Archive for the 'Tips & Tricks' Category

Best alternate picking exercise ever

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Well, ever might be a bit exaggerated, but really, this little exercise can really help to focus your technique and get some specific things happening with your picking. The lick itself is short, so learning it and remembering it is easy. Here’s a short clip of the lick, played pretty slow – play along or […]

Learning By Ear

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Probably the most asked question in any guitar lesson is “How do you do that?” I always thought a better question for the student to ask would be “How can I do that?” Really, who cares how the teacher did it? Students are there to learn how they can do it themselves! The original question […]


Friday, April 4th, 2008

The most useful technique I’ve developed over the years is fretboard visualization. In a nutshell, what I’m speaking of is the ability to ‘see’ something played on the guitar without ever picking up the instrument. Without this, the connection between what I hear and what I want to play would be much less, well, ‘connected’. […]

Diminished Clusters

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

I’ve always liked the sound of diminished arpeggios. Just by themselves, they have a cool ‘out’ sound that can quickly add some flavor to a melody. For this example, I will show how I organize the diminished arpeggios into neat little modular ‘clusters’ that can be easily moved around the neck. There are 4 clusters […]

Hybrid Picking Rhythm

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Since most of your time is spent playing rhythm in a band situation, it’s good to have a few different techniques at hand (sorry for the pun…) when it comes to country/blues rock stuff. In this example I am just going to show you a basic country-rock type of rhythm, using the pick and fingers […]

Economy Picking Fun

Monday, January 14th, 2008

A great tool to add to your arsenal is economy picking. Economy picking only applies when you’re crossing strings, so it’s really all about reducing right-hand motion as you go from string to string. At first, it’s a pretty easy concept to get a handle on. Mastering it takes a bit more time. First, some […]

Hybrid Picking 101

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

The technique I get asked about the most is hybrid picking. I use it all the time, for rhythm as well as lead playing. I prefer to use a flatpick over a thumbpick, so my technique is to use a flatpick and the middle and ring fingers, occasionally the pinky. Switching back & forth between […]

Microphone Placement

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Microphone placement is an important piece of the tone puzzle, so it’s good to know how your tone can be changed by simply moving the mic a little bit. The basic thing to remember is that generally, the closer to the center of the speaker, the brighter your sound. I’m sure there are exceptions to […]