Nels Cline

Discover a Guitarist: Nels Cline

This is the tenth installment of the Discover a Guitarist series. How I Discovered Nels Cline I can’t remember how I first heard of Nels Cline (b. 1956). It was probably around 2004, when I played in the jazz band …

Guitar Practice

Practice What You Love

You know what you ought to practice. Maybe you have a short list or a long list. My list would last me several lifetimes if I had them. But do you love practicing what you “ought” to practice? Or does …

Fingers

Your Fingers Are Just Fine

Every beginning guitarist I’ve taught has lamented the supposed inadequacy of his/her fingers. Some are too short, some are too fat, some are too skinny, some don’t bend the right way, some are too weak. Don’t let these things get …

CAGED System Guitar

The CAGED System

The CAGED System for guitar is a method for understanding the fretboard by dividing it into five overlapping chunks. Its name is derived from the five basic major open chords: C, A, G, E, and D. (I’ll explain why they’re …

Zakk Wylde Solo

The Magic Guitar Position

If you’re new to the guitar, you’ve probably been frustrated a few times trying to stretch your fingers out to fret the different notes in a chord. Over time, your fingers will improve at doing this, and those chords will …

Deft Digits Tea Station

The Deft Digits Tea Station

Displayed in the photograph to the right is the “Tea Station” in the Deft Digits Guitar Lessons lobby. All students, parents, and guests are offered a cup of tea upon entering the teaching studio. It’s proving to be a big …

Christmas Guitar

Guitar Lessons for Christmas!

Is there a musician in your family? Perhaps a young rocker who’s dying to make some noise? Or a veteran guitar hobbyist who could use a little nudge toward rediscovering a love of the instrument? I present to you the …

Guitarist in a Rut

31 Ideas for a Guitarist in a Rut

Every guitarist lands in a rut once in a while. While disciplined diligence might allow some people to work their way out, there’s always an easier path. Try some of the ideas below, and you might skip the giant staircase …

Guthrie Govan

Discover a Guitarist: Guthrie Govan

This ninth installment of the Discover a Guitarist series is a guest post from Mark McGuigan. Around five years ago, the majority of the guitar world was unaware of a truly exceptional guitar player from the UK – a quiet, …