To practice and learn scales, I get my students to follow a 4 stage system.
4 stage system:
-Memorize the scale
-Metronome the scale
-Learn where the roots are
-Improvise with the scale
-No right or wrong way. Everybody has a unique approach to getting a scale memorized. Unfortunately, there is no easy way, or single correct way to memorize a scale. Some people like to run it up and down repeatedly to get muscle memory. Some people like to divide their strings up between high and low. No one way! Before moving on from this stage, you want to be playing the scale up and down without looking at the scale chart or tabs. + Read More
In these videos I’ll show you how to make a pro pedalboard. Whether that’s from scratch, or using a pro setup like the new RockBoard series from Warwick. In fact, I dig this system so much that I’m giving away a “Tres 3.1” RockBoard system. Enter to win that here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/guitargiveaway . Click “read more” to watch the videos and to read my review!
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How good do you want to get on the guitar, and how do you plan on getting there?
This is the kind of question you need to ask yourself before you start playing guitar. If you don’t ask yourself this question, you’ll be like a sail boat lost in the stormy seas of YouTube with a broken sail. You’ll be tossed around in this and that direction, not getting where you want.
Here’s the big thing. If you just “cruise YouTube” learning bits and pieces of songs, that’s all you’ll be able to do. You won’t ever be able to play full songs with your friends and family. You won’t be able to jam with anyone else. You’ll really just be playing little sections of songs by yourself.
If that is all you want to do with guitar, and you’ll be satisfied with never mastering techniques or knowing songs, then YouTube can be a great resource. + Read More
24 Tips: Create More Time For The Things You Love (Like Guitar & Music)
24 Tips on getting more time. Let’s be honest, guitar really is a hobby. It’s definitely a life enriching hobby that can add a ton of happiness to your life, but never the less, it’s still a hobby. We don’t need guitar like air or food. Unfortunately, this usually means that guitar is going to fall down your priority list until it’s not even there anymore.
The title is pretty self explanatory for this video. Will and Mike go through 24 different tips on how to find more time to practice. All you really need to do to keep guitar in your life is find those 5 minute pockets throughout your day that you can dedicate to guitar!
Whether it’s waking up early to practice guitar, finding a 1-on-1 teacher, or cutting down on excessive socializing, I hope one of these tips speaks to you! + Read More
The first time I teach a student 1-on-1, I use a fast 3 step system. This 3 step system will quickly reveal to me exactly what your guitar goals, and playing level are. This way we can accelerate your guitar progress with the creation of your custom guitar plan.
The most powerful step in my 3 step system is the creation of your “10 Song dream list”
On the first guitar lesson, or even before your first guitar lesson, we ask that you compile a list of 10 songs you’d love to one day play on the guitar.
Now I want these 10 to be the songs, riffs, and solos that just FIRE YOU UP. The songs that inspired you to pick up the guitar in the first place. + Read More
Can You Learn Guitar At Home?
We recently surveyed some of our 1-on-1 students and website members at campfire guitar star why they would, or would not try online guitar lessons. The responses were super interesting, and they inspired the creation of this video!
One of the biggest responses that we received was that people were into the concept, but didn’t think they had the technology required to try. This video will show to you that you really don’t need much. If you have a tablet, laptop, or a desktop computer and webcam, you’ve got the tools required!
Another large chunk of this video is a demonstration of what google hangouts (our video call system) is like. Hangouts works great, and really makes it feel like we are in the same room. We also use Google Docs for the written content. This document will be on your screen, as well as mine. + Read More
This is a guitar lesson that is tailored to beginners, but no matter what you’re level, this is important stuff. In this guitar lesson, I’m going to show you something very important. What to practice.
As a guitar teacher, I have noticed a recurring theme amongst my students. The vast majority of hobby guitar players have no idea how to practice guitar.
YouTube can be a great resource for knowledge, no matter what you are attempting to learn. Here’s the problem I’ve noticed with guitar and YouTube. People think that practicing guitar is “surfing YouTube” for songs they like. They’ll learn a section of a song, then move onto the next video. They don’t actually learn full songs or even make music on the guitar. They never practice a technique long enough to actually be able to do it properly. + Read More
There is one simple rule to improving guitar. (And other skills) You simply have to practice. It’s actually really easy. There is no secret formula, potion, or piece of advice that can change your guitar playing. All there is to improvement is practice and time.
Well that’s all fine and dandy. But as a beginner you might be thinking, “well what do I practice?” This is one of the many reasons I would recommend hooking up with our lead instructor Mike B for a 1-on-1 lesson. He’ll design a perfect practice routine for you and your life. + Read More
Guitar teaching is my main gig. I love it. I have been teaching steadily since 2012, but this year especially I’ve really been focusing on teaching. Haven’t been playing any live shows.
My students break into two age ranges. Kids, or 40+ adults. A few people in between, but that’s the main demographic. Kids can usually pick up rhythm fairly easy. Adults are a different story.
Let’s face the harsh reality. Most people above the age of 40 don’t have much time to practice. They have families, and careers. Both of these things take up a lot of time. Sometimes, you just aren’t going to have time to practice your guitar. But practicing everyday is super important! + Read More
Rhythm is the driving force behind music. You don’t need to know a million chords and scales if you have a solid rhythmic foundation. Having good rhythm and timing makes everything you play sound like music – even if it’s just a 2 chord song!
I teach a lot of guitar. I have online students all over the world, and I take teaching very seriously. I think about it a lot. I try to figure out different ways to make people improve. In this lesson, we are going to go over a technique I like to show my students.
Learning something to the point of being able to play it to the track is super important. You don’t truly know a song until you can play it a long to the original recording! The problem is that songs often have tons of different parts, and they can take a while to learn. I have selected 4 “riff songs” to run. I call them riff songs because almost the entire song is just one riff. + Read More
In our course Acoustic Guitar Star, you’ll be taken from novice all the way to advanced. This course has everything. If you are serious about improving your acoustic guitar playing, look no further. You’ve found a great resource that WILL turn you into the guitarist you’ve always dreamed of.
Acoustic guitar mastery is broken down into a few different areas.
Firstly, you have strumming. Strumming and Rhythm are the driving force behind music. Rhythm in the guitar comes from the right hand. It’s easy, and fun too! As long as someone teaches you how to do it properly!
Second comes Chords and Barre Chords. Harmony and chords are the emotion and mood of music. Chording on the guitar is all muscle memory. Just a matter of memorizing some shapes, and committing them to muscle memory! + Read More
Neil Young is one of the best guitarists, and song writers of all time. Neil is a master of taste. He always plays the perfect guitar part. Whether that’s some smooth acoustic half strumming, half arpeggiating, or a wild lead guitar solo. Neil will consistently nail the tone, and feel.
His work as a collaborating musician is quite impressive too. Neil’s work in Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young is some serious stuff. I think a lot of us can agree, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young wrote some amazing music.
In this lesson, we are going to check out Heart Of Gold, and Keep On Rocking In The Free World. Both songs contain pretty much the same chords. If you’ve never played any Neil before, this is the perfect place to start. Some of the techniques in his other songs can be surprisingly difficult, especially considering how smooth it sounds. + Read More
The classic “Bo Diddley Beat” is a must know guitar technique. It’s a brilliant combination of strumming chords, and muting strings. It’s fairly complicated, so I would highly recommend checking out the song.
Bo Diddley is widely considered to be one of the creators of rock n roll. Without Bo, who knows what music would be like today.
Here’s one of the best things about guitar. By learning one strum pattern and a few chords, you learn tons of new songs. In this lesson we are going to be nailing down Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love,” U2’s “Desire” and George Michaels “Faith”. Bo Diddley is obviously the creator of this technique, and Faith aas well as Desire are both great examples of what people have done with the “Bo Diddley Beat!” + Read More