Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

How to Leverage the Power of 1% Better for Astonishing Results

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  Learning to play the guitar can be downright daunting at first because there’s just so much to learn. For example, every guitarist needs to learn chords, right? Therein alone is a lifetime of study including open chords, barre chords, power chords, triads, seventh chords, inversions, progressions, yikes! We haven’t even begun talking about scales, […]

How To Convince Your Friends You’re A Guitar God In 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, August 22, 2019

It takes years of hard work, sweat, and toil in the practice room and on the bandstand to master guitar! There are no shortcuts to mastery, and I’m not here to tell you any different. That being said, you can still learn enough in a few weeks—or even a few days —to convince your friends […]

How to Set Up the Perfect Guitar Practice Space for Kids

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

  When it comes to guitar lessons for your kid, a great practice space can inspire your child to practice longer, work harder, and achieve more on the guitar than you ever imagined. That’s why I put together five easy tips for setting up the perfect guitar practice room for your son or daughter. Tip […]

Chords & Strumming: Guitar for Beginners

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chords are the basic building blocks of all songs, so once you’ve learned a handful of chords and a few simple strumming patterns, you can easily play thousands of songs! In this lesson, you’ll learn the I IV V (A, D, & E) chords in the key of A major. What is a Chord? A chord […]

1 Must Know Musical Formula for Guitar: The 12-Bar Blues

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, January 4, 2018

  If you want to rock your guitar, you got to learn to play some blues!  The History of the 12-Bar Blues The blues was born in the Mississippi Delta and made famous by legendary guitarists like Robert Johnson, Son House, and Mississippi John Hurts. It’s hard to overestimate the vital role these early bluesmen played […]

Gamify Your Guitar Lessons for Maximum Impact

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Harness the power of games to reach more students, improve student engagement, and grow your guitar teaching studio! The Struggle: Music Theory Like most guitar teachers, I struggled to teach kids basic concepts like how to tune their guitars and how to read guitar tab in large group guitar classes. After a few unsuccessful attempts […]

Rhythm Guitar vs. Lead Guitar

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 8, 2017

The Role of the Guitar in a Rock Band Typical rock band lineups feature bass, drums, vocals, and two guitarists. As a matter of fact, a handful of iconic rock bands like Lynard Skynard, Guns N’ Roses, and the Eagles featured three guitarists! So, when you’re ready to play in a rock band, chances are […]

Three Steps for Being Totally Awesome at Playing Guitar or Anything Else

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Believe it or not, you can be awesome at anything you do! Whether it’s math and science, Minecraft, or playing the guitar, simply follow Dr. Tasha Eurich‘s three steps for radical improvement, and you will make the leap from ordinary to extraordinary! Know Thyself According to Dr. Eurich, “most people are completely delusional about their […]

Rock Hard on the Guitar in 5-Minutes or Less

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, October 9, 2017

  Let’s get one thing straight, mastering the guitar is a lifelong challenge. There’s an endless array of scales to discover, songs to learn, and skills to master, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock hard on the guitar in five minutes or less if you learn a  few tricks. In this easy guitar lesson for […]

One Easy Trick for Instant Metal Guitar!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, October 2, 2017

If you want to capture the passion and the fury of metal guitar, then you must learn to play the galloping rhythm!  What is the Galloping Rhythm for Guitar? The galloping rhythm mimics the sound of a horse’s hooves hitting the ground. For that reason, legendary heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Black […]

3 Weird Tricks for Unleashing Your Creative Genius

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Creativity is a lens through which the every day holds within the spark of magic. Like a conjurer’s incantation, creativity transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a magician—or a genius—to be inventive because the spark of creative genius is inside of you right now. These three weird tricks will help […]

Three Flow Principles for Teaching Effortless Group Guitar Classes

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, June 30, 2017

Imagine for a moment you’re teaching a room full of guitar students paying rapt attention to your every word. The students are buzzing with curiosity and enthusiasm, and joy is clearly written in the smiles on their face. You lose yourself in the moment, and time melts away. That state of consciousness is known as […]

5 Songs Using Power Chords

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

  Power Chords in Rock Music Power chords are a key element of many styles of rock music. Power chords are built from the root and fifth of any major scale, and its simple shape is easy to rock. As one 11-year-old Rock Dojo student stated, “Without power chords, rock ‘n’ roll would be rock […]

Power Chord Rock

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, December 11, 2015

If you want to play rock guitar, you have to master power chords. After all, nothing captures the rage and the fury of rock music like power chords. Furthermore, they’re easy to play on the guitar. For a more in depth investigation of power chords, check out pages 39 – 45 of The Ultimate Rock Guitar Dojo for […]

Becoming a Black Belt Musician- The Bridge Article

Posted by Brian Parham on Monday, October 5, 2015

      Becoming a Black Belt Musician Using martial arts motivators to get kids to practice. By David Aldred – October 5, 2015   If you’re like me, you may have occasionally asked yourself “What do music and martial arts have in common?” . . . or not. Fortunately for aspiring young guitarists, a local Portland […]

Five Tips to Choose Your First Guitar

Posted by Rock Dojo on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Choosing your first guitar can be confusing, that’s why I put together five tips to help you get the best guitar for your needs.