Sunday, August 30, 2015

Big News Everyone! The all NEW and all FREE is here! We are currently working on the new site but I have made it accessible right now. We have a lot of work to do but as we add videos and documents they will be available to you right away! Keep on coming back for more! Mike

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

 Guitar Glossary Download

Hey guys,
I just wanted to let everyone know that I just added an important document to the "Tools" section of  The new document is a downloadable PDF glossary.  The glossary is 17 pages and full of useful terms and lingo used by guitarists.  This is an invaluable resource for those times when you watch a lesson or have a conversation and don't understand what's being said because of one or two words you haven't heard before.  Please check it out today!


Friday, June 10, 2011


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Welcome to the first of my MUSIC THEORY MADE SIMPLE series.  If you have searched the internet for quality lessons before I feel your pain.  Everything out there is poorly done or it seems like you have to already have a masters in music theory to understand it.  Where are the lessons for those of us who want to go beyond just learning songs, but don't know where to start?  Well, I have many lessons at that address that very subject.  Now I am giving you a free taste of that in written form here on my blog.  This is not meant to be an all-encompassing lesson series, but I will brush across a few lessons that should knock down some road blocks for you.  To view a ton of my free lessons check out my YouTube channel at


I want to talk about natural half steps and how they specifically relate to the guitar.  The importance of learning about natural half steps becomes more apparent after you start learning about barre chords, scales, keys, etc.  That being the case, trust me, you want to spend the time learning this.  To start with, the half step actually refers to the distance between notes.  Let me show you what I like to refer to as the musical alphabet.  It goes like this.

A   A#   B-C   C#   D   D#   E-F   F#   G   G#   (# is the symbol for sharp)

As you can see between most major notes there is another note in between them.  For example, between A and B there is an A# (A sharp).  This note could also be called a Bb (B flat) but to keep things simple I will just use the sharp note names.  The distance between the A and A# is called a half step.  This relates to the guitar as one fret.  The distance between the A and B is called a whole step.  This relates to the guitar as two frets.  Therefore, on the guitar, the low E string (the thickest guitar string) plays an A note in the Fifth fret.  A half step up (the sixth fret) is the A#, and two frets away (the seventh fret) is the B note.

Now you may have noticed that there isn't a sharped note in between B and C or E and F. That's because there is no note between these two pairs.  Therefore, when you come to a B note on the guitar, the next note isn't a B# because that note does not exist.  Instead you go straight to a C note.  The same thing happens when you go to an E note.  The next fret higher will be an F and not an E#.  This jump from B to C and From E to F is called a NATURAL HALF STEP.  This is important because if you know what note the string starts on you can figure out what every single note is on that string all the way up the neck!  This is crucial when you are trying to find a specific Barre chord which I will cover in another blog post.  Not taking the natural half steps in consideration would cause you to get off on the wrong notes as soon as you passed that natural half step.

For practice, try naming the notes all the way up the strings.  If you do it correctly, when you get to the twelfth fret you should be calling it the name of the string.  For example, the twelfth fret on the E strings will be an E.  Twelfth fret on the B string will be the B note.  You see the pattern.   Just remember, the first note is the open note, then comes the first fret, second fret, etc.  So the first fret of the A string is not A, it’s A#.  I hope this helps you.  As always I encourage feedback, so post comments here on the blog or email me at  Don’t forget to enter yourself in the drawing for a free membership to my website just by subscribing to this blog!



Saturday, March 5, 2011



I’ve heard it said before that every man walking this earth has tried to play guitar at one time or another.  In my experience there are a lot of women out there fine-tuning there craft as well.   Whether you are in the first category or the latter you are guaranteed to share one universal problem; pick thieves.  Pick thieves can be actual evil people (I’m picturing something like the Hamburgler), our own absent mindedness, or even those greedy couch cushions.  The fact is, at some point you are going to find yourself ready to impress the masses or battle to the death in a guitar duel just when you realize you're pickless!  
This is where the Pick Punch comes in.  With the Pick Punch you’ve got a new pick waiting for you just about anywhere.  Resembling a heavy-duty commercial stapler, it punches pick-shaped holes in depleted gift cards, old driver’s licenses, and even empty soda bottles.  Von Luhmann, the creator of the product sent me his standard 351 Pick Punch and his new “jazz style” Pick Punch.  I have to say I’ve had a blast seeing what these things will punch through.  After all I do have to test its limits right?  If you’re not as adventurous as me there are plenty of handy “how to” guides at covering the do’s and don’t of making your own picks.

A nice surprise to this little gem is the ability to customize the look of your picks with pictures, logos, etc.  This is done by cutting two clear picks and gluing a picture in between the layers.  Sometimes anything mass produced just can’t keep up with the niche trends of the trendsetting guitarist.  Then again, maybe the fact that you rock no matter what your picks are made of is what you’re all about.  No matter what your reason the Pick Punch is the tool to do it. 
There is no doubt that the Pick Punch does its job well but, it’s up to the individual to decide how often they will actually use this.  It may be your answer to the down economy, having to never buy a pick again, or you might bring it out every now and then to impress a friend.  At $25 it’s not a huge financial gamble, especially if you’ve been researching boutique pedals lately.  Since a dozen picks will cost you around four dollars you will have to make around seventy-five picks before you make up your money.  But the math doesn’t encompass the whole decision does it?  It comes down to this.  If the idea of customizing your own picks sounds cool to you then this is for you.  However, if your simply trying to save money, just search the couch cushions or set a pick thief trap.  I hear they like M&M’s.