Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 2: fourths and fifths

Welcome back to this overview of intervals in guitar playing! In part one, we looked at thirds, sixths and tenths. In this follow up article, we will be taking a brief look at fourths and fifths. Both of these intervals can be used more ambiguously, as they remain the same in the context of aContinue reading “Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 2: fourths and fifths”

Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths

Single line lead guitar playing is great. But when you have six strings and four fingers to hold them down, why limit your playing to one note at a time? Throughout the history of guitar, players have used two notes (or more) at once, resulting in something halfway between a single note line and aContinue reading “Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths”

Lessons learned from lockdown

This year has seen the most use of the word ‘unprecedented’ that I have ever seen, and probably for good reason. Do what you can now, and if you can’t do it now, plan for later Getting started on something can often be hard. During lockdown, I’ve found myself exhausted after a full day ofContinue reading “Lessons learned from lockdown”

Black Lives Matter. No ifs, no buts.

We live in uncertain and challenging times. It’s probably been hard to escape the news of George Floyd’s horrific murder in May this year, and the worldwide protests it has inspired. Although the #BlackLivesMatter movement has been running for several years, it has certainly gained momentum. Perhaps half the world being in lockdown made sureContinue reading “Black Lives Matter. No ifs, no buts.”

Ukulele playing: pick or fingers?

One question I was asked fairly regularly by ukulele students in the past was: Which is better for playing ukulele – fingers or pick*? This blog post will hopefully go some way to explain why both are equally viable options. There – if you came to this article solely for reassurance on your preferred methodContinue reading “Ukulele playing: pick or fingers?”

Reblog: Ukulele tuning problems

Another reblog, this time from early 2016. For some reason, this article has been widely read in Indonesia and the Philippines (according to my stats on WordPress). Either many people route their Internet through these countries, or they have a serious ukulele addiction (or tuning problem)! Either way, hello and thanks for reading – feelContinue reading “Reblog: Ukulele tuning problems”