Author: Ben Plant

How2Guitar with Ben Plant: 5 Rocking Guitar Techniques to Master in 2018

I’ve already met a bunch of new guitarists who’ve made New Year resolutions to learn to play, which is awesome! But what about all of you guys who can already play? What should you focus on for guitar for 2018 Here’s 5 techniques which I love working on, no matter what I’m doing with my music professionally, that you can try to master this year! As an added bonus, I’m giving you a few songs that use each of the techniques to get you started. #1 Tremolo Picking The only people who don’t like playing fast are those who...

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How2Guitar with Ben Plant: How2Write a Chord Song in 4 Steps

Many musicians have an unhealthy fear of songwriting. The most common excuses I hear when I ask students why they aren’t already writing songs are: I’m not good enough at guitar to write songs I haven’t got anything good to write about I don’t know how to write songs First, let me clear up the first 2 points for you: There is no such thing as “not good enough” to write songs. Some of the best songs are written by musicians who have, at best, mediocre guitar skills. Skill can help in certain styles, but it’s definitely not a...

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How2Guitar With Ben Plant: The Ultimate New Year Resolution For Guitarists

What?! He’s talking about New Year Resolutions already? There’s a reason: they are a trap for guitarists that promise a brighter future, a better tomorrow, true, but they also provide you with an excuse to slack off over until 2018. That’s nearly a month of slacking off. 1/12 of the year. And most importantly, for many of us, it’s a time of year when we actually have more available practice time than normal, brought on by the break between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Prime guitar time! Instead of setting some lofty New Year Resolution, I encourage you to...

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How2Guitar with Ben Plant – 3 Ways To Arrange Sexy Guitar Duets

Solo guitar is fun, but it’s a lot more fun to perform with others. 2 guitars = twice the fun! Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to arrange a song to work as a duet – especially when you’re first starting out learning the guitar and don’t have the theory expertise to write alternative arrangements. Here’s 3 easy ways to prepare, practice and perform a guitar duet for your next jam session or garage band Saturday.   Rhythm & Lead Guitar Delegation 90% of guitarists I talk to want to be lead guitarists. Here’s the shocking truth – all good...

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How2Guitar with Ben Plant: 23kg of Guitar Touring Gear

It’s a busy gigging time of year for myself and Hybrid Nightmares, as we’re currently in the middle of an Australian Tour. Playing Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Ballarat and Melbourne was fairly simple in terms of gear for us, as we were travelling via road, where the only limitation is what you can fit in the cars/vans. The next lot of shows in Brisbane, Hobart and Perth will be via air, which presents some pretty serious gear limitations for a guitarist (no, we don’t own our own private jet like Iron Maiden).   The 3 biggest challenges? 23kg is all...

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