Archive for the 'Lessons' Category

The Two Types of Guitar Players

Monday, October 14th, 2013

It’s been ages since I posted anything on this site, so here’s something to break the trend of laziness! When I hear other guitarists play, at first I really try to listen with an open mind – regardless of the type of music, or what context I’m hearing them, I try to see what they […]

Economy Picking Lessons Building Speed and control – Videos!

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

I’m getting too lazy old to type out lessons, so I figured I would start doing more videos! This one is about economy picking and how to build up the technique little by little, while focusing on keeping your picking motion nice and relaxed, tension-free and smooth. Go at your own pace and enjoy! ** […]

Chord Fragments

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Let’s see…how many silly puns could I have used for a title…Frag-gle Rock…Frag-en-stein….Count Frag-ula…Frag-ocaster…Ok enough of that. Let’s face it…it’s not fun to just play full barre chords all the time, and sometimes it’s already being done by the other guitarist in your band. Or perhaps your keyboard player is squatting all of the sonic […]

Get In Synch

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

The secret (ha! like there’s only one…) to good picking is getting your right and left hands in synch with each other. If one of your hands decides to go on auto-pilot and just ignore what the other is doing, you end up with something like this: (This is what NOT to do) BAD: But, […]

Building a Solo – Country Style

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

It’s easy (well, sometimes) to pick up a bunch of licks and tricks, especially in the twangin’ tele style, but sooner or later you are going to have to assemble them into something that resembles music. Getting your chops sorted out is a big part of the game, yes…but I would argue that being musical […]

6ths Sense

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

A good way to spice up your rhythm and lead playing is to use 6th intervals as double stops, or 2 notes played at the same time. The most common guitar riff with 6ths is probably this: Listen: To get some interesting finger exercise and train your hand to find the whole major scale in […]

Single-String Modes

Monday, January 21st, 2008

A great way to learn the characteristic sounds of the major scale modes, and a good way to discourage ‘pattern’ playing, or relying on memorized licks, is to play each mode on a single string. I think I first ran across this idea in the old Mick Goodrick ‘Advancing Guitarist’ book. The important thing is […]

Odd Over Even

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

The idea of polyrhythms always conjures up visions of geeks getting out their calculators, trying to figure out the best way to make something NOT groove. If you want to inject a little poly into your rhythm, here’s a really simple concept. One problem with playing fast lines is that there’s a tendency to sound […]