Spring Savings Event with sub-Netflix prices and 2020 Guitarist Toolkits. Unlock all artists, courses and platform features. Apply Your Coupon Code
Subtle hand positioning can go a long way in determining the proper position for lead playing or rhythm playing. Here, Dan analyzes this concept in great detail, getting you on the right path and putting you in the best position to play either!
Taught by Dan Sugarman in Sugarman's Shredding Revolution seriesLength: 4:30Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Rhythm vs. Lead Position
Right off the bat, I want to discuss something that will clear a lot up for most players. It’s the idea of “Rhythm vs. Lead Position” with your picking hand.
To support all of the different actions and mechanics going into the two hands so far for our 2 hand sync, I want to dive into some other awesome muting techniques in both the fretting and picking hands - but first, I want to break down a really easy and effective way to view the way we attack our strings.
In a previous lesson we covered my concept of home position, and some of its applications to help us perfect the way our picking hand interfaces with the strings… I want to take that a step further with another dimension we can add to the mechanics in our picking hand to alter the tone, and ultimately its purpose. Again, giving us a standard position for particular usage so we can set it and forget it, using it on call and in the moment… And that is rhythm playing position vs lead playing position.
In all honesty, it’s as simple as angling and changing the way your hand-butt interfaces with the strings. Right, hand-butt - lemme crack that old chestnut open for you. Your picking hand has two butt-cheeks, the thumb-butt, and the front-butt. When the front-butt, or front part of your palm is leading the pick, that’s rhythm position… With varying degrees of closeness, this is the general idea. The front-butt’s point of contact is either in front of or on the same place as the string that’s being played. But when the thumb-butt is following the pick, that is lead playing position, because it leaves the string being played unaffected by the palm as the point of contact is BEHIND the string behind played usually on the side of the thumb and the thumb-butt itself.
Think of the way a zamboni takes a torn up ice hockey rink and spits out fresh ice behind it… That’s lead playing - with your thumb-butt acting as the blade (muting technique) behind your engine (the pick).
Think of the way a snow plow pushes snow to the side of the road… a giant shovel on the front of a machine… that leading edge (your palm’s front-butt) of the snow plow is like your front-butt cutting into fresh ice, with the engine (the pick) behind the edge this time, unlike the zamboni. This is essentially the difference between palm muting (rhythm playing) and muting with the palm (lead playing).
At this point, the idea of rhythm playing position and lead playing position should make perfect sense so long as you’re following the previous habits we’ve developed so far. Review this lesson and the lessons before it if something isn’t clicking! Experiment with different uses of this on your own with riffs and leads!
Sugarman's Shredding Revolution is all about discovering and creating ways to develop a new and unique level of understanding of two-hand synchronization, which is one of the core foundations of clean playing.
Dan Sugarman gives us an introduction and preview to his series - Sugarman's Shredding Revolution.Length: 5:13 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Dan begins his series by revolutionizing the way we approach our instrument. In this lesson, Dan shares a concept he calls The Speed of "Light".Length: 10:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Finding the "Goldilocks" zone is key to getting your hands in the best position possible to shred, by finding the right amount of pressure to apply to the strings. Dan helps us find the touch that's "just...Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson, we put into practice what we've talked about so far in this series. This exercise is designed to help you find your Goldilocks Zone, and practice it enough to put it on auto pilot!Length: 7:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Contrary to what some say, good posture feeds into good technique, which feeds into great guitar playing. In this lesson Dan gives us examples of good posture for two different ways of holding the guitar.Length: 5:21 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Distributing the right amount of pressure throughout your hand is a key foundation to achieving two hand sync. In this lesson, Dan analyzes this concept and helps to get us on the right track.Length: 12:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
This lesson is designed to work on the hand to brain connection during the string change, and to help you "fall" into position as opposed to "flail" into position.Length: 2:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now it's time to sprinkle some legato playing into the proceedings. Starting with hammer ons, Dan shows us how to use "weight" not "strength" to achieve this technique.Length: 6:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now Dan shows us the next element of legato playing: Pull Offs.Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Using hammer-ons and pull-offs that we learned in the previous lessons, Dan now gives us an introduction to true legato - using three note per string patterns.Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that we've spent a good deal of time on the fretting hand, it's time to turn our attention to the picking hand. Dan starts with examining how to get the best tone from our instrument, using what he...Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan helps us apply some exercises to the home application that will help it become second nature in no time!Length: 8:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A solid rhythmic foundation is a must when addressing the basics of good technique. In this lesson, Dan shows a very fresh and cool way to approach rhythm, with the ancient Indian method: Konokol.Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now, Dan moves the Konokol rhythm system that we looked at in the last lesson to the guitar, exploring different rhythm configurations along the way.Length: 3:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
When it comes to complex rhythm, understanding the difference between polyrhythm and polymeter are very important. In this lesson, Dan gives us a crash course on how to tell the difference.Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now it's time to put our hands together (so to speak). We're bringing what we've worked on for the left hand, and what we've worked on for the right hand together to get a firm grasp of our two hand sync....Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan continues to emphasize two hand sync, adding the new ideas of inside picking and outside picking.Length: 10:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now Dan introduces some 2 string patterns into our two hand sync exercises. In each lesson, he's ratcheting up the difficulty level!Length: 3:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan explores more two string patterns, this time emphasizing odd two string patterns. Finger twisters and brain teasers for sure!Length: 8:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Endurance is the name of the game in this lesson. Dan shows us one of his favorite techniques he calls "Phalange Laps".Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Subtle hand positioning can go a long way in determining the proper position for lead playing or rhythm playing. Here, Dan analyzes this concept in great detail, getting you on the right path and putting...Length: 4:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now we get to muting techniques. Starting off, Dan gives us all the details on muting techniques for the picking hand. These are a must if you want to truly reign in that beast of an instrument!Length: 12:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Switching our muting attention to the fretting hand, Dan gives us the essential techniques we need to get the cleanest result.Length: 14:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Dan teaches a great way to analyze our own playing, focusing in on our mistakes and how to correct them. It starts with quarantining our playing.Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
What gives you your unique voice on the guitar? Well, there are a number of things that go into that equation. In this lesson, Dan takes a look at some of the key techniques that will go a long way in...Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now Dan will help us focus on growing our weaknesses. First up is Rhythm vs. Lead Playing.Length: 5:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Up next in working on strengths and weaknesses? Legato.Length: 3:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Up next in the world of substrates - Alternate Picking.Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The last substrate Dan takes us through is Directional Picking.Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In the last lesson of the series, Dan gives us a musical, full band exercise that ties in all of the techniques that we've learned throughout the series.Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Who is Dan Sugarman? Get to know a little about Dan - his background, his music, and what drives him to excel at guitar in this JamPlay interview.Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
About Dan Sugarman View Full Biography
Dan Sugarman is a 26 year old guitarist, producer, teacher and songwriter hailing from the South Bay of Los Angeles, CA. His tenacity and dedication to the art of music and guitar led him to the lead guitar position in the internationally touring band, As Blood Runs Black. Now as a solo artist, Dan continues to work on his original music being released through Patreon, and is currently producing and engineering other bands & artists at Sugartone Studios, and composing for film & television. He also maintains an ever-growing student body as a private guitar teacher, mentor, and educator in the crafts of songwriting, creativity, and modern day recording techniques.
Dan is currently working on his "living album", Inside Out - Part I, available on patreon.com and completing an album for his new group A Mind Made Me, featuring singer//actor Sarah J Bartholomew.
Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.
Tyler Grant is back with an introduction to his new series "Classic Country Chops." In this series, Tyler goes in-depth...Free LessonSeries Details
Alan shares his background in teaching and sets the direction for his beginning bass series with simple ideas and musical...Free LessonSeries Details
Learn a simple mini song that illustrates just how intertwined scales and chords really are. Dave uses a G chord paired...Free LessonSeries Details
Orville Johnson introduces turnarounds and provides great ideas and techniques.Free LessonSeries Details
Award winning, Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Calum Graham introduces his Jamplay Artist Series, which aims to transform...Free LessonSeries Details
In lesson 6, Kaki discusses how the left and right hands can work together or independently of each other to create different...Free LessonSeries Details
Trace Bundy talks about the different ways you can use multiple capos to enhance your playing.Free LessonSeries Details
Playing fingerstyle requires the ability to play different techniques at the same time. This of course, is not always an...Free LessonSeries Details
Miche introduces several new chord concepts that add color and excitement to any progression.Free LessonSeries Details
Fingerstyle guitar is a broad term that can incorporate percussive elements of playing as well as Chet Atkins/Jerry Reed...Free LessonSeries Details
Our electric guitar lessons are taught by instructors with an incredible amount of teaching experience.
Albert Collins brought a lot of style to the blues scene. In this lesson, Kenny breaks down Albert's style for you to learn.Free LessonSeries Details
Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.Free LessonSeries Details
JamPlay sits down with veteran fret grinder Steve Smyth of Forbidden and The EssenEss Project. He talks about how he got...Free LessonSeries Details
The hungarian minor scale can be viewed as a modification of the harmonic minor scale. It has a very exotic sound, and is...Free LessonSeries Details
Playing your scales and improvising horizontally on one string is a great way to visualize the scale degrees, and also a...Free LessonSeries Details
Dave "David J" Weiner returns with a lesson on how to play with style and attitude. He covers all the basic techniques you'll...Free LessonSeries Details
Eric Haugen discusses the goals of his "Six String Problem Solver" lesson series and what kind of material it covers.Free LessonSeries Details
David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.Free LessonSeries Details
Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.
|Price Per Lesson||< $0.01||$4 - $5||$30 - $50||Free|
|Money Back Guarantee||Sometimes||n/a|
|Number of Instructors||125||1 – 3||1||Zillions|
|Interaction with Instructors||Daily Webcam Sessions||Weekly|
|Professional Instructors||Luck of the Draw||Luck of the Draw|
|Learn Any Style||Sorta|
|Multiple Camera Angles||Sometimes||-||Sometimes|
|Learn in Sweatpants||Socially Unacceptable|
|Gasoline Needed||$0.00||$0.00||~$4 / gallon!||$0.00|
Mike H."I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"
I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!
Greg J."With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"
I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg
Bill"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.