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My new favourite Podcast – No Guitar Is Safe! Lately, I’ve been getting well into discovering Podcasts on my iPhone. I love the non-restricted time format and no ads! The absolutely best one I’ve found comes from Guitar Player Magazine’s Jude Gold and is called ‘No...

No Guitar Is Safe

My new favourite Podcast – No Guitar Is Safe! Lately, I’ve been getting well into discovering Podcasts on my iPhone. I love the non-restricted time format and no ads! The absolutely best one I’ve found comes from Guitar Player Magazine’s Jude Gold and is called ‘No...

First reaction to the new Spy Tunes! After launching the new version of Spy Tunes just a couple of days ago, I sent an email to all my current subscribers as I immediately had to switch them over to this new login, members system. This...

New Spy Tunes – First Testimonial

First reaction to the new Spy Tunes! After launching the new version of Spy Tunes just a couple of days ago, I sent an email to all my current subscribers as I immediately had to switch them over to this new login, members system. This...

John Mayer documentary! In ‘Someday I’ll Fly’ John Mayer himself talks about his early years, how he signed his first record deal and everything that happened following his instant success. In his own words, ‘Someday I’ll Fly’ is a great insight into John Mayer’s...

Someday I’ll Fly

John Mayer documentary! In ‘Someday I’ll Fly’ John Mayer himself talks about his early years, how he signed his first record deal and everything that happened following his instant success. In his own words, ‘Someday I’ll Fly’ is a great insight into John Mayer’s...

New documentary about B.B King out now! I’ve seen many documentaries and films based on artists life. ‘Ray’, the story of Ray Charles or ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ about Tina Turner first coming to mind. I’ve also read a lot of...

The Life Of Riley

New documentary about B.B King out now! I’ve seen many documentaries and films based on artists life. ‘Ray’, the story of Ray Charles or ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ about Tina Turner first coming to mind. I’ve also read a lot of...

Why I sold and moved away from the Axe-Fx! My guitar playing journey went like this: Classical Acoustic Guitar – Electric Guitar – Acoustic Steel String – Electric Guitar – Bass – Electric Guitar. During that journey, I bought a lot of equipment. I...

Why I sold the Axe-Fx

Why I sold and moved away from the Axe-Fx! My guitar playing journey went like this: Classical Acoustic Guitar – Electric Guitar – Acoustic Steel String – Electric Guitar – Bass – Electric Guitar. During that journey, I bought a lot of equipment. I...

Paco De Lucia has sadly passed away today aged 66 According to The Independent, Paco De Lucia died of a heart attack when on a beach in Cancun, playing with his children. By many seen as the ‘best’ guitar player the world has ever...

Paco de Lucia dies of heart attack

Paco De Lucia has sadly passed away today aged 66 According to The Independent, Paco De Lucia died of a heart attack when on a beach in Cancun, playing with his children. By many seen as the ‘best’ guitar player the world has ever...

New guitar repair service in Brighton! Well, it’s not actually a new service, but Pedro of Guitar Repairs Brighton have finally gotten himself a website! I’ve used Pedro’s services for many years now and I’m happy to see that he’s gotten himself online with www.guitarrepairsbrighton.com....

Guitar Repairs Brighton

New guitar repair service in Brighton! Well, it’s not actually a new service, but Pedro of Guitar Repairs Brighton have finally gotten himself a website! I’ve used Pedro’s services for many years now and I’m happy to see that he’s gotten himself online with www.guitarrepairsbrighton.com....

Session Legend Carol Kaye Interview! Regular Spy Tunes student Jeff from the Caribbean Island Grenada just sent me this 1 hour 10 min interview with Carol Kaye. It’s so brilliant I felt I had to share this with you, enjoy! Carol Kaye on Jazz...

An Interview with Carol Kaye

Session Legend Carol Kaye Interview! Regular Spy Tunes student Jeff from the Caribbean Island Grenada just sent me this 1 hour 10 min interview with Carol Kaye. It’s so brilliant I felt I had to share this with you, enjoy! Carol Kaye on Jazz...

Best Testimonial yet! There’s a new Guitar Conspiracy available, I’ve updated it. When I do this to one of the eBooks I always send it out to everyone who bought it, as a free update. Here’s one of the emails I had back from...

A Spy Tunes Method Testimonial

Best Testimonial yet! There’s a new Guitar Conspiracy available, I’ve updated it. When I do this to one of the eBooks I always send it out to everyone who bought it, as a free update. Here’s one of the emails I had back from...

Lou Reed has sadly passed away Unfortunately, Lou Reed has sadly passed away, 71 years old, it’s been confirmed by the Rolling Stone magazine. Lou Reed had an incredible influence on popular music. Personally, I actually first got introduced to chord progressions by Lou...

Lou Reed R I P

Lou Reed has sadly passed away Unfortunately, Lou Reed has sadly passed away, 71 years old, it’s been confirmed by the Rolling Stone magazine. Lou Reed had an incredible influence on popular music. Personally, I actually first got introduced to chord progressions by Lou...

Try these 7 amps before you buy! Here are 7 iconic amps you might wanna try out before you spend your hard-earned cash on a new electric guitar amp. Fender Super Reverb Strat lovers look no further! If you and your band mates can...

7 Iconic Guitar Amps to try before you buy

Try these 7 amps before you buy! Here are 7 iconic amps you might wanna try out before you spend your hard-earned cash on a new electric guitar amp. Fender Super Reverb Strat lovers look no further! If you and your band mates can...

Is there a time and a place for the Cells? I’ve said it before, I try my hardest to not promote bands I like, I want to keep my focus on teaching you how to learn guitar, not telling the world about new music....

Cells – A Time And A Place

Is there a time and a place for the Cells? I’ve said it before, I try my hardest to not promote bands I like, I want to keep my focus on teaching you how to learn guitar, not telling the world about new music....

A young girl plays the guitar really, really fast! A video named Young Girl Kills The Guitar has started to circulate on Facebook. Is it real or fake? Is this the next big guitar viral? Join the conversation on facebook to find out more....

Young Girl Kills The Guitar

A young girl plays the guitar really, really fast! A video named Young Girl Kills The Guitar has started to circulate on Facebook. Is it real or fake? Is this the next big guitar viral? Join the conversation on facebook to find out more....

Last night at the Harvest Sessions with House Of Hats! It’s not every Saturday that I’m gig less, so when House of Hats played the Brunswick last night under their themed night the Harvest Sessions, I had to go and see what these guys...

House Of Hats at The Harvest Sessions

Last night at the Harvest Sessions with House Of Hats! It’s not every Saturday that I’m gig less, so when House of Hats played the Brunswick last night under their themed night the Harvest Sessions, I had to go and see what these guys...

Grammy Awards 2013 with Bruno Mars! One of the most pleasant musical surprises of 2012 was that Bruno Mars is actually really good. Maybe even cool. In hindsight, if Mars planned his career, released all those first singles in order to “get the kids”...

Bruno Mars – Sting – Rihanna and Ziggy Marley

Grammy Awards 2013 with Bruno Mars! One of the most pleasant musical surprises of 2012 was that Bruno Mars is actually really good. Maybe even cool. In hindsight, if Mars planned his career, released all those first singles in order to “get the kids”...

Eric Clapton plays you his favourite guitars! “It’s like a restaurant. If there are lots of people there, it’s gonna be good food,” says Clapton when explaining why he would always go for a worn out guitar neck on a Fender Stratocaster. Finding several...

Eric Clapton Guitars

Eric Clapton plays you his favourite guitars! “It’s like a restaurant. If there are lots of people there, it’s gonna be good food,” says Clapton when explaining why he would always go for a worn out guitar neck on a Fender Stratocaster. Finding several...

Learn an acoustic version of Gangnam Style! I was thinking I should arrange an acoustic version of ‘Gangnam Style’ as it is one of those songs that took over the world for a while. However, my lack of Korean singing friends didn’t make this...

Acoustic Gangnam Style

Learn an acoustic version of Gangnam Style! I was thinking I should arrange an acoustic version of ‘Gangnam Style’ as it is one of those songs that took over the world for a while. However, my lack of Korean singing friends didn’t make this...

How To Play Guitar video series part 4! In this final part of the ‘How To Play Guitar’ video series, I take a super simple I – VI – II – V progression and apply the modes accordingly. The I chord would have Ionian,...

How To Play Guitar part 4

How To Play Guitar video series part 4! In this final part of the ‘How To Play Guitar’ video series, I take a super simple I – VI – II – V progression and apply the modes accordingly. The I chord would have Ionian,...

How To Play Guitar video series, part 3! In this part of the ‘How To Play Guitar’ series, I talk about how to turn pentatonic shapes into modal shapes. This means that those open position chords, which turned into barre chords, which turned into...

How To Play Guitar part 3

How To Play Guitar video series, part 3! In this part of the ‘How To Play Guitar’ series, I talk about how to turn pentatonic shapes into modal shapes. This means that those open position chords, which turned into barre chords, which turned into...

How To Play Guitar video series, part 2! In this video, I first talk about how the open position chords become barre chords. As you learn how to do this using the cycle of 4th exercise, you will also learn the names of all the...

How To Play Guitar part 2

How To Play Guitar video series, part 2! In this video, I first talk about how the open position chords become barre chords. As you learn how to do this using the cycle of 4th exercise, you will also learn the names of all the...

How to play guitar video series, part 1! In this video series, I explain how to play the guitar using chords that eventually become barre chord shapes, pentatonic and modal scales. This all starts with just ten simple open position chords. This means that your...

How To Play Guitar part 1

How to play guitar video series, part 1! In this video series, I explain how to play the guitar using chords that eventually become barre chord shapes, pentatonic and modal scales. This all starts with just ten simple open position chords. This means that your...

What do different types of guitar wood sound like? For those of you shopping for a high-quality acoustic guitar, you will find yourself having to face the wonderful dilemma of which wood to go for. You’ve got, for example, Mahogany, Rosewood or Koa for...

Guitar Wood

What do different types of guitar wood sound like? For those of you shopping for a high-quality acoustic guitar, you will find yourself having to face the wonderful dilemma of which wood to go for. You’ve got, for example, Mahogany, Rosewood or Koa for...

Loop and slow down video lessons, including YouTube videos! There are plenty of sites out there that can download a video guitar lesson from YouTube. Keepvid is one example. It’s easy, free and puts you in a place where you have video lessons on your computer. This is...

Loop and Slow Down Video

Loop and slow down video lessons, including YouTube videos! There are plenty of sites out there that can download a video guitar lesson from YouTube. Keepvid is one example. It’s easy, free and puts you in a place where you have video lessons on your computer. This is...

Picking Technique Dilemmas I get a lot of emails from students that sometimes turn into long interesting discussions. These can be anything from what guitar to buy, to questions about modes, arpeggios or general practise routine recommendations. These discussions have led to both my products developing as well...

Picking Technique

Picking Technique Dilemmas I get a lot of emails from students that sometimes turn into long interesting discussions. These can be anything from what guitar to buy, to questions about modes, arpeggios or general practise routine recommendations. These discussions have led to both my products developing as well...

Lucciano Pizzichini plays Stella By Starlight Thanks to YouTube and social media, the world can discover new talent easier than ever before. No matter where you live or how old you are, a video can be recorded and uploaded for no cost what so ever....

Lucciano Pizzichini Guitar Prodigy

Lucciano Pizzichini plays Stella By Starlight Thanks to YouTube and social media, the world can discover new talent easier than ever before. No matter where you live or how old you are, a video can be recorded and uploaded for no cost what so ever....

The final step when practicing! There are many great books about being a musician and practising out there, in the past I have recommended Tonal and Rhythmical Principles by John Mehegan and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. By recommendation from a Spy Tunes...

Effortless Mastery

The final step when practicing! There are many great books about being a musician and practising out there, in the past I have recommended Tonal and Rhythmical Principles by John Mehegan and The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten. By recommendation from a Spy Tunes...

How to Tritone Substitute In the last couple of blogs, I’ve been talking about triad substitution and chord substitution. In this blog post, I’d like to talk about the king of substitutions – The tritone substitution. Here’s how it works: The purpose of a tritone...

Tritone Substitution

How to Tritone Substitute In the last couple of blogs, I’ve been talking about triad substitution and chord substitution. In this blog post, I’d like to talk about the king of substitutions – The tritone substitution. Here’s how it works: The purpose of a tritone...

Substitute that chord! In the last blog, I spoke about how to substitute triads when composing melodies or improvising. To make a long story short, the trick was to play three different triads off a chord. In G major, G being chord I, we...

Chord Substitution

Substitute that chord! In the last blog, I spoke about how to substitute triads when composing melodies or improvising. To make a long story short, the trick was to play three different triads off a chord. In G major, G being chord I, we...

Substitute that triad! This is a guitar lesson about how to substitute triads when soloing. If you feel that this is all over your head but want to find out more, please visit these links before you attempt the lesson. Arpeggios Chords around the...

Triad Substitution

Substitute that triad! This is a guitar lesson about how to substitute triads when soloing. If you feel that this is all over your head but want to find out more, please visit these links before you attempt the lesson. Arpeggios Chords around the...

What do people mean when they say play modally? Following on from my last blog about Guthrie Govan scales, I’d like to clear a few things up about what it means to ‘play modally’. I see a lot of communication breakdown over this so...

Playing Modally

What do people mean when they say play modally? Following on from my last blog about Guthrie Govan scales, I’d like to clear a few things up about what it means to ‘play modally’. I see a lot of communication breakdown over this so...

Guthrie talks about scales! Guthrie Govan is an old tutor and colleague of mine, at Bimm we worked alongside each other. During 2006 when I wrote the guitar manual for Bimm, I designed the course around the pentatonic modes, for exactly the same reasons...

Guthrie choose Spy Tunes way

Guthrie talks about scales! Guthrie Govan is an old tutor and colleague of mine, at Bimm we worked alongside each other. During 2006 when I wrote the guitar manual for Bimm, I designed the course around the pentatonic modes, for exactly the same reasons...

Artists get paid by Youtube for covers! It took over five years but Youtube has now finally got their act together and signed a deal with the NMPA and HPA. The deal means that if you record a cover song and upload to Youtube,...

Youtube finally pay for artists work

Artists get paid by Youtube for covers! It took over five years but Youtube has now finally got their act together and signed a deal with the NMPA and HPA. The deal means that if you record a cover song and upload to Youtube,...

A pentatonic secret from Scott Henderson! Following on from my last Scott Henderson blog, Scott Henderson Melodic Phrasing, let’s take a look at some scale tricks that Scott use. If you are a keen Spy Tunes member you know that I swear by knowing...

Scott Henderson Pentatonic Secrets

A pentatonic secret from Scott Henderson! Following on from my last Scott Henderson blog, Scott Henderson Melodic Phrasing, let’s take a look at some scale tricks that Scott use. If you are a keen Spy Tunes member you know that I swear by knowing...

Scott Henderson teach us melodic phrasing! One of the greatest guitar lessons I’ve had came in the form of an instructional video by Scott Henderson called Melodic Phrasing. This is one of those videos that marked a breakthrough in guitar education, Scott Henderson was...

Scott Henderson Melodic Phrasing

Scott Henderson teach us melodic phrasing! One of the greatest guitar lessons I’ve had came in the form of an instructional video by Scott Henderson called Melodic Phrasing. This is one of those videos that marked a breakthrough in guitar education, Scott Henderson was...

SWR offer sensible design solutions for the acoustic guitar amp market! SWR have a great reputation as bass amp manufacturers. They took the experience from building high headroom clean bass amps since 1984 and adapted the concept for the acoustic guitar market already back in...

SWR Amps Review

SWR offer sensible design solutions for the acoustic guitar amp market! SWR have a great reputation as bass amp manufacturers. They took the experience from building high headroom clean bass amps since 1984 and adapted the concept for the acoustic guitar market already back in...

The ultimate Acoustic tone in the ultimate package? German AER (Audio Electric Research) showcased their initial product at a music fair in Frankfurt already in 1992. This marked the beginning of the ‘Acousticube’ that was set to appeal to the boutique market of acoustic players...

Aer Amps Review

The ultimate Acoustic tone in the ultimate package? German AER (Audio Electric Research) showcased their initial product at a music fair in Frankfurt already in 1992. This marked the beginning of the ‘Acousticube’ that was set to appeal to the boutique market of acoustic players...

Taylor Guitars make the best beginner model! American Taylor started making guitars in sunny California back in 1974. They rapidly made a name for themselves in the industry by being the new kid on the block. A worldwide distribution ensured most guitar players have...

Taylor Guitars Review

Taylor Guitars make the best beginner model! American Taylor started making guitars in sunny California back in 1974. They rapidly made a name for themselves in the industry by being the new kid on the block. A worldwide distribution ensured most guitar players have...

Martin Guitars changed the world of music with the D28! Family owned Martin Guitars date back to 1833, making them a veteran among guitar manufacturers. Amazingly they have actually kept it in the family. The current chairman and CEO, C.F. Chris Martin IV, is...

Martin Guitars Review

Martin Guitars changed the world of music with the D28! Family owned Martin Guitars date back to 1833, making them a veteran among guitar manufacturers. Amazingly they have actually kept it in the family. The current chairman and CEO, C.F. Chris Martin IV, is...

Larrivee is Spy Tunes favourite acoustic guitar brand! Jean Larrivee studied classical guitar but soon turned to building them instead after meeting Edgar Monch (German Luthier) in his early twenties. Jean became Edgar’s apprentice and built a few classical guitars in his workshop before moving...

Larrivee Guitars Review

Larrivee is Spy Tunes favourite acoustic guitar brand! Jean Larrivee studied classical guitar but soon turned to building them instead after meeting Edgar Monch (German Luthier) in his early twenties. Jean became Edgar’s apprentice and built a few classical guitars in his workshop before moving...

Change key and find new inversions! A capo is a device you fit on the guitar neck in order to use open position chords and open strings in general, starting at any given fret. Most people use a capo to change key but creatively...

Guitar Capo Review

Change key and find new inversions! A capo is a device you fit on the guitar neck in order to use open position chords and open strings in general, starting at any given fret. Most people use a capo to change key but creatively...

Klon Centaur makes it louder! If you got your perfect guitar and perfect amp you might find that whatever overdrive pedal you add, it sounds like a pedal added. You start looking at clean boost pedals but may find that what they promise is...

Klon Centaur Review

Klon Centaur makes it louder! If you got your perfect guitar and perfect amp you might find that whatever overdrive pedal you add, it sounds like a pedal added. You start looking at clean boost pedals but may find that what they promise is...

The most innovative cases around come from Scott Dixon! These cases are superb, you pack your guitars in one super light flight case, drag it to the gig (yes wheels are included) put it on stage, take the lid off and you are ready...

Scott Dixon Cases Review

The most innovative cases around come from Scott Dixon! These cases are superb, you pack your guitars in one super light flight case, drag it to the gig (yes wheels are included) put it on stage, take the lid off and you are ready...

Queen and The Beatles favoured the AC30! Vox amplifiers started their production in 1957. The AC15 and AC30 quickly took the world by storm as they were the choice of most bands part of the ‘British Invasion’. The Beatles even used Vox amps in...

Vox Amps Review

Queen and The Beatles favoured the AC30! Vox amplifiers started their production in 1957. The AC15 and AC30 quickly took the world by storm as they were the choice of most bands part of the ‘British Invasion’. The Beatles even used Vox amps in...

Marshall Amps, built by a drummer! Jim Marshall started out in the early 60s selling drums and giving drum lessons in his own shop in Hanwell, west London. As well as having Keith Moon as a regular customer, Jim got visits from London guitar...

Marshall Amps Review

Marshall Amps, built by a drummer! Jim Marshall started out in the early 60s selling drums and giving drum lessons in his own shop in Hanwell, west London. As well as having Keith Moon as a regular customer, Jim got visits from London guitar...

Fender Champ, Fender Twin, Fender Bassman and EVH! Fender might have become most known for their guitar and bass models such as the Telecaster, the Stratocaster and the Precision but Leo actually started out repairing amps. In 1938, Leo Fender set up his first...

Fender Amps Review

Fender Champ, Fender Twin, Fender Bassman and EVH! Fender might have become most known for their guitar and bass models such as the Telecaster, the Stratocaster and the Precision but Leo actually started out repairing amps. In 1938, Leo Fender set up his first...

Cornell build amps for Eric Clapton! Dennis Cornell built a name for himself by repairing and modding classic amps for many years. This led him to start building custom amps for clients and eventually developing his own range of amps. These days, Dennis combine his...

Cornell Amps Review

Cornell build amps for Eric Clapton! Dennis Cornell built a name for himself by repairing and modding classic amps for many years. This led him to start building custom amps for clients and eventually developing his own range of amps. These days, Dennis combine his...

Rickenbacker invented the first electric guitar! Almost two decades before the Broadcaster, Telecaster, Stratocaster and Les Paul defined what an electric guitar was, another company had already invented the electric guitar. It was indeed Rickenbacker that invented the electric guitar and the body used...

Rickenbacker Guitars Review

Rickenbacker invented the first electric guitar! Almost two decades before the Broadcaster, Telecaster, Stratocaster and Les Paul defined what an electric guitar was, another company had already invented the electric guitar. It was indeed Rickenbacker that invented the electric guitar and the body used...

Gibson guitars gear review and company history! Orville Gibson started making mandolins in his own way and patented the design in 1898. The design Orville invented was the Archtop, enabling the mandolin to become a much louder instrument. On the back of Orville’s original...

Gibson Guitars Review

Gibson guitars gear review and company history! Orville Gibson started making mandolins in his own way and patented the design in 1898. The design Orville invented was the Archtop, enabling the mandolin to become a much louder instrument. On the back of Orville’s original...

Fender guitars changed the world! Leo Fender bore Rickenbacker and Gibson‘s concepts in mind when he built his solid body Broadcaster in the late 40s. A cheaper to build instrument than the Gibson models, and no bakelite as with the Rickenbacker. A few years on...

Fender Guitars Review

Fender guitars changed the world! Leo Fender bore Rickenbacker and Gibson‘s concepts in mind when he built his solid body Broadcaster in the late 40s. A cheaper to build instrument than the Gibson models, and no bakelite as with the Rickenbacker. A few years on...

Ace demonstrates how to play Skunk Anansie songs! I met up with Ace from Skunk Anansie who was kind enough to demonstrate how to play some of his classic songs. Skunk Anansie reached around the world with their songs and Ace was the founding member...

Ace from Skunk Anansie

Ace demonstrates how to play Skunk Anansie songs! I met up with Ace from Skunk Anansie who was kind enough to demonstrate how to play some of his classic songs. Skunk Anansie reached around the world with their songs and Ace was the founding member...

A testimonial from Australia! Just had an email from one of our members who has been with Spy Tunes for a year and a half now. This is what she has to say. Dear Dan and Spytuners, I wish to share with you something...

Spy Tunes Student Testimonial

A testimonial from Australia! Just had an email from one of our members who has been with Spy Tunes for a year and a half now. This is what she has to say. Dear Dan and Spytuners, I wish to share with you something...

The jazz piano professor! 7 years ago the seed to Spytunes and The Guitar Conspiracy was sown. I had just arrived in the U.K, signed up to a music college and decided that this time I was gonna ‘lock myself in the shed’ as...

Jazz Improvisation: Tonal and Rhythmic Principles

The jazz piano professor! 7 years ago the seed to Spytunes and The Guitar Conspiracy was sown. I had just arrived in the U.K, signed up to a music college and decided that this time I was gonna ‘lock myself in the shed’ as...

A music lesson – In a novel! I admit it, I used to be very into jazz and fusion improvisation when I was in my late teens. I see a lot of students go through the same emotions. It’s as if they want to...

Victor Wooten novel The Music Lesson

A music lesson – In a novel! I admit it, I used to be very into jazz and fusion improvisation when I was in my late teens. I see a lot of students go through the same emotions. It’s as if they want to...