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Arlen Roth on Perfect Pitch

06.19.2013

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For a long time now, I’ve been quite aware of not only having perfect pitch and perfect relative pitch, but I’ve also noticed that it seems to get better with age (and of course, experience!) The true fact is that many of us already have this “perfect pitch” ability, but are not really aware enough of it yet, or may not be aware of it at all!
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Arlen Roth on Writing with Students

06.13.2013

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It’s been for quite some time now that I have been helping my students not only learn all aspects of the guitar, but also helping them with the ultimate, which is to actually help them to write their songs. In many cases, this actually meant writing their entire songs, and it can be a fascinating journey! I even go way back to 1982-83 when I was teaching Paul Simon, and each one-hour lesson would often turn into a 2 to 3-hour songwriting marathon, whereby I would come up with all kinds of ideas for his songs. Paul is a brilliant writer, but he’s also a brilliant user of other people’s ideas, and how he can incorporate them into his own tunes. In fact,, when we were rehearsing for albums and tours together, he would often pick the brains of all the members of the band in order to come up with a cohesive song idea.
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Switching Instruments?

06.12.2013

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One of the oddest aspects about starting to be a musician is when some folks decide mid-stream to change the instrument that they make their main one. I had started out with two years of violin that no doubt showed I had a musical “soul”, but that left me feeling cold and too regimented when it came to learning to play it. Of course, this happens with the older, more established “classical” type of instruments, especially since they are highly judged against each other, and are mostly played in orchestras or ensembles that require absolute precision, and the ability to play all kinds of heavily arranged pieces of classical orchestral music.
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Arlen Roth on What You Want from the Guitar

06.10.2013

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There’s no doubt that we all have had quite a “love affair” with the guitar for quite some time now, and I’d easily venture to say that there has never been a more popular instrument, right across the board! But the main thing you want to consider as you start off on your journey is just what this instrument is really going to mean to you, and just what it is you’re after as a guitar player.
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Picks or Fingers?

Daniel Eriksson
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04.05.2013

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From common knowledge one would assume that the guitar player is using a pick to hit the strings. While this is the most common way of playing electric guitar, you might be surprised at the amount of top guitarists who occasionally will play fingerstyle instead. Some always play with their fingers, others use makeshift picks, such as coins. It all boils down to preference and finding your own unique style. Here we will take a look at the pros and cons of playing electric guitar with a pick or simply using your fingers, with quotes from some of rock's greatest guitarists.
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10 All-Star Tips For Improving Your Guitar Skills

Daniel Eriksson
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02.18.2013

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When you've just started out playing guitar, it is always a good idea to draw inspiration from other guitarists around you. There's nothing better than learning from other musicians. An experienced guitarist can certainly steer you in the right direction as you try to strum your first few chords on the six string. But surely, nothing would be better than getting advice from your guitar heroes, right?
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Arlen Roth on Finding Your “Guitar Roots”

01.15.2013

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There is always a lot of emphasis put on a player’s “roots”, and just how they translate into their playing and their sound. Most of all, it’s really defined as to what ultimately gives you your identity as a player, and defines where you “come from” musically speaking.
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Aural Illusion: How to Mimic a 12-String Guitar

Peter Hodgson
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12.15.2012

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It’s one of the most heavenly, downright gorgeous sounds in rock history: a ringing 12-string acoustic guitar playing an ethereal chord. Or it’s one of the most sonically exciting: an overdriven electric 12-string playing a pedal tone riff punctuated by big chord jabs, like in Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains the Same.”
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Arlen Roth ”Becomes One” with his Guitar

Arlen Roth
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12.12.2012

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There are many “aha!” moments when it comes to being a creative spirit, but there are surely some that stick with you more than others over time. I have had many times of amazing “clarity” and realization on the instrument that seem to rival and feel literally like a “religious” experience.
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Arlen Roth on “Learning Shapes”

Arlen Roth
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10.11.2012

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I certainly can’t emphasize enough just how important it really is to be able to see in “shapes” on the fingerboard of the guitar. Many students come to me often with an already too-well entrenched notion that they must always practice scale upon scale, with very little regard to actually making what they are playing sound like music, and chord changes, too. What happens is that the ability to see in “shapes” on the guitar gets a bit nullified by all this pre-determined single-note work, as opposed to learning about the notes you should be playing from the chordsand the shapes we should know!
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