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The Haydn String Quartets by Bill Tyers

During Haydn's years at Esterhazy his concept of musical art, that of conflict and resolution firmly based within the tonal system and of economy of material applied with clarity and balance, was formed. Read more

The Beethoven String Quartets by Bill Tyers

The genius of Beethoven encompassing its immense range of emotion, intensity of thought and economy of application, found an ideal medium in the string quartet which was unmatched by the following generation. Read more

Damping Techniques For Guitar by Bill Tyers

Correct execution of string damping technique is a very important requirement for achieving a polished performance. The main reason for damping a note, apart from the obvious one of artistic articulation, is to prevent a sustained open string from clouding the harmony when there is a harmonic change in the composition. Read more...

Left Hand Development Study by Bill Tyers

A concentrated practice routine allotted about 15 minutes per day of your practice schedule will develop your technique much faster than the playing of favorite pieces. Read more...

Care Of The Finger Nails by Bill Tyers

It is most important to set the strings in motion with a right hand nail that is very smooth to produce a clear strong tone. Read more...

Tuning Your Guitar by Bill Tyers

One of the most important skills that you will learn as a musician is to tune your instrument. No matter how good your playing technique, if your instrument is not perfectly in tune your performance will not shine. Remember that tuning like all other aspects of learning an instrument takes time to master. Read more...

Arranging For The Fingerstyle Guitar by Bill Tyers

Styles of arranging for Fingerstyle guitar are varied but the main concepts are covered in this article. Read more...

Discover Your Discomfort Level by Jamie Andreas

Have you ever had trouble playing something on the guitar? Have you ever seen or heard someone play something, tried to do it yourself, maybe practiced it for a long time, and ended up with only frustration and bad feelings about yourself as a player? Read more...

The Secret Of Speed by Jamie Andreas

Control of the fingers is developed by infusing conscious awareness into the muscles through the mechanism of attention while practicing. Read more...

Growth as a Guitarist: Vertical or Horizontalby Jamie Andreas

As the years go by in the life of a player, there are two kinds of growth we can experience. Both are necessary for our development as musicians and guitarists. I call them Vertical Growth, and Horizontal Growth. Read more...

Amplifying Your Acoustic Guitar by Bill Tyers

The increase in popularity of acoustic music in the last decade surely must be attributed to the advances in amplification technology. Acoustics instruments with pickups are seen with increasing regularity in high profile venues Read more...

The Music Of Igor Stravinsky by Bill Tyers

Stravinsky redefined the direction of music in the early twentieth century and resulted in many revolutionary concepts which continue to be valid to the present day. Read more...

The Baroque Suite by Bill Tyers

The Dance Suite along with the Fugue and the variation form, were the most important forms of instrumental composition in use during the baroque period. The Dance Suite may be defined as a cycle of dance pieces in various meter and tempo, written in binary form, all sharing a common key throughout. Read more...

Do You Need A Humidifier by Bill Tyers

Have you noticed that some days your acoustic guitar sounds brilliant and then others it sounds crap? Well maybe your ears are not playing tricks on you but are detecting the way your guitar reacts to changing atmospheric conditions. Read more...

8 Essential Rhythm Patterns by Bill Tyers

The 8 Essential Strum Patterns that we give you here are some of the most popular rhythms in pop music.Concentrate on the right hand strum pattern at first by playing on one chord only. When you are comfortable with the rhythm you can then move on to changing your chord shapes. Read more...

6 Essential Fingerstyle Patterns by Bill Tyers

The ability to play a fingerstyle rhythm accompaniment should be an important goal for all aspiring guitar players. A great fingerstyle part opens up the guitar accompaniment and provides the listener added interest. This lesson will get you started on this road by introducing some of the most played fingerstyle licks. Read more...

Reading Guitar Chord Charts by Bill Tyers

Over the years musicians have devised a number of different ways to communicate their musical ideas. Chord charts are still the most common method for communicating chords on the guitar. Read more...

How To Hold The Guitar by Bill Tyers

This article covers the correct method of holding the guitar. Read more...

Parts Of The Guitar by Bill Tyers

The diagram illustrates the various parts of the acoustic guitar. Read more...

Holding The Guitar Pick by Bill Tyers

Holding the pick correctly is very important to gaining a great technique on the guitar. If the pick feels uncomfortable while playing then this will create unwanted tension and will hinder your progress. Read more...

Travis Picking by Bill Tyers

Merle Travis, born in 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky who was extremely successful singer songwriter with hits such as “Sixteen Tons”, “Dark as a Dungeon” and “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke that Cigarette!”. However, his development of the guitar style now known as Finger Picking is perhaps his greatest legacy. Read more...

Buying A Guitar Online by Bill Tyers

Buying a guitar through online sites such as Ebay or Gumtree can result in significant savings for those prepared to do a little research and have the patience to wait for that special buy. Read more...

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