Steve’s Blog

Music Jokes – (all stolen from reliable sources!)

Bass Two people go to a marriage counselor. They are fighting and won’t talk to each other. The counselor brings them to a blues jam. They are confused but go along. They don’t talk to each other all night, the … Continue reading

Quickie tech tip – did you know that there are 2 kinds of Contact Cleaner?

Quickie tech tip – did you know that there are 2 kinds of Contact Cleaner? What many people buy is the one WITH LUBRICANT. This should only be used on ‘moving’ parts such as input/output jacks and pots. For your … Continue reading

Free Guitar Lesson – Fretting Hand Exercise #2

 Need to bring your 4th finger (pinky) into play? This exercise will build finger strength, increase muscle memory, improve left-right hand coordination, make your fingerwork more accurate and increase your picking speed. These are the foundation to playing scales and lead … Continue reading

Free Guitar Worksheet – THE Most Complete Fingerboard Chart EVER!!

I wish I could take credit for creating this worksheet, but I can’t. I don’t know who the author is (please let me know if you do) or who gave it to me. All I know is that it is … Continue reading

Free Guitar Lesson – Fretting Hand Exercise #1

 This exercise will build finger strength, increase muscle memory, improve left-right hand coordination, make your fingerwork more accurate and increase your picking speed. These are the foundation to playing scales and lead solos. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdPlYXo5Tt8?rel=0] Feel free to check out … Continue reading

Free Video Guitar Lesson – Guitar Pick Exercises 3 & 4

In this 3 1/2 minute video, Guitar Teacher Steve Falter shows you how to use two exercises to increase your pick control, accuracy, and speed. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ET-jnmilY?rel=0] Feel free to check out my other Free Resources, available for you to … Continue reading

More Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets, Videos and Links

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets, Videos and Links are available at my Online Music Studio, and you don’t even have to register or log in!   I have added more FREE VIDEOS since my original post. The new items are in … Continue reading

Free Video Guitar Lesson – How to Maintain Your Guitar – Part 3

So your favorite guitar takes a fall and the headstock snaps off! You buy a nice guitar but you want a different tone from it. Your guitar gets stolen and you’re wondering, “Will I ever get it back?”. Performer and … Continue reading

Free Video Guitar Lesson – How to Maintain Your Guitar – Part 2

So you own a guitar and you notice the sound has changed or you hear some “buzzing” when you play. Maybe It just doesn’t feel the same when you fret your strings or your electronics are making a strange noise … Continue reading

Free Video Guitar Lesson – How to Maintain Your Guitar – Part 1

So you own a guitar and you notice the sound has changed or you hear some “buzzing” when you play. Maybe It just doesn’t feel the same when you fret your strings or your electronics are making a strange noise … Continue reading

Free Guitar Lesson – How to Use a Guitar Pick

Guitar picks come in a lot of different shapes and thicknesses, in addition to being made from many different materials. There are a few “basic” shapes that you will find, regardless of what brand you come across. Three common shapes … Continue reading

Mods for Guitar Effect Pedals – Gain and Clipping in Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz

Isn’t it all the same thing? Nope, it all depends on the type of tone/sound you want and that determines how it is achieved as far as the electronic circuit is concerned. When we use the term “Gain”, it refers … Continue reading

Free Guitar Lesson – Using A Capo

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQYvufbJk5g?rel=0&w=480&h=390] A Capo is a very powerful tool to have in your guitar arsenal. Personally, I use one a few different situations. My music is in one key and the song will be sung in another key. Rather than … Continue reading

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets and Links

Free Guitar Lesson Worksheets and Links are available at my Online Music Studio, and you don’t even have to register or log in!   Check out videos, including How to Buy a Guitar How to Change Your Guitar Strings How … Continue reading

Learning your First Songs on Guitar – FREE Lead Sheet Sample

My approach, in private lessons, is to teach students how to play the songs they want to play, so I have created a “1st Songs” format with the Chorus and 1st Verse in lead sheet form on the left side … Continue reading

This Christmas got me thinking about – Why my faith is my faith.

I started off with the typical childhood belief in God. That was what I was taught and there was no reason to doubt it. I had a happy, “normal” childhood with terrific parents who loved me (and I knew it), … Continue reading