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"Making music has a greater purpose - anything I can do to help others, I try to do."

-Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

One time in Japan, I stayed up 43 hours straight doing gigs, interviews, instructional videos and going to clubs.

I take oral hygiene and fire safety seriously.

As a kid, I'd lay the guitar on the ground and play Bach pieces with two hands and one foot. Been a while since I tried that.

When I can, I like to do home improvement stuff - mostly drywall and electrical, some simple plumbing. Last thing I did at my house was install recessed lights in the ceiling going to a dimmer, and put in a new bathroom sink and faucet.


Bumblefoot's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Bumblefoot has 25 videos at JamPlay, with 4 song lessons, 20 lessons in our Artist Series and 1 entertainment video. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Bumblefoot's Artist Series

Unconventional... Diabolical... Just plain crazy! Learn a fresh, quirky and MUSICAL approach to extreme guitar playing!

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal pulls out all the stops in his blistering...

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Lesson 2

The Drummer Is King!

Of all the crazy antics and skills you'll learn in this series, learning your place in...

Length: 19:07
Lesson 3

Focus on the Rhythm

Now try taking the concepts learned in the last lesson and apply them to chords and strumming....

Length: 13:58
Lesson 4

Do You Have an Accent?

Make sure you're thinking and playing behind the beat...Check! Now Bumblefoot makes sure...

Length: 9:54
Lesson 5

Why...Yes I Do!

Now that you've practiced playing with accents at a basic level, learn this blazing sequence...

Length: 9:38
Lesson 6

Sweeping Sensation

Done much sweep picking? Whether you are experienced in this technique or brand new, this...

Length: 7:48
Lesson 7

Sweep it under the Rug

Take the same ascending drill from the last lesson, move it around a bit more, and reverse...

Length: 10:43
Lesson 8

Sweep Up More Stuff!

Slackers beware! Bumblefoot introduces another picking variation and connects the ascending...

Length: 11:59
Lesson 9

Mental Multitasking

A seasoned guitar player can have multiple active channels going in his mind at once....

Length: 8:14
Lesson 10

Huh? Two Scales at Once?

Put mental multitasking to work with your hands. Practice playing a simple C major scale,...

Length: 4:07
Lesson 11

One Step Ahead of Your...

Sharpen your mind like a samurai sword with this exercise! While playing one note, think...

Length: 12:17
Lesson 12

Does Your Left Know...

Here's one more brain tearing exercise! Practice playing different rhythmic groupings...

Length: 7:01
Lesson 13

What Do You Have on...

Get a brief tutorial on proper tapping technique. Then, it's off to Bumbleland! Dive...

Length: 10:06
Lesson 14

I'll Take Two of What...

Take 2 hand and 2 right hand finger tapping to the next level. Don't forget rhythm! Rhythm...

Length: 6:36
Lesson 15

Now Let's Go Tap Dancing

Take the last two crazy lessons on tapping, and make them a bit more musical. As with...

Length: 14:56
Lesson 16

Be a Bit Abnormal

With this lesson, Bumblefoot delivers the first of a handful of ways to take what you...

Length: 10:20
Lesson 17

Blues it Up!

Bumblefoot alters the major scale a little further and roasts it over a simple blues shuffle....

Length: 5:23
Lesson 18

The Note Before the...

Do you like the pentatonic scale? Are you maybe a little tired of being limited by it?...

Length: 6:47
Lesson 19

Read Between the Frets

Join Bumblefoot for another great way to disguise and spruce up your standard pentatonic...

Length: 4:43
Lesson 20

I'm All In!

Before...Between...Now you can add a note after each note played on each string in your...

Length: 7:09