Category Archives: Homework

Recommended Guitar Songbook

People sometimes ask me if there’s any guitar books I’d recommend. There’s a lot out there, many poor but I was impressed with the Beginner’s Songbook by Justin Sandercoe (2nd ed) as a readable mixed bag of old and new … Continue reading

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Fernwood Music Evening

Here’s the CORRECTED backing tracks for the concert Bowie/Prince Medley Bieber Edit

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Homework 25/03/16

Here’s a demonstration of the seven modes by Frank Gambale. Ionian (aka Major scale) Dorian Phrygian Lydian Mixolydian Aeolian (aka Minor Scale/Natural Minor/Pure Minor) Locrian Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian are major types of scale (they have a major 3rd) Dorian, … Continue reading

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Homework 07/03/16

Johnny B Goode! One of the great guitar songs about guitar written and performed by Chuck Berry. [Here's the backing track in A] Here’s the famous scene from Back To The Future where Marty copies the style of Chuck Berry, … Continue reading

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Homework 08/01/16

Hi there Guitar pupils Some of you worked on Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers this week. Check out the cool video here Find out what kind of guitar John Frusciante is playing Here’s a Zombie song by Jonathan Coulton called … Continue reading

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The 2015 String Learning Speed Championship Thing

This term I’ve been teaching all my pupils the notes on the guitar up to the 12th fret. Big congrats to anyone who managed to learn the WHOLE GUITAR. Here’s the fastest 3 peeps for the whole guitar and the … Continue reading

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Drumming On The Guitar

Here’s a bunch of guitarists that turn their guitars into percussion instruments – while still playing chords and melodies. First US busker Reginald Guillaume aka Guitaro 5000 showing you how to play Michael Jackson‘s Billy Jean with a can of tuna … Continue reading

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Amazing Child Musicians

One of the terrible things about the internet is it brings you face to face with your own inadequacies and failures. No matter what you excel at, there’s someone out there who’s way better than you, even though they’re not … Continue reading

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JJ Rosa

Don’t know much about Jessica Rose Hancock aka JJ Rosa other than she’s from Stockport near Manchester and she’s a great guitarist. Check her out on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud. Free Downloads - Step Aside [Live] here or the Live At The Deaf Institute EP here  

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Jake Bugg’s Sweet Moves

If you think Jake Bugg is ‘just’ a singer/songwriter maybe this video will make you think again. Jake displays some cool guitar chops here

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