Emil Werstler Artist Series

Tackle advanced playing techniques and theory application with metal talent, Emil Werstler.

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Tackle advanced playing techniques and theory application with metal talent, Emil Werstler.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Interview Part 1

JamPlay is proud to introduce our newest instructor, Emil Werstler of Daath.

Length: 28:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 2

Techniques - Down Picking Endurance Exercises

In Emil's first lesson, he teaches his down picking technique using a riff from "Ovum," a song by his band Daath.

Length: 5:10 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Techniques - Bending and Vibrato

Emil teaches how to practice bending. He also demonstrates various vibrato techniques and explains how to incorporate them into your playing.

Length: 12:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Techniques - Wide Form Pentatonics

Emil shows you a different way to play the pentatonic scale by combining boxes and playing in groups of 4.

Length: 6:26 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Techniques - Switching Gears From Sweeping To Alternate Picking

Emil shows three example exercises that focus on sweeping up and descending alternate picking.

Length: 6:23 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Techniques - Economy Picking The Little Lamb (On Acid)

Emil shows exercise examples on 2 string licks that feature economy picking.

Length: 6:14 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Emil Werstler Interview Part Two: Daath

Emil Talks about his band Daath. Topics covered include the history of the band, the writing process, ozzfest, and more.

Length: 32:44 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Techniques - One String Soloing Concepts

Emil teaches one string, horizontal soloing concepts.

Length: 4:54 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Techniques - Pitch Axis

Emil teaches the concept of pitch axis.

Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

About Emil's PRS guitar

Emil sat down and gave us a little bit of history about his main guitar and also some of the specs.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Interview Part Three

Emil talks in depth about various topics including theory, goals and balance in your playing, getting out of a rut, his influences and more.

Length: 29:23 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Horizontal Lick Building Part One - Minor Idea

This minor idea lesson is the first part in the five part mini series on horizontal lick building.

Length: 4:58 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Horizontal Lick Building Part Two - Major Idea

Here is the second lesson in the mini series of lessons on horizontal lick building. Emil shows you the Major idea here.

Length: 4:53 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Horizontal Lick Building Part Three - Pentatonic Idea

In this lesson Emil shows you a horizontal pentatonic lick that you can cycle.

Length: 5:00 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Horizontal Lick Building Part Four - Dominant Idea

Emil Werstler shows the fourth lick in this mini series of lessons. This lick is dominant in quality.

Length: 5:03 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Horizontal Lick Building Part Five - Master Idea

In part five of the lick building series Emil puts all the ideas together to create this master example.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Style - Pentatonic Chromaticism

Emil shows you how he incorporates chromaticism into pentatonic licks which adds a unique twist.

Length: 9:30 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 18

Style - Diminished Chromaticism

Emil shows how he incorporates chromaticism into some diminished runs and licks which really makes for some exotic sounds.

Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Interview Part Four - Playing And Performance

Emil covers different topics related to playing and performance in this interview segment.

Length: 22:33 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 20

2010 Interview

Emil talks about what he accomplished in 2010 and his new batch of lessons.

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

The Importance Of Alternate Picking

Emil provides a lesson on alternate picking warm-up exercises.

Length: 16:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

Chord Scales

Emil talks in depth about the concept of "chord scales" and how they can be applied to a practical musical context.

Length: 15:39 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Jazz Up Your Pentatonics

Emil explains how the use the pentatonic scale without sounding "pentatonic" or bluesy.

Length: 16:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

What You Can Do With Triads

Emil takes an in depth look at triads.

Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

The Changes: Part One

In this lesson, Emil explains how arpeggios can be used within a solo to effectively outline the chord changes. He uses the 12 bar blues form as an example.

Length: 31:27 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

The Changes: Part Two

Emil continues to discuss how arpeggios can be used effectively within a solo.

Length: 12:08 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

More Wideform Pentatonics

Emil expounds upon his previous lesson on "wide form" pentatonic patterns and the licks that can be played within them.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 28

Convenient Chromaticism

Emil shows more ways to incorporate chromaticism into your playing.

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Alternative Chords For Metal Part 1 - Standard Tuning

Emil demonstrates some ways to bust out of the power chord rut with some creative voicings that work well with a high gain tone.

Length: 22:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Alternative Chords For Metal Part 2 - Drop D Tuning

Emil continues his teachings on alternate chords for metal with a look at drop tunings.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 31

Drop D Warmups

Emil covers his current warmups that he uses before he goes on stage with his band, Daath.

Length: 6:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

Minor Blues Concepts

Emil covers minor blues concepts.

Length: 14:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 33

Adding Style To Your Octaves

Emil shows how some of his favorite players use octaves in their own unique way.

Length: 9:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 34

Pickless Chord Comping

Emil demonstrates some fingerstyle comping techniques that can be applied to a 12 bar blues progression.

Length: 7:42 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 35

Emil-isms

Emil takes you through some techniques that he uses frequently in his style of playing.

Length: 24:36 Difficulty: 4.0 Free Sample Lesson from this Series!
Lesson 36

Percussive Muting Techniques

Emil shows some cool muting techniques that produce a unique percussive sound.

Length: 7:57 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 37

Rock & Roll Cliches That Need To Stop

Emil talks about what it takes to be a rock musician.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 38

Relearn Or Brush Up On Basic Harmony

Emil Werstler is back with a lesson on basic harmony. He explains why it is important for every guitar player to understand harmony and teaches basic chords as a foundation.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 39

The Harmonic Minor Scale

Emil explains some harmonic minor ideas that can spice up even then most generic sounding licks.

Length: 20:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 40

Warmups Pt. Deux

Emil covers his philosophy on warming up and provides some exercises that will get the job done.

Length: 15:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 41

Common Chord Progressions To Improvise Over

Emil shows you 3 common blues chord progressions. These progressions are the basis for his improvisation lessons coming up in the series.

Length: 6:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 42

Blending Dominant And Diminished

Emil shows you how to make diminished arpeggios sound more dominant. Doing this can make your playing sound less neo-classical and predictable.

Length: 11:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 43

How To Sound Like You Know What You Are Doing

Emil returns with a lesson on a topic he gets asked about frequently. He explains how to play over chord changes and target tones. Once you get a grasp of these concepts, you'll begin to sound like you know what you are doing when you solo over chord progressions.

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 44

Alternate Picking

Emil shows you five examples that will help you beef up your alternate picking. He uses the comparison of running ten miles every day to prepare yourself for a one mile jog. Applying this idea to your practicing will allow you to become more consistent and refined in your alternate picking...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 45

The Art of the Rest Stroke

Emil clarifies his take on economy picking and the art of the rest stroke.

Length: 16:05 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 46

Get Better at Music While Warming Up

Here is a lesson on how to not just get good at warmup exercises but getting better at playing music - while warming up.

Length: 15:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 47

Know Your Intervals

Emil covers the basic topic of intervals -- a topic that many guitarists overlook. Intervals are the building blocks of music, and in this lesson you'll learn how to identify them by sight as well as by ear.

Length: 16:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 48

Your Questions Answered

Emil answers top questions asked by his fans. Topics covered include: side-washing cabs, stage presence, practice, programming drums, 7-string guitar approach, incorrect playing, and more. Emil has become kind of known for his unapologizing opinion on all things guitar, and this video will...

Length: 20:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only