Inside The Studio (Part 1)

At Comstock Guitar Studio, We have been teaching  the FretDeck to our students! Our students are developing a solid foundation of music theory while they are learning and playing their favorite songs. One of our students is learning how to play classic rock on the...

Learn Classic Rock With The FretDeck

I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd lately. One of my favorite albums by them is “Wish You Were Here”. I like the way this album starts out. As I was playing my guitar I decided to use my FretDeck prototype to learn this song. I first established...

Benefits Of Learning The Piano

As a guitarist, the piano has been the most helpful and useful instrument in my many years of playing music. The way the piano is set up helps other musicians to visualize music theory in a very simple way. Whenever I improvise on the guitar, the piano keyboard comes...

Chords and Melody

The other day I was watching musical performances at a recital. It was fun watching all these people express themselves with music. It takes a lot of guts to get up in front of your friends and family and play your musical instrument. I noticed as each kid played...

The Importance Of Music Theory

Over the years I have come to realize how essential music theory is for all musicians. I first started playing the guitar when I was 12 years old. I would listen to songs and figure out what other guitar players were doing by ear. Listening by ear and understanding...

The “Blue” Note

When playing Pentatonic scales, there are many different techniques that you can apply to the scale. One of the most essential techniques that make a blues scale sound like a blues scale is using the “blue” note. This one note will make all the difference!...

Minor Pentatonic Scale

The minor Pentatonic scale is,in my opinion the most versatile scale on the guitar. It is probably the first scale guitarists learn on the guitar. The cool thing about this scale is that you can use it in a variety of genres. Rock,Country,Blues,Pop. You can also sound...

Major Pentatonic Scale

Scales are essential to learn on any instrument. You can play a variety of different sounding scales on the guitar. Today we are going to discuss the Major Pentatonic scale and the music theory required to build a Major Pentatonic scale. this type of scale is used in...

Which Kind Of Guitar Should You Buy?

As a guitar instructor this is the question I get asked the most. My response is usually “what kind of music do you like?” Going to the guitar store can be overwhelming because there are so many guitars to choose from. I am going to talk about three types...

Arpeggios On The Guitar

Arpeggios are chords that are played one note at a time. They can help guitarist create melodic solos or riffs. Arpeggios will help you to develop a feel for each individual note in a given chord. Your ears will “tune in” to each note and they will start...