Metronomes don’t make you faster – YOU do

Building technique with a metronome

Today I want to clarify a common misunderstanding among guitar players who are starting to think seriously about their technique.  This is the widespread belief that “practicing with a metronome” makes you faster, or builds your technique. Now, virtually every technically-able musician uses a metronome at least some of the time, and nobody denies that the […]

Learning from watching the masters

Gary Moore, blues-rock guitar master

I don’t know about you, but I watch as much live footage of my guitar heroes as I possibly can. It gets me inspired and fired up to practice, and it reminds me why I play guitar and how far I still have to go. As a music fan it’s fun to watch concerts and […]

Stop practicing this exercise

Pointless guitar exercise lead to wasted time

It’s time to talk Guitar Technique. Everyone who learns electric guitar will sooner or later encounter this exercise: There are many possible variations on the basic idea, like these: You might hear people refer to them to as warm up exercises, or the “Finger Gym” exercises, or “Technique” or “Speed Building” exercises. I’m going to refer to […]

Bad Guitar Practice Habits

How to practice guitar properly

The Five Most Common Bad Guitar Practice Habits Knowing how to practice the guitar efficiently is one of the single most important factors in making progress with your playing. Practising efficiently is all about maximising the results you get from your time, and a lot of progress can be achieved with less time than you […]