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 - 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 - Absolute Basics!

Medium
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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.

Major and Minor Thirds - Seeing a Major Scale Afresh

Easy
43

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!

String Skipping Around 7th Arpeggios

Hard
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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.

Alternate Picking - Three Note Patterns

Medium
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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.

Introduction to String Skipping

Hard
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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.