Back to the Primitive (Old School is Good School)

I’ve been asked about the meaning behind the Guitar Antihero banner (or battle cry) of “Primitive, Practical, Rebellious, Results-Oriented Guitar Training”, and it’s a valid question that could use some clarification, especially in the guitar training/playing demographic. After all, much, if not most, of what we’re exposed to seems to promote the idea of near-instant success and the realization of guitar …

Improvement vs. Maintenance, Part 2

Alright. If you’ve been following along, we’ve discussed the basic differences between practicing for the sake of improvement and practicing with the intent of keeping what we already have (otherwise known as the improvement and maintenance models) in a previous installment. As mentioned before, the maintenance model is also driven by motivation, and although the same motivators are often present …

Improvement vs. Maintenance, Part 1

This subject came up the other day as I was having a conversation with a friend and co-conspirator guitar antihero, and it’s a topic that I was going to talk about anyway, so I thought “fuck it, I’ll just go ahead and do it now.” Exactly what topic is that, you might ask? The idea of practicing for the sake …

Constructing Your Battle Plan

The battle plan. Every warrior should have one, or at least have some idea about the purpose behind their battle, along with some general path to achieving victory. Hacking through the junk and getting to where we want to go with this guitar stuff can certainly be a battle at times, so we want to be well-prepared for whatever six-string …

Getting a Clear View of Any Playing or Practice Situation

This is a short post, and it deals with a subject that I plan to dig into quite a bit deeper in the future, but for now, not many words are needed. The subject is getting clear about what we’re doing in a given playing situation and why we’re doing it, and it can really be as simple or difficult …

How to Know if Your Guitar Teacher is Full of Shit

Yep. That’s right. You read it right. Your former, current, or future guitar teacher could be full of shit. And if you teach, YOU could be full of shit too. What??? Noooo… nobody who teaches guitar would be unqualified or dishonest, or at least they’d tell you if they were, right? Unless they’re dishonest, of course, but then they should …

Roadside Assistance, Recovery Programs, and Getting Guitar Playing Results

As guitarists, we often feel that we need to find “new” ways of doing things in order to progress and become more fully developed, as there’s always going to be something we don’t understand or can’t do. This is normal, and in fact, I believe this attitude is true of most any discipline, especially those relating to “creative” areas such …

Economy Picking Exercises

This isn’t entirely bad, but not entirely great either. The author says “I am assuming you already know what economy picking is”, and makes a couple other comments to that effect throughout the article, but in my experience, it’s usually best not to make such assumptions. Even if someone is familiar with a given technique, it’s a good idea to …

Bad Guitar Habits And How To Fix Them | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

This guy nails it, especially regarding picking technique and the dreaded F major barre chord that authors of instructional programs always seem to put towards the front of most “beginner” guitar method books (a practice I’ve railed against for years.) Pretty damn tough to hit that first position, full six string barre for most people just starting out, and for …

Electric or Acoustic Guitar First? Which is Best for Beginners?

I’ve heard this question nearly countless times over the years of teaching and working in the retail side of the guitar biz, and it’s valid. People want to know what they’re getting, if their purchase will be worth the necessary financial and time investments, if they’re covering whatever bases are needed for a good start, and ultimately, if they’re getting …