Tue, May 15, 2012
When we started Tutorial Tuesday, we had no idea that it would pick up so fast, but it did.
And when we started, we couldn’t keep up with the demand to create a new video every week.
Tutorial Tuesday was supposed to be a clever name, but not that it was supposed to be each and every week. We figured we’d release a few here and there, always on a Tuesday, for “another edition of ‘Tutorial Tuesday,’” but you came and watched our videos by the thousands.
Now, we’re working hard to come up with new songs, like this one – Moves Like Jagger, by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera. We’re focusing on which songs of the most popular songs will have guitar, but popular doesn’t necessarily mean new either.
Plus, we’re taking requests from our fans on YouTube and from our customers. We still can’t promise a brand new video every week, but we’re trying, so keep those requests coming.
As for teaching you how to play Moves Like Jagger, it’s pretty much all in your right hand – or strumming hand, which is the left hand for you lefties. Your fretting hand will move up and down the neck from one position to the next, and it’s simply a jumbled bar-chord, but an easy bar-chord.
In the video, it might look difficult to play, but follow the tab and look at the pictures to see that it really is simply this:
KEEP YOUR HAND IN THE SAME FINGERING, BUT MOVE THE POSITION ACCORDING TO THE TAB
Watch the video to Learn How To Play ‘Moves Like Jagger’ by Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera on YouTube or right here on this page below.
Don’t get discouraged, simply take it slow and rest your hand whenever necessary!
Mon, May 14, 2012
We’ve talked a lot about music and sports in the past, so we wanted to urge parents to continually help their kids through decisions about learning an instrument, playing sports, or both!
It’s not easy being a kid and deciding what they want to do or what their friends are urging them to do. It’s also tough as an adult to decide when the right time is to push your child to continue or let them quit something.
And it’s not limited to kids and sports. These kinds of decisions bleed over to adults and their decisions as well. How often do we want to work out or clean the garage, but choose to do something else. Sometimes, we aren’t sure which task to accomplish first and other times we lose focus and procrastinate.
But if your 10-year-old daughter decides she doesn’t want to play guitar anymore because now she wants to dance in ballet and won’t have the time to learn to play guitar anymore… think again. Learning an instrument is crucial to keeping up with practicing and will drive your daughter to perform harder when she is performing, whether it’s ballet or guitar.
And what if your 12-year-old son wants to quit the cello but begs to take up the guitar. And you’re wondering when is it right to push your child to press on or agree to let him quit?
While there’s no one answer that’s right for every child, there are several factors to consider regardless of your child’s activity. At GreatSchools.org, they put together a panel of experts — a music education professor, a physical education specialist, a swim school director and a ballet school director — who all agree: When your child begins an activity, create a supportive environment at home, this may help to keep his or her interest from lagging.
When it comes down to quitting or pressing on, the decision will depend on the child, her level of talent, the length of time she’s been involved in the activity and her reasons for wanting to quit.
Taken from an article on GreatSchools.org
“Musical children are not born — they are raised,” says Robert Cutietta, author of Raising Musical Kids and professor of music education at the University of Southern California. It all begins by creating a “musical environment” at home. He suggests exposing children from an early age to different kinds of music, and getting them to focus by asking age-appropriate questions, such as “What does that sound like to you? Does it sound like a bird, a tree swaying in the wind?” If you play a musical instrument yourself, let your child see you playing and express your love for music. “Kids see what parents value,” says Cutietta. “If music is a part of your life and you value it, they will see that.”
For most children who start playing an instrument, there’s a honeymoon period when they are excited and anxious to play at every opportunity. “Parents are often tricked into thinking their child loves the instrument,” notes Cutietta, “but actually it’s just a new toy to them. From the beginning, parents need to prepare for the time when their child is no longer in love with the instrument. They should not take the child’s interest for granted. They should set realistic goals, which should not be time-goals like ‘practice for a half-hour each day’ but rather music goals like ‘play four measures of this piece.’” If you wait to put goals in place as your child starts to lose interest, it may be too late.
Cutietta also suggests having a set time for practice each day to avoid arguing with your child who might say, “I don’t feel like it now; I’ll do it later.” If your child knows that at 4 p.m. everyday he is supposed to practice, there will be less need to nag. “It’s also OK to acknowledge that practice is not always a lot of fun,” says Cutietta. “Music is not all fun. It’s hard work and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Cutietta doesn’t advise reminding your child about the spring concert as a way to keep him engaged. “That could be light-years away, as far as your child is concerned,” he says. “It’s much better to have more immediate, easy-to-achieve performance goals.” He suggests organizing a mini-recital where your child can perform in front of a few family members and friends. This can be easy to arrange and becomes both a goal and a reward.
“Letting a child switch instruments is really smart so long as they don’t switch every few months,” advises Cutietta. “It’s good for a child to start on piano or violin but it’s OK to explore different ones and some schools allow for that, too.” Chase Nelson, now a 24-year-old in California and an accomplished violinist, adds this about his own music training, “My parents didn’t compromise regarding my quitting but I always had the option of switching instruments. I moved from guitar to drums (the cool instruments) before returning to violin, an instrument with which I had accomplished quite a bit. I couldn’t be more thankful that my parents kept me in music. A video of myself playing violin was what eventually got me accepted at my college of choice.”
“There are no right or wrong answers about giving up a sport,” says Amy Kaiser, GreatSchools teacher consultant and 2005 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in Minnesota. But she offers a few pointers to make the decision easier:
When you start to see signs that interest in an activity is waning, communication with your child is key, according to Carmela Peter, artistic director of the Professional Ballet School and Young Artists Ballet Theatre in Belmont, Calif. “If your child is miserable and doesn’t want to go back to the dance school, it could be any number of things. It could be that she would just rather be playing or it could be that someone said something that wasn’t nice in the dressing room,” notes Peter. “The bottom line is if they don’t want to go, find out why. If it’s because you don’t agree with the philosophy of the school, you can always switch to a different school.”
Peter also suggests finding out about the philosophy of the program before signing your child up for lessons. Although her school does train students who are interested in advancing to a professional level, they also train everyone, and treat students with respect by giving them correction and attention. They realize that not all students will become professional dancers but they think all students should be happy, learn, enjoy themselves and make progress.
Peter also suggests giving a child extra encouragement if you notice her interest waning. “Tell her ‘the more you do, the better you’ll get and the more fun you’ll have,’” she says. “But at some point, you really can’t force them but you should encourage them to finish out the year and make it through the end-of-year recital before quitting.”
“If you give your child a library of experiences from an early age, you will easily know what they are good at,” says Irene Kolbisen, co-owner of the La Petite Baleen Swim School in Half Moon Bay, Calif., and charter member of the U.S. Swim School Association and World Aquatic Baby Congress.
“You’ll want to uncover their talents and let them blossom. Observe what they are good at and what they are struggling with. Pay attention to their learning styles: Are they auditory or kinesthetic (movement-oriented) learners? Do they get a challenge and want to immediately run away from it?” In that case, she notes, establishing a minimum period of time commitment might be a good way to encourage your child to meet the challenge. “Tell your child that you made an agreement that he was going to do this for X amount of time but after that period of time, you will reevaluate.”
Kolbisen suggests being aware of your child’s tendencies when she starts to complain: Does she have a valid concern or does she have a tendency to crumble when something becomes more difficult? Be sure to keep your own bias out of the picture and try not to invest too much in your belief in your child’s talents. “Don’t get hooked by your ego and saying things like,’when I was your age…’ Think about who comes first – your child or your athlete,” adds Kolbisen. “In the end, you hope the activity is a way for kids to have fun and find some joy.”
Sometimes a child loses interest in an activity because there are too many conflicting demands on his time: soccer, tennis, cello, schoolwork – it can get overwhelming trying to fit it all in. Several of our experts agreed that when it comes down to eliminating one or more activities, it should be the child’s choice what to eliminate, unless it involves a team sport, in which case, it’s advisable to encourage your child to finish out the season and honor his commitment to his coach and teammates. “Don’t decide on just one activity until age 10, or until you can determine what your child is good at,” recommends Kolbisen.
Quitting may be the right choice for your child’s health, particularly if your child struggles to meet the challenges associated with the activity. In a 2007 report in the journal, Psychological Science, Canadian researchers Gregory Miller and Carsten Wrosch discovered that “people who can disengage from unattainable goals enjoy better well-being… and experience fewer symptoms of everyday illness than do people who have difficulty disengaging from unattainable goals.” They found that teenage girls in particular who were unable to disengage from hard-to-reach goals had an increased level of an inflammatory molecule known as C-reactive protein (C.R.P.), which in adults is linked to diabetes, heart disease and early aging.
“There’s a point when it becomes cruel to force a child to continue,” says Cutietta. “Later on, you may wish they had continued, but it all comes down to goal-setting and family support from the beginning.” Kolbisen adds, “When it’s your gut feeling that your child is right about wanting to quit, then it’s time to write a nice note to the coach and have good closure with grace.”
Mon, May 14, 2012
When we launched Raw Talent Guitar a year and a half ago, we had this notion that everyone would either want to call and order the product or place their order online.
We quickly realized that the online route was better and more to our customers’ liking, but as we grew, the telephone line correspondence began to pickup demand. This was mostly because our customers really want to talk to us – and we think that’s great!
Everyone on the Raw Talent Team works together to answer your customer support questions as best as we can, but finally, there’s a 24/7 toll free number with customer support that’s dependable.
Our national sales reps answer our phones weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST and they are best equipped to take your order or answer your questions and handle some support problems.
If they cannot answer your question, they will use our Support Form to fill out your issue and it will be directed to us – the Raw Talent Team – and you should receive a confirmation email alerting you that we have received your email.
To assist you and our representatives, we have established a Support Wiki which they will use to document new problems. And because it’s a wiki, you – the customer – can also update the information if you find a solution.
If you call any time other than Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST, your call will be answered by an answering service, and their representatives can take your order and assist you with mild customer support issues.
Our answering service and our national sales reps are both in the Pacific Northwest and they keep in touch with each other and with us, so your needs are met as best possible.
Either way – your phone call or email will get back to us at the Raw Talent Team and we’ll be in touch within 24-48 hours depending on the complexity of the issue.
So give us a call, whether you want to place an order or if you have an issue and just want to speak with someone, or heck, even if you just need someone to talk to – if our telephone reps can’t help you they’ll get in touch of us.
It doesn’t matter because we offer a 30-day money back guarantee – so no matter how much you pay up front, you’ll get it all back if you don’t think you’re better in 30-days!
Reach customer support at RawTalentGuitar.com/Support
–The Raw Talent Team
Mon, May 7, 2012
This blog post was taken entirely from the pages of:
We do not teach the Nashville Number System within Raw Talent Guitar – but we are committed to bringing you the best information about learning to play guitar, and at last year’s Summer NAMM in none other than NASHVILLE, we learned about the Nashville Number System.
We’re just regurgitating information for now; however, the Raw Talent Guitar staff is toying around with the Nashville Number System and we’re going to get into some techniques and ways you can use it.
There are some videos, but they might confuse you more than they help, but see if they work for you. Here’s one:
Don’t worry, we’re gonna do our own Nashville Number System soon, and it will make it easy on you.
For now, read this post from the Intro to the Nashville Number System at the link above.
Since the middle ages, musicians have substituted Roman numerals for chord letters. However, around 1957, Neal Matthews, a member of the Jordanaires, originated the idea of substituting regular numbers for notes. Neal said he was familiar with the system of shape notes used by gospel quartets in the 30’s and 40’s, which used a different shape for each note of the major scale. Working several recording sessions a day forced Neal to devise a method of writing vocal parts so that the Jordanaires wouldn’t have to commit tremendous amounts of material to memory. He began writing vocal charts substituting numbers for the shape notes and developed his own system of writing music with numbers.
In the early 60’s Charlie McCoy noticed the unique approach that Neal and the Jordanaires used to map out a song on paper. So, Charlie applied Neal’s number system to chords and the rhythm section. Charlie was doing a lot of sessions with Wayne Moss, David Briggs, Harold Bradley, Bob Moore, Pete Wade, Ray Edenton and Grady Martin. The idea of substituting numbers for chord letters quickly spread among the other session players in Nashville. Musicians used the number system to chart out an entire song on one piece of paper while hearing a demo of the tune for the first time. This innovative number system has become the standard method of music notation in Nashville.
From a conversation with Harold Bradley, he said,” The A team was memorizing all the stuff. One day we had a substitute; we had Wayne Moss. I looked over and Wayne had a little bitty small pad and he was writing, and Charlie McCoy was over there working with him. I went over and said, ‘What are you guys doing?’ They said,’Well, we’re writing this down.’ Charlie had studied at the University Of Miami and that’s what they were doing was writing down the number system. I walked away thinking,’well what’s this?’ because we were used to memorizing it. But I found out when I became leader that it saved you 15 minutes a session if you could do the charts before the session. Back then, sometimes they didn’t write the same chords to each verse.”
Harold said,”Once, Vicki Carr came and looked over my shoulder and said, ’You guys aren’t in the music business, you’re in the numbers business.”
“That was the only way we’d work with the Monkee’s because the guy hadn’t written the song. He came out after about an hour or so of us sitting around. He strummed the guitar and we wrote down the chords, and then later on he wrote the words. It was not the way we usually made music,” Harold said.
One of the main benefits of a number chart is that it can be played in any key without transposing or rewriting the chart into a different key. A chart’s numbers maintain their same relationship with a song’s chord changes regardless of the key.
For example, if Dolly Parton sings I Saw the Light in the key of C, Johnny Cash might have sung the same song lower, in the key of G. If they use identical arrangements, the same Nashville number chart of I Saw the Light would work for both Dolly’s and Johnny’s performance. As well, dictation of a song from a recording or radio is easy because you don’t need to know the song’s key to write down the correct chord changes and melodies. This is especially nice for those of us not blessed with perfect pitch.
Over the years, country music has expanded to include more complex rhythm patterns and chord structures. Phrasing and rhythms from pop, rock, jazz, blues, cajun, and reggae have been incorporated into the music of country artists. As a result, musicians have combined traditional notation symbols with Nashville chord charts so complex music can be transcribed and played precisely. There are symbols and notations unique to the Nashville Number System not found anywhere else. For example, the Diamond means to strike and hold a chord for the designated amount of time.
Don’t be scared. The Number System is easy. You don’t have to know how to read music to learn how to write a number chart. If you flip through this book, you will see some really detailed chord charts. But, there are also some really simple bare bones charts. Apply this book to what you need. If you are a songwriter and just need to show how to follow the chords to your song, then all you need is to be able to figure out what the “1” chord is and then find the numbers for the rest of the song. After that, learn how to count the proper amount of beats for each measure and where to place each bar on the page. Once you’ve learned how to do all that, you’ll be ready to have some musicians play your song. The players can add their own arrangement notation.
If you want to get farther into Nashville musicianship, this book will teach you some fundamental music theory and how to notate more complex rhythms. You can learn to write your chart with any degree of detail you need; a basic road map number chart, open to interpretation, or a chart with a highly detailed arrangement notation that includes the licks you have written for the song.
Also, I describe the Nashville Number System spoken language. Whenever there are quotations in the book, that is how the chord or phrase would be spoken if someone was telling how the song goes. You will be able to discuss number charts and talk chord progressions with other musicians. If somebody yells, “Fifteen Eleven”across a stage, you’ll know it’s the chords for 4 bars of the song and not a football score. “Fifteen Eleven”, said so simply, contains enough information to get you through the entire intro to a song you’ve never heard. In addition, this book teaches terms used to describe feel and style for different types of music. It’s important to know musician terminology. Otherwise it can be really frustrating trying to describe what you’re hearing in your head.
Sat, May 5, 2012
Jim Marshall, inventor of one of rock & roll’s most important innovations – the Marshall amplifier – died last month one year ago today at the age of 88, and we wanted to take the time to revisit the memory of this legend.
And rather than a moment of silence, here is a minute of FEEDBACK for the FATHER OF LOUD!
Marshall was actually a drummer and drum teacher who opened his own music shop in London in 1960, but when local musicians like Pete Townshend from the Who made him aware that the Briton’s needed an alternative to expensive American amps, he designed his own.
At Townshend’s suggestion, Marshall created an amp with a cabinet – the “Marshall stack.” Half a century later, the Marshall stack is a defining feature of rock concerts everywhere, and because of it, Marshall has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
Marshall was a sickly youth, and his rise is touted as “a true rags-to-riches tale,” as a tribute honoring the founder on the company’s Website so-called it. As “one of the four forefathers” it says, he is “responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born.”
Though the Marshall amp family “mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously,” the tribute concludes, “we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!”
Sat, May 5, 2012
It’s the three month point of the Super Bowl, and with the NFL Draft completed and training camps already started, we decided to take a look back at the top ten commercials as chosen by SuperBowl-Commercials.org, and give you our thoughts on the music and how it played into the sale of the advertisement.
For this blog, we left out the commercials without music… and what was left was car commercials.
(No joke. Really, except for the Samsung commercial… Car commercials.)
What we really want you to focus on is that these musicians practice every day and know that in order to be great, you have to learn to play your instrument every day – you never stop learning.
Whether you use lesson videos, guitar training software, DVDs, books or interactive music theory software… keep learning, and stay a Student for Life ™.
It’s interesting to myself and the Raw Talent Guitar Team, because we know how similar learning to play an instrument is to learning to play sports, and how these songs are so tied into the sports fan.
That’s why we’re using the three-month anniversary of the Super Bowl to talk about these similarities, most importantly, because many times parents and kids argue about having enough time to learn an instrument and play sports.
Of course, Raw Talent Guitar will help you learn to play guitar on your own time, in the privacy of your own home with high-definition lesson videos and our patented RT Evaluator to provide you with instant performance scores, but whether you learn with a private instructor or from a book, you must find the time to practice.
However, sports will not hurt your goal of learning an instrument; actually, learning sports and practicing music at the same time is more beneficial to a child, especially in the art of performing – and with Raw Talent Guitar you can learn in the privacy of your own home on your own schedule and experience all three: Learn, Practice, Perform ®.
It’s interesting to note that legendary Yankee Bernie Williams is also an accomplished jazz guitarist, has been nominated for a Grammy, and even wrote a book about the link between music and sports, and how learning an instrument can actually help a student excel at sports.
He even performed at the National Association of Music Merchants Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. A performance Raw Talent employees witnessed first hand. The man is a virtuoso. But wait… Are we referring to his baseball playing or his guitar abilities?
Both. And that’s the point.
It’s also been said of musicians, “Sports and music are so synonymous / ‘Cause we wanna be them and they wanna us.” And ven more than that, it’s obvious to any fan of either music or sports, that, musicians and their music, as well as sports superstars and their team, both sell products for corporate sponsors, and the Super Bowl is the pinnacle of television advertising.
The following commercials made the cut as part of the Top Ten Best Super Bowl 2012 Commercials on SuperBowl-Commercials.org, and we thought we’d reflect on the media’s combination of sports, music and commercial advertising.
For the entire list, visit SuperBowl-Commercials.org.
When this song came out, it was a complete revival of 80s metal, but this band has been rockin over and over. They get their Super Bowl fame with this Samsung ad, but it shows that this band is about having fun!
They’re rocking out with all these extras, but you know they’re fans. Almost everyone who likes music has heard that song, and the whole theme of the commercial was “I don’t know what I believe in anymore, because this phone has just amazed me.”
Maybe it doesn’t have much to do with whether you “Believe In A Thing Called Love,” and more with seeing a bunch of people have a good time to a great song. But of course, first you have to learn before you write a great song – just have fun and you’ll do fine. Until then, watch this:
Like SuperBowl-Commercials.org, we wouldn’t have put this on the list, if not for anything it’s got Darth Vader in it. Respect.
This commercial basically has the same feel as the Samsung commercial, but it has two songs, one of which is really fun to learn to play on guitar. And no, it’s not “Mr. Sandman.”
Mötley Crüe makes the ultimate appearance in this commercial complete with Tommy Lee’s 360-drum set, which we got to see at NAMM, and the commercial is just a joyride through their song Mötley Crüe – Kickstart My Heart
As SuperBowl-Commercials put it, “end-of-the-world references mixed with jabs at your competition… what’s not to like here? It’s a funny spot, but the photography and overall look and feel of the ad is amazing.”
Also, the song is great for irony. Not sure if you’d want to learn that song on guitar, and our lesson videos certainly don’t teach it, but a pretty great commercial.
Legendary song. No need to learn it on guitar. It’s a bass line, some percussion and a guy saying, “Bow, bow. Chicka Chicka. Oh Yeah!”
SuperBowl-Commercials.org thinks there is probably a sizable chunk of the viewing audience that will not understand most of the references in this spot. And if you don’t understand the references, this commercial is meaningless-slash-terrible, but we disagree. We think most of our customers know exactly what this commercial is from, and it’s an ad to remember.
Fri, May 4, 2012
It just happens to be Friday night. And who doesn’t love the Boss on a Friday night?
Bruce Springsteen at his finest – but maybe not his best.
Perhaps this is his best? Certainly some of Jimmy Fallon’s.
Rock on this Friday all you working class !
Fri, May 4, 2012
Most of the musicians and employees at Raw Talent Guitar play guitar or an instrument of some sort, so we know how special the gift of music can be, and how it can enrich people’s lives whether they sing, play, dance, or just listen.
We’ve all felt something toward music or a song, or an artist. Even outside of song, “art,” is not defined by a painting on the wall or a sculpture, or song and dance could not be considered art in the first place; moreover, art is exactly as described: a feeling we get from another person’s creation or performance.
It is in this way that we chose these 11 Facts about music education, to help you to understand how learning to play an instrument is truly beneficial to anyone’s health and well-being, including those around the musician who becomes proficient.
Playing an instrument is like driving stick shift. Your brain has to take in an excessive amount of information all at once and process it to produce sound. Some musicians probably explain how they are in a “zone” when they play and their brain takes over.
It become second nature to musicians to do many things at once, and more often than not musicians have their hands in many businesses.
Want more facts?
Mon, Apr 30, 2012
Did you think we were lying when we said everyone has Raw Talent?
Anyone can learn to play guitar, because everyone has Raw Talent, but with Raw Talent Guitar you can Learn, Practice, Perform , and we guarantee you’ll get better in 30-days or your money back.
Raw Talent Guitar focuses some on the pentatonic scale, one of the most common scales on the guitar. So, we thought we’d show you this video so you can see that everyone already KNOWS the pentatonic scale – we’ve heard it so many times, we all know it.
Now, you just need to learn it on the guitar.
Want more proof? Watch that video above. You might laugh or cry.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012
It’s been over a year since we gave away our first guitar, can you believe it?
Well, we’re giving away another guitar right now on our Twitter Page when we go up 500 followers.
This year, we’re promising to do things a little bit bigger, a little bit better, and a little bit smarter – and that will help you learn to play guitar.
We’ve been hard at work looking for ways to make you a better guitar player, to teach you the coolest tricks to learn guitar faster and easier using the best production in guitar lesson video software you’ve probably seen.
Raw Talent Guitar guarantees you’ll be a better guitar player in 30-days or your money back – whether you learn guitar at home, learn with a guitar instructor, or even if your teacher comes to your house – Raw Talent Guitar is a great supplement or teaches you guitar all by itself.
You get everything included:
To spread the word, we’re giving away a guitar every time we go up 500 followers. Plus, for every calendar month where we gain 500 followers, we’ll give away a second guitar.
In the past, we’ve given away Gibsons, Fenders, Epiphones, and even guitars with the Raw Talent logo right on the guitar!
Want to see more guitars we’ve given away?
Instead of our logo – like the picture above – the winners will be able to send us an image – ANY IMAGE THEY WANT – and have it placed on the guitar. You can have your very own custom designed image on a guitar. Or, put your band’s logo. Or a picture of your dog!
The picture is up to you, but first you have to win.
And to win, you must follow us on Twitter and RT the message at least once, but if you RT it over and over it will in
increase your chances of winning.
We promise. It’s basic logic really. More tweets means more followers means more guitars means YOU ALL WIN MORE!
Keep in touch with us on social media and on the blog to learn more about giveaways and new lesson videos, and go check out Brand-O Guitars to learn about the free guitars we’ll be giving away.
-The Raw Talent Team