Techniques

Basic Sweep Picking

August 18, 2011 1 Comment

Today we begin our journey into the world of sweep picking, one of the most popular techniques for ridiculous shredding. Today, we’ll learn the most popular pattern ever!

Economically Make The Most Of Your Picking

August 18, 2011 No Comments

Learn to take your sweep picking to a whole new level using a popular, super fun progression.

Make Your Axe Squeal With Harmonics

August 11, 2011 1 Comment

It’s time to make your guitar howl like Van Halen! To do this, we’re going to learn about guitar harmonics, one of Eddie’s favorite techniques.

SRV Style Muted Rhythm Technique

August 9, 2011 No Comments

One of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s signature tricks was muting the strings and strumming them to create a percussive effect. Today, we’ll show you how to create this sound.

Play Your Guitar Like a Drum

August 4, 2011 No Comments

Learn to play your guitar percussively, adding in thumps, taps, clicks, and harmonics to create a driving rhythm with your playing.

Creative Capo Uses

August 3, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ve got a crazy capo trick to show you which will give you an awesome open sound unlike anything you’ve heard!

How to Use a Capo

August 3, 2011 No Comments

Today we’re going to learn about a nifty device every guitar player should have – the capo. We’ll show you what it is and how to use it!

Misses, Ties, and Half Notes

August 3, 2011 1 Comment

We’ve got a series of new strumming concepts in this lesson including missing, ties, and half notes. If you understand this lesson you’ll be well on your way to strumming mastery!

Alternate Picking

August 2, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’re going to learn a brand new technique called alternate picking. This is essential to playing efficiently and quickly and is one of the secrets behind shredding.

Fingerpicking Thumb Movement

July 28, 2011 No Comments

As your fingerpick, your thumb should always be plucking the lowest note of the chord. We’ll show you how to move your thumb to different strings and give you an exercise to practice.

Basic Fingerpicking Technique

July 28, 2011 No Comments

Today we begin a new technique – fingerpicking. This timeless playing style is used in acoustic and folk music, but can really apply to any soft music.

Tasty Techniques – Legato

July 8, 2011 No Comments

The legato technique is a favorite among shredders because it’s one of the easiest ways to play faster. We’ll show you how to get that smooth and easy sound.

Tasty Techniques – Half Step Slide

July 8, 2011 1 Comment

Sometimes the subtle embellishments are all it takes to make a solo shine. Today we’ve got the half step slide to add that extra bit of cool to your playing.

Tasty Techniques – Half Step Bends

July 8, 2011 1 Comment

We’re checking out another new technique in this lesson, this time it’s the always smooth half step bend, a favorite among Santana, Gilmour, and others.

Chucks

July 8, 2011 2 Comments

We’ve got a new technique for you guys today – the chuck. We’ll show you the best way to do it and how to use.

Cool Guitar Tricks – The Trill

July 7, 2011 No Comments

We’re learning a new technique today – the trill. This distinct technique has been used by Hendrix, Clapton, and many others for an exciting rock sound!

The Unison Bend 2

July 6, 2011 No Comments

Today we’re checking out the other main unison bend. The idea is the same as the last and so is the result – screeching guitar awesomeness!

Pedal Tone Bend 2

July 6, 2011 No Comments

Here’s another pedal tone bend, great for playing some tasty lead in all styles!

Pedal Tone Bend 1

July 6, 2011 No Comments

Today we’re looking into the pedal tone bend, similar to a unison bend but instead we play two different notes.

The Country Bend

July 6, 2011 No Comments

This bending riff is one of the classic lead country licks every chicken picker needs to know.

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