Videos freezing halfway through

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Since a recent change of hosting we have had a number of reports of videos freezing halfway through.

We’d like to apologise to anyone whose enjoyment of the site has been affected by this problem.

In all cases we are fixing these videos the same day they are reported. We are also running a systematic manual scan of all video files on the site (more than 500 files) which you may appreciate will take some time.

Should you experience any problems with videos freezing please let us know by email or by posting a comment here.

Many thanks to the helpful feedback received from members that has helped us pin this problem down and sort it out.

Normal service will sonn be resumed!

Nick

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Trick to stringing the guitar

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In response to a member’s question about the best way to stop string slippage, please check out the diagram below. Note that this trick is essential on the thinner strings, but I wouldn’t bother with it on the 6th and 5th (E and A) strings and only on the 4th (D) string if using a very light set:Imitation Rolex watches fake Rolex Rolex replica watches Louis Vuitton replica replica watches replica watches uk replica watches uk Louis vuitton replica handbags fake Rolex AAA Louis Vuitton replica replica handbags for sale replica watches uk Mulberry bags outlet

Stringing

I found this diagram here – (no infringement of copyright intended)

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Two more backing tracks for Mary…

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At a member’s request we have added two further backing tracks to the advanced song lesson on Mary Had a Little Lamb.

These are both played at 3/4 speed. The first track has the guitar tracks muted so it is just bass and drums. This track sounds weird when you listen to it (and makes me realise what a useless bass-player I am!), however, it does work once you start playing the lead and rhythm part over it.

If you find this hard to use (and it is very demanding playing over a track like this), then try the second track where I have panned both guitar tracks entirely to the Left. This means that you can control exactly how much or how little help you get from my guitar playing simply by adjusting the volume of the left speaker. Again, because of the extreme panning, this track sounds strange on its own, but it does work well as a way of helping to refine your timing on this intro/outro.
Here’s a link to the lesson

You can access the backing tracks from the toolbox next to it.

Have fun and thanks for the feedback :-)
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New backing tracks to Mary Had a Little Lamb

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Learning the timing of the phrases in the intro of this song is pretty tricky so we have attempted to make it easier by adding replica watches uk
a couple of backing tracks to the lesson. You can access these either by clicking on the backing tracks tab on the toolbox  next to the video lesson for Mary Had a Little Lamb (This is in the Advanced section of the site) or directly from the backing tracks link in the main menu.replica watchesreplica watches replica watches replica watches Rolex replica Louis Vuitton replica handbags rolex replica replica watches replica watches replica handbags replica watches replica handbags replica handbags replica watches Mulberry replica handbags best fake watches

I recorded the first track at 90 bpm, threequarters the speed that SRV plays it at. I used acoustic guitar so that if you are playing over it on electric you can more easily hear the difference between what I am playing and what you are playing – (I find this helps students spot timing errors).

I split the rhythm guitar and lead guitar onto two tracks although SRV of course, plays both parts; I find it helps to concentrate on them separately to begin with . You can turn down the rhythm part by lowering the volume on your left speaker or the lead part, on your right speaker.

Once you have got this up to speed you can move on to the second backing track which is done exactly the same way, but played at 120bpm – as on the live recording that I used as a reference.

If you have a cam, try recording a video of yourself playing along to the backing and uploading the result to youtube – I’ll be happy to give you feedback on how you’re doing with it if you want to email me a link to your video.

Hope that helps!  As always, your feedback is appreciated.

Nick

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Circle of Fifths

Joe has aked me:

I’ve just watched your lesson on the circle of fifths. I understand everything, but apart from allowing you to easily find the key of a piece of music, what else does it allow you to do and how is this helpful?

Here is my answer which was necessarily a bit too long to post on the ‘Questions’ section of the main site:

Great question! The circle of fifths is one of the clues to how songwriters put effective chord sequences together. A good example being the song Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix) which is an undiluted circle of fifths :

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Here’s the rhythm chart for Hey Joe:

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4 C | G | D | A |

E | E | E | E ||

Notice that these chords are not all in the key of E (The key of E has the following basic chords: E F#m G#m A B(7) C#m D#dim) although the song quite clearly resolves to the E chord (your ears will tell you this if you play through the sequence).

So, how does this sequence work so neatly?

The answer is: by following the circle of fifths.

C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C D E
1
2  3 4  5 2 3 4  5 2 3  4 5 2 3  4 5

Each chord in the sequence is five major scale steps above the previous one. In effect this means that the sequence shifts its key centre as it goes along. Bars 1 and 2 are in the key of G, bars 2 and 3 are in the key of D, bars 3 and 4 are in the key of A , then from bar 4 to the end of the song we have arrived in the key of E.

The circle of fourths, which is arguably more commonly used outside of classical music, is a circle of fifths played backwards.

Take a circle of fifths progression like the one in ‘Hey Joe’ above and reverse it:

E A D G C and you have a circle of fourths:

E F G A B C D E F G A B C
1
2  3  4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2  3 4

This progression is used endlessly in Popular tunes and Jazz arrangements. The best example I can think of is Gloria Gaynor’s: ‘I will Survive’ :

4
4 Am7 | Dm7 | G7 | Cmaj7 |

Fmaj7 | Bm7b5 | Em7 | E7b9 E7 ||

Which is an almost perfect circle of fourths from beginning to end.
(The exception is the Bm7b5 chord used instead of a Bb rooted chord, to help steer the sequence back towards the home key of A minor)

There is a great deal more information about the uses of the circle of fifths available. A good place to start is Wikepedia, particularly the entry on modulation.

BUT this level of information will not make much sense to you unless you have already studied harmonisation of the major scale. This is really the next subject I need to produce lessons for on the Music Theory Course!

Please email me if you would like to see these lessons on the site.

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How can I best learn all the notes on the fretboard?

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There are three steps to this process as I see it.

First: make sure you know your open string names.
This is covered in Lesson 0.1, though for non-beginners you may prefer just to pick this up off the printout

Second: make sure you thoroughly learn the chromatic scale (Lesson 8.2 in Intermediate section)

Third: Learn the CAGED system (Lesson 9.1 in the Advanced section).

The fact that these lessons span all three levels reflects the normal tendency for guitar students to acquire this knowledge on a fairly gradual basis as they discover they need it to progress further at each stage of learning tio play guitar.
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But don’t be put off if you are still a relative beginner – I don’t believe it is ever too early to learn your notes – it makes everything else easier to learn! The three lessons mentioned above are all reasonably easy to follow for guitar students at any level.

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The Secret Guitar Teacher’s Philosophy

Welcome to the Secret Guitar Teacher website!

Here’s a brief overview of the principles behind the site and a rough guide to what’s available to members.

Each member’s path to learning the guitar is unique – From the start we’ll treat you like an individual!

Open feedback loop. Our goal is to develop the Secret Guitar Teacher site to meet the needs of as many guitar players as possible. To succeed we need your feedback.
At every stage we welcome your comments, criticism and questions. We will answer your questions either by referring you to existing lessons or creating new lessons that address your specific question directly.

You choose your own goal – we’ll help you map out the best path! The Secret Guitar Teacher knows that each member has a different set of reasons for visiting the site. Different people look for different things from their guitar playing so we adapt our teaching style to work equally well for the casual bedroom guitarist as for the fully-fledged rock-star-in-the-making. On this site you will find lessons to suit all levels of aspiration.
By using our preset courses you can choose which goals you want to work towards. You can then set out on each section of your journey knowing that the path is leading to where you want to go.

Playing to your strengths. We recognise that your best way of learning is specific to you – some people learn by listening, some by writing things out, some by watching. One person feels the need to understand the concepts behind what they are learning to play, but another will prefer to get on with the practical side and leave the theory until much later.
You may be naturally methodical in your approach to learning new things or you may prefer to just dive in and immerse yourself in the subject.
The Secret Guitar Teacher does not make any judgement about right or wrong ways to learn – we have designed our site to be as adaptable as possible to all learning styles.
On this site you are free to browse the materials in several different ways. You can pick out lessons randomly or follow one of our prescribed courses. You are also welcome to ask us to create for you a course personally tailored to your own specified needs.

If you are a beginner, we assume you know nothing! Because we know how irritating and frustrating it is to listen to ‘Beginners’ guitar teaching videos that use musical terms without first clearly defining them! Our lessons really will take you from Complete Beginner stage onwards.
Each lesson has a ‘Help! This is too hard’ button to click on that, if needed, will direct you to material that will help fill in any gaps in your knowledge or playing ability thereby making the learning gradient lighter.

Experienced players –  we realise you may want to ‘cut to the chase’. We understand that you don’t want to sit through lengthy explanations of stuff you already know.
So for each lesson we provide a ‘Yawn! This is too easy’ button to click on that will direct you to more meaty materials for you to get stuck in to!

Learn your favourite riffs and intros! When you first start learning the guitar we believe you should spend a minimum amount of time getting your bearings, but then, as soon as possible, we’ll encourage you to learn a handful of famous riffs and intros that anyone listening to you will immediately recognise. This makes learning fun and immediately rewarding and helps build confidence early on when the going can be quite tough.
Check out our Beginner’s Electric Guitar course. If you can’t find a riff or intro you’d like to learn on that, then you can request a new lesson covering your favourite riff or intro.

Learn to play your favourite songs! We know that what motivates most people to want to learn guitar is the desire to play songs they have heard. We also think that learning to play songs is an important part of the process of becoming a good musician.
The Secret Guitar Teacher is licensed by the PRS to teach the songs that you love listening to and want to learn to play.  Check out our Beginner’s Acoustic Guitar Course. If the song you want to learn isn’t on that course then you can put in a request for it.

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