The Many Benefits to Learning Music
I just came across this great article, reconfirming many of the things I had written about myself in past blog posts.
Some of these blog posts:
It’s always fun to read up on the science behind why people who learn music, generally are happier, more successful and more intelligent as a result of the effect music studies have on the brain.
Here’s the article.
The Beatles “Something” Isolated Vocals
As most of you know, The Beatles are one of my all-time favorite bands.
Probably not a coincidence that my other favorite band, calls The Beatles one of their biggest influences: Queen
One of the things that is always very informative, is hearing the isolated tracks of iconic recordings.
There is so much you can learn from hearing the individual parts of a production, really clearly, separate from all other parts.
I thought you might get a kick out of hearing the isolated vocal tracks to “Something”.
Picking & Strumming
I often get asked about the main differences between picking and strumming.
Quite often, students confuse the skills that set those 2 right-hand techniques (“Left hand” for lefties) apart.
Here’s a quick general outline.
Short of tapping or finger picking, the hand that holds the pick, deals with 2 techniques for the most part:
- This is the technique you use when you play less than 3 strings.
- Used for single note lines, guitar solos
- Hand/wrist rests on the guitar body (and/or on the strings)
- It’s a wrist motion
- Move small
- This is the technique you use when you play more than 3 strings. (also called: “chords”)
- This is rhythm guitar. You don’t strum solos, you strum rhythms
- Elbow/arm rests on the guitar body
- It’s an arm motion
- Move big (if you move small, then your rhythm is going to suck)
Here’s some songs that combine both techniques: great resources to learn and practice how to switch effortlessly between the 2 techniques without missing a beat.
- Custard Pie (Led Zeppelin the main riff)
- The first 7 notes are picked (hand should rest on the guitar body)
- The last 3 hits: A chord, G bass note, A chord, are strummed (3 down strokes, big arm motions)
- Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
- The melody on the bass strings is picked
- The in-between chords are strummed
- Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
- The first 4 bass notes (B D B D) are picked
- The E power chord following those 4 notes, is strummed (with downstrokes only in this case)
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These free lessons are cool, but you will never experience the progress and results that my students experience in lessons, learning from blogs and videos.
That is why people take lessons: way better results and progress, much more complete information, exposed to way more creative ideas, than you can get from a blog.
There is only so much that self-study can accomplish.
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