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Bobby Kittleberger

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Guitar Chalk Sessions: Adding Dynamic Appeal to your Power Chords with Intervals and Dyads

Power chords, once your fingers are comfortable with the stretching, are mind-numbingly simple. That's not a bad thing and I wouldn't say that power chords are "cheap" or "too easy." That's dumb.

Guitar Chalk Sessions: Five Simple Reasons Your Solos Sound Cheap

To some degree, your guitar solos will always sound a bit predictable to your own ear. After all, you listen to them all the time and you’re painfully familiar with your own playing style. So it sort of has the same effect that listening to a song over and over again would have.

Guitar Chalk Sessions: The Role of a Lead Guitarist in the Songwriting Process

The mind of a songwriter is often wired differently than that of a guitarist. Though the two cross paths often, it’s rare to see a pro-level guitar player (particularly a lead guitarist) and a successful songwriter embodying the same human being. Some exceptions might include Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Clapton and Brad Paisley. But usually it takes two.

Guitar Chalk Sessions: Methods for Targeting Problem Areas in Your Guitar Solos

I’ve noticed something about my soloing in the last couple of weeks. First, I’m not what you would consider a “lead guitarist.” I can hang, sure. But it’s not my area and I’ve never really been comfortable playing at higher speeds. That’s alright, because I make my musical living on the rhythm and layering side of the business. But I also noticed that I had some consistent problem areas as I moved across the fretboard.

Guitar Chalk Sessions: Power Chords, Perfect Fifths and the Consonant Interval

For those who might not be familiar with intervals, we’ll start by reviewing the core concept. The term sounds kind of advanced, but an “interval” simply refers to the distance between two notes, while a harmonic interval is when you play two notes at the same time.

Guitar Chalk Sessions: Building Control from Basic Pentatonic Patterns

Take any number of great players and ask them what the process was like, and chances are slim that you'll get any two who will tell you the same story. However, I would say there's a process or structure to learning the instrument. Just like with piano, there are foundational aspects of the instrument that we need to understand, which we then build on and develop as time goes on.