Guitar playing

One of the things I like the most about being single is the opportunity to play my guitar more often. This winter I bought an Epiphone Dot. Epiphone, is a brand bought out by Gibson many years ago, and mant of their guitars are less expensive copies of their premium line. Mine is similar to the Gibson ES-335. You can see a picture of it below. It has the same humbuckers that the ES-335 has, and can deliver nice rich tones.

Of course with the Internet, there isn't any shortage of tutorials, lessons, music, and tabs to be found. Some of the lessons I quite often take a look at for free are offered by Steve Krenz whose tutorials are often featured on the Gibson website. Here is one his tutorials below:

I like the way he explains some of the things in this video. It's in keeping with my own way of thinking; like when he talks about playing in the key of Gm but using Bb major as the scale to improvise over the chord changes with. Of course the downside to this way of thinking is you have to keep in mind the main notes are form the Gm triad, not Bb.

I also like the way he describes using octaves in the famous Wes Montgomery style, and although it's simple enough in theory, it takes a lot of practice to use this technique and make it sound good. Of course... maybe that's just because I'm not used to it.

For those of you who aren't satisfied catching a lesson here and there,  Steve Krenz offers the Gibson s Learn & Master Guitar course. You  get 10 instructional DVDs, 5 Jam-along CDs, 100+ page lesson book and online support. Click here to learn more about it.

There's no doubt about it! Being single certainly gives you a lot more time to pursue your interests, whether it's playing the guitar, hunting, fishing or whatever you like to do. This is a good thing :-) You can spend hours jamming out, learning new tunes, or just playing along with tunes you find on the Internet.

At one time I even thought about taking up the fiddle. But I couldn't stand my own noise. I guess it's best for me if I just stick to the guitar.




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