Learn about beginner guitar amplifiers, software modeling, and my top recommendations for each. Amplifiers can change the sound of the guitar more than the guitar itself. Today’s beginner amps can model expensive tube amplifiers for […]
Writing online guitar lessons can be a form of passive income, help you play guitar better, and help others hear you play. This article will distill 25 years of my personal experience writing online guitar […]
Question How do I measure signal latency to improve my real-time use of modeling software? Answer If you use modeling software like Amplitube in real-time, you will need to understand signal latency. The round-trip latency […]
Question What are your personal favorite 3 “exotic” or less commonly known guitar chords that you recommend for intermediate/advanced guitarists? Answer Exotic chords usually require a special rule to use it well. I don’t recommend […]
Question What are some of the biggest mistakes you see beginner guitar players make when learning: a) basic guitar chords and b) barre chords. Answer a. Every individual is different, but a common issue is […]
Learn a fun two-bar double-stop blues riff. This one is all about a blues rhythm with a swing feel. You’ll notice that the open-string double-stops in the first measure use staccato to give a short, noticeable sound. In […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Upgrade your blues jamming with this classic blues ending that is suitable for beginners.
Learn this addictive guitar riff that sounds like a bassline.
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
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 […]
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! […]
Learn to sweep pick a Gmaj6 chord cleanly with this exercise, which was written and recorded by Theo Kosmidis.
Question What is the official name of the decorative ring around the sound hole of an acoustic guitar? ~Bob
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 […]
Learn to play fast and smooth with this fun legato exercise by Dave Dohearty.
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.
Play this string bending lick for fun or to practice your bends. It was written and recorded by Charles Gervase.
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.
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. […]
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 […]
Learn a fun way to play triads to play a funk riff consisting of sixteenth notes.
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 […]
Learn two altered jazz endings in the key of C major.
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.
Use these exercises to build speed and to avoid sounding like you’re playing scales.
Learn a 60’s style blues rock solo in the key of F♯ major. This solo uses the pentatonic scale and double-stops.
This riff, by Charles Gervase, is a fun rock riff that uses sixteenth note triplets (3 notes per half-beat).
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.
This jazzy turnaround uses the classic vi-ii-V-I turnaround in the Key of C.
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 […]
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.
This is the second of eight sets of chromatic exercises. It is a continuation of Ex-007 Fretting Hand Exercise Set. It continues to work your fretting hand, but with new combinations. This exercise set […]
Generate fretboard scale patterns with this handy tool.
This is a simple and effective exercise for developing right hand speed.
Written in D♭, this 70’s style rock riff uses palm muting, pentatonics, and a focus on upbeats.
Have fun with this jazz lick using the altered scale. This lick was recorded by Roman Garcia.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Blank Notation and Tablature PDF
This is a simple listing of the major scale notes.
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
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]