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What’s Special About a Fender Jazzmaster?

The Fender Jazzmaster is one of the most misunderstood instruments Leo Fender ever devised. I love my Jazzmaster because I've taken the time to learn how to adjust and maintain it properly. The average guitar tech—with good intentions—will treat a Jazzmaster like any other Fender. This can turn an otherwise great instrument into a dud. … Continue reading What’s Special About a Fender Jazzmaster?

What is the Most Beautiful Chord Progression on Guitar?

Music can be beautiful regardless of which chords we use or the notes we select for a melody. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what if there is a chord progression that stands above the rest in terms of beauty when played on the guitar? I have a strong opinion about this … Continue reading What is the Most Beautiful Chord Progression on Guitar?

Should You Practice the Chromatic Scale?

The chromatic scale is kind of strange. We call it a "scale" but anyone who uses it like a typical scale is going to be labeled "avant garde." The chromatic scale is essentially the musical alphabet. It's no more muscial than the regular alphabet is literary. Chromaticism can be used to connect notes within a … Continue reading Should You Practice the Chromatic Scale?

Are TrueFire Courses Worth It?

When I first started playing guitar in the late '90s there weren't a lot of options for guitar instruction. If I wanted to learn something, these were my options: Figure it out myselfFind someone to teach meBuy a disorganized, hard-to-read book with confusing diagramsBuy a video that looked like it was shot in someone's basement … Continue reading Are TrueFire Courses Worth It?

What Causes a Guitar To Go Out of Tune?

Staying in tune is one of the most basic expectations we have for a guitar. It can be incredibly frustrating when a guitar can't even get that right. There are two main reasons a guitar goes out of tune: Friction and temperature. Either the string is slipping(not enough friction), binding (too much fiction), or the … Continue reading What Causes a Guitar To Go Out of Tune?