London Guitar schools favourite songs of 2014

London Guitar schools favourite songs of 2014

 

Its been a fantastic year at The Guitar School.

 

Lots of new students.  All the regulars.  New teachers.  Lots of fun with new skills learned.

And one of the great things about teaching at The Guitar School is you often hear songs you wouldn’t get too if it wasn’t for our students wanting to learn them.    So below is a collection of our favourite and most popular songs from this year that we have taught, learned, studied, practised and went crazy over.

 

Enjoy!!

 

1.  Sam Smith – Stay with me

 

2. John Legend all of me

 

3.  Pharrel Williams -Happy

 

 

4.  Idina Menzel – Let It go

 

5. One Republic – counting stars

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Best Christmas guitar videos

Best Christmas guitar videos

Only a few more days before our teachers take a week off to celebrate christmas, eat lots of food and relax our fingers from all the hard work

Lets have a bit of fun and look at the best christmasy (is that a word) guitar vids on the net!

Wow – This has inspired me – I stole a few of these songs and taught them to my students shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And things just got better!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these fantastic London Guitar Lessons

 

 

 

Dont do this on christmas day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for all the beginners out there!!!

Pioneers of British heavy Metal Part 1

Pioneers of heavy Metal

Here’s a few of the Metal masters who paved a way for the metal among us today

 

1. Black Sabbath

Who else do we start with?  These guys started it.  They defined down tuned guitars, slow tempo yet still heavy and palm muted riffs.  So many bands have commented about how they have been influenced by Sabbath.

Check out Paranoid – A great beginners metal riff!!

 

2. Deep Purple

Oh can you teach me that riff?  What riff? oh yes this one – bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah, bah bah bah!!!  (smoke on the water obviously)

Often overlooked and not as popular as other bands with todays kids, Deep Purple have still had an undeniable affect on the heavy metal scene!!  They were once dubbed the worlds loudest group by the guinness book of records.

Smoke on the water –

3. Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden were pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a movement also featuring Motorhead and Def Leppard that was considered a revitalizing force following the eventual decline of bands like Sabbath and Zeppelin. ‘The Number of the Beast’ was the first album with singer Bruce Dickinson, and its self-titled first single, the quintessential Maiden cut.

Fear of the dark –

4. Judas Priest

There’s a reason they’re called “Metal Gods.” Judas Priest were there from the beginning, with singer Rob Halford and the boys emerging from the same area in England as Sabbath – and even sharing a rehearsal space back in the day. With Halford’s operatic vocals soaring over the twin guitarist assault of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, Priest made a sonic stew that was frequently attempted and never duplicated, effortlessly staying ahead of changing trends in the genre. This diversity makes it hard to pick just one metal masterpiece from them, but 1980’s ‘British Steel’ is a safe bet.

Painkiller!!!!!!!!!

The Pioneers of Funk Music

The Pioneers of Funk Music

funk music was once the coolest thing around.   Right now the closest thing we have hitting it high in the charts is stuff like “Get lucky”.  The following tracks spear headed the Funk genre, hope you enjoy!

The Meters

Widely regarded as one of the most important early funk bands, they formed in 1967 by keyboard player Art Neville in the USA.  Familiar hitsinclude “City Strut”and “ease back”.

 

And the track.to check out –

“Look Ka Py Py – The Meters

 

 

There are currently two forms of the Meters inexistence.  One called The Funky Meters led by Art Neville and one called The original Meters lead by Leo Nocentelli.

The Isley Brothers

With a history spanning 5 decades these guys hold the record for the longest running charting band.  Pioneers in their own right, they released “it’s your thing” which topped the R n B charts in 1969.

Checkoutt the song on the link Below-

 

Kool and the gang

Formed in 1964 by bassist Robert Kool Bell.

The banoriginally started as a Jazz quartet but by the end of the decade had changed their name.and musical direction.  Throughout the 70’s the band achieved worldwide recognition for their slick, funky grooves!  They still record and tour to this day.

Kind of Funky – Kool and the Gang

 

 

 

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Knowing the notes on your fretboard

Knowing the notes on your fretboard

 

 

Today we will look a little into the notes of your fretboard.

Whether you just want to strum a few open chords on the acoustic and learn your favorite songs it still strongly helps your ability as a musician if you know your notes on the fretboard.

By knowing your notes you can then transfer licks, riffs and ideas effortlessly into other keys.  You can improvise a lot easier.  You will find it easier to express yourself and be less limited as a musician.

Task number 1

Learn the notes on the Low E string –  (TODAY WE WILL JUST BE USING SHARPS)

Below are the fret numbers followed by the note name below it.

Fret No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
6thString E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E

a GOOD TIP IS TO USE THE FRETS WITH A DOT ON THEM OR A MARKING (usually frets 3, 5, 7 and 9) to help you remember the notes of G – A – B – C#

more good news- there are two e strings so now you can tick of knowing the notes on the high e string and the low e string.

TASK NUMBER 2

Learn the A string notes –

Fret No 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
5th String A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A

 

Task number 3

Learn notes via the octave shape

 

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Learning notes this way is valuable and quick.

What we do is take a power chord (if unfamiliar look back through past blogs to see a power chord) and now we see that the note on the E string and D string is the same note.

If we go to fret 3 which is G right?!  Then play a power chord and the note on the 4th string is also a G.  We can do this and use this shape all along the Low E string and the A string.

What we have learned is also called an octave.  The same note higher up.

 

In closing

 

With time you will learn the notes whether you realize it or not.  They’ll just start to creep into your mind and brain.