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Hello everyone, and Happy New Year

It occurs to me that over the years, learning methods have undergone some significant changes.  I started guitar and drums/percussion at the tender age of 12. In 1982, no one had heard of the Internet, let alone had access to a decent computer at home or even at school.  I remember intently studying an actual book, trying to figure out how to actually make a chord sound anything like decent, and short of actually having physical lessons, I and my fellow learners were basically "on our own".

Hello Again!

Well, the nights are drawing in, and your thoughts may be turning to indoor activities as Autumn takes a hold....

It is at this time of year that I receive numerous enquiries from potential studuents wishing to take up guitar/bass or drums.  These students may be complete beginners, or players looking to rekindle their interest in music, but whatever the circumstances, this is the time of year which seems to focus the minds of budding musicians.

Some students or potential students are worried that exams are an integral and essential part of learning to play an instrument. In some cases, this can even deter them from seeking professional instrumental tuition.  Well, here are my thoughts on the subject...

Formal exams are NOT a necesssary part of instrumental tuition, so the first point to make is this - don't assume that you will be forced to do them!  It is just as possible to progress without taking exams.

So, as you know, I perform regularly on both Guitar and Bass Guitar.  Now, my work in covers bands requires me to have a variety of sounds at my disposal, and being a gadgety sort of chap I am constantly swapping and changing my effects pedals around.

So, I thought I would share some quick thoughts on my latest set up.  I have tried to optimize this to use pedals that work on both Guitar and bass guitar, whch is not all that easy, as alot of pedals are optimized for the frequency range of one or the other.

One of the questions I am asked most frequently concerns what type of guitar it is best to choose as a first instrument. There is a huge choice available in shops and online, and this can be bewildering for the beginner student. However, guitars can be broadly split into three categories:

  • acoustic nylon strung
  • acoustic steel strung
  • electric

In general terms it does not actually matter which type you choose as a first guitar, since they are all strung at the same pitch, and notes and chords are all executed in the same way.  However, your choice mighty be influenced by budget, or indeed the type of music you wish to play.  

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