Let's talk about shapes! Also, let's take a look at my tiny hands. If you watch this video, you'll see that my hands are small. Like, really small. Smaller than they should be for someone my height, and definitely smaller than those of the average guitarist. This is ok!
In this exclusive lesson, Rodrigo y Gabriela sit down with Jimmy Brown to dissect a segment of their song, “The Soundmaker.” Fusing flamenco guitar styles with the intensity of rock and metal, “The Soundmaker” opens up the duo’s latest album, 9 Dead Alive. The record celebrates individuals who have passed away, but who still resonate in the 21st century through their deeds and words.
In today’s episode, I demonstrate a chord progression using mixed meters. I achieve this by simply switching time signatures each measure or two, depending on how you want to count it. I give the first three chords 3 beats each and the last chord 2 beats. This can be also thought of as 6/8 then 5/8.
If your hands are tired, crampy, sore, or moving too slowly, odds are that they're working too hard! I'll explain. When I was fifteen my French teacher unknowingly gave me a lifelong practice “assistant” when she volunteered to give Iyengar-style yoga classes once a week after school. I was instantly hooked.
A song containing a few as one or two chords can be just as well-crafted as a far more intricate composition. Of course, the world is full of guitarists who play a D-to-G strum pattern ad infinitum, rhyme “fire” with “desire” and declare that they’ve written a song. You goal as a songwriter is to not be that person.
A lot of teachers will try to keep your business by giving you quick fixes or showing you songs and riffs before they show you how to hold the instrument so you can actually play. Many students come to me after they “hit a wall” – they feel like they aren't getting better, their hands or wrists hurt, their technique has stopped improving, or they don't know how to find their way around the fingerboard.
It’s summer! Yahoo!!! Time for sitting on the porch and strumming a tune or two, or three, or ten! This is not a “best of” list, just a collection of great, easy to play songs that’ll put a smile on your face…and everyone’s around you, too! So grab an iced tea, sit back and get your strum on!
We've watched ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro deliver some amazing performances live in the Acoustic Nation studio. We've had a wonderful chat with him about his latest album, his gear, touring, recording and so much more. Now things get hands on. Here Shimabukuro sits down with Acoustic Nation editor Laura B. Whitmore and shares some ukulele basics that are sure to get you strumming.
LP's new album Forever For Now is one of my favorites of 2014. That's why I was thrilled to have the chance to sit down with this amazing songwriter, guitarists, ukulele player and vocalist to try a lesson on how to play her new single "Night Like This" on ukulele.