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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Introduction to the Major Scale

Medium
14

In this guitar lesson I will introduce you to the major scale as well as show you some ways to play a Major Scale on the fretboard, focusing on playing throughout the fretboard.

Exercise Difficulty
Useful shape for a Major Scale plus fast position shifting technique! Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise, I will go over some basics behind the Major Scale, show you one shape of a Major Scale and how to play it in multiple locations on the fretboard, as well as show you how to develop fast position shifting technique.

Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings

Medium
322

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.

Unlocking Triads Throughout the Fretboard, Across 5 Strings

Hard
167

In this guitar lesson, I am going to show you how to look at triad arpeggios in a way that will give you a deep understanding of their layout on the fretboard.

Exercise Difficulty
Major Triad Arpeggio Across 5 Strings Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise, we start looking at triads across 5 strings by first taking a look at a Major Triad.
Minor Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings Hard
We continue studying triad arpeggios in this exercise, by looking at a Minor Triad across 5 strings.
Diminished Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings Hard
In this exercise you will learn all about Diminished Triads and hopefully will find ways to use them in your own playing.
Augmented Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings Hard
In this exercise we take a look at the last of the basic triad types - the Augmented Triad - which has a very unique sound that should find its way into your playing soon!
Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings - Harmonic Minor Etude Insane
In this exercise I show you how to use various triad arpeggio shapes from this guitar lesson to write a cool sounding arpeggio progression.

Major Scale and Modes in 3 Octaves

Hard
199

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.

Tapping - Starting with Triad Arpeggios

Medium
168

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.

Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

Medium
244

In this guitar lesson, I will show you the most basic imaginable triad arpeggio shapes which will be a great starting point before getting into some pretty crazy arpeggio territory!

Exercise Difficulty
Major Triad - Two Strings (plus an explanation of inversions) Guest Visitor Access Medium
We start our journey into the wild world of arpeggios with this Major Triad Arpeggio exercise, which will help build the needed foundation to move on to the more advanced arpeggio guitar lessons.
Minor Triad - Two Strings Medium
In this exercise we continue our triad arpeggio guitar lesson by looking at the Minor Triad and its inversions, and the various ways that you can play it on two strings.
Diminished Triad - Two Strings Hard
In this triad arpeggio exercise, we look at the diminished triad on two strings, which will have us doing some serious reaching for notes!
Augmented Triad - Two Strings Medium
In this arpeggio exercise, we leave the world of Major Scale triads and look at the only other remaining triad type - the augmented triad.
Two String Triad Arpeggios Etude Hard
In this exercise I will show you one way to use the triad arpeggio shapes from this guitar lesson in a musical context.

Diminished Whole Half Step Scale

Medium
42

In this guitar lesson, you will learn about the Diminished Whole Half Step Scale, which is one of several symmetrical scales that will add a unique sound to your playing!

Exercise Difficulty
Diminished Whole Half Step Scale 2 Octaves Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise you will learn a useful shape for playing a Diminished Whole Half Step Scale on the guitar.

Adding Extensions to 2 String Maj7 Arpeggio - Great way to add some color!

In this guitar lesson I will show you a very convenient way to add extensions to Major 7th arpeggios which is a great way to take basic arpeggios and liven them up!

Exercise Difficulty
Major 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings - adding the 13th Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise we will see how to add the 13th to some of the two-string Major 7th arpeggio patterns that we previously covered, to create a more interesting sound.
Major 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings - adding the 9th Hard
In this exercise, we take a look at a Major 7th arpeggio on two strings and see how we can easily extend the shape to play a Major 9th arpeggio.

Major Scale (and an explanation of modes!)

Medium
191

In this guitar lesson I will introduce you to the Major Scale which is a necessary starting point before we get into the fun topic of modes!

Exercise Difficulty
Major Scale (Ionian Mode) - On One String Guest Visitor Access Medium
There is no better place to start learning about scales and modes than the Major Scale - so let's get started.
Major Scale - Shape 1 Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise, I will show you a shape for a Major Scale in one octave that we will use throughout the fretboard to help you see scales everywhere!
Another Useful Major Scale Form - Shape 2 Easy
In this exercise, you will continue visualizing and practicing a Major Scale in several positions on the fretboard, to help you further make linkages between scales and the fretboard.
Playing a Major Scale Across 6 Strings Using 3-Notes-Per-String Hard
In this exercise, you will see one way to play a Major Scale across 6 strings, which will be the basis for a lot of future scale exercises that you will see on this site.

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.