You’d much prefer to be playing guitar right now, wouldn’t you? If you’re stuck at work, you know there isn’t much you can do about it. You don’t want to be the odd-ball who goes to the parking lot and plays guitar in their car. That’s going to get you a reputation and swiftly end any chances of any career progression. So what are you going to do instead?
Well, it’s a good job your here.
This site is dedicated to helping you progress with your guitar playing even when you’re stuck at your desk. By spending your lunchtime with us, you can enhance your knowledge about tone, music theory, equipment, fretboard mastery and musicianship.
About Jon & Mark
We’re just like you. We are everyday people, who work the 9-5 grind, we’ve got families to feed and bills to pay. But we’re not going to let that get in the way of our real passion – playing guitar. With over 40 years of guitar playing under our fingers, we know the daily frustration of not being able to play as much as we want.
We want the playing time we have to be as enjoyable and as beneficial as possible. So we created this site to provide thought provoking articles, exercises and tips to help your guitar playing. Then, when you finally get home and pick up your guitar, you’ll have something new to try.
“I was 8 years old when my parents finally relented and bought me my first guitar – a 3/4 size steel strung acoustic. I was inspired by my older cousin who played a fender strat better than anyone I had ever heard.
For the next few years I made a complete racquet until I leared the chords to the most accessible pop tune ever – Wonderwall. From here I was hooked and was given my first electric guitar at age 11 or 12 and I never looked back.
Over the years I have fine tuned my ear and my technique and, have played in all kinds of bands. For the last 4 years I have had a regular well paid gig with Motor City Vipers soul/motown band and am enjoying my music more than ever.
I’m a big fan of tone, and how to achieve the “sound in your head”. I love gear and guitars and I always will.”
“I hadn’t even considered playing guitar until I was 14. I watched my friend play Green Day’s Welcome to Paradise. If he could play, why couldn’t I? I begged my parents for an electric guitar. Instead, I was subjected to 6 months of classical guiar lessons (I soon discovered it is possible to play Green Day on a classical guitar, but doesn’t quite have the same effect).
Eventually I got a Mexican Fender Strat, I was in heaven (my parents eardrums were not). I played for an hour before school and hours after school every day. I was hooked.
Now, over 20 years later, I’m still hooked. But I’m older and wiser, and I certainly don’t approach the guitar in the same way as I did when I was 14.
Playing with other musicians is probably the best education any guitarist can get. This is especially true when working with musicians from different musical backgrounds. I never knew I could learn so much about phrasing from a classical flautist. I never knew I could learn so much chord structure from a pianist. I never knew I could learn anything from a drummer! But all these things are true.
I primarily play solo finger style acoustic guitar these days. It turns out those 6 months of classical guitar lessons were of greater worth than I ever realised at the time.”
Lunchtimes are meant to be a break from work, a chance to be refreshed. But we know it’s not really free time. Unless we live within 5 minutes of our work, lunchtimes are dead time. We are stuck at work. So, join us in making the most of this time.
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