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The Simple Blues In The Key Of E - The Most Powerful Sound There Is

It seems that the Holy Grail for most modern guitar players is complexity, with a mantra of 'more complicated is better, faster is good!'. It's easy to play this kind of game, particularly when we're younger. Our ego takes over and pushes us to want to be a better player than the next guy, constantly making us show off our chops and super fast licks. I too, was guilty of this, and it was my habit to play exciting complicated ragtime blues pieces, often while I talked at the same time! To my way of thinking, I considered a song with just three chords, like most blues tunes have, was just to easy for me and didn't bother with them.

It wasn't until I listened to Eric Clapton's Unplugged album that it suddenly dawned on me. I had been sadly mistaken in thinking that the old blues music was too simplistic. Although I'm not a big Clapton fan, the album demonstrated various styles of playing that I just hadn't come across before. It set me off on a Youtube search for the old roots blues music, with it's associated African influences. I discovered artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson and Son House. Of course, I also found other people that played the ragtime blues variety, which still satisfied my need for complexity should I ever need it!



One particular time, I came across a video featuring Lightnin' Hopkins, the famous Texas guitarist. It was called 'The Acoustic Blues According To Lightnin' Hopkins' and about half way through he was sat on a sofa in his house gently playing a song in E. Although he only played a few notes, the sound sent a tingle up my spine and I was determined to learn these powerful finger picking techniques. Of course, the only way to do this nowadays is by listening to the old so-called 'race records' again and again, studying the notes and guessing which string was being plucked.

It was obvious that the thumb was massively important to the fingerstyle techniques of these guys. Normally, it keeps the pace and is often heavily damped with the picking hand palm, so that it sounds more like a 'thud' than a musical note. It can also alternate and make the music more like ragtime, called the Piedmont style. Other times, the thumb moves over to the treble strings to help produce single string musical runs and increase syncopation. This latter technique is completely opposite to the classical way of teaching guitar, where the thumb sticks to the basses and one, two or more fingers pick the treble strings.

Use These Tips To Make Your Dog Behave



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Every person who owns a dog wants their dog to be properly trained. The key to knowing how to properly train your dog is education. If you want to have a well-trained dog, you need to educate yourself on the proper dog training techniques. This article contains a number of helpful dog-training tips.

Be sure to feed your dog healthy foods and treats. A poor diet can negatively affect them in various ways. It not only makes your dog unhealthy but can make him misbehave as well. Something as simple as improving their diet can sometimes have a huge impact on how receptive they are to training.

Dogs quickly learn whether or not you really expect them to respond to your commands every time or if they might be able to get away with not obeying on occasion. Don't send false messages! Don't give your dog a command unless you are prepared to follow through and insure your dog obeys that command.

Be aware that you are not going to have a perfectly trained dog overnight. Changing behaviors is a lengthy process that will involve a lot of successes and a lot of setbacks. If you are not training from a puppy, the process can take even longer as your dog will need to both unlearn bad behaviors and learn new ones. Be patient and you'll start to see results.

Always keep fresh water available to your dog when he is being trained using a crate. One way to do this without making a mess is to furnish the crate with a rabbit water bottle. Just attach it to the outside of the crate with the tip sticking inside. Your dog will quickly learn to drink from it.

The rule of thumb with puppies and house training is to remember: what is eaten will pass. To keep your puppies toiletry habits regular, feed him a high quality food 2-3 times a day at the same time each day. If you know when the puppy eats, you will be able to better predict when to take him out. This means fewer accidents!

After your dog training session is completed, finish with a command that you know your dog already can do. This allows your dog's subconscious to remember that it has completed the days training, and can also help your animal to retain the information it has learned from the training session. It also will help maintain the routine.

The best way to crate train an adult dog is to allow the dog to train himself. Put the crate in a quiet room with a comfortable blanket and a favorite toy inside and leave the dog alone in the room with the crate. This way, the dog learns that the crate isn't something to be afraid of.

If you have a dog with separation anxiety, you can train him out of this anxiety by varying your routine. If you act like you're leaving the house, but then don't or store your jacket in the car instead of the closet, you can break the cycle of actions, that get the dog hyped up with anxiety to begin with.

When training your dog to deal with its fear or anxiety related behaviors, go slow. Responding to a fear or anxiety response with aggression only leads to more fear and even mistrust. Take your time and give your dog the opportunity to succeed. He will grow in confidence and reduce fear induced behaviors.

Be mindful of exactly what behavior you are reinforcing, so stand your ground and don't give into your pet's persistence. A dog will generally repeat whatever action has previously earned him a reward. Thus, if you give a dog food so that it will stop begging at the table one night, you're only making the dog more inclined to beg for food again, the next night.

Calling your dog over to you then punishing him will teach him to fear you. Telling him he was bad or did wrong from a few feet away will definitely get your point across and the dog will understand your meaning without feeling threatened by you. Keep in mind the dog wants your approval and that alone will motivate him to do well.

If you have a dog that is not learning, despite training, sometimes bringing in another dog that is already trained, can work wonders. The trained dog can lead by example and will receive all the praise from the people around. Meanwhile, the untrained dog will be watching what the trained dog is doing and learn from this.

When house training your new puppy you need to follow a strict schedule. Get your puppy outside to eliminate first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple of hours in between. This will help him to learn that elimination happens outside. It also prevents pee scents (which are attractive to your dog) from being in the house to begin with.

A great dog training tip is to assume the role of the pack leader. All dogs have a pack mentality. There is typically a pack leader that influences the behavior of the rest of the pack. By acting as the pack leader, your dog will become more obedient.

If your family includes four-legged friends, consider an "invisible fence" pet containment system. These fencing systems place a wire around the perimeter of your property in which you wish to contain your pet. Your dog or cat is then fitted with a small, discrete radio collar. When the animal approaches the perimeter, the collar will emit a warning sound which induces the animal to remain within your yard.

As was mentioned in the beginning of this article, every pet owner wants their dog to be well trained. In order to properly train your dog, you need to research different dog-training techniques and strategies and educate yourself on what does and does not work. Apply the dog- training advice from this article, and you will be well on your way to having an obedient, well-trained dog.