When I decided I wanted to learn guitar I did it all backwards. Instead of starting on an acoustic, I started out on an electric guitar. It was the ugliest no name $79 dollar electric guitar you could find, but it had distortion and that was all that mattered. I just couldn’t imagine playing Crazy Train on acoustic, lol! Little did I know, that electric was so bad I would have had an easier time playing the songs I wanted on an acoustic.
But usually, the story starts something like “Mom/Dad, I want to learn to play guitar”. Then if you’re lucky, an acoustic guitar appears out of the ether for christmas or your next birthday! Or maybe it’s later in life after you’ve paid your dues with your career and you decide to reconnect with that dream you had as a kid of learning to play all of your favorite songs. I didn’t actually buy an acoustic guitar until about 25 years later. I had already been teaching guitar for about 8 years when my buddy...
To add some grease to the axels, I’ve got a Hendrix vid for ya! Go grab your guitar real quick! In this lesson I’m gonna teach you some of the keys to the Hendrix kingdom! If you’re anything like me, then I would imagine the impact he had on you is undeniable. Even if you’re not a fan of his music, after this lesson you’ll see just how much of an impact he had on the guitar world! In just about every style of guitar his influence can be heard from classic rock, to jazz, blues, pop and everything in between! In this lesson I’ll give you some tips to access the magic behind his rhythm style and just how easily it can be applied to other styles of music. Click the lesson link below!
I get this question from a lot of my students and it goes something like this, “How come playing major pentatonic is so much more difficult than minor pentatonic?”
So, on our journey towards learning how to solo I find that most of us start learning the minor pentatonic scale first. We spend hours and hours learning scale positions on top of trying to figure out how to land on the right notes when jamming at home or with our friends. After months of that and learning tons of minor blues licks, that day comes when the guy down the street wants to jam over a major progression and suddenly something isn’t right. Not only is the scale in a different spot, but you’re trying your best to use all your licks and none of them sound right. That’s because all the target notes are in a different spot of the scale in major pentatonic.
In the video below, I’ll help you remedy that and get you confidently jamming away again with your buddies down the street or...
I still vividly remember riding home with my brother in our Mom’s blue Mercury Topaz listening to our local SoCal radio station KLOS when Hendrix’s Bold As Love started playing. It was an epic moment for me and honestly one of the first times I had ever even paid attention to rhythm guitar. Up until that point it was 80’s metal solos 24 hours a day, and the faster the better! After hearing that song, I dove deep into Hendrix. I was dying to know what he was doing rhythmically and how on earth he got a soloing freak like me to start wanting to play rhythm guitar.
In the video lesson below you will learn tons of rhythm guitar tricks Hendrix used in songs like Bold As Love, Little Wing, and Castles Made Of Sand. Inspired by early R&B guitar players Hendrix added his own unique style, creating an amazing new way of playing rhythm and lead lines at the same time. He did this using double stops, slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs within the chord shapes. As...
Introducing Fretboard Command. In this FREE mini course you will literally be given the the fast track to concepts that will dramatically change the way you play guitar for the better!!
The goal of Fretboard Command is to give you a solid foundation with which you can in a short amount of time be able to improvise without knowing the key you are in, use your scales correctly, construct melodies, see target notes and chord tones all over the neck, break some rules, mix major and minor pentatonic, while at the same time adding feel and confidence to your phrasing! You ready?!?