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Brian Wetherby

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The Right Approach: To Become a Better Player, Try Writing Down Your Goals

A good way to progress in playing and in life is to write down your goals. Something happens when you commit a dream or an idea to paper; it's reinforced, taken out of the realm of the mind and made real in the that of the physical. You can hold it, you can see it. I'd like to start by asking you a a question: What is your favorite genre of music? C'mon. If you can't narrow it down, pick one in particular that moves you. Got it? OK, now I want you to answer the question "Why?"

To Improve Your Practice Routine, Try Getting Physical

Your guitar is a piece of wood. That's right. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it's the God's honest truth. It's a toy gun slung over your shoulder waiting to fire. Sure, you may have given it a name, you may spend time glancing at it longingly from across the room, and you may miss him/her when he/she isn't around. It's still just a piece of wood. Think about it for a sec. Now let's work with that notion ...

In a Rut? Try Picking Up Another Instrument — Even If You Can't Play It

I’m sick of practicing. I’m in a rut. Nothing I do is original. I’ve played this a million times already. I don’t seem to be getting better. Where do “THEY” get all those good ideas, anyway? Welcome back to post No. 4 in “The Art of the Practice” series of posts, where we seek to interject your practice with some much needy variety, novelty and fun. Which is exactly the way it should be. Today we’re going to talk about the simple act of playing instruments other than your guitar.

Need Background Accompaniment? Try Playing Along to TV Shows and Movies

This blog post is designed to save you a small fortune in backing tracks and beds to play over. The truth is, there’s a whole Wild West of background accompaniment out there. I’m talking about musically entering the sort of environment that’s going to make you a better player when you finally decide to leave. Every time.

Effective and Applicable: Benefits of Listening — and Not Listening — to Other Guitar Players

Welcome to part 2 in my “The Art of the Practice” series of articles. This is where we seek to interject your practice with some much needy variety, novelty and fun. Which is exactly the way it should be. In this post, I’m going to take a two-pronged tact. Here we go:

Effective and Applicable: An Introduction to the Art of Practicing

At some point along their instructional path, the great majority of players will have read at least one article about how to “practice." If you’re anything like I was, digesting Guitar World magazines, etc., like a starving man does a long-sought-after meal, you’ve read a ton of them.