Developing your playing and perfecting techniques, this can be thought of as a catch-all category for more focused, skill-based lessons.
While the rhythm guitarist focuses on song structure and accompaniment, lead guitar playing focuses on melody lines, solos, and improvisation.
Focus: Dennis Hodges blends conceptual lead instruction for developing solos, improvising, and harmonizing along with lead techniques such as legato, sweeping, and alternate picking.23 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Tired of playing the same old things when it's time for you to take a solo? Prashant's methodical approach to breaking out of normal patterns and making traditional 'guitar-isms' sound fresh and new will give your playing new legs.29 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: In this series, David divulges some of his secrets to crafting great riffs and gives you the building blocks to start creating your own.10 Lessons Series Details
Focus: It can be common for guitar players to take an exaggerated stance on technique. Some seem allergic to anything perceived as overly technical, and shun learning extended techniques. Others make virtuosity the core aspect of their playing, but overlook writing and forming a musical voice. Both extremes are creatively limiting. Join Gretchen Menn as she introduces us to her JamPlay series, Technique in Service of Creativity, showing that the two worlds need not be in opposition. Suited for guitarists at all skill levels, Gretchen aims to show how techniques can unlock creative freedom and inspire new ideas.30 Lessons Series Details
Regardless of genre, improving your technical precision is a large component of mastering the guitar, and can lead to new creative options.
Focus: Brad Henecke offers exercises and technique discussions to develop your playing, including lessons for economy, alternate, and sweep picking.12 Lessons Series Details
Focus: This exercise-heavy series serves to improve your playing dexterity, coordination, synchronization of your left and right hand, and speed building in the techniques of alternate picking, sweep picking, and legato.9 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: This lesson series will focus on ways to improve warm up routines. Here there will be lots of opportunity to develop new ideas to warming up correctly.1 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Allen "Robot" Van Wert teaches his approach to developing technique necessary for fast playing.19 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn intermediate to advanced tapping techniques with virtuoso Andy James.7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: In this series Joe breaks down some of the techniques and concepts the he draws from in his own improvisation. He blends numerous styles and influences to create a mesmerizing sound that is as musically beautiful as it is technically challenging.15 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Prashant Aswani presents "Power Picking!" A 30 day exercise based program designed at introducing you to all the picking techniques necessary to play killer lead guitar.31 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: If you’ve ever felt like one of your hands seems to fall behind the other, or you tend to get ahead of yourself in one way or another, you are well aware of how frustrating this problem can be. But don't worry, we can fix it. With a little bit of help, and your focused attention to detail, Dan can get you through this plateau that so many guitarists before you have given up at, or worse… they’ve been completely content with sloppy guitar playing!31 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Every guitarist gets a point where they wish to add their own touch to their play. Tips and tricks including hammer ons, pull offs, rakes and harmonics.
Focus: David Anthony thoroughly explores harmonics on the guitar. He begins the series with an explanation of the acoustic properties surrounding harmonic production. David explains how to add natural, tap, slapped, and harp harmonics to your original compositions.11 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Brendan Burns covers tips for rapid chord changing and economy of motion.18 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Nick Kellie demonstrates cool ways to enhance your playing.7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn the notes of a guitar neck in 6 weeks.6 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: In his Bag of Tricks series, Jim provides lessons for frequently asked questions as well as general tips and tricks of the trade.3 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Effortless Guitar With Dave Isaacs.11 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Peter Einhorn takes a look at chord harmonization in this lesson series. Instead of the more traditional method of harmonizing the bass notes, he teaches a reverse method to harmonizing the melody.10 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Justin Roth, acclaimed indie songwriter and guitarist, delves deep into the world of the capo. He explains not only how a standard capo can be used, but also partial and drop tuning capos.6 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Mark Kroos reaches in to his bag and pulls out a few tricks you might be interested in learning for the acoustic guitar.2 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Daniel Gilbert utilizes 3 string combinations, scales, and right hand techniques to demonstrate how chords are built and where they can be built within the full fret board of your guitar.14 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Have you been playing guitar for a while but feel like something is missing? Maybe it's how you connect with your instrument! Learn how to "think what you play and play what you think" in Hawkeye Herman's series, Hummin' and Strummin'! Relax, visualize and tune into your best friend: your guitar!10 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Are you tired of just playing in your bedroom? Are you thinking of putting yourself out there in a jamming situation? If so, this series from Hawkeye Herman is just the one for you! From being on stage to setting up a private jam, Hawkeye covers all aspects of jamming with other people.10 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Many players find themselves in perpetual beginner mode after feeling like they have learned the basics. They seem to struggle with the same sorts of things over and over again, lack direction in their practice sessions and find it difficult to regularly apply what they have learned. This course is designed by Dave Isaacs with these players in mind. The goal of this material is to help players who feel like they will always be a beginner break through to the next level. We want to help you bridge the gap between a beginner player and an advanced player.31 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: This course is for beginner to intermediate guitarists who may have encountered potholes in their roads of study. The aim is to discuss and devise exercises to help fix problems with basic theory, ear training, physical mechanics, and musical philosophy.33 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: This course will provide you with the skills, confidence and knowledge you need to whip out your guitar this summer. Whether your goal is to play around the campfire, serenade your sweetheart or attend a backyard bluegrass jam, we can help. The knowledge found within will unlock chords, progressions and strumming patterns that will quite literally allow you to play thousands of songs. In addition, you'll get the confidence and charisma you need to pull it all off.21 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
In order to understand the theory necessary to progress as a player, a basic understanding of how to read music and how to read rhythms is necessary.
Focus: Matt brings all of his years of education right to you with this fantastic series on how to read music. You will start with the very basics and work up to some very advanced concepts.52 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Singing along with the guitar is a time honored tradition that can add depth to your playing. This skill is particularly prevalent to rhtyhm guitarists.
Focus: This series is all about guitar performance and the skills you need to do so. This series will cover basic vocal skills, singing and playing, equipment needed for living playing and other crucial skills.21 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Singing and playing the guitar together can add another dimension to your ability as a musician and guitarist. Steve Eulberg gets you well on your way to being able to sing and play guitar at the same time. He starts with easy one chord songs and moves on from there.10 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
This series will cover all things music theory as well as key techniques for improvising and how to respond to "in the moment" situations.
Focus: Steve presents an information packed lesson series that will break down the basics of music theory. From the language to notation, all things music will be taught right here.25 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and theory of modes based around this system of learning.48 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: David Wallimann will cover all of the topics necessary master the art of improvisation. He will cover theory, including intervals, scales and modes as well as techniques to improve ones improvisation.13 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: In his Theory and Improvisation series, Brendan Burns looks at triads, chord voicings and usage across the circle of fifths.24 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Brendan Burns talks about the circle of fifths, intervals and more to help you in your playing.27 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Recognized around the world for his guitar teaching and playing, Daniel Gilbert offers up a unique and in-depth series on improvisation.40 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Learn how to use modes in your playing with Nomad's simple 3 step process! Get the knowledge, apply the knowledge and start playing some sweet solos!36 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Marcelo Berestovoy dives into his Theory and Improv series, teaching you the foundational aspects of chording that will set you up for the ultimate improvisation success!19 Lessons Series Details
Focus: Ian Argys brings you a lesson series all about creating melody, harmony and working within the modes. Starting from a basic E chord and four forms of it, you'll unlock the modes and start thinking melodically from the root concepts of the E chord.22 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Join veteran JamPlay instructor Will Ripley to learn the music theory concepts you need to know to further your knowledge in the genres of rock and blues. This Phase 1 series is focused on the basic, must know concepts that you will use in your everyday playing!21 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Join GIT graduate and professional guitar player, Michael Palmisano as he explores his personal approach to improvising on guitar30 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Have you reached a point in your playing where having greater knowledge of the fretboard is paramount for your progress? If so, this lesson series is for you! Musicians Institute instructor Jeff Marshall provides a bottom up approach to learning the entirety of the fretboard using the basic CAGED system36 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: As guitarists, we tend to memorize shapes without ever really knowing why. The goal of this course is to provide guitarists with the fundamentals to “see” the skeletal structure of the chords and scales they already know, in order to unlock new shapes and sounds. Horace Bray delivers an all-encompassing course on triads; one of the cornerstones of unlocking melody and harmony across the neck.41 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
The 12 string guitar has a very full, unique and beautiful sound. For those who wish to learn the techniques needed to play the 12 string guitar, this series is a must.
Learn the ins and outs of rhythm playing from the JamPlay instructors!
Focus: Focusing on different forms of picking and playing can steal your chops away from your rhythm playing. Brendan Burns offers up a 6 week coarse on rebuilding your rhythm chops that focuses on training necessary muscle groups and getting back into tempo.19 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Chris takes his 6 week series technique into an Expanding your Rhythm Playing session. Here you will learn how to dive into different ways of creating new forms of the chords you currently know. Chris will also demonstrate the theory behind why these new forms can be created.6 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Focus: Many guitar players get nice and comfortable once they learn their basic chords, maybe a few scales and some strum patterns. But it is easy to get stuck and bored after learning the basics. Dave sticks primarily to the first five frets of the guitar, takes those simple, familiar chords and concepts and helps you get musical with them! Bring what you know and you'll be amazed what you can do with what you have. This series is primarily aimed at beginner and intermediate rhythm acoustic guitar players.20 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Learn how to identify chords, their quality and interval distances in this ear training lesson set.
Focus: Matt Brown provides instruction and exercise to facilitate ear training.5 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Learn the basics to creating a personal home studio.
Taking good care of your instrument is very important. This series will cover basic care, maintenance and mods.