Techniques - Down Picking Endurance Exercises (Guitar Lesson)


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Emil Werstler

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.

Taught by Emil Werstler in Emil Werstler Artist Series seriesLength: 5:10Difficulty: 5.0 of 5


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SodaPopSodaPop replied on June 26th, 2014

giving it a go

MSbluesmanMSbluesman replied on April 30th, 2013

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blackgretschblackgretsch replied on December 6th, 2013

Good lesson, top notch

MSbluesmanMSbluesman replied on April 30th, 2013

i love this slow down lesson i think

MSbluesmanMSbluesman replied on April 30th, 2013

this is a awsome lesson

0427owen0427owen replied on July 29th, 2010

ive tabbed the supplemental content in guitar pro if anyone wants it http://www.mediafire.com/?ib1jgudyzz14bn7 I find it easier if i can see and hear whilst i learn than just looking at the sheet music.

francricfrancric replied on May 27th, 2010

Think the background is fine. Is there anyway to find out what kind of pups Emil has in that PRS?

tonyabasitonyabasi replied on June 15th, 2010

look up his schedule on jamchat and ask him.

kevinpickellkevinpickell replied on October 31st, 2009

Is the wierd background really necessary? We are trying to be serious here and take a lesson. It's kinda distracting from what is really important. I appreciate good editing....but this isn't a feature film...its a guitar lesson.

f3l18ipsk8ermf3l18ipsk8erm replied on November 19th, 2009

the background kicks ass and its really not that distracting...

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on November 1st, 2009

Kevin, I edit some of the videos for JamPlay and I edited this series. I am very sorry that you are finding the artwork distracting and that was not my intention. This is Emil Werstlers "Artist" series and so I thought it would be cool to do something a little extra. It might have been a little over the top for JamPlay and again I apologize for that. On a related note: There won't be any more weird backgrounds from me personally after this lesson series. I promise!

viterviter replied on January 30th, 2010

please keep the nice background if you edit more videos! It's awesome

kevinpickellkevinpickell replied on November 2nd, 2009

Actually I thought it was pretty kool....just not once the actual lesson started. Again I appreciate good editing and you are obviously very talented at it. Keep up the good work because jamplay rocks!

bijanbwbbijanbwb replied on December 23rd, 2009

I've been playing Master of Puppets for years and this whole downpicking thing is still pretty tough. I'm just going to start hanging myself upside down and playing all upstrokes.

fretweaselfretweasel replied on November 21st, 2009

Really challenging exercise... at least for me. Thanks Emil, really well done. Great background too! =D

ctozzictozzi replied on October 17th, 2009

i love this bands music, but not the vocals. great lesson ^^

tangohuntertangohunter replied on October 16th, 2009

How did such a well spoken, mild mannered, talented guitar player..get stuck in such a crappy band? :) Emil, great lesson..but you're going to ruin the "image" of players in your genre.

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on October 16th, 2009

Daayyum bashing much? aha

tangohuntertangohunter replied on October 16th, 2009

I'm just kidding and I hope Emil knows that..awesome lessons.

gorbaggorbag replied on October 15th, 2009

man and i thought i had the endurance already... this one showed me wrong! thanks Emil

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on October 14th, 2009

Oh maybe, I'm pumped for more. Welcome Emil.

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on October 15th, 2009

Woops, I accidentally typed maybe in there and it makes no sense. my bad

navjeenavjee replied on October 14th, 2009

I really enjoy this excercise, Welcome to Jamplay Emil

J.artmanJ.artman replied on October 14th, 2009

Nice exercise. Welcome to Jamplay Emil!

Emil Werstler Artist Series

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Lesson 1

Interview Part 1

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

Length: 28:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 8

Techniques - One String Soloing Concepts

Emil teaches one string, horizontal soloing concepts.

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

Techniques - Pitch Axis

Emil teaches the concept of pitch axis.

Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 21

The Importance Of Alternate Picking

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

Length: 16:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 24

What You Can Do With Triads

Emil takes an in depth look at triads.

Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 28

Convenient Chromaticism

Emil shows more ways to incorporate chromaticism into your playing.

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 32

Minor Blues Concepts

Emil covers minor blues concepts.

Length: 14:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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
Lesson 36

Percussive Muting Techniques

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

Length: 7:57 Difficulty: 4.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 18:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 16:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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...

Length: 20:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Emil Werstler View Full Biography Atlanta based guitarist Emil Werstler is a force to be reckoned with. He is the lead guitarist of the band DAATH (Roadrunner Records / Century Media) and has made a serious name for himself in the guitar world in a very short time. Performing worldwide with his main project DAATH on notable tours such as Ozzfest and along side well established acts such as Unearth, Devil Driver, Dark Funeral, and Job For A Cowboy, Emil continues to gain strength and credibility as one of the most sought after guitarist's in his genre to date.

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