Extended Range Mastery

An exclusive, in-depth study of virtuosity on extended range guitars that will challenge and inspire guitarists of all backgrounds. Sarah Longfield teaches rhythm, soloing techniques and musicianship that helped her to build a career doing what she loves.

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This course will break down Sarah’s unique tapping style, composition techniques and use of the guitar part by part. It will inspire you to introduce new shapes, rhythms, and finger independence into your playing and compositions. If you’re looking to overcome challenges with speed or dexterity, this course will give you the tools you need to break through that wall and open yourself up to a whole new way of approaching guitar. You will learn how to get a punchy percussive tone out of your fingers when tapping, how to build patterns and chords, what to do when alternating between tapping and using a pick, and more! Players will also get a breakdown (for the first time ever) of some of Sarah’s original work. A JamPlay exclusive!

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Sarah gives you a quick rundown of what to expect from her new course.

Length: 3:21 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Basic Tapping Exercize

Sarah shows us a tapping warm up exercise that builds in complexity.

Length: 5:06 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Building Tapping Patterns

Sarah shows a tapping exercise that centers on a complex rhythmic motif.

Length: 2:06 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Tapping Chords

Sarah builds on the rhythm from the previous lesson, this time applying it to chords.

Length: 3:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

How to Stash Your Pick

Sarah shows how she stashes her pick for tapping so that she is able to switch back and forth at any time.

Length: 2:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Legato Tapping Run

Sarah teaches a legato tapping exercise in four parts that takes you up and down the neck of the guitar.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

7-String Tapping

Sarah teaches a 2 pattern motif that starts on the 5th fret of the low b string and ascends to the 12th fret of the high e string. Utilizing string skipping extensively, this piece is a little more challening. Sarah breaks it down note for note and at slow speeds.

Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Odd-count Fingerpicking

In this lesson, Sarah teaches the odd-count fingerpicking patterns that are prevalent in her body of work. She details 3 of her favorite patterns and teaches them using a fun chord progression. While challenging, these fingerpicking patterns are integral to the rest of the course.

Length: 3:45 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Paradiddle Tapping

Mixing drumming rudiments and tapped guitar playing, Sarah shows how to take rhythm playing to new heights. First, she teaches the rhythmic concepts and then how to sync both hands for some real guitar gymnastics. While complex, she breaks everything down to individual components to make learning...

Length: 3:47 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Extended Range Tapping with Bass Lines and Chords

Drawing on the same techniques discussed in the previous lesson, Sarah takes a look at tapping while playing bass lines and chords simultaneously. This is a 7 string lesson, but it can be adapted to 6 string if you move the shapes around.

Length: 3:07 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Advanced Tapped Arpeggios

In this lesson, Sarah shows advanced tapped arpeggio techniques that are challenging for her to play. These are meant to be used as a warmup as well as technical tapping practice. Be forewarned, these are not for the faint of heart and will take time to get under the fingers.

Length: 3:44 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Legato Tapping Run #2

Sequenced legato tapping runs can be played very quickly, but they tend to sound predictable. So in this lesson, Sarah explains how to use the same concepts from the previous lesson sans the patterns. This is great for expansive solo playing.

Length: 3:40 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Extended Range Tapping

Sarah likes to take full advantage of the extended range that 7 and 8 stringed guitars provide. Her compositions regularly feature simultaneous bass line, chords and melody playing on one guitar. In this lesson, she explains how to work systematically to achieve this sound.

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

First Flight Excerpt #1

A slightly more advanced musical piece, Sarah teaches this excerpt to further solidify polyrhythmic tapping techniques. Learn this fun and challenging solo lick by lick while developing percussive dynamics and tapping chops.

Length: 5:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Tydes

Applying what has been learned so far, Sarah uses an excerpt from her song "Tydes". Using only 2 fingers on each hand, this is a fun and simple way to practice the concepts so far in the course. The concepts in this piece are integral to exploring the fretboard in new ways.

Length: 4:31 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Autumn Air

Sarah teaches a 2 pattern motif that starts on the 5th fret of the low b string and ascends to the 12th fret of the high e string. Utilizing string skipping extensively, this piece is a little more challenging. Sarah breaks it down note for note and at slow speeds.

Length: 5:09 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Sweep Tapping

This lesson uses one of Sarah's favorite 5-string minor sweep arpeggios. Using 16th note triplets and tapping, this is fun to play yet challenging. Sarah assumes the student has a basic understanding of sweep picking. If not, there are many great lessons on the topic in the member's area.

Length: 3:28 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Sweep Picking Cleanup

In this lesson, Sarah teaches how to clean up sweep picking technique. This will help those who are just starting out all the way up to advanced players. Using 3 to 6 string sweeps, she teaches how to practice using only the strumming hand. Once clean sweeping is achieved, the student learns...

Length: 6:37 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Creativity Boosting Tunings

Alternate tunings on a 7 or 8 string guitar can dramatically alter the tonal possibilites. In this lesson, Sarah explains how to creatively tune extended range guitars to get beyond overused chord shapes. She also explains her favorite tunings and corresponding chord shapes.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Quiescent Intro Lesson

Learn the 16th note intro to Sarah's song "Quiescent." The open C tuning and 110 bpm tempo make this a great way to explore tapping melodies. She teaches how to lead with the tapping hand while filling space with the fretting hand.

Length: 3:56 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Chords in Open Tuning

Building on the concepts of the last lesson, Sarah shows how to use open tuning chords to full effect. She uses backing tracks, at multiple tempos, to illustrate. She also teaches how to master the chords that have tricky fingerings.

Length: 3:42 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Finger Tone

The importance of good finger tone for tapping cannot be overstated. Sarah teaches how to get a pleasant percussive sound without the need to use a compressor. This gives the player much more control over the dynamics of the sound.

Length: 4:19 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

On Self Recording

Sarah believes that recording one's self is a great way to improve. Recording allows the student to listen back and hear mistakes clearly. She explains the best way to do this and the techniques she recommends all students start with.

Length: 4:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Overcoming Technique Obstacles

Getting stuck and hitting plateaus is part of the process of improving at guitar playing. In this lesson, Sarah explains the mindset needed to overcome obstacles and she reveals her go-to tricks to break out of ruts. This is a can't-miss lesson for any guitar player.

Length: 2:51 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

First Flight Intro

Learn the tapped intro to Sarah's song "First Flight". One of her favorite tapping parts, this one jumps around the fretboard and has a bouncy, fun feel. Quite fast at 140bpm, Sarah breaks it into sections and provides multiple tempos to learn and practice with.

Length: 4:10 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

Ambient Fingerpicking

This ambient fingerpicking lick makes use of both multiple simultaneous notes and individual notes to give it a haunting sound. This is useful as an exercise to improve your dexterity with both hands, as well as familiarize yourself with unusual chord changes.

Length: 5:42 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Return to Ambient Fingerpickinog

Sarah returns with another ambient fingerpicking piece. This features chords that flow and meld into one another creating an almost other-worldly ambient sound. This exercise will improve your dexterity, accuracy and open up alternate musical realities.

Length: 3:05 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Brutal Fast Tapping Lick

The tense and aggressive feel of this lick stems from the fact that it was born during a period of frustration and intense musical writer's block. Learn the lick that helped Sarah break out of her creative drought.

Length: 2:57 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 29

Ruthless Metal Lick

Sarah Longfield introduces a fast metal lick. This lick is one of her favorites for good reason, it uses all the strings, moves all over the fretboard and offers the flexibility to transition between tapping and picking. Whether you want to use this lick as a ruthless practice tool, or modify...

Length: 4:22 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

The Multi-Instrumentalist

Sarah attributes her unique sound to the fact that she is a multi-instrumentalist. Her rhythmic tapping technique was born from her love of piano and the drums. In this lesson, she explains how learning other instruments will expand your guitar playing.

Length: 3:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
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