Guitar Slide Rule Giveaway
If you haven't noticed already, I've decided to make my Guitar Chord Slide Rule available to all members for free. It's an adaptation of the slide rule that comes with my PlaneTalk package, which displays the 'trick' (for want of a better word) to keeping track of all things musical on a guitar fretboard, a trick that I call The Most Powerful Guitar Lesson Of All. Read more on PlaneTalk here.
This one displays all the main barre chord positions and flavors. It's a folded sleeve with insert type of thing. It comes as a PDF which you print out. You will need a box-cutter or similar knife to cut the panels and windows out, some sticky tape to keep it all together. It's very simple to do, and if you mess up, you can just print and try again.
If you're new to the guitar, it will teach you a huge lesson just looking at how the chord shapes move up and down the fretboard. If you're already playing barre chords, it will come in very handy.
Click here to get it ...
PS: The Slide Rule that comes with PlaneTalk does NOT require cutting out, folding and sticking together. It's professionally printed on heavy stock, die-cut and ready to go.
Guess the New Finger Style Lesson
I'll be uploading a new finger style lesson in the next couple of days, a beautiful tune that Elvis sang and that I figured was copyright protected. I was very pleased to learn that it's not, that he had adapted a traditional song for his version. Can you guess which one it is?
Practice and Listen
Remember that the most important thing you can do as a guitarist is practice. Just playing through tunes you already know is great practice, so long as you're listening to what you're playing. Record yourself if possible (it's possible these days!). There's always room for improvement ... listen for timing discrepancies, choked notes, lifeless dynamics, etc. Or, you can practice your favorite scales ... keep the tempo steady, check for weak spots in the way you attack the notes. Or (and this is my favorite), just explore and experiment. Listening is the main thing you need to do, however. Playing an instrument is really just the art of listening ... to yourself.
See you next time,
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