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The Only Way To Succeed As A Guitar Teacher
By Tom Hess - 05/26/2014 - 03:10 PM EDT

Any guitar teacher who achieves great success fully understands how they share a lot in common with anyone who has ever climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. Not sure what I mean?

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CD REVIEW: Ken Schick - Shuffle
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/21/2014 - 11:15 PM EDT

Alternative Folk/Pop

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The Best Way To Practice Guitar And Eliminate Mistakes
By Tom Hess - 05/20/2014 - 12:10 AM EDT

The greatest guitar players and the worst guitar players are all the same in that they share one common goal: they want to ‘play it correctly’. When you use effective guitar practice techniques, you eventually gain confidence and look forward to learning new skills. This is great except for one thing... After you begin seeing progress (and want to move your skills to a very high level – such as performing live), you will often feel a lot of anxiety around making mistakes that will cause many problems for you.

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How To Play Badass Lead Guitar Licks, Part Two: Creative Bend Application
By Tom Hess - 05/12/2014 - 12:36 PM EDT

Boring guitar solos are usually NOT the result of a lack of musical talent or technical skill. Instead, you will struggle to play killer guitar solos when you use the same process for improving your solos every time. For example, here are the two most common ways guitar players try to make their solos sound better...

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The Music Career Questions That Lead To Failure
By Tom Hess - 05/05/2014 - 06:34 PM EDT

Every day I receive messages in my inbox from musicians asking me how they can build their music careers. Maybe 1% of these questions are ‘good’ questions... all the others are built from totally misguided assumptions and myths about how the music industry works. Although some of these questions may ‘seem’ like good questions, they actually achieve highly destructive effects on a musician’s mindset that lead him/her far away from their musical goals...

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CD REVIEW: Tom Goss - Wait
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/05/2014 - 12:35 AM EDT

Acoustic folk/pop

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