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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Crazy Scales: The Lydian Mode

Guitar Scales The following post talks about scales. If you really want to learn every major, minor and pentatonic scale for guitar (along with the chord-tone arpeggios), you’ll want to get my new ebook ‘Advanced Guitar Basics: Scales and Arpeggios’ (click the link for more!). Another one of my favourite … Continue reading