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Start Jamming with the SoundCloud ‘backing tracks’ tab

Posted by Jon Coursey on October 20th, 2014

One of the best ways to improve your guitar skills is to practice playing along with backing tracks. Until now, all of our backing tracks have come in the video – which is fine when you only want to attempt the ‘jam along’ section as part of your lesson. But what if you want to […]

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Taking the Mystery Out of Scales

Posted by Jon Coursey on October 16th, 2014

If you’ve tried learning lead guitar before, you’ll know that playing scales and making music are two totally different things. Played from top to bottom and back – the scale can be one of the most boring things you’ll ever hear coming out of a guitar… BUT, when the right notes are chosen and played at the right […]


Why playing guitar scales is bad for your soloing

Posted by Mark McKenzie on August 7th, 2014

Did the title grab you? Are you infuriated or intrigued? Is your face screwed up about to unleash a scathing comment? Or are you thinking, “yeah I’ve tried playing guitar scales and I’m still crap at soloing?” Now don’t get me wrong… I’ve practised guitar scales for hours and hours, and it allowed me to […]

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How to Play Sweet Home Alabama Intro by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted by Mark McKenzie on July 24th, 2014

So you want to learn how to play Sweet Home Alabama? Well, this is a great starting point… Whenever I sit down to a guitar lesson with somebody, and they’re unsure of what they wanna learn… I just start playing the intro to this song and watch their face light up. “I wanna learn THAT!” […]


The Right Guitar Teacher

Posted by Mark McKenzie on June 20th, 2014

When I started playing guitar, at around 12 years old, my dad showed me a few ‘Cowboy Chords’. He was my first guitar teacher. He was self taught and managed to turn four chords into a party set-list in the folk era. Those few chords were D, A7 and a kind of G – but […]


How to Play Hey Hey, My My by Neil Young

Posted by Mark McKenzie on June 12th, 2014

Some songs were meant for a solo Acoustic Guitar and voice. This is one of those songs. That opening riff really grabs the audience whenever I do this in my solo gigs. Here’s an example of a song that uses both chords and melody at the same time. So we’re not just strumming chords. It’s […]


The 3 Pillars to Loving Learning Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on June 5th, 2014

Is there a one size fits all way to learning guitar in this modern era? I don’t think there is… at least not yet. No, if I was an absolute beginner today, I would look at it holistically. 1. Build a solid foundation 2. Learn new songs 3. Play guitar 1. Build a solid foundation: […]


How to Play Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke on Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on May 30th, 2014

When I was in Edinburgh in 2013, the biggest song to party to was ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke. Such a simple yet effective song to put a smile on ya dial and get you moving. We would finish a gig and all be on the bus getting geared up to go out and cause […]


How to Play Wake Me Up by Avicii on Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on May 22nd, 2014

Learn how to play Wake Me Up by Avicii on guitar: Here’s a song that’s modern and yet made for the acoustic guitar. The chords are very simple and flow together super easily once you’ve got a grasp of the basic fundamentals of guitar (Jamorama Beginners Guitar Course). It’s only three simple chords (Am, Fmaj7 […]


How to Play Falling Slowly on Guitar

Posted by Mark McKenzie on May 15th, 2014

‘Falling Slowly’ became my obsession when I was in Ireland on holiday last year. I didn’t really have access to a guitar initially, so it just kept haunting me with its beautiful and delicate intro circling around my head while I was cruising the gorgeous countryside of Ireland. I totally recommend the movie and the […]


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