Precise Alternate Picking (Guitar Lesson)

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Precise Alternate Picking

So how does Andy Wood pick so quickly and with such precision? Level up your speed and accuracy with Andy's near-flawless technique including exercises and tabs to boost your progress. You will improve your hand synchronization, discover if you are an outside picker or an inside picker, and be able to apply it to your own playing.

Taught by Andy Wood in Modern Country Shred seriesLength: 8:16Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

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ouijaboarderouijaboarder replied

Great intro to alt picking in a country context. Never expected to hear those banjo type rolls using alternate picking technique. Better get to woodshedding!

BootSQBootSQ replied

Nope, next.

shiroshiro replied

I don't understand, what problem did you have with this lesson?

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So glad this is now available. I've been really looking forward to this course for several weeks!

Modern Country Shred

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Andy Wood offers a crash course in telecaster abuse, unlocking the chaotic, ear-perking tonality and technique of modern country guitar. Dial in the weaponry to give your playing that deep fried sass that only comes from country chickin pickin guitar.

Modern Country Shred with Andy Wood Introduction.Lesson 1

Modern Country Shred with Andy Wood Introduction.

Enter the world of Andy Wood as he teaches a must watch series on modern country guitar playing. Starting at the core, Andy walks us through how to build your tone, use chicken pickin, understand harmony,...

Length: 2:24 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Precise Alternate PickingLesson 2

Precise Alternate Picking

So how does Andy Wood pick so quickly and with such precision? Level up your speed and accuracy with Andy's near-flawless technique including exercises and tabs to boost your progress. You will improve...

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Effective Alternate Picking PracticeLesson 3

Effective Alternate Picking Practice

Andy shares his history and talks of his background playing the mandolin. He also further expounds on alternate picking and teaches multiple great practice examples. Finally, he breaks down the finite...

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Cross PickingLesson 4

Cross Picking

What is cross picking and how can you utilize it in your guitar playing? Andy breaks down the basics and shows examples at different tempos. In addition, you will learn a few lush licks that you can add...

Length: 18:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Hybrid Picking and Double StopsLesson 5

Hybrid Picking and Double Stops

Sometimes you want your notes to pop out and have aggression. Andy Wood talks about different ways to grab or pluck the string. He shares his vast knowledge on hybrid picking, and as a discusses his personal...

Length: 10:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Double PluckingLesson 6

Double Plucking

This lesson has a strong focus on pickling. First, Andy Wood explains a technique he lovingly refers to as "double plucking." Then he dives into different voice leading licks that not only sound cool,...

Length: 4:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Palm Muting & Ghost NotesLesson 7

Palm Muting & Ghost Notes

In this lesson we learn two common techniques that grant authenticity to country music: palm muting and ghost notes. Learn how to properly use both techniques to enhance your playing and give it some flavor.

Length: 6:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Nasty Country BendsLesson 8

Nasty Country Bends

Andy breaks bending down to it's smallest components. You will understand the full range of a bending sounds and when to use them in a country context. In Part 1 Andy shows a couple of exercises that introduce...

Length: 11:46 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Pentatonic BoxesLesson 9

Pentatonic Boxes

How does one transition through the pentatonic boxes properly? Andy Wood demonstrates how to expand your sound without playing in a linear and predictable way.

Length: 6:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
 Bluesy Pentatonic HarmonyLesson 10

Bluesy Pentatonic Harmony

In this lesson Andy introduces the entry level of harmony technique and theory. You will come to understand harmony as it relates to the pentatonic scale and classic blues.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Adding ChromaticsLesson 11

Adding Chromatics

Expanding on the blues scale, Andy demonstrates how the chromatic scale can enhance your country music playing. Andy shows a few chromatic scale examples that demonstrate the the western swing music has...

Length: 16:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Improvising Over CountryLesson 12

Improvising Over Country

It's time to go over the building blocks of country improvisation. Instead of playing the habitual blues approach harmonically, you will learn difference pathways to take when improvising country music....

Length: 13:55 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Arpeggio StudyLesson 13

Arpeggio Study

How do you sequence arpeggio shapes and create a more angular sound to your country playing? Andy Wood explains how he was influenced by fusion playing, and also shares his thoughts on implementing arpeggios...

Length: 5:59 Difficulty: 3.0 FREE
4 Chord ResolutionLesson 14

4 Chord Resolution

How do you lead into the 4 chord and then how can you come out of it and back ito the root? Andy Wood tells us about the importance of 3rds and 7s. You must also be aware of your other band members because...

Length: 13:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Diminished 5 Chord FunctionsLesson 15

Diminished 5 Chord Functions

Learn to implement diminished ideas over a 5 Chord in a country context. With examples ranging from fast to slow diminished sounds, Andy Wood takes us on a journey through the importance of how these can...

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Chromatic Lick BuildingLesson 16

Chromatic Lick Building

Bring the chromatic sound to your own playing by increasing your ability to improvise. Andy Wood shares examples using different speeds and different licks with the end goal of building your own material....

Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Western Swing and TriadsLesson 17

Western Swing and Triads

Andy goes in depth on the influence of western swing music, talks about finding and utilizing the triad, and demonstrates examples that you can add to your toolbox.

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Comping for a SingerLesson 18

Comping for a Singer

How do you play or comp for a singer in a country band? Andy Wood teaches us several ways to play rhythmic textures and harmony that the singer can easily follow along with. He demonstrates different styles...

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Modern Country OverviewLesson 19

Modern Country Overview

The world of country is continuously expanding. Andy enlightens explains the difference between modern country music and other styles of country playing. He demonstrates the way modern country playing...

Length: 8:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Building Your Own ToneLesson 20

Building Your Own Tone

Andy Wood talks about the importance of building your own high-quality tone. Having a good sound carries so much weight in the world of country music playing. We learn how to get the right tone by listening...

Length: 13:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Phrasing and Building Unique SolosLesson 21

Phrasing and Building Unique Solos

Learn to develop your own phrases and build your very own solos with this in depth lesson on creating something unique with the accumulation of knowledge throughout this series. Know when you are overplaying...

Length: 15:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Single Note Country LinesLesson 22

Single Note Country Lines

Andy Wood talks about the entry points of combining single note lines with double stops. In Part 2, Andy breaks down his song "Shredneck" and demonstrates ways to combine single note lines with double...

Length: 11:29 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Using Open StringsLesson 23

Using Open Strings

In the country world you will notice that many people love using open strings. How do you get that iconic open string sound? Andy Wood teaches and talks about the "G Run" and how essential it is to keep...

Length: 8:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Triplet Application Into Double StopsLesson 24

Triplet Application Into Double Stops

How do Country shuffles accent and give their rhythm some spice? Andy turns up the heat in this lesson as he explains how to implement the triplet application into your double stop playing.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Western Swing Lines Within Country PlayingLesson 25

Western Swing Lines Within Country Playing

Western Swing has had a massive influence on country playing and specifically Andy Wood's style and playing. Learn the similarities between western swing lines and jazz along with fiddle playing. Andy...

Length: 9:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Western Swing Licks for PracticeLesson 26

Western Swing Licks for Practice

In Part 2 of the western swing section, Andy masterfully demonstrates more licks and ways to implement the this unique style.

Length: 1:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Smoke Wagon RiffLesson 27

Smoke Wagon Riff

Andy demonstrates and teaches us the Smoke Wagon riff from his new record. By using our newfound hybrid picking skills, he slowly breaks down and teaches us note by note in different tempos.

Length: 2:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Ballad of Ricky and Cal RiffLesson 28

The Ballad of Ricky and Cal Riff

Andy takes a look at a riff from his song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal." Learn how to play the riff and unlock all of its mysteries.

Length: 2:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Ballad of Ricky and Cal Ending LickLesson 29

The Ballad of Ricky and Cal Ending Lick

Continuing on with Andy's song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal" we learn the ending melody and acquire tricks to make it sound smooth. It requires string skipping and a bit of a reach to play with perfection.

Length: 2:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Shredneck Cross Picking IntroLesson 30

Shredneck Cross Picking Intro

It's time to be shown the secrets of the amazing introduction in "Shredneck." By slowing the intro down, Andy carefully teaches us how to perfectly play his song by using crosspicking.

Length: 4:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Shredneck Double Stop LickLesson 31

Shredneck Double Stop Lick

Ever wonder how Andy Wood plays his epic song Shredneck? In this lesson we get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn exactly how Andy plays his original song. Andy explains the importance of...

Length: 2:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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ANDY WOOD is recognized as part of the forefront of this generation’s top influential guitarists.

Currently touring as a solo guitarist and mandolinist along with working on a host of additional musical projects, Andy is also performing live with his own band promoting CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND A LIE, the double album which showcases his vast musical influences and abilities.

Andy has toured professionally with a wide range of acts, including most recently Gary Allan, LOCASH, Rascal Flatts, Scott Stapp, and Sebastian Bach. Looking for an outlet for styles other than hard rock, Andy also released his debut solo album A DISCONCERTING AMALGAM. This instrumental record covers a broad range of genres including fusion, rock, metal, and acoustic bluegrass. Andy Wood is known for blurring the lines of preconceived genres.

Andy spent most of his childhood playing and competing in bluegrass festivals. Touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather provided Andy with the necessary exposure that helped refine and sharpen his skills. Andy and his cousin held various state championship titles.

At the young age of sixteen, Andy finished second in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MANDOLIN CONTEST in Winfield, Kansas. All of this was accomplished before Andy discovered the world of electric guitar at the age of eighteen.

Fast-forward a few years. Andy’s curiosity and appreciation for music drew him into the world of electric guitars. The new instrument was familiar due to his experience with acoustic instruments, but at the same time, allowed him to manipulate his sound in ways never before possible. He began studying the styles of Nashville session players such as Brent Mason and Albert Lee.

It was not long after Andy had immersed himself in new styles such as jazz, swing, fusion, and rock. Andy began to study other guitar greats such as The Dixie Dregs, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai. The young guitarist began incorporating their influences into his own style.

At the age of 22, Andy was drawn back to competition in the form of GUITARMAGGEDON, a guitar contest sponsored by Guitar Center. Andy was a face in the crowd of 3,400 other contestants, but he made his presence known by being crowned champion of this prestigious tournament.

Not long after winning Guitarmaggedon, Andy became a founding member of the rock group DOWN FROM UP. They have toured with Seven Dust, Drowning Pool and 10 Years.

As Andy climbs to greater and greater heights, his technical proficiency and tasteful chops makes Mr. Wood a force to be reckoned with, and a name you will not forget. If you find yourself “Caught Between The Truth and a Lie,” you’ll need all the “Charisma” you can get your hands on!

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