Ed. note: This article was written by Guitar Lifestyle contributor and ukulele enthusiast Russ. You can read more of his contributions here, and you can follow him on Twitter here. Aloha! I wanted to talk today about the importance of being flexible and allowing some freedom in your musical education (or the education of others). This is best summed up with my son and his … [Read more...]

Capo 2

A little over a year ago, I reviewed the Capo app, which is a music learning tool made by SuperMegaUltraGroovy. The developer, Chris Liscio, has released Capo 2.0 today. In addition to providing the ability to slow down and loop music, Capo now provides the ability to automatically detect chords within songs. Also included in the new version is a sophisticated Spectrogram that … [Read more...]

Jonny Lang Lesson

Guitar Player magazine recently caught up with Jonny Lang, who is currently touring as part of the Experience Hendrix tour. Lang gave Guitar Player a lesson in some of the techniques he uses, including his vibrato technique and alternating between a pick and using his fingers. See the lesson below: … [Read more...]

No Secrets, Just Practice

Anthony Stauffer of recently wrote an article titled No Secrets, Just Practice providing his thoughts about what it takes to get better, responding in part to my article The Secret to Becoming a Better Guitarist. In that article, I posited that there actually are no secrets; Anthony agrees, but says that there are shortcuts: My thoughts on this are similar … [Read more...]

The Secret to Becoming a Better Guitarist

For most of my guitar-playing life, I've been trying to find the secret to becoming a better guitarist. I've spent countless hours reading magazines and books, scouring the Internet, and searching for teachers. What I've learned is this: There is no secret. Becoming a better guitarist takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance. There are no shortcuts. This is a lesson … [Read more...]