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  • Anders Mouridsen
    The Power and Pitfalls of Triplets

    This week I respond to several different questions that all come down to the concept of TRIPLETS. This may not seem like the most flashy and immediately exciting topic, but triplets are used in all styles of music and it's absolutely crucial to be aware of their power and pitfalls. Dividing everything by 3 instead of the usual e...

    Published: 07/10/2024 Upgrade
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    Intro to BASS Guitar

    This week on Insider I offer an introduction to a super cool instrument that's almost instantly accessible to guitarists because it's tuned the same as the low 4 strings of the guitar. This is the musically omni-present bass guitar. Because it's tuned the same you can play along with the examples in this lesson on you...

    Published: 07/10/2024 Upgrade
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    Playing With Other Humans

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a message from Mike who is requesting tips on how to prepare for playing with another guitar player for the very first time. Finding someone else to play music with is one of the greatest things that can happen to us - at any point on our guitar journey. So today we talk through three...

    Published: 07/03/2024 Upgrade
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    Thumb Bass PLUS Lead

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a question from Stephen who wants to know how to develop thumb independence, so you can keep a bass line going while playing leads over it. This is often explored in an acoustic Travis Picking context, but today I'll show you how cool and accessible this can be in a blues/rock context. I'...

    Published: 06/21/2024 Upgrade
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    Guided Practice Routine

    Ever since the beginning of Guitar Insider, we've talked a lot about practice routines. My general advice is always to avoid getting caught up in a strict to-do-list that you have to work your way through every time you sit down with your guitar. Instead I recommend working on whatever is exciting to you in the moment. That b...

    Published: 06/13/2024 Upgrade
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    Capo Magic Tricks

    This week on Guitar Insider we explore how to use one of my favorite tools for guitar which is the capo. There are so many useful and creative ways to use this very affordable tool, and I never go anywhere without one.

    Published: 06/05/2024 Upgrade
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    The Boredom

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a question from Mitch about boredom. This leads to an important discussion about the many different ways to approach learning the guitar as well as the pros and cons of each of those. Most of our guitar heroes learned in very different ways than we do today, and in this episode I offer so...

    Published: 05/30/2024 Upgrade
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    Pick and Fingers

    This week on Guitar Insider I answer a question from Wilson about that subtle right hand move you see guitar players do when they switch between using a pick and fingers. I show how I do it and how most other players do it, and that leads us to a fun exploration of what's known as "hybrid picking" on acoustic guitar. This is a f...

    Published: 05/23/2024 Upgrade
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    Instant Troubadour

    This week on Guitar Insider we're exploring a topic that no one asked for, but that I genuinely believe is the single largest amount of musical joy and freedom I can offer -- for the least amount of effort and expense. This is the extremely accessible instrument called the harmonica and the harness we use to play it while we pla...

    Published: 05/16/2024 Upgrade
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    The Wild West of Finger Strumming

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a question from Bill who asks for some tips on strumming without a pick. This is a really fun topic to explore, because once you ditch the pick it opens up the door to the Wild West of right hand work. Everybody does it differently, and in this episode of Guitar Insider I offer you all th...

    Published: 05/09/2024 Upgrade
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    How to Avoid Getting Lost

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a question from Farshid who is asking for guidance on how to avoid losing your place in the 12-bar form -- or any other chord progression -- while soloing. This is an extremely important skill that most people don't realize they're missing until they try to learn a lick that's tied to...

    Published: 05/02/2024 Upgrade
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    Standing Up, Posture and Pain

    This week on Guitar Insider I answer a question from Joe about how to navigate the difference between sitting down and standing up while practicing and playing. We'll talk about how these decisions affect your playing ability and your confidence while performing, and I offer my best tips. This leads to a discussion of the very i...

    Published: 04/24/2024 Upgrade
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    To Look Or Not To Look

    This week on Insider I answer a question from Mitch about not looking at the fretboard while you practice. First we talk about the overall merits of that advice and then we explore some fun and useful ways to actually practice without looking at the fretboard, which can be greatly beneficial if you're up for it. Finally I'll sho...

    Published: 04/18/2024 Upgrade
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    Don't Play All The Chords

    This week on Guitar Insider, we explore a very simple and powerful concept that's all too easy to miss when you're in the student headspace and wanting to do everything the "correct" way. Most of the guitar players we all like to listen to didn't do things the correct way, and you can get a lot of cool sounds out of not p...

    Published: 04/10/2024 Upgrade
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    Rhythm and Lead Workout

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to two questions about the rhythm and counting workout we did a few weeks ago. There are infinite tutorials on what notes to play out there, but almost no one talks about the all-important rhythmic decisions we have to make whenever you we play a solo. So this week we explore the power o...

    Published: 04/03/2024 Upgrade
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    What You're (Probably) Doing Wrong

    This week on Guitar Insider, I try to address the underlying question behind so many of the messages I get, which is essentially “Am I doing this wrong?”. I usually offer a variety of reassuring answers, but today I address this scary question by explaining four things that most people are doing wrong. This is based on my own e...

    Published: 03/28/2024 Upgrade
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    One Triad Riff to Rule Them All

    This whole time on Guitar Insider, I've been encouraging everybody to learn triads all over the neck - in response to questions about pentatonic scale patterns all over the neck, chord theory and riffs and rhythm parts. Today I hope to add some fuel to that fire by showing one of the most iconic triad movements that's been used...

    Published: 03/19/2024 Upgrade
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    Playing In A Music Store

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to multiple questions I've received over the years about what to play when you pick up a guitar in a music store. First we cover some practical tips like making sure you're in tune before starting to play and how to get comfortable with the instrument before making any loud sounds. Then we...

    Published: 03/18/2024 Upgrade
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    How to Make a Backing Track

    This week on Guitar Insider, I show how I build a backing track in my studio, and this is a fun peek into the wonderful world of home recording and production. Within the context of a very simple backing track, we explore the incredible world of MIDI, simple drum programming, basic bass guitar and even some very guitarist-friend...

    Published: 03/12/2024 Upgrade
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    Productive Ways to Use Jam Tracks

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to a question from George, who asks for some more productive ways to use the jam tracks that we have in the Guitar Tricks Jam Station. We all know how fun it can be to just get lost soloing over a track that loops indefinitely, but you've probably also experienced how it can eventually get...

    Published: 03/06/2024 Upgrade
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    When To Use Shortcut Chords

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to a question from Nagharaj, who asks if it's okay to use a Cadd9 shape instead of the regular C shape - because it feels easier. This is a variation on a very common and important question I get often, so in this episode we'll dive into the concept of "shortcuts". We'll explore this top...

    Published: 02/29/2024 Upgrade
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    Studio Session Walkthrough

    This week on Guitar Insider, I bring you along to a really cool studio session in a legendary studio here in Los Angeles. I show you how the full band is set up to record together, what guitars I bring and how my studio rig is built up. Finally I return to my own studio to show you a fantastic guitar I just got back and talk a b...

    Published: 02/13/2024 Upgrade
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    When To Move On to the Next Lesson

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to one of the most common questions I get, which is: 'How do you know when you're ready to move on to the next lesson?' There are many answers to this question, and in this episode we explore some of the most helpful ones within the context of some simple open chord strumming. Of course all...

    Published: 02/07/2024 Upgrade
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    Rhythm and Counting Workout

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a request from Amir for some tips on counting and understanding the rhythm behind parts you learn. Most of us ignore this element for a while before we realize how important it is. This usually happens when we try to play by ourselves or with someone else and we realize that we’ve been re...

    Published: 01/31/2024 Upgrade
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    Practice Reminders And Other Useful Features

    This week on Guitar Insider, I introduce and demonstrate our brand new feature, where you can create your own customized practice reminders. This is super useful for our busy lives to avoid getting distracted and missing our window to practice! I'm also showing some other cool features that you find in the Toolbox section of the...

    Published: 01/25/2024 Upgrade
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    Demystifying Modes: MIXOLYDIAN

    This week on Guitar Insider we explore the simultaneously bluesy and sweet sound of the Mixolydian scale. This is simply a regular major scale, but where the 7th scale degree has been lowered by a half step. Even within the easy one octave pattern we use today you can instantly feel the power of the Mixolydian sound under your f...

    Published: 01/18/2024 Upgrade
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    Demystifying Modes: LYDIAN

    This week on Guitar Insider I continue on my quest to demystify the often misunderstood and overcomplicated concept of modes. Modes are just alternative scales that can be used to evoke certain emotions - just like the minor, major and blues scale all convey certain moods. Today we explore how a single half-step change within th...

    Published: 01/10/2024 Upgrade
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    Demystifying Modes: DORIAN

    This week on Guitar Insider I respond to a multitude of questions about one of the most misunderstood topics in music, which is MODES. Modes are taught and understood in such confusing ways, but if you come at this from a player's perspective they're just variations on the basic minor and major scales. Variations that most often...

    Published: 01/03/2024 Upgrade
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    Gift Ideas For Yourself And Your Guitar

    This time of year we can all be tempted to wish for an expensive new guitar or a fancy amp, but there isn’t always a lot of headroom in the holiday budget. So this week on Guitar Insider, I offer a list of ideas for very inexpensive items that you can buy to boost your guitar playing and creativity. These range from 0-40 bucks a...

    Published: 12/20/2023 Upgrade
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    Instrumental Arrangement Trick

    I just released an album with ten of my favorite old Christmas hymns arranged for solo electric guitar, and this week on Guitar Insider, I share the harmonized scale that I use as a basis for most of these arrangements. This harmonized scale will work for countless classic songs, and it's also very easy to come up with your own...

    Published: 12/13/2023 Upgrade
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    Record Yourself!

    This week on Guitar Insider, I answer a question from Laura about recording yourself. As Laura points out, this can be incredibly intimidating, but the reason it's intimidating is also the reason it is so powerful. A recording of any quality will tell you how you really sound, and if you routinely record yourself and listen back...

    Published: 12/06/2023 Upgrade
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    How To Get Back On the Horse

    This week I find myself in the rare situation where I haven't touched a guitar in ten days. This is something almost everyone experiences at some point on the guitar journey, and depending on how we handle it, this situation can either be entirely insignificant or cause a ton of frustration that only slows down our progress. So...

    Published: 11/29/2023 Upgrade
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    Pinky Wrangling

    This week on Guitar Insider, I answer a question from Brian about how to get your pinky to join the team and cooperate with your other fingers. We all know how difficult this can be, and seeing many great guitar players play world class music without using their pinky at all doesn't exactly make us want to drop everything and wo...

    Published: 11/21/2023 Upgrade
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    Capo Blues Soloing

    This week on Guitar Insider, we explore how to use a capo to move our position blues vocabulary up the neck in order to be able to use it in different keys. This gives us an entirely different sound that we get when we play our regular fretted blues scale, and some guitar players have made a whole career out of this awesome and...

    Published: 11/15/2023 Upgrade
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    My Desert Island Effect

    This week on Guitar Insider we dive into the one effect I could never live without, which is reverb. Back in the day there was only one reverb knob on an amp, where you could either get more or less. Now with the rise of modeling amps, pedals and plugins there are a million parameters to tweak and many different types of reverb,...

    Published: 11/07/2023 Upgrade
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    Harmony Cheat Sheet

    This week on GTI I write out and explain a harmony cheat sheet that can be used to write and/or understand chord progressions in the key of C. This is centered around our I, IV and V-chords and then we add in relative minors and secondary dominants offering a harmonic smorgasbord that's worthy of countless songs that have alread...

    Published: 11/06/2023 Upgrade
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    The Story Of My Acoustic Guitar And My Mobile Recording Setup

    This week I finally respond to years of questions about my VKV guitar that I use in almost all the acoustic lessons on Guitar Tricks. This is a really interesting story that includes a beautiful old Martin D-28, a talented guitar builder in a small Eastern European town and a 20-year-old Anders on a road trip to get his dream gu...

    Published: 10/26/2023 Upgrade
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    Open Position Blues Licks

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to a request for 'some blues licks' by exploring some really cool open position blues vocabulary -- which is particularly fun when you play all by yourself. First, I'll show you the basic concept and then we'll explore a couple of licks. Finally I hope you'll continue to explore this great...

    Published: 10/17/2023 Upgrade
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    Dealing With String Noise

    This week on Guitar Insider, I’m responding to countless requests for advice on dealing with unwanted string noise. Some of these issues are easy to fix, some require focused practice and others we’re forced to live with.

    Published: 10/10/2023 Upgrade
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    The Secrets Of The Knobs On Your Guitar

    This week on Guitar Insider I share some tips I wish someone would've shown me many years ago. I was originally told to leave the knobs on my guitar all the way up and forget about them. That is in fact what I do most of the time, but there are so many practical and inspiring, creative ways to use the tone and volume knobs on yo...

    Published: 10/03/2023 Upgrade
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    Advice On Barre Chords - Pt. 2

    This week on Guitar Insider, I respond to a request for more barre chord tips -- particularly for the A major and A minor shaped barre chords. My tips include stripping down the voicings so you don't actually have to barre, adding open strings, different fingerings, practice tips, and much more. Barre chords are tough, but they'...

    Published: 09/27/2023 Upgrade
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    Cheat Like a Pro: Comping

    This week on Guitar Insider, I start a new series called 'Cheat Like a Pro', where I show some of all the tricks that are used in and out of the studio to sound a little (or sometimes a lot) better than what we can perform in real time. These techniques are fair game for anyone and can be fun and useful to explore on any level o...

    Published: 09/21/2023 Upgrade
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    Advice On Barre Chords

    Here's this week's episode of GTI, where I offer some helpful ways to work on your barre-chords. Barre-chords can feel like a barrier for most of us, when we're first starting out, and it's important to remember that you can keep working on your barre-chords while you're exploring a million other things. Barre-chords are importa...

    Published: 09/13/2023 Upgrade
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    Lightning Answer Round

    This week I try to answer as many direct questions as I can in one episode. We'll talk about how I approach buying guitars, how to dial in new gear and how to best build speed and accuracy. We'll also explore an example of a 'mode', talk about how to get feedback on your playing, how to request songs and much more. Remember that...

    Published: 09/06/2023 Upgrade
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    Triad Chord Licks For Days

    This week I'm showing how to get a million cool chord licks out of the triads we explored on the top 3 strings. Rest assured that you can still pick up some of these tricks even if you haven't gotten to all the triads yet. It's rarely all or nothing when it comes to guitar, and triads are no exception. Triads are the number 1 wa...

    Published: 08/31/2023 Upgrade
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    Dialing A Good Tone On Any Amp

    This week I'm responding to a multitude of questions about dialing a good tone on a variety of different amps, which ultimately comes down to understanding three factors: EQ, gain and reverb. First I'll use my recording software to show a visual representation of the concept of EQ, and we explore how that relates to the feeling...

    Published: 08/23/2023 Upgrade
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    Minor Triad Lead Fun

    This week we start exploring some of all the fun things you can do with the triads we've been drilling. Don't worry if you haven't gotten to all of them, cause we'll only use the ones from the very first triad lesson - and you may even be able to hang on without having watched that one. After using our basic theory knowledge to...

    Published: 08/17/2023 Upgrade
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    High-Strung Acoustic and More on Writing Chord Progressions

    Here's this week's episode of Guitar Insider, where I show a way to get a whole new and inspiring sound of your acoustic guitar - all for the price of a half set of strings. This is similar to what's called 'high strung' or 'Nashville tuning', but note that it's only the sound that changes - Your chord shapes will all look the s...

    Published: 08/08/2023 Upgrade
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    Navigating the Fretboard with Triads: Pt. 4

    Here's this week's episode of Guitar Insider, where I'm filming in the music room of my childhood home in Denmark. This is the space in which I spent a huge chunk of my young years stubbornly trying to master the guitar, and it's inspiring to be teaching from here. First we'll do a brief follow-up on the writing challenge and th...

    Published: 08/02/2023 Upgrade
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    The Drill Sergeant And The Cheerleader

    In this week's episode of Guitar Insider, I'm outside in my backyard sharing what I think is one of the most crucial balancing acts when it comes to learning guitar, sticking with it and eventually getting really good. This has to do with the two perspectives we all have -- and today we'll personify them as the cheerleader (enco...

    Published: 07/26/2023 Upgrade