Oasis Grassroots Giveaway

Guitar-GiveawayOasis Disc Manufacturing is hosting a gear giveaway in which you can win over $7,500 worth of prizes.

From Oasis:

The opportunity of a lifetime is knocking. So enter the Grassroots Giveaway. It’ll take you two minutes, and it could change your music career.

Prize: Products and services from

  • Oasis Disc Manufacturing
  • CD Baby
  • Concerts in Your Home
  • Direct Sound Headphones
  • Taylor Guitar
  • Groove3
  • MasterWriter
  • Radio Airplay
  • Deering Banjo
  • Namba Gear
  • HostBaby

Contest Ends: September 30, 2014

Open To: Legal residents in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico

How To Enter: Fill out the Entry Form

Learn a Country Rock Guitar Solo

Our new lesson by Jody Worrell will teach you how to play a Country Rock Guitar Solo over a D, C, and G progression. The solo will use a mixture of the D Major Pentatonic Scale along with chord tones. This solo was written in the style of Toy Caldwell and The Marshall Tucker Band. It’s an intermediate level piece that straddles the line of Country, Rock, and Southern Rock.

Working through the 12 bars, the solo will advance up the neck and use big bends to create a soaring climatic sound. Along the way, Jody will provide detailed instruction on how to play the solo correctly. You’ll learn special techniques like using your pick to mute the string at the top of a bend. Small tone choices like this will really help you define the sound of your lead playing.

Lessons the Music Industry Can Learn from TV

The-Daily-BeastEver heard that as a musician you have to give your stuff away or play for free in order to make it? Aside from that being a terrible business model, it’s following the opposite path of television. There have been some huge advances in television in the past decade from which the music industry can learn.

TV, which was once broadcast for free, has been using a highly-effective subscription model which has brought about a revolution of new content with top-notch production quality. The music industry, however, says to give away your music and make up for it in T-shirt sales. And with data-compression, the formats available for download or streaming are of lesser quality than CDs.

Read more about this topic at The Daily Beast.

Learn How to Practice a Beginner Guitar Chord Progression

We have three new guitar practice sessions that will teach the beginner how to go about learning a new chord progression. By breaking the progression down into isolated sections, you can make the whole process easier to learn. The progression you will learn features the D, Cadd9, and G chords.

In the first session, you will learn how to play the chords and change between them. The second video will cover making the chord changes in time. We’ll start with playing the chords for two beats, resting for two beats while you switch to the next chord, and then playing the new chord for two beats. As you practice along with the video, Peter will slowly speed things up until you are playing four beats per measure and making the changes in-between beats. Finally, in our last practice session we will add a strum pattern.

This is a detailed practice routine that you can apply to any new chord progression you want to tackle. Work on the chords, changes, and strum pattern separately before you try to put everything together. This will help you to isolate any problems you may be having.

Guitar Chord Progression

Deep Purple – Burn – Opening Lick Guitar Tab

This new video lesson by Matthias Young will teach you how to play the opening guitar lick to Burn by Deep Purple. The riff features some tricky pull-offs but is a ton of fun to play. Matthias will take you note by note through playing the lick and will then demonstrate along with a jam track. Watch the on-screen tab to get the hang of things. Check out our Ritchie Blackmore Style premium lessons to learn more.