Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Speed Bursts

Sweetwater, an online retailer of music equipment, just recently started this blog about all things guitar. This morning, I opened my inbox and alas! what did I find? It was their latest newsletter, with a pretty cool exercise for increasing your picking speed. They call it "Speed Bursts", and you can check out the whole article on their site:


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Top 10 Practice Tips: Sing While You Play (5 of 10)

I've heard it said that if you can't sing it, you can't play it. And when it comes to improvisation, I think this is a true statement. By vocalizing the pitches you want to play - before you play them - you train your ears and fingers to work together. The more you practice scales - and the more you sing them while you play them - the better you'll get at soloing. Probably one of the coolest artists I've ever heard using this technique is John Pizzarelli. Check him out.