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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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! […]

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.

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-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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]