In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a solo version of Jingle Bells on acoustic guitar over a blues shuffle. In addition to learning how to play it note for note, I’ll break down the arrangement and explain my thought process so that you can implement these techniques and create your own […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to incorporate classic pedal steel licks into your leads by bending into harmonized 3rds. To make practicing these licks more fun, you’ll be learning a standalone composition (no jam track needed) to practice these licks. Sounds great all by itself.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a slow blues lead in the key of G (on electric guitar). This one is full of classic blues licks (Albert King, B.B. King, etc.) and will be played over a jam track that was written by Quist!
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn several dominant 7 triads in various positions that you can easily add to your blues rhythm or lead. You’ll learn how to connect these to basic chord shapes so that you can easily find them and play them over any chord / key.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to improvise chords and fill licks around a recognizable melody by playing the song “When The Saints Go Marching In”. This is also a standalone composition (no jam track needed) – and works on acoustic or electric guitar.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to improvise rhythm while in a minor key by playing through the minor chord progression triads and using notes from the minor pentatonic scale as fill licks.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a jump blues rhythm with chord substitutions and blues fill licks in the key of A. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to jazz up your blues, this would be a great lesson for you.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn a 2 step system of combining arpeggios and the major scale to create a melodic country lead. This lesson comes with tablature, MP3 jam tracks, and a PDF file that illustrates the 2 most common arpeggio shapes.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn a Dave Rawlings inspired acoustic lead that is played with a 2nd guitar on rhythm. Learn how to accompany another rhythm guitarist using a combination of dissonance and slow bluegrass licks. Here’s a Spotify playlist that I put together with 6 songs of Dave and Gillian on guitar […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll be playing in the key of the song (so no worrying about following chord changes). You’ll be playing everything out of 2 basic shapes (a triangle and a square) – and you’ll be going back and forth between major and minor pentatonic scales using those shapes. A fun and […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn a soulful blues lead, full of dynamics and phrasing ideas, all played over a jam track in A minor. We’ll be looking at both the pentatonic scales and targeting chord tones.
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a Gospel style blues rhythm with fill licks. This is a great working example of how the CAGED System works and is designed to help you visualize chords in different positions on the guitar neck. This is also a stand-alone composition that sounds great by […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you will learn how to play a slow and easy, melodic lead by visualizing chord shapes in different neck positions. This is a different way of thinking about playing lead, that relies less on scales, instead focusing on the chords themselves.
In this week’s guitar lesson, we’re going back to the pentatonic scales! You’ll learn how to combine both major and minor pentatonic scales to create a blues lead that you can play over the included Texas shuffle rhythm jam track. This one is super fun to play!
This is Part 2 (of 2) of a lesson series on Modes. In this lesson, you’ll learn what the modes are, what they sound like, how to find them, and how to use them when you play lead guitar. This lesson includes to examples (one major and one minor) along with tablature and MP3 jam […]
This is Part 1 of a 2 Part lesson series on modes. You’ll not only learn what modes are, but you’ll learn how to find them and use them when you play lead to create different moods. In this first part, we’ll start with the major scale and how to find it in 5 positions […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a slow, laid-back lead in the style of the great J.J. Cale. I’ll show you how everything starts with the minor pentatonic scale and how you can add 2 notes, converting it to D dorian mode. This one is easy to play from a technical […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to create a James Taylor inspired guitar composition. In addition to explaining how the chords are put together, I’ll also show you how to use this percussive fingerstyle technique which adds both bass and rhythm to your chords. You can use this technique both while singing and […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, we’ll continue our look at Secondary Dominant Chords (from last week, EP370), and add the minor 2 chord, so that we can now play a 2-5-1 chord combination for any of the chords in the chord family of the key we’re in. You’ll learn how all of this applies to […]
In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn what secondary dominant chords are and how they can be used when writing chord arrangements or when improvising lead. I’ll also show you how to easily identify them by connecting them to basic chord shapes that you already know.