LRT-032 ii-V-I Modal Lick

February 28, 2017

Learn some modal Jazz guitar licks over the ii-V-I progression. This lick is played over a standard ii-V-I Jazz chord progression in the key of C.  The lick uses modes of the C major scale. […]

Ex-022 Octave Scale

February 8, 2017

Practice your Octaves in unison with this simple exercise!  Octaves help you become more mobile on the fretboard and aware of what you’re playing.  I believe they are one of the most beneficial fretboard concepts […]

LRT-031 Bending Rock Riff

January 23, 2017

This rock riff starts with a slow bend that catches your attention followed by a droning droning open E with a melody played over top.  I love how it has a 90’s feel. I want […]

Ex-021 Alternate Picking Sixteenth Notes

January 18, 2017

Practice your alternate picking over sixteenth notes with this exercise. Sixteenth notes are great for alternate picking because they must be played quickly and alternate picking helps you play faster!  This one focuses on four […]

LRT-030 Palm Muting Solo

January 1, 2017

Learn another rock solo from Francesco Cagnacci.  This one uses several different techniques, but it starts with a palm-muting lick followed by some nice runs.  Enjoy this one.

Ex-020 Combining Alternate and Sweep Picking

November 23, 2016

Improve your technique and speed by combining alternate picking and sweep picking.  In the following exercise, you will combine alternate picking lines with sweep picking lines in both directions (ascending and descending). When ascending, notice […]

LRT-029 Slow Groove

November 21, 2016

Get your groove on with this fun-to-play slow groove at 70bpm.  This is a riff that you want to feel as you play it.  It really sets a mood. In regards to your playing, you […]

Ex-019 Efficient Speed Picking Exercise

October 3, 2016

Practice economy and sweep picking and other concepts in this efficient speed picking exercise. This exercise is efficient because it crams all of the following into one exercise: G major scale with 3 notes per […]

LRT-026 Rock Solo

September 26, 2016

Learn this fun rock solo with licks that use staccato, slides, and bends.  It is played as a fast tempo in the key of D, which has two sharps in its key signature.

Ex-018 Horizontal Ladder Exercise

September 18, 2016

Improve your fretboard knowledge with this rut-breaking ladder exercise from my upcoming book on learning the fretboard.  This exercise can be applied to any sequence of notes, such as a scale, mode, or arpeggio.

AP-008 How Do I Memorize Songs?

September 10, 2016

Question I started my music course this week and had to play a song from memory. I struggled to recall the chord progression without my safety net. Any advice on how to improve this please?

Ex-017 Speed-up Tapping

August 29, 2016

Practice your hammer-ons and pull-offs mixed with some finger tapping with this exercise by Milan Trickovic.  The true purpose of this exercise is to work on tapping technique and speed building by mixing it with […]

LRT-025 Hard Rock Speed Lick

August 15, 2016

Crank up the speed with this classic hard rock speed lick in the style of many hard rock/metal guitarists.  This one uses hammer-ons and pull-offs on sixteenth notes and triplets at a torrid 160bpm pace! […]

AP-007 Why are chords major or minor?

August 11, 2016

Question Why are chords called major chords or minor chords? ~Tony Answer Major and minor chords have a difference in one particular note, the third.  Let’s look at how it gets that name through a […]

LRT-024 Rhythmic Rock Riff in E

August 1, 2016

This fun rhythmic rock riff will have you playing bends, staccato, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes in the key of E.  What I love about this riff, by Charles Gervase, is that he uses the same […]

AP-005 – Why do guitars have dots?

July 28, 2016

Question I am a rank beginner to the guitar. I am trying to learn the function of the fretboard. The guitar I have borrowed is classical with 12 frets. How do I transfer what I […]

Ex-016 Sweep Picking Gmaj6

July 26, 2016

Learn to sweep pick a Gmaj6 chord cleanly with this exercise, which was written and recorded by Theo Kosmidis.

LRT-023 Pentatonic Blues Solo

July 18, 2016

Learn a complete blues solo based on the pentatonic scale, written and recorded by Francesco Cagnacci!  Included is the full audio and backing track. Before the solo starts, the track plays through the rhythm part for […]

LRT-022 Jazzy Blues Turnaround

June 27, 2016

Learn a jazzy blues turnaround in the key of C.  In this turnaround, the chord progression is I-vi-ii-V-I.  The I-vi-ii-V is common in the last two bars of a 12 bar blues.

LRT-021 Prebend Pentatonic Lick

June 20, 2016

Learn a pentatonic lick that uses a prebend then shift it down by a fifth. This lick requires you to nail the prebend cleanly. Practicing with a lick like this puts the technique into a […]

Ex-014 Repeating Bass Two-Octave Scale

June 9, 2016

Practice two-octave scales in a unique way while practicing your picking technique.  This exercise is a great way to practice two things at once.  This exercise is a great way to learn a scale so […]

LRT-020 Power Chord Rock Riff

June 6, 2016

Play some power chords with palm muting in this power chord rock riff by Milan Trickovic.  This lick uses a standard eighth note rhythm.  When you change chords, you will notice that the chord is […]

LRT-019 String Bending Lick

May 23, 2016

Play this string bending lick for fun or to practice your bends.  It was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.

LRT-018 Blues Rock Solo

May 16, 2016

Why bother with a lick when you can play an entire solo.  Have fun with high tempo blues/rock style solo using the F minor pentatonic scale.  It was written and recorded by Francesco Cagnacci.

LRT-017 Blues Ride Rhythm

May 9, 2016

This rhythm is an absolute must-learn for any guitarist who wants to play the blues.  Play along or jam with this blues rhythm. This progression is played in the key of E.  This rhythm uses […]

Ex-013 Sweep Picking ii-V-I

May 9, 2016

Learn to sweep pick a ii-V-I progression in this exercise using the tritone substitution to play faster. This exercise uses three chords based on the A form (rooted on the 5th string).  In the key […]

LRT-016 A Minor Rock Riff

May 2, 2016

This week’s riff is written and recorded by Charles Gervase. He shows us an A minor rock riff.  This one has an off-beat syncopated feel as he accents the up-beats, especially on the sixteenth notes. […]

LRT-015 Metal Riff Video

April 25, 2016

In this riff, Martin Mitkov teaches you how to play a metal riff for a song from his band, Demezia. This riff uses sixteenth triplets, alternate picking, and an alternate tuning (B-E-A-D-Gb-B). Please note that […]

Ex-012 Fretting Combinations Exercise Set 3

April 4, 2016

This is the third of eight sets of chromatic exercises.  It is a continuation of Ex-009 Fretting Combinations Chromatic Exercise Set 2.  It continues to work your fretting hand, but with new combinations.   This exercise […]

LRT-012 Southern Rock Shuffle Riff

March 28, 2016

Learn this fun southern rock riff to add to your repertoire.  This 4-bar riff is comprised mostly of a 2-note A power chord using a shuffle rhythm.

LRT-011 Slow Blues Ending in G

March 21, 2016

Enjoy this popular slow blues ending.  If you modify the last measure to a V chord, you can use this as a turnaround instead of an ending.  This turnaround is given in the key of […]

LRT-010 Sixteenth Note Run

March 14, 2016

Enjoy this fast and fun sixteenth note run written and recorded by Charles Gervase.  If you look closely at this lick, it does not fit the mold of a common scale.  The first measure uses four […]

Guitar Cable Recommendations

February 24, 2016

Learn how to choose a durable cable that also gives you the best tone.  I will also give you my top 3 recommended guitar cables.

Ex-010 Alternate Picking Exercise

February 19, 2016

Practice switching strings while alternate picking with this exercise.  When practicing alternate picking, most people can quickly learn the basic motions (down, up, down, etc).  The hard part comes when you switch strings and skip strings.  This exercise […]

Chord Construction

February 17, 2016

This is a complete guide to chord contruction with simple rules that broke me out of my playing rut.  You’ll learn how to construct chords using two methods, how to name chords, how chords relate […]

LRT-006 Funk Rhythm Riff

February 15, 2016

This riff uses an Em7 and some palm muting to create a funky rhythm.  You’ll notice the classic sixteenth note Funk rhythm. The audio and a backing track are included below.

LRT-005 Rock Riff

February 8, 2016

This rock-styled riff uses the blues scale in E and a shuffle feel.  You’ll notice that the Root (E) and minor seventh (D) are prominently used.  In the last two measures, you’ll hear the minor […]

Modes

January 24, 2016

Learn how and why to use the modes in this lesson.  They’re as easy to play as the major scale, but you need to know how they work to play them correctly.  This lesson will […]

Greensleeves

January 23, 2016

Learn my traditional fingerstyle arrangement of Greensleeves in the key of C.  This is a classic that every guitarist can use to impress.  Played in open position, It primarily uses C, G, and Am chord […]

Ex-007 Fretting Combinations Exercise Set

January 21, 2016

The object of these exercises is to work on your fretting hand combinations over all 6 strings.  Each exercise in the set of 6 varies slightly from the previous one. All of the exercises below […]

Beginner Guitar Amp Recommendations

January 18, 2016

Learn about beginner guitar amplifiers and my top recommendations.  Amplifiers can change the sound of the guitar more than the guitar itself.  Today’s beginner amps can model expensive tube amplifiers for pennies on the dollar.  […]

LRT-002 Funky Blues Riff

January 18, 2016

This riff only uses four notes plus a couple 1/2 step bends.  It has a nice funky blues edge to it.   This riff was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.

How to Practice the Guitar

January 17, 2016

When asked, how I practice the guitar, I tell people that the secret is to practice a little each day.  The hardest part is staying motivated and focused.  Practice is all about putting the work […]

12 Bar Blues

January 17, 2016

Learn the 12 Bar Blues in style.  This lesson covers the traditional, quick change, and shuffle blues.  It includes the first chords you should know and some substitutions that you can try.  I even cover […]

New Content for 2016

January 9, 2016

Guitar Lesson World is changing to serve you better!  You probably noticed the brand new look and feel of the site.  What you won’t notice yet is that I am working on more free content […]

Where to Buy Guitar Gear

January 1, 2016

I often get asked where I buy my guitars. I’ve purchased 11 guitars to date. I have purchased them from small local stores, large retail stores, online, and from private parties.  I’m going to give […]

Guitar Tuner Recommendations

January 1, 2016

One of the most important accessories to buy is a digital guitar tuner. Digital Tuners Digital tuners are any type of tuner that uses electronics to tune your guitar.  There are two basic types: a […]

Song Construction

January 1, 2016

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to construct the song, Romance Anonimo.  It is a beginner fingerstyle song that is great for demonstrating how you can construct a fingerstyle song from a simple melody into a harmonized […]

Beginner Silent Night

December 24, 2015

This is an easy beginner version of silent night. It is played predominantly in the second position, with a shift to the fifth position in measure 17.

Ex-006 Simple Chord Change Exercise

December 24, 2015

This is a simple exercise that you can do for about 1 minute. It can easily be fit into anyone’s practice or warmup schedule.  You will need a metronome and two chords that will challenge […]

Twas the Night Before Rocking

December 24, 2015

A few years ago, I adapted the lyrics to “Twas the Night before Christmas”. I hope you enjoy it! Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the stage Not a strummer was strumming, not […]

Glossary of Guitar Terms

December 20, 2015

Accent An emphasized note Accidental A symbol used to raise or lower the pitch of a note in standard notation. The symbol is either a sharp (♯), a flat (♭), or a natural sign (♮). […]

List of Chord Formulas

December 20, 2015

(♭ = flat ♯ = sharp) Major I – III – V Major 6 I – III – V – VI Major 6 add 9 I – III – V – VI – IX Major […]

List of Alternate Tunings

December 20, 2015

Standard Tuning EADGBE Drop D DADGBE Drop D down 1/2 step D♭A♭D♭G♭B♭E♭ Double Drop D DADGBD DADGAD DADGAD Open D Major DADF♯AD Open A Major EAC♯EAE Open E Major EBEG♯BE Open G Major DGDGBD

Ex-005 Fretting Combinations Exercise 2

December 20, 2015

This exercise expands on the Fretting Combinations exercise. This exercise will train both your fretting hand and your picking hand by playing all the fretting combinations and all the picking combinations. The picking combinations are […]

Ex-004 Fretting Combinations Exercise 1

December 20, 2015

The goal of this exercise is to improve the speed of your fingers when playing on a single string in a given fretboard position.  The example below shows the 6th string in 1st position. Place […]

Ex-003 Finger Strength Exercise

December 20, 2015

This exercise has three steps and can be done on any string and in all fretboard positions Step 1 – Place all four fingers on adjacent frets of a string. Step 2 – Lift two […]

Ex-002 Alternate Picking Exercise

December 20, 2015

The goal of this exercise is to improve the speed and accuracy of your alternate picking. Go slow enough to play it perfectly before increasing the speed. The following picking combination should be used: d, […]

Ex-001 Fretting Hand Exercise

December 20, 2015

The goal of this exercise is to make each finger on your fretting hand as smooth and independent as possible. The fingers of the hand do not move equally well. This exercise helps you overcome […]

Arpeggios

December 20, 2015

An arpeggio is a succession of chord tones. When you play a solo, you try to focus on the chord tones of the progression that you are playing over. Sometimes you might stray away from […]

Harmonics

December 20, 2015

Harmonics are played every time you pluck a note. Most of the time, however, you do not hear them. What you hear is the fundamental (sometimes called the first harmonic). The fundamental is the loudest […]

Alternate Tunings

December 20, 2015

This lesson teaches you how to approach learning alternate tunings.  I will also discuss a few alternate tunings, why they’re useful, and my approach to using them.

DADGAD

December 20, 2015

DADGAD Tuning is a popular alternative to standard notation. It is tuned by taking your guitar in standard tuning and dropping the 1st, 2nd, and 6th string a whole step down. You can do this […]

Determining the Key

December 20, 2015

I am going to show you how to find the key when you have just a written piece of music in standard notation and also when you just know the chord progression. Determining the Key […]

Drop 2 Chords

December 20, 2015

Drop 2 chord voicings are formed by taking a chord and then dropping the next to the highest note, or voice, to the lowest note of the chord. Similarly, there are drop 1, drop 3, […]

Ear Training

December 20, 2015

Training your ear is something that is extremely valuable but hard to acquire. You cannot train your ear by just reading. It requires that you can hear the differences in sounds. After you play a […]

Transcribing Tips

December 20, 2015

Everyone wants to know how to transcribe but no one finds out so here we go. These are really tips and tricks because there is no other way than to listen to the song and […]

Transposing

December 20, 2015

Learn how to transpose songs using three different methods.  Transposing is an essential skill for any musician.  This lesson will tell you why you need to know it and provide step-by-step guidance on  how to do […]

Minor System

December 20, 2015

If you know your chords, and you know your patterns, then this lesson will benefit your playing immensely. Knowing how chords and scales relate to each other helps you to find them more easily than […]

Chord to Scale Relationships

December 20, 2015

If you know your chords, and you know your patterns, then this lesson will benefit your playing immensely. Knowing how chords and scales relate to each other helps you to find them more easily than […]

Chord to Chord Relationships

December 20, 2015

In this lesson, I am going to show you how to find and form chords easily from the basic chords that most guitarists know. This lesson will show where chords are in relation to each […]

Resolving

December 20, 2015

Resolving is a way to lead songs back to the tonic or root. It can be applied to single note applications, or it can be applied to chord progressions. If you don’t already know, the […]

Jazz Progressions

December 20, 2015

Jazz Progressions are simply common chord progressions in jazz music. One of the most common progressions is the ii-V-I progression. The ii-V-I sounds at its best when you use seventh chords and their expanded voicings. […]

Flat Five Substitution

December 20, 2015

The flat five substitution is a chord that you can use as a substitute for any dominant chord. It applies very nicely to the 12 Bar Blues, because of the use of Dominant 7th chords. […]

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