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  1. John Close (177)
    Posted on 1/9/2001 · 17746 Hits
    So now you have a band. Cool, but now what? Now, you must practice, practice, practice. OK, but what about school or job schedules, family time, a personal life, sports, disco dancing, bingo, shuffleboard, writing articles for WholeNote.com, or ...(more)
  2. Danny Shatz (532)
    Posted on 8/1/2002 · 32232 Hits
    We've all started out somewhere as musicians. I started learning guitar by playing old Metallica songs. I had never taken a lesson in my entire life so I had no one really to guide me. Now, six years later, the style of music I have played ha...(more)
  3. Craig Smoot (906)
    Posted on 10/18/1999 · 4930 Hits
    Greetings once again fellow WN cats! I'm writing this installment on the heels of a very successful and inspirational band practice in where we came away with the beginning stages of <b>four</b> new original songs! It was an incredible feelin...(more)
  4. Brandon Phillips (48)
    Posted on 12/27/1999 · 12567 Hits
    As guitarists, we tend to use the minor pentatonic scale or "blues box" way too much, especially as beginners. And c'mon people, let's stop disrespecting a great music style by playing the same thing over and over again - there's more to the bl...(more)
  5. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 3/12/2003 · 16817 Hits
    Well, at the risk of employing a terminology that could lead to endless and possibly embarrassing metaphors, I will adhere to a little principle of teaching that seems to be quite successful. That is, when I latch onto a useful and sometimes rev...(more)
  6. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 9/6/1999 · 6949 Hits
    One of my students was around the other night and pointed out that even when I was playing his guitar (a beautiful Strat), I still sounded like me. Its true: no matter what guitar or amp I plug into, I always sound like me. After 38 years of pla...(more)
  7. Josh Graves (2401)
    Posted on 11/29/1999 · 16970 Hits
    It is safe to say that the majority of electric guitar players today prefer a pick, but it is also safe to say that very few use a plectrum exclusively and <b>never</b> touch their right hand fingertips to the strings in any way. The fact that ...(more)
  8. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 4/30/2001 · 7319 Hits
    A long time ago I decided to throw my picks away and dedicate my playing to a more orchestral style, one that exploited the orchestral quality that the guitar offers. I was always inspired by players who combined melody, bass lines and chords al...(more)
  9. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 9/18/2002 · 13270 Hits
    If we are dedicated to our growth as artists who play the guitar, we must be very smart to get the best out of ourselves. Part of the difficulty in doing so lies in combating the forces and conditioning of the world around us. The world aroun...(more)
  10. Alex Reed
    Posted on 12/12/1999 · 8478 Hits
    <b>Y</b>ou've probably heard many times from TAXI that production doesn't matter when pitching your tape--it's the song that counts. Still, a certain level of sound quality is desirable in that you don't want the recording to distract the listen...(more)
  11. Craig Smoot (906)
    Posted on 11/22/1999 · 17792 Hits
    As an addendum to my last piece, <a href="/articles/item.asp?i=33">Strumming To Help Your Drumming</a>, in this installment I'd like to address one of the most simple-yet-effective elements of creating memorable and driving music... the <b>gr...(more)
  12. Will Landrum (293)
    Posted on 7/10/2000 · 13624 Hits
    One of the most powerful ways you can spice up your tunes whether you're recording or playing live is to harmonize your leads and melodies. <br/><br/> When you're ready to sink your teeth into this creative approach, you'll have taken a giant...(more)
  13. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 9/27/1999 · 5348 Hits
    One of the first chord progressions we learn as guitarists is the 12 bar blues progression. If you're in the key of E, you'll find an A chord and a B7 in the series. We all get to recognize this sound quite quickly. The changes become very famil...(more)
  14. Jeremy Ledford (14379)
    Posted on 4/15/2003 · 94615 Hits
    You go just into the store and buy whatever amp, right? Yes, it could be that simple. But, without proper information, one could end up making a very costly mistake (trust me, I have). So, we will delve into the world of tone and the steps to ma...(more)
  15. Christopher Sung (9641)
    Posted on 5/2/2000 · 23778 Hits
    OK, so you've turning out to be a pretty good musician. You've been banging on your instrument for a little while now, and things are starting to come together. One of the natural urges at this stage of development is to want to share your tal...(more)
  16. Christopher Sung (9641)
    Posted on 5/8/2000 · 14677 Hits
    So you've managed to get the right musicians together to form your band, you've decided on a style, and now it's time to decide what songs you're going to play (your "repertoire"), and how you're going to play them (your "arrangements"). Agreein...(more)
  17. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 11/22/1999 · 6542 Hits
    Probably the reason most of us got involved in playing music was so that someday we'd be able to play anything that came into our heads, just like that - or to spontaneously invent a complementary guitar part to someone else's song. I know that ...(more)
  18. Christopher Sung (9641)
    Posted on 9/27/1999 · 86865 Hits
    Some people are fortunate enough to have certain events take place in their life that leave that everlasting mark. For some, it's about love; for others, it's about their career. For me, it was about the guitar. <br/><br/> I was 11 the first t...(more)
  19. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 8/30/1999 · 7591 Hits
    What's the key to knowing your way around music? Knowing your keys. <br/><br/> Im not sure how the word "key" would be defined in a formal music course, but as a self-taught musician, I define key as a "family of notes and chords". I know, I kn...(more)
  20. Christopher Sung (9641)
    Posted on 10/11/1999 · 20716 Hits
    So perhaps you've learned a few basic chords. You've been working on your strumming, and it's starting to come together. There's a couple of songs that you like to play and they sound OK. When you tune your guitar, you're starting to get a fe...(more)