Adam Rafferty

What’s the Best Approach for Improving Your Guitar Technique?

I got a question recently from a subscriber that read… I was wondering what your opinion was on practicing technique, learning scales, chord progressions, and theory in the context of a song versus on their own. This is really a good – and complex question. Here goes… Many guitar players …

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Practicing Guitar and Your “Happy” Brain Chemicals…

This is a pretty taboo subject, but let’s dive in. I recently got an email from a reader saying: “Hi Adam. I’m going through a phase where I can’t find any I situation or have as much fun playing as I used to. Have you got any idea or any …

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Should You Use a Thumb Pick for Fingerstyle Guitar?

Tony Robbins says the more you tell yourself you “should do something” you end up “should-ing all over yourself!” So – you’re not going to get a “you should” or “you shouldn’t” with this article. I’m just going to help you think it through. The Question I Get 3-4 Times …

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How to Achieve Maximum Confidence for Performing Fingerstyle Guitar

Performing fingerstyle guitar on stage can be nerve-racking. Something you have played perfectly at home suddenly “falls apart” when you try to get on stage and do it in front of people. For my first few years touring, my hands would shake on stage too, so don’t worry – it’s …

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Don’t Wash Your Face Before a Fingerstyle Guitar Gig!

I have a tip you will thank me for later, and it’s all about right hand fingerstyle guitar technique. Don’t wash your face before you play a gig. Huh? Yes that’s right. Don’t wash your face. It’s a great tip that my classical teacher showed me when I was 15 …

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My Personal Fingerstyle Guitar Setup Measurements

Last month I was at a guitar festival and a student came in for a lesson. I tried to play her guitar and find that it was very hard to play. I told her… “You Need a Guitar Setup!” Students often think that they need to become “stronger” and push …

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Adam Rafferty Rethinks Recording CDs & Distribution

Note: This article is NOT a gripe & whine session. It’s an inquiry of “what should musicians do now that the game has changed?” Below I will outline 12 points. Items 1 – 6 diagnose “the problem” with doing things the old way in the today’s environment (it’s a mismatch) …

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Adam Rafferty

Practicing Music or Practicing Guitar Technique – What’s Better?

Often when we hear a soulful musical performance we can’t imagine that the “wonderful music” had to be practiced technically. Even though we are “feeling it” as listeners, much more than “feelings” had to go in to it. Master musicians look at music from all angles, musical and technical. Master …

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Announcing – the “Fingerstyle Favorites” iPad Mini Winner!

Thank You! Thank you to everyone who bought “Fingerstyle Favorites” last week! If you purchased between July 8 – 15, 2014 you were automatically entered to win an iPad Mini. Here is the Prize Drawing – Captured on Video… It’s about 5 minutes long, and I want you to see …

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Adam Rafferty

4 Tips for Keeping Your Guitar Arrangements Under Your Fingers

A student just asked me the question from the “Ask Adam” page. “Adam…..I have a problem of remembering songs I’ve already learned when they haven’t been played in a couple of weeks…usually when I’m concentrating on new material. How do you keep it all under your fingers?” When I learn …

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