Welcome to the Guitar Player’s Notebook blog

There’s an old expression, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I had to come to terms with that concept when I decided last month to release my book, The Guitar Player’s Notebook. I had been working on it, off and on, for years and I finally believed it was ready to release. As I sent the final manuscript to my publisher, however, I became almost immediately aware of all the things I had neglected to cover: dynamics, whole tone scales, diminished scales… it’s a long list. I decided to let it go to print anyway, knowing that what I had included would be enough for 98% of students, and I consoled myself with the further knowledge that I have this website and I can use it as a platform to address all the concepts that didn’t make it into the book.

This first post is just to lay out the plan for the blog. I hope to use it to add more detail to the concepts covered in the book, as well as cover the important concepts that are missing  and still need to be addressed. I also anticipate using it as a forum to respond to questions and feedback from users of the book. As I work with my students, any new developments will be detailed here.

I’m also looking forward to showcasing other theory and guitar sites and articles I find, and maybe adding some reviews of guitar gear. My hope is that I can add to the discussion in a positive way for all the guitar geeks like me out there, and as always, encourage students to reach for ever higher levels of creative musicianship.

Thanks for checking out the blog. Please contact me with any questions, feedback, or suggestions.

And get your hands on your guitar!

-Justin