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Emil Werstler

Rock & Roll Cliches That Need To Stop

Emil talks about what it takes to be a rock musician. He is mainly talking to musicians in touring bands or if you want to get to that level.

Taught by Emil Werstler in Emil Werstler Artist Series seriesLength: 30:00Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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marshallbfmvmarshallbfmv replied on May 24th, 2013

This is the most perfect thing that makes a lot of sense. Thanks Emil.

vern49vern49 replied on January 13th, 2013

that is one well thought out list Emil Thanks, I needed the refresher

GuitarOrbGuitarOrb replied on August 7th, 2012

This is a really good lesson. Thanks Emil.

fantomasxdfantomasxd replied on April 19th, 2012

What a great bloke. Love your work Emil.

dahndahn replied on September 22nd, 2011

More stuff like this! Great!

ronaldwronaldw replied on June 5th, 2011

If I ever make it into a band, I'll be sure to keep this in mind ! You forgot to put up the tabs for this one though :P!

vkailvkail replied on April 15th, 2011

this is deffinitly something that any musician should watch.

Nick.GreathouseNick.Greathouse replied on April 14th, 2011

This is as real as it gets.

meganmegan replied on April 13th, 2011

if only everyone were so lucky - Canadian musicians seem to have to go elsewhere (US, Europe) if they want to 'do business' and make money

tangohuntertangohunter replied on April 13th, 2011

I have to WORK for a living? Woo, hold on.. I voted for Obama!

adrianunoadrianuno replied on April 12th, 2011

Love this

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on April 12th, 2011

i agree totally with dennis hodges and everything emil said in this video!! love this video!

endzietendziet replied on April 12th, 2011

You helped me realise stuff i was aware of unconsiously, thanks for pointing it out. Your straight forward and righteous.

plexiplexi replied on April 12th, 2011

i love scene 8..LOL

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on April 12th, 2011

Good stuff Emil - particularly about recording. I'm pretty sure no one who thinks it's funny, or no big deal to pirate music has gone through the work and expense to produce a recording project themselves.

krazyfngazkrazyfngaz replied on April 12th, 2011

You should double as a social worker on the side. Good Stuff

chodypthchodypth replied on April 12th, 2011

Great video.

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on April 12th, 2011

Emil keepin it real. Should be required viewing for every Jamplay member.

darkailerondarkaileron replied on April 12th, 2011

I'd like to see more videos like these, being a guitarist certainly expands past just playing the music. I must say that after the other day's live chat and this video, I've acquired great respect for you, Emil!

nate_thegreatnate_thegreat replied on April 12th, 2011

I've thought I've sucked since I started playing....but it's more that I'm always had players better than me. I can do a cover of a Santana solo, and then listen and be like "damn it, what a thin tone and I can't sustain the bends like on the record". I'll probably never be completely happy with my playing. I don't think it's a bad thing but I think perfectionism can be a bad thing when you've got an hour to record and are paying big bucks to do so and keep having to redo a solo because it isn't up to your standards.

dvick1979dvick1979 replied on April 12th, 2011

nice man

caliban4caliban4 replied on April 12th, 2011

Everyone, regardless of any performing ambition, should have a look at this lesson in its entirety. Dispels the myths with a straight up no nonense approach straight from an experienced performer.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on April 12th, 2011

this may be one of the best videos on here.

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on April 12th, 2011

Informative and entertaining as always. You don't miss. ;-)

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.

Recent projects Emil has been featured on, include Austrian Death Machine and guest solo's on "Guitars That Ate My Brain", a 2009 release from Magna Carta Records as well as Arsis's album United in Regret. In addition, Emil was one of the few featured artist's asked to perform at the Experience PRS 2008, a great feat for a guitarist in his scene.

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