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Mindset Challenges and Frustration lead to Victories…if you overcome them What I thought was gonna frustrate me and leave me without progress, just simply frustration…not only made me stronger, but gave me another boost in confidence. Confidence in composing that is. But also as a person. I received a lesson assignment last week that totally… Read more MINDSET

The RISING. A Hard Rock Album Release. 2017 by Mike Socarras

The Rising Album Release The Album started way back in 1999. Did it take 18 years? No not really. It took much less, its just that I finally put the finishing touches on it. The rest of my releases will be much easier since number 1 is already out there. It consists of 7 tracks… Read more The RISING. A Hard Rock Album Release. 2017 by Mike Socarras

Shredding Dorian Blues – How to Play Blues Using the Dorian Mode

Dorian Blues In this lesson you will learn: Dorian Blues progression and Chords Scales You can use to solo over the chords Techniques you can employ to compose a solo Improvising Ideas Chords Try playing a shuffle rhythm with these chords for one measure each. This is basic 12 bar blues progression. You can play it… Read more Shredding Dorian Blues – How to Play Blues Using the Dorian Mode

4 String Arpeggios Sweep Picking Workout

4 STRING ARPEGGIO SWEEP PICKING WORKOUT The following lesson is on sweep arpeggios. Remember that when you sweep its one continuous motion with your pick across the strings and not individual attacks on the strings. Its one downward motion and/or one upward motion if you are descending. Be relaxed. The pdf contains 5 keys. Fm… Read more 4 String Arpeggios Sweep Picking Workout

The Madness of Many Tour – Alluvial, Veil of Maya and Animals as Leaders

The Madness of Many Tour Last night I was at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale for The Madness of Many Tour featuring 3 kickass bands. As soon as I saw Animals as Leaders was coming to Fort Lauderdale I immediately decided I was going. No hesitations. I had never been to an instrumental show… Read more The Madness of Many Tour – Alluvial, Veil of Maya and Animals as Leaders

Breaking a Down a Guitar Solo – How to Go Step by Step

Breaking Down a Guitar Solo This is not the best way to practice a solo. It’s the only way. Break it into pieces first. Divide it and conquer it. Just like you saw in the picture. Break it up into pieces, into chunks that you can handle at the moment. They then become the pieces… Read more Breaking a Down a Guitar Solo – How to Go Step by Step

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Guitar Player Affirmations To Really Kick Ass When You’re Practicing and Rehearsing

Guitar Player Affirmations I thought I’d put this out there since I use these and it totally 100 percent empowers my practice sessions. I wanted to put it on a canvas in nice big, bold letters to put it up in my room but I’ve been a lazy ass about that. I just pick up… Read more Guitar Player Affirmations To Really Kick Ass When You’re Practicing and Rehearsing

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Its All About the Blood, the Sweat and the Tears When it Comes to Shred

Its All About the Blood, the Sweat and the Tears When it Comes to Shred Guitar Its more like the blood, the sweat and the years. It takes years upon years upon years and then some. If you’re not bleeding, or you’re not sweating or you’re not crying or whining about the fucking shit that… Read more Its All About the Blood, the Sweat and the Tears When it Comes to Shred

Shredding with Single String Major Scales

Single String Scales  Single String Scales – Major Keys. Single string scales are highly overlooked when improvising, learning scales and creating solos. Yet they are highly effective for all 3. I wanted to shed some light on how to practice these scales so that you can improvise freely and perhaps in a new way that… Read more Shredding with Single String Major Scales

Bold and Determined, Calm and Collected, Danger and Play

What I’ve Learned From Victor Pride, Dylan Madden and Mike Cernovich

VICTOR PRIDE, DYLAN MADDEN AND MIKE CERNOVICH IF I COULD SUM UP THIS ARTICLE WITH THREE PHRASES OR THREE SENTENCES I WOULD SAY: STOP BEING A WUS, COMMIT CORPORATE SEPUKKU, AND BUILD AN ONLINE BUSINESS WHICH IS YOU… THE BRAND.  ANOTHER THREE THINGS I WOULD SAY GET YOUR ASS IN THE GYM, START READING BOOKS… Read more What I’ve Learned From Victor Pride, Dylan Madden and Mike Cernovich

How to Record Yourself Playing Your Guitar for Maximum Results

How to record yourself How will you know if you sound good or if you’re making any progress? Of if your posture or technique needs some refining? Usually someone will tell you but what if you play by yourself or are practicing by yourself. How do you know if you are actually moving forward with… Read more How to Record Yourself Playing Your Guitar for Maximum Results

4 Devastating Thoughts Guitar Players Want to Stay Away From

4 Devastating Thoughts you want to stay away from. Knowing what no to think may help you with how you should think. THEORY IS NOT IMPORTANT This thought CRUSHES your options. Theory can ONLY enhance your playing not diminish it. If you want proof, listen to your favorite players and ask yourself if they went… Read more 4 Devastating Thoughts Guitar Players Want to Stay Away From

3 Reasons Why Guitar Playing Goals Are Important and How They Will Make You Feel

Guitar Playing Goals When you are learning to play guitar, setting goals is extremely important. Regardless of what style you want to play or even whether you plan on playing acoustic or electric guitar, having goals that you can strive toward will ultimately make you a better player and help speed up your learning. Below are… Read more 3 Reasons Why Guitar Playing Goals Are Important and How They Will Make You Feel

5 Minutes of Guitar Fury

Out of Time? Go for 5 Minutes of Guitar Fury

“FIVE MINUTES OF FURY guitar lesson” This is a lesson on how to be In and Out.. How To Bust Yourself Right Out of A Guitar Practicing Rut Especially if You’re pressed for Time.  Put on a stopwatch on your phone, on a watch, or just look at the clock….and Pick an exercise. From arpeggios, chords, scales… Read more Out of Time? Go for 5 Minutes of Guitar Fury

How to Start Improvising on the Guitar for Beginners and Sound Really Really Good

Improvisation Part One. In order to sound really good over a progression it is a really good idea that you start with  a SINGLE chord. The G Chord. Go ahead and try your best to record a G chord for two minutes. Choose any strumming pattern you like. Once you’ve done this, play it back so… Read more How to Start Improvising on the Guitar for Beginners and Sound Really Really Good

How to Beat Resentment Against Other Guitar Players

How to Beat Resentment Are you experiencing resentment? Do you constantly compare yourself to other guitar players? Could it be that this resentment is holding you back from truly expressing yourself the way you want to? Not to worry, youre not alone. This has plagued me and countless other players throughout the ages. I specifically… Read more How to Beat Resentment Against Other Guitar Players

How to Figure Out What Guitar Chords are In a Key…Every Time

Chords in a Key In order to start your songwriting journey you must have a desire to start songwriting. Without this it will be very hard. That being said, Songwriting can be, and is, a very rewarding thing to take on. The 2nd thing you must do is to know your guitar chords. Resolve today to… Read more How to Figure Out What Guitar Chords are In a Key…Every Time