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The practice of (guitar) practice (Interview with Jonathan Harnum)

41rLXWoqvgL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_As you probably know, I started The Aspiring Guitarist as an outlet for my obsession for getting better at guitar. Over the years I’ve expanded also to other topics, but how to practice guitar more efficiently is still my favorite topic.

For a long time I thought that I am the only weirdo who finds pleasure in studying this subject but fortunately that is not true. There are quite a few people who know much more about practicing much more. And Jonathan Harnum is definitely one of them.

Jonathan Harnum is the author of a fantastic book called The Practice of Practice that focuses on how do we get better on musical instrument. In this book Jonathan distilled his own musical experience, latest scientific research and insights from many highly accomplished musicians  into a very interesting and easy-to-read guide that can help you get more out of your practice time.

I highly recommend The Practice of Practice!

Moreover, Jonathan was kind enough and agreed to do an interview for The Aspiring Guitarist. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode. Continue Reading →

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Mark Lettieri on playing with Snarky Puppy and life as a touring musician

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Mark Lettieri is one of the three guitar players of Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy. If you have never heard of this band, head over to Youtube and check them out, you won’t regret.

But don’t forget to come back!

Mark Lettieri is a busy guy. As a session player he works with many different artists: Erykah Badu, Phillip Phillips or Tamela Mann. He has also released two instrumental albums under his own name and currently is working on his third album.

I was amazed by Mark’s guitar skills the first time I saw him playing. His unique style incorporates many genres and influences from Eddie Van Halen to Wayne Krantz. His solid rhythmic foundation gives his guitar solos almost “danceable” qualities. To my ears he sounds very fresh and innovative.

My goal for this interview was to uncover some “secret” strategies that Mark uses to develop his extraordinary guitar skills. We were talking about his guitar practice routine, creativity and the importance of talent for your growth as a musician.

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