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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Pentatonic Scale Tapping Lick

Hopefully, you’ve seen my video on the two handed tapping technique. If you’re not confident with the techniques in that video, this lick may be a bit advanced for you. Also, it will be really helpful if you’re confident with your minor pentatonic scales in all different keys if you want to really get your (read more…)

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10 most awesome Whammy Bar Techniques

Ok, so here are my top ten favourite whammy bar techniques, in no particular order… The Dive Bomb This one is the classic whammy bar technique, and probably the first one that anyone learns. Literally just play a note (usually the open, thick E string), and then push the bar towards the body of the (read more…)

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Three Common Sweeping Shapes

In this video lesson, I demonstrate three of the most common sweep picking shapes that I use. These shapes are great (as are sweeping shapes in general) because once you can sweep through one at lightening speed, you only need to move it around the neck to play over different chords. Like many things with (read more…)

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The Two Handed Tapping Technique

This week’s lesson is on two handed tapping, which is used by guitarists such as: Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne), Marty Friedman (Megadeth) or Steve Hackett (Genesis). This technique can sound very impressive and fast when done correctly but really it’s nowhere near as difficult as it sounds! How to Tap (read more…)

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What is Anchoring, and Why is it Bad?

This is one of those subjects that you’re either highly knowledgeable in, or have no idea about. I would have put myself in the latter category until recently and although my own picking technique was good I noticed this problem occurring in the technique of others quite frequently. So I decided it was worthy of (read more…)

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