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Skill Building Guitar Lessons

Developing your playing and perfecting techniques, this can be thought of as a catch-all category for more focused, skill-based lessons.



Lead Concepts & Techniques Lessons While the rhythm guitarist focuses on song structure and accompaniment, lead guitar playing focuses on melody lines, solos, and improvisation.
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Lead Concepts & Techniques Guitar Lessons

Lead Concepts & Techniques

Lead Concepts & Techniques

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
Impact Soloing

Impact Soloing

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
The Art of Riffing

The Art of Riffing

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
Speed and Technique Lessons Regardless of genre, improving your technical precision is a large component of mastering the guitar, and can lead to new creative options.
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Speed and Technique Guitar Lessons

Speed and Technique

Speed and Technique

Focus: Brad Henecke offers exercises and technique discussions to develop your playing, including lessons for economy, alternate, and sweep picking.

12 Lessons Series Details
Speed and Technique

Speed and Technique

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
Warm Up Techniques

Warm Up Techniques

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
Speed And Technique

Speed And Technique

Focus: Allen "Robot" Van Wert teaches his approach to developing technique necessary for fast playing.

19 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Tapping Overload

Tapping Overload

Focus: Learn intermediate to advanced tapping techniques with virtuoso Andy James.

7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Technique & Concepts

Technique & Concepts

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
Power Picking with Prashant Aswani

Power Picking with Prashant Aswani

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
Tips & Tricks Lessons 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.
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Tips & Tricks Guitar Lessons

Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks

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
Tips & Tricks with Brendan Burns

Tips & Tricks with Brendan Burns

Focus: Brendan Burns covers tips for rapid chord changing and economy of motion.

18 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Tips and Tricks with Nick Kellie

Tips and Tricks with Nick Kellie

Focus: Nick Kellie demonstrates cool ways to enhance your playing.

7 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
6 Week Note Memorization Program

6 Week Note Memorization Program

Focus: Learn the notes of a guitar neck in 6 weeks.

6 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Jim's Bag of Tricks

Jim's Bag of Tricks

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
Effortless Guitar

Effortless Guitar

Focus: Effortless Guitar With Dave Isaacs.

11 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn

Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn

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
Using a Capo

Using a Capo

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
Acoustic Tricks With Mark Kroos

Acoustic Tricks With Mark Kroos

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
Chord Building

Chord Building

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
Hummin' and Strummin'

Hummin' and Strummin'

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
Jamming With Others

Jamming With Others

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
Reading Music and Rhythms Lessons 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.
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Reading Music and Rhythms Guitar Lessons

Reading Music and Rhythm

Reading Music and Rhythm

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
Music Reading

Music Reading

Focus: Jim Deeming teaches the basics of standard notation and music reading. He will start off with the absolute basics, so beginners have nothing to fear.

9 Lessons Series Details
Singing with Guitar Lessons 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.
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Singing with Guitar Lessons

Guitar Performance

Guitar Performance

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
Singing with Guitar

Singing with Guitar

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
Theory and Improvisation Lessons This series will cover all things music theory as well as key techniques for improvising and how to respond to "in the moment" situations.
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Theory and Improvisation Guitar Lessons

Music Theory 101 with Steve Eulberg

Music Theory 101 with Steve Eulberg

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
Theory and Improvisation with Nick Kellie

Theory and Improvisation with Nick Kellie

Focus: Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and theory of modes based around this system of learning.

48 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann

Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann

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
Improv with Brendan

Improv with Brendan

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
Theory & Improv with Brendan Burns

Theory & Improv with Brendan Burns

Focus: Brendan Burns talks about the circle of fifths, intervals and more to help you in your playing.

27 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Improvisation with Daniel Gilbert

Improvisation with Daniel Gilbert

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
Nomad's Modal Magic Show

Nomad's Modal Magic Show

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
Theory and Improv with Marcelo

Theory and Improv with Marcelo

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
Evolving the E

Evolving the E

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
12 String Guitar Lessons 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.
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12 String Guitar Lessons

12 String with Mark

12 String with Mark

Focus: Mark Lincoln provides an in-depth look into the world of 12 string guitars in this series. This lesson set assumes an intermediate level of overall knowledge, but starts by covering the very basics of the 12 string guitar.

3 Lessons Series Details
Rhythm Guitar Lessons Learn the ins and outs of rhythm playing from the JamPlay instructors!
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Rhythm Guitar Lessons

Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns

Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns

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
Expanding Your Rhythm Playing

Expanding Your Rhythm Playing

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
Five Fret Alphabet

Five Fret Alphabet

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
Ear Training Lessons Learn how to identify chords, their quality and interval distances in this ear training lesson set.
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Ear Training Guitar Lessons

Ear Training with Matt Brown

Ear Training with Matt Brown

Focus: Matt Brown provides instruction and exercise to facilitate ear training.

5 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Play Songs By Ear

Play Songs By Ear

Focus: Your ears can be one of your most valuable assets as a musician. In this series, Don is going to show you how to translate what you hear into what you play.

8 Lessons Series Details
Recording and Micing Lessons Learn the basics to creating a personal home studio.
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Recording and Micing Guitar Lessons

Recording and Micing

Recording and Micing

Focus: Chris Liepe offers insight and ideas on how to create your own "home studio" as well as tips and tricks to proper micing techniques. Everything you need to know to record quality guitar sounds is in here.

11 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details
Instrument Care & Maintenance Lessons Taking good care of your instrument is very important. This series will cover basic care, maintenance and mods.
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Instrument Care & Maintenance Guitar Lessons

Guitar & Pedal Mods

Guitar & Pedal Mods

Focus: Steve McKinley, a knowledgeable player who specializes in guitar, bass and pedal modification, creates a series that will make modifying your gear look like child's play.

12 Lessons View Free LessonSeries Details