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Lisa Pursell

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 two techniques will open many doors for guitar playing.

Taught by Lisa Pursell in Basic Electric with Lisa seriesLength: 11:45Difficulty: 1.0 of 5

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BigJoe23BigJoe23 replied

I laughed so hard when she said that should keep you busy for a while

ddropkaddropka replied

I think Lisa mentioned it, but I can't find it again... under the Supplemental, and under the music lessons, there are some symbols, I think they are strumming directions one is an upside down V.... can someone clarify please? Thanks

PhilthoPhiltho replied

I feel as a beginner this is a bit accelerated. You're jumping through so many chords it's becoming overwhelming.

harrynacharrynac replied

If it`s the chords you are worrying about check the supplemental and learn the chords one by one. Then you won`t be so overwhelmed? Maybe that`ll help?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hi Philtho! Have you tried using the speed controls on the lesson video player? You can actually slow the video down up to 50% and maintain the same pitch. Below that your audio will mute, but you can slow the video down to 10% of original speed. This is super helpful for those busy sections. To use the controls just click the up or down arrows directly to the right of the "100%" located at the bottom left of the video player. I hope this helps! Cheers :)

ProfessorteleProfessortele replied

I found this lesson to be very helpful do you say is a very good teacher she's easy to follow and explains things very well I'm very happy so far with this course

Harmonic ConvergenceHarmonic Convergence replied

I love Lisa’s lessons, but I have short fingers. There is NO WAY I can press down the 6th string with my thumb and still have enough finger length to reach the higher strings’ frets while also keeping those fingers perpendicular to the fretboard. If I did, I’d probably play a lot more piano than guitar. If I’m going to have any chance of making the chord shapes on the higher strings, then my thumb must be on the back of the back of the neck, like between the G and D strings, not way up there by the bass strings.

LSCalgaryLSCalgary replied

Great lessons Lisa! I am going to move slowly through these and learn a whole lot!! :)

dixiejdixiej replied

This ROCKS! I'm learning SO much just in the first few lessons! I've seen people mentioning that the tabs don't match up all the time with what she's playing, but I look at them as mere suggestions. If I don't understand a particular strum pattern, I just play something that I do know. The point of the lesson to me at this stage is learning and memorizing new chords, using the most efficient ways to switch between them, and learning how to play walk downs. I'm having a blast...I'm so happy that I decided to come back to Jamplay! Does anyone know if Lisa is still at Jamplay? Any new lessons from her coming up in 2018? Hint-hint! Lol!

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hello dixiej! Lisa is not currently scheduled for any further courses, but she is one of our Live Q&A Instructors, so you can still sign-in to JamChat during her Live Hours and pick her brain a little! Here is a link that you can copy ans paste into your browser that will take you to Lisa's Teacher Profile where you can find her available lessons as well as her Live Q&A schedule:

RidestructorRidestructor replied

Linda any thought on training my left hand to get the stretch needed to finger the open G with middle/ring/pinky instead of index/middle/ring (as I learned oh so many years ago)?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hello Ridestructor! The best way to accomplish this would be to forget strumming for a bit and simply practice hitting the chord cleanly from an open position. Start as slow as needed to be accurate and then slowly increase the speed until you are able to hit the chord cleanly and in-stride. This is training the muscle muscle memory in your hands. After you feel like you have it you can start trying to hit the chord from different chord positions and then simply add some strumming! I hope this helps!

freefly8freefly8 replied

I'm enjoying Lisa's lessons. She's right about going to stay busy with these walkdowns. It would be nice to have a screen with the chord printed for a few seconds to grab it while watching her. I don't know how much help a little quiz at the end would help. It's all new to me and enjoying it. I usually do a lot of playback and that is a nice feature on these lessons. Thanks

SlangleySlangley replied

I agree. A little float over with the chord tab would help. Even with the multi angles it’s hard to see which fingers are where sometimes.

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hello freefly8! I would recommend opening the chord library ( ) in a separate window while you are viewing your lesson. Then when a chord comes up that you are interested in looking up you can simply pause your lesson and lookup the chord in the other window. Most times there will also be notation provided for the lesson your are viewing under the red "Supplemental" under the video player. You should be able to access the chord diagrams that you are interested via these two methods. Happy Jamming!

GuitarsrollGuitarsroll replied

too fast she needs to slow down unless its me

ArkansasDaveArkansasDave replied

its definitely not you. to start bass runs and the f chord on lesson 5 is really going to discourage them. it did me.

jboothjbooth replied

If it would help, you can slow down the playing portions. If you look below the video player and see the down and up arrows with 100%, these will allow you to slow down or speed up the video. You can slow it down to 50% speed and the pitch should still be correct. Thanks for the feedback!

maxresultsmaxresults replied

Doing the "Bass Runs" was something I'd heard about, but had no idea of how to do, and I've played for years, but all self taught. Also I never knew that the "G/B" type chords were. I learned new stuff already. The explanation of the "root notes" was new to me also. This made me think and actually struggle a bit to learn and practice, but well worth the effort. Great lesson!

NitamaNitama replied

i think i need a guitar with a wider neck, great lesson.

thescanadathescanada replied

This has been stupidly hard, theres been no explanation on the proper rhythm so far, or how to practice chord changes etc. ive had to get a lot.. A LOT of help from justinguitar. The supplementals just made more questions.

stevegoldbstevegoldb replied

In the supplemental materials, the chord diagrams are wrong and don't match the string/finger descriptions on the right.

HuskersHuskers replied

I noticed that the guitar pro 6 and the pdf are not included in many of the lessons supplementals. Would you be able to add them to supplementals?

grburgessgrburgess replied

I like that sound of that C add 9 too.

BrutalityBrutality replied

Thank you for explaining slash chords I play a lot of classic rock and Metal and Eddie Vanhalen, Randy Rhoads , and Mick Mars use them a lot I know how to construct most chords and read music notation yet never really gave it much thought as to why they were written the way they were.

dan52dan52 replied

Stalled at D/F# Workin on it :)

dan52dan52 replied

Wow Lisa this lesson is intense. G/B was the biggest lesson of all and took me over a week to finally get it. Great lesson and will be even better when I finish it. It is a real privilege to be learning from you.

thurt88thurt88 replied

I was good up to this lesson, so lost now.

djarnotdjarnot replied

Lisa good lesson, just need to slow up a little bit on your video when introducing a new chord and the finger placement.

bam711711bam711711 replied

Another great lesson Thank you

benignobenigno replied

I'd say that the Up/Downs of the Cadd9-G Exercise, are all screwed up, as well as the C present on the first beat of the second bar. Way I see it up/down UD should probably Read: D-DU-UD-DU-UD-DU

dorkmandorkman replied

Ti would be helpful if there was a split screen showing the fingering of these chords as the instructor was explaining and fingering them.

dorkmandorkman replied

Regarding the G chord. Why is the high E string open. Shouldn't the 3rd fret (G) be fretted?

dorkmandorkman replied

I now just saw why the high E is not fretted on the G chord. It is because that string is not being struck. That makes sense to me now. I really didn't know of all the other ways to finger a G chord even after I've had private lessons in the past.


Can someone please explain to me where the second way to play the G chord as shown in the supplemental content for the chords in this lesson comes from? The fundamental difference being adding the 2nd string/third fret played with the third finger. This second method for a G chord does NOT appear in the standard chord library and fundamentally it does not sound the same as the first method which does in fact appear as the only G chord in the standard chord library. I am a beginner so perhaps there is an easy explanation, but I just don't understand it. Help appreciated.

jerryfjerryf replied

I wonder if you can put the chord diagram on the screen to help identify the cord?

davidcyphersdavidcyphers replied

I was wondering the same as Jerry. Is there any way to put the chord diagram on the screen as she does them? Like under the top picture where it shows Lisa and the whole guitar.

mechairmechair replied

Can anyone tell if Lisa hits the number 1 string as she strums up?

dougyddougyd replied

I like Lisa's methods.

mouser9169mouser9169 replied

Another 'cool trick' with the chords she showed in this lesson: Going from the "4 finger" G chord to the D chord, you can leave your ring finger down (I think she showed that in her intro). But you can also strum with just your pinky down - it's an A chord (A7sus4). That generally sounds good connecting those two chords and gives you a bit more time to make the change. If you listen to Three Marlena's, you can hear it (that's basically that song's chord progression - hopping from D to G and back with that in-between chord).

lorechanlorechan replied

totally in love with Lisa after a few lessons. If I wasn't 66 years old I would ask her to have my babies.

eickeick replied

can any one tell me if lisa is still with jam play

chris stonechris stone replied

Yes she is. She did a live webcast today as a matter of fact.

truman910truman910 replied

i just dont get it, we post to get responses from instructiors i do not c a response from lisa any where, so much for being able to ask questions.

smithdavidpsmithdavidp replied

You are kinda correct in this. Mostly you will get help from those that are learning somthing else on Jam Play but have passed the section that you are learning or in other words students helping students.

lstelielstelie replied

Lisa, my ears, and my eyes love you. my fingers hate you.. it hurts !!!!!!!!

smithdavidpsmithdavidp replied

No ones fingers love the guitar at first. You just keep at it and before you know it your fingers don't hurt anymore. When I was a kid my first G, C, D, and E chords were painful but the girls liked guys that played the guitar so I kept after it. As Lisa pointed out at the beginning you have to know why you want to play and try to reach that goal. By the time you arrive so will your fingers.

geostone33geostone33 replied

in G/B why the high D note? sounds odd.

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Hi Lisa, Just wondering, having watched this lesson, is what you call a walk down just another name for what I call a transition? Or is there a subtle difference? Thanks

jonathan mayojonathan mayo replied

Glyn, I am certainly nowhere near good but I believe there is a difference between a bass run and a transition. Transition is just getting to different chords. Bass runs are like steps during a transition. Example Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" is filled with bass runs or walking bass for chord transitions. Hope I helped rather than hindered!

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Ah, thanks jonathan, I reckon I got it now, than, keep helping, I will need it for sure., Glyn.

harry9000harry9000 replied

Wow! I cant believe it. I come out of this actually feeling like Im getting somewhere and making progress. What im interested in more though now is right hand technique Lisa is using in this lesson. that kinda strum-chunka-chunka wha ever. it sounds so much better when she does it than how Im doing it. Are we going to get more of that latter?

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Yea I too am trying to crack that strumming, but it is not as easy as Lisa makes it look is it? Hopefully strumming will be covered later on. I hope so.

mohonkermohonker replied

Making some progress. I'm even gettin the hang of that G chord.

hubbblehubbble replied

Great lesson

haydukehayduke replied

This is one of the most helpful lessons yet! Thank you!

SteveP1961SteveP1961 replied

These lesson are excellent! Thank You so much for an easy to learn lesson!!!!

nash24nash24 replied

great lesson....thanks.

rkobyrkoby replied

Moving right along. Would be nice to put the walk downs you demonstraed in the supplemental materials. It appears the examples there are only the most very basic ones you did.

nibalartnibalart replied

Hi, you are simply a great teacher. I would like to ask you if it's possible to play longer example of what you explain. Thank you very much for your effort to make our guitarist life easier.

hatrohatro replied

I cannot do the strumming exercises for longer than 2 minutes because my fingers are hurting. After a very short break I can go on again. What to do? Helmut

ethelbellethelbell replied

That is me to. My calluses are finally developing. Guess we keep practicing until our calluses are formed then it won't be a problem.

hatrohatro replied

Just finished lesson four I really enjoy Lisa´s teaching style and I am very happy with my progress made so far! Thanks from Germany

jmrazekjmrazek replied

These are some great chords to learn right out of the gate.

mkjohn1mkjohn1 replied

New to jamplay, but love your lessons so far. Love your playing and you're musical tastes are just what I'm looking for.

chrissie hollandchrissie holland replied

I just finished lesson 4 phase one. Thank you sooooo much Lisa. After the initial scary panic before remembering that I could click the pause button and listen again, I'm really getting on with it and enjoying the experience.

markhogmarkhog replied

I noticed that the lesson material is not as descriptive as with Steve Eulberg's lessons. He has a better outline to read and understand the music that is to be learned.

2bluefins2bluefins replied

Finely Someone that takes it slow and understandable. Thank you Lisa.

opusangelopusangel replied

Great! Clear and Fun. Thanks!

oakie23oakie23 replied

Great lesson off to try and improve :->

mattbrownmattbrown replied

The supplemental content is now available.

gcumbergcumber replied

WOOHOO. thx much :)

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied

The Supplemental content for all Lisa lessons will be posted asap. Sorry for the delay.

gcumbergcumber replied


gcumbergcumber replied

the JamPlay Chords lookup tool helped me cover many of my questions for these lessons... and the chords are easy to lookup so that is an option too that allowed me to finish the lesson and move onward :)

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Problem I found is that when you save a chord, from the supplemental content into your favourite chords the playing video returns to its beginning every time! Most annoying, is it just me? If not can the bowfins fix it please?

6bird46bird4 replied

Yes! I pause the video, go to the browser tab, right click, hit [duplicate tab] do what deeds to be don in that new tab with out loosing my place.

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Problem I found is that when you save a chord, from the supplemental content into your favourite chords the playing video returns to its beginning every time! Most annoying, is it just me? If not can the bowfins fix it please?

glyncalowglyncalow replied

Problem I found is that when you save a chord, from the supplemental content into your favourite chords the playing video returns to its beginning every time! Most annoying, is it just me? If not can the bowfins fix it please?

gcumbergcumber replied

coool... thx :)

gcumbergcumber replied

Her teaching style and sound is so unique to Jamplay. I really like her. And yes, supplemental material, even if its just the chord progressions alone so we can practice offline would be great...

kebigkebig replied

But G with the B in the base is it the same as G/B?

edketedket replied

Please add supplemental content. It is helpful.

oliverphotooliverphoto replied


T Russ BluesT Russ Blues replied

Great info Lisa really adds a whole new dynamic to my playing...

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied

Pretty clear and useful lesson. Thanks.

luigigrossoluigigrosso replied

i wonder if in the G/b chord the high E string is muted. thanks

luigigrossoluigigrosso replied

Sorry I had to wait until the end of the video before posting :-)

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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