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Now that David has explained a few common chord shapes, he will go back and explain what notes, chords, power chords, and arpeggios are.
Taught by David MacKenzie in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 8:12Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
In his Phase 1 series, David MacKenzie will walk you through the basics of rock guitar.
David discusses the parts of the guitar. He also gives you some basic techniques to get you started.Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
In this lesson, David introduces basic power chords. Great fun for beginners!Length: 10:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
David introduces some basic chords and chord progressions.Length: 14:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
David provides a brief explanation of what notes, chords, power chords, and arpeggios are.Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
This lesson is all about increasing your speed and coordination. David demonstrates basic picking exercises.Length: 14:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
David MacKenzie presents a mysterious sounding chord exercise. This exerices is designed to improve right hand technique.Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In this short lesson David talks about practice, discipline, and how you should apply yourself when learning and mastering the guitar.Length: 6:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Double stops can bring new life to your rhythm and lead playing. David provides a short tutorial on what double stops are and how they can be used.Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David covers the basic major chord shapes. Every guitarist must learn these basic chords.Length: 18:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie walks you through the basic minor chords. Expand your knowledge of chords with this fun-filled lesson.Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Major scales are an essential component of all styles of music. They can also be used as a great way to orient yourself with the fretboard.Length: 32:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie explains how to practice the major scales along with a fun backing track.Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David MacKenzie proceeds to an in-depth discussion of the minor scales.Length: 15:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie shows you how to play the natural minor scale over a rockin' JamTrack.Length: 6:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David demonstrates an excellent one-string exercise in this lesson. This exercise will improve your dexterity and knowledge of the fretboard.Length: 16:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Hammer-ons and pull-offs are techniques that enable you to play with a smooth, legato feel.Length: 8:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie gives a crash course on bending in this lesson. Bends can add a lot of soul to your playing.Length: 16:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie teaches two rock licks inspired by Yngwie Malmsteen and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.Length: 12:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David returns to the world of hammer-ons with a fun new exercise. This lesson includes a JamTrack.Length: 13:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David returns to the world of pull-offs with a new exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.Length: 12:50 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie returns to bending technique in this lesson. This lesson features a backing track that is designed for bending practice.Length: 12:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Integrating vibrato into your guitar playing is a great way to add emotion and soul. David MacKenzie explains the basics of vibrato in this lesson.Length: 9:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie introduces the pentatonic scale.Length: 5:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson.Length: 4:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie explains a two octave pattern of the major scale.Length: 11:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David MacKenzie introduces a two octave natural minor scale pattern.Length: 12:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David teaches a two octave pattern of the major pentatonic scale.Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie teaches a two octave version of the minor pentatonic scale.Length: 9:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie teaches several licks based on common arpeggio patterns. This lesson also includes a backing track to jam with.Length: 20:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David MacKenzie introduces some important rhythm basics in this lesson. This lesson also includes a backing track exercise.Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie explains various power chord voicings. By simply moving a finger or two, new power chords can be formed.Length: 18:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
David MacKenzie introduces some new amazing licks.Length: 29:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.Length: 22:44 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
David MacKenzie teaches another amazing tapping exercise.Length: 13:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The third tapping lesson elaborates on the previous lesson by adding open strings.Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The fourth lesson in Dave's tapping series deals with a monster diminished lick.Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson five of his tapping mini-series, DMac provides backing tracks that you can tap over.Length: 8:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In lesson 38, DMac demonstrates some tremolo techniques to add to your repertoire.Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DMac returns to his tapping instruction with more advanced techniques.Length: 19:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 40, DMac teaches you how to play various D chords all the way up the neck.Length: 9:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In lesson 41, David discusses the octave and its uses while playing.Length: 17:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
About David MacKenzie
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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.
Then as with a lot of players out there, Eddie Van Halen came along and changed the way guitar was played! Dave has been influenced by anyone he has heard play guitar, literally! Always keeping an open mind and a humbleness about him has helped him to keep learning new things on, and about the guitar.
Dave has mostly played in top 40 rock, country, and pop bands. He is most recently playing guitar and keyboards in a 80's metal band called Open Fire. They have opened for Warrant, Firehouse, Winger, and LA Guns within the 3 and a half years they have been together, and are now jumping into original music.
Dave believes you should have internal motivation, and passion to play guitar, and most definitely, it should be fun!
As with his playing, Dave will find new ways to show you how to get the most out of your time learning guitar!
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