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How to Play The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding on Acoustic Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on August 30th, 2015

Learn how to play Dock of the Bay, a great classic song for any guitarist to know… This song always gets the crowd singing and heads bopping.

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How to Play Wake Me Up by Avicii on Acoustic Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on August 25th, 2015

Here’s a fun song to learn. It’s called ‘Wake Me Up’ and it’s by Avicii. It’s got everything – picking, cool chords, and a technical little melody line.

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Funk Guitar Secrets Revealed…

Posted by Mark McKenzie on August 18th, 2015

These funk guitar lessons reveal the strumming hand secrets that enable you to create mega funky guitar solos that get people grooving.

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Learn How to Play the Ballad Strum

Posted by Mark McKenzie on August 4th, 2015

Some of you will recall I did a free strumming series on YouTube a year or so ago. In it I covered some essential guitar strums aimed at getting you up and playing in a range of musical styles, fast. Well, it seems that I missed one major style… ballad strum… And it’s been eating […]

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The Missing Ingredient In Your Guitar Playing… Is It You?

Posted by Mark McKenzie on May 3rd, 2015

A few years back, I was asked to be the guitar tutor at a local music school. For one day each week, I would work with a handful of guitarists giving guidance and training. My first day was spent being shown around the incredible facility complete with studio, session rooms, and complete band set-ups. Everyone […]


Guilty Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on April 26th, 2015

“I didn’t get to play as much as I’d hoped this week.” This is the most common thing any student says to me at the beginning of each lesson. Seriously, this is said by almost every student that arrives at my studio. No one ever seems to feel they’ve done enough playing to justify the […]


The Truth About Mastering The Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on April 19th, 2015

“I bet I’m the worst student you’ve ever had” she said as she started to put her guitar away. The truth is, Lisa was probably the most talented person to sit opposite me in months. She was a real natural and picked everything up quicker than most. She was a complete beginner and had always […]


Do guitar drills actually help your playing?

Posted by Mark McKenzie on April 10th, 2015

The thing I love about getting face to face with other aspiring musicians that are hungry to improve, is knowing that I’m going to learn something from them. I know, I know… you’ve heard that cheesy statement before, but it’s so true and here’s another example of it. I met Bill (not his real name) […]

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Silencing the ‘Little Advisor’ (A.K.A. Overcoming Guitar Procrastination)

Posted by Mark McKenzie on April 6th, 2015

One word that seems to manifest an uneasy feeling in most of us humans is the word discipline. So often it’s associated with pain, boredom and generally doing stuff we don’t like. As a child at school, I was often told, ‘you need to be more disciplined’ or I would overhear my mother being told, […]


Perfectionism vs Pushing Through

Posted by Mark McKenzie on March 29th, 2015

The guitar students that I’ve taught throughout the last 20 years or so all fall into two categories when it comes to their particular style of practicing. They either ‘push through’, meaning they just keep playing away regardless of the sound/noise they’re making. Or they are perfectionists who spend most of their time NOT playing […]


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