Transitioning to Lead Guitar

When we first learn to play guitar we are shown simple chord positions so that we can play songs. We continue to learn more chords in different qualities in the various keys and soon, how to play scales. Eventually we are curious about taking solos and what it takes to play lead guitar. Wanting to […]

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Bassist Jeff Berlin Pays Tribute to Charlie Banacos

Charlie Banacos was a favorite teacher of mine who passed away a few years ago. Bassist Jeff Berlin is a world renowned player who shares his experiences with Charlie in this post from All About Jazz from around that time. I found it to be a fascinating story. When I studied with Charlie, I used to […]

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The Importance of Having Good Time

At Littman Guitar Studio I talk about and teach the most important aspects of what you need to be able to play well. One of the most important is to have good time. Without going into details here, I can introduce you to concepts that will help you to work on time when you practice […]

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Never Too Late, pt. 2…

Still thinking about starting those music lessons again? Thinking about starting an instrument for the very first time? Adult students can be the best students if they are committed and have a goal in mind before starting lessons. It’s never too late! Littman Guitar Studio can serve the needs of older students particularly well. I […]

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The Benefits of One On One Instruction

Let’s talk about why having a teacher providing one on one instruction is the best way to get started playing an instrument. Yes, many people can and do teach themselves to play all the time. Some people have found success this way. But it is rare that anyone teaches themselves to play in total isolation. […]

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Jim Hall

The legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall passed away on December 10th. He was a major influence on my playing style and I would like to share this life about his work with you.

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Legendary Bassist Carol Kaye

Someone who was pretty unknown to the general public, and a female in the business during a time when there very few of them were session musicians, was the great Carol Kaye. If you are say, under 40, you might want to ask your parents about some of the the hit records she played on. […]

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Watch This Amazing Crash Learning Test!

Best-selling author of the Four Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss deconstructs and decodes tough-to-master tasks — parkour, rally car racing, surfing, starting a new business — and in this case, playing drums onstage with Foreigner! Watch as he crash courses his way through a process that leads to an actual performance: In each episode of The […]

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It’s Never Too Late To Learn…

-or pick up where you left off! Maybe you were a player in your younger days, and then “life” happened. You haven’t touched your instrument very much in the years since, but you have developed an nagging urge to get back into it. Maybe you’re an “empty nester” and you now have the free time […]

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Jimi Hendrix

This week (11/27 to be exact) marks the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, someone who has inspired nearly every guitarist to come after him. Much has been written and said about this giant of the guitar, and you owe it to yourself to discover his music if you are unfamiliar. His official website is a good […]

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