guitar techniques:
Syncopated Melody & Rhythm Guitar
Learn how rhythms and melodies can have alterations to their meter/feel through syncopated rhythmic durations.

POSTED: 08/11/2014 - 10:15 am

 
Spice Up Your Guitar Licks With the Use of Movable Intervals
You think intervals are boring? See how one of the least exciting concepts in music theory can actually help you create awesome licks!

POSTED: 08/01/2014 - 11:13 am

 
Unison Licks & Riffs with Andrew Wasson
After the popular technique of unison bends, the next most common use of unison intervals are to have them function as licks and riffs. In the lesson I run through how unison intervals can be applied for licks and riffs.

POSTED: 07/04/2014 - 04:06 am

 
5 String Sweep Picking - Canon
In this lesson, I teach you how to play Canon, purely using sweep picking.

POSTED: 07/04/2014 - 04:05 am

 
From Guitar Exercises To Actual Playing: Rhythm Transformations
How to breathe new life in your licks AND prepare for real-life playing at the same time!

POSTED: 06/27/2014 - 10:45 am

 
How to Achieve Proper Economy of Motion in Your Guitar Technique
To master guitar technique, learn to streamline your playing motions while still being able to play guitar with power and conviction. This article explains how.

POSTED: 06/24/2014 - 10:02 am

 
Alternate Picking and Sweep Picking: Minimal Talking, Maximum Information!
Video: super slow motion HD guitar techniques. 6.25% of the original speed.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 09:36 am

 
Messing With Alternate Tunings: CGCGCE
Is standard tuning or a downtuned variant really all there is to playing guitar? This article aims to help you get familiar with Open C major tuning and therefore possibly even reinvent your approach to the instrument itself.

POSTED: 06/09/2014 - 09:36 am

 
A Shred Odyssey: Part 2 (Finding Extra Practice Time)
The second in a series of lessons designed to teach newcomers and more experienced guitarists alike to take charge of their progress. This lesson focuses on getting more practice time in without having to sacrifice other things.

POSTED: 05/29/2014 - 10:42 am

 
Improvising in Different Modes, Made Easier
The solution to bad improvising in diatonic modes!

POSTED: 05/28/2014 - 10:42 am

 
How to Turn Pentatonic Licks Into Sick Metal Riffs
Trying to get into metal? Here's how to take your basic muscle memory and apply it to metal.

POSTED: 05/22/2014 - 10:18 am

 
8 Finger Tapping - Strengthen Your Legato
My second 8 finger tapping lesson for guitarists that just started messing around with this technique! As the title indicates, see how to strengthen your legato!

POSTED: 05/20/2014 - 11:13 am

 
Pedal Point Guitar Licks - with Andrew Wasson
The use of pedal tones has been largely employed by piano players, but guitarists have equally embraced this technique as well.

POSTED: 05/20/2014 - 10:47 am

 
How to Sound Better Live
Live sound can be complex and unpredictable. Here are some ideas to improve your guitar sound in the mix of your live band.

POSTED: 05/08/2014 - 04:45 am

 
Keeping It Simple: How to Play the Same Riffs in Different Places
This lesson will explain how to play the same riffs in different places; some easier than others.

POSTED: 05/07/2014 - 09:56 am

 
3 String Arpeggios with Mini Shreds Exercise with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys here's a little chop builder for you. In this lesson we'll be looking at an exercise focus on adding descending notes or a scale into 7th arpeggios.

POSTED: 04/21/2014 - 10:19 am

 
Developing Bend Control
This week on the GuitarBlog I cover the details surrounding smooth and controlled guitar string bending technique.

POSTED: 04/18/2014 - 11:08 am

 
8 Finger Tapping - The Basics
Had a thought of doing an 8 finger tapping lesson for guitarists that just started messing around with this technique! These are very basic stuff, like placing your right hand on the neck and a basic exercise!

POSTED: 04/18/2014 - 10:55 am

 
What Is Behind the 1-4-5 Rule?
Using the 1-4-5 rule to learn new songs by ear.

POSTED: 04/02/2014 - 10:55 am

 
Michael Romeo Tapping Patterns
Hello guys, I'm Johnny Andrew and this is a lesson on the different patterns of tapping arpeggios that Michael Romeo uses! I've also included a video of me playing these kinds of arpeggios, so you can listen their unique sounds!

POSTED: 03/24/2014 - 11:02 am

 
Smooth Operator - A Guide to Playing Legato
Learn how to get your legato technique up together and you can be sounding like Joe Satriani and other pros in no time.

POSTED: 03/21/2014 - 10:15 am

 
This Is Why You Suck at Guitar: Your Pinch Harmonics Suck!
In this lesson video, Uncle Ben is going to teach you the way to get your guitar squealing louder than Zakk Wylde's hog farm. All aspects of the technique are covered in this installment of the now-legendary "This is Why You Suck at Guitar" lesson series.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 10:04 am

 
Practice With Cael: Warm Up Routine II
Join me in playing through the 24 different permutations of the classic 1-2-3-4 fingering.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 10:02 am

 
Practice With Cael: Warm Up Routine I
A warm up routine that covers combinations of 2, 3 and 4 fingers, which gets your left hand working and stretched as well as getting your right hand moving and picking.

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 10:40 am

 
Bending Techniques and Exercises
Knowing how to properly bend notes can add greatly to your ability to express yourself through your guitar.

POSTED: 03/06/2014 - 09:00 am

 
Modes Part 1 - Ionian (Backing Track + Tab)
The first of my modal lessons, starting with the basic Ionian mode.

POSTED: 03/06/2014 - 08:53 am

 
Play the Guitar Like a Pro With These Tips and Tricks
Do you love rock and roll music? Is jazz more your style? Perhaps you are a fan of classical music. No matter what style you prefer, you can learn to play your favorite songs on the guitar. Does this seem impossible? It could not be easier with the following tips.

POSTED: 02/26/2014 - 10:18 am

 
This Is Why You Suck at Guitar: Your Sweep Picking Sucks!
An in-depth, all-inclusive lesson video on why your sweep picking sounds terrible!

POSTED: 02/13/2014 - 10:01 am

 
Arpeggio, Pentatonic and 8 Finger Tapping
This is a lick based on a G major chord, G major pentatonic and some extra notes played with the right hand, using 8 finger tapping.

POSTED: 02/12/2014 - 10:07 am

 
Extended Arpeggios - Sweeping Outside the Box
This is a way to get away from the typical "sweep shapes" that we learn and practice with, and get into some more advanced ideas.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 06:44 am

 
Children of Bodom/Wintersun Style Sweeps
3 string sweep picked arpeggios in the style of Children of Bodom and Wintersun.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 04:00 am

 
Guitar Demonology: Taming the Interval of the Devil
A lot has been written on blues soloing, but preciously little on creative blues rhythm playing. Don't get caught playing the usual three power chords.

POSTED: 01/14/2014 - 08:08 am

 
Sweep Pick Help (5 Strings)
Just a very quick little help article for sweep picking 5 strings.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 09:40 am

 
How to Bend Clean
A very serious problem for beginner guitar player. How to solve it.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 03:18 am

 
Fingerpicked Blues Technique
This video lesson breaks down the basics of the style and demonstrates several examples.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 07:25 am

 
Symmetrical Patterns for Lead Guitar
A lesson utilizing symmetrical patterns that many shred guitarists use, as well as some that spice up a few of those stock, old basic blues rock licks.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 05:57 am

 
Strumming Patterns
A strumming pattern is a preset pattern used by a rhythm guitar. Here are few things to keep in mind as you play the patterns.

POSTED: 12/27/2013 - 04:18 am

 
Adding Realism To Free Amp Simulators
How to get a tone that can rival that of an Axe-Fx with free software.

POSTED: 12/27/2013 - 03:19 am

 
What Is an Arpeggio?
A 3 sectioned lesson on arpeggios and ideas for playing them.

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 07:04 am

 
Mastering Different Types of Slides and Bends
Every great guitarist should have the ability to incorporate slides and bends into their lead guitar playing. Do you know all of the different types to use, including legato slides, shift slides, full bends, releases and prebends? You will now.

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 04:24 am

 
A Guide to Shred
In this guide I will teach you the basics and the intermediates of shred. It will include sweep picking, speed picking, improvisations.

POSTED: 12/25/2013 - 03:48 am

 
Advanced 5 String Sweep Exercise with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. For all you shredders wanting to take your sweeping to the next level... I have a challenging sweep exercise for you!

POSTED: 12/24/2013 - 09:48 am

 
Improving Your Tapping With Sequences
If you feel a little stuck in one way of tapping arpeggios, here I present an idea that can change the way you tap, in few simple steps.

POSTED: 12/10/2013 - 08:26 am

 
C# Pentatonic Triplet Tap Riff
Hey guys. Here's a cool way to zazz up your pentatonics with some tapping! Check this out!

POSTED: 12/03/2013 - 09:17 am

 
'Ride The Lightning' by Metallica Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Enjoy my step by step tutorial of Kirk Hammet's classic solo from "Ride The Lightning" by Metallica.

POSTED: 11/27/2013 - 03:35 am

 
Not Another Sweep Picking Article
It totally is another sweep picking article, but there's some tasty stuff in here you might not be familiar with.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 04:16 am

 
Alternate Picking 101. Part 1
Here we are going to go thoroughly into the concept of alternate picking.

POSTED: 11/25/2013 - 02:21 am

 
3 String 'Thunderhorse' Style Sweep Arpeggios Exercise
Hey guys. Here's a little exercise for 3 string arpeggio sweeps for those trying to get that Skwisgaar sound.

POSTED: 11/20/2013 - 04:23 am

 
Paul Gilbert Style Shred Exercise in 'A' Minor
Hey guys. Here's a good exercise to build some speed shredding in triplets Paul Gilbert style!

POSTED: 11/18/2013 - 05:36 am

 
How Versatile Is Your Picking Hand?
This lesson may bring some light on some ways to increase picking hand versatility, through the use of your spare digits.

POSTED: 11/10/2013 - 09:16 am

 
Am Pentatonic 2 String Speed Builder Exercise
Hey guys. This is a Zakk Wylde style 2 string lick. It's just a basic speed building exercise working across all 5 branches of the pentatonic.

POSTED: 11/07/2013 - 08:52 am

 
3 String 7th Arpeggios
Here's a brief tutorial/exercise using 7 arpeggios with a bit of a scale descend. These can be really cool to use when you're writing or improvising solos!

POSTED: 10/25/2013 - 01:00 pm

 
Fingerpicking: Quick & Easy
Showing different exercises that can help with learning and mastering finger picking.

POSTED: 10/21/2013 - 10:41 am

 
The Amazing & Mystical Win of the Spanish Phrygian Scale
Hey guys. Lamb of God, Dimebag Darrel, Yngwie, Alex Skolnick and many other players use this exotic and "evil" scale in riffs and solos. Here's a brief video explaining the basics to get you started.

POSTED: 09/24/2013 - 09:58 am

 
Dimebag Darrell's Pinch Squeals
Breaking down the basics to the late and great Dimebag Darrell's legendary pinch harmonic squeals.

POSTED: 09/16/2013 - 09:33 am

 
Skwisgaar Skwigelf Style Alternate Pick Exercise
Skwisgaar Skwigelf has a picking pattern he uses to warm up - here's the full exercise on it.

POSTED: 09/12/2013 - 09:53 am

 
Beginner's Guide to Sweeping
In this lesson we cover some of the most common questions people ask about sweeping.

POSTED: 09/05/2013 - 09:49 am

 
Tapping 7th Arpeggios For Guitar. Lesson 1
In this lesson we'll take a look at a really fun way of tapping seventh arpeggios. It involves playing an arpeggio on two strings using a combination of hammer-ons, pull-offs and tapping.

POSTED: 08/27/2013 - 10:16 am

 
Country & Rockabilly Banjo-Roll Guitar Licks
These licks are most often found in Country and Rockabilly, however you'll also find them in many other styles of music as well. I demonstrate four different licks in the video lesson with on-screen TAB included.

POSTED: 08/23/2013 - 09:10 am

 
3 Most Basic Strumming Techniques to Learn
Learn the 3 most ways of strumming a guitar.

POSTED: 08/20/2013 - 10:19 am

 
Sweep Picking Fundamentals
Goes over basic sweep picking patterns and practising methods to ensure maximum progress!

POSTED: 08/15/2013 - 08:34 am

 
Introduction to Tapping
Basic technique and simple exercise to get you started on tapping.

POSTED: 07/26/2013 - 11:28 am

 
The Devil's Chord
I am going to show you how to play "The Devil's Chord" and I will explain what it is and how it got it's name.

POSTED: 07/25/2013 - 11:19 am

 
Creating Picking Exercises
If you need to work on your picking hand skills and everything you've tried up to date has not helped you, then it's time to design your own studies.

POSTED: 07/25/2013 - 11:06 am

 
Building Speed 02. Legato and Tapping
Learn several obstacles you may come across while performing legato techniques and how to conquer them in order to gain speed.

POSTED: 07/23/2013 - 10:41 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 10. Eight Finger Tapping
In this lesson I will go over the final pattern within E minor. I will also cover the technique of Eight Finger Tapping and give you ways to build strength in your tapping hand.

POSTED: 07/10/2013 - 10:48 am

 
Fingerpicking. Part 2
This is the second in a series of articles that will help you to play Fingerstyle guitar.

POSTED: 07/05/2013 - 11:13 am

 
Building Speed 01. Alternate Picking
This lesson will hopefully help you overcome any obstacles you may have in alternate picking and help you build speed. String skipping is included. The metronome will also be discussed here.

POSTED: 06/21/2013 - 09:53 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 09. Computer Tapping
I will explain to you what computer tapping is. I will also give you examples of how build strength in the fingers on your picking hand in order to perform this technique. No scale in this lesson.

POSTED: 06/11/2013 - 09:30 am

 
Creative Shred Ideas 03. Putting It All Together
I will teach you ways to combine scales (scale fragments) with the arpeggios we looked at plus a couple more ideas I stumbled across while writing out my songs. I'll also give you a short piece I wrote to weld the ideas together.

POSTED: 06/07/2013 - 10:19 am

 
I Like to Move It Move It: Rhythmic Displacement Pt. II
Shifting rhythms using eighth and sixteenth notes. Also some alternative shifting ideas.

POSTED: 06/06/2013 - 09:24 am

 
How to Play Vibrato on Guitar
There actually is a simple way to track your progress with this aspect of lead guitar phrasing by following the process I will explain for you in this lesson.

POSTED: 05/27/2013 - 09:59 am

 
Creative Shred Ideas 02. Arpeggios
I will teach you ways to change up your arpeggios and also a couple new arpeggios that I use in my own playing.

POSTED: 05/10/2013 - 08:56 am

 
Fingerpicking. Part 1
This is the first in a series of articles that will help you play fingerstyle guitar. In this lesson, we're going to look at the very basics in order to get started with this playing style.

POSTED: 04/30/2013 - 10:00 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 08. Sweep Picking
In this lesson I will teach the very basic major, minor, and diminished patterns in sweep picking. I will explain the technique and give many examples. There will be more creative sweep patterns in my lesson: "Creative Shred Ideas 02. Arpeggios".

POSTED: 04/29/2013 - 09:19 am

 
Understanding Twelve Bar Blues
If you've never understood twelve bar blues than chances are your at a disadvantage to other guitarists. But don't stress because I have prepared a crash course in Twelve bar blues to get you understanding it in a few minutes.

POSTED: 04/17/2013 - 08:39 am

 
Creative Shred Ideas 01. Scales
I will teach you ways to organize scales in order to be more creative within your soloing or songs. I will also teach you a couple of my ideas on the scales.

POSTED: 04/10/2013 - 08:02 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 07. Tapping With String Skipping
In this lesson we will look at the sixth scale pattern within E minor. We will also cover string skipping with the use tapping.

POSTED: 04/05/2013 - 09:12 am

 
How To Use Modes. Part 3
Another one in the series. This one is about Resolutions and Melodic Voicings.

POSTED: 04/05/2013 - 08:25 am

 
Powers Of 4: Developing 4-String Sweeps
Developing 4-string sweeps to spice up your lead playing.

POSTED: 04/04/2013 - 10:15 am

 
Warming Up: Killing Two Birds With One Stone Exercise
In this lesson, I will show you a simple way to use some basic warm up exercises to combine them together to create a new whole exercise that will super charge your warming up.

POSTED: 04/04/2013 - 10:04 am

 
Finger Stretching for Diligent
Stretching your fingers like you never stretched them before.

POSTED: 04/02/2013 - 09:07 am

 
Blue Notes: Tricks and Tips for the Blues - Part 1
In this new series I'll be looking at developing the Blues beyond the standard Blues scale, with examples that are influenced by blues greats and can be used to expand your playing.

POSTED: 04/02/2013 - 08:46 am

 
Including Arpeggios in Rhythms
Using arpeggios in playing rhythm parts might help you stand out a bit, and explore additional ways to spice up your music.

POSTED: 03/29/2013 - 07:14 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 06
We will look at the 5th scale pattern in E minor. We will also look to extend our Alternate Picking and Legato techniques with string skipping.

POSTED: 03/25/2013 - 10:47 am

 
Jazz Guitar Music For Real Men Part 3: Bebop For Beginners - Substitutions
In this third part of the series we'll be looking at a technique known as Substitution, or Superimposition, and how you can use this in your playing, as well as the most basic use of the Lydian Dominant scale in a II, V, I progression.

POSTED: 03/15/2013 - 09:34 am

 
How To Use Rhythmic Displacement To Come Up With New Riffs
Using rhythmic displacement to shift a riff and make it sound like a different riff!

POSTED: 03/15/2013 - 08:51 am

 
Expressive Bends
Learn how to perform expressive bends: a simple way to enrich your playing and to get a little step closer from a professional sound.

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 09:27 am

 
Jazz Guitar Music For Real Men Part 2: Bebop Techniques For Beginners
The second in a series of Bebop for Beginners, this lesson I tackle the use of enclosures and how they can impact your Bebop styling.

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 06:27 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 05
Learn the technique economy picking. We will also cover ways to combine the technique with others.

POSTED: 02/26/2013 - 06:30 am

 
Improve Your Technique
Even if you think you can play guitar perfectly, there's always room for improvement. Mastering guitar techniques is essential and can make your songs and riffs much more interesting.

POSTED: 02/15/2013 - 09:55 am

 
Bob Marley: 'Three Little Birds' Hybrid Picking
Lead guitar licks from Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds".

POSTED: 02/13/2013 - 08:59 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 04
I will teach you the third pattern in our E minor scale. Tapping is also featured here.

POSTED: 02/13/2013 - 08:43 am

 
Basic Fingerpicking Patterns
Finger picked patterns are one of the best ways to develop finger-style guitar technique. The plucking hand learns to track the fretting hand through repetitive picked patterns. And, when this approach is combined with the use of common open position chords, the practice is perfect for both beginner and intermediate students.

POSTED: 02/06/2013 - 07:48 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 03
Learn what legato is and how you add it to your repertoire.

POSTED: 02/05/2013 - 08:38 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 02
Learn the technique of Alternate Picking!

POSTED: 02/04/2013 - 02:51 am

 
Creating An Effortless Guitar Technique Routine
Creating a very straight-forward, easy to follow daily guitar technique routine doesn't have to be overwhelming. In fact, if you approach working on guitar technique as a daily routine that you plan on doing for several years, you can easily integrate a solid workout into your daily practice schedule!

POSTED: 02/04/2013 - 02:47 am

 
Shred Guitar Lesson 01
Learn the very basics and essentials of learning how to shred guitar.

POSTED: 01/30/2013 - 07:55 am

 
Dimebag Darrell Techniques Intros
Here are some throes of the late great Dimebag Darrell.

POSTED: 01/21/2013 - 09:27 am

 
Tasty Guitar Routines 5
After a long hiatus... the most gourmet routines are back, this time with a wholesome Tap routine!

POSTED: 01/17/2013 - 10:26 am

 
Performing Persian Music Microtones On Electric Guitar
Persian Music incorporates quarter tone type of microtones. Here we discuss a technique to play them on electric guitar providing sample sheet music and video.

POSTED: 01/10/2013 - 06:37 am

 
Chord Theory Inversions
Through the use of chord inversions, you can find it much easier to learn chords on electric and acoustic guitar.

POSTED: 01/10/2013 - 04:07 am

 
A Fast Tone To Tone Picking Technique
This technique allows for an incredible improvement of the overall speed of guitar playing.

POSTED: 01/08/2013 - 04:05 am

 
Messing With Alternate Tunings DADGAD
Most beginners and even intermediate players are afraid of tuning to anything that's not standard tuning or a downtuned variant - this article aims to help you break out of that.

POSTED: 01/07/2013 - 03:46 am

 
Fingerstyle Part 2 : Malaguena
So now that we that we have some experience with finger style and combinations of thumb, index and middle, here are some great tips and exercises for you to practice.

POSTED: 12/27/2012 - 02:39 am

 
Guitar Tricks
A collection of some interesting/weird tricks that can make your songs sound better.

POSTED: 12/27/2012 - 02:39 am

 
Learn a New Year's Classic With a Modern Edge - Auld Lang Syne
A lot of what we do as teachers, students and artists involves doing A, B and C to get X. But there is a point where it all comes together. This is musicianship.

POSTED: 12/21/2012 - 04:09 am

 
O Come, All Ye Faithful Chord Melody
Here we are again on our quest of proving that we can learn a complex Jazz Chord melody in a matter of minutes, but this time, let's step it up a little bit from last week, let's play it in time instead of rubato.

POSTED: 12/13/2012 - 08:31 am

 
Deck The Halls Beginners To Advanced
It's that time of year. For my first Holiday tune "12 Days Of Christmas" I went with an electric/orchestral approach to the arrangement. This week it's time to strip it down to one classical guitar.

POSTED: 12/06/2012 - 06:36 am

 
Improve Your Tapping With Joe Satriani's Song
Get better at this smooth-sounding technique and expand your guitar arsenal!

POSTED: 12/03/2012 - 06:53 am

 
12 Days Of Christmas With Slide Guitar
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a silver slide for free. I thought it would be fun to play this song with a slide and it's a great way to practice playing with a slide.

POSTED: 11/30/2012 - 03:50 am

 
Jingle Bells Jazz Chord Melody
What if I told you that you could play a rich Ted Greene-style jazz arrangement in just seven minutes? Here's the proof that this is possible.

POSTED: 11/22/2012 - 08:37 am

 
Fingerstyle Part I: Malaguena
"Tone is in your fingers" - this idea enters another deeper dimension when it's applied to fingerstyle on a nylon string guitar.

POSTED: 11/16/2012 - 04:01 am

 
First Lesson In 2 Hand Tapping
This video lesson is an introduction to finger tapping. It only uses patterns on string 1 and looks at how to play 3 note arpeggios with both hands. You can learn to play different tapping sequences using a single arpeggio.

POSTED: 11/07/2012 - 08:08 am

 
Unlock The Fretboard With The CAGED System Pt. 2
For pt. 2 I'd like to talk about how arpeggios become scales and what the minor shapes are.

POSTED: 11/02/2012 - 01:15 pm

 
Unlock The Fretboard With The CAGED System Pt. 1
Are you more comfortable with some areas of the neck than others? Can you easily change keys? Do you connect chords with their scales? The CAGED system of thinking will make all of your playing easier.

POSTED: 11/02/2012 - 12:50 pm

 
How To Play Legato Guitar
Quick, concise introduction to playing legato style guitar like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai. Legato = Smooth. Pick the first note on each string and sound all other notes using hammer-on's and pull-off's.

POSTED: 11/02/2012 - 11:19 am

 
How I Learnt Finger Picking
There is no fast way to learn finger picking as it is a technique that requires good finger control which is something that just comes with time. In this we are going to mainly concentrate on acoustic songs.

POSTED: 11/01/2012 - 11:21 am

 
How To Change Key Successfully In Your Music
This article discusses a couple of methods for changing key in your music and various aspects you should consider.

POSTED: 11/01/2012 - 11:05 am

 
Pentatonic Lines 1
Hi guitar folks, Karlo here! A warm welcome to these lessons, I'll try to share some of the stuff I've figured out on my stringed wood over the years.

POSTED: 10/29/2012 - 10:30 am

 
Technique Vs. Musical Feeling - The Truth
In order to allow your musical feeling to emerge and give life to the notes you play, you must have the technique required to produce those notes in the first place. "Technique" is the conduit through which musical feeling flows.

POSTED: 10/26/2012 - 11:35 am

 
Pentatonic Lesson
Lesson on pentatonic theory.

POSTED: 10/25/2012 - 11:07 am

 
Greatly Improve Your Technique With String Skipping
String skipping is a technique used when you need to make 2 or more string shift. It is challenging for your right hand and can help greatly improve your picking technique. Even if you don't use string skipping on a regular basis, practicing it will develop your general right hand skills fast.

POSTED: 10/25/2012 - 10:56 am

 
Reading Music For Guitar Players Part I
Reading music is a key element to becoming a well-rounded musician, so let's learn some tips that will help us improve our reading skills.

POSTED: 10/24/2012 - 09:46 am

 
Cool Licks: Country Bends
Looking for a cool lick that will help you sound like a pedal-steel guitar? Check out this lesson (complete with video) that will help you do some cool country bends.

POSTED: 10/16/2012 - 11:06 am

 
Spicing Up The Shuffle Blues
The shuffle is one of many different ways we can use to play the rhythm section of a blues in any key, rather than using, for example, just major or minor seventh chords.

POSTED: 10/15/2012 - 09:08 am

 
Learn A Solo In 7 Steps
The guitar solo - my favorite part of a song. Forget the hooks, the chorus, the meaningful lyrics - give me a killer solo every time.

POSTED: 10/15/2012 - 08:26 am

 
Open Position Chords And Pentatonic
This article serves as a part two to the Connecting Chords To A Scale article. The purpose here is to provide a list of open position chords and the pentatonic scales that they fit into.

POSTED: 10/12/2012 - 10:19 am

 
How To Play Modes Re-Vamped
A re-do of the article "How To Play Modes". This article is only based on the construction of modes based on the Major, Harmonic and Melodic Minor scales.

POSTED: 10/08/2012 - 09:55 am

 
Intro To 7th Chords Using A Practical Example Guitar
I'm aiming this at the beginner who just wants to learn a few chords (In this case 7th's) to add flavour to their playing.

POSTED: 10/04/2012 - 10:01 am

 
Connecting Chords To A Scale
Often guitar players think of playing chords and scales as two different worlds.

POSTED: 10/02/2012 - 11:47 am

 
How To Use Modes. Part 2
This issue of "How To Use Modes" features mainly chord construction and introduces why we can use certain modes with certain chords.

POSTED: 10/01/2012 - 11:26 am

 
Breaking Out Of The Boxes
A simple concept for playing out of familiar minor pentatonic shapes.

POSTED: 09/27/2012 - 11:24 am

 
How To Use Modes. Part 1
Since I got some positive e-mails regarding the last article, this article will introduce people how to actually put modes into use.

POSTED: 09/20/2012 - 10:52 am

 
Jazz Chords - 7th
As a very particular genre, jazz requires particular chords. I will show you some of them, for you to get easily started.

POSTED: 09/14/2012 - 08:58 am

 
How To Play Modes
An overview of modes by a studying music student. I am assuming you know how to play a major scale shape to two octaves on at least A major, for this is a theory thread, not just a guitar thread. You may apply this knowledge to any tuned instrument.

POSTED: 09/13/2012 - 08:08 am

 
Intervals
I always teach every student that starts with me the 12 intervals: minor 2nd, Major 2nd, minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, and Perfect 8th.

POSTED: 09/12/2012 - 08:15 am

 
Cool Licks: Using Natural Harmonics
This lick should help give you some ideas of how you can use this skill and apply it to your own creations.

POSTED: 09/06/2012 - 07:33 am

 
The Alternative To Bar Chords
Power chords are essential in playing rock music. This article is a simple how to on how to play power chords.

POSTED: 08/15/2012 - 10:01 am

 
A Relatively Easy Method To Memorize The Intervals Of The Modes
I've come across a relatively easy and systematic method of memorizing the modes.

POSTED: 08/13/2012 - 10:32 am

 
Giving Your Acoustic A Distorted Sound When Playing Open Notes With No Equipment
Learn to give your acoustic guitar a slightly echo-ey distorted sound when playing open notes, without the use of sound changers.

POSTED: 08/09/2012 - 08:26 am

 
How To Play Difficult Chord Changes
A lot of guitarists struggle with smoothly changing between chords when playing music on guitar.

POSTED: 07/24/2012 - 04:09 pm

 
Picking The Rhythm Economically
This lesson will not show you how to blaze sweep picking at 300 bpm or teach you eight finger tapping, instead in this lesson we talk about rhythm techniques and economy of picking motion.

POSTED: 07/17/2012 - 09:09 am

 
How To Tap Rhythm And Lead Simultaneously
Once guitarists figured out what Eddie Van Halen was doing, tapping became another flash trick, like pinch harmonics and whammy bar wiggling, that could be used to sound cool Stevie Ray Vaughn Greatest Hitswhen you couldn't think of anything else to do.

POSTED: 07/10/2012 - 05:29 am

 
Make Your Guitar Scream: Natural And Artificial Harmonics
Did you always wanted to make your guitar squeal, a la Dimebag Darrel or Mathias Ekhlund? Have you always wondered how they do it?

POSTED: 06/27/2012 - 07:14 am

 
Mastering The Tapping Exercises
Hey guys, my first article here. I'll show you some arpeggios that can be tapped, just for you to try and gain the speed needed to tap. If you just don't understand something,ask me then, and chill out, I'm not a native English speaker.

POSTED: 06/25/2012 - 04:04 am

 
How To Make Killer Rock And Metal Guitar Riffs
I frequently receive emails from guitarists who want to know how they can improve their rhythm guitar playing and make their own rock and metal guitar riffs.

POSTED: 06/21/2012 - 09:07 am

 
A Quick And Catchy Way To Up Your Fingering Accuracy
Taking a small excerpt from a classical composition and using it to increase your speed and accuracy.

POSTED: 06/13/2012 - 11:04 am

 
Rhythm Pyramid - Increase Your Picking Speed
That method will get your picking speed from the turtle mode to the ferrari mode.

POSTED: 05/31/2012 - 03:36 am

 
Stretching Workout
If you feel that your left hand is sometimes stiff... Read on!

POSTED: 05/25/2012 - 05:18 am

 
Legato Academy Part Two
Part two of my Legato Course. If you want to master Legato Techniques, have a read!

POSTED: 05/23/2012 - 04:57 am

 
Trills
What trills are, how they are played and some exercises to help you out.

POSTED: 05/22/2012 - 02:33 am

 
Bending Practice
Some ideas to help you with bending notes.

POSTED: 05/18/2012 - 02:21 am

 
Tapping
A short guide to building riffs using tapping techniques.

POSTED: 05/14/2012 - 05:12 am

 
Tasty Guitar Routines 4
Now it's time for the Legato technique to spice the routines!

POSTED: 05/14/2012 - 03:08 am

 
Tasty Guitar Routines 2
Now it's time for a tasty Alternate Picking Routine everybody can use daily. Delicious!

POSTED: 05/03/2012 - 02:22 am

 
Tasty Guitar Routines
Tasty Guitar Routines focusing on versatility and technique. Lets stretch, warm up and practice all those sweet techniques we want to master.

POSTED: 04/25/2012 - 02:48 am

 
Legato Academy Part One
Hammering, pulling off and sliding will be no problem for you after my legato academy. Today I'm starting with part one. Have fun!

POSTED: 04/16/2012 - 08:55 am

 
Fast Food Chops
This lesson is a short littler practice piece that covers quite a bit of ground for both you pick and fret hand. If you have very little time use this.

POSTED: 04/09/2012 - 07:43 am

 
Trash Metal Spider
A short idea for playing trash metal rhythm guitar.

POSTED: 03/21/2012 - 03:24 am

 
Combining Techniques
A combination of techniques is the key to great music. This lesson will guide you through the usage of different techniques and combining them to make your playing sound better.

POSTED: 03/20/2012 - 06:43 am

 
Hammer Ons
A simple guide to hammer ons and their usage.

POSTED: 03/16/2012 - 04:58 am

 
Sliding
A simple guide to the 'sliding' guitar technique.

POSTED: 03/15/2012 - 03:30 am

 
Want Speed - Use Legato
This lesson will help guitarists to build thier ability to use legato and apply it to thier playing.

POSTED: 03/13/2012 - 03:42 am

 
Expanding Your Tone With Your Current Setup
Learn how to expand your tone with your current set-up!

POSTED: 03/01/2012 - 02:38 am

 
Setting Yourself Apart. Part 2
An add-on, basically, that I should have, in all good conscience, included in the first part.

POSTED: 12/01/2011 - 03:10 am

 
Setting Yourself Apart
A brief look at some different realizations/things I've had and try to apply to my playing that could very well inspire some players looking to harness their own individuality on the instrument and beyond.

POSTED: 11/29/2011 - 03:41 am

 
Groovy Arpeggio Exercises. Part II
Harmonic Minor exercises to improve sweeping and linear finger movement simultaneously.

POSTED: 11/24/2011 - 03:07 am

 
Pulling Off
Learning the guitar technique of "Pulling Off"

POSTED: 11/09/2011 - 01:51 am

 
Groovy Arpeggio Exercises
Improve sweeping and linear finger movement simultaneously.

POSTED: 11/07/2011 - 03:52 am

 
Harmonic Pentatonic Minor
Intermediate and above lesson. Shapes and use of harmonic pentatonic minor.

POSTED: 10/14/2011 - 07:33 am

 
Speed Playing. Part 5
Speed Playing returns with advanced techniques to really test your fingers and help you master the art of speed playing.

POSTED: 10/11/2011 - 02:25 am

 
Making Stuff Up (To Match The Song You're Listening To)
This lesson will teach you how to make stuff up(to match the song you are listening to).

POSTED: 10/06/2011 - 03:54 am

 
A Complete Map Of Fret-Board Harmonics
This lesson is for anyone who hasn't spent much time learning all the harmonic nodal points on the finger-board should.

POSTED: 07/27/2011 - 02:41 am

 
How To Come Up With Your Own Exercises
Coming up with your own exercises to learn or improve techniques is a skill you can use again and again. No need to constantly search for exercises when you can create effective ones on your own.

POSTED: 07/18/2011 - 02:46 am

 
Nine Alternate Picking Licks To Improve Accuracy And Speed
My first short lesson that will give you nine licks to work on to improve your alternate picking skills. They're all my opinion so don't flame on me if you disagree!

POSTED: 07/18/2011 - 02:34 am

 
Strengthening Your Left-Hand Tapping Technique
This lesson is designed to strengthen your left-hand technique to prepare you for advanced tapping.

POSTED: 05/20/2011 - 03:45 am

 
Sweep Picking And Tapping Lesson
This lesson explains the combination of the Sweep Picking and the Tapping Techniques. A basic knowledge of Sweep picking technique and Tapping technique are required for this lesson to be effective.

POSTED: 05/17/2011 - 03:56 am

 
Tapping. V2
Learn to play gartuenously fast with ease.

POSTED: 05/09/2011 - 03:42 am

 
String Bending Revisited Intermediate
An article looking at the dynamics of string bending and how it can transform your playing.

POSTED: 05/04/2011 - 03:01 am

 
Using Economy Picking To Enhance Solos And Simple Sweeping
A short overview of one of my most used techniques in rock and jazz soloing.

POSTED: 02/07/2011 - 04:04 am

 
How To Practise Technique
This is a short lesson teaching guitarist how to practise technique.

POSTED: 01/20/2011 - 06:31 am

 
How To Sound Smoother In Simple Steps. Part 3
Right, this lesson is about combining slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs to get a smooth sound. If people want then I'll go into stuff like true legato and right hand muting. But this is a "from the ground up" sort of thing for now. I you don't know much about theory yet, this is a good starting point.

POSTED: 01/20/2011 - 06:30 am

 
How To Sound Smoother In Simple Steps. Part 2
I Heard some feedback from the first part of this lesson that stressed that I hadn't gone into any real specifics on technique. I'm not the type to get angry at anyone, so I'm posting this lesson to go into as much detail as I can on techniques for sounding smoother.

POSTED: 01/17/2011 - 06:30 am

 
How To Sound Smoother In Simple Steps
In this lesson I'll show you what I know about various techniques to help you sound smoother as a guitarist. I will be mentioning various scales and chords throughout this lesson, so I recommend that you look at some lessons for those at some point. I'll upload some when I get time.

POSTED: 01/10/2011 - 04:38 am

 
Mastering Techniques
Here's a basic method you can use to learn and master any technique. The method looks at developing techniques in different ways and a detailed example demonstrates how you can use it.

POSTED: 01/04/2011 - 06:55 am

 
Sweep Picking Excercises
This lesson will cover the bassics of sweeping in triad positions.

POSTED: 12/17/2010 - 06:44 am

 
More Exercises 2
EX 9 to EX 14.

POSTED: 12/07/2010 - 04:13 am

 
Finding Your Unique Voice On Guitar II
Other players have a huge influence on your sound. This lesson will explain how you can look at your influences and use their experience to shape your own playing.

POSTED: 11/16/2010 - 06:04 am

 
Palm Muting
This lesson will teach You how to palm mute correctly with ease.

POSTED: 10/28/2010 - 04:03 am

 
Finding Your Unique Voice On Guitar I
Many players get to a stage where they want to have their own unique sound. This lesson will explain a way you can discover and develop your own unique sound on guitar.

POSTED: 10/12/2010 - 07:24 am

 
Advanced Sweep Picking Arpeggiation
Dealing with multiple Major and Minor sweep positions to make sweeping more fluent.

POSTED: 10/01/2010 - 07:55 am

 
Easy Sweep Picking Techniques
This lesson focuses on simple "Sweeping" patterns, that once mastered will open up a world of new musical possibilities.

POSTED: 09/24/2010 - 07:14 am

 
Easy Trick For Advanced Rhythms
This Lesson will teach you a easy trick to play hard rhythms or strange measures.

POSTED: 08/30/2010 - 07:15 am

 
Troubleshooting Speed Problems
Ever come across a riff that you just can't play and you don't know what the problem is? This is a guide to tell you where you're going wrong and how to eradicate it.

POSTED: 08/23/2010 - 06:54 am

 
The Koto-Effect
Ever heard of the Koto-Effect? 2 months ago, I didn't, too. So let me share this beautiful technique with you.

POSTED: 08/06/2010 - 09:34 am

 
Economy Picking Exercises. Part 2
In this lesson I will show you some more ideas on practicing economy picking, again it's some exercises which you can take away and hopefully mess up and create some new exercises which are better!

POSTED: 08/04/2010 - 08:24 am

 
Economy Picking Exercises
In this lesson I will show you some exercises to develop the economy picking technique, also you will learn 3 scale shapes to practice.

POSTED: 08/03/2010 - 08:18 am

 
Introduction To Alternate Tunings
There are TONS of alternate tunings available on the guitar. This article explores some of the more common tunings and provides off-site resources for further reference.

POSTED: 08/02/2010 - 06:39 am

 
Classical Guitar Patterns Using Fingers (No Pick)
5 examples of classical right hand pattern not possible with a pick.

POSTED: 07/12/2010 - 06:43 am

 
Alternate Picking
How to increase your speed by alternate picking.

POSTED: 07/05/2010 - 08:15 am

 
All About Tapping. Part 3: Let's Get Down And Dirty
Tapping for advanced tappers.

POSTED: 06/30/2010 - 06:59 am

 
Introduction To Sweep Picking
The right hand and left hand mentioned in this assume the reader is right handed: If you're left handed, just replace all the rights with lefts and vice versa. Following this guide will get you comfortable with sweeping, but if you want to get super good afterward, the best thing you can do is practice!

POSTED: 05/03/2010 - 04:44 am

 
Two-Handed Tapping
Brief look at two-hand technique, patterns, and theory.

POSTED: 04/27/2010 - 06:45 am

 
Spread Triads
Eric Johnson likes to use these a lot. They're cool because they sound good even when under a considerable amount of disortion. It's a cool trick to have in your back pocket.

POSTED: 04/21/2010 - 04:37 am

 
Learning A Hard Run Overshoot
In this lesson I'm going to take a run from Cliffs of Dover and explain how to make exercises out of its components. We're going to take an ear dive into the mind of Eric Johnson.

POSTED: 04/16/2010 - 06:07 am

 
Finger-Style Workout
An depth look at finger picking techniques. Exercises and examples aimed at improving your finger-style guitar playing.

POSTED: 04/09/2010 - 06:52 am

 
Tap Dancing With Triads
Anyone can sound good by learning tapping through tabs. But what REALLY makes them stick? We will take an in depth and rarely seen view of the topic. Warning, you may be exposed to some theory!

POSTED: 03/23/2010 - 05:30 am

 
All About Tapping. Part 2: Beginner Tapping To Little Bit Of Advanced
A few good Tapping exercises for guitarists of all skill levels.

POSTED: 03/12/2010 - 06:10 am

 
All About Tapping. Part1: Legato Training
Lesson to teach you all the legato training you need for tapping. No Actual tapping riffs in this lesson, it's more of a preparation for All About Tapping Pt.2

POSTED: 03/10/2010 - 04:16 am

 
Simple Box Patterns To Increase Speed
A few box patterns to speed up your right hand and your pinky.

POSTED: 02/25/2010 - 04:25 am

 
Metal Techniques
This lesson will be about various techniques used in metal guitar, and how to execute them.

POSTED: 01/07/2010 - 07:10 am

 
Tremolo Picking - Beginners To Advance Excerise And Lesson
A Short guide on how to controll, use, and effectively use Tremolo Picking to play fast!

POSTED: 01/05/2010 - 08:52 am

 
How To Understand Guitar Tabs. Part 2

POSTED: 12/25/2009 - 06:39 am

 
Another Sweep Picking Lesson
Fed up with getting lessons on various sweep picking exercises but not being certain about how to pull them off? This lesson will get you started with the technique.

POSTED: 12/24/2009 - 08:30 am

 
Sweep Picking Arpeggios
The sound of sweep picking arpeggios strikes fear in the hearts of young guitarists. Well fear no more! I'm here to show you the secrets behind sweep picking arpeggios!

POSTED: 12/23/2009 - 06:49 am

 
Getting Fluent Sweep Picking
Here is a guide to Sweep picking!

POSTED: 12/03/2009 - 07:35 am

 
Seven Strings II: Seven String Sweep Arpeggios
You've learned your 7 string scales patterns. Now it's time to learn those crazy 7 string sweeps that will wow your audiences!

POSTED: 12/01/2009 - 07:45 am

 
Speed Picking II
An expansion on my previous article that reviewed the fundamentals, this one is for the more familiar player. More picking technique, concepts, and exercises.

POSTED: 11/20/2009 - 06:23 am

 
Fingerpicking Right Hand Strength
Some useful exercises for strengthening up the right hand.

POSTED: 11/16/2009 - 07:15 am

 
Sweep Like Becker. Part 2
In part 1 I've showed the positions for basic major and minor arpeggios. In this lesson I'll show new kinds of arpeggios and positions that Jason himself used to play them.

POSTED: 11/12/2009 - 06:56 am

 
Speed Up Your Soloing. Vol 2: Part II - Economy Picking
While the previous lesson was about a fretting hand technique (Legato with open strings), this lesson here is about a picking hand technique - Economy Picking.

POSTED: 10/19/2009 - 07:02 am

 
Speed Up Your Soloing. Vol 2: Part I - Open String Legato Phrases
In the past I made four "Speed Up Your Soloing"-lessons, which worked mainly as a beginner-oriented guide to shredding. In "Speed Up Your Soloing - Volume II", it gets a little more advanced. This lesson today is about open string legato phrases.

POSTED: 10/15/2009 - 06:25 am

 
3-Note Sequence Ideas. Part 2
In this lesson we are going to combine the forward and reverse three-note sequence combinations from my Three-Note Sequence Ideas Part I lesson to create even more interesting sounds.

POSTED: 10/06/2009 - 08:13 am

 
Tapping Arpeggios And Other Advanced Tapping Techniques
My introduction to Tapping Arpeggios, from single string ideas to string skipping, multi ocvtave arpeggios using multiple fingers on the fretting hand. These are techniques I commonly use in my solos.

POSTED: 09/24/2009 - 07:11 am

 
Getting Around The Fretboard: Busting Out Of The Scale Box
'I know some scales (like the blues scale, major and minor) but how do I get out of being stuck in just one scale box at a time.'

POSTED: 08/19/2009 - 07:33 am

 
3-Note Sequence Ideas
In this lesson I am going to show you a way to take a common three-note sequence and turn it around to create a new sequence that sounds much more interesting.

POSTED: 08/12/2009 - 07:28 am

 
Speed Playing. Part 4
A huge list of excersises and techniques, sweep picking, tapping, string skipping, alternative picking, legato and more.

POSTED: 08/03/2009 - 07:04 am

 
Power Chord Accuracy
This lesson is designed to help improve your accuracy with power chords and bar chords, along with many other chords and techniques.

POSTED: 07/08/2009 - 07:40 am

 
Speed Playing. Part 3
This time were going to look at vibrato, whammy bar techniques and theory.

POSTED: 07/07/2009 - 07:02 am

 
10 Guitar Speed Puzzles
Here are 10 guitar puzzles going from easy to hard, see if you can nail 'em!

POSTED: 07/03/2009 - 08:53 am

 
Sweep Like Becker
In this lesson I'm gonna show you the exact positions Jason used in order to play arpeggios. I believe these shapes are the best.

POSTED: 06/17/2009 - 07:05 am

 
Ska Continuation
Now that you have learned a simple ska rythm in the previous lesson, this follow up can introduce you to ska on a level where your whole band can play. I shall go into more complex rythms, how ska is played live, lead guitar in ska and how ska bass is played. Enjoy.

POSTED: 06/16/2009 - 07:52 am

 
Speed Playing. Part 2
This time were going to be looking at neo-classical playing, sweep picking, string skipping and more.

POSTED: 06/03/2009 - 07:20 am

 
Speed Playing
Warm ups, picking styles and legato playing used to help you speed up your playing

POSTED: 05/25/2009 - 07:05 am

 
Tapping Scales And Arpeggios
A listen on advanced string skipped tapped and how to construct and tap arpeggios and scales.

POSTED: 05/20/2009 - 09:05 am

 
Speed Guitar Now. Part 1
We're flooded with advice on the subject, but is anyone really paying attention to the SEED? Furthermore, following it?

POSTED: 05/18/2009 - 08:22 am

 
Hendrix Rythm Spice
Hendrix was amazing with his rythm playing, lets take a depth look inside...

POSTED: 05/13/2009 - 06:59 am

 
Troubleshooting. Part 2
Have your guitar technique worries solved in the second installment. This time it's left hand tapping.

POSTED: 05/11/2009 - 05:49 am

 
Troubleshooting To Guitar Techniques
I'll show you how to overcome any problems with technique.

POSTED: 05/06/2009 - 07:14 am

 
Rhythm Guitar For Intermediate To Advanced Players
This article is aimed at an intermediate to advanced player, looking to strengthen their right hand, and left-to-right hand synchronisation.

POSTED: 04/29/2009 - 06:15 am

 
Tremolo Picking
Tremolo picking is a fast technique, where you play a note in 16th or 32nd notes in a set rhythm.

POSTED: 04/27/2009 - 07:47 am

 
Harmonising The Major Scale For 5 String Sweep Picking
Using the degrees of the major scale to create sweep picking sequences utilising different degree tonalities.

POSTED: 04/20/2009 - 06:51 am

 
Conclusion Of Left Hand Techniques
This is a summery of exercises for the left hand and the right hand (alternate picking).

POSTED: 04/15/2009 - 07:08 am

 
How To Program The Subconscious Mind For Effortless Guitar Playing
Understanding and programming the subconscious mind as it applies to guitar playing.

POSTED: 04/14/2009 - 08:16 am

 
Legato Techniques
This lesson contains various licks and exercises designed to develop one's legato technique.

POSTED: 04/13/2009 - 08:34 am

 
The Church Arpeggios
Do you know the Church Scales? What about the Church Arpeggios?

POSTED: 04/08/2009 - 07:39 am

 
Finger Picking Practice
Some small tabs including practices for finger picking.

POSTED: 04/07/2009 - 08:24 am

 
Sweep Picking
I made this when I was really bored. I only started learning sweep picking a few months ago, but these were some of the riffs I learned that helped me learn how to sweep pick.

POSTED: 04/02/2009 - 07:22 am

 
Basic Speed Building Exercises
Some basic techniques to learn to help you build speed.

POSTED: 04/02/2009 - 07:15 am

 
Sweep Exercises For Beginners
Exercises for beginner sweepers to help with strength, mobility, and speed.

POSTED: 04/01/2009 - 11:54 am

 
Crash Course Introduction To Speed Picking
How to hammer out those notes-fast! The short crash course introduction!

POSTED: 03/31/2009 - 09:06 am

 
Controlling The Bounce And How I Speed Up My Right Hand
Instead of saying that everyone is different and basically that you're on your own with right hand technique, I want to share how I pick and why I think you should try it. I also think guitarists can learn something from drummers, and I should mention it.

POSTED: 03/31/2009 - 08:03 am

 
Sweep Arpeggios. Part 2
Taken a look at the original Sweep Arpeggios, or ready for 6 strings? Think your good but need a bit more of sweeping theory? Need some more help figuring out how to compose your own sweeps and solos? Then here's some more for ya.

POSTED: 03/31/2009 - 07:57 am

 
How To Improve Finger Dexterity
How to improve your finger dexterity so that your fingers can move faster while playing your guitar. This lesson is for Beginner guitarist to Average players. Not recommended to experts.

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 10:59 am

 
Finger Nubbing
Buckethead Tapping Techinque in detail

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 10:29 am

 
Alternate Picking Across Strings
This small lesson attempts to show you how to apply alternate picking across multiple strings, and to mix it with string skipping.

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 10:21 am

 
Hybrid Picking Lesson
This is the start of many lessons on how to use the awesome technique of Hyrid Picking in a more, unconvetional manner. Although this lesson centers more on the traditional use, ie in country and blues, I will be focusing on how to use Hyrib Picking in alternative rock and heavy metal.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 09:02 am

 
Tapping In Depth. Part 2
Although regular tapping is very common in the modern music scene, one technique that was developed by the man Eddie Van Halen himself has remained quite elusive and hidden. Tapped Harmonics are a very interesting yechnique that you can use to spice up your arpeggio lines.

POSTED: 03/21/2009 - 08:19 am

 
Sweeping Arpeggios 101 - The Crash Course
This lesson is aimed at being a simple and effective guide for guitarists who want to start learning to sweep, without all the technical jargon and hours of theory work. This lesson is mainly for intermediate guitarists who are wanting to push their skills that little bit further and add some new ideas to their playing.

POSTED: 03/21/2009 - 07:59 am

 
Open String Flash Licks Master Class
In this lesson I am going to show you how to create your own licks using hammers and pulls combined with open strings. I like to use this technique during improvisations to create interesting, fast pedal point licks with wide intervals.

POSTED: 03/20/2009 - 12:05 pm

 
Learn To Sweep. Pt 3
Well we're nearing the end of our time together, so I guess we'll wrap this up with the Face-Melters! Time to learn Sweep-Tapping, and all those other goodies you've been deprived of.

POSTED: 03/16/2009 - 04:47 am

 
Learn To Sweep. Technique
This is not one of the three parts of my sweeping lesson, but covers what sweeping is, and how exactly you do it. Sorry, no exercises.

POSTED: 03/13/2009 - 04:08 am

 
Learn To Sweep. Pt 2
If you're going on to these exercises then you must have already finished the first lesson. In this lesson we will be building on the basics you've already learned. This is part 2, so the really difficult stuff is just around the corner. Thanks for reading!

POSTED: 02/18/2009 - 02:51 am

 
Learn To Sweep. Pt 1
This lesson is on the basics/fundamentals of sweeping. I've broken up the sweep lessons into 3 parts. With this lesson you will learn the basic sweep patterns (on three strings, for now) and be able to get a basic understanding on how sweeping works.

POSTED: 02/06/2009 - 02:14 am

 
Writing Tips 3
Another Writing Tips lesson, looking at techniques used for solos and licks this time around.

POSTED: 12/10/2008 - 09:21 am

 
Writing Tips 2
Another Writing Tips lesson, this time aimed at giving tips of different methods of writing riffs.

POSTED: 11/27/2008 - 07:13 am

 
Harmonix: Theory And Practice
Hi! It's my first lesson in UG and it's about harmonics. It includes theory, different kinds of harmonics and techniques for playing them. I tried to give short and complete information and I hope it would be useful for you.

POSTED: 11/18/2008 - 06:15 am

 
Tips On Sweep Picking
Just a few tips and tricks on sweep picking.

POSTED: 11/06/2008 - 09:26 am

 
Guitar Fitness The Key To Great Tone And Flency
A daily fitness program designed to get you in shape to tackle scales and arpeggios with ease!

POSTED: 11/06/2008 - 09:25 am

 
Sweep Arpeggios
This Article is all about sweeping, but like some people you learn to sweep, but then quickly realize you run out of stuff to play. If you are currently at a lack for songs to play, Why not study some theory and learn how the professionals compose their songs?

POSTED: 11/06/2008 - 08:31 am

 
Harmonics
This lesson covers the concept of harmonics: what they are and how they work, from the theoretical explanation you might have heard in physics class, to producing high-pitched "squealies" a.k.a. artificial harmonics!

POSTED: 10/20/2008 - 07:19 am

 
Before 'Shredding'
This is basically a way to get the best out of your shredding, increasing your accuracy and speed. All you need is a guitar, pick and some time to practise. Practise Makes Perfect.

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 06:05 am

 
Speed Made Simple My Way
As the title suggest, this is a way I found to increase your speed easily. I'm not saying in one week you shall be shredding faster than ritchie blackmore, or triple your speed. What I am saying is this worked for me, so why can't it work for you!

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 10:31 am

 
All You Need To Know About Harmonics
Harmonics can range from easy to hard. You will learn about three types of Harmonics: Natural Harmonics, Pinch/Artificial Harmonics, and Tapped Harmonics.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 09:59 am

 
Finger Tapping
Want to know how to finger tap but cant get round those tricky riffs, here i will break them down and give tips along the way.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 09:44 am

 
Hammering Pulling And Tapping
Everything about hammering, pulling and tapping starting with the basics.

POSTED: 10/01/2008 - 04:42 am

 
Improvisation And Phrasing Techniques: Make The Fretboard Smaller To Improve Your Phrasing
While it is important to know scales in multiple keys and on multiple parts of the fretboard, it can sometimes create too many options for note selection for someone who has been working with the patterns for only a short while.

POSTED: 09/24/2008 - 08:14 am

 
Developing Accuracy Through Double Picking Exercises
Lesson designed to develop accuracy and synchronization between left and right hands.

POSTED: 09/24/2008 - 08:12 am

 
Js Bach Canon Sweeping
Welcome for this sweeping lesson. Inspired by J.S Bach, The mini canon is my adaptation of the famous chords progression. If you are a new comer with sweeping technique this is the right lesson because it's melodic, sounds great at any speed and also because it's a classic so you have to know it!

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 08:33 am

 
Tapping A Different Approach. Pt 2
The continuation of Tapping: A Different Approach (pt. 1) that accomplishes a more in depth leap into the physics of tapping. this time, vertical movement.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 08:07 am

 
Tapping A Different Approach. Pt 1
This article on tapping attempts to move away from the typical Van Halen triplets and their close counterparts...

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 08:04 am

 
Pentamodal Idea
Prior knowledge of the five Minor Pentatonic box patterns and the 7 modal shapes is helpful for understanding this lesson, but not absolutely necessary.

POSTED: 09/18/2008 - 06:47 am

 
Finger Strength and Speed Building
These exercises can prove really helpful for beginners in building their speed and the finger muscle strength.

POSTED: 08/13/2008 - 08:23 am

 
Modulation
Ever wondered exactly what modulation is? Learn with this lesson and start applying it to your playing!

POSTED: 08/13/2008 - 07:59 am

 
String Skipping III
What you need, how to build skips, simple skips, and a complex skip.

POSTED: 10/03/2007 - 06:26 am

 
3 Shape Pattern Of Hammer-On Technique
This lesson will help you with areas of left hand speed and agility (or "shredding" as people like me who grew up in the '80s will call it), changing shapes and patterns. Specifically designed for players who have some trouble stretching or spanning, and for players who want more muscle out of each finger.

POSTED: 05/25/2007 - 03:45 pm

 
Taking Bites
An essential method in mastering technically challenging music.

POSTED: 05/25/2007 - 03:07 pm

 
The Art Of Sweep Picking. Part 1 - Two String Arpeggios
The idea is that by practicing this series of exercises you can learn the principles of sweep picking.

POSTED: 05/25/2007 - 01:32 pm

 
String Skipping II
Here's an intermediate to advanced lesson on string skipping.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 03:06 pm

 
Lateral Dexterity
Focusses on positions shifts and improving speed going up and down the neck laterally rather than keeping in position and going accross strings.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 02:22 pm

 
Sweep Picking II
This lesson will teach you how to sweep pick, and hopefully in more detail than the previous ones.

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 02:19 pm

 
Guide To Sweep Picking
Learn the basics of sweep picking! This lesson covers the proper technique for the right hand, hand rolling (not finger), 3, 4, 5, and 6 string sweeps, sweep tapping, finger rolling (not hand).

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 02:09 pm

 
All The Aspects Of Picking. Part 2
This elaborates on economy picking and provides some examples to clarify what it exactly is.

POSTED: 10/03/2006 - 06:56 am

 
Economy Picking
In the lessons that are currently available on UG.com, I find very little information about the most important technique in fast guitar play: economy picking, the key to real speed!

POSTED: 09/22/2006 - 06:12 am

 
Slide Guitar
There are a few a few lessons in the slide directory but none of them really tell a beginner how to play slide. The basics of slide guitar.

POSTED: 09/05/2006 - 08:18 am

 
Hopscotch Method. Part 2
Learn about the modes of the major scale and how to connect each of them all across the neck. Plus a cool soloing technique which comnbines the minor pentatonic with the modes. This is for those soloists stuck in a rut.

POSTED: 06/13/2006 - 09:19 am

 
'B.B. King Box' Technique
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to use the 'B.B. King Box' we're also going to compose a song and write wicked solos along the way.

POSTED: 06/07/2006 - 08:08 am

 
Hopscotch Method. Part 1
Learn about the 5 shapes of the minor pentatonic, how they fit together on the fretboard, and how to break out of staying in one box and using most of the neck in your soloing with them.

POSTED: 06/06/2006 - 09:13 am

 
Right Hand Fret Tapping
This lesson goes over the basics of tapping the fretboard with the right hand, as well as a few other cool tapping tricks.

POSTED: 06/01/2006 - 10:24 am

 
Slide Rhythm Guitar In Drop D
Here is a neat slide guitar rhythm part, played in dropped D. It incorporates a bunch of techniques: slide, normal playing, muting.

POSTED: 03/03/2006 - 08:12 am

 
Slide Guitar In Drop D. Part 2
Here is another interesting look at how notes conveniently line themselves up in standard/dropped D for slide.

POSTED: 02/28/2006 - 04:39 am

 
Slide Guitar In Drop D. Part 1
Here's a begining of 'Slide Guitar In Drop D' series that would help you to master this beautiful technique.

POSTED: 02/14/2006 - 05:45 am

 
Increase Your Technique
In this lesson, I will be teaching you some basics on becoming a technically more proficient guitarist.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 07:42 am

 
Shredding. Part 2 - Speed & Technique
This is the second lesson in a series on shred, the first was the fundamentals, but in this one we are going to delve a little deeper.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 07:06 am

 
Triplets
Want to add another feel to your playing? Then add 1/8 and 1/16 note triplets to your repetoire.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 06:16 am

 
Cross-Handed Tapping
This is a different way off tapping. Cross-Handed Tapping is very flashy and looks cool.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 06:05 am

 
Shredding. Part 1 - Fundamentals
In this lesson, I am going to teach you guys how to really build your speed and technique up to your hero's.

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 09:57 am

 
All The Aspects Of Picking. Part1
This is my method for developing your picking in all picking styles and is a great warmup exercise and will motivate you with the extra speed edge you need to break the plateu.

POSTED: 04/12/2005 - 07:53 am

 
Tapping In Depth
Tapping for many is a difficult thing to learn. To learn it, you must start at hammer-ons/pull-offs and work your way up.

POSTED: 01/19/2005 - 09:49 am

 
Counterpoint Explained: Contrapuntal Motion
A quick lesson explaining the four types of contrapuntal motion along with examples for each.

POSTED: 11/11/2004 - 07:45 am

 
Tapping ll
Basic right hand tapping is not as difficult as you might think. Some of the more advanced techniques are quite demanding.

POSTED: 09/23/2004 - 07:08 am

 
Pinch Harmonics
If you listen carefully to some songs, you'll notice every now and then, a really loud screeching, squealing sort of sound. If you've ever wondered how to pull that off, then pinch harmonics is your answer.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 08:22 am

 
Guitar Harmony
Harmony is often used in orchestra and classical music, but on guitar it can be used for two or three guitars to play on each other.

POSTED: 07/15/2004 - 05:50 am

 
Vibrato Techniques For Beginners
Vibratos are possibly the most used technique for stringed instruments all along the history of music. So, electric guitar couldn't be the exception.

POSTED: 04/30/2004 - 10:12 am

 
Advanced Legato Techniques
How to play using only one hand - omitting any need for picking and playing as smoothly (legato is latin for smooth) as you can!

POSTED: 04/21/2004 - 07:34 am

 
Pings In Chromatix: Artifical Harmonics
There are two ways of Harmonics, the Natural and the Artificial Harmonics, but this lesson only focus on the Artificial side.

POSTED: 04/01/2004 - 06:11 am

 
Speed Buster. Part 3 - Improving Technique
Increasing speed above 140 beats per min, was a great challenge for me. I just couldn't. I played wrong notes, and eventually lost control. Thats when I started watching John Pettrucis Rock Disclipline carefully.

POSTED: 04/01/2004 - 05:51 am

 
Playing Arpeggios Fast. Part 3 - Arpeggios From Hell
Part three of playing arpeggios fast series: this lesson based on Malmsteen's "Arphell" song.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:31 am

 
Playing Arpeggios Fast. Part 2 - What to Practice
Before I begin, I just want to say that classical guitar (or guitar in general) is a discipline. If you want to get good, you must discipline yourself to practice.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 06:15 am

 
Playing By Ear: Tips & Tricks
Harmonic charts, gregorian modes, pentatonic scales, the mythis and a lot of good tips on how to play by ear!

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 05:06 am

 
Playing Arpeggios Fast. Part 1 - The Basics
Everybody's talkin' about arpeggios... and being fast! Here are few tips on how to play arpeggios fast & accurate with examples.

POSTED: 11/24/2003 - 05:01 am

 
Playing Fast Tricks
This lesson is on how to appear to be playing a lot faster than you really are. Of course, there's no substitute for true speed, and there are a lot of lessons here and elsewhere covering this adequately, but in the meantime before you perfect this here are some tips on appearing to play very fast.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Blue Notes
The lesson about blue notes, passing tones and bending.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Finger Picking
This week we're going to do a technique that has it's roots in classical music but is commonly used in rock and other genres as well. This week we're going to cover finger picking.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Hammer Ons and Pull Offs
These two things refer to techniques employed by the left hand to sound notes without the direct aid of the right hand. The main difference between hammer ons and pull offs is that pull offs generate vibrations, while hammer ons generally don't.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Phrasing
A lot of cool lead players like Steve Vai and Marty Friedman use a really cool idea called rhythmic displacement. What this means is that they are playing phrases with a different number of notes than the amount of notes in each rhythmic division.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Slides
A slide refers to the action of 'sliding' your left hand finger across one or more frets to reach another note. In one respect, they can be looked at as similar to bends, because they can be used to create a 'swooping' effect between two notes.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Playing by Ear
When I first started playing guitar I was ultimately frustrated that I couldn't play the songs that I heard on the radio unless someone showed me how.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Harping Technique
Get an acoustic, preferably a nylon, and with no other fingers touching the string, tap one of the high strings at a high fret, say 17 for example. You may notice that you hear two pitches. Why?

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Legato
This week we'll do a technique/style that's covered a lot on the Internet, but is always touched on very lightly. The technique we're going to be covering is a favourite of musicians such as Hendrix and Satriani. This technique is legato.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Sweep Picking
To start things off I'm going to do a lesson on a technique that's becomming very popular as of late and that people on UG seem to talk about frequently: sweep picking.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Tapping
To understand and be good at tapping, you have to understand and be good at doing hammer ons and pull offs with your fretting hand. Hammer-ons and pull-offs are formally referred to as "slurs" in music theory.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
String Skipping
String skipping can be quite difficult to do, but if you master it you can create hi-tech sounding licks that can help your solos really stand out.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Right And Left Hand Technique. Part 2 - Left Hand Position
With your fingers in this position, the tip of your thumb should be touching the midline of the neck; that is, behind the G string. Most people tend to have the thumb peeking up over the top. Also, most people tend to squeeze much too tightly, grinding in with the knuckle of their thumb.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Right And Left Hand Technique. Part 1 - Guitar Position
The guitar should rest on your abdomen, well above your left leg, such that it is in the same position whether you are sitting or standing. The neck should be at a 45 degree angle up.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Speed Buster. Part 1 - More Practice
Speed is something which comes to a guitarist with constant practice! Determination and consistency are two things that will get you to your goal. One of the biggest secrets is no secret to a developing guitarist, you have to go up gradaually.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Speed Buster. Part 2 - Developing Speed And Accuracy
When I first heard of the metronome, I thought it was yet another one of those lousy drum machines which was too difficult to use. I was wrong. Nowadays thanks to the metronome, I get a little faster everyday.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Polyrhythms
Although the word polyrhythm technically means "many rhythms", it's most commonly used to describe the layering of multiple time signatures.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Rhythm
One thing that is important to technique is a good sense of rhythm. You must be able to play along with the beat, if you don't it will sound sloppy. Especially when you're playing very fast, it gets hard to keep track of whether you're playing 16th notes or triplets.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Right And Left Hand Technique. Part 3 - Left Hand Position
The palm of the left hand should be parallel to the underside of the neck. Untrained people tend to place their hand so that the bone leading to their index finger is much closer to the neck than the bone leading to their pinky.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Right And Left Hand Technique. Part 4 - Right Hand Position
Overall position. If you have set up the guitar position as in lesson I, your right forearm should be making an angle of about 160 degrees with the strings. That is as it should be. rn

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Right And Left Hand Technique. Part 5 - Right Hand Position
I recommend that the right hand not be braced against the strings or the surface of the guitar in any way, shape, or form. Most people start by placing.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Triplet Kills
This lesson is about triplets, use strict (down-up-down) picking. Start off slow then blast it to warp speed. Its kind of long but break it down to pieces to have finger muscle memory.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Reharmonization
The basic idea behind reharmonization is taking a lead phrase and modifying it slightly so that it fits in to a completely different key and scale all together. In otherwords reharmonizaion is transposing a lead based on one scale into another scale so that the same lead phrase can be used (slightly modified) to achieve an entirely different tone.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Two Hands Tapping
Most of you are probably quite familiar with the cliched tapping licks like fast trills, three and four note patterns, etc. Here I will show you some unconventional but very cool uses for this great technique.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Time Signatures
Most of the music heard in most genres of Western music relys on symmetrical time. This means that the number of pulses in the bar is divisible by two, i.e., there is a defined "center" of the bar; with an equal number of beats either side of this "center".

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Alternate Picking Technique
How do players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse and Paul Gilbert pick so quickly and cleanly? Hyper speed picking abilities are the product of a logical, pragmatic technical approach based on economy of movement-playing the most notes with the least amount of effort.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Arpeggios Used In Leads
The first thing to note when using arpeggios in your solos is try not to think of chord forms. A lot of beginners, and even some seasoned players like to think of chords as the shape they make with their fretting hand.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Bending Technique
Bending strings refers to stretching them with the left hand to increase their pitch, gradually or instantly. When bending a string, the string is still contacting the fret, but the string is being pushed either up(towards the ceiling), or pulled down(towards the ground).

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Unusial Bending Techniques
Hey all, this lesson is on some different sounding ways to bend notes. Some of these examples will require a whammy bar that can be pulled up; If you have one that normally only works one way, email me and I'll tell you how to mod it so it bends up, if you want.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am

 
Modes
Modes? What are modes? With this lesson I will make them clear. The major scale can have 7 other scales derived from it - these are its modes.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 07:16 am