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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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Oscar Stern commented on Patrick Curley's blog post Converting a 6 string tab into a 3 string
"Well there a 4 string Cigar Box Guitars too, as well as 5, 6 & more string versions. My newest Cigar Box Guitar will be a 7 string Cigar Box Guitar in Russian Open G Tuning so anything you do on the top 4 strings can be done on the bottom 4 as…"
Apr 15, 2023

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At 3:38pm 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 2:16pm 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 12:28pm 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 1:47pm 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 2:27am 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 8:00pm on December 25, 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 11:35am 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 8:49am on April 10, 2013, Ted Hartman said…

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

At 3:39pm on April 4, 2013, Ted Hartman said…

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

At 10:56pm on December 20, 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 12:00pm 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 10:30am 13 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 is likely to do your head in until you get to the example, then…

Online Learning vs Face-to-Face

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

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 27, 2014 at 10:11pm 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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