Correct hand positions for bar chords on the guitar

How to Position Your Hands for Bar Chords

Bar (or barre) chords often present a huge difficulty to beginner guitarists. Almost every student I have struggles to some extent when they are first learning to use bar chords in the songs they play. Even though it can be tough to get a grip on these types of chords, they are incredibly important to […]

Guitarist singing

Tips for Learning to Sing and Strum Chords

Being able to sing while playing the guitar is a great skill to have. In fact, I’d say that having at least a basic ability to sing while strumming chords is a skill that any experienced guitarist should have. Learning to do it is tricky at first, though. It involves developing some basic pitch control […]

Free Resources on the Web for Guitarists

The web is bursting with resources for the aspiring (and experienced) guitarist. A quick web search for any guitar related topic will return a trove of sites. There are a handful or sites and resources out there that I’ve found to be particularly useful for both developing as a guitarist and for teaching. So, I […]

It’s Not Going to be Easy

Every now and then, I see an advertisement come up while surfing around online that looks something like this: “Learn these five tricks to master the guitar!” “How to learn the guitar easily” “Master the guitar in 7 days!” These types of instructional sites always bug me. They’re out to make a quick buck by […]

Yamaha f335 guitar

Recommended Guitars for Beginners

I’m occasionally asked by students who are getting ready to start lessons what kind of guitar I would recommend for them to get. These are my recommendations for various kinds of guitars: electric, acoustic (both steel and nylon stringed) and kid sized guitars. Since they don’t know how well they will take to the instrument, […]