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New Year, New Me? Lets Make 2017 Count!



I want to thank you so much for joining my mailing list and being part of ‘The Self Made Guitarist” Community. It means a lot to have you with us.

If you didn’t know this has been an EXTREMELY exciting time for me. As, this is the start of ‘The Self Made Guitarist‘ and after MONTHS of preparation and work, to have this finally finished and ready to help guitarists become great is an amazing feeling!

So you are actually my first few subscribers…

…. The Start of something special!

So my question to you is….

What are you Guitar Goals of 2017?

What’s your Guitar Goals?
Let’s crush 2017…

I want to help you every step of the way to achieve your Guitar Goals!

But first you must define them!

There are many things you can learn with Music and the Guitar. So having a clear path to what you want to learn and the guitarist you want to be is crucial to your success!

Note: I would love to hear what you would like to improve on. I would love to make some lessons dedicated to that on my blog. (Email: mace@theselfmadeguitarist.com)

How you can kickstart your 2017?

Knowledge is power….. well Potential Power – You have to use take that knowledge and put the work in!

I know if you’re reading this email you are a dedicated, serious
guitarist willing to put the time in and create lasting change.

But why let it take YEARS to get to where you want to be?

Who wants to be a great guitarist by the time of their death bed?

Well, luckily that doesn’t have to be the case. As you may have found already by implementing the Warm-Up Routine Secrets book that you are improving on the guitar at a highly accelerated rate.

Having a system – or a method to improve. To be the type of Guitarist YOU want to be….

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To Your Success,
Mace [The Self Made Guitarist]

New Year, New Me? Lets Make 2017 Count!

What Is A Self Made Guitarist?


Hey Self Made Guitarists!


If you didn’t get my email yesterday, I would just like to say thanks again for
being part of ‘The Self Made Guitarist’ Community!I want to thank you so much for joining my mailing list and being part of ‘The Self Made Guitarist” Community. It means a lot to have you with us.What is The Self Made Guitarist?
If you didn’t know what The Self Made Guitarist is about then you are about to find out ;)The Self Made Guitarist is a new Guitar teaching program and community just set up by me – Mace. It’s to connect like minded guitarists who are passionate and serious about the guitar and to deliver the best content to ensure we all achieve our guitar playing goals and dreams!

So more importantly, The Self Made Guitarist is YOU!
A Self Made Guitarist is a Guitarist who wants to push themselves and achieve the best they can with their guitar playing! Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve their Guitar goal dreams and desires! Trust me…. It’s possible for
everyone to experience!!

The best way to learn is to learn with the help and motivation of others, so I want not only to give you the best content I possible can, but I also wants us all to be part of a great guitar journey where everyone helps each other find their voice and become great!


To Your Success,
Mace [The Self Made Guitarist]

The 5 benefits of Guitar Finger Trainers


Guitar Finger Trainers

What are they? And how can they transform your playing?!

I love finger trainers, a somewhat unknown and unappreciated tool I regard as a secret, to mastering the guitar. I thought after 10 years of playing the Guitar, I would be good or at least decent at using a finger trainer.

But I was wrong… This thing is hard!

The 5 Benefits of Guitar Finger Trainers:

1) Better Strength. This has increased the strength in my fingers has increased massively! You cannot get your fingers this strong from practising the guitar alone.

2) Better Calluses. It helps you out when you don’t have the want/time/or energy to practise every day. The finger trainer will keep your calluses firm and improve your finger strength in just a couple of minutes. The best thing is that you can do this while you are doing pretty much anything. Watch tv, check Facebook or talk to a friend

3) Better Control. When you have more strength, you are much more able to control bends and lay notes with much more ease. This allows you to think less about how you

4) Better sound! No more buzzing frets or uneven volumes in hammer-ons and pull-offs! The finger trainer builds your hands so that you can deliver a much more consistent performance in your guitar playing.

5) Fun. Enjoy it. Reap the rewards and fun the process. It will kick your butt to start off! Enjoy the fact that you will improve each day and when you go to your guitar. You’ll be saying, “Wow, just wow. It’s like someone altered the difficulty level”!

Which finger trainer should I get?

The Guitar finger trainer I use is the Planet Waves Hand Exerciser which I would. There is also this cheaper option too. I recommend the Planet Waves hand exerciser as its the one I have, and it has a great calluses tool, which is worth it alone in my opinion. They are small so it’s easy to carry it in a gig bag or put it in your practice box.

How does it work?

It’s the analogy of weight training. You lift more weight than you have to, which makes your body adapt to the environment, i.e. Having to deal with more weights. This training makes your body adapt, and it makes everything become easier. If you test your body by lifting much harder weights, your body meets the challenge.

After a short space of time, you will begin to see the results of using a guitar finger trainer. With the newly gained muscle you have on standby, guitar playing becomes a piece of cake.

No more struggling for bends or barre chords.

Obviously, you still need to practice the guitar, to improve at it, but if you combine that practice with this finger trainer, your results can go through the roof.

People spend £1000’s worth of gear thinking it will make them sound better. But the ultimate tone is in your fingers (heard that phrase before?), So why not spend £10 and increase your own ability to make any guitar sound better. That’s without mentioning the ease and technical finesse you will develop!

So at such a low price, this tool is invaluable…

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Mace – [The Self Made Guitarist]

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Should I Learn Guitar Scales?


Do you really need to spend any of your valuable time learning guitar scales and theory?

The argument that guitarists will use to not learn any type of theory is that they will be in danger of losing their originality. They won’t be able to be or sound like themselves, they will be caught up and constrained within the confines of rules and regulations. The only problem with that kind of thinking is that you are in danger of not growing and progressing as a musician.

All basic lead guitar instruction courses at the root level will tell you to learn chords, scales and arpeggios because they know that you will gain a greater understanding of how the music process inter-grates and works together, you will expand your playing with new possibilities and concepts, rather than the reverse.

And here is the most important factor. A lot of self-taught musicians tend to suffer from episodes of self-doubt because of not knowing what to play, which in turn can breed insecurities and lack of self-confidence in your playing.

Knowledge is power as they say, so if you want to advance your guitar playing to expert status as a lead guitar improviser or if you want to be taken seriously as a professional musician, there is no two ways about it, you are going to have to set some time aside to practise modes, scales and learn notes on your guitar fretboard.

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Here are some pointers you might want to keep in mind when getting started.

1. 5 or 10 minutes a day of disciplined practice will yield more results than 10 years of picking up your guitar and ‘noodling’ about, sitting on the end of your bed.

2. Set aside ten minutes for a practise session and decide beforehand what it is you are going to do and learn. Too many guitarists tell me they practised for 8 hours a day and when I ask them what did you learn – I’m not usually given a clear answer.

3. Always use a drum machine or metronome when practising as you will learn in time that timing is everything.

4. You don’t have to practise at the speed of sound when you start. You will find most guitarists who play fast, find out that speed is not what music or guitaring is really about and end up going back to their roots and playing melodic phrases that satisfy themselves.

5. Don’t beat yourself up because you are not Steve Vai or Dave Gilmour after 2 weeks.

Also, something that isn’t discussed very often about practising guitar scales or modes or arpeggios is that it doesn’t have to be drudgery and boredom. Spending 10 or 20 minutes a day working on the theory aspect of your playing will yield benefits far beyond what you can come up with on your own. I don’t think that there is a single musician on the planet who has spent time learning theory and said I wish I hadn’t have spent all that time learning all that crap.

Conclusion: If you want to advance your playing or write songs that are original and express who you really are, you should consider opening yourself to some solid theory because the road to originality is through other people’s stuff. If you have a good working knowledge of guitar scales, you will identify what your favourite players are up to and be able to duplicate those phrases in all keys for yourself.

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Should You Learn Guitar Chords In Each Key


When first starting to learn guitar chords, one of the most difficult tasks to master is to get your fingers to do what you want them to do. Independence does not come easily. This is why most beginning guitar players focus on and learn the most commonly used guitar chords and scales and proceed to use those handful of chords for the rest of their life.

Most guitarists do not experiment with different areas of the guitar or try adding or subtracting a note or two to the original chord so as to give some hint of originality or a personal style, that is why a lot of guitar music around today is so uninspiring and un-original.

Once guitar players get a few licks and tricks under their belt they become lazy. When you consider the combinations that are available from just one chord in one position on the neck, it is absolutely mind boggling, let alone the hundreds of other positions and variations available. Just by experimenting with one chord shape at a different starting place on the fretboard can take your mind and fingers to uncharted areas you could not have conceived of before.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider breaking out of old patterns and learning guitar chords in a new key.

1. Inspiration can come immediately from taking one of your most prized over used chords and moving it over one fret to a new key. You probably will have to re-arrange your fingers to accommodate the new shape, but persevere with it, this new chord is no harder than any chord you have learnt so far. Now try moving all of the chords to this new key. Now you have just doubled your fretboard knowledge.

2. Play through those chords and just listen to the sound those new ‘shapes’ are making in the new position. You are breathing new life into your tired, worn out, over used chords. Remember that discovering new, original ideas and sounds is part of why guitar playing can be so much fun in the first place.

3. If you have a song that you know quite well, transpose those chords to another key. What you will find is that the song can have a different feel and take on a whole new life of its own.

Learning new guitar chords doesn’t have to be a chore, if you decided to learn just one new chord per month, you will be in front of most of the guitar players on the planet. Most people who learn to play guitar, usually play for a lifetime. I have never met any guitar player that played for a year or two then declared they didn’t like playing the guitar and just stopped. It is an ongoing pursuit, a skill to be mastered over the course of a lifetime, something to be enjoyed.

I know that you enjoy the chords that you are already playing, but if you break out of the same old guitar chords and scales that you play all the time, I promise you, you can rediscover all the amazing feelings of why you started to play guitar all over again. So I ask you – do you think it might be a good idea for you to learn guitar chords in each key?

Beginners Series: 3) Free Guitar Chord Charts


This article will show you how to make the best use of free guitar chord charts that you can find online. As the internet changes, sites go down and new ones come up, so I won’t risk this resource going out of date by discussing where to find your free guitar chord charts, just how to use them to kick start your guitar playing.

You can easily get together a nice collection of chord charts and lyrics to your favorite songs to help you learn to play the guitar. If you feel that you should be learning a whole bunch of musical theory and how to read musical notation, but somehow feel it’s just not you, then that’s okay – start with what you feel most enthusiastic about. Once you have started to learn using guitar chord charts you have bought or downloaded for free, you might see as you go along that you will need to know a little bit about musical theory to see how chords and scales fit together. If, however, you are comfortable learning chords to your favorite songs, then keep at it.

So let’s start with the basic baby steps and work up to some really useful knowledge about guitar chords and how the dots on the charts relate to musical sounds. You know the frets on your guitar’s neck somehow show you where the notes are, so let’s get a little more technical. You will see when you use scale charts to learn to play guitar tunes that in a given position on the fret board, you will sometimes need to move up or down one fret or two frets. If you play the note at the first fret, and then move up to the second fret, you have moved up a semitone. If you have moved up two frets, it is called a tone. The distance between the notes E and F or B and C is a tone. The distance between the notes C and D is a tone. So as you learn songs in different keys you will start to see that what you are playing when you play scales is different patterns of tones or semi tones on the guitar neck.

If you have watched guitarists play you will have noticed that sometimes they place their index finger across all six strings. This is called a barre. When you begin to learn songs you will be making use of chords played in the FIRST position on the fret board. These are mostly open chords, that is chords that do not make use of the barre. You can try to play barre chords any time, but it’s a bit ambitious to expect to be able to use them until after your hands have done some practice with open chords.

When you are learning chords to accompany songs, you will probably make use of your chord charts showing you chords that use all the guitar’s strings. But if you want to get into playing solos start with the three note chords called triads. The three notes in a triad are the basic notes of your chord, so by learning triads you will begin to see how the guitar chords are structured. Also you can move your triads up and down the fret board to make new chords.

Here’s an example:

The chord of A Major is made up of the notes A C# and E shown in tab form as:







Move that shape one semitone (one fret) up the neck and you get A# or Bb.







One fret higher is B Major.







This shape played anywhere on the neck will give you a major chord. The fret it is played at tells you the key it is in.

Here are the notes for the triads of the basic chords:

C Major – C E G

D Major – D F# A

E Major – B E G#

F Major – C F A

G Major – G B D

A Major – A C# E

B Major – B D# F#

Now the minor chords:

C Minor – C Eb G

D Minor – D F A

E Minor – B E G

F Minor – C F Ab

G Minor – G Bb D

A Minor – A C E

Naturally, there will be some points you need to make a little clearer, so you will find more descriptions and illustrations available for free on the internet.

Beginners Series: X) Learning To Play With Free Guitar Chords


Close your eyes and listen. Is there a sound more soulful and more resonant than a well-played guitar? It’s the sound of life and the sound of the soul. You can make it yours. That is, if you’re up for it.

Figuring out how to read your free guitar chords?

If you are teaching yourself to play the guitar, you will be reading a lot of manuals filled with diagrams and notations. Learning to read the diagrams and guitar tablature will guarantee your enjoyment of free guitar chords, which you can download anytime from online guitar sites. The daunting task should not dampen your interest because it is actually easy as long as you put your mind into it.

Imagine now that you are looking at a blank diagram. The diagram will represent your guitar. The vertical lines are the 6 strings of your guitar. The horizontal lines are the frets. Do not count the last line on top. That is your guitar’s nut and nuts should be ignored, no pun intended. When dots appear on any of the horizontal lines within a fret you are instructed to use the string. The dots will have numbers to indicate which finger to use on a particular string.

When the dots appear without a number inside, it appears like this: O – this means you are not going to play the string. You will also learn which finger will be 1, 2, 3, and 4. The thumb is not included in the count, but is designated as T.

At first, there will be some difficulty and awkwardness with the fingers when learning your free guitar chords specially prepared for beginners’ lessons. Beginners are advised to concentrate on the chords, the strumming later. As each chord is sounded, listen carefully to the sound and get used to the feel of the chord on your fingertips.

Getting the feel of free guitar chords

Guitar chords are arranged according to basic chord patterns. The CAGED system represents the major chords: C, A, G, E, and D. This is introduced to prepare beginners for more complex chords. Often, later lessons will bring in the F and B chords and the chords with flats and sharps. When the lessons have finally been learned by heart, the succeeding lessons will be easier. Still, you have to consistently practice with free guitar chords to perfect your craft.

When you’re downloading free guitar chords, get video demos to supplement your guitar instructions while you’re at it. By watching how the chords are played, you will be enhancing your playing style. The demonstrator also often explains away the details, and you can view the same video anytime until you have learned the tricks – like switching between chords with speed. As a beginner, you probably place one finger at a time on the strings. This will be cumbersome later when you have to switch chords fast. Make finger exercises a part of your routine to help you touch all the required strings at any given time. This exercise requires placing your fingers on the strings, lifting your fingers, and placing your fingers on the noted strings at the same time. Repetition will help you perfect the skill.

Indeed, learning to play the guitar can be a lot of hard work. But then, nobody ever said it would be easy, only that it would be worth it.

Beginners Series: X) There’s More To Life Online Than Free Guitar Sheet Music


As the next big thing in the guitar Hall of Fame, you want your free guitar sheet music, and you want it bad. Well, you’re not going to get it by pining away all day. It’s not going to miraculously rain down on you. As the Bible very accurately says, “Seek and ye shall find.”

Where do you search?

It is raining free guitar sheet music online. The Internet is crawling with it. If feel you are not getting your fair share, then there is definitely something wrong with the way you are searching. Or perhaps you’re just looking in the wrong places. When you limit yourself to search engines, chances are your search will return with a lot of irrelevant sites. That can be very frustrating.

The use of search engines demands the use of specific keywords if you want the right results. With the right keywords search engines like Yahoo, Google, and MSN will help you find free guitar sheet music. If it’s free guitar sheet music that you want, then that’s exactly what you should demand, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get. And if you’re specifically looking for a Hendrix or Clapton song, by all means, type in the artist’s name and the song title. That ought to get you somewhere. Painstakingly scan through the search results to get to the website that offers the free guitar sheet music you have in mind. When you’ve found the site with free guitar sheet music of your dreams, check out their other offerings, such as CDs, e-books, guitar accessories, and guitar lessons. These sites have forums and links to partner websites where you can have access to more information and free guitar sheet music.

Getting into the groove

Joining guitar forums is a good way of acquiring access to more information, news, and other guitar trivia. If you’re lucky, you’ll even meet a kindred spirit or two. It is a wide guitar world out there. Your new buddies can tell you about the latest guitar sites and the best guitar deals online. They can also help you locate free guitar sheet music that you can’t find through search engines. You can even join discussions and debates about the best bands and the best blues or bass guitarists. You may even pick up guitar tricks and techniques that others like you have acquired through years of guitar playing, or share some of your own.

Other means to get free guitar sheet music is from website partners. While your poking around a site, look for links partners, resources, and other links. You’ll find yourself in similar websites and find more free guitar sheet music.

Yet another way to get free guitar sheet music is using notation software. These nifty things can transcribe MIDI files into high quality guitar sheet music. You can view the notes on the screen of your PC as they are played. Print these sheets and voila! You have free guitar sheet music.

Collecting collector’s items

In your search for free guitar sheet music, you’re likely to find gems that will add up beautifully to your private collection. Guitar e-books and albums are also valuable stuff that you may be dying to have. Most of these are not free but if you are a true aficionado, you’re not likely to let them get away.

Remember that you can never learn too much guitar. Find the time to browse for free lessons. You can’t go wrong with further study is you want to be great. You’ll chance upon them on several websites, if you can be bothered to look. Get those guitar demos on videos. What you will see will explain a lot of things from those online guitar lessons.

Know what you want and go get it, and when you do, don’t stop there. Searching free guitar sheet music online can indeed give you so much more.

Acoustic Or Electric Guitar Which Should You Get


So you’ve chosen to take up the guitar. Good for you! Now comes the hard part: which guitar is the best to start playing on? Well, the answer to that question depends on many things. It depends on what kind of music you enjoy listening to, what kind of music you are looking to play, and what kind of level you wish to reach–amateur or professional.

Before we go over each topic, let us first discuss the differences between Electric and Acoustic guitars.

The main difference between an Electric and Acoustic guitar is the fact that the Electric must be plugged into an amplifier in order to be heard loudly, while the Acoustic can be played and heard without the use of an amp. This is because Acoustic guitars have sound holes, which produce the sound. Electric guitars, on the other hand, don’t have a sound hole and are thus known as Hollow-body’s. Electric hollow-body’s can be heard by the people playing them, but are inaudible to others without the use of an amp. Additionally, there are Electric guitars with the ability to be played both acoustically and electrically because they have little sound holes. These are known as semi-hollow bodies and are very versatile because they can sound one way unplugged and another way on an amp. Finally, there are some Acoustic guitars, known as Acoustic-Electric’s, that can be played acoustically or on an amp. However, these are very different from semi-hollow bodies, because they sound pretty much the same unplugged or plugged–the only difference being that the Acoustic-Electric when plugged into the amp.

OK, now that we’ve briefly gone over the different types of Acoustic and Electric guitars, we can now move on to the criteria for choosing a guitar.

The Music You Enjoy Helps You Decide What Guitar to Buy: Let’s start off with the first topic. Obviously, those who enjoy listening to a certain kind of music are most likely going to want to play it on guitar. That is why you must take this into consideration when looking for a guitar. Choosing the wrong type of guitar could lead to frustration and giving up the instrument all together. Do you enjoy rock music–metal, modern, alternative and otherwise? Then chances are a hollow-body electric guitar is a wise choice. If that is the case, you will also want to purchase an amp. But what if you like rock music that makes use of both acoustic and electric guitar? Then perhaps a semi-hollow body guitar is the best choice. Or maybe you don’t like rock and instead enjoy country or mellow music. Acoustic or Acoustic-Electric guitar is then your best bet.

What Kind of Music Do You Want to Play?: Maybe you’re a big rock fan, but would rather learn to play mellow, acoustic-based songs. That’s perfectly fine, and if that’s the genre you wish to play, you definitely want to pick up an Acoustic or Acoustic-Electric guitar. It’s also possible that you’re a big fan of acoustic-pop but want to start playing rock & roll. Do yourself a favor and pick up a semi-hollow or hollow body guitar.

What Level Do You Wish to Achieve?: Are you just taking up the guitar for recreational purposes and not looking to form a band or master the instrument? The Electric guitar is probably a good choice. This is because Electric guitars are much easier to start playing on than Acoustics are. Electrics have thinner strings (which are easier to start playing on) and, when plugged into an amp, allow room for error. Beginner mistakes can be easily covered up with Electric guitars. However, you cannot expect to make mistakes and be a pro. Acoustic guitars do not cover up your mistakes at all–if anything, they highlight them. You are forced to play songs correctly and master techniques the right way. The learning curve of an Acoustic is steeper, but you will reap the rewards if you master it. A transition from Acoustic to Electric guitar will be incredibly easy, whereas a transition from Electric to Acoustic guitar will be a bit harder. Thinking about what you want to accomplish on the guitar is a big factor in your decision.

Well, there you have it. After you think deeply about the above topics, you should be able to decide what type of guitar to get. Once you’ve made that decision, you’ll probably want to check out our articles on “Choosing the right Acoustic guitar” and “Choosing the right Electric guitar”.