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GUITAR PLAYING ADVICE!: 

So I've been playing guitar since I was 13 years old (so 24 years now) and the BEST advice I can give to anyone learning guitar for the first time or even an intermediate player is:

1. Find a good teacher! -- Make sure the teacher is PASSIONATE about music and playing guitar!
Are they a performing musician? If so I'd suggest go see them perform live so you get an idea of what they sound like and what they can actually do in a live performance.

2. When you are first learning something, SLOW IT DOWN!
-- So many players try to learn something new and try to play it as fast as possible and play it sloppy as hell. I GUARANTEE you that if you slow it down you will actually pick it up 10x quicker because you are teaching your brain and fingers to do it right the right way over and over instead of messing it up over and over.

3. Learn to strum FIRST! (Beginners)
-- I've noticed over the years that most teachers show how to fret chords first and when they try to learn a song, they have NO RHYTHM at all. If you learn how to strum with your right hand FIRST and just mute the strings with your left hand you can do. It's very difficult to explain this without showing someone in person, but I'm going to give it a shot!

**(In order to find the quarter note in the song just listen to the drums as the snare drum (in 4/4) is always on beats 2 &4!)**

1. Quarter note rhythm: Count "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &" for this rhythm. Do a down stroke (1) and on the second down stroke, which is the &, do NOT hit the strings, but still count the &. So it's basically 2 down strokes and you count "1 &" and you only hit the first down stroke.

2. Eighth note rhythm: Also Count "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &" for this rhythm
. Do a down stroke (1) and on the second down stroke, which is the &, you HIT the strings this time. So it's basically 2 down strokes and you count "1 &" and you hit the strings on both down strokes.

3. Sixteenth note rhythm: Count this "1e&a, 2e&a, 3e&a, 4e&a" for this rhythm. The ONLY difference between this rhythm and eighth note is that you will be hitting the UP STROKES too! If you notice you're still counting the "1 &", but now after the 1 you have to come back up right? Well, that's the "e". So here it is broken down:

1-down
e-up
&-down
a-up

Make sure you keep your hand moving the entire time!

Once you get those rhythms down and pretty comfortable learn a few chord shapes (Em, D, C are the easiest)
and try to do 4 beats for each chord with each rhythm separately. The KEY to strumming is keeping your RIGHT HAND moving at ALL times, even if you totally screw up the chord! Your left hand will eventually follow your right hand, but most importantly you will have a much better sense and feel for the rhythm!

*TRY THIS:  Put the song "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" on and mute the strings and try to play along with the song using all 3 rhythms. It's a slower song so it's a good one to start out with.

Good luck and if you have any questions at all feel free to e-mail me at Archs21@aol.com
Interested in taking private lessons with me just click here!

2 GREAT BOOKS I'M CURRENTLY READING! 

Thought I'd share with you a couple of books I'm currently reading, which are BOTH awesome books! I've always said that opening a book is opening your mind and in order to keep progressing in life we need to keep feeding our minds. So, here are the 2 books I'm currently reading:

1. Music Marketing for the DIY Musician by Bobby Borg

Bobby Borg is a Berklee Music graduate with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. I met Bobby almost 10 years ago at the TAXI Music Conference in LA and I bought his first book entitled, "A Musician's Handbook" and loved it! It was so easy to read (unlike other books written by Lawyers) and very informative too! So this November I went to Bobby's seminar and saw he had his new book, "Music Marketing for the DIY Musician" and I immediately bought it!

I think being a DIY musician like myself you look for any edge in knowledge you can acquire and I feel the knowledge in this book will take my marketing for my music to the next level. I HIGHLY recommend checking out BOTH his books!

Check out www.BobbyBorg.com for more info.


2. MONEY: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is the #1 personal coach with over 25 years of experience working with more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. Back in 1998 I bought Tony's CD collection called, "Personal Power II: The Driving Force" and to say it changed my life for the better would be an understatement. I has molded the way I think about life and has helped me more than anything I've ever done! I use what I learned from those CD's every day and that helped me deal with my father's passing at every level. I'm just 34 pages into the book and I'm really excited to keep reading and see how it will take my knowledge on money to the next level. Here's what a few people have to say about his newest book:

"A gold mine of money-making information" --Steve Forbes (Forbes Magazine)

"Tony's power is superhuman...he is a catalyst for getting people to change." --Oprah Winfrey (Emmy Award-winning media magnate)

"He has a great gift. He has the gift to inspire." --Bill Clinton (Former President of the United States)

Visit www.TonyRobbins.com for more info

TAXI Music Conference in LA Nov. 6-9, 2014 

The TAXI Music Conference this year was AMAZING once again! I got such a great response from my new song, "Frame of Mind," that I recorded just before I left for LA and I had so much fun hanging out with my good friends, Thorn (from Canada) and Keefer (from England)!

Check out one of my performances at the Music Conference below:

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"Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don't see it in yourself."
--Edmond Lee

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