Hard to believe that this month – May 2013 – marks my two-year anniversary of writing guitar lessons and articles for my little corner of the Web.
It has been a blast and I’ve learned a lot, but more importantly, I hope I’ve done what I originally set out to do: spread the gospel of great guitar music.
Hopefully you’ve learned a few new things about the art and practice of guitar and enjoyed the way I’ve presented the material.
In honor of hitting this personal milestone, I’ve decided to make my 100th post a “Best Of”-kinda deal. Let’s rock!
Top 10 Most-Viewed Posts
According to the site stats, these posts are the most-viewed all time. I guess the fact that guitar students are always looking for new exercises and drills is the reason why my top post is the runaway winner here, with almost double the views of the 2nd post!
The one that really makes me scratch my head is the 3rd post on thumb placement, since it is a decidedly un-sexy topic. Nonetheless, people seem to dig it.
Here’s hoping you dig all of them.
I use this exact set of single-note exercises with ALL of my students. They are simple to understand and they get the job done. They are also easy to develop into more complex movements if needed. Highly recommended.
The capo strategies in this lesson are essential to every guitarist, but especially acoustic players. As a personal testament to the importance of this lesson, I use these concepts EVERY DAY.
I like to say that this isn’t the sexiest topic, but it is one of the most critical to your success. Thumb placement, for better or worse, impacts everything that happens on top of the fretboard.
I wrote this because I was (and am) a huge fan of the recordings that Neil and Pat Benatar produced in the 80’s. He’s incredibly inventive and plays with tremendous fire and vibe. Imagine how cool it was to find out that one of his friends saw my article and passed it on to him. The next day, Neil found me on Facebook and said thanks for writing the article. That was a sweet moment.
Modern guitar students have so much information at their fingertips now that they often fail to develop one of the critical skills that the older generation of guitarists possessed: the ability to learn music by ear. This post can get you started in the right direction.
Every guitarist who ventures into the wonderful world of lead playing typically spends some time in what I like to call “noodle mode”. You learn some scale patterns but you don’t really know how to make ’em sound like music! We’ve all been there. These ten moves will help you to develop some vocabulary that sounds like, well, music. 🙂
Even the coolest fingerpicking patterns in the world will fall flat if your basic right hand setup is weak. Luckily you can get started the right way with this lesson.
This is one my earliest lessons, but the most notable part to me is that the video I made for it is my most-watched by far, with over 32,000 views.
I was happy to have my theory lesson series published on Guitar Noise, and it turned out to be quite popular. You don’t need lots of theory to be successful, but all musicians should understand the foundation concepts. You can find ’em in this series.
I realize that these lists are written with the intent of getting people to argue about them – thereby generating tons of hits on Rolling Stone’s website, for which they can charge top dollar to their advertisers – but nonetheless some of the rankings are downright ridiculous. You can hear me go off on it at the above link. (And feel free to leave your own rant in the comments!)
Bonus! Up-and-Coming Top 10 Article
Without a doubt, the article that will soon make it into the all-time top ten is a recent one I did on practicing. It not only gets a ton of hits here, but it has also received a decent amount of attention across the interwebz.
It’s received overwhelmingly positive comments, although some folks have reacted negatively based on the title alone. If you actually read the post, you’ll find that there’s much more to it than a catchy title. It’s supposed to make you think hard about your goals and what you’re doing about them. Enjoy!
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