Guitar Articles

Below you will discover free guitar articles about guitar playing, guitar practicing, songwriting, and creativity. You may also enjoy my music career articles and guitar teaching articles.

Guitar Articles About: Reaching Your Guitar Playing Goals

Test for reaching your musical goalsGuitar Playing Quiz About Reaching Your Musical Goals USA Flag NEW!
There are many myths about playing and practicing guitar. If you believe any of these myths, you will struggle to reach your musical goals. Take this quiz and learn how much you know about becoming a great guitar player.

How To Master Guitar VibratoHow To Make Your Guitar Playing Sound Pro By Mastering Vibrato USA Flag
Without excellent guitar vibrato, your guitar playing won’t sound truly great regardless of what you play. To master vibrato, you must strengthen your guitar playing in 5 fundamental ways. Learn them by reading this article about improving guitar vibrato.

Questions Guitarists Ask5 Common Guitar Playing Questions You Should NOT Be Asking USA Flag
There are 5 common questions guitar players ask when trying to become great players. However, if you ask these same questions, you will make slow progress at best. Learn what these questions are and what you should be asking instead by reading this article on how to become a great guitarist.

How To Find Guitar Exercises To Make You BetterHow To Find Guitar Exercises That Will Make You A Better Guitarist Faster USA Flag
To become a great guitarist, you're going to need to practice the right things that lead you towards your ultimate musical goals. Most guitarists do not know how to do this and end up making slow progress in their playing at best. Find out the exercises you should be practicing by reading this guitar exercises article.

How to become a great guitar player3 Things That Will Keep You From Becoming A Great Guitarist USA Flag
Are you not a great guitarist yet because of a lack of technical playing ability, no natural talent or just not enough musical creativity? Wrong! These are merely the symptoms of a much deeper root cause. Learn exactly what keeps you from becoming a great guitarist by reading this guitar playing article.

11 Mistakes Guitarist Make11 Damaging Mistakes Guitar Players Make And How To Avoid Them USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version  Greek Flag - Tom Hess Article Greek Version
Do you know how many guitar players practice a lot in order to improve their guitar playing, but they still struggle to play guitar exactly the way they desire? They don't improve quickly. They begin to doubt their guitar playing potential, and wonder if they will ever learn to become a better guitar player. Read the full guitar playing article and learn how to improve your guitar playing.

Reasons Why Some Guitarists Become GreatThe Biggest Reason Why Most Guitar Players Fail To Achieve Greatness  USA Flag
Are you frustrated with your lack of progress in your guitar playing? Do you practice for hours but still struggle to get results from your practice sessions? Learn how to change this now. Read this article and discover the most important secrets of great guitar playing.

Why you don't get results from taking guitar lessons3 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Big Results From Taking Guitar Lessons USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Greek Flag - Tom Hess Article Greek Version
Have you taken guitar lessons, but became frustrated and quit? Perhaps you weren't making enough progress? Do you doubt that guitar lessons are worth investing your money and time? Many guitar students do not get the benefit from guitar lessons that they could be getting. Find out the secrets to better guitar playing.

Reasons Why You Aren't Yet A Better Guitar PlayerWhy Aren't You A Better Guitarist?  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Greek Flag - Tom Hess Article Greek Version 
Struggling with your guitar playing? We've all been there. Discover the 20 guitar playing secrets you need to know to become a better guitarist. Read the full guitar article on how to become a better guitarist.

Steve Vai's Secrets For Musical Greatness - Part 1Guitar Lessons You Must Learn From Steve Vai To Greatly Improve Your Guitar Playing - Part 1  USA Flag
Learn the secrets behind Steve Vai’s guitar playing greatness and how to use these secrets to improve your OWN guitar playing. Hint: These secrets have nothing to do with learning Steve Vai solos. Learn how to improve your guitar playing by studying a guitar master.

Steve Vai's Secrets For Musical Greatness - Part 2Guitar Lessons You Must Learn From Steve Vai To Greatly Improve Your Guitar Playing – Part 2  USA Flag
Part 2 of this article will reveal more key secrets behind Steve Vai’s musical greatness and how to apply them to grow as a guitar player. Become an awesome guitar player by studying this Steve Vai guitar lesson.

How To Get Better At Guitar Much FasterWhy You Are Not Getting Better At Guitar And What To Do About It USA Flag
Having more practice materials is not the answer for becoming a better guitar player. Endlessly searching for “things to practice” will actually hurt your progress in the long run. To speed up your guitar playing progress, learn the elements of guitar playing fluency.

How to improve your live guitar playing skillsHow To Stop Making Mistakes When Playing Guitar Live (In Front Of Others) USA Flag
Tired of making mistakes when playing guitar live? To build superior confidence when you play guitar in front of people (and stop making embarrassing mistakes), you must practice your live performing skills in the same way as the pros do. Learn how to do it in this article about practicing guitar for a live performance.

How To Get Better At Guitar Much Faster5 Ways To Turbocharge Your Guitar Progress USA Flag
You won't be able to move your guitar playing forward until you eliminate the poor practicing habits that hold you back. Additionally, to become a great guitarist fast, you must look for more than just new things to practice. Learn which things slow down your progress and cut them out of your guitar playing so you can become a better guitarist faster.

becoming a much more better guitar playerAre You A Bad Student? I Was! USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
I wasted years of valuable time, thousands of dollars and much frustration in my pursuit to become a great guitarist and make it as a professional musician. If I knew then what I know now, I might have become a great guitar player at a young age instead of getting off to a slow start with my guitar playing. Read my guitar article on how to become a better guitarist so you will never repeat my stupid guitar learning mistakes.

Why you don't get results from taking guitar lessonsChoosing A Guitar Teacher  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version    Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Looking for a local or an online guitar teacher? Not all teachers are the same, there are a LOT of bad ones out there, and the majority are just mediocre guitar teachers. Read this guitar article to find and choose the best guitar teacher for you.

Why you don't get results from taking guitar lessonsDo You Really Need A Guitar Teacher?  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
If you want to quickly learn to play guitar, find a great teacher as soon as possible. This guitar article is a MUST READ if you have any doubts about whether you need guitar lessons.

7 Things Your Guitar Teacher Will Never Tell You7 Things Your Guitar Teacher Will Never Tell You  USA Flag 
If you have ever been frustrated with the lack of results from guitar teachers you've worked with, you are not alone. Most guitar players skip from guitar teacher to guitar teacher many times before they find someone who can help them effectively achieve their musical goals as a guitar player. The truth is, 19 out of 20 guitar teachers simply do not understand how to help you become a better guitarist. Learn how to become a better guitar player by finding a great guitar teacher.

 Reach Your Guitar Playing GoalsBegin At The End  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  
Why do most guitar players fail to reach their guitar playing goals? Contrary to popular belief, the fastest, easiest and most effective way to reach your guitar playing goals is to begin from the 'top down', NOT the 'bottom up'. Find out what this means and what you need to do to reach your guitar playing goals.

How To Become A Great Guitarist5 Keys To Achieving Greatness As A Guitar Player  USA Flag 
Are you serious about becoming a great guitarist? Fact is, most guitar players do not even truly understand what it means to achieve greatness and even if they do – they often settle for mediocrity. Read this article and learn the 5 keys to becoming a great guitarist and fulfilling your true potential.

How To Know If You'll Become A Great GuitaristHow To Know If You'll Become A Great Guitarist USA Flag
The main difference between average guitarists and great guitarists isn't necessarily the amount of hours they spend practicing... nor is it simply possessing "natural talent". Although many do not become great, everyone has the potential to do so (and it's not that hard). Find out how to do it for yourself by reading this article about becoming a great guitar player.

Most Guitarists Are Totally Out Of BalanceMost Of You Are Totally Out Of Balance  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Have you ever felt out of balance with your guitar skills? Maybe you are strong in some areas but lagging behind in others. It is not important to be strong in 'every' area of guitar playing, but it is important that you are strong in the 'right areas'. You need to be clear on exactly 'what to practice on guitar'.

how to reach your guitar playing goalsPlans Are NOT Goals  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Many musicians make the mistake of confusing "plans" to do something with "goals". This common fundamental misunderstanding leads guitar players to start out on the wrong path to achieve what they want musically. Read the entire guitar article on how to become a great guitar player.

Ear Training For Guitarists The Most Important Skill That Most Guitar Players Don't Have  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Ear training (also known as aural skills) is one of the most underdeveloped skills for guitar players. Learn what you can do immediately to improve your aural skills. Read the full article on developing your aural skills.

effective guitar practice secretsThe 80/20 Rule  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
20% of what we do brings us 80% of our results, but the other 80% of what we do brings us only 20% of our results. Understanding this simple, yet profound theory and applying it to your guitar practice can make a huge difference in your guitar playing. Read the whole guitar playing article on guitar practice secrets.

top secrets to becoming a kickass guitar playerTop Secrets Of Common Sense - Part 1  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
No matter what your musical skill level is right now, there are going to be many significant challenges ahead of you. Your attitudes, and the ways you deal with musical challenges, will be the single greatest factor in determining how much you will achieve as a musician. Continue reading the guitar article to discover the first step in how to become a better guitarist.

how to become a badass guitar playerPerseverance - It Will Make You Or Break You!  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Whenever you're frustrated and ready to give up, read this guitar article about perseverance for guitar players.

How to solve your guitar playing problemsHow To Solve Guitar Playing Problems  USA Flag
Are you frustrated by a lack of progress in your guitar playing? The reason why you are struggling is you have developed several bad habits in your playing and they are holding you back. Fortunately, it is not as difficult as you might think to overcome these problems. Learn how to solve guitar playing problems and become a better player fast.

 

Guitar Articles About: How To Practice Guitar Effectively

What to practice on guitar5 Key Traits Of Effective Guitar Practice Schedules USA Flag NEW!
You become a better guitar player when you use effective guitar practice schedules. There are 5 key elements every practice schedule must have to improve your guitar playing. Learn what these elements are and how to use them to create perfect guitar practice schedules.

How To Play With Directional Picking TechniqueThe Easy Way To Create Awesome Guitar Solo Licks USA Flag
To improvise amazing guitar solos and licks you must understand how to smoothly integrate musical ideas together within a single solo while clearly expressing your thoughts and emotions. Learn how to do this by reading this article about how to improvise on guitar.

How To Play With Directional Picking TechniqueHow To Make Fast Guitar Playing Easy Using Directional Picking USA Flag
Becoming a fast guitar player requires using efficient picking technique. To make your picking technique more efficient, you need to master directional picking. Learn the 5 things you must do to master this technique so you can become a faster player by reading this speed picking guitar article.

How To Solve Guitar Playing ProblemsHow To Quickly Solve Your Guitar Playing Problems USA Flag
Before you can make fast progress in your guitar playing, you must learn how to solve your biggest issues while you practice. If your guitar practice does not make your playing feel easier and sound better, something is wrong. Learn the most effective process for fixing any guitar playing problem by reading this guitar practice article.

Guitar Practice EnduranceImprove Your Guitar Playing Fast With Circuit Training USA Flag
Want to become a better guitarist and have more fun in the process? Add circuit training to your guitar practice routine. Athletes use this training method to improve their bodies. You can use it to greatly improve your guitar playing.

Make your guitar practice more effectiveMake Your Guitar Practice Effective And Fun USA Flag
If practicing guitar consistently is hard for you because your practice routines feel boring, you are missing a huge key aspect on practicing guitar effectively. To get the best out of every time you practice guitar find a balance between making it fun and effective simultaneously. Read this article and find out what to do if your guitar practice isn’t fun.

Learn how to develop great live guitar playing skills4 Mistakes Guitarists Make When Preparing For Live Performance And How To Avoid Them USA Flag
When you play guitar for others, you want your playing to be perfect, consistent and reliable, don’t you? To make this possible, you must learn how to practice to make your guitar skills dependable in any situation. Read this article to learn about 4 deadly mistakes guitarists make when preparing for live performance and how to overcome them.

Getting the most from your guitar playing practiceThe Best Way To Get Huge Results On Guitar USA Flag
What if your guitar progress became so fast and predictable that it was like playing a video game with all cheat codes unlocked? It’s awesome to see yourself getting better every time you practice guitar. It’s even better when you can practice only a fraction of the time you used to, and have your skills progress faster than ever before. Read this and learn the most effective way to make huge progress on guitar.

Motivation To Practice GuitarTop 5 Reasons Why You Lack Motivation To Practice Guitar  USA Flag 
Do you sometimes feel a lack of motivation for practicing guitar? For most guitarists, this occurs because they do not understand how to get the most out of their guitar practice time. As a result, they make very slow progress and become frustrated. Find out how to increase your motivation to practice guitar by learning how to practice guitar more effectively.

How to practice guitar more effectivelyThe 4 Building Blocks Of Perfect Guitar Practice USA Flag
Your musical progress is directly shaped by the effectiveness of your guitar practice. Start achieving the maximum results possible in your guitar playing by learning the key elements of perfect guitar practice.

How To Play Guitar Fast And Clean Like A Virtuoso3 Reasons Why Your Hands Get Out Of Sync When Playing Guitar Fast USA Flag
In order to play guitar both fast and clean you MUST be able to perfectly synchronize both your picking and fretting hands. Most guitarists cannot do this and struggle to achieve their musical goals as a result. Learn the 3 biggest reasons why you are constantly struggling to achieve flawless 2 hand synchronization in your guitar playing and how to overcome these challenges so you can play guitar fast and clean.

Reasons why you struggle to play legato guitar techniqueHow To Play With Flawless Legato Guitar Technique USA Flag
Does your legato guitar playing not sound 100% flawless? Until you correct the three common mistakes most guitarists make while playing with legato, you will never be able to use this technique cleanly. Learn these mistakes now and correct them by reading this article on how to play legato guitar technique.

How To Play Killer Pinch Harmonics On Guitar6 Common Mistakes That Keep You From Playing Killer Pinch Harmonics On Guitar (And How To Solve Them) USA Flag
Do you struggle to make your pinch harmonics sound consistently awesome when you play guitar? You might be guilty of these 6 common mistakes guitarists make when learning this technique. These mistakes are very easy to fix once you know what they are and how to practice to avoid them. Learn how you can easily play kickass pinch harmonics now.

The Ten Commandments Of Super Guitar Speed10 Things All Fast Guitar Players Do USA Flag
Simply looking for tons of speed-building exercises will not make you play guitar faster.  Instead, start learning the principles that the world’s greatest guitarists use. Once you learn these, you will increase your OWN guitar speed. Use the 10 Commandments of guitar speed and learn how to shred on guitar.

Become A Better Guitar Player FasterHow To Become a Better Guitar Player Faster USA Flag
Do you practice guitar every day but see little or no progress? If your answer is yes, chances are that you are doing some key things wrong when you practice. Once you identify the things that hold you back and correct them, your progress will become much faster. Read this article and learn the mistakes that keep you from making huge progress on guitar and how to avoid them.

Learn to play sweep picking easilyThe Keys To Sweep Picking Mastery USA Flag
Many guitar players struggle with sweep picking, but this technique is a lot simpler to learn and master than most people realize. To understand why, you must learn about the biggest mistakes to avoid when practicing sweep picking and the specific things you must focus on when training this technique. Read this article to learn what it takes to master sweep picking.

Eliminating Mistakes From Your Guitar PlayingHow To Eliminate Mistakes From Your Guitar Playing  USA Flag
The first step you must take while learning something new on guitar is simply trying to 'get it right'. However, using this approach all the time will neither prevent you from making mistakes in the future nor help you become a truly great guitarist. To do these things, you must practice to 'never get it wrong'. Learn how by reading this article on how to practice guitar effectively.

How To Practice Guitar After Taking A Long Break From PlayingHow To Get Your Guitar Skills Back After Taking A Long Break From Playing USA Flag
If you've ever taken a long break away from guitar playing, you know how much it sucks when you discover that you've lost some of your skills. Good news is it doesn't take long to get them back. Get your guitar playing skills back fast by reading this guitar practice article.

3 Step for and effective guitar practice sessionHow To Play Anything On Guitar USA Flag
Have you ever spent a long time trying to play something on guitar only to end up frustrated when you couldn't play it right? It's time to finally get it right! Read this article with guitar practice advice and discover the exact steps to playing anything you want.

How To Tremolo Pick Extremely Fast On GuitarHow To Tremolo Pick Fast On Guitar
Want to tremolo pick faster on guitar? Then STOP trying to "move your hands faster" - this will never work. I’ll show you the 4 steps you need to take to REALLY improve your tremolo technique so you can play lightning fast and make it feel super easy. Practice this exercise to greatly improve your tremolo picking.

What To Practice On GuitarHow To Find The Best Guitar Exercises  USA Flag  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
If you feel frustrated with not knowing how to make sense out of millions of guitar playing exercises, guitar method books and videos, you need to read this article that will show you exactly how to determine the best guitar exercises for you.

how to use a metronome effectively How To Practice Guitar Effectively With And Without A Metronome  USA Flag  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
When it comes to practicing guitar with a metronome, guitarists typically fall into two camps: some use the metronome very frequently and others almost never use it. Fact is, both approaches are misleading and will severely limit your guitar playing progress. Read this article to learn how to use a metronome effectively and discover how to make a lot more progress in your guitar playing.


The Best Picking Technique For Guitar SpeedBuild Lightning Fast Guitar Picking Technique USA Flag 
Don't take longer than necessary to build fast guitar picking technique. Fact is, most guitarists waste tons of time trying to do this, causing themselves a lot of frustration in the process. However, developing fast and efficient picking technique is easier than you think. Learn how by reading this article about building guitar speed.

How To Improve Guitar TechniqueHow To Improve Your Guitar Technique - Part 1  USA Flag  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  
Discover the 5 secrets to improving your guitar technique. Play cleanly by becoming more accurate. Eliminate any sloppy playing and unwanted string noise. This guitar article is designed to improve guitar technique.

Stop Unwanted Guitar String Noise & Sloppy Guitar PlayingHow To Improve Your Guitar Technique - Part 2: Stop Unwanted Guitar String Noise And Sloppy Guitar Playing  USA Flag  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version    Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
If you are still suffering from sloppy guitar playing, the cause is likely unwanted guitar string noise. For some guitar players, improving guitar technique may have nothing to do with how they are playing the notes they ‘want’ to hear. The sloppy noises we sometimes hear are caused from the notes (strings) we do ‘not’ want to hear. Learn how to eliminate unwanted guitar string noise

How To Practice GuitarGet More From Your Guitar Practice - 8 Steps To Develop A Highly Efficient Practice Schedule USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Greek Flag - Tom Hess Article Greek Version  
If you are like most guitar players you sometimes feel frustrated with your guitar playing. You know mastering guitar playing takes a LOT of time, energy and effort. It seems like a huge mountain to climb in order to reach the highly advanced levels of guitar playing. You know that few people who attempt to climb that mountain will actually achieve it... but if you are truly determined to reach these goals you certainly can! Read this guitar playing article to learn how to develop your own guitar practice schedule.

How To Make Fast Guitar Playing Feel EasyHow To Make Fast Guitar Playing Feel Easy USA Flag
If you always use the traditional speed building method of starting to practice slowly and increase speed incrementally, you will struggle to build fast guitar speed and stay relaxed while playing at higher tempos. To avoid the limitations of the traditional method, learn this new approach for building guitar speed and making it feel easy.

Practice guitar without timeHow To Practice Guitar With A Limited Amount Of Time  USA Flag  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
It may be difficult to increase the total amount of time you have available to practice guitar, but it is actually easy to maximize the results you get from your practice time. Read the full guitar playing article for tips on how to practice guitar.

Best Guitar PracticePracticing Guitar: Self Discipline or Fun?  USA Flag  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Do you find it difficult to fully enjoy the process of highly disciplined practicing? Most guitarists either have lots of fun practicing, but are not highly disciplined, or try to be very disciplined, but find it boring or unfulfilling when they do so. So most people make a (conscious or unconscious) choice to sacrifice 'fun' for discipline, or discipline for fun. Making sacrifices with your guitar practice is not only unnecessary, but can be counterproductive to becoming the guitar player you want to be. Read this guitar article and learn the best way to practice guitar.

Building Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 1How To Practice for Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 1  USA Flag  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Shred guitar insider secrets of how to build your maximum guitar speed. Practice guitar speed exercises the way top shredders do. Read the full guitar article article on how to build your maximum guitar speed with unique guitar speed exercises.

Building Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 2How To Practice for Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 2: Speed Builder Strategy 2  USA Flag  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Develop your maximum guitar speed by practicing this guitar speed exercise. Many top shredders practice this exercise to develop their speed. This is part 2 of How To Practice for Maximum Guitar Speed. Read the guitar playing article to get started with your guitar speed exercise regimen.

Building Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 3How To Practice for Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 3  USA Flag  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
Have you ever noticed that playing something clean and fast is much harder when playing an actual song compared to when you practice that same guitar lick or solo over and over again? Learn more about how to increase your guitar speed and solving this problem in part 3 of this guitar articles series. 

Building Maximum Guitar Speed - Part 4How To Practice For Maximum Guitar Speed - Avoiding Common Mistakes In Learning To Play Guitar Fast  USA Flag  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
Are you frustrated with not being able to play guitar as fast as you want? Do you feel that your lack of guitar speed is limiting your ability to express yourself musically? Although playing guitar fast is not everyone's most important guitar playing goal, those who do desire greater guitar speed typically want it badly and are often frustrated with their inability to improve fast enough in this area of their guitar playing. If this describes you, read this article about increasing your guitar speed.

The Best Approach For Building Guitar SpeedThe Best Approach For Building Guitar Speed  USA Flag
If you use the conventional speed building approaches used by most guitarists, it will take you a very long time to build speed (if ever). The key to developing guitar speed is to balance 'always' practicing slow with always practicing fast in order to get the best of both worlds. Here is you can do this in order to increase guitar speed quickly and effectively.

Killer guitar practice adviceAn Analysis of "SUCK"  USA Flag  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
A cool guitar article about a true story of one frustrated guitar player and his friend who rapidly became a much better guitar player. Read the good guitar practice advice I gave him.

Avoiding Musical Burn OutHow To Avoid Musical Burn Out  USA Flag  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Do you sometimes find it difficult to stay focused and motivated to practice or play music? We've all been there at some point in our guitar playing lives. Discover new inspiration to practice guitar. Overcome musical burn out. Read this guitar article about inspiration to practice guitar.

Effective Guitar Practice TechniqueMindless Exercises  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version    Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Do you sometimes feel that your practicing consists of boring mindless exercises and your improvement on the guitar is slow? This guitar practicing article will help you find the balance between 'exercises' and real progress in your guitar playing. Transform your mindless exercises into an effective guitar practice technique.

How To Mute Unwanted Guitar String NoisePicking Hand Discipline  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
I have often been asked how I, and other players, are able to play really fast without playing sloppy. Playing sweep picked arpeggios cleanly while using a lot of gain (distortion) can be a big challenge. Many players have a hard time keeping all of the lower strings from ringing out while soloing on the higher strings, causing a sloppy noise. Read this entire guitar playing article to discover how to mute unwanted guitar string noise.

Vibrato control guitar lessonVibrato Control  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
Vibrato is probably the most expressive technique on guitar. Many guitarists, however, don't spend much time trying to master this technique at all. Fact is, you will be judged more on your vibrato technique than on any other single technique. Check out the complete guitar playing article on guitar vibrato technique.

 Why Too Much Progress Can Hurt Your Guitar PlayingWhy Making Too Much Progress Too Fast Is Harmful For Your Guitar Playing USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  
Think the best way to become a great guitarist is to make the fastest progress possible? Think again! Fact is, making fast progress is not the same as reaching your guitar playing goals in as little time as possible. Learn the difference between the two by reading this article about fast guitar playing progress misconceptions.

How the CAGED system hurts your guitar playingHow The CAGED System Is Hurting Your Guitar Playing USA Flag
The CAGED system is one of the worst things you can learn as a guitarist. If you want to become a great guitarist and reach the highest levels of musical freedom, avoid this system like the plague. Learn how the CAGED system hurts your guitar playing and what to do about it

 

Guitar Articles About: Overcoming Your Guitar Playing Frustrations

How To Get Better Results From Guitar LessonsHow To Get Better Results From Taking Guitar Lessons  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version NEW!
Many guitarists misunderstand how taking guitar lessons will help them become much better players. Contrary to popular belief, taking guitar lessons is not just about learning new things... but much more. Learn what else you can do to get maximum results from working with a guitar teacher by reading this article about taking guitar lessons.

Fears That Holds You Back From Becoming A Great GuitaristAre You An Unhappy Musician? 10 Ways To Get Musical Pain Relief  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
Are you happy and fulfilled with your level of musical skills? Can you honestly say that you have reached all of your musical goals? Has your guitar playing consistently gotten better during the time you have been playing? If you answered 'no' to any of these questions, then read the full guitar article to get 10 guitar playing tips to put you on the path to say 'yes' to every question above!

Fears that hold you back from becoming a great guitarist4 Fears That Keep You From Becoming A Great Guitarist USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
You will go years without advancing your guitar playing skills if you don't identify and overcome the mental barriers you've created for yourself. These barriers are built from your greatest 'fears' (such as the fear of failure, criticism or performing in front of others). Overcome these fears so you can become a great guitarist much faster by reading this article about making progress on guitar.

Stage Fright Remedy for Guitar PlayersPlaying Live: What To Do With The Little Voices In Your Head  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
Whether you play for tens of thousands of people every night as part of a world tour, or 20 people at a backyard barbeque, most of the mental anxieties musicians experience while playing live are the same. In almost every case the negative little voice in your head is centered around fear (fear of rejection, self doubt etc.). We all have experienced some level of stage fright, performance anxiety, fear or nervousness when playing live at some time or another. Read the complete guitar article to discover a stage fright remedy for guitar players.

how to become a better guitaristCan YOU Really Become A Great Guitar Player?  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
Find out if you can really become a great guitar player (hint: Yes you can!). If you want to become a better guitarist, read this guitar article about how to become a better guitar player.

How to overcome guitar playing frustrationMusical Frustration  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
Are you musically frustrated with yourself? Are you not the guitar player that you want to be? Or not as good as you could be or should be? Do you look with envy at other guitarists who are doing what you wish you could be doing? Does reaching your musical goals seem out of reach? Read the full article if you want to be a better guitarist.

Go far beyond your musicTake The Test  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Do you think you REALLY know what you want from music? Read this guitar article to find the truth.

inspiration for guitar playersFire and Inspiration  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Think back to the time when your interest in playing guitar was born. Remember the time when you got your first guitar and actually started playing it. For most of us, even when we were total beginners, clueless about how to play anything, it somehow didn't matter because we were just so excited about beginning our musical/guitar journey. Want to get that inspiration back? Read this guitar article on inspiration for guitarists.

Playing guitar for love or moneyFor Love or Money  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Are you torn between creating the music that you REALLY 'want' to make and playing 'what sells'? You don't necessarily have to make sacrifices.

 

Guitar Articles About: Creativity and Songwriting

Learn How To Play Killer Rhythm GuitarHow To Play Rock-Solid Rhythm Guitar USA Flag NEW!
Being able to play tight rhythm guitar requires training yourself to focus on the right things while you practice and knowing how to spot sloppy playing mistakes. Learn how to become a better rhythm guitarist fast by watching the video in this article about playing rhythm guitar riffs.

How To Play Creative Guitar Arpeggios5 Ways To Make Sweep Picking Arpeggios Sound Amazing USA Flag
Playing sweep picking arpeggios fast is not the only way to make them sound amazing. You can use easy to understand, creative concepts to make any guitar arpeggio sound awesome. Learn 5 of these concepts by reading this sweep picking arpeggios article.

How To Play Emotional Guitar SolosProven Formula For Creating Great Guitar Solos USA Flag
Great guitar solos aren't created by accident, or by stringing guitar licks together…they are created using specific guitar soloing processes. Most of these methods are simple enough to be used by anyone, including you. Learn the 6-step process all great guitarists follow to create awesome guitar solos.

How to add emotions to your guitar playingBecome A Highly Creative Guitar Player  
Would you like to write catchy songs and killer guitar solos but feel frustrated due to not being musically creative? If you are not yet a creative guitar player, it’s simply because you don’t yet know what is standing in the way of your freedom to musical expression. Read more about how to develop your musical creativity.

How to play memorable lead guitar solosHow To Play Amazing Guitar Solos By Studying King Diamond USA Flag
King Diamond is easily one of the most underrated metal singers. Not only is he a great singer, but there is MASSIVE value to take away from his vocal style as a guitarist too! Read this article to learn 4 ways you can play badass guitar solos by studying King Diamond.

How to play memorable lead guitar solosHow To Play Amazing Guitar Solos By Studying King Diamond Pt. 2 USA Flag NEW!
Studying and learning how to translate the vocal phrasing of excellent singers to guitar makes your guitar solos more emotional. Learn 3 creative ways to use King Diamond’s vocal style to make your lead guitar playing sound amazing. Read this article on how to play creative guitar solos.

How to add emotions to your guitar playingHow To Improve The Expressiveness Of Your Guitar Playing 
Want to make your guitar playing highly emotional and expressive? Most guitarists struggle with this, but with the right approach this skill can easily be developed. Learn the common mistakes guitarists make that keep them from being creative in this article about adding emotion to your guitar playing.

How To Play Creative Arpeggio LicksCreative Ways To Play Killer Arpeggio Guitar Licks USA Flag
You don’t need to constantly learn ‘new’ sweep picking patterns to create cool and inspiring arpeggio licks. You can create amazing sweep picking phrases out of the arpeggios you already know. Learn how in this article on how to play killer sweep picking arpeggio licks on guitar.

How to develop your guitar playing creativityHow To Play Lead Guitar More Creatively
Being able to play lead guitar creatively requires much more than simply “knowing” many scales, arpeggios or licks. The real keys to developing more creative guitar playing skills are fluency, application, integration and mastery of the skills you already know. Read this article to learn 4 ways you can become more creative in your lead guitar playing now.

Making Guitar Playing All About SexHow To Make Your Guitar Playing Sound Pleasing To A Woman 
Face it, you probably would like to get more attention from women... who wouldn’t? Fortunately, women love guitar players, especially if you know the secret to making your guitar playing sound sexual. Curious? Read this sexy guitar playing article.

Learn to play guitar fast and cleanHow To Play Guitar Fast And Clean Using Two Hand Synchronization 
Before you can play super fast guitar speeds while maintaining your accuracy, you must not only learn how to eliminate excess string noise (using muting in both hands), but MASTER two hand synchronization. Learn the several key adjustments you must make in your guitar playing to do this by reading this article about playing guitar faster.

How To Play Difficult Guitar SolosHow To Easily Play Difficult Guitar Solos USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Mastering difficult guitar solos that use many techniques is much easier than you think. Fact is, many guitarists use the (wrong) approach of practicing technique in isolation, and struggle as a result. The best way to quickly play a tough guitar solo is to combine the techniques within it into a musical context BEFORE you have fully mastered them. Learn why and how by reading this article on how to play difficult guitar licks and solos.

Learn to play exotic guitar licksHow To Play Killer Exotic Guitar Licks USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version If you want your lead guitar playing to sound repetitive and boring, keep playing the same pentatonic licks over and over... However, if you want to make your lead guitar playing sound totally killer, your best approach is to use both exotic licks and creative guitar phrasing. Learn how to do this by reading this lead guitar licks article.

Playing guitar with feelingHow To Play With Emotion In Your Music  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Can you make people feel the emotions you want them to feel by playing guitar? Most guitar players have a hard time doing this because they do not understand how to explain and predict the feeling of the notes they play with. Read this article to learn how to use your guitar to create emotion in music.

How To Shred On GuitarHow To Play Killer Shred Guitar Licks  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
Want to play awesome shred guitar licks that add fire and intensity to your soloing? Study the exercise in this shred guitar article and learn how to create great shred licks without having to play faster.

Make your guitar solos singHow To Make Your Guitar Solos Sing  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
One of the most impressive things you can do on guitar is to create melodies that ‘sing’. Most guitar players focus too much on technique while ignoring the melodic side of their guitar playing. This causes their guitar solos to quickly become uninteresting. Find out how to create better guitar solos by making your guitar sing in this guitar solo lesson.

Expressive guitar solos with only one noteHow To Play Expressive Guitar Solos Using Only One Note USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
The Holy Grail of guitar soloing is being able to express yourself fully while creating an intense emotional reaction in the listener. The cool part is, you can do this easily by using only ONE note! Read this article and find out how to play emotional guitar solos.

How To Play Expressive Guitar Licks Over Any ChordHow To Play Expressive Guitar Licks Over Any Chord USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
You can easily express tons of emotion in any guitar lick you play without knowing a lot about music theory. To do so, all you need is a good understanding of the simple idea (similar to pitch axis theory) discussed in this article. Learn it now and start expressing emotion in your guitar licks.

What to do to avoid your guitar solos sound the sameWhy So Many Guitar Solos Sound The Same And How To Avoid That  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
Imagine if your guitar solos could ‘sing’ like a great singer. Fact is, most guitar players create guitar solos based on guitar licks and phrases, but not a combination of guitar phrases and lyrical melodies that would make the solos much better. In this revolutionary new guitar article on how to create guitar solos you will learn a secret that took me 20 years to discover! Read the full guitar lesson article here.

how to create rock guitar improvisationGuitar Video: How To Create Rock Guitar Soloing And Improvisation Licks  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Do you want to learn how to write tons of new rock guitar licks? The truth is, most guitar players try to make new rock guitar licks by cramming together several random musical ideas in hopes that everything ends up sounding decent. That said, this is actually a highly ineffective approach when it comes to improvising and creating guitar licks. Learn how to write a lot of new rock guitar licks while improving your overall soloing skills by watching this video about guitar improvisation.

How To Clean Up Your Arpeggio Sweep PickingPlay Sweep Picking Arpeggios That Are Fast And Clean USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Before you can play ultra clean, lightning-fast sweep picking arpeggios you need to pinpoint the mistakes that slow you down. Identify your mistakes and learn a powerful sweep picking variation by reading this article about playing clean sweep picking arpeggios.

Guitar lessons you can learn from Yngwie MalsmteenWhy Yngwie Malmsteen Is Underrated And How This Can Help You Become A Better Guitarist  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version
When you think of underrated guitar players, who do you think of first? Of all the great guitar players, there is one that should immediately come to your mind, and his name is Yngwie Malmsteen. Find out why he is one of the MOST underrated guitarist of all time and how his guitar playing can help you improve your own guitar skills in this Yngwie Malmsteen guitar lesson.

Guitar lessons you can learn from John Petrucci5 Elements Of John Petrucci’s Style That Will Make You A Better Guitarist  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Spanish Flag - Tom Hess Article Spanish Version 
John Petrucci is well known for being a world class guitar player. However, there are 5 important elements in his guitar playing style that you have probably overlooked. Learn what they are and use them to enhance your own guitar playing in this John Petrucci guitar lesson.

Video on how to create better guitar solosHow To Play Better Guitar Solos Than You Ever Thought Possible USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
One of the most important parts of a great guitar solo is excellent vibrato technique. Most guitarists 'think' they know how to use vibrato creatively, but really have no idea. Find out how you can use highly creative vibrato to play killer guitar solos by checking out this article on how to play better guitar solos.

Make your guitar solos sounds greatHow To Make Your Guitar Solos Sound Better USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
The best approach to improving your guitar solos is NOT to simply change/add notes. By altering 'how' you play the notes within your solos (rather than 'what' notes you play), you can easily transform them from average to KILLER. Follow the steps in this article to learn how this is done and play killer guitar solos.

Killer and creative blues guitar double stopsHow To Play Creative Blues Double Stop Licks USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Fact: Most blues guitar players merely copy double stop licks from other guitarists without learning how to use them creatively in music. To play killer blues guitar double stops, you must learn how to get the maximum amount of expression and intensity from the technique. Check out this blues guitar double stops article to learn how play the coolest, most intense and most expressive double stop licks.

Improve your lead guitar playingHow To Create Great Guitar Solos And Improve Your Lead Guitar Playing  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
Would you like to learn the secrets that great guitar players use to consistently come up with awesome sounding guitar solos? The reason why master guitar players are able to express themselves fully when soloing and improvising is because they approach the process of creating a guitar solo in VERY different ways than what most guitarists do. Read this article to find out how to create great guitar solos.

Learn to play killer guitar riffsHow To Play Awesome Rhythm Guitar Riffs  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  
Do you have trouble with consistently creating AWESOME rock and metal rhythm guitar riffs? If so, there are several things you absolutely must know about how to play and practice rhythm guitar so that you can begin to make much faster progress in this area of your guitar playing. Read this rhythm guitar playing lesson article to learn what to do to begin creating better sounding rhythm guitar riffs.

Learn How To Play Rhythm Guitar RiffsHow To Play Awesome Rhythm Guitar Riffs - Part 2 USA Flag
Want to improve your rhythm guitar playing skills? To become a much better rhythm guitarist, you must learn and master 5 main skills. Learn what these skills are and become a killer rhythm guitar player.

 How To Play Blues Guitar Solos That Sound Mean And AggressiveHow To Play Killer Blues Guitar Licks  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Want to know how to play killer blues guitar licks that sound aggressive 'and' clean at the same time? Most guitarists believe that you can only do one or the other, and are never able to play their solos with maximum expression. However, you CAN play awesome blues guitar licks with both qualities and I'll show you how. Read this blues guitar licks article.

How to play more expressive guitar licksHow To Make Your Blues Licks More Expressive  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Want the power to create tons of highly creative blues guitar licks whenever you want? You can easily do this by learning just a few techniques for making your blues guitar playing more expressive. Learn these techniques by checking out this blues guitar video.

Learn To Play 7 String Guitar More Creatively How To Play 7 String Guitar More Creatively  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
Want to come up with more creative ideas on your 7 string guitar? To play this instrument well, you will first need to understand how to get the most out of the unique features it brings into your guitar playing. Improve your 7 string guitar skills by reading this 7 string guitar lesson article.

Make any guitar lick sound amazingHow To Transform Any Guitar Lick Into A Killer Guitar Lick  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version   
There are 2 things you can do to know and play better guitar licks. The first idea is to simply find cooler licks. The second (better) idea is to make small changes to the licks you already know which will make them sound killer! What you need to do is see and hear how a single tiny change to just one note of your guitar lick will make it sound massively cooler. Watch how in this lead guitar licks video and article.

how to espress yourself in musicHow To Express Yourself In Music  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
The single greatest thing you can ever do as musician is to truly express yourself through your music and also to control what your listeners will feel… Now imagine having the unique ability to control their emotions in the way you want, how you want, when you want and how intensely or dramatically as you want. For most musicians, that is the Holy Grail of musical goals. Read more about how to express yourself in music.  

Make any guitar lick sound killerHow To Transform Any Guitar Lick Into A Killer Guitar Lick Part 2  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version   
You can make any guitar lick sound awesome by using guitar phrasing techniques to get as much emotion as possible out of each note. Use the exercise in this lead guitar playing article to learn how.

Becoming A Great Classic Rock Guitar PlayerHow To Become A Great Classic Rock Guitar Player  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
If you want to master the classic rock lead guitar playing styles of Angus Young, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and other classic rock guitar masters, there are several important skills that you absolutely must develop in order to reach this goal. Read this article to find out how to become a great classic rock guitar player.

Guitar lesson video about getting a lot from littleGuitar Solo Lesson And Video: Getting A Lot From Little  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
Do you still struggle to create great guitar solos? How are you trying to fix this common problem? In this guitar solo lesson and video, you will learn how to use what you already know to get a lot of cool sounds and emotion out of playing very few notes on the guitar.

Guitar Solo Phrases That Demands Attention How To Write Guitar Solo Phrases That Demand The Attention Of Your Listeners USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
If you want to play guitar solo phrases that get the attention of your listeners, it is NOT a requirement that you play highly technical or fast guitar licks. Learn the process for creating guitar phrases that force other people to stop and pay attention to every lick you play by reading this guitar solo phrasing article.

How To Improve Your 7 String Guitar PlayingHow To Improve Your 7 String Guitar Playing Using 5 Uncommon Approaches  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
Playing 7 string guitar is so much more than just "playing 6 string guitar with an extra string." To become a truly great 7 string guitarist, you must explore the instrument in much deeper detail and uncover its unique musical advantages. Learn more by reading this 7 string guitar playing article.

Learn how to make kickass guitar solos Guitar Solo Lesson: How To Create Kick Ass Guitar Solos  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version    Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version 
There are lots of ways to create guitar solos. Most guitarists focus on ‘what to play’ versus ‘how to play things’. Fact is, the nuances of phrasing (‘how’ the notes are played) often matter MORE than the notes we actually play. How many times have you heard someone play a guitar solo ‘without’ much emotion? Often there was nothing wrong with their choice of notes. The solo lacked emotion and interest because the ‘phrasing’ was weak.

Check out this guitar solo lesson.

Guitar lesson with backing tracksKiller Lead Guitar Lesson With Backing Tracks  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version 
Learn how to improve your guitar phrasing and self-expression on the guitar in this free lead guitar lesson with backing tracks.

Guitar Phrasing Article Part 1 Improving Your Guitar Phrasing - Part 1 USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
Professional guitar players talk about the elusive topic of guitar phrasing. Guitar teachers talk about it in their lessons and books. We hear about how important it is to have good phrasing and to spend time working on it. Read the full guitar article to improve your guitar phrasing.

 Sweep Picking Arpeggios That Demand Attention By Tom HessHow To Play Powerful Sweep Picking Arpeggios That Demand Attention  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Do you want to play intense sweep picking arpeggios that demand attention for anyone listening to you play? To do this, you must learn how to use sweep picking to add tension to your lead guitar phrases. Learn how by studying the sweep picking exercise in this article.

Guitar Phrasing Article Part 2 Improving Your Guitar Phrasing - Part 2 USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
In my first article, "Improving Your Guitar Phrasing, Part 1", I explained what phrasing is and why it is important for guitarists to develop this critical skill. In Part 2 of this guitar articles series, we will go deeper into these things in order to help you improve your guitar phrasing.

Guitar Phrasing Article Part 3 Improving Your Guitar Phrasing - Part 3 USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
In this 3rd guitar solo phrasing article we are going to focus on the unique sound of legato guitar phrasing. Read the full guitar phrasing article.

Guitar Phrasing Article Part 4 Improving Your Guitar Phrasing - Part 4  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Do you want to be able to express yourself more fully in your lead guitar solos? Are you struggling to apply all of the licks and techniques you’ve been learning? Check out this guitar phrasing article to learn how to improve your guitar phrasing skills.

Essential Elements Of Lead Guitar Phrasing Learn The 3 Essential Elements Of Lead Guitar Phrasing USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version
Before your guitar solos can sound totally killer, you must learn and master 3 main elements of guitar phrasing. In fact, ALL truly great guitarists have mastered these elements and use them in their playing all the time. Learn these 3 guitar phrasing elements now and start playing the best solos you ever played.

Article about pursuing artistic greatnessThe Pursuit of Artistic Greatness  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
The pursuit of artistic greatness has been among us for thousands of years, yet it has eluded most of us. It seems almost impossible to pursue that which we can hardly define (artistic greatness). It's not surprising that so many people who may possess all the potential they need, still fall short because they didn't realize they already possessed the single most important element. But what is the right path to the pursuit of artistic greatness?

musical sef expressionExpress Yourself  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Self Expression is the pinnacle of all art. Anything less, "is less" in my opinion. I offer you both philosophical and practical advice on how to achieve musical self expression.

Originality In Guitar PlayingOriginality  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version
Is being original a musical goal you should pursue? Find out here and get real advice on how to become an original guitar player

article about creativity and self expressionCreativity and Expression - Part 1  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
If you have ever felt uncreative, uninspired or just not expressive musically, find solutions in this article about creativity and self expression.

article about self expression and creativityCreativity and Expression - Part 2  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version 
Part 2 in this guitar articles series about creative guitar playing.

developing your own guitar playing styleHow To Develop Your Own Guitar Playing Style - Part 1 (It's All About You!)  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version 
"How can I develop my own style... my own sound?" This is the second most frequently asked question I am asked ("How can I become a great guitarist?" is the first). As a very broad generalization, people in the United States tend to focus more on originality, in Europe people tend to focus more on mastery. Read the full guitar playing article to begin developing your own guitar playing style.

article about creating your own guitar playing styleHow To Develop Your Own Guitar Playing Style - Part 2  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version 
Part 2 of this topic will take you deeper into the quest to develop your unique guitar playing style.

Improving your songwriting skillsSongwriting - Part 1  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version  Croatian Flag - Tom Hess Article Croatian Version 
Discover new songwriting techniques. Expand your songwriting options and get a fresh new approach. Read the full guitar articles series on songwriting techniques.

Improving your songwriting techniqueSongwriting - Part 2  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version 
Get more songwriting advice and use another unique process to approach your own songwriting. Part 2 will focus on melodic writing as a process. Read on to expand your knowledge of songwriting techniques.

How to Improve your songwriting skillsSongwriting - Part 3  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version 
Learn fresh songwriting techniques. Expand your songwriting options. Part 3 focuses on new rhythmic concepts. Read the full guitar articles series on songwriting techniques.

How to Improve your songwriting techniqueSongwriting - Part 4  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  German Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version  Portuguese Flag - Tom Hess Article Portuguese Version  Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version
The primary focus of part 4 in this article series is to give you specific songwriting advice so that your listeners will be more likely to actually 'pay attention' to your music while listening to it. Read the entire article to learn more songwriting techniques.

Learn how to develop your songwriting skillsSongwriting - Part 5  USA Flag - Tom Hess Article English Version  Germany Flag - Tom Hess Article German Version  Russian Flag - Tom Hess Article Russian Version    Finnish Flag - Tom Hess Article Finnish Version 
Expand your songwriting options. Learn fresh songwriting techniques. Part 5 in this songwriting article series focuses on writing for more than 1 instrument. Read on to learn more songwriting techniques.

 

Guest Articles

Critique Of Conventional Guitar AdviceGuitar Practice Myths – A Tom Hess Interview And Review Of Common Guitar Advice
Do you ever wonder if the guitar playing advice you find in online videos, forums or blogs is actually useful? The truth is, most of the conventional guitar tips you get from others might actually ‘slow down’ your progress as a guitar player. Learn how to avoid bad guitar advice by reading this special Tom Hess review of guitar practice myths conducted in interview format.

Common Guitar Practice ProblemsTom Hess Interview And Review Of Common Guitar Practice Problems
One of the biggest reasons that guitar players do not make fast progress is a lack of efficient and organized guitar practice. If you do not understand how to practice guitar in a way that helps you reach your musical goals effectively, you will waste a great deal of time only to end up frustrated when you cannot play guitar how you want to. Learn how to practice guitar to reach your musical goals faster by reading advice for some of the most commonly asked guitar practice questions in this Tom Hess guitar practice review.


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