Tuesday Tips - Little Ideas for Big Improvement

Welcome to Tuesday Tips. Here you'll find quick, to-the-point guitar tips garnered from my years of playing, teaching and generally being obsessed with all things guitar. As the name suggests, a new tip will be added every Tuesday.

Sometimes little ideas cause huge shifts in the way we think about and process certain information. The goal of Tuesday Tips is to produce those shifts for you, helping you learn guitar faster and making you a more creative musician in general. Hopefully some lightbulb moments await you!

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12/31/2013 - Making Rests Musical

12/17/2013 - Tempo and Dynamics

11/26/2013 - Transcription for the Recording Guitarist

11/19/2013 - Hands Free Tone Tweaking

11/12/2013 - Hiring Musicians: The No-Nonsense Approach

11/5/2013 - 4 Tips for Solo Guitar Arrangements

10/29/2013 - Music Reading Tips

10/22/2013 - Learn To Read

10/15/2013 - Thoughts on Groove and Surfing

10/8/2013 - Acoustic Guitar: 3 Tips for Fast Strumming

10/1/2013 - 5 Tips for Making Your Guitar Sound Like a Ukelele

9/24/2013 - Radio Jams: Ear Training the Fun Way

9/17/2013 - How to Smooth out your Phrasing

9/10/2013 - Mind Hack: Staying Relaxed on Fast Tunes

9/3/2013 - On Learning Arpeggios Across the Entire Fretboard

8/27/2013 - On Learning Scales Across the Entire Fretboard

8/20/2013 - Behind The Nut Bending

8/13/2013 - Enough Is Not Enough

8/6/2013 - How to Quickly Raise your Action for Slide Guitar

7/30/2013 - The Fastest Way To Learn New Music

7/23/2013 - Combining Rhythm and Lead Playing

7/16/2013 - Practice Opposites

7/9/2013 - Guitar Zen: What Are You NOT Doing

7/2/2013 - Stop Losing Your Place in the Form

6/25/2013 - Before You Go On Tour...

6/18/2013 - Arpeggio Pairs for Modal Soloing

6/11/2013 - The Habit That Will Guarantee Results

6/4/2013 - Rhythm Section Mindset

5/28/2013 - Combining Scales and Arpeggios

5/21/2013 - Tone and String Gauge

5/14/2013 - 3 Tuning Tips

5/7/2013 - Playing Outside: Lydian Dominant Scale

4/30/2013 - Recognizing Chord Progressions By Ear

4/23/2013 - Should You Teach Guitar?

4/16/2013 - Technique Workout: Hammers Only

4/9/2013 - Left Hand Finger Placement

4/2/2013 - Guitarist Health: 3 Tips for Staying Healthy

3/26/2013 - Trade 8s...with Yourself

3/19/2013 - Little and Often

3/12/2013 - Melodic Inspiration from Random Numbers

3/5/2013 - Friction Free Practicing

2/26/2013 - The Talk vs The Walk

2/19/2013 - How to Test Your Mastery

2/12/2013 - Guitar Style Studies...Essential Elements

2/5/2013 - No Eyes, Just Ears

1/29/2013 - Practice your Performance Posture

1/22/2013 - Upper Extensions the Easy Way

1/15/2013 - Planting Technique: The Secret to Clean Picking

1/8/2013 - Tame Lows to Cut through the Mix

1/1/2013 - 30 Day Challenge

12/18/2012 - Rutbuster: Ignore Your Musical Instincts

12/11/2012 - The Value of Being Consistent

12/4/2012 - Some Thoughts on Vibrato

11/27/2012 - Effective Guitar Practice - Play at the Edge of your Ability

11/20/2012 - Think Like a Producer

11/13/2012 - Rutbuster: Emulate other Instruments

11/6/2012 - A Music Career Tip

10/30/2012 - Learn By Doing

10/23/2012 - Be Your Own Guitar Teacher

10/16/2012 - Picking Technique and Tone

10/9/2012 - Keep a Listening Journal

10/2/2012 - Play Out

9/25/2012 - Memorize Songs, Sound Better

9/18/2012 - Creative Arpeggios

9/11/2012 - 3 Exercises for Creative Guitar Playing

9/4/2012 - The Secret to Playing Fast

8/28/2012 - Diminished Chords Made Easy

8/21/2012 - Half-Diminished Chords Made Easy

8/14/2012 - A Key Ingredient for Success

8/7/2012 - Rutbuster: 5 Tips for Fresh Guitar Solos

7/31/2012 - Guitarist Mindset: Is the Guitar a Tool or a Toy?

7/24/2012 - Electric Guitar Recording Tips

7/17/2012 - Protect Your Ears

7/10/2012 - Rutbuster: If you Can't Hear It, Don't Play It

7/3/2012 - An Overlooked Basic of Left Hand Technique

6/26/2012 - A Shortcut to Understanding the Major Scale Modes

6/19/2012 - Building Left Hand Dexterity on Guitar

6/12/2012 - Surviving the Gig: Acclimating to Performance Environment

6/5/2012 - Take Some Time Off

5/29/2012 - Take the Challenge

5/22/2012 - 3 Tips for Pre-Gig Professionalism

5/15/2012 - How to Compress your Tone without a Compression Pedal

5/8/2012 - Rutbuster: Try a Different Guitar

5/1/2012 - 4 Finger Savers for Acoustic Guitar

4/24/2012 - A Method for Practicing Deeply

4/17/2012 - Basic Piano Skills

4/10/2012 - Look Up

4/3/2012 - Practice The Minimum

3/27/2012 - Rutbuster: The "Octave Cage"

3/20/2012 - Surviving the Gig: Cheat Sheets

3/13/2012 - 3 Ways you can Practice Without a Guitar

3/6/2012 - 3 Tips for How to Use A Capo

2/28/2012 - Ear Training - Learn to Hear Chord Tones

2/21/2012 - Rutbuster: Play Without A Pick

2/14/2012 - Say Yes to Jam Sessions

2/7/2012 - Playing with Another Guitarist

1/31/2012 - How to Make All Your Gear Sound Better

1/24/2012 - Rutbuster: Rhythmic Limitation

1/17/2012 - Session Guitarists - Endless Inspiration

1/10/2012 - The Importance of Leaving Space (and/or Mean What You Say)

1/3/2012 - Guitar Goals - Outline Your Success

12/27/2011 - Ear Training Exercise - Single String Playing

12/20/2011 - The Sound Guy is your Friend

12/13/2011 - Eliminate Your Need for a Boost Pedal


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