The Power Of The Upstroke.
In this lesson you'll learn the basics of guitar tapping, and just how easy it can be to play shred solos when you can do it well.
This video puts all the pieces from Part 1 together, along with a few more advanced concepts of what else you can do with basic basslines.
Do you feel your acoustic playing is a little stale and repetitive?
This lesson covers a topic that I don't see enough guitar teachers talking about.
A brief look into the world of Granular Synthesis, with particular emphasis on use with guitars - what is it, what effect does it have, and how can you use it with guitar samples to create new effects?
Recently I came across this very interesting video of the great James Taylor stating that: “The guitar is not a precise instrument. the pitch or tuning varies a lot: different playing styles; when you play high up the neck as opposed to an open string, or use a capo.
Everything you need to know about types of the technique, how to practice and good songs for that.
Learn how to extend on an arpeggio pattern from an earlier lesson, to access massive range on your guitar without moving your fretting hand at all!
Everything you need to know about types of the technique, how to practice and good songs for that.
Today's lesson focuses on a type of sweep-picking that leads to a very unique sound, by combining groups of three and groups of five. This can make you sound extremely fast, by fooling your listener's ear because of the varying rhythm.
These tips help your vibrato improve faster.
Your guitar speed is limited by your ability to keep your hands in sync. When your 2-hand synchronization is perfectly tight, your playing sounds clean at any speed.
As a dead note don’t add pitch, it’s musical value is rhythmic, so it’s very often used by bass players.
I spent some time wrestling with a good starting point for a series on metal rhythm guitar, since there are so many beginner concepts and factors that contribute.
In this lesson you’ll learn the final keys to superb guitar technique!
The final challenge left to cover is picking across four, five or six strings. Now you might not think that this is worthy of an extra lesson; why is it covered separately?
In this lesson you'll learn how to expand on your skills by combining them together. Do this and you'll have a rock solid technique that will allow you to play any lick you can imagine (and even some you can't)!
In this lesson you’ll learn all about how to cross strings in the best way. Packed full of licks, it’s great for anyone who’s been struggling with fast picking.
If you're struggling to get fast then chances are you're making one of these 6 mistakes. Learn how to break through the speed barrier today!
Ever wonder why some guitarists can play fast easily, and you're still struggling to get your scale runs up to speed? Find out how to play faster today right here.
Ever wondered how to get started learning alternate picking? It all starts with building an impenetrable foundation for speed. Click here to find out how.
In Part 1 of this series you'll learn about the vital foundation for any kind of fast picking - correct practice. If you want to learn how to shred pick, start here.
In Part 1 of the "Complete Technique Practice" series, you'll learn all about how to practice more effectively when you're trying to improve your speed. This time: TALENT.
I've seen many videos of people attempting the "100 days sweep picking challenge," only to fail miserably. Why is that so?
Shred guitar is always a popular topic with players. Many love it and many don't. If your a player who wants to continue you journey of shred here's part 2 of the How To Shred For Beginners series.
Guitar is a process of a million little things that make up the entire subject of actually playing it.
Playing fast for an extended period of time doesn't have to be painful. This trick will have you playing for hours!
Start thinking about some 7th arpeggios in a fresh way.
7 Best Whammy Bar Tricks with a few helpful tips I have learned over the years. Easy and guided lesson by chusss for all guitar players. Using Ibanez RG-DX370 - Edge III bridge.
Are you struggling to play faster on the guitar? Do you wonder how your heroes play as fast as they do? Find out the secrets to playing faster today, and get a great foundation for faster playing as you improve.
If you are a beginner to the world of shred this video will take you through many different concepts that will have you started on the journey of shred!
An in-depth technical guide to basic multi-string tapping arpeggios. Learn how to tap, how to cross strings and how to perform a basic 2-string. From there you are free to branch out to bigger shapes and more exciting opportunities!
These are licks you hear all the time on the radio by all the famous guitarist, and no matter how many times we hear them and play them they just rock.
This lesson is a no-frills study of how sweep picking is performed. Learn the motion, correct muting, how to transition between notes, and how to play some very basic examples.
If you're like me, you are or have been stuck in the typical major and minor C shaped sweep patterns. To make things more interesting, to fit over different chords and to just expand your playing capabilities, I've provided you with Major 7th, Minor 7th, and Dominant 7th arpeggio shapes. Enjoy and practice, practice, practice!
Work on these five looping alternate picking exercises and begin improving your picking hand accuracy and overall synchronisation right now!
Pedal Points is a simple technique that can be added to any style of guitar playing - after hearing it once, you'll know why Pedal Points have been used for centuries.
This guide will show you how to play a song by ear.
In this lesson we will take an in-depth look at the fundamentals of great bending and how to practice them and apply them into your own playing.
Freshening up the traditional tapping sound.
Uncle Ben Eller explains the secret muting techniques every good guitarist uses that nobody ever talks about!
A step by step guide to this truly magical, unique, and awe-inspiring sound for your guitar playing.
In this lesson we will explore the fundamentals of great picking and how to practice them and apply them into your own playing.
In this lesson we will be taking a look at the fundamentals of great legato and how to practice them and apply them into your own playing.
How to combine 2 of the many popular metal guitar solo techniques, and how to apply them to your own solos.
Discover these 5 cool approaches you can use to sound great instantly, using open tunings on your guitar.
Join Uncle Ben Eller for a crash course on how to understand your trem and change tunings on your Floyd Rose-equipped guitar with no hassle!
You could think of ragtime blues guitar as the pinnacle of acoustic blues guitar finger picking, and Blind Blake would be the King of the genre.
As guitar players start developing some speed in their playing, they sometimes forget (or are not aware) that their notes are getting "choppy."
Nearly every lead guitar player has found themselves in a soloing rut every once in a while, and that might have more to do with the way scales are taught than the players themselves.
Learn some easy and fun licks and create your own variations.
How many ways can you play the rhythm parts to a blues without it sounding like the same old mundane, boring chord progression?
This lesson will jump start learning sweep picking.
This lesson explains what notes you can add to your chords, using hammer-ons and pull-offs. This will decorate your chord and make it sound much more interesting!
A cool method that helps creating your own riffs.
You can greatly benefit by arranging the music other instruments play on to your guitar.
Master the foundations for this sought-after technique. Learn the sweeping motion, correct muting, how to transitions cleanly between notes, and have a go at your first 2 and 3 string arpeggios.
The octave pattern is not as user-friendly for learning to play the notes on a fretboard as many teachers would like players to think. So what are the real uses for the pattern? And how can it be applied to real life uses?
Learn some tools, tricks, and techniques you can use in your own acoustic arrangements.
This is a quick lesson about some solid ways to warm-up for practice or performance.
Go on a magical fun romp with Uncle Ben for the secrets on how to get your hands in sync with each other, thus improving your rhythm and lead playing, as well as earning the respect of your stepdad back!
The rhythm technique I am referring to in this entry is not used very frequently due to physical limitations. It is about palm muting and playing two strings of a power chord by using alternate picking, while playing 16th notes.
A guitar lesson focusing upon developing better fingerboard legato technique.
Learn some of the most beautiful fingerpicking patterns around.
In this lesson you will learn some of the most beautiful fingerpicking patterns around.
This one single way of practicing alternate picking will improve your technique faster than any other.
Exercises for developing better left and right hand coordination.
One of the best things you can do for your playing is to regularly figure out songs by ear. You'll learn more than you can possibly imagine. Here are some tips to make your path easier.
Explanation of how to effectively play and use the baritone guitar.
In this video, your handsome Uncle Ben takes you on a finger style journey through his arrangement of the classic theme song from "The Addams Family"! Get into it!
Have you ever tried to learn a song you liked, but couldn't quite get the sound of it right? Perhaps the song was written in an alternate tuning.
Join your good pal Uncle Ben Eller on a tubular two hand tapping romp through the super spooky theme from "The Exorcist."
Shred your scales faster and create subtle texture differences in sound by mixing picking and legato together.
Most guitarists know set strum patterns, but not many can pick up the guitar and play through 3 set fingerpicking patterns. Now it's time to learn some.
In this lesson, I will explain the technique of sweep picking and its use in the context of a song.
Even if you don't play blues or blues-based rock, consider adding slide to your arsenal. This article will bring you up to speed on seven basic slide guitar techniques you need to get started.
This is a scale lesson for the A minor position 1-2 transition. The speed of this lesson varies between 100 BPM and 180 BPM.
Get ready to balance out your pickstrokes and string crosses for a cleaner and faster alternate picking technique today!
Join your good pal uncle Ben Eller on a rip roaring romp through the tremendous technique we call tapping!
This is just a couple little methods I used in order to increase the my alternate picking skills to allow for some fast soloing without the need to sweep pick.
A short lesson including some nice, three string arpeggios to start out with sweep picking.
Strap in with Uncle Ben on a magical journey through the world of barres!
Have you ever wanted to play slide guitar? Ever thought that learning how to play slide was impossible? Been frustrated with your own attempts?
This lesson will help anyone interested in refining their technical death metal method or progressive rock skills.
A little motivational lesson for beginners about sweep picking.
Hey guys, this exercise involves 9ths up and down the fretboard using the lower strings. I hope you enjoy and please rate and comment!
Hey guys, here is a great lick to help build speed, improve your shifting and understanding the notes on a single string.
Hello guys! This is the final video in the "Developing Legato" series! I hope this has been useful and by completing these exercises, you should have built up great technique to implement these patterns in a musical way.
Hey guys! I hope you enjoy this exercise. I use this one to practice alternate picking and speed while staying in a key.
Learn intermediate skills with arpeggios through the study of less common applications and varied fingering patterns.
This article is basically a transcription of almost everything Steve Vai shared with the viewers of an online guitar session he did for Berklee 4 years ago.
Hey guys! This lesson is for those of you who want to learn how slap technique. If you already know slap, this might help you a bit too! Hope you enjoy!
Hey guys! So the legato is getting a bit more difficult in this lesson. We will focus on essential pull-off patterns that will strengthen that technique.
Players will always encounter difficulty when branching out to multi-string alternate picking. String crossing certainly throws a spanner in the works - here I present to you a simple way to prevail!
Examples for sweep picking small upper-string chord shapes.
A great way to improve and expand your own guitar playing is to study the styles and techniques of others, and then apply what you like to your own playing.
If you are wondering how modern metal players use all these "wrong" notes and still sound great... here's how.
This is part 12 of 4 in a Legato Series that I've written. These patterns will help develop your legato playing regarding hammer-ons.
This is part 1 of 4 in a Legato Series that I've written. These simple yet effective exercises should help you improve your technique.
In this rip-roaring fun ride lesson, Uncle Ben is going to show you why your parents were right to disown you because of your god-awful picking skills!
This video organizes a collection of different, "Gliss-Picked," study ideas.
Hey dudes. Check out this cool Racer X style shred lick using the C# Locrian scale. Bring on the shred!
In this short study I've prepared probably one of the most useful legato exercises I can think of, some technique pointers to keep in mind, and a legato passage for you to work on.
In this lesson, I'll show you how to make all of your riffs sound funky, sweet, forceful or any other emotion that you feel.
In this lesson I'll show you how to make arpeggios more interesting by using wide gaps between the notes contained in them.
In this lesson I will teach you the fundamentals of a technique that tends to be overcomplicated - the two-handed tapping technique - and I'll teach it to you it in it's simplest form using a common scale shape and a breakdown of the technique into its smallest movements.
Enjoy a free legato lick!
If your guitar heroes use a lot of "wrong" notes and make them sound "right," and you can't... here's how to do it!
Tips for performing guitarists to help maximize their live guitar sound.
In this article (and video lesson) I discuss how tricky patterns into your practice routines can make linear picking patterns easy to master.
Various finger tapping methods for the everyday player! Introduction to Advanced Methodology.
In this article (and video lesson) I show you how you can get the most out of your practice routines by challenging your hands in more musical ways.
In this lesson I show you one simple trick to make sweep-picked arpeggios more interesting.
In this article I offer you some pointers as to how to play bends in tune.
A few basic guidelines, tricks, and hard truths about reading sheet music for guitar.
This is a small guide to make life a little easier when tackling high speed alternate picking.
In this article I share with you 9 tips to help you get your technique to the next level.
Basic economy picking used in 2 string arpeggios.
Hello guys, back again with a great short worksheet for you all. These are 3 superb exercises I have used for a long time now and I believe they will help you in your musical journey. Enjoy!
Hey guys! I would like to share with you how I would warm-up while studying classical guitar for my undergrad. I still apply this to this day! Hope you enjoy!
My thoughts and suggestions on the infamous sweep picking technique with an etude of my own invention for you to practice to.
Hey guys. Here is my first attempt to answer the age old FAQ "How do I get faster?". I hope these tips and tricks help you all find the shredder within.
Working on your rhythm and timing skills is one of the single biggest things you can do to improve your guitar playing.
Hey guys. Check out my simple Satrianiesque legato lick in "A" Mixolydian to jump start you legato chops!
Never heard of Hybrid Picking? Read on for a quick introduction into what you can gain from this technique.
Spend 10 minutes a day warming up with these exercises, and learn some modes at the same time.
You may wonder what a tap harmonic is. This lesson will teach the basics of tap harmonics, and it will teach you a couple riffs that involve tap harmonics.
In this lesson, I'm going to present you with three advanced sweep picking licks, and one mega sweeping lick.
You can get a unique sound if you pick an open string hard enough to "bend" its pitch up a half-step.
If you are like most guitarists out there, you will have at some point found it frustrating getting the "perfect tone." Try the following tips to help improve your guitar sound.
This open tuning creates a convincing facsimile of pedal, table, and lap steel guitars.
Rhythm guitar is often the most neglected, poorly practiced, and misunderstood element of guitar playing. In this lesson we will rectify it.
Yes. But the reason I say yes might not quite be for the reasons you may think.
An advanced take on the most basic of all metal techniques.
Here are some ways to get more guitar tones out of your guitar right now, completely free. No extra gear, no secret plugins or amps/pedals just good old fashion technique and tweaking.
Check out this cool exercise to incorporate diatonic arpeggios into your lead playing!
Learn how rhythms and melodies can have alterations to their meter/feel through syncopated rhythmic durations.
You think intervals are boring? See how one of the least exciting concepts in music theory can actually help you create awesome licks!
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.
In this lesson, I teach you how to play Canon, purely using sweep picking.
How to breathe new life in your licks AND prepare for real-life playing at the same time!
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.
Video: super slow motion HD guitar techniques. 6.25% of the original speed.
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.
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.
The solution to bad improvising in diatonic modes!
Trying to get into metal? Here's how to take your basic muscle memory and apply it to metal.
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!
The use of pedal tones has been largely employed by piano players, but guitarists have equally embraced this technique as well.
Live sound can be complex and unpredictable. Here are some ideas to improve your guitar sound in the mix of your live band.
This lesson will explain how to play the same riffs in different places; some easier than others.
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.
This week on the GuitarBlog I cover the details surrounding smooth and controlled guitar string bending technique.
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!
Using the 1-4-5 rule to learn new songs by ear.
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!
Learn how to get your legato technique up together and you can be sounding like Joe Satriani and other pros in no time.
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.
Join me in playing through the 24 different permutations of the classic 1-2-3-4 fingering.
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.
Knowing how to properly bend notes can add greatly to your ability to express yourself through your guitar.
The first of my modal lessons, starting with the basic Ionian mode.
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.
An in-depth, all-inclusive lesson video on why your sweep picking sounds terrible!
Learn the 7 step process I learned then applied to begin guitar/vocal accompaniment with extremely difficult songs to play and sing.
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.
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.
3 string sweep picked arpeggios in the style of Children of Bodom and Wintersun.
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.
Just a very quick little help article for sweep picking 5 strings.
A very serious problem for beginner guitar player. How to solve it.
This video lesson breaks down the basics of the style and demonstrates several examples.
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.
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.
How to get a tone that can rival that of an Axe-Fx with free software.
A 3 sectioned lesson on arpeggios and ideas for playing them.
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.
In this guide I will teach you the basics and the intermediates of shred. It will include sweep picking, speed picking, improvisations.
Hey guys. For all you shredders wanting to take your sweeping to the next level... I have a challenging sweep exercise for you!
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.
Hey guys. Here's a cool way to zazz up your pentatonics with some tapping! Check this out!
Enjoy my step by step tutorial of Kirk Hammet's classic solo from "Ride The Lightning" by Metallica.
It totally is another sweep picking article, but there's some tasty stuff in here you might not be familiar with.
Here we are going to go thoroughly into the concept of alternate picking.
Hey guys. Here's a little exercise for 3 string arpeggio sweeps for those trying to get that Skwisgaar sound.
Hey guys. Here's a good exercise to build some speed shredding in triplets Paul Gilbert style!
This lesson may bring some light on some ways to increase picking hand versatility, through the use of your spare digits.
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.
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!
Showing different exercises that can help with learning and mastering finger picking.
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.
Breaking down the basics to the late and great Dimebag Darrell's legendary pinch harmonic squeals.
Skwisgaar Skwigelf has a picking pattern he uses to warm up - here's the full exercise on it.
In this lesson we cover some of the most common questions people ask about sweeping.
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.
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.
Learn the 3 most ways of strumming a guitar.
Goes over basic sweep picking patterns and practising methods to ensure maximum progress!
Basic technique and simple exercise to get you started on tapping.
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.
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.
Learn several obstacles you may come across while performing legato techniques and how to conquer them in order to gain speed.
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.
This is the second in a series of articles that will help you to play Fingerstyle guitar.
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.
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.
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.
Shifting rhythms using eighth and sixteenth notes. Also some alternative shifting ideas.
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.
I will teach you ways to change up your arpeggios and also a couple new arpeggios that I use in my own playing.
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.
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".
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.
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.
In this lesson we will look at the sixth scale pattern within E minor. We will also cover string skipping with the use tapping.
Another one in the series. This one is about Resolutions and Melodic Voicings.
Developing 4-string sweeps to spice up your lead playing.
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.
Stretching your fingers like you never stretched them before.
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.
Using arpeggios in playing rhythm parts might help you stand out a bit, and explore additional ways to spice up your music.
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.
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.
Using rhythmic displacement to shift a riff and make it sound like a different riff!
Learn how to perform expressive bends: a simple way to enrich your playing and to get a little step closer from a professional sound.
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.
Learn the technique economy picking. We will also cover ways to combine the technique with others.
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.
Lead guitar licks from Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds".
I will teach you the third pattern in our E minor scale. Tapping is also featured here.
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.
Learn what legato is and how you add it to your repertoire.
Learn the technique of Alternate Picking!
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!
Learn the very basics and essentials of learning how to shred guitar.
Here are some throes of the late great Dimebag Darrell.
After a long hiatus... the most gourmet routines are back, this time with a wholesome Tap routine!
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.
Through the use of chord inversions, you can find it much easier to learn chords on electric and acoustic guitar.
This technique allows for an incredible improvement of the overall speed of guitar playing.
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.
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.
A collection of some interesting/weird tricks that can make your songs sound better.
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.
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.
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.
Get better at this smooth-sounding technique and expand your guitar arsenal!
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.
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.
"Tone is in your fingers" - this idea enters another deeper dimension when it's applied to fingerstyle on a nylon string guitar.
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.
For pt. 2 I'd like to talk about how arpeggios become scales and what the minor shapes are.
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.
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.
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.
This article discusses a couple of methods for changing key in your music and various aspects you should consider.
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.
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.
Lesson on pentatonic theory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The guitar solo - my favorite part of a song. Forget the hooks, the chorus, the meaningful lyrics - give me a killer solo every time.
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.
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.
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.
Often guitar players think of playing chords and scales as two different worlds.
This issue of "How To Use Modes" features mainly chord construction and introduces why we can use certain modes with certain chords.
A simple concept for playing out of familiar minor pentatonic shapes.
Since I got some positive e-mails regarding the last article, this article will introduce people how to actually put modes into use.
As a very particular genre, jazz requires particular chords. I will show you some of them, for you to get easily started.
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.
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.
This lick should help give you some ideas of how you can use this skill and apply it to your own creations.
Power chords are essential in playing rock music. This article is a simple how to on how to play power chords.
I've come across a relatively easy and systematic method of memorizing the modes.
Learn to give your acoustic guitar a slightly echo-ey distorted sound when playing open notes, without the use of sound changers.
A lot of guitarists struggle with smoothly changing between chords when playing music on guitar.
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.
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.
Did you always wanted to make your guitar squeal, a la Dimebag Darrel or Mathias Ekhlund? Have you always wondered how they do it?
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.
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.
Taking a small excerpt from a classical composition and using it to increase your speed and accuracy.
That method will get your picking speed from the turtle mode to the ferrari mode.
If you feel that your left hand is sometimes stiff... Read on!
Part two of my Legato Course. If you want to master Legato Techniques, have a read!
What trills are, how they are played and some exercises to help you out.
Some ideas to help you with bending notes.
This lesson takes a look at Froosh's approach to the guitar, both in technique and songwriting.
A short guide to building riffs using tapping techniques.
Now it's time for the Legato technique to spice the routines!
Now it's time for a tasty Alternate Picking Routine everybody can use daily. Delicious!
Tasty Guitar Routines focusing on versatility and technique. Lets stretch, warm up and practice all those sweet techniques we want to master.
Hammering, pulling off and sliding will be no problem for you after my legato academy. Today I'm starting with part one. Have fun!
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.
A short idea for playing trash metal rhythm guitar.
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.
A simple guide to hammer ons and their usage.
A simple guide to the 'sliding' guitar technique.
This lesson will help guitarists to build thier ability to use legato and apply it to thier playing.
Learn how to expand your tone with your current set-up!
An add-on, basically, that I should have, in all good conscience, included in the first part.
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.
Harmonic Minor exercises to improve sweeping and linear finger movement simultaneously.
Learning the guitar technique of "Pulling Off"
Improve sweeping and linear finger movement simultaneously.
Intermediate and above lesson. Shapes and use of harmonic pentatonic minor.
Speed Playing returns with advanced techniques to really test your fingers and help you master the art of speed playing.
This lesson will teach you how to make stuff up(to match the song you are listening to).
This lesson is for anyone who hasn't spent much time learning all the harmonic nodal points on the finger-board should.
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.
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!
This lesson is designed to strengthen your left-hand technique to prepare you for advanced tapping.
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.
Learn to play gartuenously fast with ease.
An article looking at the dynamics of string bending and how it can transform your playing.
A short overview of one of my most used techniques in rock and jazz soloing.
This is a short lesson teaching guitarist how to practise technique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After reading comments and learning more about Geddy's sound and style, I decided to revisit this lesson and update and correct it with better tabs and more accurate and descriptive information. Enjoy!
This lesson will cover the bassics of sweeping in triad positions.
EX 9 to EX 14.
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.
This lesson will teach You how to palm mute correctly with ease.
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.
Dealing with multiple Major and Minor sweep positions to make sweeping more fluent.
This lesson focuses on simple "Sweeping" patterns, that once mastered will open up a world of new musical possibilities.
Learn how Eddie did some of his tricks and learn how to incorparate them into your own playing styles, this lesson will go in depth with EvH style and offer ideas towards your own abilitys.
This Lesson will teach you a easy trick to play hard rhythms or strange measures.
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.
Ever heard of the Koto-Effect? 2 months ago, I didn't, too. So let me share this beautiful technique with you.
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!
In this lesson I will show you some exercises to develop the economy picking technique, also you will learn 3 scale shapes to practice.
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.
5 examples of classical right hand pattern not possible with a pick.
How to increase your speed by alternate picking.
This guide is simply to show you (to the best of my ability) how Geddy does what he does so that you can learn, study, and adapt part of his style to your own, if you so wish.
Tapping for advanced tappers.
This L.A. indie band has made quite an impression on the recent musical scene. With 2 albums behind their back and an extensive tour, people have started to realize the creativity fronted by the guitarist and singer, Brian Aubert. This lesson will break down his style in a few key concepts as to better yourself as a musician.
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!
Brief look at two-hand technique, patterns, and theory.
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.
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.
An depth look at finger picking techniques. Exercises and examples aimed at improving your finger-style guitar playing.
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!
A few good Tapping exercises for guitarists of all skill levels.
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
A few box patterns to speed up your right hand and your pinky.
This lesson will be about various techniques used in metal guitar, and how to execute them.
A Short guide on how to controll, use, and effectively use Tremolo Picking to play fast!
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.
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!
Here is a guide to Sweep picking!
You've learned your 7 string scales patterns. Now it's time to learn those crazy 7 string sweeps that will wow your audiences!
An expansion on my previous article that reviewed the fundamentals, this one is for the more familiar player. More picking technique, concepts, and exercises.
Some useful exercises for strengthening up the right hand.
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.
A brief overview of the Manchester legend's techniques that made The Smiths so great.
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.
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.
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.
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.