Wrist Exercises For The Guitar Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder of the hand and wrist. The carpal tunnel, a narrow tunnel formed by the bones and tissues of the wrist, protects the median nerve, which controls the movement of the thumb and first three fingers. When the ligaments and tendons in the carpal tunnel become swollen or inflamed, they can press against the nerve, resulting in pain or numbness in the hand, wrist or forearm. Although carpal tunnel syndrome is commonly associated with repetitive motion, it can also be brought on by injury or certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The University of Maryland Medical Center includes wrist circles among its suggested exercises to reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Extend your index and middle fingers while closing the other fingers. The Arthritis Foundation recommends that you exercise the hand after every 15 minutes of computer mouse use to improve the blood flow in your hand.
36 Things You Obviously Need In Your New Home | Chad Stark I saw this article on BuzzFeed and felt it was definitely worth re-blogging. Enjoy :) 1. A Fire Pit IN THE POOL 2. A Door That Turns into a Ping-Pong Table Shouldn’t every door be a secret Ping-Pong table? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. This dog can hardly contain himself. 16. 17. 18. It’s a man-made swimming pool that self-cleans and doesn’t use bleach or chemicals. 19. 20. Aptly named “The Eternity Bed” for sleepovers that last forever. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. For couples that love to bathe together but hate the idea of cross-contamination. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Like this: Like Loading...
Know Every Note on the Guitar in 9 Days Knowing every note on the guitar is a challenge unique to the instrument. A saxophone has only one way to finger each note, while a guitar usually has a few different strings and four fingers to choose from. String a few notes together and the permutations of how to play them will wreck your brain. Pianists have a similar problem with ten available digits, but you can memorize the notes on a keyboard in a matter of minutes; the same pattern of white and black keys repeats every octave. The challenge with navigating the guitar fretboard is its two-dimensional layout. Why Know the Whole Fretboard? If you don’t know every single note on the guitar cold, without hesitation, then I highly recommend taking a little time to get that under your belt. The primary advantage to knowing every note on the fretboard is in creation. If you haven’t started playing yet, come back to this after you’ve learned some music. Day 1: Open Strings Know your open strings like you know your alphabet. Conclusion
40 Helpful Links for Guitar Players I'm doing my best do save you some room in your bookmarks tab on your browser by compiling the 40 most helpful links and websites I've ever come across for guitar players. These aren't just gear or lesson sites, but sites that I've found to be helpful in other ways that I wouldn't have initially expected. So I'm passing the knowledge on to you. If you play guitar, every link on this page will be worth checking out or at least keeping handy for future use. I've included a quick explanation beside each link. 1. If you ever want to record guitar on your computer this is a free piece of software that will allow you to record any stream coming into your sound card. 2. Ceaser Huesca is a guy who got his start on YouTube and provides some of the most inspiring covers available. 3. Ever curious what kind of gear your favorite guitarist is using? 4. Here you'll find curated deals and bargains on guitar gear from reputable websites (none of the shady operations), updated every week day. 5. 6. 7. 8.
desktopblues.noisegames.com Guitar-less Wrist Exercises « Guitar Teacher Guitar-less Wrist Exercises Posted on January 24, 2008 by MD If you want to practice your guitar, but you don’t actually have a guitar with you, there are still some things that you can do. Stretches of the wrist and arm can have a great benefit to your playing, and best of all you can do them anywhere, with or without an actual guitar. These wrist stretches are from a Japanese martial art called Aikido. 1. From a natural stance, raise your left arm horizontally as you look at the back of your hand and place your right palm over the first knuckle of your left hand. the “One” count has you bend your left wrist with your right hand and push your left elbow forward. 2. From a natural stance, look at the back of your left hand with fingers pointing downward, then grasp the blade of your hand with your right hand. 3. From a natural stance, look at your left palm as you place your right palm behind it. 4. Keep your hands at your sides and stand naturally. Back to Blog Map Like this:
Japanese-Inspired Shoes That Wrap Around Your Feet Store bought shoes rarely fit perfectly, and bespoke options are too expensive for many. Italian shoe maker Vibram, more commonly known for its military footwear, has come up with a solution to this problem with its Furoshiki Shoes. Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods and were first used in the Edo period to carry clothing while at the public baths. Vibram calls it the first ever “wrapping sole.” Store bought shoes not always fit perfectly So this company came up with a solution that was inspired by Furoshiki (風呂敷) Furoshiki are a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto used the same idea to create shoes that have no laces and instead wrap around the foot Source:boredpanda
Discover Your Discomfort by Jamie Andreas (www.guitarprinciples.com) Okay, I'm going to explain some powerful things for the practicing guitarist who wants to see RESULTS from their practice. In other words, the guitarist who wants to do what I call CORRECT PRACTICE. Have you ever had trouble playing something on the guitar? Have you ever seen or heard someone play something, tried to do it yourself, maybe practiced it for a long time, and ended up with only frustration and bad feelings about yourself as a player? There are a few things that are always true when we are unable to play something we want to play on the guitar. Oh sure, you'll hear people say "play S-L-O-W-LY", or "RELAX"! I got a new student about a year ago, we'll call him Tom. Tom has two very important qualities that a player must have in order to overcome problems, and make what I call Vertical Growth. Tom doesn't have the pain in his shoulder anymore, and his playing is getting better and better. Hold the guitar as comfortable as you can.
20 Tips On Songwriting Every songwriter goes through times when the inspiration just seems to dry up, and the perspiration doesn't seem to be working. Debbie Poyser offers some guidance. Songwriting is a skill that is rarely taught: musicians more often than not tend to write instinctively, absorbing their ideas about form and structure from the music that's around them, and relying on inspiration for their melodic and lyrical direction. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Tomás Howie Drumming Web - Home Guitar tablature and guitar tablature instruction Guitar Tablature Instruction. Learn how to read guitar tablature This guitar lesson explains how to read and use guitar tablature. Guitar tab is used in place of music notation. Guitar tablature instruction: A six line staff that represents the guitar fretboard. Look at the the first tablature example above. Look below for another example of illustration 2. e-------------------skinny E string B------------------- G----2-------------play the note on the 2nd fret G string. The next illustration below shows a 12 on the first string E and a 12 on the second string B. e-------12-----------skinny E, this is showing the note on the 12th fret. The illustration below has the E major chord illustrated. Look below and notice how the E chord would be displayed in tablature. e -------0-------------skinny E string, 0 means leave open, don't fret but strum. Look below and notice how the A minor chord would look like in tablature. e -------0-------------skinny E string, don't fret, but strum. Good Luck,
9 Principles of Japanese Art and Culture There are 9 basic principles that underlie Japanese art and culture. They're called aesthetics — concepts that answer the question: what is art? There are 9 Japanese aesthetics. They are the basis for Japanese art, fashion, pop culture, music and movies. 1. Wabi-sabi (imperfect) Can you imagine if all the characters in movies were perfect? 2. Miyabi is often translated "heartbreaker". 3. Shibui means simple, subtle or unobtrusive. 4. Iki is uniqueness. Iki is the movie character who's a bad-ass with style and grace. 5. Jo-ha-kyu is a tempo that can be translated as — start slowly, accelerate and end suddenly. Modern uses include movies, music and advertising. 6. Yugen states that life is boring when all the facts are known. Where does the smoke come from? 7.Geido (discipline and ethics) Have you ever noticed that Japanese martial arts (and traditional arts) are all about discipline? 8. Ensou is a zen concept. 9. Kawaii is cute.
Arpeggio Tricks | Shredaholic.com The mp3 audio files for this lesson seem to have gone missing, since this lesson was on the old site, as soon as we find them again they will go back up! Trick 1 Trick 2 Trick 3 Trick 4 click here to view the powertab file for this lesson © Atanas Shishkov 2005 Tagged as: arpeggio, legato Electronic Music Theory: How to Quickly Write Better Chord Progressions w/ Pat Cupo A lot of students have asked me for tips and tricks to writing better chord progressions. By that time they had already learned about building Major and Minor chords, but when it came to a chord progression – a series of chords occurring in time – they were a bit stuck. If you’re ever in the same position, then feel free to use these simple guidelines to help you quickly write chord progressions. Follow them carefully and strictly at first and over time it’ll start to come naturally to you. 1) Use only Major or Minor chords. Just keep things simple. C Major [audio: Major Chord C Minor [audio: Minor Chord 2) Begin and end with the same chord The thing about music is that it’s like a game. [audio: Minor Chord So what chord am I going to end with? 3) Move freely among diatonic chords The word Diatonic means “from the tonic”. What’s Included: