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Arlen Roth on Whether to Learn on Acoustic or Electric

Arlen Roth
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11.14.2013

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I know there has always been an ongoing debate about what type of guitar a new player should learn on; acoustic or electric, and the debate will forever rage on for sure. I have my own very distinct opinions about this situation, and of course from teaching as well as playing my whole life, it has become apparent to me that you’re far better off melding the two types of guitars together, rather than playing them as two totally separate entities.
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Arlen Roth on Finding Musical Opportunities

Arlen Roth
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11.14.2013

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It’s always a cliché to a certain degree, but knowing that some of the best things and opportunities come from the strangest places is certainly something to keep in mind! You never know behind which door opportunity will knock, and it can often be the strangest of doors.
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Arlen Roth on Typecasting

Arlen Roth
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11.01.2013

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One of the last things any artist in this business of music would want is to be too “pigeon-holed” when it comes to the style they play. Sure, in this world of short-lived careers, and “one hit wonders” there are many who would beg, steal and borrow their way to a “pigeon-holed” existence, but those of us who are in it for the long haul and want to be known as good players must be more diversified in our music!
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Arlen Roth on Climbing the Musical Ladder

10.30.2013

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Music is very different than any other professions. In most other jobs which are considered “corporate”, you have a fairly set and progressive way in which you can “move up the corporate ladder”, and provided that everything goes smoothly, you can almost predict what you’ll be doing and what you’ll be making in future years.
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Arlen Roth and the Importance of New Material

10.23.2013

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When you have been performing for a while and you are even starting to develop a following some folks who are going to shows are going to expect for you to start coming up with some new material!
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Arlen Roth Talks Concept Albums

Arlen Roth
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10.21.2013

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There once was a time, particularly started in the mid-Sixties, when the idea of a “concept” album was a very popular thing. So popular in fact, that it for quite a while became the thing for rock bands and solo rock artists to do. It was primarily spearheaded by The Beatles, who always seemed to have a particular “bent” to their records, which of course, everyone eagerly awaited to see and hear! (I can remember going to my local record store, just to actually watch them open the boxes of the latest Beatles record, just to see what it looked like!)
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Arlen Roth: To Barre or Not to Barre!

Arlen Roth
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10.16.2013

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The concept of the “barre chord” is perhaps the most over-used and overrated aspect of the entire guitar kingdom! It has also probably scared off more potential guitar players during their “formative” years, especially if they’re playing bad guitars, with high action!
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Arlen Roth Says a Guitar is Your Best Friend

Arlen Roth
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10.14.2013

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I can safely say that there are in many ways, no better times spent than the times you spend relaxing with your instrument. The guitar is always your “best companion” and friend when you may be feeling a little under the weather, down and out, full of melancholy or may just need a companion. And melancholy is one of the key words when it comes to being creative. I feel that most of the best music is created in a more “reflective” or “melancholy” state of mind, and that if you reach deep enough, the guitar will become a true extension of your spirit.
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Scales Tricks: Three-Note-Per-String-Scales and Neck Gymnastics

Peter Hodgson
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10.10.2013

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The three-note-per-string pattern is one of the easiest ways of remembering scales on the guitar, and it’s a format that lends itself especially well to high-speed playing techniques like economy picking or legato, too. And they work equally well as a springboard for melodic ideas and as finger-warming exercises. Here are a few tricks that I’ve put to extensive use in my own playing.
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Arlen Roth on Finding Magic

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10.05.2013

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These days, and in our modern times of communications, it certainly would seem that finding other folks to play with would be not only easier, but also accelerated. It is true to a certain extent, but the real and enduring truth is that to find that “magic” that can exist between players it sure is still a tough search. I guess it’s kind of like online dating these days….you’ll meet a lot of people, but the truly right one may remain elusive, for sure!
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