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Will learning about non-guitar instruments, eg piano, help a guitarist become better at playing the guitar? Is there for looking at other instruments as well? Is it a bad idea to just look at guitar playing when aspiring to become a great guitarist? What would be the most practical thing to do?

ANSWER: Hi Andrew, first great question I've seen on here in years!!!

Piano/keyboard is an EXCELLENT instrument to learn to help become a better guitarist. The keyboard lays all the sharps & facts out right in front of you in a very easy to understand way & when learning the circle of 4th & 4th, chords, chord inversions, chord extensions, scales & arpeggios, the keyboard will be an invaluable asset to you. I use it when teaching my students & myself all the time. All other instruments will help in different ways as well, so for example, if you know how to play sax or trumpet & want to solo like a horn player, understanding the phrasing rhythmic approaches will definitely be of benefit, but piano is by far the greatest aid. Hope that helps, if you need anything else, just drop me a line!
Peace - J.

PS - I give lessons online either through ichat or Skype & you can pay via PayPal. If you're interested, just let me know!

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QUESTION: Well, actually the things is: I play  the piano. I recently started looking at acoustic guitar. Is the best way to approach the acoustic guitar learning strumming some chords (I had a guitarist teaching barre chords? Playing chords on a guitar seems so different from chords on a piano. What would be most practical thing to do, for a pianist, if he wants to learn the acoustic guitar? Should one stick to just acoustic guitar or look at electric guitar as well since they are very simmilar?

Hey Andrew, it really depends on how far you want to go with your guitar playing. Acoustic is a good place to start for sure, but starting just with chords & strumming is not really the best way to go. I start my students with some finger exercises to develop independence between fingers & to sync the right hand up with the left. Then I move on to some scales to help develop mobility & help them hear the differences between major / minor, pentatonic etc. Then a blues progression, then chords. You have to start developing the basic building block skills required to play before you actually start playing, so starting with the exercises & scales will get you hands used to moving around first, then dropping them into place to create chord shapes will be much easier. Hope that helps.
Peace - J.

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Jason Fryer is a Canadian musician, producer, recording engineer & music instructor. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended the Musician's Professional Workshop on scholarship from Montreal radio station CHOM FM, studied Classical Music & Art at Vanier College, & holds a degree from Herzing Institute in Micro Computer Electronics. A veteran of the Canadian Music Scene, Jason has had the honour of playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Juno & Maple Blues award winning artists such as Jerome Godboo, Eric Shenkman, Jerry Mercer, Steve Marriner & Matt Sobb, Al Wood, Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Anne Stanton, Rod Williams, Thomas Starwalker Clair, David Maracle, Greg Morency, Scott Price, Simon Meilleur & Bobby Watt are but a few of the many Canadian greats Jason has enjoyed sharing the stage with. He has also had the rare & esteemed privilege to work with & study under legendary producer/engineer & former V.P. of Island Records Rob Fraboni. (Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt) Rob's generosity in sharing his vast & expansive degree of knowledge & expertise in the field of sound recording has been an invaluable asset to Jason's development as a producer & recording engineer.


I have been playing guitar for over 30 years & tour regularly with my band River City Junction. We play a mix of Blues, Jazz, Funk, Motown, R&B & Classic Rock so I can help answer any questions related to these genres as well. I also have extensive experience using many different brands of guitars, amplifiers & effects. I do most of my own work on my guitars, & I also build & repair my own pedals & tube amps, so I can help with questions of a technical nature with regards to these subjects as well.

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Musician's Professional Workshop Scholarship (CHOM FM)
Vanier College (Classical Music - Guitar)
Herzing Institute (Micro-Computer Electronics)
Have taken numerous online courses in recording/engineering

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