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5 Things We Wish We’d Known When Starting Out With Guitar [Volume 1]

Published 15 May 2020

We share a handful of ideas and practical tips that may help accelerate your playing and tonal progress – some of the things we wish we’d known when starting out!

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show. Dan and I were discussing the kind of episodes we could do as the Covid-19 lockdown continues. Maybe it’s the increased alone time; maybe it’s the extra brain activity as we contemplate what’s next… but whatever it is, we’re all thinking a bit more; indulging in a little cerebral leg-stretching around how we might change, evolve and improve as guitarists. And as humans for that matter.
Anyhoo, we started to talk about some of the realisations that would have been oh-so helpful had they come along just a bit sooner in our playing lives. The list was long and deep, so we decided to choose five at random and get going. No doubt there will be more – we’d love to hear yours in the comments!

A note on minor and major pentatonic scales, just in case you need it…
To work out the minor and major pentatonic scales, first play the major scale in the key of your choice. The notes are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, 8: In G or example, that’s G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, C
From there…
Minor pentatonic intervals: 1, b3, 4, 5, b7 (1) (we call the b3 and b7 the minor 3 and minor 7)
Major pentatonic intervals: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 (1)
We’re deliberately not giving you the actual notes because working out and understanding the intervals is what it’s ALL about.

Enjoy the episode!

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
• Split-screen non-sadness: 0:00
• What are we doing today? 1:45
1. Time Is Everything (Except The Notes) 2:30
Discussion of Thing 1: 7:08
2. Don’t Break Out Of Your Boxes, Just Learn More Boxes: 13:22
Discussion of Thing 2: 25:50
3. A Low Action May Not Be Helping You: 30:08
Discussion of Thing 3: 33:40
4. You Don’t Have To Hit The Guitar Hard All The Time: 38:00
Discussion of Thing 4: 46:15
5. Be Open Minded About What You Listen To And Play: 49:50

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