A Guitar Exercise Book for Ambitious Players

The Complete Idiot’s Guide (CIG) to Guitar Exercises by Hemme Luttjeboer is a complete book of guitar exercises. It covers chord exercises based around the CAGED system, single note exercises employing scales and Arpeggios. The book also includes an introduction to fingerpicking with some right-hand exercises. While you’re likely to learn some basic theory while working … Read more

The Guitarist’s Guide to Purposeful Practice

This long-awaited series covering purposeful guitar practice is here! Unless you’ve already hit the big time with your guitar, you probably want to improve your guitar playing. That means you need to spend some time practicing guitar. Guitar practice can be fun (well sort of), and it’s fulfilling to accomplish something new with your guitar … Read more

Purposeful Guitar Practice: Manage Your Time and Your Energy

In this Purposeful Guitar Practice series we’ve offered ideas for scheduling your guitar practice time and using a digital timer to get the most out of your guitar-practice sessions. It’s important to manage your limited guitar-practice time, but it’s equally important to manage your guitar-practice energy. In Be Excellent at Anything, author Tony Schwartz feels that energy management is as … Read more

Guitar Practice: Get Past Sticking Points, Grease the Groove

This effective guitar tip is called Grease the Groove (GTG). I learned GTG from strength and fitness guru, Pavel Tsatsouline. It’s a strength-building exercise technique that I’ve applied successfully to my physical fitness workouts. Grease the Groove is designed to get you past your “sticking points.” The GTG method for getting past sticking points involves frequent, but … Read more