The Secrets of Learning the Fretboard

Ex-020 Combining Alternate and Sweep Picking

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-013 Sweep Picking ii-V-I

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-001 Fretting Hand Exercise

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 […]


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 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 […]

Picking Techniques

Learn strumming, alternate picking, and sweep picking in this lesson that covers an introduction to each.