Tony MacAlpine Master Class

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  • 33 Lessons in HD
  • 3 Hours, 40 Minutes
  • All Tabs Included
  • PDF, Guitar Pro Files
  • Filmed in 4k, 6 Cams
  • Delivered in 1080p
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Tony MacAlpine Guitar Lessons, Master Course

The Master Course: Guitar Lessons from Tony MacAlpine

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Tony MacAlpine defines modern musical virtuosity. Fusing the elements of jazz, progressive rock, and classical music, Tony has proven that he truly is one of rock's most amazing and versatile musicians. From "Edge of Insanity to "Concrete Gardens", this exclusive Master Course will cover the 30 signature styles of Tony MacAlpine.

33 Guitar Lessons from Tony MacAlpine

33 Lessons

This exclusive Master Course will cover the 30 signature styles of Tony MacAlpine.

1080p Video Quality

1080p Video

Filmed in 4k with 6 cameras and delivered to you in high definition, 1080p video.

Live Master Class Included

Live Master Class

Reply of our Live Concert & Master Class included with purchase (recorded 6/15).

Tabs Included

Tabs & Info

Each lesson comes with full documentation, with 53 total supplemental helpers.

Guitar Tabs in Guitar Pro (.gpx) Format

Guitar Pro Files

All tabs and music notation are provided in both PDF and Guitar Pro formats.

About this Course

30 guitar lessons from Tony MacAlpine in high definition with full supplemental material, guitar pro files and tabs. From "Edge of Insanity to "Concrete Gardens", this exclusive Master Course will cover the 30 signature styles of Tony MacAlpine. Offered in 1080p and supplemented with tabs, JamTracks, and Master PDF, this is a can't-miss course

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Dig into the style and technique of one of the most accomplished and creative guitarists of his era! Ever a true clinician, Tony MacAlpine breaks down over 30 song passages from his extensive catalogue while offering pointed instruction on melodic development, composition, soloing, picking and legato techniques and more. Tony covers:

  • Lead Composition
  • Writing Motifs and Lines
  • Developing Melody and Harmony
  • Legato and Embellishments
  • Answering Advanced Techniques
  • Step-by-Step Exercises
  • and much, much more...

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All Files, All Content

Save all files with full supplemental material to make your practice sessions more effective. You will receive:

  • 30 Lessons: 3 Hours, 40 Minute Runtime
  • Video files in 1080p Quality
  • Notation and Tabs (PDF, Guitar Pro)
  • Backing Tracks and MP3s
  • Practice Exercises and Examples

Our lessons are filmed in 4k with 6 cameras for accurate, beauitful video quality and delivered to you in 1080p, MP4 video.

Lessons in this Master Course

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1

Series Introduction 3:39

Get a taste of what to expect from Tony's Master Course. Tony outlines the core concepts and techniques taught in this set of lessons.

2

Interview 22:46

Sit back and relax before the mayhem begins! Tony talks about his career and music, and offers some solid advice for the aspiring musician in us all.

3

The Taker 3:03

Dive into Tony’s style with some signature string-skipping action. Tony’s string skipping technique is unmistakable and this short passage is a great place to start when working on this kind of playing.

4

Concrete Gardens Rhythm 2:59

The driving, staccato rhythm found in Concrete Gardens will make you feel like a superhero. Tony keeps things efficient with alternate picking, and crisp with the use of palm muting.

5

Concrete Gardens Solo 2:52

Using a sequential idea repeated on different sets of strings, Tony shares another idea that requires not only some strategic picking, but also some key hammer-ons, in order to make it flow correctly.

6

Concrete Gardens Clean 2:14

While the drums and rhythm guitar are driving like a freight train, Tony throws this clean, chorus laden tone over the top, creating a rich texture that he likes to refer to as “icing on the cake.”

7

Exhibitionist Blvd 2:39

This motif is sure to make your head spin. It goes up as it goes down, is highly syncopated, and is utilizing the dirty, low 7-string sound.

8

Exhibitionist Blvd Chorus 4:53

Get ready to challenge both your brain and your fingers. This line requires quickly switching between finger patterns while maintaining a consistent picking pattern.

9

Square Circles 3:17

Tony has a way of using rhythm and repetition along with complex harmony structures to create things that stick in your ears. There are some seriously weird harmonic ideas going on in this melody. In an important way, the rhythmic consistencies, though odd as well, hold it together and make it approachable.

10

Square Circles - Opening Rhythm 2:26

Let’s rewind a bit and check out the opening rhythm to this fascinating piece. Combining multiple techniques, including muting and hammer-on’s, this line feeds off of and accentuates the bass and drum parts happening in the track.

11

Sierra Morena 3:09

When applying altered tonalities, you’re intentionally trying change what the normal flow of the music would be. In essence, you’re in one tonal space, but you’re borrowing notes from where the song is going in order to set up what you haven’t played yet! Here, we start in a major key but it begins to sound oddly harmonic minor in the way the chords move under what Tony plays.

12

Dream Mechanism Part 1 2:57

Break away from terrifying guitar ideas in this segment with a simple, catchy melody that outlines the strongest notes in a basic chord progression. Tony plays a good ‘road-trip type’ groove with it, and shares a part of one of his most requested songs. This is a fantastic melody and progression to dive into if you want to gain insights in developing your own melodies.

13

Dream Mechanism Part 2 2:31

Tony first outlines the chord progression and explains how it inspired the solo he plays over a passage from his popular song “Dream Mechanism.” He drives home the point that, for him, some of the most inspiring melodies come from simply following where a chord progression wants to go. You’ll hear Tony’s Classically-influenced composition tendencies combined with some great straight ahead rock.

14

Pyrokinesis Part 13:01

Upon first glance, this line looks and sounds like a raking or sweeping idea. Closer examination by Tony reveals that it can be more fluidly done with legato playing. These arpeggios are what tie the broader melody of the song together, so it is important that they are clean, not too percussive, and sit just right in the groove. They go by fast when played so be sure to pour over the breakdown.

15

Pyrokinesis Part 2 2:14

There’s a lot to unpack in this flurry of notes. You’ll be employing three-note-per-string sequencing, precision alternate picking and rapid position shifts. The position shifts actually create an opportunity to have more uniform fingering throughout. Rather than trying to stay in position, the player can simply repeat the same fingering over and over again making faster speeds easier to attain.

16

Pyrokinesis Part 3 2:36

You’ll get to stay in position, play in harmonic minor and utilize some punchy triplet ideas within an otherwise slower sequence. The rhythmic variance is challenging from a picking perspective and it is easy to tense up when trying to harness these short bursts of speed. Tony recommends taking the triplet transitions out of context to practice them first so you get the feel of the pick .

17

Poison Cookies Part 1 2:36

Tony breaks down a run from his song “Poison Cookies” that has garnered many questions since he introduced it on his album Concrete Gardens. It goes by so fast live and on the record, that it appears to be more complex than it actually is! You’ll notice with Tony’s slow breakdown of the line, that it is largely triad-based and utilizes a strategic blend of legato playing and consecutive picking.

18

Poison Cookies Part 22:53

Continuing with his glimpse into the song “Poison Cookies,” Tony looks at the build up to the solo section as an example of repeating rhythmic motifs that move from chord to chord over a progression. The main focus in learning this passage should be on making sure the rhythm is showcased as that is what is going to ‘hook’ the listener’s ear.

19

Poison Cookies Part 3 2:55

Tony examines the chorus outro into the run from his song “Poison Cookies.” When this passage is played live, it is played with multiple guitar players. Tony discusses the keys to locking in with other players, especially in a lead guitar context and highlights several target notes in the line that serve as landing points for all players involved. Practice playing with Tony as well as over the backing track.

20

Poison Cookies Rhythm 2:00

This catchy line is sure to have you coming back for more. Built off of the open B string, the straightforward rhythm and melodic movement just feel good under your fingers. The string skipping and speed of this line may be challenging, but with some work, you’ll get there. This line really holds the band together, and is a key element to the feel of the song.

21

Confessions of a Medieval Monument 3:05

With lines like this, many guitar players default to sweep picking. Tony asserts that in this case, these arpeggios really need to be approached with alternate picking in order to get the proper note separation. Sticking with alternate picking also helps to employ some of the other techniques Tony is using in this passage.

22

Epic Part 1 3:50

Get a crash course in melodic development using what Tony calls a “mini ballad” or a song within a song. The idea is that you create a melodic phrase that stands apart from the rest of the song and make a hook out of it. It not only provides a nice solace in the middle of an otherwise high-intensity environment, but is a fantastic exercise in putting melody first.

23

Epic Part 2 1:58

Whole tone scales are notoriously difficult to apply. Tony shares a great example of incorporating this scale in his tune “Epic” by emphasising other, more melodic notes not included in the whole tone scale. He also creates a catchy sequence that follows along with other band members. The result is a chaotic yet calculated sound that brings the whole band to a single moment.

24

Epic Rhythm 3:20

The title of this track says it all. The long ringing tones of this rhythmic line are nothing short of epic. While this piece is relatively easy, some of the muting could present a challenge. The harmonies present will also force your ear outside of the box. The band all seems to be doing something different, but holding your own as the guitarist is crucial to achieving the aggressive sound Tony is going for.

25

Epic Clean 3:36

Tony uses neighbor tones in this lick to create a smooth, vocal-like line.

26

Napolean's Puppet Part 1 2:28

Tony teaches portions of the rhythm section from Napolean's Puppet.

27

Napolean's Puppet Part 2 3:29

Taking parts from Napolean's Puppet, Tony teaches a line that utilizes the whammy bar.

28

Napolean's Puppet Part 3 2:07

Tony teaches a legato line taken from Napolean's Puppet.

29

Napolean's Puppet Part 4 1:39

Tony teaches part four from Napolean's Puppet. This one will require a good level of dexterity and knowledge of alternate picking to accomplish.

30

King's Rhapsody Line 1 3:38

Tony teaches the solo from King's Rhapsody which encompasses multiple lines simultaneously.

31

King's Rhapsody Line 2 2:22

Tony teaches Line 2 of the King's Rhapsody solo which encompasses an ensemble like sound.

32

King's Rhapsody Line 3 2:44

Tony uses an octave based melody in lesson 32 to teach the third line of the King's Rhapsody Solo.

33

Live Event & Performance Replay 1:49

Tony MacAlpine puts on a live concert and then answers your questions. Come see amazing live performances of his songs, and hear his distilled wisdom. Tony truly is one of the best guitar players in history.

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