Metal Soloing: Alternative Scales for Soloing in a Phrygian Dominant Context
In this article I explore some lesser known scales that can be used to add spice and color to a Phrygian Dominant solo.

POSTED: 10/22/2016 - 12:27 pm

Lead Guitar: Soloing on One String
Learn how to perform a guitar solo using only one string...

POSTED: 06/22/2016 - 02:09 pm

How to Create Endless Amounts of Interesting Phrases Using Rhythmic Variety
How by relying on rhythm you can create so many interesting phrases.

POSTED: 04/14/2016 - 12:53 pm

Incorporate Chromatic Tones to Your Soloing With Thomas Berglund
A way to use chromatic fills.

POSTED: 04/06/2016 - 02:46 pm

How to Get Your Hands in Sync
Four different examples on how to get your hands in sync with each other.

POSTED: 03/19/2016 - 02:42 pm

Jimi Hendrix and the Major Pentatonic Scale
In this lesson, you will learn how Jimi Hendrix used the major pentatonic scale in "Little Wing." You'll also learn how you can use the same concepts in just about any situation.

POSTED: 03/16/2016 - 02:35 pm

Play a Guitar Solo in Three Easy Steps
Learn a powerful guitar-soloing system that focuses upon three main areas.

POSTED: 03/11/2016 - 12:38 pm

The Tritone Scale - With Jens Larsen
The tritone scale is a great symmetric scale that you can use as a tool for making some interested dominant 7th lines. In this lesson, I will go over how it is constructed, suggest a few exercises and give you some examples of how you can use the scale in a cadence.

POSTED: 03/11/2016 - 11:44 am

The Number One Formula to Immediately Transform Your Lead Playing
Discover the number one proven strategy you can use to supercharge your soloing now.

POSTED: 03/03/2016 - 02:27 pm

Jason Becker Lick 2: Cacophony 'Concerto' Sweep
Learn the famous main lick from "Concerto" by Cacophony.

POSTED: 02/11/2016 - 11:36 am

Jason Becker Lick: Absurd Diminished Arpeggio
A close look at a quite bizarre yet awesome sounding diminished lick.

POSTED: 01/15/2016 - 08:37 am

Def Leppard: 'Too Late for Love' Lesson
Learn a very basic yet awesome '80s rock piece.

POSTED: 01/13/2016 - 10:06 am

How to Improvise: A Video Course With Backing Tracks
A sequential course in learning to improvise on guitar, featuring links to pertinent theory topics and playalong tracks with prompts for which forms to use.

POSTED: 01/13/2016 - 09:38 am

10 Altered Dom7th Licks - With Jens Larsen
Since I have already made a few video lessons on the altered scale I thought it could be useful to make one consisiting of 10 lines that hopefully will give you some insight in what arps and structures I use in my lines. Hopefully this lesson will do just that.

POSTED: 01/12/2016 - 08:35 am

The Altered Scale: Three Approaches - With Jens Larsen
Three different ways to view the altered scale that should help you get used to the sound and give you a way to make good lines with it.

POSTED: 12/21/2015 - 10:23 am

Using of Polyrhythmic Phrases in Soloing - With Thomas Berglund
Some tips about using of polyrhythmic phrases in improvisation.

POSTED: 12/14/2015 - 12:45 pm

Ritchie Blackmore - 'Death Alley Driver' Lick
Learn how to expand your vocabulary exponentially!

POSTED: 12/01/2015 - 04:24 pm

Ritchie Blackmore - E Phrygian Dominant Scale Lick
This article and video lesson explores Ritchie Blackmore's use of E Phrygian Dominant on Rainbow's "Gates of Babylon."

POSTED: 11/18/2015 - 10:04 am

DragonForce: 'Through the Fire and Flames' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Oh no he didn't! That's right guys! Full solo tutorial for the near impossible Guitar Hero classic... Things just got a little CRAYZAY!

POSTED: 10/28/2015 - 07:27 am

C Ionian String Skip Exercise With Chris Zoupa
Wanna improve your string skipping confidence and chops? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

POSTED: 10/21/2015 - 04:18 am

Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' - A Modern Version: Lesson 2
"Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven is not just a revered piano song, it can be made into an incredible modern guitar song. Here's a video and lesson to show you how it's done. Careful... this one's a bit tricky!

POSTED: 10/19/2015 - 01:47 pm

How to Master Tapping
Tapping is a cool opportunity to play fast but it's not that easy to master. In this lesson I will show you how to do it.

POSTED: 10/16/2015 - 09:58 am

Ten Ways to Improve Your Guitar Soloing
Using the scales and arpeggios that you already know, you can improve your solos.

POSTED: 10/13/2015 - 10:11 am

4th Mode of Harmonic Minor With Jens Larsen
This lesson will to show how you can use the 4th harmonic minor mode as a nice surprising sound to use on a tonic minor chord like the first 4 bars of a minor blues.

POSTED: 10/09/2015 - 09:58 am

Alcatrazz / Yngwie Malmsteen: 'Starcarr Lane' Video Lesson
In this video lesson, you will learn all the solo parts from the song "Starcarr Lane" by Malmsteen's band Alcatrazz.

POSTED: 10/09/2015 - 09:34 am

Two Hand Tapping 'Halloween' Theme Song Lesson With Uncle Ben
Join good ol' Uncle Ben on a very special Halloween episode of "Weekend Wankshop"!

POSTED: 10/08/2015 - 10:16 am

Megadeth: 'High Speed Dirt' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Check out this amazing fusion of rock and metal in the solo to "High Speed Dirt" by Megadeth. My step by step tutorial and tab will have you shredding this in no time!

POSTED: 10/06/2015 - 09:22 am

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics
This lesson covers the foundational principles for learning how to play guitar solos.

POSTED: 10/01/2015 - 09:20 am

Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' - A Modern Version: Lesson 1
"Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven is not just a revered piano song, it can be made into an incredible modern guitar song. Here's a video and lesson to show you how it's done.

POSTED: 09/16/2015 - 09:46 am

Pantera: 'Domination' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
A truly sick solo from the "Cowboys From Hell" album. Check out my step by step lesson on how to play this!

POSTED: 09/08/2015 - 09:51 am

Motif Exercises - F Jazz Blues with Jens Larsen
Creating melodies that connect and make sense across several chords and scales is a skill that you need to master if you want to be able to make solos that keep the listeners attention and are experienced as musical. In this lesson I am going to have a look at an important tool in achieving this skill: motifs.

POSTED: 09/04/2015 - 01:03 pm

Tighten Your Rhythm Playing With Three Brand-New Lamb of God Riffs
This lesson will dive into three riffs from the latest Lamb of God record, "VII: Sturm Und Drang."

POSTED: 08/24/2015 - 04:03 pm

How to Make 10 II V I Licks With a Gm7 Arpeggio With Jens Larsen
This lesson will demonstrate that it is more important to be able to use simple arpeggios and other structures than knowing a lot of exotic scales or arpeggios. Because a lot of good melodies can be made with very simple structures.

POSTED: 08/18/2015 - 02:38 pm

Stacked Sus2 Arpeggio Exercise With Chris Zoupa
Get you Sus2 on with this adventurous stacked arpeggio lick.

POSTED: 08/17/2015 - 11:54 am

Month of Shred, Week 4: The Final Shred
This week's lesson is the final section of the etude. Enjoy!

POSTED: 08/14/2015 - 03:03 pm

C Diatonic String Skip Arpeggio Tap Lick With Chris Zoupa
Trying to pick up girls? This lick won't help you but it looks and sounds awesome.

POSTED: 08/11/2015 - 02:05 pm

Month of Shred, Week 3: Mode Madness
In this week's lesson we'll focus on the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales.

POSTED: 08/07/2015 - 02:40 pm

A Aeolian/C Ionian Legato in 7s Lick With Chris Zoupa
Feeling like you need a legato work out? You've come to the right place. Providing you can count to 7.

POSTED: 08/04/2015 - 02:04 pm

Month of Shred Week 2: The Dogma of Dexterity
This week we are going to introduce the next section of the etude, which will be looking at our picking and sweep picking techniques.

POSTED: 07/31/2015 - 03:27 pm

Turnarounds Part 2 – I bIIIdim II V with Jens Larsen
In this 2nd lesson on turnarounds I am going to go over the I bIIIdim II V progression and how you deal with the dreaded bIIIdim chord and make some good melodies over this chord.

POSTED: 07/30/2015 - 04:09 pm

Month of Shred Week 1: Erupting Into Tapping
This etude is a study in E minor, and we will cover some arpeggios, chord tones and different minor scales; while simultaneously working on picking technique, tapping, sweep picking, stamina and timing.

POSTED: 07/24/2015 - 05:14 pm

Dream Theater: 'Another Day' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys! Ever wanted to cry on your guitar? Check out my step by step tutorial to the ever emotional guitar solo from the "Another Day" by Dream Theater.

POSTED: 07/24/2015 - 10:15 am

2 String Sweeps With Descending Shred Lick
Miniature sweeps with a descending shred... 2 friends together at last.

POSTED: 07/15/2015 - 03:22 pm

Lick Wars - Episode 1 - The 'Bend Face Rocker' Lick
In this lesson you will learn the great lick with pure '70s rock ballad vibe in it. Enjoy!

POSTED: 07/14/2015 - 02:06 pm

Turnarounds Part 1 - With Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to talk about the I VI II V turnaround and what you can play over it and how you can practice it. The lesson will give you some exercises and suggestions to make strong melodic lines using diatonic arpeggios and target notes.

POSTED: 07/13/2015 - 02:32 pm

Lead Guitar Builder
Hey guys, here's a lesson on some scale shapes on the top 3 strings that could further enhance your picking, speed, endurance and overall knowledge of the fretboard. Enjoy!

POSTED: 07/09/2015 - 03:12 pm

Operation Shred Guitar IV: Strings Attached
Welcome to Operation Shred Guitar IV: Strings Attached. In this lesson, ye will learn more secrets of the almighty shredlords!

POSTED: 07/07/2015 - 03:30 pm

Jazz Blues Chord Solo With Jens Larsen
This lesson is a short etude, a chord solo on an F blues. You should be able to use it as inspiration and resource to make your own chord solos but if it was played less dense it will also work well for comping.

POSTED: 07/02/2015 - 04:12 pm

How to Play and Use a II-V-I Progression Properly
The basic chord progression in modal music is the famous ii-V-I progression. This turnaround is common in jazz music but also in other popular music styles that are based on modal theory.

POSTED: 06/30/2015 - 03:53 pm

Danzig: 'Mother' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step tutorial to the simple yet win guitar solo from the Danzig classic "Mother."

POSTED: 06/29/2015 - 04:19 pm

Blues Soloing Strategies
This lesson will cover a few tips and tricks that will help you improve your blues soloing skills.

POSTED: 06/26/2015 - 04:34 pm

Minor Pentatonic Position Method
Learn diatonic substitution of minor pentatonic scales.

POSTED: 06/18/2015 - 01:53 pm

Rock Guitar Soloing
Learn how to break away from the basic blues solo and start soloing more like a rock player!

POSTED: 06/10/2015 - 02:42 pm

F# Hungarian Minor Alternate Pick Lick With Chris Zoupa
Every wondered how the minor scales sounds in Hungary? Constantly? Well let's get acquainted with this exotic scale... Alternate pick style!

POSTED: 06/08/2015 - 02:14 pm

Sus4 Triads as Upper Structures With Jens Larsen
Sus4 chords are very handy structures to use as a variation from third based structures like triads and 7th chords. In this lesson I want to show how you can apply or find them when improvising on chords, and of course some suggestions on how to play them and examples of how I use them.

POSTED: 06/02/2015 - 03:06 pm

Systematic Approach to Getting Out of the Box
A very common problem for beginner/intermediate guitarists is that they feel stuck within a certain scale pattern. This lesson hopes to help with that!

POSTED: 06/02/2015 - 02:13 pm

Ozzy Osbourne: 'Bark at the Moon' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out my step by step tutorial for Jake E. Lee's amazing and classic solo from "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne.

POSTED: 06/02/2015 - 01:33 pm

Operation Shred Guitar III: The Shredding!
First there was the day of rockening, then there was the the eve of 1000 metal subgenres, now, it's time for the Night of the Shredding! If you are brave enough to enter, a brand new shred solo and lesson awaits thee.

POSTED: 05/27/2015 - 02:58 pm

Lamb of God: 'Ghost Walking' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out this step by step tutorial for the amazing solo from "Ghost Walking" by Lamb of God.

POSTED: 05/26/2015 - 03:08 pm

How to Improvise Blues Guitar Solos That Move Your Audience
Would you like to be able to touch the hearts of the people that hear you playing? When most blues players train improvising, they just arbitrarily keep playing lick after lick and think that the moment will come that they suddenly sound like the great blues players.

POSTED: 05/22/2015 - 02:02 pm

The Lydian Mode with Jens Larsen
I've had a lot of requests for a lesson on the Lydian mode, so I thought I'd finally try to honour that. I'll try to give you some, hopefully new, melodic and harmonic tools to make it easier to make lines that has that sound. The lessons also contains some examples of how you can use them in a II V I as a surprising sound on the I chord.

POSTED: 05/21/2015 - 01:59 pm

Soloing With Chords - Part 1 With Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to first demonstrate 4 exercises that you can use to gain the necessary vocabulary to solo over a turnaround with chords. I also give three examples of how I would make lines using the exercises.

POSTED: 05/12/2015 - 01:44 pm

Angus Young's Scales and Licks
Learn how to become more familiar with the scales Angus Young (from legendary rock group AC/DC) uses in his licks.

POSTED: 05/07/2015 - 01:59 pm

Do You Want to Know Why Your Blues Solos Do Not Resemble Those of Your Blues Heroes?
In this article, we are going to lay out some of these possibilities so you will have a range of them to approach your blues lead playing.

POSTED: 05/05/2015 - 02:03 pm

Chromaticism and Swing Picking
We'll look at simple ideas for adding chromaticism to your soloing, in conjunction with the technique of swing picking, to help the licks flow better. This can really spice up medium-pace solos (the effect gets lost when shredding).

POSTED: 05/05/2015 - 01:54 pm

G Ionian Grace Note Lick With Chris Zoupa
Check out this sneaky way to include.

POSTED: 04/30/2015 - 01:48 pm

Operation Shred Guitar II: Soloing on a 'Dead End Road'
Welcome to Operation Shred Guitar II: Soloing on a 'Dead End Road.' In this lesson you will learn a solo over multiple time signatures, and how I approached composing it.

POSTED: 04/29/2015 - 02:46 pm

Megadeth: 'Skin O' My Teeth' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Check out my step by step article on how to play Marty Friedman's solo in the Megadeth classic "Skin O' My Teeth."

POSTED: 04/24/2015 - 02:36 pm

Jeff Beck's Lead Guitar Style with Andrew Wasson
This lesson breaks down a few of Jeff Beck's lead guitar playing concepts by demonstrating some of the techniques that he uses to perform his guitar solos.

POSTED: 04/21/2015 - 02:15 pm

How to Create Killer Acoustic Solos Using Chords on Your Guitar
Your soloing on the acoustic will take on a new life with these tips.

POSTED: 04/06/2015 - 01:11 pm

'D' Lydian Pentatonic Style Tap Lick with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out a cool trick to play a Lydian style pentatonic and add some sexy taps... Cause why not?

POSTED: 04/02/2015 - 02:25 pm

Shell Voicings as Arpeggios With Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to demonstrate how you can use the shell voicings as arpeggios to get some nice more open interval structures from some shapes you might already have in your fingers.

POSTED: 03/30/2015 - 01:59 pm

This Is Why You Suck at Guitar: Weekend Wankshop With Ben Eller
Uncle Ben Eller introduces his new weekly lesson series, Weekend Wankshop!

POSTED: 03/25/2015 - 03:08 pm

Am 3 Octave Shred Lick with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out this simple shred lick in "A" minor. An easy exercise for beginners and intermediate players to build shredding speed.

POSTED: 03/24/2015 - 01:42 pm

Phrygian Chords with Jens Larsen
The Phrygian chord is an interesting inbetween sort of sound being an altered and suspended dominant at the same time. In this lesson I want to give you some voicings to play that sound and demonstrate some of the melodic devices I use on that kind of sound.

POSTED: 03/17/2015 - 04:58 pm

Diminished Scale on Dom7th Chords with Jens Larsen
In my lesson on scale choices for dominant chords one of the examples was using the diminished scale. In this lesson I want to show how I make lines using the major triads in the diminished scale and give a few examples and exercises to help developing that.

POSTED: 03/11/2015 - 12:22 pm

Disturbed: 'The Night' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Check out my step by step tutorial for the astonishingly win solo in "The Night" by Disturbed.

POSTED: 03/10/2015 - 12:45 pm

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 9 (Soloing With Arpeggios)
Most guitarist's rely entirely on scale shapes when soloing, but do not realize the great value of using arpeggios, too. This lesson will show how to combine the two, allowing you to sound better than ever!

POSTED: 03/06/2015 - 02:55 pm

Emotional and Melodic Lead Playing
Learn to play straight from your soul! Emotional/melodic playing is the art of expressing one's emotion directly through the instrument. For many musicians it is the ultimate goal - to be one with music. Read more!

POSTED: 03/05/2015 - 03:03 pm

Simple Technique How to Learn Guitar Solos and Songs Faster
Learning guitar solos from the beginning to the end is not the most efficient way how to master them. Starting with the difficult passages can help you learn your next solo faster and easier.

POSTED: 03/05/2015 - 03:02 pm

Black Label Society: 'Angel of Mercy' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the heart wrenching solo Zakk Wylde plays in "Angel of Mercy" by Black Label Society.

POSTED: 03/03/2015 - 02:36 pm

Blues Soloing: Outlining the Changes Without Shifting Positions
In this lesson we take a look at how to solo over a blues by changing scales along with the chord changes while staying in the same position on the fretboard.

POSTED: 02/26/2015 - 03:46 pm

Open Triads in Solos with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to give you a few exercises and show how I use open voiced triads in my solos.

POSTED: 02/24/2015 - 04:17 pm

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 8 (Arpeggios)
Many players completely rely on scales for soloing, but forget that they are soloing over a chord, which can be implied by an arpeggio. Here's a few arpeggio shapes and exercises that can get you started to have a broader approach to improvisation.

POSTED: 02/17/2015 - 02:48 pm

Slipknot: 'Psychosocial' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the manly beast mode solos in "Psychosocial" by Slipknot.

POSTED: 02/16/2015 - 02:49 pm

Jazzifying Your Rock Guitar Arpeggios Using Neighbor Tones
In this guitar lesson we'll be looking at how to use neighbor tones to make your arpeggios sound more interesting.

POSTED: 02/09/2015 - 04:30 pm

Minor II V I Сadences with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to give some insight into how I approach soloing over minor cadences. The lesson is built around 4 examples over a II V I in Dm. Em7b5 A7 Dm6/9 and I'll explain what I use on the different chords and how I use it.

POSTED: 02/05/2015 - 03:31 pm

G Major Pentatonic 3NPS Lick with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my latest exercise/lick using a 3 note pentatonic lick in G major.

POSTED: 02/05/2015 - 03:07 pm

Improvising With Knowledge: Lesson 7
Improvising over a chord progression is a skill that all lead guitarists should have available. Following the chord progression and using multiple scale shapes is what the best have learned to do. Now you can do it too.

POSTED: 02/04/2015 - 04:23 pm

Iron Maiden: 'Aces High' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the win solos in "Aces High" by Iron Maiden.

POSTED: 01/26/2015 - 03:23 pm

Get More From Less With Tetrachord Soloing
Less is more with this four-note approach to improvising guitar solos.

POSTED: 01/22/2015 - 03:15 pm

Melodic Minor - Altered Scale with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to explain how I deal with the altered scale in the context of a cadence and how hearing the notes related to where they are going gives a better understanding of how the chord works.

POSTED: 01/22/2015 - 03:13 pm

'G#' Diminished Arpeggio Lick with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my "G#" diminished arpeggio lick to help your arpeggio chops!

POSTED: 01/16/2015 - 04:09 pm

An Easy Approach to Soloing
Understanding the difference between tonal and modal music and adapting one's approach to soloing according to it.

POSTED: 01/16/2015 - 04:09 pm

Breaking Down a Solo
This is not the best way to practice a solo. It's the only way.

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 03:07 pm

Quartal Harmony in Solos with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I want to demonstrate how I use quartal harmony or stacks of 4ths in solos by going through some technical exercises and some lines I wrote using quartal harmony.

POSTED: 12/31/2014 - 10:12 am

Jazz Blues Soloing with Jens Larsen
In this lesson I will try to go through how you make lines on a Bb jazz blues using the arpeggios of the chord. First I'll go through the arpeggios and give some suggestions on how to practice them, and then discuss how you make lines with them.

POSTED: 12/12/2014 - 01:19 pm

AC/DC: 'You Shook Me All Night Long' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on Angus' classic solo in "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC.

POSTED: 12/02/2014 - 08:34 am

Spicy Rock Licks
Learn a simple trick to add a outside/fusion flavour to your rock Llicks (without struggling with theory).

POSTED: 11/27/2014 - 10:08 am

Megadeth: 'Dread and the Fugitive Mind' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on Al Pitrelli's amaze balls solo on "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" by Megadeth.

POSTED: 11/25/2014 - 03:26 pm

Nevermore: 'The River Dragon Has Come' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the classic solo Jeff Loomis plays in "The River Dragon Has Come" by Nevermore.

POSTED: 11/21/2014 - 12:48 pm

Dethklok: 'Crush My Battle Opponents Balls' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the dragon slaying solo Skwisgaar Skwigelf plays in "Crush My Battle Opponents Balls" by Dethklok.

POSTED: 11/14/2014 - 02:19 pm

Relation Between Modes and Major Scale
Just a quick over view of how modes fit into the major scale or so I've been told.

POSTED: 11/14/2014 - 09:35 am

Make Your Guitar Improvisation More Melodic by Using Melodic Motifs
In this guitar lesson we'll be exploring the concept of melodic motifs. These are short melodic ideas that can be used to make your guitar solos sound much more expressive and musical.

POSTED: 11/12/2014 - 08:54 am

Dominant 7th Scale Choices with Jens Larsen
This is a lesson demonstrating a few of the common scale choices over dominant chords and talking a bit about what I think characterizes them and how I approach improvising with them.

POSTED: 11/10/2014 - 03:21 pm

10 Tips to Effectively Learn and Transcribe a Solo
10 tips on how to effectively learn and transcribe solos for the beginner and intermediate guitarist + 2 bonus tips on how to learn FROM solos and become a better guitarist in the process.

POSTED: 11/07/2014 - 03:31 pm

'E' Minor Pentatonic Speed Builder Exercise with Chris Zoupa
Check out this exercise to improve your speed and hand synchronisation using the humble ol' pentatonic.

POSTED: 10/31/2014 - 03:37 pm

Dream Theater: 'Pull Me Under' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the classic solo John Petrucci plays in "Pull Me Under" by Dream Theater.

POSTED: 10/28/2014 - 03:32 pm

'B' Intervalic Pentatonic Lick
Check out this cool lick using the Zillio 5th interval trick!

POSTED: 10/16/2014 - 02:54 pm

Getting Into String Skipping Licks
A cool and easy lick thats challenging and fun to play.

POSTED: 10/16/2014 - 02:17 pm

Ozzy Osbourne: 'Crazy Train' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the classic solo Randy Rhoads plays in "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne.

POSTED: 10/10/2014 - 07:39 am

3 Note Per String Warm Up Lick by Dan Cole
Check out this simple but effective way to warm up your hands before playing!

POSTED: 10/02/2014 - 02:26 pm

Harmonic Minor Scale Licks
The general application, and creation of licks from the scale of Harmonic Minor.

POSTED: 10/02/2014 - 02:09 pm

'E' Dominant Phrygian Shred Lick
Check out this cool lick to build speed with an exotic edge!

POSTED: 09/30/2014 - 02:47 pm

Michael Jackson: 'Beat It' EVH Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the classic solo EVH plays in "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.

POSTED: 09/24/2014 - 02:31 pm

Introduction to Understanding Emotional Qualities of Certain Pitches in a Harmonic Context - Part 1
An article explaining how certain pitches function (and sound) in a diatonic harmonic context.

POSTED: 09/05/2014 - 02:44 pm

Maj7b5 Chords and Arpeggios with Jens Larsen
A lesson about the Maj7b5 chord and arpeggio which is almost a swiss army knife chord in jazz harmony since it can be used very well in so many contexts both as a chord and as an arpeggio.

POSTED: 09/02/2014 - 01:26 pm

Megadeth: 'Symphony of Destruction' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the amazing solo from "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth.

POSTED: 08/29/2014 - 01:31 pm

How to Use the Dominant Pentatonic Scale in Your Blues Guitar Soloing
In the next tips you will find the ways to get your blues guitar solos to the next level.

POSTED: 08/26/2014 - 11:52 am

Dio: 'Holy Diver' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the amazing solo from "Holy Diver" by Dio.

POSTED: 08/26/2014 - 11:51 am

Chicago Style Blues Licks with Andrew Wasson
Check out this lesson on the world of Chicago Style Blues Licks played in 6/8 time signature. The feel of 6/8 allows for a fantastic flowing triple meter groove that really adds to the effect of the Blues style.

POSTED: 08/20/2014 - 02:39 pm

Guitar Lab 101 - Major Scale Variations
Taking different approaches and adding this simple variations may expand the ideas you have about playing in Major scales.

POSTED: 08/11/2014 - 01:53 pm

Improvising on the 3 Tonalities with Andrew Wasson
Using lateral triad progressions to build interesting jam-tracks for the study of soloing in the; Major, Minor and the Blues tonality.

POSTED: 08/11/2014 - 01:36 pm

3 Note Per String Penatonics With Flat 5
Check out this cool lick to play a cool 3 note per string pentatonic and get that "Dimebag sound" into your playing!

POSTED: 08/08/2014 - 02:51 pm

Target Notes with Jens Larsen
A description of a method that helps you play clearly and with direction through changing scales and chords. Also a good approach to use your solos to train your harmonic ear.

POSTED: 08/05/2014 - 03:12 pm

Avenged Sevenfold: 'Shepherd of Fire' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the amazing solo from "Shepherd of Fire" by Avenged Sevenfold.

POSTED: 07/28/2014 - 01:42 pm

Guitar Lab 101 - Know Your Minor Scales
Just a short introduction about they to approach your minor scales and how to apply this technique on any given key.

POSTED: 07/24/2014 - 01:19 pm

Melodic Minor - An Introduction with Jens Larsen
A lesson on what the melodic minor scale is, what diatonic arpeggios it contains. There are also few examples of lines you can make with the diatonic arpeggios it contains when you play over a Tonic minor chord.

POSTED: 07/23/2014 - 01:41 pm

Repetitive Blues Phrases with Andrew Wasson
This lesson helps players understand both the rhythmic operation and the melodic concepts involved with performing repetitive Blues phrases.

POSTED: 07/15/2014 - 02:44 pm

Practicing Scales Through Changes with Jens Larsen
A lesson describing a way to practice your scales through a chord progression to get more free when improvising over it.

POSTED: 07/15/2014 - 02:08 pm

Chromatic Shred & Arpeggio Jazz Exercise
Hey guys check out my gypsy jazzesque exercise where we'll combine chromatics, minor 7th and diminished 7th arpeggios in a melodic way!

POSTED: 07/09/2014 - 02:33 pm

Diatonic Arpeggios - Superimposing and Altered Chords With Jens Larsen
In this 2nd lesson on Diatonic Arpeggios I am demonstrating how to use the same material to add more extensions to your lines and I am describing a way to deal with altered dominants.

POSTED: 07/04/2014 - 08:06 am

Metallica: 'Blackened' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the amazing solo to "Blackened" by Metallica.

POSTED: 07/01/2014 - 01:22 pm

Diatonic Arpeggios - How to Use and Practice Them with Jens Larsen
A lesson describing how to practice and build arpeggios for diatonic chords in a scale, and a few examples on how to apply them in improvisation.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 02:09 pm

Learning Lead Guitar Through Improvising
Learning lead guitar through improvising. Chord progressions and accompanying runs.

POSTED: 06/19/2014 - 12:33 pm

Hungarian Minor Lick in 'E' with Chris Zoupa
Here's a lesson on what Hungarian Minor is and how to use it in a cool shred pattern in the key of "E."

POSTED: 06/16/2014 - 01:45 pm

Testament: 'Souls of Black' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the amazing solo to "Souls of Black" by Testament.

POSTED: 06/02/2014 - 02:47 pm

'D' Dominant Phrygian Shred Exercise with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Check out one of my new exercises for speed building with a bit of an Yngwie flavour!

POSTED: 05/26/2014 - 02:01 pm

Leaving the Blues Scale Behind - with Andrew Wasson
This week on the GuitarBlog I've composed a complete blues-based melody for a 12-bar blues in the key of "A."

POSTED: 05/23/2014 - 03:05 pm

From Theory and Technique to Solo Lines with Jens Larsen
A lesson describing my method for converting theory and technical exercises like arpeggios, scale exercises etc. into ideas you can use in improvisations.

POSTED: 05/23/2014 - 03:05 pm

Improving Modes With Pentatonics - With Andrew Wasson
Any Major Scale Mode can be developed much faster by first moving into the mode by way of the corresponding quality pentatonic scale. This will better ease students into the overall sound of the mode at an accelerated pace...

POSTED: 05/22/2014 - 02:18 pm

13th Arpeggios + Am13 Lick
As the title says, 13th arpeggios and also, a Am13 arpeggio-lick for you! Check this out!

POSTED: 05/20/2014 - 03:22 pm

Metallica: 'Sad But True' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hi guys check out my step by step lesson to Kirk Hammet's solo in "Sad But True" by Metallica.

POSTED: 05/15/2014 - 03:04 pm

G Phrygian Lick with Cm9 Arpeggio - Mute Prophet Guitar Lessons
A simple way to combine modal runs with arpeggios.

POSTED: 05/07/2014 - 02:45 pm

Improvising in Major Keys
This week on the GuitarBlog I discuss some of the ways that players can improve their Major Key improvising through unique practice strategies.

POSTED: 04/24/2014 - 01:59 pm

How to Play 'Eruption' by Van Halen with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys take a look at my accurate step by step break down to the classic "Eruption" solo!

POSTED: 04/11/2014 - 01:52 pm

Improvising Tips and Tricks Part 1 with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Getting tired and frustrated with your improvising but don't know how to spice things up? Check out my lesson on tips, tricks and ideas to zazz up your improv!

POSTED: 04/03/2014 - 02:14 pm

Playing Over Changing Harmony With Arpeggios
How to improvise over jazz chord progressions and build strong melodies with arpeggios.

POSTED: 03/26/2014 - 03:12 pm

Improvisation Basics IV: Architecture of the Solo
Fourth part of our series focuses on structure of solos in general and the role of the improviser in them.

POSTED: 03/26/2014 - 03:11 pm

'B' Dominant 7th Arpeggio Lick with Chris Zoupa
Hi guys. Check out this cool Dominant 7th lick. Chuck it into your jazz and metal soloing quiver for some interesting dominant 7th and Mixolydian flavours!

POSTED: 03/24/2014 - 01:04 pm

Simple Pentatonic Lick
Simple pentatonic lick you can incorporate in your playing or practice.

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 03:08 pm

CAGED System Explained
The CAGED system is one of the most important lessons a guitarist can learn. It describes the way music imposes herself on a guitar fretboard in standard tuning and is the key to understanding how to use the whole fingerboard.

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 12:55 pm

Megadeth: 'Holy Wars' Dave's Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hi guys. Enjoy my easy step by step tutorial of the epic and final solo to the Megadeth classic "Holy Wars" played by Dave Mustaine.

POSTED: 03/12/2014 - 03:12 pm

Alter Bridge: 'Open Your Eyes' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hi guys. Enjoy my easy step by step tutorial of the solo to the Alter Bridge classic "Open Your Eyes."

POSTED: 03/05/2014 - 02:10 pm

Improvisation Basics III: It's Where You Take It To
Short article on Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, their style of playing and overall importance of actively listening to the music you hear and like to enrich your own music.

POSTED: 02/27/2014 - 03:10 pm

Cool 'C' Lydian Lick With 5 Note Groupings
Howdy shredders. Here's a cool way to use Lydian with 5 note groupings to give your lead interesting flavours and rhythm emphasis.

POSTED: 02/18/2014 - 12:54 pm

Finger Strength and Pentatonic Scale Lesson
When you start out learning to play lead, chances are your fingers get fatigued quite quick, especially the neglected little finger. I have devised my own way of building strength and speed and now I wish to share this.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 02:40 pm

Guitar Phrasing: Step by Step
A humble guide to using passing tones, blue notes, and other tasteful chromatic concepts to expand your phrasing vocabulary.

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 01:17 pm

Making Sense of Jazz Soloing
Find out how overlaying a chord, an arpeggio, and a scale keeps you from ever getting lost while soloing in a jazz tune. No keys necessary!

POSTED: 01/23/2014 - 11:13 am

Trivium: 'A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Enjoy my step by step tutorial of the solos to Trivium's "A Gunshot to the Head Of Trepidation." Difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced.

POSTED: 01/17/2014 - 02:39 pm

Improvisation Basics II: Dissonance Is Sexy... and Repetition Painless
Second part of my series on improvisation. This time dealing with applying the knowledge.

POSTED: 01/07/2014 - 11:46 am

Constructing Melodic Solos (Random Method)
In this lesson I will show you how to construct a melodic solo using A-minor scale with random notes, but it can be applied to any other scale.

POSTED: 12/27/2013 - 08:36 am

Bullet For My Valentine: 'The Last Fight' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hi guys. Enjoy my easy step by step tutorial of the solo from "The Last Fight" by Bullet For My Valentine. A great solo to help you work on your arpeggios! Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate.

POSTED: 12/16/2013 - 03:14 pm

AC/DC: 'Back in Black' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Enjoy my step by step tutorial of Angus Young's classic solo from "Back in Black" by AC/DC. Difficulty: Intermediate.

POSTED: 12/11/2013 - 02:33 pm

Diminished Tap Arpeggio Exercise
Hey guys. Check out my lesson on easy to use diminished tap licks!

POSTED: 12/10/2013 - 12:14 pm

Children Of Bodom: 'Downfall' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Enjoy my step by step tutorial of Alexi Laiho's classic solo from "Downfall" by Children Of Bodom.

POSTED: 12/06/2013 - 03:19 pm

'Iron Man' by Black Sabbath Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out my tutorial on the solo "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath. It clear and simple and not too ridiculous!

POSTED: 11/26/2013 - 08:24 am

5th Mode Of Harmonic Minor And 7 Legitimate Bad A-s Shred Licks
An easy way to connect various sets of different phrases using different techniques over a section of music that is being played in the 5th Mode of Harmonic Minor.

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

Improvisation Basics I: the Cornerstones
Have you ever been among musicians with your instrument? Then you have surely experienced that feeling when they tried to force you into jamming with them and would not accept "I don’t know WHAT to play!" as an excuse. Let’s change that.

POSTED: 11/21/2013 - 08:42 am

Megadeth: 'Tornado Of Souls' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Hey guys. Enjoy my step by step tutorial of Marty Friedman's classic solo from "Tornado of Souls" by Megadeth.

POSTED: 11/15/2013 - 02:24 pm

11 Tips to Help You Conquer That Difficult Solo
Here are a few tips that will help you to be successful with the next difficult solo that you want to conquer.

POSTED: 11/12/2013 - 01:28 pm

Embedding Arpeggios Into Your Solos
This follow-up to Linking Pentatonic Scale & Arpeggios will explore how to incorporate arpeggios into your guitar solos, using the most efficient and innovative method yet.

POSTED: 11/10/2013 - 12:43 pm

Disturbed: 'Stricken' Guitar Solo Lesson With Chris Zoupa
Hey guys check out my lesson for the killer solo in "Stricken" by Disturbed. Level of difficulty: Intermediate.

POSTED: 11/08/2013 - 01:54 pm

Why You Think Sweeping Is Hard (And Why You're Wrong)
There's a simple misunderstanding surrounding sweep picking, perpetuated by teachers emphasizing the wrong aspect of the technique.

POSTED: 11/05/2013 - 02:59 pm

Pantera: 'I'm Broken' Guitar Solo Breakdown Lesson
Hi Guys. Check out my step by step lesson to the breakdown of the awesome solo from "I'm Broken" by Pantera.

POSTED: 10/24/2013 - 02:19 pm

Judas Priest 'Painkiller' Solo Lesson
Hi guys check out my step by step lesson to the guitar solo from Judas Priest's "Painkiller." A must learn technical win masterpiece.

POSTED: 10/22/2013 - 02:23 pm

Metallica 'Creeping Death' Solo Lesson
Hi guys check out my step by step lesson to the guitar solo from Metallica's "Creeping Death." Good time classic metal win.

POSTED: 10/21/2013 - 01:34 pm

'Vultures' by Arch Enemy Guitar Solo Lesson
Hey guys check out my easy to follow lesson for the solo in "Vultures" by Arch Enemy.

POSTED: 10/14/2013 - 02:31 pm

'Hail to the King' by Avenged Sevenfold Guitar Solo Lesson
New AX7 song "Hail To The King." Slow explanation and tabs!

POSTED: 10/04/2013 - 01:43 pm

Guitar Solo Lesson 'Play With Me!' by Extreme
Hey guys. Here's my tutorial and tabs for the solo to the Extreme classic, "Play With Me!" Enjoy!

POSTED: 10/02/2013 - 01:40 pm

Soloing With Pedal Points
Pedal points are a classical melody technique that also sound great in rock and metal guitar soloing. Learn these cool pedal point examples in the styles of Eric Johnson, J.S. Bach and Yngwie Malmsteen.

POSTED: 09/16/2013 - 01:49 pm

The Ultimate Preparation for Soloing
Can you handle soloing over any chord progression? Use this original method for preparing yourself for any major/minor chord progression you may encounter. All you need is 2 pentatonic scale shapes!

POSTED: 09/02/2013 - 01:47 pm

Refresh Your Soloing - Tapping the Pentatonic Fifths
If you want to improve your tapping, using a new method - check it out!

POSTED: 09/02/2013 - 12:59 pm

Spice Up Your Rock & Metal Riffs
By implementing tension notes, chromatic lines and other phrasing tools, your Hard Rock and Heavy Metal riffs will start sounding better and better...

POSTED: 09/02/2013 - 12:28 pm

A Basic Guide to Creating Guitar Licks
A basic guide demonstrating the general practises of creating your own guitar licks.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 02:45 pm

3 Steps to Solid Improvisation
By using these three simple steps, you will learn how to follow chord progressions while improvising. The method can be applied to major chord progressions, minor chord progressions, or major & minor chord progressions.

POSTED: 07/18/2013 - 12:40 pm

Composition Meets Improvisation
Almost 75% of what we play during improvisation is known to us already. Either through scale and arpeggio practice, line building, lifting lines from our favorite players, or through previous work via composition.

POSTED: 06/20/2013 - 02:59 pm

II - V Lines for Jazz Guitar
The, II - V - I, jazz turnaround concept is one of the most popular in jazz harmony. By using scale and arpeggio tones we can create highly connected single-note-lines for playing over these extremely popular chord changes found in jazz music.

POSTED: 06/05/2013 - 02:09 pm

The Fundamentals of Phrasing
To achieve success with phrasing ability, there's a mix of specific practice approaches that generally needs to be studied and eventually mastered.

POSTED: 05/10/2013 - 11:29 am

How to Play Better Guitar Solos That Grab the Interest of Your Listeners
Learn a simple guitar soloing trick that will leave your audience speechless and force them to listen to you!

POSTED: 04/22/2013 - 02:39 pm

Combining Mixolydian & Minor Pentatonic
Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen constantly jam out classic blues-rock licks and riffs using a very cool process that combines the Mixolydian Mode and the Minor Pentatonic Scale. This unique blending process involves overlaying these two scales while also taking advantage of each of their unique melodic intervals.

POSTED: 04/22/2013 - 11:55 am

Slow-Blues Shuffle Guitar Licks
In this video lesson I demonstrate four of my favorite slow-blues style guitar licks. The examples cover everything from phrasing techniques to turnaround ideas. Enjoy!

POSTED: 03/15/2013 - 01:02 pm

Intervallic Licks And Riffs
Performing stacked intervals such as repeating 4th's or 5th's can create some very cool melodies. The idea can also be expanded upon by inverting intervals, or by combining different intervals.

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 02:07 pm

Arpeggio Design Function
Proper study of arpeggio design and function relies on both finding a balance between good technical practice and upon knowing several options for how arpeggios can be applied.

POSTED: 02/28/2013 - 12:45 pm

How To Improve Your Rock Guitar Solos And Improvisations
Would you like to be able to improvise highly expressive rock guitar solos any time you pick up your guitar?

POSTED: 02/11/2013 - 03:11 pm

Achieving That Scott Henderson Style
Apply melodic minor and symmetrical scales to acquire a Scott Henderson style of soloing.

POSTED: 01/22/2013 - 01:27 pm

Stuck In One Pentatonic Shape: Here Is A Solution
This lesson will teach you the secret to soloing all over the fretboard, without hitting an unwanted note. I notice many guitarists when playing a solo they usually are constrained in one pentatonic scale, however just one scale can rid you of that problem.

POSTED: 01/21/2013 - 02:08 pm

Useful Tips On How To Make A Good Guitar Solo
Just like the title says! ;) Read it, you won't regret it!

POSTED: 01/09/2013 - 01:13 pm

5 Ways To Ruin Your Blues Guitar Solo
Are you frustrated about your Blues solos? You see other players at the jam sessions and they seem to sound much better than you? Your solo sounds like it's not "going anywhere"?

POSTED: 12/27/2012 - 07:38 am

Melodic Metal Solo
Influenced by Malmsteen, Maiden, and Rhoads, this exciting metal solo will have you sounding pro in no time!

POSTED: 11/20/2012 - 12:36 pm

Diminished Arpeggios Guitar Lesson
Diminished arpeggios create a tense sound and make interesting patterns when played on your guitar.

POSTED: 11/07/2012 - 01:12 pm

Repeat Pentatonic Licks Across The Fretboard
A few ideas and patterns to add variety to your pentatonic solos.

POSTED: 10/08/2012 - 01:18 pm

Theory Break Down Of The Half-Hole Step Diminished Scale
This lesson is a break down of the "half-hole step" Diminished scale using music theory to determine some applications and new unique licks for this scale.

POSTED: 09/27/2012 - 02:39 pm

The Half-Whole Diminished Scale. Pt 2
In this lesson we're going to continue looking at the Half-Whole Diminished scale. We'll do that by taking the scale fingering we looked at in the first lesson, and then learning to play it using two different melodic patterns.

POSTED: 09/19/2012 - 12:22 pm

Inverting Guitar Licks - Part 1
In this guitar lesson we're going to take a look at the concept of inverting guitar licks. This is a very simple, but often overlooked, strategy that helps you to get a lot more mileage from all the licks that you learn.

POSTED: 09/17/2012 - 12:30 pm

The Half-Whole Diminished Scale. Pt 1
In this guitar lesson we take a look at the half-whole diminished scale. It's a very dark sounding scale, and is one of my favorites. I hope you like it too!

POSTED: 09/10/2012 - 12:28 pm

Mixing Guitar Scales - Part 1
This lesson introduces the concept of using multiple guitar scales over a single chord progression.

POSTED: 09/07/2012 - 12:19 pm

Introduction To Guitar Phrasing
Learning to phrase is an essential thing if you want to make music when you solo. In this article we'll take a look at the three key elements of phrasing.

POSTED: 08/08/2012 - 02:04 pm

Improvising With Phrygian - A Simple Technique
A simple, easy to use idea to implement the Phrygian mode when improvising in a major key.

POSTED: 08/08/2012 - 12:48 pm

Improve Your Guitar Phrasing By Exploring Rhythm
Rhythm is one of the most important elements of guitar phrasing. In this guitar lesson we'll explore how to change the rhythm of a lick to create new variations.

POSTED: 08/03/2012 - 02:34 pm

Useful Exercises For Chicago Blues And Old School Rock
If you still like to play solos of Hendrix, Clapton etc type, then these sorts of exercises are essential.

POSTED: 07/30/2012 - 12:09 pm

Stop Playing The Same Guitar Solos Over And Over Again - Top Secrets Of Guitar Solo Creativity
If you are like most guitar players, you want to be able to play interesting and creative guitar solos.

POSTED: 07/27/2012 - 01:22 pm

Playing Guitar Licks With Different Subdivisions. Part 1
I think we've all had the frustration of woodshedding a lick only for it to never appear in our soloing when we improvise. In this lesson we'll take a look at a way of practicing licks that can help with this problem.

POSTED: 07/17/2012 - 01:20 pm

Pop Jazz Soloing
Soloing over Pop Jazz harmony can be somewhat difficult at times due to this styles often complex jazzy chord changes. This lesson aims at helping players find choices for creating connected solos.

POSTED: 05/31/2012 - 07:33 am

Using Arpeggios
Arpeggios are a very good way to start a solo. Try them out here.

POSTED: 05/16/2012 - 06:36 am

Tips To Build Soloing Skills
A short article on practice skills that I use in order to build accuracy, precision, and pin point accuracy.

POSTED: 05/08/2012 - 06:30 am

Triple Octave Pentatonics
Most of the great improvisational guitar players can jam-out really wicked long pentatonic lines. Have you ever wondered if there was some kind of good way to practice this?

POSTED: 05/08/2012 - 06:17 am

Cool Licks: 6th Intervals In C Major
Check out this intended for Intermediate and Advanced players lesson (complete with video) for a cool way to utilize 6th intervals within the C Major scale.

POSTED: 05/07/2012 - 06:23 am

A Simple Blues Lesson
How abandoning the blues scale will hopefully lead to blues heaven.

POSTED: 05/04/2012 - 06:47 am

General Soloing Tips
A short guide for you to find inspiration in your soloing.

POSTED: 04/27/2012 - 06:18 am

Breaking Out Of The Box
How breaking free of the box patterns can help your playing.

POSTED: 04/11/2012 - 11:43 am

Phrasing Solo's
A quick look at a well phrased line compared to the same line with very little phrasing. An article trying to help you understand what "phrasing" actually means!

POSTED: 04/10/2012 - 02:13 pm

The A To A Of Scales. Part 2: Phrasing
Using the A to A method to make phrases more interesting.

POSTED: 03/26/2012 - 12:05 pm

The Science Of Speed
Taking a simple look at the mechanics of speed playing.

POSTED: 01/04/2012 - 07:34 am

Getting Creative With Pentatonics
An exposition of some ways in which one can expand out on ideas for lines using pentatonics.

POSTED: 10/17/2011 - 12:00 pm

Chromaticism In Blues
Application of the chromatic leading and passing tone to the blues.

POSTED: 10/04/2011 - 06:34 am

Melodic Chromaticism
An introduction to some chromatic concepts that can be applied to your single-note lines.

POSTED: 09/16/2011 - 06:39 am

A Well Balanced Solo
Most amateur guitar players will bust out with the shredding for three minutes but that's just boring...

POSTED: 09/06/2011 - 07:36 am

Buckethead Magic Shred Lick Fully Explained
Buckethead uses these sequences as the bread and butter of his solos. This lesson gives you all the tools that you will need to get you on your way to shredding like him within a reasonable amount of time.

POSTED: 07/25/2011 - 06:57 am

Harmonising With Counterpoint
A lesson on harmonising for two guitars via the use of contrapuntal techniques.

POSTED: 07/22/2011 - 07:51 am

Sultans Of Swing Solo Analyzed
Why does the solo sound so good? Why does Mark Knopfler use the notes that he does in the solo and how they match the chords. Learn about chords theory and the minor scale too!

POSTED: 07/21/2011 - 06:50 am

Easy Blues Soloing For Beginners
This is just a simple way to know where to solo, what notes to hit, and what key to play it in.

POSTED: 07/20/2011 - 06:41 am

Utilizing And Understanding The Blues Scale
This is my second series of lessons.. Taking the pentatonic scale to the next level and introducing the blues scale. I Will include One lick for this scale to get you started playing it.

POSTED: 06/07/2011 - 07:17 am

Advanced Harmonizing For 2 Guitars
This lesson covers harmonizing on an advanced level. It covers harmonizing tapping and sweep arpeggios, harmonizing chromatic and changing harmonic intervals in a duet. Learn to play harmonies like Avenged Sevenfold and Trivium.

POSTED: 06/06/2011 - 06:56 am

Pentatonic Licks. Lesson 2
Sequel to my first Pentatonic licks lesson. I will still be using the key of A minor, and i will include 2 more licks and explain a little more about the Pentatonic minor Box scale.

POSTED: 05/31/2011 - 07:04 am

Solo Training
How to start playing solos in major or minor chord secuences. (Personal Tips)

POSTED: 05/31/2011 - 07:00 am

Pentatonic Licks
This is my first lesson, I'm going to go in depth of how amazing the Pentatonic Minor and blues scale can be. I'm going to show you what it is made of and a few licks to get you started playing it. If you want to practice it in a song.. I suggest finding a Blues or funk backing track in a minor key on youtube and soloing over it.

POSTED: 05/27/2011 - 06:59 am

Pitch Axis Theory: Soloing
Through an understanding of Pitch Axis Theory, you can greatly expand your ability to improvise (especially in soloing)

POSTED: 05/20/2011 - 07:30 am

Evil Metal Licks Lesson
Learn how to make your playing sound evil to rise to metal fame. Learn to use tapping, arpeggios, sweep picking and exotic scales to create Licks of Doom that will turn holy water into blood!

POSTED: 04/01/2011 - 10:42 am

Tips For Guitarists: Even More Soloing Secrets
This is another lesson I'm posting on how to add some spice to your guitar solos as the last one seemed to go down quite well. Need to know why your solos just don't sound like the solos on records, or how you can get your solos to sound 'not so clique', or just want a new lick to practice? I'll do my best to help.

POSTED: 01/27/2011 - 11:17 am

The Piano Method - Linking The Pentatonic Scales
A simple technique that can be used to link and blend the various pentatonic patterns across the neck. This trick is especially great for on-the-spot improvisation, and gaining a new aspect of guitar soloing.

POSTED: 01/25/2011 - 09:50 am

Tips For Guitarists: Soloing Secrets
These are some tips that I have for guitarist who want to add a little bit more flavour to their playing but don't know how. Let's say you know all the modes and scales, then what? And say you know what the pentatonic minor blues scale is, how do you make it sound bluesy?

POSTED: 01/21/2011 - 11:42 am

Descending Chromatic Lines
Many guitar teachers spend the time to teach their students how to play the chromatic scale, but very few are able to demonstrate or teach how to use the scale in a live playing situation. This article should get you started.

POSTED: 12/22/2010 - 11:13 am

Modes 2: Correct Use Of Major Scale Modes
The second part in a series attempting to dispel the myth and fear around modes. Explains the use of major scale mades in a functional harmony role.

POSTED: 11/24/2010 - 09:41 am

Bluesrock Soloing With Scale And Two Licks
Okay in this lesson I'm going to teach you a pentatonic like scale and two licks using the scale. Both licks can be used for blues, jazz, and rock. The licks have a lot of fell to them that you may like.

POSTED: 11/09/2010 - 12:08 pm

Less Boring Ways To Practice Scales
Learning Pentatonic scales and changing strings in a less boring way.

POSTED: 10/13/2010 - 11:01 am

Advanced Pentatonic Movement
Less boring ways to move along a pentatonic scale. Quite advanced.

POSTED: 09/29/2010 - 10:24 am

The Second Lesson: Improvising
Taking a closer look at Improvising.

POSTED: 09/22/2010 - 10:29 am

Palm Mute In Solos And Melodies
Palm mute mostly use in rhthym and on up strings, but hear I try to show some palm mute technique in melodies & solo riffs.

POSTED: 08/30/2010 - 11:20 am

A Basic Approach To Chord Tone Soloing
This lesson outlines a basic approach to chord tone soloing building a short solo over a progression in Bbm. It is a simple but effective concept which when expanded upon yields extraordinary results.

POSTED: 01/28/2010 - 11:31 am

Awkward Key Signatures Made Easy
Are you totally comfortable with some key signatures but the rest stubbornly refuse to stay in your head? Read on.

POSTED: 12/01/2009 - 12:39 pm

Keeping Rhythm During Your Solos
How to keep your rhythm during solos. Includes tips and tricks.

POSTED: 10/12/2009 - 12:35 pm

How To Economically Control Your Fret Hand
Using basic changes, you can drastically alter your playing speed and control.

POSTED: 08/11/2009 - 12:44 pm

Wide Fingering
Playing fast on close frets is not much hard, so if you want to do something new try these riffs. for playing these riffs you need to have a wide fingering.

POSTED: 07/06/2009 - 11:49 am

Playing Metallica Solos
Most people know Kirk Hammett because of his huge use of wah pedal. But it's not just pushing wah pedal and playin some strange riffs. There's some riffs that Hammett use alot in his solos.

POSTED: 07/03/2009 - 12:50 pm

Tips For Playing Original Solos
A little bit of help for people who want to Create their own solos.

POSTED: 07/01/2009 - 12:22 pm

Enhance Your Soloing
In this lesson I'll try to help you spiceing up your soloing.

POSTED: 06/15/2009 - 11:20 am

Soloing The Linear Approach
Why approaching the scale from a single string point of view can be very useful indeed!

POSTED: 05/04/2009 - 11:06 am

Pentatonic Sequences For Soloing
Ever wanted to sound more like Eric Johnson? Ever just want new interesting ways to play the pentatonic? Well then this lesson is for you. I'll go over some simple sequences that will not only build speed, but will make your leads sound better.

POSTED: 05/04/2009 - 11:00 am

Some Kind Of Soloing Tips In Eminor
In this lesson I will teach you about legato, tapping, sweep and other thing like that.

POSTED: 04/22/2009 - 11:38 am

Harmonizing Your Leads
I will show you how to harmonize your solos (should have at least 2 or more people).

POSTED: 04/15/2009 - 11:29 am

All The Sweep Arppegios You'll Ever Need
Here I will teach you about some very useful sweep arppegios!

POSTED: 04/07/2009 - 11:48 am

Effective Soloing Techniques
This is the follow up of my previous lesson, Before 'Shredding'. You've all seen and heard some crazy solos where the guitarist is using techniques that look and sound out of this world. This lesson is going to teach you some of those, so you can sound, look and feel great while soloing. The lesson includes Basic and more advanced Tapping and Basic and more advanced Sweeping.

POSTED: 04/01/2009 - 03:20 pm

Odd Note Groupings
A lesson meant to help you understand what odd note groupings are and how to deal with them. Dig in.

POSTED: 03/26/2009 - 02:25 pm

Figuring Out Where To Solo
I wanted to demonstrate how to solo across the fretboard using basic shapes, and then showing how the shapes connect to cover the fretboard.

POSTED: 03/23/2009 - 12:49 pm

Shredding - To Create Your Own
This lesson will help you Shred and solo through anything you want. I will be explaining lots of styles methods of scales used in music.

POSTED: 03/21/2009 - 11:49 am

Legato Concepts: Single String Ideas
The lesson we are going to look at today will be using recurring open string notes and moving two-note groupings involving hammer-ons and pull-offs (Legato) to come up with licks that move up and down a string. You'll actually learn a few modes here whilst you're at it, although the theory has been left aside to instead concentrate on the ideas.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 03:29 pm

Soloing With The Minor Pentatonic Scale
This will teach you first off what the minor pentatonic scale is, and secondly teach you how to find out where to put it on the fretboard to solo. This is the scale that is used most by almost all of the genres of music that use a guitar, so it will be very useful.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 02:59 pm

Pentatonic Licks - Speed Style
A lesson teaching various pentatonic licks to help build up speed and style. Utilizes bending, vibrato, slides and hammer-on and pull-offs.

POSTED: 10/13/2008 - 02:33 pm

Soloing Through Modes
Playing melodic solos using the modes in a scale.

POSTED: 10/07/2008 - 02:15 pm

Finger Speed Workouts
A compilation of general licks to help improve finger and picking accuracy and speed.

POSTED: 10/06/2008 - 02:28 pm

Speed Up Your Soloing. Part III: Easy Multiple String Licks
Welcome back to "Speed up your Soloing"! In this lesson, I'm going to show you some easy multiple string licks. As in the previous lesson, the licks are all in the key of E minor.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:21 pm

Speed Up Your Soloing. Part II: Easy Single String Licks
Welcome back to "Speed up your Soloing"! In this lesson, I'm going to show you some easy Single String licks that you can use in your solos. The licks are all played on the high E String and all of them are in the Key of E Minor.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:20 pm

Speed Up Your Soloing. Part I: Warm Up And Synchronisation Excercises
Welcome to "Speed up your soloing"! In the first of these lessons, I'm going to show you some warm up and synchronisation excercises that will help you to improve the coorperation of your picking and fretting hand.

POSTED: 09/23/2008 - 12:16 pm

Solo Writing
An easy step by step guide to creating and writing your own solos which you can practise with.

POSTED: 09/16/2008 - 01:01 pm

Repeat-Licks For Soloing
This lesson introduces repeat-licks that can be used to spice up your solos. They are impressive and fun!

POSTED: 05/16/2007 - 05:28 pm

Improvisation For The Fingerstyle Guitarist. Part 2
The previous lesson was started with some practical example of improvisaton for fingerstyle playing. Today we continue with another concept.

POSTED: 02/09/2006 - 09:57 am

Improvisation For The Fingerstyle Guitarist. Part 1
To compose something decent, you not only need the goodwill of the muse but also at least some insight into harmony and compositional techniques. As improvising is 'instant composing' you will definitely need all these tools.

POSTED: 02/02/2006 - 01:53 pm

Soloing In Illustrations
Here are some illustrations how famous guitarists used arpeggios for different soloing techniques.

POSTED: 08/02/2005 - 09:23 am

Soloing With Minimal Theory Knowledge
You want to jam and don't know how? Read this and learn. This lesson will show which notes you can play for a certain scale, all written in easy to read and remember diagrams. This won't tell you why. Just how.

POSTED: 03/09/2005 - 02:32 pm

Beginning Rock And Blues Soloing
Just a little kicker for those who want to get started in soloing.

POSTED: 02/10/2005 - 03:31 pm

Guitar Fanning
If you are a gun person and know what fanning a revolver is, you will love this lesson.

POSTED: 12/16/2004 - 12:12 pm

Soloing Basics II. Part 4 - Arpeggio
This lesson revolves around of the misunderstood entity known as the arpeggio.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 08:02 am

Soloing Basics II. Part 3 - Harmonizing
When you plan ahead and add some harmony, your solos and melodies can get really evolving.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 07:56 am

Soloing Basics II. Part 2 - Resolutions
Let's delve into this enigma of soloing a little more and find out how to do it.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 07:53 am

Soloing Basics II. Part 1 - The Basics
Let's make sure you will never stuck in the middle of the tune, trying to figure what kind of solo you should play.

POSTED: 07/19/2004 - 07:49 am

Guitar Soloing - A Concept For Begginers
Soloing is more than just a couple of scales. Here are some examples.

POSTED: 01/20/2004 - 12:21 pm

Using Modes To Compose Solos
This is a little lesson I made on modes. Just take a look at some of them and get a feel for what they sound like. They can really help with your solos.

POSTED: 01/20/2004 - 12:01 pm

Major Pentatonic Scale Use
Ever played a solo in your minor pentatonic scale and it sounded shocking and you have no idea why? Try this lesson.

POSTED: 11/20/2003 - 01:19 pm

Composing Solos
Okay people, it's great to practise scales and patterns and know all the theory in the world, but you have to be able to put it to practical use. So here, I've composed some short leads to show you a few different ways of writing leads. This one is played over a moderate rock groove.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Soloing Basics. Part 4 - Arpeggios
This lesson revolves around an of misunderstood entity known as the arpeggio. The first quesion that pops into everyone's mind at the mention of this enigmatic term is, "What's an arpeggio?" The fact that it sounds like a type of pasta does not diminish in the least its tremendous usefullness in the world of soloing.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Soloing Basics. Part 3 - Harmonizing
One of the things that is a side effect of the shredding movement is the single note solo thing. Let's look at what harmony is. The dictionary says that harmony is "a combination of musical sounds considered to be pleasing."

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Soloing Basics. Part 2 - Scales
Let's delve into this enigma of soloing a little more and find out how to do it. If you have a chord change under your one tone (eighth notes or whatever) now you have developed an implied note change even though you are still playing the same note. Let's see why.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Soloing Basics. Part 1 - Soloing Pattern
Let's say that your makeshift band is jammin' on a simple three chord warm up progression. It's your turn to solo and what are you going to do? Based on the chord progression, we'll pick a note as our soloing key of choice.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am

Where To Start With Soloing
As most people who have been playing for a while will tell you, one of the most fundamental things to learn in improvisation is the blues. Coincidentally, which scale is one of the best to use when playing the blues, you gessued it, the Pentatonic.

POSTED: 07/31/2003 - 11:16 am