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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Alternate Picking - Four Note Patterns

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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

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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.

Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

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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.

Major Scale (and an explanation of modes!)

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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 - Absolute Basics!

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This alternate picking guitar lesson will show you some very basic - but useful - exercises that will get you started on your quest to develop alternate picking chops!

Exercise Difficulty
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 1 Guest Visitor Access Easy
This alternate picking guitar exercise, while extremely simple, is meant to help you develop good technique from the beginning so that you can move on to more advanced exercises.
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 2 Easy
This guitar exercise continues having you play two note patterns on one string to continue building your alternate picking skills as well as your fretting hand dexterity.
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 3 Medium
This alternate picking guitar exercise continues having you play two note patterns on one string, and also develops your fingers' stretching ability, which is a must for moving on to some of the advanced guitar lessons.
Alternate Picking - Two Note Pattern 4 Medium
This last of the basic alternate picking guitar exercise continues having you play two note patterns on one string, and further develops your fingers' stretching ability, prepping you for serious fretboard feats!
Alternate Picking - Two Note Patterns: Putting it Together! Hard
In this alternate picking exercise, we will wrap up our basic alternate picking lesson with a not so basic exercise that reinforces what you practiced in this lesson with a very musical example.