Friday, July 27, 2018

For Guitar Players : 5 of The Best Tips of All Time

Here are the 5 greatest tips of all times made by famous people and how they can apply to guitar playing. I've heard and read these tips over the several years and all of them have  earned their weight in gold : 

1) “What You Think, You Become.” –Ghandi

I came across this quote in the book entitled “Fearless Creating”, which is written by Eric Maisel . It emphasized the possibility that the things we try to make all begin in our ideas, and imagination. I cast this quote on my wall, my notepad, my hand, everywhere for a number of years to remind myself to keep my purpose present in my mind, and it always assisted me to not give a whole lot of attention to uninvited negative thoughts and my automatic ones, such as..SEX!

2) “There is Always a Way” -Vinnie Colaiuta

I've read this in an interview with Vinnie in a friend’s magazine some years back relating to drums. The entire gist of the article was that when he was faced with a abstract problem, or when he was trying to pick up something especially challenging, or new, he was of the mind that there was “always a way” to get it, be it an adjustment of posture, a new way of looking at the execution of it, a new way of playing the blues guitar instrument, something to change to accomplish what was previously believed to be “impossible”. I always try to use this when moving up the food chain, trying to get to the succeeding level. It has resulted in some great results, if not necessarily technical prowess, certainly something creative and unique.

3) “Poor Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal” -Picasso or Stravinsky

I have overheard that it was either one of these extraordinary artists who said this. Also a corollary…”To be a really good guitarist, you must copy the styles of other blues guitarists.”-Frank Gambale.

Well, first what can we steal? Chord progressions, tempo, groove, melodic phrase, (backwards melody!) Expressive style, mental attitude. What is the difference between that and “borrowing”? I think the great artist turns his thievery into something entirely his own, perhaps by unabashedly admitting the theft and developing it into a whole new foundation. Think –The Beatles, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Page, Clapton, Ornette Coleman, Elvis. Whereas the “borrower” is feigning to us that his original work has never before been heard and they have a contrived quality. This can be a very fine line.

Prior to ever reading the interview with Frank Gambale, saying that imitating styles was a invaluable tool, I was entrusted to some obscure concept of “being original”. When I acquired the accuracy of that affirmation, I set about to work, and it has changed my life. I embraced the point of view that I was a student, and had a great deal to learn from those who preceded me, that music and its history was outside of myself, and was greater than I was. I am now a firm believer that both of these aspects expand one’s growth to an immense degree. They give the player completely fresh languages to speak, and once you speak new languages, you will be able to create your personal great stories. Stories with depth and richness.

4) “The Impossible Can Be Accomplished Through Meditation and Concentration” -The Cup and Saucer Guy

I recall being kind of trapped on a plateau with my blues guitar playing at one point. I had achieved a good deal, but I didn’t know how to really move ahead. I was watching a variety show on television one night. A man came on balancing one hundred cups and saucers. He did this for what appeared to be a very long time and then he allow them to all crash around him. As the audience applauded his effort, the host asked him how he had learned to do this. His answer was that through meditation, he was able to achieve the necessary concentration. I began my own meditation methods, first applying a easy technique of being still, which I had discovered in the pieces of writing of people like J. Krishnamurti, and Tara Singh. Nothing which requires years to master, but a simple way of continuing to quiet the mind, increasing concentration, focus, and listening, just being in a very calm and relaxed state, paying attention. I now carry this stillness and relaxation to all my guitar performances.

5) “The Three Month Rule” -Roger Mckinley

Roger Mckinley was a associate student at Berklee. Roger was also a very gifted rock and blues guitarist, who, when I first came across him, was imitating Pat Martino. Just 2 years later, had created his own explosive unique style. ( see tip#3!) He left the jaws of many around him agape (and he never seemed to be committing any effort into it!) I was surprised that he befriended lil’ ol’ me and was willing to jam with me. I understood and learnt so much from him on just a single jam session. One of the things he told me is that it takes a good 8 weeks to bring an element of originality into your playing. This has saved me a good deal of frustration, and tempered my natural impatience. I have come to a conclusion that no matter how much I practice something, it is usually the better part of 8 weeks  before I actually can master it.

I hope you can use these practical and inspirational quotes to bring your music and guitar playing to greater heights.

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Play Blues Guitar Licks - A Comprehensive Review of Peter Morales' Blues Jam Session Package

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently come across a system that not only teaches you how to play guitar, but specifically, blues guitar licks. This is my own review of that system which is called Blues Jam Session.

If you want to skip the review and go straight to the download page click here.

Peter Morales, Florida-USA

Occupation: Professional Guitar Instructor


Who put it together?

First of all, Blues Jam Session has a very passionate, dedicated and experienced owner. Professional guitar instructor, Peter Morales, has put in many hours of effort in creating what I call the "Ultimate Blues Guitar Package". It consists of 60 blues backing tracks in every style with video lessons and improvisation guides.

I think this is extremely important because you may have heard plenty of midi-sounding free jam tracks on other sites that are pretty low quality. Some were downright cheesy sounding while others do not come with video lessons or instructions (scales, chords, tips, etc). You know what I mean if you've paid for those lousy tracks in the past.

Well fortunately, these flaws and mistakes can hardly be seen in BluesJamSession.

What does it consist of?

* Over 60 blues backing tracks in every tempo and styles.
* Video lessons, guides, chords and scale sheets
* Step by step instructions guiding you how to improvise
* Great for both electric, acoustic guitar and even wind instruments

The Pros

In my opinion, it doesn't matter at all if you’re beginner who is not proficient in improvisation, as Peter Morales has provided tons of tutorials to guide you along. The instructions are clear and concise, they are straightforward and extremely easy to follow. Even a complete beginner is able to master improvisations and techniques within minutes by following the videos!

Furthermore, the jam tracks cover a wide range of genres, styles, tempo and length for all musicians. Even if you play wind instruments, this package would be suitable for you. Another thing worthwhile mentioning is that they have very good customer support; when I say ‘good’, I mean they are able to reply to all your questions within minutes to an hour with a high degree of politeness and efficiency.

The Cons

Being a comprehensive system there is a lot to digest and it's certainly not something you will get through in a few days. There is a degree of information overload and you will have to pace yourself and follow the system as recommended otherwise it could be overwhelming.

Also the members area has some very large downloads and certain files may take you longer time to complete due to their sizes. However, this is completely understandable as the tracks are very high quality. You can opt for the 2 CD physical edition in the members area which alleviates this problem.


Is Blues Jam Session a worthwhile investment? Honestly, I haven’t seen any other music tuition package that is as comprehensive and that's available at such a low price. Have you?

The quality of the jam tracks and videos are probably among the best that I've seen… and yes, I have nearly missed out one of the most important parts- the variety of the tracks. Speaking the truth, for every single style of blues they have actually prepared several different tempos/lengths. 

Click here to download your 60 blues backing tracks now.

To visit the official site, click here


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I want to learn how to play blues guitar...the right way

Okay, so you've chosen the guitar as the instrument you want to play. You already know a few basics but want to focus on learning how to play the blues. It all looks easy enough, just a few basic chords and some slide here and there. Well, maybe not quite that simple. Every genre of music has its own little idiosyncrasies, and knowing the essentials is what's vital and important when learning to play an instrument.

So, to play the blues you wouldn't be looking for your average "how to play guitar" program, course or system. You want something that will not only teach you how to play guitar, but aim specifically at playing the blues. Many guitar legends will say that they were self taught and just picked it up as they went along. Well, this may be true, but the novice will find they will acquire the necessary skills by learning it from scratch and doing things the correct way. Being over confident is not a good thing as you may skip over certain elements and strategies that are needed in order to master your playing. It may seem tedious at first, but learn the (important) small stuff and the rest will come naturally.

So what you are then looking for is a comprehensive program that will do this for you and one that is reputable and presented by a professional who knows what they are talking about. In my next blog post I will review in detail one such system that I have come across that does what it says it will do.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Can I learn to play a musical instrument? A starting point.

Learning to play a musical instrument can be either a daunting challenge or a real buzz! Once you have decided what instrument you would like to play, you have to then think about how you intend to take the first steps and master the basics

Do you:
a) find a good teacher and pay for tuition?
b) approach an accomplished musician who is willing to give you one on one lessons? 
c) how about trying to teach yourself in your own time using books, videos and whatever other resources are available? 

It comes down to how serious you are about learning your chosen instrument and how much of your valuable time and money you are willing to invest. The choice will be different for the individual depending on their circumstances. The important thing to remember, especially if you are serious about it, is that once you have committed yourself, stay with it, and, when you have attained a good confidence level, take it further and become a master at it. It's all about setting a goal for yourself and having that passionate drive to make it happen.