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Around the Web: Finding Inspiration to Play

The folks at Jazz Advice just posted a list of ideas that will inspire you to play. We’ve talked about inspiration here, quite a bit. No really. So of course we have some quick thoughts on the topic. First off, it’s a perfectly fine list of ideas. I try not to fret much over list posts, […]

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Get a Berklee College of Music Education for Free

I’ve seen Berklee offer some free programs online before, but this is the most comprehensive listing of courses I remember them offering.  Thanks to /u/nostrongfeelings for sharing this. Here’s the complete program at Coursera.  Ignore the “sign up” links, as they’ll charge you in order to get a certificate at the end.  If you don’t […]

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Easily Learn Scales & Modes on Guitar

This is probably best for someone who has an understanding of scales and modes, but struggles to memorize how to play them or all the various shapes up and down the neck.  This comes from circleof5surecanjive over at Reddit.  He was awesome enough to let me share this, and he’s got some nice looking music theory lessons […]

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Mark Knopfler on Being Mark Knopfler

This video is so incredible.  If you’re used to the normal doldrums that is guitar instructional videos, you may have to watch it a few times to get the brilliance.  In roughly six and a half minutes, Mark Knopfler gives more incredible creative advice than hundreds of shredders have given in hours and hours of […]

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Words of Wisdom

Most of us here on the Daft Paragon Ranch are still bleary eyed from tryptophan comas caused by a week of leftover turkey.  However, before we get back up to speed in 2014, I wanted to leave 2013 on a positive note.  Izzy1 Swan is a wood worker out of South Carolina who has a very […]

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Your Guitar Playing NEEDS Dynamics

I would never dare call myself an expert at guitar.  However, I still am an evangelist for two things; phrasing and dynamics.  Regardless of your level of theory knowledge, playing speed or arsenal of licks; having competence in these two areas will make your playing stand out.  It’s what creates that personal playing style that […]

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Learning Chords – From Minor 7th to Augmented 9th and Beyond

Disclaimer: This post assumes you have some basic theory knowledge, know simple chords and at least a major scale in all modes. It’s happened to all of us at some point… You’re getting together with some buddies to jam out some songs, your friend is telling you how a tune goes and says something like […]