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Dave MacKenzie has been playing guitar for 30 of his 45 years on this earth. Starting back when he was 14 years old, Dave picked up the guitar and started to learn from his oldest brother, who had played some guitar as well. Dave was hooked, and couldn't learn fast enough! Everything from the Beatles, Chicago, Ted Nugent, The Eagles, you name it, Dave was trying to play it. (More)

David's Contributions to JamPlay.com

David MacKenzie has 48 videos at JamPlay, with 41 beginner lessons and 7 song lessons. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Basic Electric Guitar

In his Phase 1 series, David MacKenzie will walk you through the basics of rock guitar.

Lesson 1

About the Guitar

David discusses the parts of the guitar. He also gives you some basic techniques to get...

Length: 31:00
Lesson 2

Power Chords

In this lesson, David introduces basic power chords. Great fun for beginners!

Length: 10:12
Lesson 3

Basic Chord Progressions

David introduces some basic chords and chord progressions.

Length: 14:15
Lesson 4

Notes, Chords and Arpeggios

David provides a brief explanation of what notes, chords, power chords, and arpeggios...

Length: 8:12
Lesson 5

Speed and Coordination

This lesson is all about increasing your speed and coordination. David demonstrates basic...

Length: 14:12
Lesson 6

Chord Exercises

David MacKenzie presents a mysterious sounding chord exercise. This exerices is designed...

Length: 9:12
Lesson 7

Practice and Discipline

In this short lesson David talks about practice, discipline, and how you should apply...

Length: 6:00
Lesson 8

Double Stops

Double stops can bring new life to your rhythm and lead playing. David provides a short...

Length: 7:12
Lesson 9

The Major Chords

David covers the basic major chord shapes. Every guitarist must learn these basic chords.

Length: 18:29
Lesson 10

The Minor Chords

David MacKenzie walks you through the basic minor chords. Expand your knowledge of chords...

Length: 8:15
Lesson 11

Major Scales

Major scales are an essential component of all styles of music. They can also be used...

Length: 32:12
Lesson 12

Major Scale Jam

David MacKenzie explains how to practice the major scales along with a fun backing track.

Length: 11:10
Lesson 13

The Minor Scales

David MacKenzie proceeds to an in-depth discussion of the minor scales.

Length: 15:36
Lesson 14

Minor Scale Jam

David MacKenzie shows you how to play the natural minor scale over a rockin' JamTrack.

Length: 6:12
Lesson 15

One String Exercise

David demonstrates an excellent one-string exercise in this lesson. This exercise will...

Length: 16:48
Lesson 16

Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are techniques that enable you to play with a smooth, legato...

Length: 8:27
Lesson 17

Basic Bends

David MacKenzie gives a crash course on bending in this lesson. Bends can add a lot of...

Length: 16:12
Lesson 18

Cool Rock Licks

David MacKenzie teaches two rock licks inspired by Yngwie Malmsteen and Kirk Hammett of...

Length: 12:12
Lesson 19

Hammer-On Exercise

David returns to the world of hammer-ons with a fun new exercise. This lesson includes...

Length: 13:56
Lesson 20

Return to Pull-Offs

David returns to the world of pull-offs with a new exercise. This lesson includes a backing...

Length: 12:50
Lesson 21

Practicing Bends

David MacKenzie returns to bending technique in this lesson. This lesson features a backing...

Length: 12:18
Lesson 22

Basic Vibrato

Integrating vibrato into your guitar playing is a great way to add emotion and soul. ...

Length: 9:12
Lesson 23

Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie introduces the pentatonic scale.

Length: 5:48
Lesson 24

Minor Pentatonic Scale

David MacKenzie introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson.

Length: 4:38
Lesson 25

Full Major Scale

David MacKenzie explains a two octave pattern of the major scale.

Length: 11:31
Lesson 26

Full Minor Scale

David MacKenzie introduces a two octave natural minor scale pattern.

Length: 12:20
Lesson 27

Full Major Pentatonic...

David teaches a two octave pattern of the major pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:30
Lesson 28

Full Minor Pentatonic...

David MacKenzie teaches a two octave version of the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 9:20
Lesson 29

Cool Lick

David MacKenzie teaches several licks based on common arpeggio patterns. This lesson...

Length: 20:40
Lesson 30

Rhythm Basics

David MacKenzie introduces some important rhythm basics in this lesson. This lesson also...

Length: 14:55
Lesson 31

Power Chord Variations

David MacKenzie explains various power chord voicings. By simply moving a finger or two,...

Length: 18:43
Lesson 32

Cool Lick Exercise

David MacKenzie introduces some new amazing licks.

Length: 29:12
Lesson 33

Tapping Exercise

David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson...

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Lesson 34

Tapping Exercise #2

David MacKenzie teaches another amazing tapping exercise.

Length: 13:07
Lesson 35

Tapping #3: Adding...

The third tapping lesson elaborates on the previous lesson by adding open strings.

Length: 12:59
Lesson 36

Tapping #4: Diminished...

The fourth lesson in Dave's tapping series deals with a monster diminished lick.

Length: 11:02
Lesson 37

Tapping #5

In lesson five of his tapping mini-series, DMac provides backing tracks that you can tap...

Length: 8:04
Lesson 38

Tremolo Technique

In lesson 38, DMac demonstrates some tremolo techniques to add to your repertoire.

Length: 13:54
Lesson 39

Tapping #6

DMac returns to his tapping instruction with more advanced techniques.

Length: 19:54
Lesson 40

Chord Structures

In lesson 40, DMac teaches you how to play various D chords all the way up the neck.

Length: 9:20
Lesson 41

Octaves

In lesson 41, David discusses the octave and its uses while playing.

Length: 17:09