29th Century Guitar Academy Levels

Good afternoon!

This month I will be rolling out the 29th Century Guitar Academy Levels! The idea was to create various goals to help students stay on track with the essential materials I teach at the studio.

So far there are about 14 levels. In the beginning this will be optional, but strongly recommended as it will help me keep track of progress as well as give students important milestones to strive for. There will be rewards and recognition for those who participate. The best part is that every single student can incorporate this program into their every day routine!

Stay tuned for more on this soon as I roll everything out! If you have any thoughts or questions, please comment or send me an email!


29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

Tone Tips: Overdrives and Distortions

Curious about different types of distortion pedals and how they affect your guitar tone? Check out this cool article written by Pete Thorn, a session player who's worked with Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cornell and other big names. The article is a little involved, but has some great info. 


I really enjoy his articles and videos on guitar gear since I'm a "guitar nerd" myself. If you have any questions regarding this article or about guitar gear in general, just ask! Find the full article HERE!

29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

Apps for Guitar Players

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There are so many great apps out there for guitar players these days, and today I'd like to share with you a few of my favorites that I use all the time on my iPhone and iPad. Note: to use Garageband and ToneStack described below, you will need a way to interface with your device. I use the Line 6 Sonic port found here.


Tempo Advance:
This is the metronome app I use to keep time. However, there are many other advanced features that can help you take your practicing to the next level. Check it out here.

Garageband:
Just like the same application found on Apple computers, Garageband is an easy-to-use recording program. It's great for getting your ideas down or recording full songs. It's even got built-in amp simulation so you don't need a mic to get going. Check it out here.

ToneStack:
Just like Garageband, this app has built-in amps and effects for electric guitar. However, this one has more options and sounds particularly great in my opinion. Check it out here.

Tempo Slow:
This app lets you slow down music files that you have on your device. This is a great way to learn more challenging songs that are maybe a little too fast for you current playing level. I also use this to transcribe particularly fast or difficult passages from songs. Check it out here.

Figure:
This is a fun app that you can make electronic drum beats on. There are a lot of cool drum sounds and I have used some of them to create my own music. Check it out here.

29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

All About Tonewoods

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Have you ever wondered why guitar makers use all different types of wood? You may have never thought about it, but depending on what materials are used, the guitar will actually have a different sound, look, feel and weight. With no prior experience it's difficult to notice these things, but once you start experiencing various guitars you will be able to see and hear the differences.

Click HERE to get a quick introduction to what we call 'tonewoods' in this great article written by Dave Hunter. Hopefully you'll find it informative! 


29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

The Fishman TriplePlay

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The Fishman TriplePlay is another really cool product to check out if you're in the market for something that's going to add a new dimension to your playing. It's a MIDI pickup system for your guitar that's recently become more and more popular. This affordable pickup allows you to interface with your computer to play software instruments (like piano, strings, synths, etc) and record. It even comes with notation software so you can play notes or chords and it will transcribe it for you. This is all done wirelessly via bluetooth! 




I'm super excited about what this thing can do and hope to add it to my arsenal soon. Check it out HERE if you are interested in learning more. 

29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

Find 29th Century Guitar On Youtube!

Good afternoon!

Did you know that 29th Century Guitar has a Youtube channel? I've posted a bunch of videos highlighting different skills and techniques that can help you while practicing at home. Check out this video HERE where I give a lesson on string skipping. This is a basic skill, but can be a difficult one to master. I've introduced a good way to start practicing it that you'll see in the video.

If you like the lesson, you can find more Quick Tips and Quick Riffs videos on the channel. AND if you'd like a custom video made specifically for you, get in touch!


29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

Rig Rundown - A Perfect Circle

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If you love guitar gear as much I do, you'll appreciate Premiere Guitar's Rig Rundown video series. In the series you're able to "go behind the scenes" and actually see what artists are using on tour. If you've ever been curious about what certain bands use or just live rigs in general, definitely check these videos out. I'm a huge fan myself!

Click HERE to check out the one they did on A Perfect Circle.


29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com

Strandberg Guitars

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It's no secret that I love Strandberg Guitars as I've owned and used these guitars exclusively over the past year and a half. Just this year Strandberg has introduced 5 new models to their production line (not including artist models): the Classic, Original, Metal, Fusion and Prog. These new models are all a follow-up to the popular OS Model, which I own 2 myself. It's important to note that these new models are all ergonomically designed instruments and come in 6, 7 or 8 string configurations.

I love these guitars because they are made to be lightweight, balanced and feature a proprietary neck profile called the Endureneck. They're the most comfortable guitar I've personally ever played and find them to be a real game changer. I can't recommend them enough.

These guitars are a bit on the pricey side, but the Classic model that I previously mentioned is aimed at offering the same body shape and features of the more expensive models at a lower price point.

If you're interested in these guitars and have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

To do some research on them yourself, please click HERE!

29th Century Guitar is an established guitar and music studio that provides tailored private and group guitar lessons to all levels of students. To learn more, please visit www.29thcenturyguitar.com