Dead Guitar Heroes & Wasting Time

“Ooooh … what would Jimi be doing if he were alive today?” You’ll hear this question (or something similar about Hendrix or another dead guitar legend) pop up if you’ve spent any time in guitar playing circles, and you’ve maybe even asked it yourself. While asking that sort of question and wondering about their answers can be fun, there’s a …

Repent, or Else: The 7 Deadly Sins of Guitar Playing

Ah, the concepts of sin and good guitar playing: two of my favorite subjects, and a truly iconic duo. Sin and guitarists go together like whiskey and ice, Gibson and Marshall, American blues and the Devil, et al. They’ve had a long, prosperous marriage, and while they can be great fun individually, they’re especially exquisite together. But, we ain’t talking …

When the Going Gets Tough, Become a Barbarian

Here’s the truth that most people won’t tell you, because they don’t want to discourage anyone, or whatever: You’re going to want to quit playing the guitar. If you’re doing anything worth doing, you’ll want to quit. So, when the going gets tough, you must find and grab on to your inner, driving purpose for playing in the first place, …

Why Following “Good Guitar Advice” is Usually a Bad Idea

Everybody’s an expert. No, not really, but from the looks of it, many people would have us believe as much. These days, it seems everybody is an expert, a coach, a teacher, or whatever … and this is true in the guitar playing/instruction arena, too. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and announce that you’re going to start playing guitar, begin …

Guitar Technique vs. Feel

Shred chops or soulful phrasing? Why not have both if you want them? The classic battle of technique vs. feel with guitar playing is always a hotly debated topic, but it’s a futile and ill-conceived argument. Watch the video to learn why, and how to approach this issue instead. If you want more tools to help you destroy myths like …

Some Advice for Beginning Guitarists

What would I do differently if I had to start all over with the guitar today? How would my approach be different than what I did (and what most players do), and why would I choose this alternate path? While this video is titled for “beginners”, the insights offered are equally valuable to players with years of experience, too. The …

How to Stop Wasting Time & Start Winning with Guitar

You finally did it. You finally bit the bullet, got that guitar, and decided to actually learn how to use it. I mean, actually use it. Not just strum a few chords, learn a few riffs, or cop a lick or two here and there. Not just learn the major scale or pentatonic minor “box” scale pattern in one position, …

The Decline of Martial Virtues & the Death of Creative Character

Let me ask you a question: if you were to list five words that defined what’s most important to your guitar playing success, what would they be? Maybe speed, theory, technique, ear, and knowledge? How about picking, strumming, fretting, legato, and dexterity? Chords, scales, arpeggios, notes, and rhythm? These lists are pretty standard among guitarists and commoners alike, and each …

Start Where You Are (Building Your Guitar Playing Empire)

Alright. Let’s talk about a big problem that I’ve see in the greater guitar playing community: the issue of not doing anything until we find something else to do. If you’re wondering what the hell that means, I’ll explain… I’m talking about the notion of needing to know or do more things before we can start working on what we  …

Practical Guitar Magic

Last time, we looked at the “Primitive” part of the Guitar Antihero tagline, and why old school is good school (read all about it here.) In this installment, we’re looking at the “Practical” side of things, and how it’s the domain of true six-string sorcery that works.  After all, we’re supposed to be able to actually DO something with all of this …