Guitar Hacks: The Ultimate Guitar Guide – Learn How To Easily Memorize The Fretboard And Become A Guitar Expert! (Guitar Lessons, Bass Guitar, Fretboard)

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Guitar Hacks

The Ultimate Guitar Guide – Learn How To Easily Memorize The Fretboard And Become A Guitar Expert! As the guitar is a string instrument and a lot of us are much keen on this wonderful tool. If you want to play guitar, you must understand its fundamental hacks. This eBook has the major guitar hacks along with some tips and also tricks to learn the basic features of guitar quickly. The book is divided into 5 areas. In the initial section, the significant seven lessons for playing the guitar are offered for all those guitar players that are just at their beginning phase for learning its highlights. The 2nd chapter is about the guitar hacks; about seven standard guitar hacks are discussed in this section. The ideas as well as methods to remember the fretboard are given up the third area. The significant function to play the guitar is the knowing of a few of the chords. There are millions of chords however in this eBook, we have discussed few of them along with their pointers to memorize them. The last section is about the guitar hacks for acoustic songs.

Product Details

  • Series: Guitar Lessons, Bass Guitar, Fretboard
  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 17, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1540452212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540452214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces

13 Essential Audition Tips for Bass Players /// Scott's Bass Lessons

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Lesson Overview
In this lesson Scott gives you some great tips on how to best prepare for auditions and some advice to help you out at the audition itself. How you prepare for an audition can have a large impact on how you perform on the day. Being fully prepared not only allows you to perform to the best of your ability but it can also help you to stay relaxed, in what can be a pressurised environment.

During the lesson Scott talks about writing charts out for the songs. Even if your intention is to learn to play the songs from memory it is still worth charting them to speed up the memorisation process and to better understand the harmony being used.

The reason why charting & analysing harmony helps you memorise songs is to do with how your brain works. The best way to understand this is to think of the neutrons in your brain being interconnected like a spider’s web. When you connect new information with the existing information in the web it strengthens the web as a whole. So for example if you recognise that the song has an 8 bar verse and there is a II-V-I progression in the chorus, you will be taking the new concept of the song and connecting it up to these existing ideas. Approaching songs this way can greatly increase how quickly you can pick up new material.

There are also other benefits to writing charts, such as the memorisation benefits of writing something down as well as the visual aspect of being able to see the “layout” of the song. When it comes to the actual audition it’s also useful to have something visual to refer to. It’s much easier to talk about the hits at the end of bar 5 of the verse if you can see the structure written out.

Like with anything there are a number ways to approach memorisation and as Scott mentions, simply listening to the songs can be invaluable. Your subconscious mind is a powerful tool and listening to the material is something you can do while you go about your daily life. While it isn’t as effective as time spent with your bass in your hands, using both of these methods together will really ensure you know the material well.

Using the lyrics is another subject area that Scott touches on. Not only is this great for really getting a feel of what the singer is trying to convey to the audience with their song, it can also be another great tool for memorisation. With most sets of songs you learn there will always be that one section change that you miss every time. In these instances making a note on your chord chart of the lyrics that take place just before the change can help cue you as to where it is. This is particularly helpful for songs with an unusual structure or number of bars in a section.

Another important subject Scott touched on during the lesson is standing up for yourself. If you are a player who is new to this kind of professional environment, it can be easy to fall into the trap of just saying yes to everything that is asked of you. It's important to remember that your time is valuable and it’s not realistic to invest massive amounts of time learning 20+ songs in a couple of weeks for an audition that isn’t a sure thing.

In those situations it’s really important to communicate your concerns in the right way, there’s always a good and bad way to voice your concerns. Dealing in definite terms like “I can’t do it” or “it’s not possible” may mean that you come across as negative or unwilling to adapt. The best way to voice your concerns is really more in terms of a suggestion – using language like “I think”, “Maybe we could”, “What if” etc. If you voice your concerns in a way that shows you have the best interests of the project at heart, it will always be seen in a much more positive light. For example “I think it might be better if I really concentrate on getting 3-4 songs together for the audition, so that I can show you a really polished version of those lines.”

When it comes to the audition process it’s really important to not take things personally. As with anything in life there will be successes and failures. What’s important is to view failure as part of the learning process and not with the negative perception it is usually associated with. Every failure is just another step towards success.


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