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13 08, 2012

Practicing Tips for…Stage Performance! Guitar Instruction by Seth

By | August 13th, 2012|Guitar Playing or Performing Tips|0 Comments

If you have been following my videos or are one of my guitar students you are most likely familiar with the idea of practicing your guitar…how long, how often, and even how to practice (practice does NOT make perfect…only perfect practice makes perfect!)

BUT…you may not have thought of practicing your stage presence to make it better! For example, I have always loved performing with my guitar. What I didn’t realize was the way I looked and the way I talked really didn’t seem to show the crowd that I was enjoying it (I was looking down instead of straight out at the audience, etc). I had to practice and learn how to look out and speak to an audience so they could realize that I I was enjoying it as much as I really was!

Here are my top tips on different ways you can improve how you look and act on stage. If you have watched yourself on stage (via video) and are frustrated with your performances, remember to stay positive and enjoy the process of learning and becoming better. With a little practice your new, improved performance habits will become natural!

Practicing Tips for…Stage Performance! Guitar Instruction by Seth

10 08, 2012

Wanna’ Play Rock? Country? Heavy Metal? Learn Basic Guitar Playing Skills Before Style

By | August 10th, 2012|Getting Started|0 Comments

If you are an aspiring guitar player you most likely have a favorite style of music that you want to learn how to play. Styles come and go or just transition into something different than when they started (take country music, for example) but the basic guitar fundamentals, such as strumming with your thumb and fingers or using a pick never go away or change.

“BUT!” I can hear you saying now…what if I want to learn country right now? Or…”Country? No way! I want some good old rock and roll!”

Whether country, blues, heavy metal, alternative rock, jazz…whatever the style or genre may be I always suggest…start with the fundamentals and then build from there.

A simple analogy is a house. When you build a house you first pour a foundation. The foundation has to be solid and strong. If your foundation is weak it will start to crack and your house will have some serious problems!

Same goes for learning to play the guitar (especially if you want to learn guitar fast!) Get your foundation (all the basic guitar playing skills) strong and you can then branch out into any style you like and never look back!

 

9 08, 2012

Talking to Audiences and Overcoming Stage Fright by Being Prepared!

By | August 9th, 2012|Guitar Playing or Performing Tips|0 Comments

One of the reasons many people start learning how to play the guitar (and want to learn guitar fast) is to perform in front of others. As my own students have started performing I have noticed (and they have told me) that one of the hardest things  to do is to talk to audiences.

In this video I discuss what “dead spaces” are during a performance and what you can do to learn how to talk to audiences and overcome stage fright by being prepared!

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tWlhF8HLE)

9 08, 2012

Buying Your First Guitar and How Much to Spend

By | August 9th, 2012|Getting Started|0 Comments

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMbze4IbWq8)

Buying your first guitar can be pretty stressful because, as a beginning guitar student, everything is still so new and “unknown.” You will soon discover that you really have to rely on the knowledge of those who have experience teaching or playing the guitar to help you find what you need to get you started down the path of playing the guitar. This can be a scary thing! It can also be a little time consuming if you are determined to really dig in and do your homework in order to find the guitar that will fit your needs the best.

As a guitar instructor, one of the biggest questions I get asked by an aspiring guitar player is, “how much do I need to spend on a guitar?” Well…first of all, what can you afford? There are all different price points out there based on the quality of the guitar. My next question is, “what is your goal with the guitar?”

For example, if you know you want to perform in front of others, it would be wise for you to spend a little extra money getting a guitar that is a little nicer than just a practice guitar. You would want to find a higher quality guitar with a sound that suits the style of music you are going to play as well as your own personal taste. You can go to a music store and start by looking at the guitars you like the looks of. Have a store musician (or bring along someone who plays the guitar) play the lower-end models and the upper-end models to become familiar with how they sound and start to determine what you like the most. You can then buy the guitar you like or start looking for used guitars of the same make and model.

If you are on a lower budget and are just wanting to get started playing, there are some pretty good, basic packages on the market for around $200. I will show you what those include in my video.

Added Note:
In this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wonJuKQU2b0) I discussed my top seven tips for buying a guitar. If you are planning on looking into used guitars I highly suggest you watch the video and write down what to look for while you are out shopping. Just being armed with the knowledge of what to ask (because you don’t know what you don’t know) can be very helpful. If you are planning on buying a new guitar, you can still glean some great knowledge from the video, such as understanding where the guitar was made and what kind of wood was used. This is important because if you buy a guitar made from “green” wood you will have to deal with warping within a few short years.