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Handy Musical Resources

Hey all!  Whew, It’s been a little too long since I posted something.  Been a busy month and things might get busier, but I hope to get back to regular posting!

Anyways, this topic will be about some resources I have used and find helpful when it comes to pursuing my musical endeavors.  Check them out!  I hope that these can become useful tools to add to your arsenal.  I may end up just making a separate page and fill it up with as many resource links as I can find!


Teoria is a very useful website I discovered in college.  If you want to learn or just brush up on some music theory, check it out.  It’s got everything from reading music to a resource page of musical terminology.  Even if the mere mention of the word “theory” is the harbinger of fear in your life, I strongly strongly recommend the ear training exercises here, especially if you practice with others.

Here’s the website link:  http://www.teoria.com/index.php

A Modern Method For Guitar:

For all of you guitar players looking to learn to read music, this book is a great start.  There are absolutely no tabs, so this immediately dunks you into the deep end of the pool.  However it does start you off with floaties and the lifeguard doesn’t leave your side until you’re more confident without it.  Ahem, so you’ll start with basic scales and melodies and move on up from there.  Now if you’ll excuse me, this talk about swimming made me think of spring and summer, which I desperately need now!

Find it in wherever music books are sold, or check Amazon (Click here)


If you’re looking to record yourself and you’re on a very tight budget (i.e., the complete opposite spectrum of Pro Tools), Audacity is a fantastic open source software to help get you started.  It’s very bare bones compared to many other digital audio workstations out there, but it’s completely FREE!  You will still need an interface, which works with just about anything you can find (I used my Rocksmith guitar cable!).  The software runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Link to download:  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Metronome Online:

Ah, the metronome.  The device that everyone loves to hate.  Let’s face it though, we all as musicians need one to help stay in time when we practice our music.  You can find a click just about anywhere.  Even some practice amps have metronomes or some sort of rhythmic device built in.  In case you don’t have that, there are still plenty of free options out there.  Metronome Online is one such.  All you need is a decent computer that runs flash and is connected to the internet.  If you’re reading this then more than likely you have already fulfilled those conditions.

Website link:  http://www.metronomeonline.com/


This is basically Guitar Pro lite, but it is a fantastic FREE software nonetheless.  You can write in both tab and notation, as well as play back what is written.  Best of all, this can save and open in the Guitar Pro format!  It’s originally a Linux program, but works on Mac and Windows as well.  If you are unable to buy Guitar Pro and need music reading and writing software, TuxGuitar is a great alternative.


Guitar Pro 6:

Speaking of Guitar Pro, I can’t talk about musical resources without bringing this amazing software up.  If you’re looking to compose, transcribe, practice, whatever you need done musically, this is the software to have!  Despite the name Guitar Pro, you can notate for several other types of instruments, from drums to keyboards to trumpet… you name it.  Not to mention that you can open many other Guitar Pro files as well as export them to PDF.  Highly recommend this!

http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php (note that the download price here is $60, but various retailers sell the physical copy for less for some reason.  For instance, I bought my copy at Sam Ash for $50)

*also note that I am talking about the PC version of Guitar Pro.  From what I understand, the mobile version is more limiting when it comes to music creation but can still open and playback Guitar Pro files.

Bonus – Musician’s Kit (Mobile App)

More and more people own smartphones these days, so I figured I might as well sneak in an app somewhere on this list.  Musician’s Kit is a fantastic all-in-one app that includes a metronome, recorder, and tuner.  Yup, you can tune and record right through the speakers on your phone, although this might not bode well in noisier environments…  Best of all, this is a FREE app, so at the very least you’ll always have a metronome, tuner, and recorder with you if you tend to carry your phone everywhere.  Unfortunately, I am not sure whether or not this app is limited to Apple products.  If you have an iPhone or iPad or something with iOS 7.0 or up, you’re good to go.  If anyone can confirm if this can be found on other mobile operating systems (Android, for instance), then that would be great!  At the very least any alternative suggestions would be appreciated!

iTunes link to Musician’s Kit: (Here)


YouTube Guitar Teachers

Thanks to the information age we currently live in, we now have a larger than ever window to the changing world around us.  What does that mean for us musicians, specifically guitarists?  That means that we have an endless supply of guitar stuff right at our fingertips.  Learning new chords and scales are often a Google search away.  Unfortunately all this information can at times be too much, and if we are not careful it can spread us too thin.

That being said, YouTube has been a great and growing source of visual information over the past couple of years.  There are quite a few people more than willing to share their knowledge there.  Some have even been able to make a living off of it.  Along with in-person guitar lessons, books, and playing with others, I can attest that some of these people have helped improve my playing with their insightful videos and entertaining personalities.  Allow me to share four of my findings.  Some of you may have run into some of these guitarists’ videos at one point or another, but if there’s anyone new for you, check them out!

Marty Schwartz

Quite possibly the most popular YouTube guitar teacher, Marty Schwartz is a really great teacher with a fantastic personality to boot.  His lessons are straight to the point without complicated jargon, which makes him especially great for beginners.  Most of his lessons cover blues playing and popular rock songs.  In addition, much of these lessons are done as voted by the community on his Facebook page.

Great for:  Beginners, blues and rock guitarists, those looking to learn to play popular songs


Rob Chapman

Hailing from across the pond, Rob Chapman is well on his way to creating an empire thanks to his growing success on YouTube.  His time is currently focused on his band Dorje, gear review in collaboration with United Kingdom retailer Andertons, and promoting his very own line of guitars: Chapman Guitars.  But this all started thanks to his entertaining (and humorous) instructional videos on Youtube.  Chappers mostly taught shreddy licks and covered topics like how to buy a guitar.  His YouTube lessons are now few and far between, but there are still some backlog on his channel as well as those he sells on his website.

Great for: Shredders, gear heads, those looking for entertainment.


Andrew Wasson

Those who are looking into taking the more theoretical approach to guitar playing should look no further than Andrew Wasson.  Rather than just teach you a few licks and call it a day, Andrew breaks down concepts, scales, techniques, etc. and explains their musical components without over-complicating things.  There’s always something new to learn with his videos, and he updates quite frequently.  Oh, and he includes free PDF lessons along with most of his videos!

Great for: Beginners to advanced, music theorists, those looking to learn various styles of guitar playing


David Wallimann

Last but certainly not least, we have David Wallimann.  What makes David stand out from the rest is his teaching and style revolves around jazz fusion, which in and of itself is an abstract genre of music.  Even though it’s a difficult genre to grasp, his lessons are clear and concise.  David Wallimann is also featured on the artist page of the Guitar Pro 6 site and just recently got endorsed by Chapman Guitars (bridging some connections on this list!).

Great for: Advanced, fusion players, those open to different styles of music