Play Guitar Podcast

Today, I uncover the secret weapon of great rhythm guitarists: guitar scales. Join me as I show how learning a little about scales can give you a lot of progress with your chords.

Free Chord Guide: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Show notes at: https://playguitarpodcast.com/why-should-i-learn-guitar-scales-the-real-reason-174/

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Direct download: 174-pgp-042721.mp3
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Taking that big step towards performing live is a huge milestone in a guitar players journey. Join my guest Evan Wilson and I as we discuss making that big step and some ways you can prepare yourself.

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Show notes at: http://playguitarpodcast.com/getting-ready-to-play-out-with-evan-wilson-173/

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Today is all about those other things we carry around in our acoustic case!

This podcast answers the question: "What are the most helpful accessories to get you going on the acoustic guitar?"

Show notes at: http://playguitarpodcast.com/what-acoustic-guitar-accessories-do-i-need-172/

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Direct download: 172-pgp-041421.mp3
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Join me today for lick episode that deals with one of my most common questions: How to play both Minor and Major thirds in your blue solos.

Get the licks in my FREE blues guitar course: http://freeblueslesson.com/​

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Show notes at: http://playguitarpodcast.com/minor-third-to-major-third-blues-licks-171/

Direct download: 171-pgp-040621.mp3
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How can something so simple as adjusting your thumb placement give exciting results in your playing? Hang out with me today and find out how! 

FREE Guide to Clear Sounding Chords: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/how-simple-changes-to-your-thumb-placement-can-completely-change-your-playing-170

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Today, I give you an overview of what playing and practicing at home could look like for you. Let's set ourselves up for success right where we are: at home. 

FREE Practice Space Checklist: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/practice

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/home-alone-getting-the-most-out-of-your-guitar-at-home-169

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It's my turn on the community episode. Today, I'm going to share with you my story and how it ultimately led to the opening of the Academy this week, 

Academy early waiting list: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/early-registration-play-guitar-academy

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/my-story-introducing-the-academy-168

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Join Lee and Scott today for a deep dive into must hear acoustic guitar players. We will each give our top five and also ask for your top five as well. Make sure to join in the conversation!

FREE guide to clear sounding chords: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/ten-awesome-acoustic-guitar-players-you-should-know-167

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Bring on the Licks! Join me today as I add five new Southern Rock Guitar licks to our lick library.

FREE Guitar Licks at: http://freeblueslesson.com/

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/southern-rock-guitar-licks-166

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Today is the day! Let's work through the four simple steps to keep you on track with the guitar for good.

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/stop-being-frustrated-with-guitar-today-let-s-do-this-165

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Today, on our second Q and A podcast, community member Kevin Krause brings the guitar questions.

Show notes at:

https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-questions-answered-kevin-krause-164

FREE Blues Soloing Course: http://freeblueslesson.com/

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Direct download: 164-pgp-021721.mp3
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It's acoustic week again! Join us today as we examine all of the acoustic guitars adjustments and give recommendations on how to get your acoustic to play great!

FREE Chord Guide: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/acoustic-guitar-adjustments-163

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Direct download: 163-pgp-021021.mp3
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Guitar Lick week is back! Join me today for five fun funk licks and a mini funk rhythm guitar lesson.

Free tab for this show at: http://freeblueslesson.com/

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/basic-funk-guitar-licks-162

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Are you frustrated with your lead guitar soloing? Join me today as we learn the not so obvious reasons that your solos may be missing the mark.

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Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/why-do-my-guitar-solos-sound-bad-161

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Direct download: 161-pgp-012621.mp3
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Today, you're getting your guitar questions answered in our first community Q&A. The first player up is Play Guitar Community member Dean York.

FREE guide to clear sounding chords: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-questions-answered-episode-1-dean-york-160

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Direct download: 160-pgp-012021.mp3
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Acoustic show #1! Lee and Scott welcome Jim Kimball (guitarist for Reba McEntire) to the woodshed. Today's topic: Switching between acoustic and electric guitar.. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/jim-kimball-electric-vs-acoustic-159 Copyright ©2021 Play Guitar Academy

Direct download: 159-pgp-011321.mp3
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Adding open strings to your licks can create very different and interesting sounds. Join me today as I incorporate open strings in five downloadable licks.

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Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/open-string-licks-158

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Direct download: 158-pgp-010621.mp3
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Join me today to put a fork in 2020 and start to get excited about the cool new things to come.

00:52 Last Episode of the Year.

02:00 Goals Achieved.

03:51 Then It Happened.

06:02 Back On Track.

06:58 New Schedule 2021.

07:41 Acoustic Show.

09:42 Get Involved 2021.

Subscribe:  https://www.youtube.com/playguitarpodcast

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Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/looking-back-and-moving-forward-157

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Direct download: 157-pgp-123020.mp3
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Join me today as I start a new series that will get us building up licks and (more importantly) understanding why they work. We start with the blues. 

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Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/blues-licks-1-156

 

01:26 New Guitar Licks Episodes.

02:34 How Do the Licks Episodes Work?

05:37 Blues Lick #1.

08:37 Blues Lick #2.

11:02 Blues Lick #3.

15:00 Blues Lick #4.

17:50 Blues Lick #5.

 

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Direct download: 156-pgp-122320.mp3
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Did the guitar die like they said? Doesn't look like it to me. Let's take a look at the big guitar bounce back!

02:16 Resurgence of the Guitar.

03:13 Guitar Vs. Electronic Music.

05:27 The Guitar Phenomenon.

06:18 Guitar During the Pandemic.

07:27 Guitar Sales Are Way Up.

08:42 Change in Challenging Times.

09:38 An Orchestra Under Your Fingers.

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/the-resurgence-of-the-guitar-155

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Direct download: 155-pgp-121520.mp3
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Have you ever been burned out on guitar? It happens more than you think. Today, I'm going to tell you how to succeed on guitar with out wearing yourself out.

00:43 Guitar Burnout.

01:53 Keep Guitar Burnout Away.

03:23 Guitar Burnout Step 1.

04:22 Recharge Interest on the Guitar.

05:41 Planned Guitar Breaks.

07:10 Practicing and Jamming.

08:23 Flexible Guitar Practice.

 

FREE Practice Space Checklist: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/practice

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/how-to-stay-away-from-guitar-burnout-154

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Direct download: 154-pgp-120920.mp3
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On todays podcast, it's all about sounding different. We spend so much time trying to imitate our favorite players. Let's start thinking like them and start to find new sounds that are all our own.

00:46 Find New Tones On the Guitar
05:34 Combining Styles For New Tones
07:40 Using Unusual Gear
11:48 New Tones with Different Gear
13:00 Get New Tones With Your Old Gear
14:54 Using Gear In Different Ways
17:28 Using Pedals In Different Ways

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/how-to-get-new-sounds-on-the-guitar-153

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Direct download: 153-pgp-120220.mp3
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Is reading music an absolute must for playing guitar?

Today, I give you all of the pros, cons, and also my opinions about reading music on guitar.

00:47 Do I Need to Learn How to Read Music to Play Guitar?


02:28 Do You Recommend Learning to Read Music?


04:28 Is It Easy To Read Music?


05:27 Reading Vs. Sight Reading.


07:04 What Styles Do You Need to Read Music?


09:29 Reading For Jazz and Classical Guitar.


11:21 What Does Standard Notation Do For You?

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/do-i-need-to-learn-to-read-music-faq-152

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Direct download: 152-pgp-112520.mp3
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Have you been playing guitar for a while and you're not getting better? Today, I'm going to look at something as simple as the way you approach songs that could be holding you back.

00:48 Incomplete Songs.

01:48 Are you a career beginner?

02:54 Expecting to Get Better at Guitar.

03:51 Why Do You Struggle With Guitar?

04:57 Playing Songs.

06:07 When You Only Know Parts of Songs.

10:19 A New Approach to Learning Songs.

Chord Guide: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/playing-songs-for-career-beginners-151

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Direct download: 151-pgp-111820.mp3
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Today's podcast is for the community! I'll update you on what's been going on here, what's coming up, and the ways you can get involved! Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/update-for-the-community-150 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

Direct download: 150-pgp-111120.mp3
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Are you struggling for ideas for solos and fills? Today, I'll show you why you don't need to look any further than the chord shapes you're already playing for great sounding melodies.

00:43 Guitar Licks Around Chord Shapes.

02:11 How Scale Patterns and Chords Relate.

04:04 The First Step.

05:22 Build Licks Around Common Chord Shapes.

08:17 Dorian Licks Over A Minor.

11:27 Hendrix Style Easy Licks.

14:28 Bonus Exercises.

Free Blues Solo Course: http://freeblueslesson.com/

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-licks-around-chord-shapes-149

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Direct download: 149-pgp-110420.mp3
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Being accountable to yourself and others is a huge part of success as a guitarist. Today, I help you reach the next step of success and supercharge your progress by changing the way you think about practice.

01:32 How to Approach Practicing.

02:44 Ownership.

04:20 Holding Yourself Accountable.

07:00 Being Accountable to Other Musicians.

08:04 Benefits of Being Accountable.

09:14 Keeping Up With a Group.

09:57 Bonus Steps.

Free Practice Guide: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/practice

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/holding-yourself-accountable-with-guitar-148

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Direct download: 148-pgp-102820.mp3
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What's the best habit you can take on right now to speed up your progress on guitar? It's practicing with a metronome. Join me today and find out why a metronome could radically change your progress on the guitar.

03:30 Why use a metronome?

05:35 Common Timing Problems.  

06:51 Solid Internal Time.  

06:51 Solid Internal Time.

10:22 How to use a metronome in your practice.

12:34 Playing Faster Cleanly and Correctly.

14:08 Practice Playing at Slower Speeds.

Guide to Clear Sounding Chords: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/using-a-metronome-making-the-most-of-your-practice-time-147

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Direct download: 147-pgp-101920.mp3
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Do you want to get better at guitar? Today, let's go over the number one thing you can do to start seeing results... fast. Start making small goals in your practice.

03:06 The Habit of Achieving

04:33 Take Control of Your Habits

06:11 Break Down Big Goals

08:03 Put Your Problems in Order

10:03 Expect Achievement

11:26 Get Real About Your Playing

13:06 Small Goal Examples.

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Are you on the fence about whether to fix up that old guitar or get a shiny brand spankin' new one? Today I help you make the right decision for the situation you're in.

02:17 My Guitar Doesn't Feel Right

04:10 Guitar is Designed For Other Styles of Music

06:04 Guitar Needs Repair

07:45 Guitar Doesn't Sound Right

09:03 It Needs Different Pickups

10:22 Guitar Needs Adjustment or Repair

16:50 Buying New or Used Guitar Issues

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You dream of playing your guitar but you don’t have the time. Sound familiar? Today, I give you three easy tips to find the time you need to get great at guitar!

Make sure to download my FREE Practice Room Checklist: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/practice

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/finding-the-time-for-guitar-144

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In this podcast, I’ve got five licks that show different ways you can use the Lydian mode in rock music. I’ll also show you how they are constructed and how you can take these ideas and use them in your own solos.

01:36 Lydian Sequences Over E
03:31 E Lydian Over F#
05:14 Lydian in Major Diatonic
08:07 Legato Lydian
09:47 String Skipping Lydian
12:30 ii V I (Lydian)

Get the FREE pdf at http://playguitargroup.com/

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/lydian-licks-for-guitar-143

Direct download: Lydian-Licks-for-Guitar-143-8906.mp3
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Would you like to add cool and airy tones to your lead playing? Would you like to give your major solos a little something extra? Today, I introduce what the Lydian mode is, where you would use the Lydian mode, and the best practices to play the Lydian mode.

0:31 Lydian Mode
1:23 What’s the Lydian mode?
2:46 Approaching the Lydian Mode.
5:36 Where would you use the Lydian mode?
9:04 How would you start to use the Lydian mode?

Make sure to learn the right steps for Successful Blues Lead Guitar with my FREE video course at https://www.playguitaracademy.com/freeblueslesson

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/lydian-mode-142

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When you think of lead guitar, distortion comes to mind. But, some of the most popular lead guitar solos have used clean to very light gain tones. Today I go over how to build and use three awesome low gain lead tones. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/low-gain-lead-tones-141 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Are you learning Mixolydian but it just doesn't sound right yet? Check out these seven Mixolydian licks for a guideline to incorporating this awesome sound into your guitar playing.

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Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/mixolydian-licks-140

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Getting into modes can be difficult to wrap your head around. Today, I get you started with the what, where, and how of the easiest mode to learn: The Mixolydian mode. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/what-s-the-mixolydian-mode-139 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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On guitar, we learn scales visually without any idea what the notes are and what their function is.

Today, I'm going to show a different way of starting to play scale patterns that makes sense and gives much better results.

FREE three notes per string download: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/3nps

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Today, I'm going to help you with the most important part of your guitar playing, your head.

So let's get our heads on straight by really understanding why we play guitar, why it's so easy to get off course, and what we can do to relax and achieve at the same time.

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/getting-your-head-right-137

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Being able to use Hammer-ons and Pull-offs effectively can take your lead playing to the next level. Today, I show you how to use them, the different uses for them, and some very cool exercises you can do to get that smooth sound into your playing. FREE PDF HERE: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/hammer Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/hammer-ons-and-pull-offs-136 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I share with you the two most powerful things I've found that will keep you out of a guitar rut and help you to experience consistent progress... and I'm pretty sure they aren't what you would think. Get your FREE practice space checklist at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/practice Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/if-you-listen-to-only-one-episode-this-is-the-one-135 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Have you thought about getting into recording but were unsure where to start? Today, I go over the first steps, the gear you need, and some tips to get you started recording without any stress and confusion. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/how-to-get-into-recording-134 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Delay and reverb are the finishing touches for your guitar tone. Today, we finish off our tone challenge by understanding what they are and how to use them effectively. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/using-delay-and-reverb-133 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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How do you build a great guitar tone? You need a starting point. Today I go over three basic core tones you can use as the foundation for tons of different sounds. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/basic-guitar-tones-clean-crunch-and-l

Direct download: 132-pgp-070720.mp3
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How's your guitar tone? Today kicks off our Summer Guitar Tone challenge. It's time to work on our sound and get toned and ready for the summer! Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/summer-guitar-tone-challenge-131 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

Direct download: 131-pgp-063020.mp3
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Let's take the first step into more colorful chords... using the 9th. Today I'll explain what 9th chords are, how they are constructed, and all of the different types that you can use to fancy up your rhythm guitar. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/ninth-chords-on-guitar-130 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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One of my favorite things about learning songs is coming across new and interesting chords. Today I'll go through three of my favorite types of chords and show you how to use them in your own playing. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/fun-guitar-chords-129 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Can't make any progress and losing interest? Putting in more effort and getting less results? Today, I show my proven path to getting back on the road to success on guitar. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/stuck-in-a-guitar-rut-128 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Arpeggios? What are these awesome sounding things? Today, I give an overview of arpeggios and how to use them. They aren't as hard as you think and can make your solos sound great! Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-arpeggios-explained-127 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

Direct download: 127-pgp-060220.mp3
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Are you frustrated? Have you had about enough of not knowing what you are doing and very low results. Join me today as we put this in the past by solving three of the most common frustrations for guitar players. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/the-frustrated-guitarist-126 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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►Download the FREE Challenge Worksheet: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/lickbuildingchallenge

It's my first Lick Building Challenge! Join us as we get creative and see what we awesome ideas we can make with a certain set of notes.

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/lick-building-challenge-125

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►►Download FREE guide to clear sounding chords: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Having a hard time making the switch between acoustic and electric guitar. You are not alone. Just because they are musically set up the same, doesn't mean that they are close in feel and play-ability. Join me today as I demonstrate the physical differences between the two and what to look for if you are having trouble.

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/switching-between-acoustic-and-electric-124

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Direct download: 124-pgp-051220.mp3
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Welcome back to the guitar! Have you made the commitment to make it work, this time. Today, I give the top 3 tips to make your experience on the guitar much more successful... this time. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/welcome-back-to-the-guitar-123 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I show you the things you need to know to play riffs and melodies that lead from one chord to another. If you have ever struggled to come up with ideas for this situation, help is on the way! Show notes at :https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/playing-fills-in-between-chords-122 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

Direct download: 122-pgp-042920.mp3
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Today, I take a good look at the style of David Gilmour. Lots of players can play his solos note for note. I look past the tabs and talk about the technique, gear, scale choices, and a few of my own licks that were inspired by his playing. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/playing-in-the-style-of-david-gilmour-121 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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With so many who are having such a hard time getting results with the guitar, it's hard to know how to move forward. Today I show you the clear path to get real results. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/the-real-way-to-learn-to-play-guitar-120Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I explore the rhythm and chord work of Jimi Hendrix. I'll go over his soul guitar doublestops, advanced chord movement, and use of the 7#9 chord. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/playing-chords-in-the-style-of-jimi-hendrix-119 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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There is a lot of practicing going on lately, but how do we make the most of it and not get burned out? Today, I share some great ideas to make your time with the guitar very effective and very fun. Guitar 30 Challenge free calendar and planner at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/ Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/fun-guitar-practicing-ideas-118 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Want to move your chord playing forward, but you’re not sure what to work on. Today as part of the guitar 30 challenge, I’m sharing my roadmap to chord master, from start to finish. Download Guitar 30 Challenge planner and calendar: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/ Show notes at:  https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/getting-better-at-chords-117 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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It’s back! Join me this month for my second annual practice challenge. This may be the perfect time to ramp up your guitar skills and see the benefits of a solid routine. Download your calendar and planner: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/ Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/return-of-the-guitar-30-challenge-116 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Having a hard time knowing what to practice? You aren't alone. Today, i go over my three practice strategies that will have you covered, no matter what you are going through. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/strategies-for-practicing-guitar-115 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Join me today for this really fun interview with Island Styles - guitarist for Candlebox and Jimmie's Chicken Shack. We talk about being on the road, practicing, gear and whole lot more. http://candleboxrocks.com/ FREE Blues Lead Guitar Course: www.freeblueslesson.com Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/interview-with-island-styles-from-candlebox-114 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Dealing with people can be difficult when playing music. Today I go over the four types of players to surround yourself with to have a happy, calm, and productive musical situation.FREE Blues lead guitar course: http://freeblueslesson.com/ Show notes: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/surround-yourself-with-the-right-people-113 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Does your guitar leave something to be desired. Does it struggle to keep up with your playing? Today, I’m going to go over the things to consider before you decide whether to upgrade or buy new. Recommended gear: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/recommended-gear Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/should-i-upgrade-my-guitar-or-buy-new-112 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I go over common chord progressions, how to classify them, different styles of progressions, and action steps to get started moving forward. https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/know-your-common-chord-progressions-on-guitar-111 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I interview LA guitarist Angela Petrilli. We’re talking about solid rhythm guitar playing, tasteful solos, open tuning, singing and playing and so much more! Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/interview-with-angela-petrilli-110 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

 

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► “Guide to Clean Sounding Chords” free download here: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide Are your chords being played as clean as possible? Have you had hand or wrist issues when playing chords?

Today, I talk about how much hand strength you need and about a type of exercise that can help these problems.Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-hand-strength-and-flexibility-109 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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► “Guide to Clean Sounding Chords” free download here: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide

Are your chords being played as clean as possible? Today I fix the two biggest chord playing problems and give you the steps to take to play them great, every time!

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/problems-playing-chords-108 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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► "Get Your Blues Soloing Under Control" free video course here: http://www.freeblueslesson.com

How do you know when enough is enough? When does practicing the same thing over and over start to have diminishing returns? Today, I go over three big signs to look out for that you might be over practicing, and a new way to practice to fix this situation.

Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/when-do-you-move-on-107

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Sometimes old problems never get addressed! Today I’m going to help career beginners get past their most common issue: Strumming and Rhythm.  Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/strumming-problems-106 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Just a quick episode today to wish you a happy new year and to work out why it’s so difficult to stay on a practice routine. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/happy-new-year-105 Copyright ©2020 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I share the most common problem areas I’ve found from frustrated students. Backtracking a bit in these areas can help make 2020 your most productive guitar year yet! Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/take-a-step-backward-to-start-moving-forward-104 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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The ways we learn guitar may change, but the best way to get solid reliable, results will never change. Today, I show you the three benefits you can bring to your guitar playing from following a time tested process.... The Roadmap. Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playguitaracademy Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/the-benefits-of-using-a-roadmap-103 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Guitar accessories...getting extra stuff for your guitar. Today I’m going over what you need, what you don’t and what to consider for the three big stages of guitar playing. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/what-guitar-accessories-do-you-really-need-102 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Are you stuck in practicing mode? Do your solos sound like you're practicing scale patterns. Today I unpack a very common problem to help a founding member of the academy. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/moving-from-practicing-scales-to-making-melodies-101

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If you could name the one single biggest breakthrough in your guitar playing, what would it be? Today I go over the biggest turning point in my own playing and show you why it could be for yours as well. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/the-big-turning-point-in-your-guitar-playing-100 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I compare three computer based amplifier software to get the best sounds with low effort. They are: Bias Amp 2, Scuffham S-gear 2, and Overloud TH3. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-amp-software-shoot-out-099 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Do you remember the excitement of first learning guitar? Has that changed for you as you’ve progressed? Today I look back at the beginner’s mind and try to use it to make your playing (no matter what level you are) more fulfilling. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/staying-in-touch-with-the-beginner-s-mind-098 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Are you ready for a big change? Sometimes it takes drastic measures to pull yourself out of a playing rut. Today, I’m outlining the process that I’m putting into place to transform my own guitar playing…Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playguitaracademy Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/change-your-guitar-playing-in-5-steps-097 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Are you frustrated that the way you want to sound and the way you actually sound are very different? Today I’m going over the three main areas to focus on to get new fresh ideas into your guitar playing. Practice space checklist: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/practice Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/bringing-fresh-ideas-into-your-playing-096 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Faster and smoother lead lines! If you’ve been struggling with playing fast, it might not be your technique that’s holding you back. Today, I will introduce a different system for scale patterns that is guaranteed to speed up your playing Get the scales: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/3nps  Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/3-notes-per-string-scales-3nps-095 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Dealing with the negative parts of learning guitar is something you don’t hear about much. But, when you finally get fed up and deal with the negativity head on, very positive things start to happen.Subscribe on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/playguitaracademy Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/getting-positive-about-your-playing-094 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Have you ever felt that your hands were out of sync? Are your notes cut off or do you play a note and hear only a click? Let's fix this once and for all. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/helping-your-hands-work-together-093 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Buying a guitar amplifier can test your nerves. Just hoping that the amp will sound good can be a risky business. Today, I will talk about what to look for in an amp and a special announcement. Get your FREE download "Guide to Clear Sounding Chords" at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/chordguide  Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/which-guitar-amp-should-i-buy-092 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Although we use chords and scales all of the time, not understanding the way they work together can be the thing that’s holding us back. Join me today as I give an overview on the relationship between chords and scales. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/chords-and-scales-091 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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How’s your practicing going? I hope good, but if you are like the rest of us, it can be a real challenge staying in a good practice routine. Today, I help you make a practice schedule that’s easy to stick with and the perfect fit for you! Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/guitar-practice-schedule-090 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Academy

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Today, I'm taking you to a place you may not be ready to deal with... Your own playing. Ooh I know it sounds scary but the sooner we get past some things the sooner we can build even stronger skills on the guitar. Show notes at:https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/dialing-in-a-marshall-dsl-50-088 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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Today, I'm cranking up my trusty Marshall DSL 50 and I'll show the process of getting all of your basic gig tones from this relatively inexpensive but awesome workhorse amplifier. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/dialing-in-a-marshall-dsl-50-088 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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On today's episode, I answer these great questions: How do you key down for vocals?, Any tips for playing blues turnarounds?, Can you help me with bracing?, How do you dial in a Fender amp? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/keying-down-for-vocals-blues-turnarounds-bracing-fender-amp-demo-087 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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On today's episode, I went over the tones from the Tech21 Fly Rig 5, and answered the question: How do you know what notes to use when tapping?  Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/fly-rig-5-demo-notes-to-use-with-tapping-086Copyright ©2019

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On today's episode, I answer these great questions: What is a twelve string guitar?, Are power chords Major or minor?, What's the best quality Fender Stratocaster for the money?, What's the best electric for those who like the feel of acoustic guitars?, What are Pedal tones? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/12-string-power-chords-strats-electrics-similar-to-acoustics-pedal-tones-085 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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On today's episode, I answer these great questions: Do you learn scales by memorizing patterns or notes on the fretboard?, Any tips on not engaging the string above the bended note?, How do you link chords and scales in the CAGED system? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/learning-scales-clean-bends-caged-chords-and-scales-084 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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On today's episode, I answer these great questions: How to create melodies and chords at the same time?, How do you bridge the gap between playing fast and slow?, How do I use the Nashville numbering system with key changes?, Do you have some tips for cutting noise and muting strings when bending? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/playing-fast-melodies-and-chords-key-changes-clean-bending-083 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast 

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On today's episode, I answer these great questions: "Which chords are better with each mode?", "How do I build vocabulary on the guitar?", "What plugins do you use for drums and other effects?", and "Hey Lee, what have you been working on?" Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/chords-with-modes-vocabulary-plugins-my-practice-082 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: What's the basic use of the circle of fifths? What do I need to know to play Reggae guitar? What are the basics of intonation? Is intonation important for slide guitar. Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/circle-of-fifths-reggae-guitar-intonation-081 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: What's the best way to play songs without tab or chord charts? Do you have any exercises that could help with directional picking? What are the relationships between the big four scale patterns? Do you have any tips for mixing the major and minor pentatonic together? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/playing-songs-directional-picking-scale-relationships-mixing-scales-080 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast 

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: Does knowing music theory take the magic out of music? What's the best way to add melody lines to your rhythm playing? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/does-music-theory-ruin-the-feel-of-music-melody-with-rhythm-guitar-079 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast 

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: Any tips to improve the F major Bar chord? Any tips on finding someone to practice with? Any tips on keeping time without losing a beat? How are arpeggios used in soloing? How to improv fast blues licks? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/f-major-chord-practice-partner-keeping-time-arpeggios-in-soloing-fast-blues-licks-078 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast 

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: Do you have any exercises for pinch harmonics? What's a good way to play pentatonic scales in every key? Can you suggest a suitable amp for low level Marshall practice amp? Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/pinch-harmonics-pentatonics-in-different-keys-low-level-amps-077 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: 1. Can you tell me a little about fingerpicking and hybrid picking? 2. What's your best advice for a new guitarist who knows basic chords but has trouble switching fast enough? 3. What's the difference between compressors, gates, and expanders? Leave a review: www.playguitarpodcast.com/itunes Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/fingerpicking-switching-chords-compressors-gates-and-expanders-076 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast 

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In today's episode, I answer these great questions: 1. How to have a good sounding rehearsal? 2. When you play smaller blues chords, which notes do you leave out? 3. Arpeggios: which ones to start with, and how do you incorporate them into solos? 4. Any tips on playing blues rhythm and lead together? www.playguitarpodcast.com/itunes Show notes at: https://www.playguitaracademy.com/blog/rehearsals-blues-chords-arpeggios-rhythm-and-lead-together-075 Copyright ©2019 Play Guitar Podcast 

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