YGA'S GUITAR AND MUSIC BLOG

Guitar Lessons
9 January 2018

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Sherpherd's Bush, London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Yuki, is an extremely impressive, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
8 January 2018

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Feltham, South West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Connor, is an extremely impressive, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
7 January 2018

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Southville, Bristol. Our guitar tutor in that area, Amy, is an extremely impressive, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
6 January 2018

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons St George, East Bristol. Our guitar tutor in that area, Adam, is an extremely impressive, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
22 December 2017

Happy Christmas to all of you all! Here's a cool little arrangement of Jingle Bells for you to learn.

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Announcements
22 December 2017

Today is a sad day for YGA, as we say goodbye to our Bristol tutor, Sol.

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Guitar Lessons
22 December 2017

Welcome to Yuki! Our newest guitar tutor in North London. More detaills coming soon...

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Guitar Lessons
21 December 2017

Welcome to Adam! Our newest guitar tutor in East Bristol. More detaills coming soon...

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Guitar Lessons
21 December 2017

Welcome to Connor! Our newest guitar tutor in South West London. More detaills coming soon...

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Announcements
20 December 2017

4 More talented guitar tutors get the YGA training experience this December!

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Guitar Lessons
19 December 2017

Welcome to Amy! Our newest guitar tutor in Bedminster, Bristol. More detaills coming soon...

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Guitar Lessons
14 December 2017

We're off to Bristol today to interview new guitar tutors ready to start in the New Year. Bristol is such a cool place, and we have some great candidates, so it should be a lot of fun!

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Guitar Lessons
14 December 2017

Welcome to our 4 new London guitar tutors, who are all trained up and ready to start teaching with YGA. These are talented and motivated tutors, so get in touch for more info.

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Guitar Lessons
7 December 2017

This week we're out and about in London interviewing new tutors to find the best candidates to work with. We have seen some great tutors, and will be bringing some brand new areas to you very soon.

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Announcements
22 November 2017

November's mega deals are in, and we have a crazy offers available whilst stocks last. This month we have an acoustic bundle that will save you over £55 and a totally free guitar amp when you buy selected electric guitars.

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Guitar Lessons
10 November 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Cathays, Central Cardiff. Our guitar tutor in that area, Joel, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
10 November 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Kilburn, North West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Jorma, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
7 November 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Kingston, South West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Greg, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
1 November 2017

We had a fantastic training day in Bristol this week & all the bristol guitar tutors left really buzzing about applying the new techniques to their lessons.

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Guitar Lessons
16 October 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Hammersmith West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Joe, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
16 October 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Tottenham North London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Rory, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
12 June 2017

There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than practicing your guitar skills with a band! Learning how to play your favourite songs with a live drummer, singer and bass player… It doesn’t get much better than that. Well, here at YGA we run a monthly group session that we’ve called ‘The Strummers’.

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Guitar Lessons
5 June 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Whitchurch North Cardiff. Our guitar tutor in that area, Dewi, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
25 May 2017

A bit shout out today to Bradley, our most senior tutor in Brighton! Bradley is one of the most talented guitar teachers we have ever worked with and has now been making a full time living teaching guitar for 6 years!

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Guitar Lessons
16 May 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons central London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Zak, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
16 May 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons North Harrow, North West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Mat, is an extremely talented teacher that teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

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Guitar Lessons
16 May 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering home visit guitar lessons in London zones 1,2 and 3. Our guitar tutor, Jorma, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
16 May 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons in Brixton, South London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Owain, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
15 May 2017

Thank you to one of our London students, Rupna! She's doing so well in her guitar lessons that she bought her tutor, Franco, another little gift to say thank you!

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Guitar Lessons
8 May 2017

Listen to this beautiful acoustic guitar piece performed by Evan, one of our talented guitar tutors in Cardiff. Check out our guitar lessons cardiff for much more info!

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Guitar Lessons
2 May 2017

Guitar lessons in Bristol are getting even better with our ongoing training! Read on to see how we go the extra mile to ensure your guitar lessons are always at the highest quality.

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Guitar Lessons
21 April 2017

Your Guitar Academy is offering lessons in Kingston and Surbiton, South London with the amazing Kiall! Kiall is an extremely exciting and motivational tutor, ready to help get your guitar playing to the next level!

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Guitar Lessons
21 April 2017

Looking for guitar lessons Ealing West London? Our tutor, Ryan, teaches form his beautiful home studio in Ealing and is a truly top class teacher. Book your £10 trial lesson today!

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Guitar Lessons
6 April 2017

Your Guitar Academy is offering lessons in Roath, Central Cardiff, with the amazing Evan! Evan is an extremely exciting and motivational tutor, ready to help get your guitar playing to the next level!

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Announcements
5 April 2017

Once every 3 months, we get as many of the tutors as we can together to talk about our course material, teaching techniques and generally give each other advice on how best to approach certain teaching situations. Here are the results!

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Announcements
5 April 2017

Once every 3 months, we get as many of the tutors as we can together to talk about our course material, teaching techniques and generally give each other advice on how best to approach certain teaching situations. Here are the results!

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Guitar Lessons
28 March 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Paul Gilbert masterclass the other week! Here are the photos for you to download and show off!

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Guitar Lessons
28 March 2017

Our Paul Gilbert masterclass was a great success, but boy did he cover a lot of ground! Here is a brief recap of the main points Paul went through to help remind you.

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Guitar Lessons
20 March 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Stratford East London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Pete, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
20 March 2017

Your Guitar Academy is offering lessons in Richmond, South West London, with the amazing Simon! Simon is an extremely exciting and motivational tutor, ready to help get your guitar playing to the next level!

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Guitar Lessons
20 March 2017

Welcome Gonsalo to our team of London tutors! Gonsalo, who is teaching from his beautiful home studio in Bromley, South East London, will bring his years of expeience teaching in Brazil to his new students!

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Guitar Lessons
20 March 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Lewisham, South London. Our guitar tutor in that area, George, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
6 March 2017

We are delighted to now offer guitar lessons in Kingswood East Bristol, with Matt! With a ton of motivation, experience, and his welcoming personality, Matt is perfectly equipped to help you achieve your goals.

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Guitar Lessons
6 March 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Hampstead, North West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Simone, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Guitar Lessons
6 March 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, with the amazing, Tim! With years of experience and a welcoming personality, Tim is fully equipped to help you master the guitar.

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Guitar Lessons
28 February 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Holloway London. Our tutor, Leanne, has years of teaching experience and is an extremely motivated and talented tutor ready to teach you guitar!

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Guitar Lessons
28 February 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Bethnal Green East London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Franco, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Announcements
28 February 2017

Buy a ticket to our Paul Gilbert masterclass on the 22nd of March to have a chance at winning this amazing prize! You can register your interest at the venue on arrival and the lucky winner will be drawn from a raffle!

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Guitar Lessons
27 February 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Northolt North West London. Dion combines a relaxed atmosphere with a focused structure to help all of his students achieve their goals and aims.

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Guitar Lessons
27 February 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Morden, South London. Alejandro is our awesome tutor in that area, and his years of experience and motivation for teaching make him a hit with all of his students.

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Guitar Lessons
27 February 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons Harrow, North West London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Dimitrios, is an extremely talented teacher that teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced players.

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Guitar Lessons
21 February 2017

Your Guitar Academy is now offering guitar lessons in Haringey, North London. Our guitar tutor in that area, Karol, is an extremely motivated, dedicated and experienced tutor ready to help improve your guitar playing.

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Inspiration
16 February 2017

This month we want to send a massive thank you to our Bristol based guitar tutor, Matt. We've had a number of fantastic reviews from Matt's students and the improvement they are making is incredible. Click through for more information.

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Announcements
16 February 2017

We are excited to announce that we now have a new Bristol HQ! This is a space where we will not only be teaching guitar, but also training and working with all our amazing tutors. The HQ is right in the city centre, so extremely easy to reach by any form of transport.

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Announcements
27 January 2017

Your Guitar Academy, in partnership with guitarmasterclass.co.uk, presents a Paul Gilbert masterclass in Bristol. Book your chance to learn from one of the greatest rock guitar players of the modern day. In this masterclass with Paul Gilbert, Paul and his band will play through a full set, covering different techniques and styles, with audience Q & A, and you have the chance to meet the legend himself.

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Inspiration
18 January 2017

Thank you to all of Simone's students for taking part in this Purple Rain video marathon! Simone is an amazing teacher, and this video proves it! Each and every student absolutely nailed the song from start to finish.

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Guitar Lessons
15 December 2016

Here is a pretty little arrangement of the Christmas classic 'Winter Wonderland' arranged in a nice simple way on the guitar. It's a great one to show off to your friends and family this Christmas!

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Inspiration
1 December 2016

Our amazing tutors film and record your progress as you improve and here is an awesome selection of YGA students who have kindly let us use their performance videos to show you!

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Inspiration
10 November 2016

Here are John and Gonsalo playing 'Roses' by James Arthur. Gonsalo is our Beckenham (London) based tutor, and John has been having lessons for a few months now.

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Announcements
9 November 2016

Introducing one of our newest guitar tutors in London, Leanne! Leanne has been teaching guitar, fiddle and mandolin for years and we are excited to welcome her on board as a YGA tutor.

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Guitar Lessons
12 October 2016

Learn a nifty little trick that can instantly add extra style to your improvising on the electric guitar and make your pentatonic playing really fizz!

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Guitar Lessons
19 September 2016

Join our newest YGA Pro tutor Dion for a free snippet of his fantastic new George Benson player study!

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Announcements
14 September 2016

Brand new to YGA Pro - the George Benson player study! For all you advanced guitarists looking for a real challenge, you'll definitely want to check out this new course. George Benson is possibly the most technically intricate guitarist we've yet tackled, and this is a course that will challenge and sharpen your rhythm and lead skills to an exceptionally high level.

You'll also meet the latest member of the YGA Pro team, Dion Rushe. Dion is a seriously skilled YGA tutor who currently teaches in Ealing. We're lucky to have him on board, and he'll be bringing you more Player Study courses in the future!

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Announcements
31 August 2016

Brand new to YGA Pro - the Steve Lukather player study! Well known for his work with legendary rock group Toto, Steve is also the quintessential session guitarist, having played, staggeringly, on more than 1,500 albums! Session playing is an often unappreciated way of building a fantastic career in music, and Steve Lukather is the absolute master.

This is one of our most difficult courses yet, so if you're looking for a challenge that will push your lead and rhythm playing to new heights with a variety of complex solos, riffs and time signatures, this is the Player Study for you!

You'll also meet that latest member of the YGA Pro team, Ollie Fleming. Ollie is one of the most experienced members of the YGA team, wowing his students in Brighton for years with his breathtaking guitar skills. We're ecstatic to be able to introduce him to all our YGA Pro students!

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Ear Challenge
25 August 2016

Welcome back to our weekly "Eat Speed Challenge", where Chris from YGA tries to figure out a song he's never heard before against the clock. This week's song is "So Good" by Band of Skulls. Why not play along at home and try to beat his time?

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Quick Guitar Lessons
23 August 2016

In this week's Quick Guitar Lesson we are looking at a classic Delta Blues style turnaround. The great thing about this particular turnaround is that it's very easy to play and can immediately be added to your repertoire!

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Announcements
18 August 2016

Brand new to YGA Pro - the Eddie Van Halen player study! For all you advanced guitarists looking for a real challenge, you'll definitely want to check out this new course devoted to serious speed and finger tapping technique. EVH is a true rock pioneer and this YGA Pro course will equip you with all the tools you'll need to seamlessly integrate his skills into your own playing.

You'll also meet that latest member of the YGA Pro team, Jay Ledger. Jay is an experienced YGA tutor who currently teaches in London, and a supremely talented guitarist. We're lucky to have him on board, and he'll be bringing you more Player Study courses in the future!

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Quick Guitar Lessons
16 August 2016

Check out this awesome-sounding technique you may have never realised was even possible on your guitar!

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Guitar Lessons
15 August 2016

This week's chart hit sees Dan playing a lovely acoustic arrangement of "This Girl" with the talented Abi Flynn.

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New Music Reviews
10 August 2016

Nottingham-born Londoner Nao cut her teeth as a backing singer before deciding to branch out and go it alone at the tail end of 2014. A couple of EPs, a fair chunk of critical acclaim and plenty of buzz later we arrive at For All We Know - her debut album.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
9 August 2016

In today's Quick Guitar Lesson we walk you beginners through a cheeky little shortcut that should get you changing chords smoothly from D to G major. This little trick can really help in the early days, soon you'll be flying through these changes without even looking, just keep up the daily practice!

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Ear Challenge
4 August 2016

Welcome back to our weekly "Eat Speed Challenge", where Chris from YGA tries to figure out a song he's never heard before against the clock. This week's song is "Bored To Death" by Blink 182. Why not play along at home and try to beat his time?

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New Music Reviews
3 August 2016

Viola Beach is a snapshot of an immensely promising band whose story was tragically cut short way, way too soon.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
2 August 2016

In today's Quick Guitar Lesson we help all of you beginners out with that age old problem... how on earth do you play the F barre chord?! Dan takes you through a simple way to approach the chord to help you nail the shape when you first start learning it.

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Guitar Lessons
1 August 2016

We've put together an easier an acoustic guitar arrangement of Zara Larsson's "Lush Life", especially for beginners.

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Announcements
29 July 2016

We're extremely excited to announce that YGA is partnering with the supremely talented James Collins to produce a new course all about guitar maintenance, coming soon to YGA Pro.

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Ear Challenge
28 July 2016

Welcome back to our weekly "Eat Speed Challenge", where Chris from YGA tries to figure out a song he's never heard before against the clock. This week's song is "Without A Fight" by Brad Paisley (ft. Demi Lovato). Why not play along at home and try to beat his time?

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New Music Reviews
27 July 2016

Shura, real name Alexandra Denton, sacrificed a possible career as a Manchester City footballer to focus all her efforts into a career in music, and we’re very fortunate she did.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
26 July 2016

Learn a nifty little trick that will instantly liven up your blues guitar playing!

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Guitar Lessons
25 July 2016

Learn to play our acoustic guitar version of Zara Larsson's runaway hit 'Lush Life', complete with chords and tab.

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Ear Challenge
21 July 2016

Welcome back to our weekly "Eat Speed Challenge", where Chris from YGA tries to figure out a song he's never heard before against the clock. This week's song is "Concrete" by Tom Odell, why not play along at home and try to beat Chris' time?

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New Music Reviews
20 July 2016

Having only recently popped up on the radar, please accept apologies for this long overdue look at Aidan Knight's third LP.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
19 July 2016

Our Quick Guitar Lesson for today is all about vibrato. Here, in a very no-nonsense style, Dan takes you through some key tips and tricks to get your vibrato sounding as good as it possibly can.

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Guitar Lessons
18 July 2016

We've put together an easier an acoustic guitar arrangement of Justin Timberlake's brilliant "Can't Stop The Feeling", especially for beginners.

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Ear Challenge
14 July 2016

In this week's Ear Speed Challenge, we're going down south as Chris attempts to figure out "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd against the clock.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
12 July 2016

We've got a simple question for all lead players out there: "how well do you bend!?"

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Guitar Lessons
11 July 2016

This week we're bringing you an acoustic guitar arrangement of Justin Timberlake's brilliant "Can't Stop The Feeling", perfect for bringing out the sunshine indoors even when it's pouring outside.

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Ear Challenge
8 July 2016

This week Chris is taking on a lesser known tune, "Moonshine", by the classic band Free, with unexpected results. Watch now to find out what happens and learn something that every guitarist should be aware of.

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New Music Reviews
6 July 2016

The ever-reliable Natasha Khan returns with another piece of well executed atmospheric pop.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
5 July 2016

Get in the mood for summer with this simple acoustic guitar fill guaranteed to brighten up your strumming. Perfect for beginners looking to add extra sparkle to their chords!

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Ear Challenge
30 June 2016

YGA resident song-worker-outer extraordinaire Chris faces a tough challenge this week trying to crack legendary guitarist John Squire's handiwork on The Stone Roses' comeback single, "All For One".

Is he up to the challenge?

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New Music Reviews
29 June 2016

St Albans up-and-comers Alexis Kings have clearly decided there's no point waiting around for fellow Kings (of the Leon variety) to drop another record, when they can just make their own instead.

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Quick Guitar Lessons
28 June 2016

Learning how to play funk guitar is a fine art, but this little James Brown-inspired groove will get you started!

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Guitar Lessons
27 June 2016

Monday Chart Hits is a brand new series from YGA, where each week we take a current hit track and give it a cool acoustic makeover to show you how to play it on the guitar!

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Ear Challenge
23 June 2016

In this week's Ear Speed Challenge, it's Chris vs the clock in a race to figure out "I Am A Nightmare" by Brand New as quickly as possible. How will he get on?

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New Music Reviews
22 June 2016

You’re one of the world’s biggest bands, long shorn of youthful, “sock on cock” fireworks and stripped your talismanic guitarist and creative hub… How do you convince the world that it still needs RHCP in 2016?

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Quick Guitar Lessons
21 June 2016

In this quick 60 second lesson we are taking you through a quick pentatonic lick using hybrid picking. It's a great place to start if you are looking to learn this new technique, or wanting to add a bit more variation to your lead playing.

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Ear Challenge
16 June 2016

The first episode in YGA's brand new series where YGA guitarist Chris is put on the spot and tasked with figuring out a song he's never heard before, by ear, whilst being timed on camera!

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Quick Guitar Lessons
15 June 2016

In this one minute lesson we are taking you through an absolute classic blues riff, made most famous by Muddy Waters. As with all our one minute lessons there is no fluff, no messing about, just straight down to the the learning!

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