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Show Me The Magic Exercise! Blog Post by Jason Olson

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It would be great to have one “all encompassing” exercise to work on in order to play faster and cleaner. In truth, however, there is no such thing. The reality is that playing fast simply takes a lot of practice and patience.

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UNC Classical Guitar Ensemble: La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin

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In the past I have written about the importance of ensemble playing for classical guitarists. This recording from the UNC Classical Guitar Ensemble of Debussy’s La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin (The girl with the Flaxen Hair), is a wonderful example of how to apply good ensemble practices.

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Video Blog: Cool Licks and Riffs – The Leaving Song Part II by AFI

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Video Blog: Cool Licks and Riffs – Under Cover of Darkness

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I Stand Corrected – Blog Post – Jason Olson

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So…This post is about Dolly Parton, yes Dolly Parton. Over the years students have occasionally asked me how she could play guitar with those long fingernails (usually female students around prom time). My standard response has always been “Oh, she doesn’t really play…the guitar is more of a prop.” Well I have to admit that I owe Dolly an apology…

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Video Blog: Cool Licks and Riffs – Falling in Reverse

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Blog posts by Guitar Instructor Jason Olson. Information on improving guitar technique, video blogs, and tips for students.

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Ensemble Playing

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Blog posts by Guitar Instructor Jason Olson. Information on improving guitar technique, video blogs, and tips for students.

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Why learn music?

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Why learn music? Because music…

  • Develops skills needed by the 21st century workforce:
    critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective
    communication, team work, and more
  • Keeps students engaged in school and less likely
    to drop out
  • Improves the atmosphere for learning
  • Helps students achieve in other academic subjects
    like math, science and reading
  • Helps communities share ideas and
    values among cultures and generations
  • Is a disciplined human endeavor with intrinsic value
    to society
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Don’t be intimidated by practice

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One key element to developing better practice habits is to remember that you are playing the guitar for FUN! It sounds simple, but often people start to look at the act of playing and practicing as two different things. Try to think of it as all part of the same thing. Remember that simply “playing music” is practicing.

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Guitar Lessons Blog – Jason Olson Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lesson Blog Posts, Guitar Lessons

Blog posts by Guitar Instructor Jason Olson. Information on improving guitar technique, video blogs, and tips for students.

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