Alternate Rhythm Parts – Jam Track in D

In this guitar lesson we’re going to look at some of the alternate rhythm parts used in the Jam Track in D Major I posted recently.  Here are the different parts we’re discussing:Start – Main rhythm part4:26 Lead riff over the 2-bar “A” build5:25 Fourths7:03 Alternate rhythm using the C9:25 Acoustic inverted thirds

Jam Track in D Major

Are you ready to solo with a fun jam track? This one is in D major.  If you’d like to learn how to play some of the rhythm parts in this track, checkout this lesson here. 

Slow Blues Jam Track in “A”

Sometimes I spend hours just jamming with jam tracks like this one. They’re such a good tool for developing your solo, I don’t know of anything quite as powerful. Having the chords on-screen is also very useful for developing your ability to target individual chords with your riffs on the fly, right in the middle

An Awesome Little Blues Lick

In today’s lesson we’re looking at one little blues guitar riff that you can literally use anywhere you want to. It’s a short lick, so you can fit it in between vocal lines if you want, or you could use it as part of your solos – anything you want.  The trickiest part of this guitar

Welcome to Nerdville

Here’s a fun half hour for all you gear lovers. Joe Bonamassa is not only one heck of a guitar player, he’s also quite the collector too. My favorite line: “Hi my name is Joe, and I’m a guitar addict. This is what happens when addiction coupled with a modicum of success in the music

How To Use A Guitar Tuner

A common question beginners often ask is “How to use a guitar tuner?” So I thought I would make a quick lesson here on how to use a digital guitar tuner to tune your guitar. Tuning your guitar is incredibly important. If the guitar isn’t in tune, you’re not going to want to play it,

Song Surgeon Review – Slow Down Music Easily!

Have you ever wanted to slow down music so you could actually figure out what was going on? Song Surgeon does exactly that for you – just like a surgeon, it allows you to slice and dice and manipulate any audio file in almost any way you want.4 Reasons Why You’d Want To Slow Down Music

How To Make a Simple Midi Jam Track in Logic Pro

The other day I found myself building a simple midi jam track so I could practice a particular 4-bar turnaround lick with it. I wanted something I could easily change the tempo on, because it was a complicated lick and despite learning it really slow, like around 50 beats per minute, ultimately my goal was

G-C-D: The 3 Greatest Guitar Chords (+20 Songs)

In the previous lesson we learned Em and Am, because those are probably among the easiest chords for a straight-up beginner guitar player to learn, however in this lesson we’re going to add three more: G, C, and D. These three chords are quite possibly the three best chords you’ll ever learn, simply because of the

7 Ways To Use Octaves In Your Solos

The octave is the most perfect musical harmony, because the second note is exactly the same as the first, only higher or lower in pitch. This means the two notes mesh perfectly together. This unique sound is one that deserves to be used in your playing, and the great news is that it isn’t super

Climbing with Thirds

In Secrets of Tasty Riffs & Solos, one of the tricks I taught was how to use two strings and climb up or down the fretboard in patterns of thirds. This is a great way to move between scale patterns, it sounds really cool and melodic, and it can quickly get you from one end of

1 Powerful Strum Pattern + Counting Rhythms

If chords are the bread, then strum patterns are the butter of a guitar player’s world. So far in our Level 1 series, we haven’t really learned any strum patterns beyond the most basic. Today, that starts to change. But first, let’s discuss rhythm. In 4/4 timing, we have four beats per measure, or per

First Bar Chords

Welcome to the first guitar lesson in our Level 2 series! Level 2 is for guitar players who definitely are not complete beginners… perhaps they have a few months of experience under their belt… or perhaps they’ve played for 20 years already, but regardless of how long they’ve played, they’re still in the overall “beginner”

Your First Guitar Lesson

Welcome to your very first guitar lesson! This is the first guitar lesson in our series for total beginners – if you’re on the email course list, you’ll be getting a lesson like this once a week. However, this lesson is 30 minutes, and most of the lessons you’ll be getting will actually be under

Tips For Learning How To Sing While Playing Guitar

Being able to play guitar and sing is one of the most coveted skills out there. Most popular artists do both, which means you’ll be more likely to gain popularity as a musician if you’re able to sing while playing the guitar simultaneously. Teaching yourself to sing with a guitar can be difficult, but thankfully

The Three-Note Super Weapon Riff

There’s one particular riff I taught in my Secrets of Tasty Riffs & Solos course that I half-jokingly call my super weapon riff (maybe that’s a little over the top). You might laugh that I call it that, because honestly, it’s only a few notes. It’s not some machine gun blazing glory riff, not by

The Foundation For Awesome Guitar Solos

Recently I released my Secrets of Tasty Riffs & Solos course (which guitar players seem to be really loving, by the way). It focuses very deeply on using thirds in solos – both in double stops and single note lines. A lot of folks recognized that the course was a little over their heads, but

Rhythm Players: How to take it to the next level

I was talking to a friend just the other day about his guitar playing, and he was asking me what it would take to start getting beyond just playing rhythm. He’s played chords for years, and is a fairly solid strummer, but he’s got the itch to start adding a bit more spice to his

How to Run Up the Fretboard In A Single Lick

Ever wanted to find a way to zip all the way up (or down) the fretboard and make it look like you really mean business with that thing? There are a lot of different ways to do that, but in today’s video, we’ll look at one in particular works off of thirds. It’s kind of

All my favorite songs – without using blasted sheet music!

Well I’ve got one with a twist for you today… check this out: I wanted to let you know that Unlocking I-IV-V was like finding the Holy Grail of Music Theory! I have always played guitar but I always wanted to learn how to play the piano. Like so many, I looked at hundreds of