Lesson #1, ZG membership
asked ZG members, "Suppose someone came to you and
said, 'I just bought my first guitar, how should I begin?'" Here's
how they answered. Level: Beginner.
A Zen Guitar Exercise, Tobias Hurwitz
Is there a way to practice for those rare moments of inspired
improvisation when the music seems to just pour out of us?
Here's an exercise to try. Level: Intermediate to advanced.
Learn to Listen, Matt Caranante
Keep your ears open--wide open--says ZG contributor Caranante,
for what goes in them can come out through your guitar. Level:
Beginner to advanced.
Moods in Music, Nick Tozier
If a musical note is the equivalent of a word, a song is
a story. Here's how to make yours spell-binding, says ZGer
Tozier. Level: Beginner to advanced.
Four Steps to Improvisation, Louis Greene
Learning to improvise with scales and arpeggios, in four
steps proffered by ZG contributor Greene. Level: Intermediate.
Really Useful Guitar
Stuff, Jason Sandercoe
A London-based teacher offers a website with, as the title
says, really useful guitar stuff. Level: Beginner to advanced.
How to Play Sexy, Peter Blue
A ZG reader from Germany (www.bluestar.de)
offers thoughts on how to get that
extra umph into your playing. Level: Beginner to
Zen Guitar Tips to
Tuning, Philip Toshio Sudo
Phil: My wife got me a guitar for Christmas. Do you have
any tips on tuning? I have always found that
the most daunting part of it all--I have such a tin ear." Level:
In Tune With Yourself, Rod Jackson
A more conventional approach to tuning. Level: Beginner.
Guitar, Norman Paul Kliman
Guitar exercises that develop scale
and arpeggio patterns for single note lines, plus a
collection of 231 transcriptions of soleares falsetas
from the 1900's to the 1990's in standard notation and
tablature. Level: Intermediate to advanced.
Guitar, Dave Tarnowski
blues-playing ZG reader serves up the monthly column "InSlideOut" at
the site Guitarists.net (which
has lessons galore
for all levels of players). Level: Beginner to intermediate.
reader Ben Edwards writes, "Steve Vai has some lessons
on his web page that deal with alternative
ways of playing guitar. Kind of like a Westernized version
of Zen Guitar." Level: Beginner to advanced.
Including the Other
Hand, Velma the Fischwire
Exercises to develop the fretboard hand, plus tips on dealing
with the frustration of slow learning. Level: Beginner
Confidence Through the Subconscious, Velma
One of the main problems with learning the guitar, or anything
new, is a lack of confidence. Here's one way to attack the
problem. Level: Beginner to intermediate
the Mind, Philip Toshio Sudo
What and how to think before you play. Level: Beginner
Come What May, David M. McLean
So there you are - you've studied all your scales and memorized two thousand chords and digested theoretical texts and practiced your arpeggios and done 2-hand exercises until your fingers bled; you've mastered compositional techniques and studied masters from Bach to Yngwie; you've logged countless hours of recording time and played clubs & coffee houses...yet you still feel something is missing. Level: Advanced
One With the Music, David M. McLean
Here is a very short lesson with which my students have had remarkable success. Level: Advanced
The Sound of... David M. McLean
Sounds can come from your hands, your guitar, your amp or strings or FX boxes or alien devices. All of these are legitamate, of course, but today we are going to focus on soething a little different. Today, work on mimicking what would traditionally be thought of as non-musical sounds. Level: Advanced