Guitar Tips and Little Secrets

Get Ready!

A reliable musician must be ready to play in any situation. Including jams where the musician was not told the tonality or the chord sequence, not even the tonality. Can you do this?


Any improvising musician knows how important concentration is. Let's talk about several things that may disturb your focus:

•  The other musicians in the band. You don't play with them for enough time to get used to what they do, they surprise you from time to time, you have to listen to them more than you listen to your own ideas.

Dedicated Technique

Last night I heard an interview with Al di Meola . He recognized that he had a period when he was studying guitar 8 hours/day in his youth. I thought of Steve Vai . They say Vai was practicing 11 hours/day. It seems a lot but it's enough to practice for 3 hours/day  when you are still a beginner and didn't make your mind yet about a musical career. Then, when you're determined to make a living playing an instrument, you should consider practicing as your job.

The Seventh and the Second

The seventh spans seven diatonic scale degrees, the minor seventh contains 10 semitones, the major seventh contains 11 semitones. The pitch ratio of the minor seventh is 9/5 or 7/4 and of the major seventh is 15/8.

The seventh are the first extensions of the diatonic chords:

How to Read Guitar Tab

How to Read Guitar Tab

Guitar tablature only works if the player already knows the solo or the chords sound like, since TAB usually doesn't allow you to count beats like standard notion.

The TAB "staff"(a six line bar usuallywith the letters TAB on it) is made up of six lines. Each line represents a string on the guitar. Look at the example below. The top line of the TAB staff represents the top string (the high E or 1st string) of the guitar. The next line down on the TAB staff equals the second string (the B string) of the guitar, and so on for all six strings.





Tone - You said that, apart from licks, tone also makes a great guitarist... I meant that all great guitarists are easy to identify because of their tone. And don’t forget



Shred - You don’t seem to be very fond of shredders...I’m not very fond of playing just for the sake of impressing people.