What it takes to become a good mandolin player

What it takes to become a good mandolin player

We love mandolin and as one of the only online mandolin fretboard learning tools, we will list out in this article some tips and approaches on how to get better at it

A Short Guide on Fretboards

A Short Guide on Fretboards

Very often, we hear the words, ‘practice makes perfect.’ While it is true, it is also necessary to practice mindfully. By this we mean that practicing must be done with purpose and commitment. It is required if you want to achieve some level of expertise. This principle also applies to mastering the Fretboard. What exactly is a Fretboard? Fretboard, also called a fingerboard is a...

How to become a jazz-rock guitarist

How to become a jazz-rock guitarist

For years jazz and rock guitar were seen as two different sides of a coin that would never interact with each other. The typical image of the rock guitar player was that of the “carefree” improviser shredding out a pentatonic. The jazz guitarist was perceived as the well-prepared, well-studied musician that knew and followed weird and complex chord changes. This perception is still...

3 concepts that will take you from beginner to intermediate guitarist!

3 concepts that will take you from beginner to intermediate guitarist!

The line that separates a beginner from an intermediate guitarist very much depends on what kind of music you play. For example, a beginner jazz guitarist will have a larger chord arsenal in his book than a beginner rock or pop player. That’s because in the jazz world, having a somewhat large vocabulary of chords is mandatory to play almost any song. The same applies to different genre...

Organize your practice routine with 3 simple rules

Organize your practice routine with 3 simple rules

The word “Practise” is a continuous chorus we all as musicians hear in each stage of our playing. Whether it’s the first months we picked up an instrument or after 20 years of being a professional musician, there is always something to practice and usually, a sense of guilt when your programmed practice of the day is skipped. Truth is, with life getting busier and busier, e...

Learning The Guitar Fretboard: Three Tips To Get You Started

Learning The Guitar Fretboard: Three Tips To Get You Started

The guitar is a beautiful and fantastic musical instrument. There are few things that compare to the ambiance and aesthetic of an acoustic guitar filling the room with warmth and light, or the epic tones of an electric guitar charging a room with energy. While beginners might find the guitar fretboard confusing and difficult to understand, all it takes is a bit of effort and practice, with a payof...

Is music theory helpful for improvising guitar solos?

Is music theory helpful for improvising guitar solos?

In the context of improvising guitar solos, the trademark skills of blues, jazz, and rock guitarists, is music theory helpful? And if so, how to get the most out of it?

Which Tonewood is best for the fretboard?

Which Tonewood is best for the fretboard?

Choosing the best tonewood is a matter of knowing on which side of the sonic spectrum you stand. In this article, we will give you insight into how to find which fretboard tonewood suits you better!

5 steps to learning the guitar fretboard

5 steps to learning the guitar fretboard

Although it may be a never ending goal to “master” the fretboard, we prepared 5 steps to guide you in your journey from learning the first chords to being able to immediately recall all shapes for rhythm and lead.

The most important skill a session guitarist needs.

The most important skill a session guitarist needs.

The most important skill a session guitarist needs.

This question pops up a lot with professional musicians. In this article I want to focus on what I think is the most important skill a session guitarist has and answer based on my personal experience and the experience of many of the session greats.