Technique Lessons

Technique Lessons

Advanced Warm-Up


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
If you’re an advanced player then I’m sure you have spent time warming up your fingers before a practice session or gig. In this lesson I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to get my mind and my hands relaxed, sharp and quick; all in a relatively short period of time.

Arpeggios Part 1


This Technique Lesson Includes: 5 parts
Arpeggios are not only useful for us guitarists, but practically essential. Every good player uses these outlines of chords to help highlight their playing, no matter what the style. Both musically and technically challenging, this lesson will help get your theory and your chops up to the next level!

Arpeggios Part 2


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
This continuation of our first lesson on arpeggios takes you into detail with for different chord types. Using major 7, minor 7, dominant, and half-diminished arpeggios, you’ll have all the tools necessary to navigate the beginnings of playing over changes.

Beginner Warm-Up


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
This lesson is a sure-fire way to get your fingers and your brain going. As guitarists, warming up is an important step to remember, and shouldn’t be confused with your actual practice. In this video you’ll get the run-down on some excellent exercises that will get you in prime practicing shape.

Chet Atkins-Style Backing Track Lesson


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
If you’re looking for a country style, honky tonkin’ backing track, then you’ve chosen wisely! This track made in a style of Chet Atkins is rife with possibility. You can use all your country licks that you already have under your fingers as well as learn some new ones that I’ll show you.

Country Tricks


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
It’s always a good idea to back up your playing and soloing with licks and ideas that you’ve practiced before. This lesson will give you five new blues licks For all you honky-tonk players out there, this lesson on country licks is sure to get your fingers flying. With four licks that detail the unique styles of Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Jerry Reed and Danny Gatton, and a detailed breakdown of each lick, you’ll be blazing through country solos in no time.

Easy Jazz Arpeggios


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
If you’re looking for a way to understand more about jazz and ii-V-I’s, then this lesson is geared just for you. One of the most common ways for players to think about changes while playing is by thinking through their arpeggios. By learning some basic shapes and ways to keep them within a certain area on the fretboard, you’ll begin to clearly see changes and the chord tones that make them up. Take your playing, technique and theory up a notch by learning some Easy Jazz Arpeggios.

Five Beginner Blues Licks


This Technique Lesson Includes: 5 parts
It’s always a good idea to back up your playing and soloing with licks and ideas that you’ve practiced before. This lesson will give you five new blues licks that not only will increase your repertoire but also challenge you technically and rhythmically. By practicing these ideas and positions you’ll learn to play awesome blues style licks in any spot on the fretboard.

Five Blues Licks


This Technique Lesson Includes: 5 parts
Learning licks and ways of getting through certain section of the fret board are an invaluable part of learning the instrument and getting better. In this blues-based lesson you’ll learn 5 hot blues licks that can be transposed to any key of your choice and sound just as killer as when you first heard them!

Five Pentatonic Patterns


This Technique Lesson Includes: 5 parts
As an intermediate player, one often has the desire, and musical necessity to play fast…really fast. This lesson is designed to teach you how to do that with the knowledge you already have. By learning and practicing patterns in the pentatonic scale, you’ll build the muscle memory and quickness needed to pull of some ripping licks!

Groups of Five



This Technique Lesson Includes: 5 parts
If you’re looking for a way to increase your shred-ability, this just might be what you’ve been searching for. By learning how to successfully execute groupings of five notes within one beat, you will have the capability to alter between more “natural” note groupings such as fours and sixes. In this lesson you’ll get access to five awesome licks that will help you get to that next level of speed and rhythmic complexity.

Hybrid Picking 101


This Technique Lesson Includes: 2 parts
One of the most useful tools in the guitarist’s arsenal, hybrid picking is an awesome way to get new picking sounds, and open a whole new world of chords and melody lines. In this lesson you’ll learn how to approach this technique, along with examples and exercises that are designed to get your fingers flying!

Intermediate Warm-Up


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
In order to truly maximize your practice time, a warm-up should be a key part to your day’s practice. This lesson will take you through some awesome steps and exercises designed to get your fingers moving quickly so you can spend more time getting better.

Intervallic Licks Part 1


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
In this lesson you’ll find ways to expand the range of your improvisations through the use of a more intervallic approach to melody. By taking large intervals and using them to blend with the music stylistically, you’ll be able to get a much more vocal or horn like feel to your licks and phrases.

Intro To Bending


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
There are many ways to express ourselves as guitarists, but few are so common among all styles of music as bending is. This way of shaping notes and altering them to match other pitches is as close as we can get to emulating a singer. In this lesson you’ll get the inside scoop on how to practice bends, the best ways of fingering them and how to do it tune!

Intro To Slide


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
Slide guitar is a staple among blues guitarists, from the Allman Bros. to Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks, there is no shortage of great guitarists who use this style. In this lesson, you’ll learn proper slide technique and some awesome blues licks to go with it, all of which are designed to get you started playing slide guitar today!

Intro To Walking Bass


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
So, you want to play a swinging bass line, with chords and possibly melody too? Well it all starts with being able to control the movement of the bass line and including some small chord hits to emphasize the harmony. This lesson will get you on a fast track to being able to comfortably play walking bass lines through basic jazz chord changes and will even get you thinking about how to constantly update and improvise those lines.

Leading Tones & Approach Notes


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
Are you looking for a way to expand your phrasing and improvising? If you’re searching for a way to include notes other than the scale tones in your solos, than this lesson is tailored just for you. By learning how to incorporate passing tones, and leading tones in your playing, you’ll instantly become more aware of arpeggios and chord changes.

Left Hand Stretching


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
Have you ever been learning a song or maybe even writing one and you run into a wall that you just can’t get over? Most of the time, it’s our fretting hands that are stopping us from playing all those sweet licks. With this lesson you’ll learn some great new exercises and patterns to get your left hand really working!

Legato Part 1


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
Here is a lesson for all those players out there that want to improve their single note melody playing. Using legato is a valuable technique, but only if done properly…if not, it can lead to some nasty bad habits. This lesson is here to show you the right way to play slurs and slides, with exercises designed to boost your playing!

Licks Of The Month Part 1


This Technique Lesson Includes: 10 parts
Here is a lesson for our Licks of the Month part 1

Open Chords


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
One of the most important and fundamental steps to learning guitar is mastering your chords…that all starts with open chords. This lesson on the basic shapes and forms of some of music’s most common chords will give you the necessary tools to build a solid foundation in guitar playing.

Phrase Displacement


This Technique Lesson Includes: 2 parts
One key element to advancing on this complex instrument is to develop the ability to displace phrases and licks. This type of musical mastery happens in all types of music and with every type of instrument.

Playing with a Leading Finger


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
This is one of my favorite concepts to show intermediate players, mainly due to its consistent results and versatility among styles and players. By learning to “think and play” with a dominant finger controlling each phrase, your improvisations will be instantly smoother and more complete. In this lesson I’ll show some key elements to being able to change the leading finger from lick to lick in order to achieve a more fluent and consistent stream of playing.

Rhythm Chops


This Technique Lesson Includes: 16 parts
This expansive lesson is a run down of the importance of rhythm, having solid groove, and the ability to fluctuate between differing rhythms and note groupings. The need to be “in the pocket” is essential to being a solid player, and if you want to achieve that, rhythm is the way to do it. These examples and exercises are not genre-based, but rather a method of practicing complex rhythms.

Right & Left Hand Coordination


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
One of the most over-looked aspects of playing guitar is the synchronicity of both hands. We may think we can pick fast and fret cleanly, but can we do it at the same time…all the time? This lesson is designed to show you exercises and techniques that will dramatically improve your playing, no matter what style or how long you’ve been playing.

Right Hand Basics


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
If you’re going to play electric guitar, then learning how to pick, mute and string skip are a few of the most basic necessities you’ll need. This comprehensive lesson on some of the most common right hand techniques (or left hand for you lefties out there), is one that will elevate your playing, boost your confidence, and prepare you for a life time of tackling challenging guitar techniques and methods.

Speed Bursts


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
One of the most effective ways of increasing speed, accuracy and coordination, speed bursts are an invaluable part of any guitarist’s arsenal of practice tricks. In this lesson you’ll get several examples that will lead you through ways of boosting your speed playing.

Sweeping Part 1


This Technique Lesson Includes: 5 parts
One of the most sought after techniques by rock and metal guitarists is the infamous sweep arpeggio. This hyper-speed type of playing has been made famous by numerous guitarists over the years and now can be yours to conquer as well. With this in-depth lesson you’ll get the inside scoop on the techniques and shapes commonly used when beginning this ultra speed type of playing.

Tapping Part 1


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
Tapping is an essential tool for any advanced guitarist. Even if you don’t spend your day shredding Van Halen solos, tapping can be used in a variety of ways to make melodies and phrases really come alive and stand out from the rest of the song. This lesson will help you learn the ins and outs of tapping technique and what you can do to get started now!

Tapping Part 2


This Technique Lesson Includes: 2 parts
In this continuation of the previous lesson on tapping, I’m bringing you some awesome shred ideas using open strings. Most players rarely use open strings in their licks and tapping, but if you learn how to include them in your closed-note runs, you’ll be ripping faster and more musically than ever before. Join me in this lesson and learn some ultra fast tapping licks that will really expand your arsenal of tricks

The Guitar Workout Series: Essential Techniques


This Technique Lesson Pack Includes: 13 parts

Triad Arpeggios


This Technique Lesson Includes: 2 parts
The Arpeggio and all it’s glory is on full display in this lesson about fast, speed-inducing triads. By simplifying a chord to it’s three main notes, you’ll get a better understanding of how to execute these arpeggios at high speeds, while improvising.

Triad Funk Rhythm


This Technique Lesson Includes: 2 parts
Did you ever find yourself asking, “How can I play around with chords and melody while playing rhythm guitar”? If so, this is the lesson for you. By learning how to use triads from within the key of the song, you’ll instantly take the musicality and phrasing of your playing up a notch or two. In this lesson you will uncover the secrets to playing solid, funky, and interesting rhythm guitar parts while shifting around through chords and incorporating small melodies within.

Tuning By Ear


This Technique Lesson Includes: 3 parts
Perhaps one of the most important skills of any guitar player is the ability to tune accurately. Of course, that’s all made very easy by tuners that are available at every music shop. However, for true practitioners of the guitar, nothing beats the accuracy of your own ear. Learning to tune without a tuner, and only a reference pitch will dramatically improve your ear, listening and your ability to discern out of tune chords or notes.

Using your Thumb


This Technique Lesson Includes: 2 parts
Have you ever seen Hendrix play with his thumb wrapped all the way around the top of the fret-board? Well, he’s not alone. Tons of great guitar players play using this elusive technique.

Wes Technique


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
Wes Montgomery is one of the most well-known and acclaimed jazz guitarists of all time. He practically pioneered the use of octaves in jazz and pop music guitar, and did so while using a unique style and technique that was all his own.

Writing Guitar Harmonies


This Technique Lesson Includes: 4 parts
One of the most impressive tools in any multi-guitar band’s arsenal is the use of harmonies. By contrasting one guitar line with another, any player can achieve that legendary sound made popular by Iron Maiden and Randy Rhoades.

 
 
 

 
 
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