Welcome to my blog! Here you can find articles which I write occasionally about music theory, flamenco, guitar practice tips and random musings.

I also give private guitar lessons in Ireland, or internationally over Skype

Goldberg Variations for Guitar

By |2022-06-04T06:50:50+00:00April 6th, 2022|Blog, News|

The Goldberg Variations for Guitar. A mammoth task... Last year I found myself taking on the rather foolish task of arranging Bach's Goldberg Variations for multiple guitars. Originally, I arranged and recorded the 1st Variation just to take my mind off what at the time, was the 2nd year of the inability to perform [...]

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Chord Explorations Part 1

By |2018-01-20T00:58:05+00:00August 25th, 2015|Blog, Guitar Lessons, Music Theory|

Chord Explorations Part 1 - Adjacent Scale Tones Using adjacent scale tones within chords is an easy and fun way to create dense chord sounds, explore the soundboard and break out of typical chord shapes. It also is a nice way of opening up the harmonic possibilities of the tried and trusted major scale. (In [...]

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Understanding 7th Chords (Basic)

By |2018-01-19T23:12:17+00:00August 20th, 2015|Blog, Guitar Lessons, Music Theory|

Understanding 7th Chords (Basic) A subject that sometimes causes confusion for beginner guitarists is the whole area of 7th chords. These chords crop up all the time in many songs and are an essential part of any guitarist's chord repertoire. The intention here is to provide an intuitive and simple guide to understanding and learning 7th [...]

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Spicing up your RH arpeggio practice

By |2018-01-19T23:10:53+00:00August 19th, 2015|Blog, Guitar Lessons|

Spicing up your RH arpeggio practice Here is a simple way to both make your Right Hand arpeggio practice more interesting as well as making your arpeggios more even. In all the examples of tablature and notation below I have put brackets around the note which should land on the beat. The chord is a [...]

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Understanding Keys & Chord Progressions (Basic)

By |2018-01-19T23:55:14+00:00August 18th, 2015|Blog, Guitar Lessons, Music Theory|

Understanding Keys & Chord Progressions (Basic) Learning a few basics about Keys & Chord Progressions can make a real difference if you are new to working out songs by ear or transcription in general. I'm going to try to explain these subjects as concisely as possible, avoiding academic terminology as much as possible. A chord [...]

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