’, ‘original’ and ‘an incredible achievement’ by his fans and the music press.
Check this vid out [...]
This guide may not be 100 % theoretically correct, but it will be everything you need to know to get you through the theoretical nightmare of scales that’s been haunting you for years.
Scales represent a huge barrier to many musicians and dealing with the mass of information that comes with them [...]
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