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Lisa Pursell

Introduction to Series

JamPlay is proud to welcome Lisa Pursell to the teaching roster! Lisa introduces herself and her rock / blues background in this lesson. She also explains how she will bring a new perspective to our Beginner Electric Guitar series. Whether you are just starting or want to learn some new electric guitar tricks, Lisa is sure to take you where you want to go.

Taught by Lisa Pursell in Basic Electric with Lisa seriesLength: 12:37Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

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Great Lessons Lisa! You Rock!

cpaul73cpaul73 replied

enjoyed it....although going from G to C was tough and not clean

poolie727poolie727 replied

Totally gotta go try out that G chord.

RoseannRoseann replied

Love the G chord you introduced. Certainly saves time. I couldn't quite see where all your fingers were placed. Where can I find a chart with it? I'm newly joined up and this is my first lesson, I'm very impressed

guitarhero@666[email protected] replied

Great teacher! Look forward to watching and learning from all your videos!! Thanks!!!

pete1950pete1950 replied

wen do I get my ferst lesson

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

You rock kid!

grburgessgrburgess replied

OK, I live for just being able to play what Lisa played in the opening video.

Clem-ent-eClem-ent-e replied

Lisa, tu lleves una frescura al salon de chateo. You bring a freshness into the chat room. Clemente

dbrydiedbrydie replied

Hi Lisa, I have been learning classical guitar for about a year but just got an electric for Christmas. I realize that even though a nylon string and a electric steel string are both guitars, they are totally different animals. I want to learn both. I appreciate the classical music of Bach, Sor, and Guliani - the soulful rock solos of Prince and the Revolution, Kravitz, Sting, and , and the Blues of Muddy Waters and B.B. King. Did I mention Guns and Roses and Hendrix? :-) I appreciated your into and demonstration of your playing....If I can play half as good as you I will be eternally rewarded. Hope I can keep up. Glad to have you!

fatsofatso replied

I am a beginner ,this is not aimed at the likes of me.

ColoradoMacColoradoMac replied

Hi Lisa, new member to JamPlay, but I do have some playing experience. I would consider myself an advanced beginner, or maybe an early intermediate? I learned to play back in the 1980s, but have been away from the guitar for a long time. Things are slowly coming back to me! I already can strum, play chords, know the notes, some scales, etc. Where should I jump into your series? Looking forward to working with you!

stratrat8758stratrat8758 replied

Looking forward to starting lessons with you. I't seems in the intros that what and how you teach will be just where I wanted. Thank you in advance.

kimisabaykimisabay replied

Dear Teacher Lisa, greeting from Singapore!

OssewaOssewa replied

It all looks cool but for total newby this look bit overwhelming - I hope the lessons slow down a bit more e.g. how to hold the guitar and pic etc.

jl1myersjl1myers replied

Hello Lisa, Thanks for getting me started in the right way. I need to focus on what I truly want to do which is to play blues music.

larry1969larry1969 replied

Hey Lisa. I am going to enjoy taking lessons from you. I hope to increase my playing ability. Are you familiar with the Line 6 Spider jam amplifier? I bought the amp last year to pair up with MIM Strat. Problem is figuring out how to work the damn thing. My guitar playing friends love the guitar and find it funny that a player of my level (pathetic) has such a great amp. One of em said that me having the Spider Jam is like giving a blind person a Frerrari. What I am asking is this, is there a website that you're aware of that provides tutorials on how to properly use the Line 6 Spider Jam? Again, I am excited to be taking lessons from you.

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied

Bah Humbug, Boring lessons. I bet she's a professor of music or somthing like that.

flippa1856flippa1856 replied

Hi Lisa. I have been playing for about 3years taking lessons from a great instructor (who I am still seeing...this is a supplement). But I wanted to share that even in the first lesson I learned something new. The way you showed fingering the G vs. "standard" fingering to ease transition into the C was really neat! I just signed up for JamPlay an hour ago and you just made it worth it! So glad I decided to do this!

audiovine caudiovine c replied

Thank you for your patient and connective teaching :) New member, Great website!

marblebugmarblebug replied

I love Stevie Ray Vaughan. Very excited about picking the guitar after 25 years of not playing.

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sagibbssagibbs replied

Lisa, I'm looking forward to finally making a commitment to realizing a life dream. I'm excited.

moserjmoserj replied

I like your down to earth approach

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moserjmoserj replied

I like like your down to earth approach. Thanks

cporantescporantes replied

Hello Lisa, I like your style of teaching. I begin your learning set today. I am a total newby now but hope to play like you one day.

pjl2122pjl2122 replied

Hello Lisa you are very good ,but For us beginners you re moving way to fast . I am still trying to pick. Cord and get my left hand to respond My ring finger, and pinkie are low to respond thank you,Paul.

bwlyonbwlyon replied

New to this, and glad to have found this site and all the learning opportunities that are available. Welcome, Lisa!

stringbean1stringbean1 replied

Hi Lisa. I have been trying to teach myself to play for about 3 years but still get lost as to why things work the way they do on the guitar. So here I am. I look forward to learning to play correctly from you because my way is not working. Joining JamPlay was the best Christmas gift I ever gave myself.

alizesafarializesafari replied

Look forward to working with you Lisa! I am a singer/songwriter!

rodjcliftonrodjclifton replied

I started a week ago. My biggest problem is some of my fingers mute unintended strings. I can't seem to get my hand either around far enough, or something. I don't think my hand or fingers are too big, but who knows.

billyobillyo replied

Hey Lisa, I used to take guitar lessons from you in the early 90's at your home in LA (I believe it was very close to the Disney film lot). You were a great teacher and I regretted not being able to study with you longer than I did. Well, it looks like now I have that chance...looking forward to it. Regards, Billy Orrico

mrmark50mrmark50 replied

Hi Lisa, I started guitar lessons some 35 years ago by taking a class in High School but definitly didn't learn the style or material that interested me at that time. When I heard some of the things you played during your introduction I am very confident I can pick up stuff I want to play. I've played Bass Guitar in cover bands for the last 25 years and love the instrument but now I want to improve my guitar playing to bring up to par with the Bass. Looking forward to working with you. Mark

brownjlbrownjl replied

Hi Lisa - I have played most of my life but want to get back to basics - learn music - have chosen your phase 1 to study - do you do any phase 2 lessons?

sstone512sstone512 replied

I've been a member at Jamplay for a few months now and enjoying the lessons. I think all of the instructors are good but really do appreciate Lisa's style of teaching. I've been struggling with transition between G chord and C mainly due to the way I was showed elsewhere. The way you showed is a LOT easier to play and to transistion from one chord to another. Unfortunately my muscle memory on the G will take a while to change but it will be worth it.

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Hi to all of you, and Lisa. I'm fairly new to this game. Got a few chords under my belt, and a few intros, not necessarily played at the right tempo!!! Transitions are still a problem, well some of them. My real worry is the flexibility of my fretting hand. Cannot spread my my second and third fingers very far apart when my hand is curled around the neck. So i have to adapt sometimes. I have to say, Lisa, that I'm rather jealous of the apparent length of your fingers! They seem to be twice as long as mine (at least), so I am sure I will have some difficulty on some of the neck stretches that you will make look so easy. Ah well here for the challenge, so lets go and try our best. Have fun. Glyn.

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jay tongjay tong replied

Hi Lisa, I'm fresh on Guitar, so hope you don't mind I probably got a lot of questions to ask, and I like the way you teaching, anyway I'm really happy to found my Guitar Teacher eventually.

pharmrjohnpharmrjohn replied

Well.....Here we go. Starting from scratch here. Never considered the concept of Internet guitar lessons. This may be a very, very good thing. Nice intro. I like your style. Thank you in advance.

jay tongjay tong replied

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jay tongjay tong replied

Hi Lisa, I'm fresh on Guitar, so hope you don't mind I probably got a lot of questions to ask, and I like the way you teaching, anyway I'm really happy to found my Guitar Teacher eventually.

powelln09powelln09 replied

Anyone know what kind of guitar she's playing?

francricfrancric replied

A Suhr.........

madmac55madmac55 replied

I have been playing guitar for a few years trying to learn on my own,but I know I missed a lot along the way,so here I am, just starting my first lesson.

GondekGondek replied

Great intro...I'm trying to clean up my playing style. Thanks.

ethelbellethelbell replied

Hi Lisa....look forward to your lessons. I'm very new to the guitar. Had an accoustic which now I can't play because of poor finger strength due to carpel tunnel surgery on both hands. I was stuck and frustrated about changing chords....couldn't do it fast enough so I gave it up. The guitar just kept calling me so I bought a used electric and I'm gonna nail it this time. Liked your intro and your tip on using different fingers so you have the least amount of movement.

onastaonasta replied

Hi Lisa, I'm starting on electric guitar but don't know even how to put the strings yet. By the way, great intro, thanks for that.

harleysoftailharleysoftail replied

Hi Lisa, i'm new here. Can't wait to learn more from you, starting from zero. you're just great! ;-)

ch005703ch005703 replied

Hello Lisa, wow you are so a great guitar player, I think you are a great enrichment for jamplay and for all guitar beginners. Your plays motivate me to learn this beautiful instrument. You play your guitar which so much soul.

bencoldbencold replied

Excellent intro. Lisa, I'm an old retired dog,...looking forward learning new tricks.

rkobyrkoby replied

Good intro. Just singed up on JamPlay and have to start someplace. You seem like a good place to start. :).

sigisheresigishere replied

awesome teacher!!!

stratavariousstratavarious replied

Hi Lisa, I just signed up today and want to say hi and thanks for your series. Looking forward to learning more from you. Thanks, Brad

joshuagrosserjoshuagrosser replied

Great intro! Stoked to start learning.

ozblokeozbloke replied

Hi lisa, sensational introduction, have been playing acoustic guitar for years and now i'm hoping to delve into the electric world, looking forward to your lessons. OB

opusangelopusangel replied

Hi Lisa - You are really inspiring, and a great communicator. So looking forward to your lessons!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Hi Lisa, nice to meet you in the Live Q&A, very fun intro!! Welcome aboard. Steve Eulberg

caseyargallcaseyargall replied

Look forward to following your lessons :)

Lisa.PursellLisa.Pursell replied

Thanks everyone for making me feel so welcome, I'm excited to part of this awesome website!!

gert maasgert maas replied

Intro looks awesome.

debcakes64debcakes64 replied

Lisa -- your style is VERY inspiring! Can't wait to dig into your lessons.

joeziglerjoezigler replied

Interesting first lesson. Looking forward to more.

t132637t132637 replied

great lisa, can't wait for the next lessons ,welcome

pacopaco replied

Welcome Lisa! Looking forward to your next lesson!!

tiffanychengtiffanycheng replied

Looking forward to this series! :D

galuemdgaluemd replied

Excellent Intro... appreciate your fresh approach. Looking forward to your lessons. Welcome.

diffurdiffur replied

At last a teacher with my favourite Suhr )) We already have something in common! ))

squirillitzsquirillitz replied

Hi LISA, welcome!!!

jnc51jnc51 replied

Looks like it will be a good series. I like the way Lisa presents different styles and techniques. I helps that she is an awesome player herself.

randy huxrandy hux replied

Hi Lisa - I loved some of your techniques you demonstrated in your introduction video. I cant wait to start taking your lessons!

andriandandriand replied

Welcome to the community. Looks like you have some great stuff to teach. I look forward to your lessons.

edketedket replied

Hi, Lisa. Glad to have you.

T Russ BluesT Russ Blues replied

Welcome Lisa.. Looking forward to your lessons!!

SylviaSylvia replied

Welcome Lisa! It's so nice to see a lady who Rocks!

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rsmitrsmit replied

Awesome intro! Let's get started!!!! :-)

miche.fambromiche.fambro replied

Hi, Lisa. The folks at jamplay sure have sharp eyes and ears for good players and teachers. Welcome aboard.

warpspasmwarpspasm replied

Welcome aboard lass. I'm new too.

Basic Electric with Lisa

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Lisa will guide you through the basics of electric guitar with a rock and blues flair in this series.

Introduction to SeriesLesson 1

Introduction to Series

JamPlay is proud to welcome Lisa Pursell to the teaching roster! Lisa introduces herself and her rock / blues background in this lesson. She also explains how she will bring a new perspective to our Beginner...

Length: 12:37 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
The Basics of Electric GuitarLesson 2

The Basics of Electric Guitar

Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the parts of the guitar. Then, she dives into string directions, tuning, holding the guitar, and right hand position....

Length: 19:39 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Learning Your First Open ChordsLesson 3

Learning Your First Open Chords

Lisa jumps right into your first "open" chords. She demonstrates how to play these chords in detail, so you can begin playing some simple progressions on your own.

Length: 15:48 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Chords and Bass RunsLesson 4

Chords and Bass Runs

Lisa continues her lesson series with more basic chord shapes. In addition, she introduces bass runs that help tie these chords together and add a level of sophistication to your playing. Combining these...

Length: 11:45 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
More Chords and Bass RunsLesson 5

More Chords and Bass Runs

Lisa picks up right where she left off in her last lesson. Here she demonstrates some additional bass walk downs that can be used to intensify your guitar playing.

Length: 5:37 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Hybrid PickingLesson 6

Hybrid Picking

Lisa shifts her focus to the right hand in this lesson. Here she introduces a picking style known as hybrid picking. This technique requires you to use the pick and pluck the strings with your fingers...

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
TriadsLesson 7


Lisa explains triads in this lesson. Simplistic and unique, yet powerful and bold, these little guys will allow you to explore some fresh new sounds on your guitar.

Length: 6:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Travis PickingLesson 8

Travis Picking

Developed by Merle Travis, Lisa explains this hybrid style picking technique in detail. Travis picking, which involves playing an alternating bass line, is a common form of picking within country and fingerstyle...

Length: 8:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Triads and FingerstyleLesson 9

Triads and Fingerstyle

Lisa introduces some new picking techniques that can be applied to the triads you have learned. She demonstrates how these triads can be embellished with melodic ideas to create an overall more creative...

Length: 18:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Blues ShuffleLesson 10

The Blues Shuffle

Lisa introduces the blues shuffle. You will learn several chordal variations on this classic rhythmic pattern.

Length: 14:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
I, IV, and V Chords in Different KeysLesson 11

I, IV, and V Chords in Different Keys

Lisa introduces the I, IV, and V chords. She explains how these chords can be found in any key by counting up the musical alphabet.

Length: 8:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Sweet Rock GrooveLesson 12

Sweet Rock Groove

Lisa compiles the information from the last couple of lessons into a nice rock groove. This is a great way to take what she has previously taught and turn it into a nice melody for you to jam around with....

Length: 6:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Barre ChordsLesson 13

Barre Chords

Lisa Pursell is back in lesson 13 with barre chords. She explains how to play various forms of the major, minor, and dominant seventh barre shapes. A discussion of economy of movement and why it is important...

Length: 12:25 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Syncopated RhythmLesson 14

Syncopated Rhythm

Lisa breaks explains how the left can be used to mute the strings within a funky, syncopated groove. She provides a few practical exercises that will help you become acquainted with this technique.

Length: 5:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Reggae RhythmLesson 15

Reggae Rhythm

Lisa demonstrates a short and juicy lesson on reggae strumming patterns. Most reggae patterns are played in 4/4 time with a strong emphasis on each of the upbeats.

Length: 3:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Syncopated Rhythm RevisitedLesson 16

Syncopated Rhythm Revisited

In Lisa's 16th lesson of her Beginner Electric Series, she reopens the topic of syncopated rhythms.

Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Single String TechniqueLesson 17

Single String Technique

Lisa covers some warm-up exercises that are beneficial for both the left and right hands.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Slide TechniqueLesson 18

Slide Technique

Lisa presents a small lesson on the slide technique. This technique can be used with scale patterns to help create a more expressive and personal sound.

Length: 8:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Pull-off TechniqueLesson 19

Pull-off Technique

Lisa teaches a classic rock lick that combines the pull-off technique with a pedal tone.

Length: 4:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hammer-on TechniqueLesson 20

Hammer-on Technique

Lisa covers the hammer-on technique. This technique is essential for all guitarists to master.

Length: 2:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Some Blues / Jazz ChordsLesson 21

Some Blues / Jazz Chords

Lisa simplifies and breaks down some chords commonly used in the blues and jazz genres.

Length: 8:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
6th IntervalsLesson 22

6th Intervals

An interval is the musical distance between two different pitches. Here Lisa covers the 6th interval and some practical ways that it can be used.

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
3rd IntervalsLesson 23

3rd Intervals

Lisa continues to explore important intervals used in music. Here she explains diatonic third intervals and where they are located on the guitar. She also provides a musical excerpt that will allow you...

Length: 7:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Tool Box TipsLesson 24

Tool Box Tips

Lisa introduces some techniques that will help you improvise effectively within the major pentatonic scale. Techniques include triplet sequences, hammer-ons, pull-offs, double stops, position shifts, and...

Length: 23:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Minor Blues ScaleLesson 25

Minor Blues Scale

Lisa introduces the minor blues scale. This scale, which adds the b5 degree to the minor pentatonic scale, is one of the most commonly used scales in almost all styles of music.

Length: 13:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Texas Style Shuffle RhythmLesson 26

Texas Style Shuffle Rhythm

Taking things back to the SRV sound, Lisa demonstrates this Texas style rhythmic shuffle. She breaks this pattern down by demonstrating its bass line and the muting techniques required to play it.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
E7(#9) ChordLesson 27

E7(#9) Chord

Lisa takes a quick moment to cover this unique chord. Some dub E7(#9) as the "Classic Hendrix Chord." However you see it, this colorful sound is an essential addition to your guitar toolbox.

Length: 2:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
5 Scale PositionsLesson 28

5 Scale Positions

Lisa demonstrates the 5 scale positions of the major and minor pentatonic scales. Each position can be used alone or in combination with the other patterns to create many different scale runs. Make sure...

Length: 20:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Faster Chord ChangesLesson 29

Faster Chord Changes

Lisa will cover a metronome technique that will help develop faster chord changes.

Length: 3:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Organizing a Practice SessionLesson 30

Organizing a Practice Session

Lisa provides some great tips on how to set up and organize a practice session that will maximize progress.

Length: 6:28 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Beginner Music TheoryLesson 31

Beginner Music Theory

Lisa dives into some beginner music theory and discusses how to use a mnemonic system to remember note locations.

Length: 5:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Understanding Minor ChordsLesson 32

Understanding Minor Chords

Lisa takes a look at how to build minor chords. She explains the crucial difference between major and minor chords.

Length: 3:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Barre Chord ConceptsLesson 33

Barre Chord Concepts

Lisa explains some important theory information pertaining barre chords.

Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Barre Chords in a Blues ProgressionLesson 34

Barre Chords in a Blues Progression

Lisa breaks explains how to find the appropriate barre chords within a I-IV-V blues progression.

Length: 5:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Octave ShapesLesson 35

Octave Shapes

Lisa takes a quick look at how octave shapes are created and where they can be found.

Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Improvising with IntervalsLesson 36

Improvising with Intervals

Lisa demonstrates some ideas on how to improvise using intervals. She begins with the perfect fourth interval for this lesson.

Length: 3:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
5th and 6th IntervalsLesson 37

5th and 6th Intervals

Lisa continues her last lesson by explaining how 5th and 6th intervals are frequently used in melodic lines.

Length: 10:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Major ScaleLesson 38

Major Scale

Lisa dives into the major scale and demonstrates a commonly used pattern.

Length: 8:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Major Scale - G ShapeLesson 39

Major Scale - G Shape

Lisa explains how to play the C major scale using the 'G' shape from the CAGED system.

Length: 6:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Syncopated RhythmLesson 40

Syncopated Rhythm

In this lesson, Lisa demonstrates how syncopated rhythms work and the different ways they can be applied within a 16th note or triplet-based rhythm.

Length: 11:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chords and PatternsLesson 41

Chords and Patterns

Lisa explains how chord shapes and scale patterns relate to one another.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Major TriadsLesson 42

Major Triads

Moving all the way up the neck of the guitar, Lisa demonstrates major triads and explains the fundamentals of how they are built.

Length: 4:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor TriadsLesson 43

Minor Triads

Lisa now goes on an in depth adventure into minor triads.

Length: 12:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor ArpeggiosLesson 44

Minor Arpeggios

In this quick lesson, Lisa touches on some minor arpeggio ideas.

Length: 3:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Scale ApplicationLesson 45

Scale Application

Lisa demonstrates how to use different scales to create new ways of building both solos and rhythmic styling. She utilizes a backing track to help make her point.

Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Single and Double String SlidesLesson 46

Single and Double String Slides

Welcome to the 46th lesson in Lisa Pursell's Beginner Electric series! This lesson covers many creative ideas as well as the techniques behind single and double string slides. Enjoy!

Length: 9:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Pull-off TechniqueLesson 47

Pull-off Technique

Lisa demonstrates a few practical examples of the pull-off technique.

Length: 10:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Adding the Blue NoteLesson 48

Adding the Blue Note

Lisa takes a dive into the minor blues scale as a whole. She demonstrates where you can find what are called "blue notes" within pentatonic scale patterns.

Length: 14:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Understanding VibratoLesson 49

Understanding Vibrato

Vibrato is a fantastic and simple technique to understand. This lesson offers different ideas on how you can apply some vibrato to your playing.

Length: 5:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Sweep Picking TechniqueLesson 50

Sweep Picking Technique

This lesson provides an in depth look at both downward and upward sweep picking techniques.

Length: 8:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Shell VoicingsLesson 51

Shell Voicings

Want to play a lighter voicing of a full chord? This technique is called "shells" and Lisa demonstrates several common shell voicings in this lesson.

Length: 17:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Blues Turnaround IdeasLesson 52

Blues Turnaround Ideas

Need some ideas to bring resolution to a unique blues progression? Let Lisa inspire you with some blues turnaround ideas. She demonstrates different keys and applies some hammer-on and pull-off techniques...

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Harmonizing the Major ScaleLesson 53

Harmonizing the Major Scale

Lisa explains how to harmonize the major scale with diatonic triads.

Length: 19:40 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
8 Bar BluesLesson 54

8 Bar Blues

Lisa lays down an improvised 8 bar blues solo with the help of a backing track. Then, she discusses how she created her lead lines.

Length: 7:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Harmonizing with Diatonic TriadsLesson 55

Harmonizing with Diatonic Triads

Lisa continues to demonstrate ways to harmonize notes utilizing diatonic triads. She provides some tips on how to improvise with these triads as well.

Length: 22:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Connecting Patterns Via SequencingLesson 56

Connecting Patterns Via Sequencing

Lisa demonstrates ways to connect patterns using melodic sequences. She moves up and down the neck and provides some ideas that will help you make your own sequencing connections.

Length: 19:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Blues in ALesson 57

Blues in A

Lisa takes a quick look at how to add the "blue note" into the A minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Full Neck HarmonizationLesson 58

Full Neck Harmonization

This in depth lesson explains how to harmonize the major scale while utilizing the entire neck of the guitar.

Length: 51:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The F#m7(b5) ChordLesson 59

The F#m7(b5) Chord

Lisa demonstrates the F#m7(b5) chord and the different places it can be played on the neck.

Length: 3:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
ExtensionsLesson 60


Lisa will use the C Major Add 9 chord shape to help demonstrate how extensions can be used to spice up an arpeggio.

Length: 3:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Passing TonesLesson 61

Passing Tones

Utilizing some of the scale work from previous lessons, Lisa touches on the topic of passing tones and demonstrates some examples accompanied by a backing track.

Length: 8:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Creating a SoloLesson 62

Creating a Solo

Developing a simple and tasteful solo can be difficult. However, when you understand how chords and scales relate to one another, developing a solo becomes a simpler process. Lisa provides examples and...

Length: 28:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chord Progression TheoryLesson 63

Chord Progression Theory

This very quick lesson explains the theory behind the chord progression used in the last lesson.

Length: 2:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
A Major Pattern 4 Sequencing IdeasLesson 64

A Major Pattern 4 Sequencing Ideas

Want to learn some fresh sequencing ideas in A major? Lisa provides two ideas that can be applied to a new solo or melody.

Length: 13:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Using a MetronomeLesson 65

Using a Metronome

Lisa provides some insight on how to successfully utilize a metronome during a practice session.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Rhythmic Chord PlayingLesson 66

Rhythmic Chord Playing

Lisa discusses some creative ideas on how to apply 9th chords to your rhythm playing.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Creative Double Stop IdeasLesson 67

Creative Double Stop Ideas

Welcome to Lisa's 67th lesson! Here she provides some creative double stop ideas that can be applied to many different keys.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Swing Blues in CLesson 68

Swing Blues in C

Lisa demonstrates a swing blues intro lick in the key of C.

Length: 3:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lisa Pursell

About Lisa Pursell View Full Biography Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Lisa started playing local venues as a teenager in and around Atlanta as a guitarist for hire. At the same time, she began teaching guitar privately and playing locally on recording sessions. In this still-early stage of her career, she was soon teaching at local music stores. After attending a local college and studying classical guitar, she began teaching at the Atlanta Institute of Music.

In 1992 she moved to Hollywood, CA. to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology (a.k.a. Musician's Institute). Graduating in 1993 as "Outstanding Student of the Year," she was invited to become part of the faculty at GIT, which she excelled at for the next three and a half years.

In 1996 she moved to Nashville, TN. There, she was hired as the lead guitarist for Nashville based band Mustang Sally, which at one point included future Grammy winner Gretchen Wilson as the lead singer. She played an exhaustive tour schedule of 150-300 dates a year, while perfecting her technique. Soon the band was opening for artists such as George Jones, Patty Loveless, Montgomery Gentry, Chuck Mangione, LeAnn Womack and many others.

In 2003, she recorded an instrumental CD which included one original track co-written with bass player Jerry Peek (Steve Morse Band), along with two covers of two of her many favorite guitarists. To further hone her musical skills, she then concentrated on songwriting, the results of which will be included as both vocal and instrumental pieces on her next project.

Today Lisa resides in Nashville, TN. Currently an educator, author, singer/songwriter/guitarist, she plans to release her original CD soon. Her music theory workbook, entitled "THINKING IN THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC" written for vocalists and musicians who are interested in learning music theory without the requirement of reading music, is currently available.

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Hawkeye teaches several Robert Johnson licks in this lesson. These licks are played with a slide in open G tuning.

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Fingerstyle guitar is a broad term that can incorporate percussive elements of playing as well as Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed...

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Trace Bundy Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy talks about the different ways you can use multiple capos to enhance your playing.

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Learn a simple mini song that illustrates just how intertwined scales and chords really are. Dave uses a G chord paired...

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Ian Argys Ian Argys

Lesson 6 is all about the major mode. As with the other lessons you'll be taking a look at the individual notes on the strings...

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Michael Mennell Michael Mennell

Mike introduces himself and his series.

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Mark Lettieri Mark Lettieri

We're still working in the double track universe in lesson 22. In this lesson Mark discusses taking a large chord and breaking...

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Brent Mason Brent Mason

Learn Nashville style country guitar from one of the most recorded guitarists in history. Check out rhythm grooves, solos,...

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Irene Ketikidi Irene Ketikidi

Dynamics can be a key component to becoming expressive with your melodies. Irene applies some dynamic expressive techniques...

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Daniel Gilbert Daniel Gilbert

Known around the world for his inspirational approach to guitar instruction, Musician's Institute veteran Daniel Gilbert...

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Eric Madis Eric Madis

In this lesson Eric talks about playing basic lead in the Memphis Blues style.

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Braun Khan Braun Khan

In this lesson, Braun teaches the chord types that are commonly used in jazz harmony. Learn how to build the chords and their...

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Brent-Anthony Johnson Brent-Anthony Johnson

Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...

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Dave Weiner Dave Weiner

Dave "David J" Weiner returns with a lesson on how to play with style and attitude. He covers all the basic techniques you'll...

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