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Reading standard notation

Started Apr 13, 2015 0 Replies

In response to a discussion elsewhere I've just done a tutorial on reading standard notation. It applies to any instrument but the examples and fretboard maps are for a 3 stringer in G.I know it's…Continue

Tuning a 4 string for slide playing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Curley Mar 11, 2015. 4 Replies

I know that GDGB is a popular tuning for the 4 string (or whatever equivalent in other keys). If you've ever tried to play slide in this tuning you may have run into a few problems. For your…Continue

Musical Intelligence

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague Jan 22, 2015. 10 Replies

Hi folksI've just finished a blog on musical intelligence and how some people find playing easier than others. It's really meant for my subscribers but you're a clever a lot.…Continue

Free Christmas tune to play

Started Dec 3, 2014 0 Replies

Hi there.I posted a while back about making arrangements for 3 string guitars, well I've done a series of Christmas tunes (public domain). There are 11 tunes, each with chord charts and EZ and not so…Continue


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Dennis Feit liked Patrick Curley's blog post Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string
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Scott Ross commented on Patrick Curley's blog post Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string
"This should be renamed, "How To Transpose Any Guitar Tab Into The Key Of G", Then the Satisfaction riff would  be correct the way it's written above. Otherwise it would be correctly "converted" as shown below, except…"
Jul 8, 2016
Steve A Mateuszow commented on Patrick Curley's video

How to play It Hurts Me Too

"Love the blues. Great slide technique. I'm very new to the CBG world. I've been playing guitar for many years, but a friend just turned me on to this. You are inspiring me. Thanks Steve <><"
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Edward Hardin commented on Patrick Curley's blog post Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string
"Could someone please dumb this down? I'm confused"
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Kirk Bricker commented on Patrick Curley's blog post Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string
"The notes played on the 6 string tab above would be - B B B C# D D D C# B B Wouldn't the tab for a 3 string CBG…"
Mar 1, 2016
RICK BEST commented on Patrick Curley's blog post Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string
"I'm a pure beginner and don't understand that you changed the notes from the six string to play on the 3 string"
Oct 19, 2015
doggylv . replied to Patrick Curley's discussion How do you add a group?
"I would love a group on fingerpicking, I have noticed that a lot of time is spent on what to do with the left hand and leaving out the right hand all together...that's tough on us wantabe players...can build it can't play it!"
Jul 18, 2015
Patrick Curley replied to ce24's discussion Key change nut
"If the action is too high then bringing the string down to the fret can indeed mess with your intonation, other than that the ratios between string length and fret distances remain the same."
Apr 25, 2015
Patrick Curley replied to Mike's discussion Total beginner - need advice on which of these to get to help me learn in the group How to Play a Cigar Box Guitar
"Good on you Mike, always good to do your research. And it's never too late to do anything. Cheers."
Apr 24, 2015
Patrick Curley commented on Bad Finger (Eric)'s blog post There IS Something About Us - Third Open Mic
"I've been giging for over 30 years and still get nervous before I go on, it means you care about what you're doing. It can be a problem so I try to counter it by looking at the times when it doesn't effect me so much. For me it's…"
Apr 24, 2015
Patrick Curley replied to Mike's discussion Total beginner - need advice on which of these to get to help me learn in the group How to Play a Cigar Box Guitar
"The Starter Pack has over 20 songs all chosen to practice the technique for that lesson, all with detailed video and tab. Some are for slide, others for fretted guitars."
Apr 24, 2015
Patrick Curley replied to Thumper's discussion QUESTION FOR YOU 3 STRINGERS
"I reckon playing a 4 string fretted guitar is not that different to playing a 6 string. The 3 string however is a different beast entirely. I love it, particulary the fretless variety. You're pairing it back so much that it just demands a whole…"
Apr 23, 2015
Patrick Curley replied to Thumper's discussion QUESTION FOR YOU 3 STRINGERS
"The bottom 3 strings on your 4 are GDG, the same as the standard 151 on the 3 string. See what you can do with just those. Personally I don't prescribe to the '3 string can do anything' school, but that's just me."
Apr 23, 2015

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At 10:38pm on March 18, 2014, Mel Robinson said…

WOW! Thank you Patrick, I accept your generosity.  I will when I can support the "Killer Blues Foundation"  IOU Thanks


At 8:16pm on January 30, 2014, Jim Morris said…

That sounds like a pretty good arrangement, Patrick. No pun intended. You can use them on your site or anywhere that might be helpful to people. Kind of cool to do stuff like this with someone as far away as Tasmania. That part of the world is definitely on my bucket list!

At 6:28pm on January 30, 2014, Jim Morris said…

Hey Patrick, was that a program of some type that generated the tab? Pretty cool stuff.I hope to do a few more of those type videos and if you could do that tab thing with them I think quite a few folks could benefit.


At 7:47pm on January 2, 2014, Kenneth Wilson Hale said…

Man, Retro boogie and the Long ride are in the zone- the rock n' roll zone!

Good listening or highway music there for sure, keep them coming.

At 8:27am on December 26, 2013, Kenneth Wilson Hale said…

Yeah, man, it came out better than o.k. Direct in can really do it and that's what

I go to as well. Thanks!

At 2:00am on December 26, 2013, Kenneth Wilson Hale said…

I've got to compliment you on your great cover of Ave Maria on the CBN Christmas

album. I think your presentation conveyed the power due this song and i'm very curious

as to how you achieved that immense tube driven sound, much less controlled it so

well. Thanks!

At 5:35pm on December 23, 2013, c# merle said…

mate, what a fine job you done on your ave maria cover for the xmas album.

it's a favorite of mine and you crafted a superb rendition


At 3:49pm on April 10, 2013, Ted Hartman said…

Patrick, sent you a message, Really Nice Web Site. Well done.!!!

At 10:39pm on April 4, 2013, Ted Hartman said…

Patrick, Midnight Rambler, well done.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4:56am on December 21, 2012, Nigel McTrustry said…

Well Well Well!!!

Welcome to the Nation.

Just back from Woodford.

Will be fun!

Patrick Curley's Blog

Learning Music, a Journey in Listening - The First Step

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm 3 Comments

Learning music needn't be hard. It may sometimes appear that way but that's more to do with how it's presented than anything else. I'm proposing a series of blogs to help demystify the study of music using methods that I've found effective over many years. The learning can be summed up in two essential premises

Premise no 1 -  Words are only useful when they can describe what you are hearing.

All the blabbering on in the world won't make a scrap of difference…


Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 4:30pm 12 Comments

In response to a question on the Forums, here's one way to convert 6 string tabs into 3 string, tuned to a dyad chord, also called 1-5-1, "power chord" or perfect fifth.  (For example, tuned GDG)

Before you start

  1. This…

Online Learning vs Face-to-Face

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

After a recent forum discussion got side-tracked by an online vs face-to-face teaching argument I thought I'd present some actual evidence. Some may not be interested, if that's you then I'd suggest you move on, it may get a little dry. If not however, or if you think I've just got a barrow to push.......

I've studied this for a number of years now, it was a major focus of my undergrad music ed degree and since then I've learned a whole lot more, through studying the research…


On Practice

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 5:11am 5 Comments

In my last blog we had a discussion about learning and how the brain makes it all happen. Iit’s good to know this stuff because it has implications for how we practice. If we can do it smarter it'll not only be easier but we'll get better results.

Much of our practice is simply repeating a particular set of movements, in the process engaging nerves and muscles in a specific order. Initially these movements take some conscious effort but once the neural conections are established they…


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