April 6, 2014

How to Get Maximum Benefits from Guitar Lessons

Owning a library of instructional books and videos or working with an instructor won't help you much if you aren't making the most of your investment.  We would like to offer some ideas on how to use your lessons for maximum benefits.
April 7, 2014

Getting Past the Plateau

We all get stuck on a plateau even as we realize the source of the problem: playing the same songs, scales, and exercises. In this article I’m going to offer 12 tips for getting past the plateau. Obviously, keep doing the same thing and progress will grind to a halt. Worse than that, you’re going to become bored and unmotivated. The joy and enthusiasm that you have experienced in the past are gone.
April 8, 2014
Dan Mumm Live Stream

How to Improvise Without Scales

This is a live stream lesson by Dan Mumm. Improvising without scales is one of Dan's favorite tricks. This trick was developed for Gypsy Jazz but it can be used for any style of music.
April 10, 2014

The Power of Process

This article explains that a solid process occurs over time through incremental change. Be patient, small daily improvements add up to huge improvements. These principles apply to all projects - from mastering a difficult guitar technique to making blueberry pancakes. Yes, I really said that.
July 1, 2014

Musical Scale Practice

One of the hidden barriers to progress can be thinking we know more than we do. I remember thinking that I “knew” the pentatonic scale and feeling that there was something else that I needed to know if I wanted to play even simple solos and riffs. If I could go back in time and teach myself, I would share the information that I now show to my own students today.
July 8, 2014

How to Practice Guitar

Neoclassical shred guitarist Dan Mumm explains his guitar practice secrets. These tips show that guitar mastery depends on a great practice routine. This in-depth article explains how proper practice technique has contributed to Dan's success.
July 9, 2014
Shred Guitar

Shred Guitar – How fast is fast enough?

Identify your strengths. If you choose to be the fastest guitarist on the planet, be prepared for the massive dedication that goal will require. You may find that incredible playing speed isn't necessary to reach your objective.
July 10, 2014
Doug Marks explains how to start a band.

Start a Band – A Step-by-Step Approach

How to Start a Band  by Metal Method Instructor Doug Marks Once you have learned the fundamentals of how to play guitar, it’s time to  start […]