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  1. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 5/9/2002 · 10037 Hits
    If you've played electric guitar long enough, and used a microphone at the same time, you've been shocked. While there are some amplifier conditions than can let stray currents escape, most of the time the problem lies in your power source for t...(more)
  2. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 9/20/1999 · 9648 Hits
    Strange as it may sound, from my own experience and hanging around guitars and guitarists all my life, the hardest thing of all improvising a nice melody over a simple, unadorned chord progression. I mean a C - Am - F - G type of chord progressi...(more)
  3. Harry Jacobson (50)
    Posted on 12/20/1999 · 9642 Hits
    It seems that so much attention has been placed upon topics such as scale choice, modes, and arpeggios. Granted, these are very important and valuable topics that I will be addressing in future articles, but I would like to take yet another appr...(more)
  4. Andre Tonelli (361)
    Posted on 9/25/2001 · 9578 Hits
    Welcome to the first installment of The Perfect Player. In this first article, I will try to show you how to become a proficient player and musician, starting with a new approach to practice. I know, you are probably thinking 'Man, another artic...(more)
  5. Jeremy Cotton (7938)
    Posted on 11/15/1999 · 9522 Hits
    It can not be denied that the piano and the guitar are entirely different instruments: their physical disparities are obvious. Why then, do we tend to approach understanding and playing these instruments in the same way? There are, of course, ...(more)
  6. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 6/26/2001 · 9456 Hits
    There are five chapters in "The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar", and each one begins with a statement that practicing guitarists would do well to keep in mind. One of them is "When you see the complexity of what you think is simple, y...(more)
  7. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 11/21/2001 · 9443 Hits
    In my essay, "Discover Your Discomfort", I alerted you to the simple necessity for paying absolute attention to the physical body during the practice process. I explained that unnecessary and excessive physical tension is always present when we ...(more)
  8. Frederick Burton (5465)
    Posted on 10/25/1999 · 9401 Hits
    Many of the lessons featured on Wholenote center on making us, the guitarist, become better musicians and more acclimated on our instruments. There is one exception, and that is the art of "comping". Many teachers/books define "comping" as the...(more)
  9. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 10/23/2000 · 9370 Hits
    Now we start getting to the meat of the matter, and the decisions made regarding transducers will bring on not only the most controversy, but also the most disappointment. We must understand that the selection of the pickup device is <b>always</...(more)
  10. Jeff Foster (244)
    Posted on 9/27/2000 · 9332 Hits
    A dear reader wrote: <br/><br/> <i>"I was wondering if you could help me find out if the guitar's sound hole must be in its usual spot and cannot be moved. If it can be moved, then how much can it move? Also, does the sound hole have to be a cer...(more)
  11. Andre Tonelli (361)
    Posted on 10/10/2001 · 9184 Hits
    Welcome to the second installment of The Perfect Player. Today I would like to discuss a very important facet of your musical identity, one that musicians too often overlook: <b>memory</b>. <br/><br/> What we are interested in is, of course, me...(more)
  12. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 1/22/2001 · 9141 Hits
    As the years go by in the life of a player, there are two kinds of growth we can experience. Both are necessary for our development as musicians and guitarists. I call them Vertical Growth and Horizontal Growth. <br/><br/> Here is a common sce...(more)
  13. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 10/25/1999 · 9123 Hits
    The chord of the moment. <br/><br/> I must have mentioned this a hundred times since I started writing these articles, and for good reason. When it all comes down, that's all there is. The expression 'Be Here Now', the philosophy that the only r...(more)
  14. Dave Wendler (2201)
    Posted on 8/7/2000 · 9113 Hits
    If you ever read stories about Les Paul, the great guitarist, inventor, and innovator, you are reading a capsule history of the amplification of our favorite instrument. His earliest tries at amplifying his guitar were to take a phonograph needl...(more)
  15. Jamey Andreas (731)
    Posted on 2/19/2001 · 9060 Hits
    Over the years, I have met many guitar students who could not actually play anything, even though they had taken lessons, perhaps for years. If they were asked to play something, the best they could do would be offer you some isolated "pieces...(more)
  16. Kirk Lorange (4841)
    Posted on 9/13/1999 · 9033 Hits
    One of my recent articles, <a href="/articles/item.asp?i=10">The Music Building</a>, described the seven chords which arise from the seven notes of the major scale, and how they form a fixed relationship with each other. You may remember that I ...(more)
  17. Jeremy Cotton (7938)
    Posted on 12/7/1999 · 8998 Hits
    There is a lot of great music in the world, some of which I have never heard, but I am willing to say that jazz is the pinnacle of musical expression. Playing jazz well involves the synthesis of several high level skills: careful listening, ...(more)
  18. Brian Ritacco (79)
    Posted on 11/21/2001 · 8762 Hits
    I have come to enjoy the on-line guitar community established by WholeNote and other web sites. I almost always go through the Updates, gain a little more insight into this thing called "playing guitar", and feel somewhat connected to the great...(more)
  19. Jeremy Cotton (7938)
    Posted on 1/31/2000 · 8685 Hits
    <font size="5">B</font>alance refers to the ratio between contrast and unity. <b>Contrast</b> consists of all of the different parts and pieces you assemble, while <b>unity</b> refers to the similarities (or exact copies) of the parts you ass...(more)
  20. Frederick Burton (5465)
    Posted on 11/15/1999 · 8585 Hits
    Practice, Practice, Practice. The words spin around your head at all times of the day. How much? How often? Who knows! So you say you have no energy on the day? You don't have a spare 14 hours to practice today? The sight of your guita...(more)