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Lisa Pursell

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. She finishes up with with a mini quiz and an overview that will prepare you for the next lesson.

Taught by Lisa Pursell in Basic Electric with Lisa seriesLength: 19:39Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

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SoccerGuitarSoccerGuitar replied

How do you know if your strings are worn out?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hi SoccerGuitar! The first thing that you'll notice is that they just don't sound as bright or as loud as they did when they were new. The other thing to really look for is if the strings are getting discolored or are leaving black marks on your fingers. Those are sure signs that it's time for a string change. Cheers :)

DrricheyDrrichey replied

I’d like to look up more details about your guitar, but can’t quite get the maker/model. Would you provide in a response please? Thanks. Daryl

jmc247jmc247 replied

It looks like a Suhr Classic S or Standard model

alsolopdxalsolopdx replied

Is it better to keep my right-hand fingers in a loose fist position so that my right hand is floating above the strings, or position the ring finger or pinky on the scratchplate to support my right-hand while picking?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hello alsolopdx! I personally use the latter technique that you mentioned. Keeping your fingers in a loose fist above the strings will cause fatigue and a lack of accuracy the longer you maintain that position. I find it far more comfortable to rest my pinky/ring-finger/side of my hand just below the bridge of the guitar. This positioning provided the easiest access to the ideal picking area and is also convenient for palm-muting. I hope this is helpful :) HAPPY JAMMING!!

VincentsayaVincentsaya replied


CavanaughCavanaugh replied

Lisa holding the pick at an angle -- I had never heard that. Wow helpful. I keep starting new lessons when I hit my max. So I have had several lessons on names of the guitar parts etc.

SurfpopSurfpop replied

Appreciate that she actually goes over the pickups, the switch, the bridge, etc. Not perfect, but darn good.

PuppetmakerPuppetmaker replied

HI! Sorry I went over it a few times. You lost me on how to tune the first 2 strings. I see you went over to the 4th fret... can you clarify please? Thanks so much April

rogerfunkrogerfunk replied

I'm so use to 0the g chord with my I m R fingers that when I try it with my MRpiinky the fingers just don't want to work ,but I like the idea of having my index for more options

rogerfunkrogerfunk replied

my ring finger just doesn't want to obey lol feels really weird great advise thro practice practice practice

exkluesiveexkluesive replied

Every able dog gets beer every night...I'm done. :) Loving the lessons so far.

Guitar TracksGuitar Tracks replied

Lisa my name is Shane and I was interested in playing my guitar over other tracks adding or playing along with music I like: Playing a guitar piece with Micheal W. Smith: A New Halleluiah, but seem to end up play what there playing trying to play in there key. Can you help me?

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

You rock kid!

steve58steve58 replied

Basic but must know information on the guitar and it operation. Great for a beginner like me. Nice teaching style too. Thanks

SnagSnag replied

Lisa P, you are a natural. I'm gonna be a blues man baby!

jwesselhoffjwesselhoff replied

Just like to add a comment to Scene 1 ep. 2 You say your neck is rosewood, that is not correct, as it is your fretboard that is made of rosewood and not the neck.

mike lansdellmike lansdell replied

Hi Lisa. So far so good. I have only just started playing Electric guitar after years of playing classical. I find it more comfortable to support my guitar on my left leg. Is this a habit I should try and break ?

irishsnoutirishsnout replied

hi lisa! just coming back to jamplay and its nice to see how the site has improved! question about the floating bridge. i have a fender strat and i dont really use the whammy bar. does it hurt the guitar if i put the five springs in the back to lock down the bridge? I also like using a medium (10-11) guage string but i'm nervous about it warping the neck. is there anything i can do to make sure that does not happen?

mouser9169mouser9169 replied

10's or 11's shouldn't cause any problem with a Strat. I play with a 12-56 set, which is what I settled on pretty quickly when I started (Guitar came with 10's, then I tried 11's, then the 12's): yes it hurts a bit more and bends are a wee bit bit tougher with a wound G string but for me, the tone is worth it. Go with what sounds best to YOUR ears. Your strings and the pick you use are two of the simplest and cheapest things you can adjust, and they make a huge impact on the tone you end up with. Anyway, in my case I do downtune my Strat a half step, so the strings are tuned Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. SRV did this (he used 13-62), and many others do simply to make bending notes easier. My Ibanez AS and Epiphone SG are both happy in standard tuning, but they have slightly shorter scale necks.

mouser9169mouser9169 replied

10's or 11's shouldn't cause any problem with a Strat. I play with a 12-56 set, which is what I settled on pretty quickly when I started (Guitar came with 10's, then I tried 11's, then the 12's): yes it hurts a bit more and bends are a wee bit bit tougher with a wound G string but for me, the tone is worth it. Go with what sounds best to YOUR ears. Your strings and the pick you use are two of the simplest and cheapest things you can adjust, and they make a huge impact on the tone you end up with. Anyway, in my case I do downtune my Strat a half step, so the strings are tuned Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. SRV did this (he used 13-62), and many others do simply to make bending notes easier. My Ibanez AS and Epiphone SG are both happy in standard tuning, but they have slightly shorter scale necks.

mouser9169mouser9169 replied

10's or 11's shouldn't cause any problem with a Strat. I play with a 12-56 set, which is what I settled on pretty quickly when I started (Guitar came with 10's, then I tried 11's, then the 12's): yes it hurts a bit more and bends are a wee bit bit tougher with a wound G string but for me, the tone is worth it. Go with what sounds best to YOUR ears. Your strings and the pick you use are two of the simplest and cheapest things you can adjust, and they make a huge impact on the tone you end up with. Anyway, in my case I do downtune my Strat a half step, so the strings are tuned Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb. SRV did this (he used 13-62), and many others do simply to make bending notes easier. My Ibanez AS and Epiphone SG are both happy in standard tuning, but they have slightly shorter scale necks.

tmmearstmmears replied

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME, throw all the other instructions away

smithdavidpsmithdavidp replied

Okay, I'm from the Garage band era so I am learning the newer music and methods. I even purchased a Gibson Custom SGC VOSS with Maiestro. I noticed your tremlo bar (we called it a whammy bar back then) swings freely so I guess mine is okay since it swings freely as well. I had 9's put on it and had the action and intonation set for me. So teach away. Some of the lessons are old hat to me but the styles you play in are all very new.

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parkcath11parkcath11 replied

Lisa- i have never taken full advantage of jamplay, but after watching your first two lessons, i think i've found the instructor for me. now retired, i want to advance from beginner to a place where i can really enjoy my guitar! looking forward to it! cathy

aargh9000aargh9000 replied

Hi Lisa, I sellected your lessons not because you're a good lookin gal, but because I want to learn some blues while learning guitar. I wasn't going to view these first lessons and went straight to lesson 25, but after viewing this one, I learned some things I wasn't aware of. I been a beginner since high school, learned 3 chords and now 40 years later, I'm still a beginner. Looking forward to making it beyond lesson 25. Thanks

harrisdevin59harrisdevin59 replied

My hat's off to you, Lisa. You are an excellent teacher. I am a self-taught guitar player - I use that term extremely loosely!!! At last, through your teaching, Lisa, in such a short time even, I am making significant progress! Thank you so very much.

14scudrunner14scudrunner replied

Hi there, I am highly impressed with Lisa. I can't wait to be able to play even a fraction of those bluesy wriffs. I would like to be able to see a list of the "scenes" located in each lesson so I can be sure I don't miss any. Did I overlook this? I watched all of lesson 1 scenes and didn't see my progress bar move.

matt kingmatt king replied

Great lesson Lisa, I'm looking forward to what's to come.

1969dcon1969dcon replied

I think I'm in love great lesson

rkobyrkoby replied

You know i have owned my strat for a long time and i never really knew which pickup's were on or off when I flipped that 5 way switch. I knew that the far right position was the bridge pickup and the far left was the neck pickup. However, i did not know what positions 2,3,4 did exactly. I just did it by sound. Now i know and it makes sense! Thanks Lisa.

gerryschadergerryschader replied

I have a question about string size. You recommend light strings for beginners. How are strings numbered? If I were to order a light set, what would I ask for? Is there a particular brand that you would favor? My guitar is a Ibanez hollowbody. Thanks, Gerry

wrvondwrvond replied

I could be mistaken, but I believe she recommended ultralight strings. One of the first things I did with my new (used) guitar was restring it. I asked for light strings and received 10's (which qualify). However, my Strat came from the factory with 9's. Now my poor fingers are wishing I had gone with ultralight strings. At this point, a good set of nickel wound steel strings would probably work best for you. D'Addario's are good. Cheap strings will keep stretching and not hold tune very well. YMMV

gerryschadergerryschader replied

Hey, thanks for the info! I do appreciate your response. I'm pretty much a total beginner. I did have an electric base many years ago that I thumped on for a bit. I'm going to try to stick with it better this time. Cheers, Gerry

mlsiebertmlsiebert replied

Thanks for the info on the pickups and their different tonal qualities!

jnc51jnc51 replied

Great lesson; I have been playing Acoustic just over a year and recently purchased a MIM Fender Strat. This lesson taught me alot on the dynamics of the electric. Look forward to keep progressing throughout your lessons

ozblokeozbloke replied

You are a great communicator Lisa, and easy listening, onwards and upwards to the next lesson. OB

yosefyosef replied

About 2:30 into scene 1 I think you're saying the middle pickup (switch positions 2, 3, 4) is "out of phase" - is that right? Isn't the middle pickup (usually) reverse-wound and reverse-polarity to obtain noise-canceling?

clarky75clarky75 replied

Thanks Lisa, look forward to going through your lessons

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josh hamiltonjosh hamilton replied

Iam am thrilled to be taking your class. You seem very knowledgable about the blues which i am itching to learn. Cant wait

Lisa.PursellLisa.Pursell replied

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'll speak to the tech guys about the volume issue.

candyd56candyd56 replied

Awesome lesson Lisa, but please turn your guitar up. I had trouble hearing your guitar unless I turned it up, which blasted your voice too high. :)

kab9kab9 replied

Great lessons, and I also really enjoy your style of playing!

cjessocjesso replied

Your suggestions on ow to hold the pick are great! First time I've heard that (to angle it a bit) and it works much better.

briverbriver replied

very happy Jam play now has electric guitar lessons by a female. I am enjoying the lessons by Lisa.

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 Members Only
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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Amber Russell Amber Russell

Now we look at more harmonics, using a section of Amber's song - 'Love vs. Logic'

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Mitch Reed Mitch Reed

Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag." This song provides beginning and intermediate guitarists...

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Orville Johnson Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson introduces turnarounds and provides great ideas and techniques.

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Dave Yauk Dave Yauk

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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Freebo Freebo

In this lesson, Freebo covers the basics of right hand technique. This lesson is essential for all up and coming bassists.

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Jim Deeming Jim Deeming

Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.

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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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Lauren Passarelli Lauren Passarelli

Lauren Passarelli offers up her wisdom on purchasing a guitar. She also includes information regarding proper setup and care....

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David Wallimann David Wallimann

This is a crucial lesson that explains tablature, how to read it, and why it's important.

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Joe Burcaw Joe Burcaw

Join Joe as he shows one of his favorite drills for strengthening his facility around the fretboard: The Spider Technique.

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DJ Phillips DJ Phillips

Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".

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Aaron Marshall Aaron Marshall

JamPlay welcomes instrumental guitarist Aaron Marshall for a comprehensive master course. In this first lesson Aaron discusses...

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John Shannon John Shannon

Meet John Shannon and his approach to rhythm guitar. John discusses why he put this lesson series together and what his...

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Brendan Burns Brendan Burns

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

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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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