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The lick is broken up into individual bars and played at different tempos in the following video. When watching the video on YouTube, you can use the time stamps in the video description if you want to quickly jump to specific bars.
Can you play along with the video? That is your challenge!
Would you like me to send you free guitar lesson packs?
Simply enter your name and email address into the form below and you will receive some great little study packs including ideas for guitar solos, bass lines and chords. Backing tracks are also included to help you learn the parts.
Various lesson material will be sent to you in a wide range of styles over the coming weeks, so have fun discovering new ideas. It is completely free!
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These packs are great little study pieces and will give you many new ideas to advance your guitar playing skills.
Fill in your details below and I will send you a link to the "Blues In A" pack. You will also receive the "Blues In C" and "Blues Waltz" packs along with any future packs over the next few weeks.
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2020... what a year! Hopefully 2021 will return to normal at some point, especially bringing back regular gigs. As with all of my musician friends, I have been desperately missing playing live. I have managed to squeeze in a few gigs when rules have allowed it but for most of the year, gigs have been cancelled.
I have certainly been making good use of time and keeping myself busy with various projects from recording collaboration videos to teaching online and creating new and exciting guitar teaching products.
The subscription section of this site worked well for a long time, although as the amount of guitar tuition material increased, efficient organisation and presenting the material in a way in which I was happy became increasingly difficult. I had wanted to change the format for a while and the first covid-19 lockdown presented the perfect opportunity to begin the next chapter in the journey... online video courses!
I am so happy with how my first online video course - Mastering Chords And Chord Substitution - turned out. The online course platform has far exceeded my expectations and is the perfect platform on which to present the concepts that have been developing since the publication of my first book - The Paul Hill Guitar Theory And Technique Book. Not only does the course teach you the concepts allowing you to easily visualise your guitar fingerboard, it also walks you through a vast amount of practical examples that will help you turn the concepts into actual playing examples.
My big project in the Summer of 2019 was to hardwire my study to the internet via burying cabling across my garden, specifically for the purpose of online guitar tuition. I am so glad I decided to undertake this project as teaching guitar in 2020 would have been near impossible once the covid-19 lockdowns were put into place.
Teaching guitar online was not new to me, although suddenly teaching all of my guitar students online was certainly unexpected. I spent a great deal of time figuring out how to use all my hardware and software tools to deliver online guitar lessons as efficiently as I could. The result? Online guitar tuition has worked so well that I plan to continue this way. When asking my students if they would like to continue with online guitar lessons, they have all requested to stay online, so my preparation work has obviously paid off.
If you are interested in having online guitar lessons, please contact me via the form below:
Bye for now and I hope this year is a good one for you. Don't forget to grab you free guitar lesson packs and I hope you find the free guitar lesson material helpful in your guitar playing journey.
In addition to sending guitar lesson material via email, I also plan to write useful articles on this blog so hopefully I will see you back here soon.
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First came the book in print, then it became available in digital format on the iTunes store, supporting material via subscription soon followed, and now I am entering the next phase in the life of The Paul Hill Guitar Theory And Technique Book...
You may have already read on the home page that online guitar courses will soon be available and that I have disabled new subscriptions to this site. Why the change?
There are so many videos and there is so much extra material available in the member area that organisation for efficient learning is becoming increasingly difficult. After a great deal of thought, I have realised that online courses will better serve learners and it is very exciting to be putting together this new format and being able to structure everything more efficiently.
Current subscribers are still able to access the member area so if you are a member, you can continue to master your guitar fretboard.
If you are interested in receiving notification of course publication, you can register your interest below. This mailing list is purely for my new course and you will not be bombarded with spam.
I am continuing to upload new videos to my YouTube channel and I have many ideas for new content which guitarists will find helpful. Recent video uploads have focused on various playing techniques and I will add more guitar lesson type material soon.
As with many of my musician friends, I am desperately missing gigs and playing live. I therefore decided that I would upload a selection of my solo acoustic guitar arrangements to one of my Facebook pages.
Due to the Coronavirus Lockdown, all my guitar teaching is online until the situation improves.
I have taught online for quite some time and my big project last summer was to hard wire my studio to the internet specifically for teaching guitar students online. I am very glad I did this!
As I now teach all of my students online, I have refined the process and it is working extremely well. If you are interested in private tuition, I have more information on my teaching website.
We are certainly living through strange times at the moment. I sincerely hope that you are keeping well and that we can all get through the current coronavirus crisis safely.
Playing an instrument is a great way to keep the mind active and healthy during isolation, so if you are locked down, keep playing and use the time to become the best that you can be.
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It has been a while since I last uploaded a blog post, so I thought I would write about a project that I recently completed. I had been thinking about building a pair of acoustic panels for my studio for a while and finally decided to plan and build them.
When I first put together my studio for recording and teaching, sound was an important consideration. Initially, I purchased an Auralex Roominator Kit. The kit consisted of acoustic foam tiles and bass traps to stick to the walls in strategic positions, along with the correct adhesive to complete the task.
The Auralex kit has worked well and there is a great deal of helpful information throughout the Auralex website for anybody wanting to learn more about acoustics and how to achieve better results when recording.
Even though I spent a great deal of time researching the best positions for all of the acoustic foam in my studio, it was not until fairly recently that I realised the lower part of my studio did not sound good. One microphone was set quite low down and when I listened to the recording, the results were not as I expected. It is for this reason that I decided to build a pair of acoustic panels so that they could be freely moved around to suit whatever I am recording at the time.
As I built the panels, I took photos with my phone and I have uploaded a video summary to YouTube. Hopefully the video will be helpful to anybody wishing to build their own acoustic panels.
I tried to take photos of product labels, measurements and anything that would be helpful in learning how to construct the acoustic panels, although a few extra pieces of information will be helpful.
Here is where I purchased the Rockwool:
When it came to choosing fabric to cover the acoustic panels, I spent quite a while searching for a suitable product. According to my research, a basic test for a fabric's suitability is whether I could blow through the fabric. If fabric is used that is not suitable, it could result in high frequency reflections which would limit the performance of the acoustic panels.
I visited a few fabric shops and (when nobody was looking) attempted to blow through various products. I did find quite a few potential candidates, but I decided on a more professional product. I eventually purchased a roll of 'Cara' fabric from Camira Fabrics, which is a company that specialises in acoustically transparent fabric.
To purchase a roll of fabric, an account is required. Fabric samples can be requested which is very helpful when it comes to deciding on texture and colour.
The main purpose for building the acoustic panels was to control sound, although there was one other important consideration. My Auralex Roominator Kit consists of dark coloured foam - charcoal grey and dark purple. As there are no windows in my studio, these dark colours stuck to my walls absorb a great deal of light.
I have recorded quite a few YouTube videos in my studio and I plan to make many more. Lack of light has always been a problem when filming in my studio. My new acoustic panels are white, so even though they absorb sound, they reflect light and they will be of great help when filming.
As my new acoustic panels are portable, they should be of great help in sound separation when recording with other musicians. At the time of writing, I have yet to test this benefit, although I am looking forward to recording duo performances with (hopefully) better separation between the recorded parts allowing easier mixing.
As previously mentioned, foam bass traps have already been installed in my studio. Storing the new acoustic panels at strategic points away from the walls should help with bass frequency problems that the existing bass traps have not totally resolved.
I enjoy building things, although my extremely busy career does not give me time to indulge in anything other than music. Building the acoustic panels was a great excuse to combine a bit of construction with results that would help me with recording.
I am very pleased with the results and the acoustic panels have been very successful in overcoming the problems for which they were designed.
If you are reading this because you are thinking about building your own acoustic panels, please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below. The video and extra information presented here should give a clear outline of how to build your own acoustic panels, but I'm sure there are many points I have not covered.
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I hope you had a great Christmas. It has been a busy time in the run up to the big day for me, with a variety of Christmas gigs.
From a three and a half hour solo acoustic gig, playing nothing but Christmas songs, to playing in the band of a Christmas spectacular show, I played more Christmas music than ever in 2017. It has been great fun playing all the Christmas parties at the Mecure Hotel with the Claire Barker Band throughout December and on New Year's Eve to see in 2018. Claire and I have also played many duo gigs ranging from a sub-zero Sunday morning gig outside, to a festive mulled wine sing-a-long evening.
I usually stick to my usual December routine of a diary full of gigs in the lead up to Christmas, then not touching a guitar until my New Year's Eve gig. I find that having a break gives my mind a chance to rest and fills me with inspiration when I get back to playing. This year has been no exception and I have already developed many new ideas that can be incorporated into my playing.
The other time of year at which I have a break from playing the guitar is in the Summer. Getting away from the usual constant head full of music is very helpful to my playing, although I wouldn't want to do this more than twice a year!
As December is such a busy month, I had fallen behind with behind the scenes web site updates. Whilst easing myself back into playing, I thought I would apply updates to all my websites and to my horror, I encountered major problems with this site after applying the latest updates.
What should have been a simple task that did not take up too much time resulted in all the videos on this site disappearing! After a few hours of manually recoding behind the scenes, all videos have now returned to full functionality.
I apologize to any users who were logged in when this disaster struck. The situation made me realise just how many videos have been uploaded.
So have you made any New Year's resolutions for 2018? If one of your New Year's resolutions is to take your guitar playing to the next level and you are reading this post, you may not realise that this site offers a 24 hour free trial on all subscription packages.
I firmly believe that this site can help anybody wanting to improve their knowledge of the guitar fingerboard and because of this, I decided to give a 24 hour free trial so that you can see for yourself what is in the member's area, risk free. If you decide not to sign up, you will not be charged. There really is nothing to lose!
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I hope you had a great Summer. My Summer has been amazing as this year, my family and I spent two weeks having fun in Disney, Orlando. What an amazing two weeks! It was even better than I could have possibly imagined. I would certainly love to return one day.
A few days after my return, I decided to get back into adding content to this site as I have many ideas for new content. To my horror, Most pages did not work! I presume that my site must have been hacked as I faced major problems the closer I looked into what had happened.
Facing the horror of having to try and resurrect my site which I could see was going to take a great deal of time (that I did not have!), I decided to contact my hosting company. Once again, the service from my hosting company has been exceptional and they restored my site to full working condition. The hosting company is called Tsohost and whenever I have faced problems, they have always dealt with anything I throw at them. Their customer support is truly amazing.
My previous hosting company was not good, with terrible support and lack of functionality for what I wanted to achieve. After much research, I decided to try Tsohost and was so glad that I did! Easy site migration (they do all the work!), daily site backups, all the tools I need, an easy to use interface and as mentioned, phenomenal customer service are just a few of the benefits of using Tsohost.
There is a vast amount of content available in the member’s area of this site, which mainly consists of chapters from the Paul Hill Guitar Theory And Technique Book, videos and notation. The new modules section will be very helpful as it focuses and expands upon individual ideas. This will really help to incorporate the available content into your playing and help you to come up with your own ideas. Individual topics such as the new sight reading module will also be included in this section of the site.
To start things off, the first module focuses on the dominant pentatonic scale. If you are not familiar with this sound, you will certainly enjoy the new flavour that this easy to use sound has to offer. As always, links to the book are included so that you can learn to easily visualise this new scale in all keys, everywhere on your fingerboard.
That’s all the news for now. I mainly wanted to send out apologies for the temporary disruption in service. Hopefully that won’t be happening again soon!
See you in the member’s area!
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It has been a busy few months behind the scenes at guitartheoryandtechnique.com. You may have noticed that the home page and other areas have a different look. Many improvements have been made ‘under the hood’ and might not be immediately obvious but as the site grows, changes have to be made to cope with the ever growing content in the member’s area.
There is already a vast amount of material to learn in the member’s area and I always try to think of new content that will be helpful to guitarists.
One big addition that is currently in development is a section dedicated to sight reading. As a guitarist, do you need to be able to sight read? Many great guitarists are not able to sight read and this has not held them back, however being able to sight read – even if only at a basic level – is a valuable skill that opens up more levels of understanding.
The guitar is a difficult instrument on which to sight read. One big hurdle to overcome in learning to sight read is understanding how the guitar fingerboard is laid out. This is where the concepts taught on this site and in my book can really help. Learning to sight read at the same time as learning to play the guitar can really slow down progress in both these areas. Using the fingerboard visualisation concepts taught on this site can really help to speed up the process of learning to sight read.
If you would like to be notified when this new section will be added to the member’s area, please sign up to my newsletter and you will receive email notification as soon as the content goes live.
There has always been a feedback form in the member’s area. I have now added a support page which is easier to find if you need help with anything. Along with help if you are unsure of specific concepts, it is also helpful to have feedback on what areas of the site you enjoy most, suggestions for videos, any mistakes that I might have missed or anything that you think could improve the site for yourself and other users.
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If you are enjoying the content and would like to spread the knowledge, why not become an affiliate? All you need to do is register an affiliate account and use your affiliate referral link to promote this site via a website or any social media platform (including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more). You will then earn commission for any member that purchases a subscription package.
I recently purchased a 2017 Fender American Elite Telecaster and had some fun experimenting with ideas over a backing track from Coffee Break Grooves. I used a Marshall profile on my Kemper Profiler and was pleased with the tone achieved by my new toy!
That’s all for this blog post. Have a great Summer!
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If you have been considering purchasing one of the subscription packages, the great news is that there is now a 24 hour, free trial period built into each subscription level. I have wanted to add this functionality for a while although it has not been possible until now.
Having a 24 hour free trial period gives you the chance to try the site risk free, so you have nothing to lose if you are unsure about whether to subscribe or not.
If you sign up to any of the three subscription packages, payment will not be taken until 24 hours after you have registered. Whether you choose credit/debit card or Paypal as a payment method, both methods have a 24 hour cooling off period. If you decide that the site is not for you (which I am sure you won’t!), you can cancel your subscription within the first 24 hours and no payment will be taken. If you do not cancel your subscription within 24 hours, payment will be taken and you can enjoy using all the tools available in the member’s area to improve your guitar playing for the duration of the chosen subscription package.
I have put a great deal of work into this website and will continue to do so as I strongly believe that the systems presented in my book will help you to understand your guitar fingerboard and will help you to greatly improve your guitar playing. The addition of videos to support the concepts in the book and to provide a vast amount of extra, useable content will give you so many new ideas that you can use in your guitar playing, no matter what style of music you like to play.
If you have already purchased the Paul Hill Guitar Theory and Technique Book from the iTunes store, enter the last chord named in the Chord Substitution chapter as your discount code to receive £10 discount on the yearly membership.
I am very excited by finally being able to offer the 24 hour free trial period. It is always good to have a ‘try before you buy’ option, so I feel that this is a much needed addition to this site.
Hopefully see you in the member’s area soon!
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After a difficult 2016, I am now able to fully concentrate on guitar playing. 2017 is off to a great start and my creative juices are flowing once again. So much new material has emerged over the past month, both for my own guitar playing, and for uploading to this site. New videos uploaded so far have included:
As you can see, there is a wide range of ideas to get your fingers and brain working on and as always, I try to link everything back to the core principals presented in my book. This gives a more cohesive system of learning and in understating what you are doing, any ideas learnt can be used in other playing situations.
At the end of one recent video recording session, I decided to finish by recording an improvisation over a backing track, incorporating some of the ideas I had just recorded for the video lessons. I was happy with the light, delicate tone that my Strat and Kemper produced so uploaded the video to YouTube.
More videos will be added to my YouTube channel soon so if you enjoyed this video, please subscribe!
If you have signed up to one of the paid subscription packages, you will have noticed that some of the recent videos now use a white backdrop. I am constantly evolving my video set up and recently installed a backdrop system that allows for a much quicker setup. I prefer the white background to the black background so future videos will be either white or another colour choice. Being able to set up my equipment quickly makes life much easier!
If you are thinking about signing up to one of the great value, paid subscription packages, I should have some exciting news in the next blog post. So that you don’t miss out on the exciting news, why not sign up to my mailing list? Your details will not be passed on to anybody else, you will not be bombarded with spam and you can easily unsubscribe at any point.
Keep practising and I’ll hopefully see you in the member’s area!
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