Improvisation (Guitar Lesson)

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Andy James


Andy explains that he doesn't rely on theory but rather on shapes and patterns to improvise in one key. We had Andy improvise over one of the JamPlay backing tracks to illustrate his methods.

Taught by Andy James in Andy James Artist Series seriesLength: 9:00Difficulty: 3.5 of 5

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Good shit. I'll never be able to understand guitar lessons as long as there is all of this jargon that I need to understand like b minor flat 5 and all this crap. I understand shapes and the sound by ear, that's it, the rest is like mathematics, I just... don't.. get it.

Andy James Artist Series

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Lesson 1

Shred Alternate Picking Technique

Virtuoso Andy James sheds new light on the alternate picking technique and how to practice effectively.

Length: 16:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

String Skipping Arpeggios

Andy shows you how to play various arpeggio examples by using the string skipping technique to allow for a cleaner sound.

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Hybrid Picking

Andy James shows how he uses hybrid picking and includes various examples to practice.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 4


Andy James shows various 3 and 5 string arpeggio sweep picking examples. He covers the major, minor, and diminished shapes.

Length: 11:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 5


Andy explains that he doesn't rely on theory but rather on shapes and patterns to improvise in one key. We had Andy improvise over one of the JamPlay backing tracks to illustrate his methods.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Interview: Andy James

Get an in-depth look into the mind of virtuoso guitarist Andy James. Learn about Andy's early beginnings all the way up to what he is working on currently.

Length: 31:26 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE

About Andy James View Full Biography Guitarist Andy James is widely regarded as the best breakthrough guitarist in the UK with a developed fan base of his own. He has released four solo albums called Machine, In the Wake of Chaos, Kaos 7, and self titled Andy James. Andy has specialised in teaching lead techniques for Heavy Rock and Metal. He has also taught guitarists around the world through his successful range of tuition DVDs with the Guitar Community.

He is highly influenced by the likes of Andy Timmons, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert and Adam Dutkiewicz. He has full endorsement with ESP Guitars, Laney Amplification and EMG, Inc.

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