RGT and Takamine Guitar Winner Announced

Stephen Mulhern - Takamine winner - best photo

“I’m so pleased to have won this guitar. It’s a joy to play. It has an excellent tone with clear high notes and deep resonant lows. The guitar stays in tune well and the intonation is spot on across the entire range. The guitar looks great and is made from quality parts. If I hadn’t won this guitar I might well have bought it anyway!” Continue reading

Rhythm Exercise – Eighth Note Strumming Patterns

Eighth note strumming patterns are bread and butter to an acoustic guitarist. It’s therefore essential that you are comfortable in performing a variety of patterns. The exercise in this article sets out a fundamental approach to building strong rhythm skills, as well as a fun and challenging way to explore different strumming patterns. For this exercise, you will need your guitar, a piece of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. Continue reading

5 Intermediate Fingerpicking Patterns

When learning how to play fingerstyle guitar, one of the biggest roadblocks many of us face is moving beyond basic fingerpicking patterns as you progress into the intermediate study of the genre. In this lesson you will learn how to play 5 intermediate level fingerpicking patterns that you can use to build your technique, as well as add variety to your songwriting and performance in a fingerstyle situation. Continue reading

Open String Guitar Fingerpicking Patterns

When working out fingerpicking patterns on the guitar, we often explore common right-hand groupings over our favourite chord shapes, and then take them to chord progressions and songs from there. While working fingerpicking patterns over chord shapes can be effective for developing hand coordination and growing your musical vocabulary, you can also explore open string fingerpicking patterns in order to bring new textures and sounds to your guitar playing. Continue reading

2014 RGT Guitar Tutors Conference Announced

Described as “The event of the year for anyone who teaches guitar,” the 2014 RGT Guitar Tutors Conference is now open for registration. Held annually at the University of West London, in Ealing, this year’s conference theme is Acoustic Guitar, and will feature displays, talks and workshops focusing on acoustic guitar education, performance and gear. Continue reading

RGT Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 Video Lessons

Over the years, RGT Acoustic Guitar Exams have become one of the most popular choices when it comes to studying for and taking certified examinations on the instrument. For those readers that have taken these exams, you will know how important it can be to study the material in the syllabus fully, as well as how helpful it can be to have an inside look into the exam from those that have come before. Continue reading