Guitar Lessons to Develop Frightening Technique!

Guitar lessons to develop ludicrously good technique, focusing on alternate picking, scales, arpeggios, tapping, legato, string skipping and more. Also with numerous explanations of music theory. Get started!

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Major Scale and Modes in 3 Octaves

Hard
34

In this guitar lesson we will learn how to use position shifting and fretboard visualization to play a Major Scale and modes in 3 octaves.

Exercise Difficulty
Major Scale Across 3 Octaves Using Repeatable Pattern Hard
In this exercise you will play a Major Scale in 3 octaves by using a unique, repeating pattern that lends itself to visualization.

String Skipping Around 7th Arpeggios

Hard
15

In this guitar lesson I will show you how to play seventh arpeggios using the string skipping technique, which will greatly add to your phrasing vocabulary.

Exercise Difficulty
Playing a Minor 7th Arpeggio String Skipping Style Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise, we will start learning how to play 7th arpeggios using the string skipping technique, by first looking at a Minor 7th arpeggio.

Major and Minor Thirds - Seeing a Major Scale Afresh

Easy
14

In this guitar lesson I will show you how third intervals are laid out in a Major Scale which will have you seeing scales from a new perspective.

Exercise Difficulty
Major Scale Harmonized in Thirds Guest Visitor Access Easy
In this exercise we will take a look at a Major Scale and see how we can play the scale in third intervals, which might give you a new perspective on scales!

Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings

Medium
140

In this arpeggios guitar lesson, we will go beyond basic triad arpeggios and enter the sonically cool world of seventh arpeggios.

Exercise Difficulty
Major 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise we expand what we know about triad arpeggios and look at a major 7th arpeggio and how to play it on two strings for some cool sounds!
Minor 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise, we take a look at Minor 7th arpeggios and inversions on two strings
Dominant 7th Arpeggio on 2 Strings Medium
In this exercise, I will show you how to play a Dominant 7th arpeggio and its inversions on 2 strings
Minor 7th (b5) Arpeggio on Two Strings Medium
In this exercise, we look at the last of the 7th arpeggios that come from the Major Scale - the Min7(b5)
7th Arpeggios on 2 Strings - Putting it All Together Hard
In this exercise, we will use what we learned about 7th arpeggios from the previous exercises to come up with a musically interesting arpeggio progression.

Legato - Starting from Basics

Easy
42

This guitar lesson introduces you to the widely used legato technique which will have you playing smooth, fluid lines in no time!

Exercise Difficulty
Legato - Three Note Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Easy
In this exercise, I will start you off with your legato adventures by showing you a simple three note pattern that will come in handy for all sorts of legato lines that you can dream up!

Tapping - Starting with Triad Arpeggios

Medium
113

In this tapping guitar lesson we don't waste anytime, as we get into some interesting musical territory right from the start, using triad arpeggios as an example.

Exercise Difficulty
Tapping - Major Triad on One String Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise we will take a look at how to tap major arpeggios as a way to use finger tapping in a musically meaningful way.
Tapping - Minor Triad on One String Medium
In this tapping exercise, we continue our study of using triad arpeggios for tapping melodically, this time focusing on a Minor Triad.
Tapping - Diminished Triad on One String Medium
In this exercise we look at yet another triad type - the diminished triad - as a way to take a musically interesting approach to tapping.
Tapping Triad Arpeggios - Putting it Together Hard
This is the last exercise in my introductory tapping guitar lesson, where we use the knowledge from the previous exercises to come up with an interesting tapping passage.

Introduction to String Skipping

Hard
16

In this guitar lesson you will start down the exciting path of developing your string skipping skills which will tear down all sorts of technical barriers and liberate your fingers to move anyway they want!

Exercise Difficulty
String Skipping Through Minor Pentatonic Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise I will get you started down the path of string skipping by showing you how the technique can be applied to the Pentatonic Minor scale.
String Skipping Through Major Pentatonic Hard
In this exercise we continue our introduction to string skipping, this time using the Major Pentatonic scale as our example.
String Skipping Triplets with Pentatonic Scales Hard
In this exercise we will take the familiar concept of triplets and apply it to string skipping as a way to create fiery, unique sounding Pentatonic passages.
Pentatonic String Skipping Across Fretboard Hard
In this string skipping exercise we are going to shift gears a bit and have you string skipping up the fretboard to reinforce position shifting and string skipping at the same time.

Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

Insane
65

In this alternate picking guitar lesson, we enter some dangerous territory by introducing you to 4 note patterns using all fingers. Not many guitarists develop their ability to put all fingers to use, so this guitar lesson will have you moving your finger

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, you will start the journey of using all four fret hand fingers in playing the most common four note patterns that you will come across.
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 2 Hard
In this exercise, you will continue your alternate picking studies of four note patterns, further unlocking your fingers on the fretboard!
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 3 Insane
In this alternate picking guitar exercise, we look at yet another common four consecutive note pattern which will continue conditioning your fret hand fingers for the technical mastery that you are seeking!
Alternate Picking - Four Note Pattern 4 Insane
Here we have the final consecutive four note pattern in this alternate picking guitar lesson - this one is the toughest, so get ready to teach your fingers to behave like they haven't before!
Alternate Picking - Getting all the Fingers on the Fretboard! Hard
Now that you have practiced alternate picking various four note patterns, in this exercise you will see how the guitar lesson material can be applied in a musical context.

Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns Across Strings

In this guitar lesson, you will start the very important journey of becoming proficient at alternate picking across strings, which is the most challenging aspect of alternate picking.

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise, we start getting into some serious territory by having you play a three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 2 Hard
In this exercise, we continue having you play yet another three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 3 Hard
In this exercise, we continue our three note across two strings alternate picking studies.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 4 Hard
In this exercise, we continue having you play another three note pattern across 2 strings with alternate picking.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 5 Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, we move forward with three note patterns across 2 strings.
Alternate Picking - Three Notes Across Strings, Pattern 6 Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, we come to the last of three note patterns across 2 strings.
Alternate Picking - Al DiMeola, Paco de Lucia Example Hard
In this exercise, we wrap up the three notes across strings guitar lesson with a great real world example of the concepts you learned.

Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns

Medium
25

This alternate picking guitar lesson is similar in spirit to my guitar lesson on two note alternate picking patterns - now we logically go to the next step, by getting your hands accustomed to three note patterns.

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Medium
This guitar exercise is a continuation of our journey down the road of alternate picking, which looks at a common three note pattern to help you start exercising all your fingers!
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 2 Medium
This alternate picking guitar exercise is a continuation of our look at the most common three note picking patterns.
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern 3 Medium
This alternate picking guitar exercise will go over the last of the most common three note picking patterns.
Alternate Picking - 3 Notes Pattern: Wrapping it up Medium
In this alternate picking guitar exercise, you will apply what you have been practicing in the previous exercises to a practical example showing how you can use three note patterns to create a variety of musical ideas.