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Brad Henecke

Single String Picking

Brad Henecke explains how to properly hold the pick. He also provides several single string picking exercises.

Taught by Brad Henecke in Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke seriesLength: 10:19Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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CroseaCrosea replied on February 8th, 2017

How long do you guys spend on each lesson. Are you practicing picking one day then start the fretboard the next?

ShawninIA77ShawninIA77 replied on January 23rd, 2016

Liked this lesson, definitely will help me with moving on the fretboard. Nice to be able to get a sampling of lessons from different people.

lundman14lundman14 replied on June 28th, 2013

Progress is improving a little bit at a time,but the part about throwing in the fretting hand will need some work,time,and more practice. I'll get there,though!

lundman14lundman14 replied on May 13th, 2013

I am so glad I found this site,...back about ten years ago or more when I was trying to learn guitar,I was never taught these kinds of excersizes. I became discouraged as I was not getting anywhere with the instructor I had at the time,and gave up. Now I am back for another try and with the right instructor(s),I have every reason to believe I will succeed thanks to Brad and JamPlay. I am on a 7 day free trial right now and so far I like what I see. I have every intention of continuing lessons on here. Only problem I may have is with bar chords as my hands are small.

lespstratlespstrat replied on April 1st, 2013

So far I like the way your lessons progress.

lespstratlespstrat replied on April 1st, 2013

How long should I practice this lesson and how fast should I get my playing speed before moving on?

little manlittle man replied on December 27th, 2012

like the way you teach up ,down stroke i had problems with that before but ok now.

strat85strat85 replied on August 13th, 2012

I have the same problem that kraj mentioned earlier. I can't seem to keep my fingers close to the fret board when doing the exercises. Will this become easier the more I practice it? Thanks

mrooyenmrooyen replied on March 30th, 2012

Hey Brad, I have looked a few other instructors lessons and the exercises are a common thing but yours differs in the way of using the 5th to 8th fret. Is the reason for this simply to not have to stretch your fingers to much? I am asking purely because a lot of the following chords lessons are mostly centerd arround 1st to 4th fret and that would mean having a different stretch

Broad113Broad113 replied on March 11th, 2012

anothet good video

4string4string replied on January 10th, 2012

This lesson is a big help. Making the switch from bass to 6 string guitar is difficult.

krajkraj replied on July 23rd, 2011

Hey nice lesson, i have an odd question, ive been playing mostly rythm acoustic guitar so ive never really had to bother playing single notes, on the exercises i notice that my pinky comes off the neck alot and when you do them you seem to keep all your fingers rather close to the neck. Ive done the exercises but i just cant keep that pinky down, any suggestions for fixing this? thanks

tashootashoo replied on June 22nd, 2011

how fast should i be to go to the next exercise ? Thanks,,

monekaymonekay replied on June 8th, 2011

great lesson, thanks

mazdarossamazdarossa replied on January 26th, 2011

Hey Brad.... Great lessons...... I was wondering if the clanging rattling noise you get and I get when picking the 6th string during the first exercise is a normal sound.... thanks..

seabee627seabee627 replied on January 24th, 2011

im having a hard time getting my pinky finger on to the 8th fret 6 th string are my fingers too small or will they get better with more practice

lundman14lundman14 replied on June 28th, 2013

I'm in the same boat as you are and wondering if maybe with more practice on this part,this will improve. I have small hands,too!

maxwell1maxwell1 replied on January 1st, 2012

I see a big difference in a week. Little fingle need more work. It has a mine of its own.

raoelraoel replied on January 14th, 2011

nice lesson dude

Brad.HeneckeBrad.Henecke replied on January 15th, 2011

thanks !

Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brad Henecke starts you on your journey into the world of the electric guitar with this beginner oriented lesson series.



Lesson 1

Buying a Guitar

Brad Henecke gives some thoughts on buying a guitar and related accessories. A perfect lesson for an absolute beginner!

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Hand Stretches

In this lesson, Brad Henecke covers the important topic of hand stretches. Failure to stretch and warm up can lead to injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Using a Tuner

Brad Henecke talks about different kinds of guitar tuners, including his personal favorites - the clip-on tuner and floor tuner.

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Fifth Fret Tuning Method

Brad demonstrates how to use a tuning fork and the famous fifth fret tuning method.

Length: 5:42 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Single String Picking

Brad Henecke explains how to properly hold the pick. He also provides several single string picking exercises.

Length: 10:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

The Language of Music

In this lesson, Brad talks about the language of music and introduces the chromatic scale.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Learning Chords

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the concept of playing chords. He teaches the A, D, and E chords.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Rhythm Patterns

Now that you have a few chords under your belt, Brad Henecke discusses some relatively easy strumming patterns.

Length: 7:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Two New Chords

In this lesson, Brad introduces the C major and G major chords. Every guitarist must posses this potent knowledge!

Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 10

A Minor Chord

Brad introduces the A minor chord and teaches a chord progression to go along with it.

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

D Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the D minor chord and several chord progressions.

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

The E Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the E minor chord and teaches several chord progressions that use it.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

The A7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the A7 chord and teaches three chord progressions that can be used for practice.

Length: 4:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

The D7 Chord

In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches the D7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

The E7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the E7 chord and teaches several exciting examples to be used as practice.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

The G7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the G7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

Length: 5:07 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

The B7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the B7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The C7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the C7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

The F Major Chord

Brad Henecke introduces one of the more difficult beginner chords, F major. He shows how this chord is played and teaches a few chord progressions.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only

About Brad Henecke View Full Biography Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (www.craig-erickson.com).

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).

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