Learn a Lick 6: Rising Force

So, recently I’ve been very busy, and then I was ill- so I haven’t managed to do a video for a while. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’ve managed to spend some of this time sharpening my shred skills. I mean, if you’re stuck inside, ill, with nothing to do, why (read more…)

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Gibson Les Paul Studio Review

The Gibson Les Paul Studio is probably one of my favourite guitars of all time. I thought I’d just put that out there before getting started with the review. However, I’m not particularly biased by anything more than having owned one for the last decade! The guitar isn’t perfect, but there is a reason why (read more…)

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Wittner Taktell QM2 Quartz Metronome Review

Now, here’s something that I can’t believe I’ve not reviewed yet: the Wittner Taktell QM2 Quartz Metronome. I mean, I’ve said so many times that it’s a good idea to practice with a metronome…but for some reason haven’t told you guys about the same metronome that I’ve used for years. Trust me, there is a (read more…)

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Theory for Idiots: What Key am I in?

Well, this is a lesson that has been requested a few times. I’ve mentioned ‘keys‘ and being ‘in key’ in previous videos, but I’m not sure I’ve fully explained what they are… …so this lesson is just to clarify what I mean by being ‘in key’. What is a Key Many people will use the (read more…)

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My Guitar Playing Rut (and how I escaped)

We all have days where nothing seems to be working, right? One of those days where no matter what you try to play, it just wont sound right… Sound familiar? Unfortunately this happens to all of us at some point or another. I’m sure even Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen have off days (not Petrucci, (read more…)

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Wampler Triple Wreck Distortion Review

The Wampler Triple Wreck distortion pedal by Wampler effects was designed with the sound of a Peavey 5150 or Mesa Dual Rectifier in mind. It’s not quite in the same league as other distortion pedals. This thing is like an amp in a box- seriously! I’m not talking about your standard ‘amp sim’ type pedal, (read more…)

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Chicken Picks Review

A few weeks ago I got in touch with Eppo Franken (creator of Chicken Picks) and asked if he had anything suitable for heavy rock and metal playing styles. I’d known about chicken picks before, and had heard many good things, but the name suggests that they’re more for country playing. I don’t know about (read more…)

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Guitar Fitness: The Mini-Sweep

This one is an exercise that can really help your sweep picking. All we’re really doing, is taking some of the most common sweep picking shapes, and breaking them down into three string ‘chunks’. The idea is that if you break down bigger shapes this way, you get to concentrate on making each note clear. (read more…)

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Learn a Lick 5: The Shifty Thrasher

Today’s lick has been inspired by Thrash giants such as Kirk Hammett from Metallica. It also requires a lot of quick position shifts that need to be executed cleanly. This is why I’ve called this one the ‘Shifty Thrasher’! The lick uses the E natural minor scale, and would feel right at home in many (read more…)

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The Real Alternate Picking ‘Secrets’

You’ve probably heard about alternate picking before. You might even be doing it most of the time you play guitar…but are you doing it properly? I mean, you can only play as fast– or as accurately– as you can pick. So, it makes sense to make your picking motion as efficient, and easy as possible, (read more…)

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