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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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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Shred 101: Using a Metronome

I’ve always said that using a metronome is important if you want to develop your guitar playing speed. However, there is a huge counter-argument that claims that metronomes are unmusical at best. I think that what’s really happening, is that most people don’t understand metronomes. Yes, it is an unmusical, unfeeling, machine…but at the same (read more…)

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A Dorian Tapping Lick

This week on ‘Learn a Lick’ we’re doing some two-handed tapping ideas in the A dorian mode. I say the ‘A dorian mode’, because that’s a scale that all of these notes happen to be in. What’s really happening is: I’m playing one shape that I’m moving across the strings. So, in practice we’re tapping (read more…)

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ESP LTD KH-330 Kirk Hammett Review

Today we’re reviewing the ESP LTD KH-330 Kirk Hammett signature guitar, which is one of the many Kirk Hammett signature guitars available. The KH-330 is a medium priced, affordable guitar. There is also the KH-602 which features an alder body, neck through body design, and EMG 81 (bridge) and EMG 60 (neck) pickups, but that (read more…)

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JP60-PRB John Petrucci Signature Review

The JP60-PRB John Petrucci Signature model is a very beautiful guitar. The picture on this page is the ‘pearl red burst’ version, but it’s also available in sterling silver or metallic black. It features a basswood body, a 24 jumbo-fret maple neck, 2 high output humbucker pickups, and an SMBB designed modern trem bridge. Although (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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