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RGS Live #21 | Getting Started with Jazz/Blues Improvisation w/guest Nathan

Posted by on 6:23 am in Guitar Scales | 0 comments

Summary: In this episode, you’ll learn how to improvise over jazz and blues chord progressions. Interested in creatively applying some of those scales you’ve learned? Nathan and Tomas will give you some tips on selecting which scales to use, a strumming pattern, and how to play them dynamically. With some practice, this episode will help you get ready to jam with other musicians or solo over some of your favorite songs! ​Questions: [17:21] Some peeps on YouTube are vocal about their opposition to learning scales and the pentatonic scale...

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Father And Son Cat Stevens Easy Guitar Lesson

Posted by on 5:15 am in Guitar Songs to Learn | 14 comments

Father And Son Cat Stevens Easy Guitar Lesson

Download the Lyrics and chord changes below…>>Father And Son Lyrics and chord changes  In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to play the classic Cat Stevens song, Father and Son. I'm going to break it down for you step-by-step and we're going to have a lot of fun.To start off I’ll give you a sample of what it's going to sound like.Then we’ll break it down in this order…1) Let's start off with the intro2) Introducing Am7/G 3) Combined this with to note lick4) Now let's go over the chords for the song. I think it's important to...

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Learning guitar? What if I’m not talented?

Posted by on 4:10 am in Learn to Play Guitar | 6 comments

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: Have you ever wondered if you’re talented enough? When I was first learning guitar, that came up for me more than once. I watched experience guitar players do things that I couldn’t imagine my fingers doing. I couldn’t help but think that maybe they had “it” and I didn’t.There are two things that I came to realize over the years. Most people greatly overestimate how much talent (versus practice) is involved in playing guitar. And,Everyone who practices gets better. Perhaps some people get better...

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How much do you NEED to practice?

Posted by on 8:00 am in Learn to Play Guitar | 0 comments

How much do you NEED to practice?

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: How much do I need to practice?We get this question often when students sign up for lessons at my music school in the SF Bay Area. The short answer is from 15 - 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.One way to think about “how much practice is needed” is by looking at your goals and your level.As a beginner there's not that much to practice in the early stages. This makes it harder to practice for long periods of time. Usually, beginners practice a little less. As you get more advanced you get a lot more stuff...

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Is This Holding You Back from REALLY Playing Guitar?

Posted by on 11:40 am in Learn to Play Guitar | 5 comments

Is This Holding You Back from REALLY Playing Guitar?

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: Hey there, I'm Tomas from Real Guitar Success. I’ve owned a music school here in San Francisco Bay area and we just finished our yearly annual recital. Hundreds of kids and a lot of adults too are performing on stage and it really struck me. It was wonderful to see the results of, you know some time, a whole year of practice or at least a good part of that year. It was great to see the students play something that in some cases they've been working on most of the year and to feel that excitement as well as...

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Learning Guitar? Private Instructor or Online?

Posted by on 8:00 am in Learn to Play Guitar | 0 comments

Learning Guitar? Private Instructor or Online?

Over the years I learned to play guitar from a variety of different sources. I started out learning by watching friends and copying them as well as listening to records and trying to play what I heard. I went on learning from books and DVDs. Eventually, my path led to university classes and private lessons from a variety of teachers. The newest source of learning, as well as arguably one of the most interesting, has come from online courses and lessons.All of these have played a vital role in my ability to enjoy creating music and playing...

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Bar B Chord Tips

Posted by on 12:15 pm in Guitar Chords | 0 comments

​Video Transcript And Relevant Links: ​​Hey there, I've had a student recently asked me how I could master that B chord with that partial bar thing. She told me she's tried the other B chords and they're okay but they really don't sound as good as this partial bar B chord. Here's what I'm talking about right here this thing. And of course you can use it for other chords too.The first place often students needed is for a B chord and it's a very convenient way to make a B chord. But of all the bar chords that most students encountered, they...

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Bar Chords are HARD!

Posted by on 9:53 am in Guitar Chords | 2 comments

Bar Chords are HARD!

Hey there, I see a lot of challenges when people are first starting to play guitar but there are a few ​who come back over and over and one of the big ones is Bar Chords Are Hard! I've heard that so many times. I can relate. I can remember when I was first learning to play guitar. I thought "Boy, I don’t know if I'll ever be able to actually play it smooth." But you know, now I don’t give it a second thought. I have many videos that I've created kinda on different aspects on how to play bar chords and prepare for them. But in this video, I...

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Proactivity And Difficult Guitar Chords

Posted by on 1:34 pm in Guitar Chords | 4 comments

Proactivity And Difficult Guitar Chords

Video Transcript And Relevant Links: ​Hey there, you probably noticed that some chords are just more difficult than others to learn and you've probably already found out that B chord is one of those along with chords like F and some like C minor and B minor as well.  Well, I found a solution actually quite a while after I started playing that has really helped me and it helped a lot of my students. The key word here is proactivity. That's a big word for me but it's really a simple idea. There are many things in terms of playing guitar...

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3 Easy Exercises to Master the B Chord

Posted by on 7:00 am in Guitar Chords | 0 comments

3 Easy Exercises to Master the B Chord

The B Major chord is one guitar players tend to avoid for a long time. Even people who have been playing for a couple years struggle to play it. While there are a few ways to play it, all of them involve complicated fretting. There’s no “good” way to play it.But what if we thought about playing the B chord as we did about playing guitar in general? Taking thoughtful steps and practicing to build skill over time. In this case, using a few exercises to build dexterity to conquer the B chord.​Don’t Let The B Chord Win! ​ If you were going to run...

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