For music teachers, especially remote teachers, one of the issues they often face is how to deliver the lesson material to students. You can email it over, send it via Skype during a lesson, share it via Drive or upload it to WeTransfer. All of those can get quite cumbersome after just a few lessons. There’s also no easy way for the student to reply back and ask questions about a given lesson. This is why I went down the student portal route.Read more “Building A Student Portal On WordPress”
This is a guitar tutorial for Palace by Matthew And The Atlas. It uses open chords, standard tuning and a capo on the 4th fret. I run through the fingerpicking pattern used in the track and explain how to play each chord. This will really help with your right-hand technique and get your thumb playing a perfect alternating bassline while your 1st and 2nd fingers add a nice complexity to the tune.
Download the PDF tab to learn the song.
Download the Guitar Pro interactive tab. This lets you play the guitar track, adjust the speed and loop the tricky parts.
Music theory is one of those things a lot of musicians (I’m looking at you, guitarists) like to avoid. Most of the reasons I’ve heard are that it will reduce their creativity or box them in with too many rules. I see music theory as a tool that allows me to write and learn music a lot faster and make conscious decisions about what I’m playing. I’ll be coming at this from a guitarists standpoint but you should be able to transplant it to any musical venture. Read more “Essential Chord Theory For Guitarists”
I run a guitar teaching business called Pickup Guitar. This student portal will allow students to login, view previous lesson material and any notes we made in the lessons. There’s also a space for comments so they can ask me questions or leave notes about the lesson. Read more “Student Portal Demo”
This is a video and tab of the Westworld main theme arranged for a solo guitar performance. There are some fiddly bits in there but I’ve tried to keep it as playable as possible while still keeping all the melody and hooks in there. I hope you enjoy learning this piece! Read more “Westworld Theme For Solo Guitar”
I realised I hadn’t actually defined any of the things I create and I think this is why I felt a little bit lost with all my projects. After just writing down one little definition for the podcast, ideas started flowing because I knew straight away what direction I wanted to go in. Read more “Define The Work You Do”
This is a response to a Medium blog post about creativity. It’s something that always pulls at me and I worry that I’m too structured with my Trello boards and maybe not creative enough in the way that I write music. Read more “Why creativity doesn’t have to be chaotic, and structure doesn’t have to be boring”
Slowly getting there. Excuse the PJs. This track by Lari Basilio is deceptively tricky but I’m having a great time learning all the licks and getting it up to speed. Check out Lari’s JTC page for more licks and lessons https://jamtrackcentral.com/store/artist/lari-basilio/ Read more “Musicatele – Licks 1 & 2”
Read below to see how I progressed with writing the track and what things I struggled with along the way.
What a night. All I was trying to do was enable velocity on a Kontakt instrument. Read more “My Game Music Album And The Writing Process”