Ken’s first tutorial for us shows the importance of adding texture to your strumming when starting a song. Doing this will make the listener keen to hear your song. Book available
Following on from my tutorial on finger stretching. I wrote this Ragtime piece to help me with using different chord positions in the key of ‘C‘. The video first shows the piece played at a relaxed speed followed by slow motion without altering the pitch for practice. I have also[…]
What is it? The circle of 5ths is nothing to be scared of! It’s simply a diagram that includes every single musical note, once only. Why? Of course, you could just go around the circle in alphabetical order, but on this diagram we go round in the musical ‘interval’ of[…]
It’s always refreshing to find a tutorial which shows you how to play a song exactly as the original was played. This one makes playing Train’s hit ‘Hey Soul Sister’ a breeze to play. It’s all done by tuning your low g string up to a an A which makes[…]
Here is another film shot at Armley near Leeds on March 21st 2014 at a concert and workshop organised by Clarice Wolkes. The song ‘A Good Lover’ comes from Anne Janelle’s album – ‘So Long At The Fair’. The album is available from Anne Janelle direct at :- http://www.annejanelle.com/music This[…]
Alternate Thumb Picking A great way of fingerpicking a song without losing the rhythmic drive you get from strumming is by using alternate thumb picking. It’s based on ‘Travis picking’ on the guitar, where the right hand thumb provides a driving bassline, going back and forth between two notes of[…]
This video shows how the cello and ukulele make a perfect musical marriage as do the playing skills of Anne Janelle and James Hill. If you want to learn how to tap your feet for the percussion contact James Hill . Anne and James were recently on tour in Britain[…]
This tutorial on how to play Paradise by Coldplay may be low tech but it is humorous and somehow manages to instil the chords into your memory. After playing the piece through you get to see the out-take of the recording. These guys must have had a lot of fun.