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Mike is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

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Mike Dawes Master Course

Start your fingerstyle foray under the tutelage of a world-class player. Mike Dawes teaches you to go from a fingerstyle newbie to playing some of his most advanced compositions. 40 lessons to both inspire and challenge any guitarist, exclusively from JamPlay.

Lesson 1

Introduction to the...

Mike Dawes introduces you to his inspirational course. He talks about what you will learn,...

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Lesson 2

Mike Dawes Gear

From fingernails to pickups, take a close look at the gear that helps Mike create his...

Length: 7:23
Lesson 3

Travis Picking Technique

Time for a technique overview! Mike walks through the basics of Travis picking to set...

Length: 10:38
Lesson 4

Travis Picking Part...

Mike demonstrates travis picking over the 12-bar blues, a perfect context to get your...

Length: 13:43
Lesson 5

Travis Picking Licks

Learn a lead accompaniment inspired by the late Jerry Reed. This travis picked lick works...

Length: 6:07
Lesson 6

Travis Picking Combined

Taking the parts learned in the last two lessons, Mike demonstrates them separately, then...

Length: 3:55
Lesson 7

DADGAD: Scales and Control

DADGAD offers a great stepping stone out of standard tuning. Mike introduces scales and...

Length: 10:48
Lesson 8

DADGAD: Right Hand Control

Now that we are comfortable with scales in our left hand, Mike introduces right hand exercises...

Length: 8:51
Lesson 9

DADGAD: Movable Shapes

When you changed into DADGAD, it probably felt like you lost your chord shapes. Mike eases...

Length: 11:22
Lesson 10

DADGAD: Favorite Chords

Continuing with movable shapes, Mike introduces some of his favorite chord shapes that...

Length: 5:36
Lesson 11

Getting Creative

So far, we've taken a very technical and theoretical approach to DADGAD. Let's start making...

Length: 7:37
Lesson 12

Getting Creative:

Extracting a section from "Somewhere Home", Mike puts DADGAD tuning to good use. Beware:...

Length: 14:39
Lesson 13


Mike starts into some more advanced techniques, starting with harmonics. These tools are...

Length: 13:22
Lesson 14

Harmonics with Chords

Learning to blend harmonics into chords and melodies is next level! Mike teaches an exercise...

Length: 8:30
Lesson 15

Introduction to Tapping

Tapping is an useful technique to extend melodies beyond basic fingerpicking. Mike introduces...

Length: 7:51
Lesson 16

Lap Tapping

Find out how an accident led to Mike discovering a whole new approach to tapping. Lap...

Length: 7:26
Lesson 17

Lap Tapping Part 2

As Mike continues his exploration into horizontal tapping, he breaks down the first section...

Length: 7:35
Lesson 18

Lap Tapping Licks

Mike introduces a new, untitled lap tapping riff. We're still hanging out in E minor,...

Length: 7:04
Lesson 19

Acoustic Tapping Harmonies

Time to put your guitar back in the upright position. Mike starts to delve into some more...

Length: 7:53
Lesson 20

Advanced Acoustic Workout

In this "ridiculously, hectic" exercise, Mike takes some familiar shapes and turns them...

Length: 8:36
Lesson 21

Introduction to Percussion

You would never hit your guitar? Well, Mike will convince you otherwise. He introduces...

Length: 13:06
Lesson 22

The Percussion Grid

As introduced in the previous lesson, Mike expands on the percussion grid and teaches...

Length: 10:51
Lesson 23

Drum Kit Emulation

If you've ever seen a drum kit, there's more than just a kick and snare. We are going...

Length: 6:24
Lesson 24

Adding the Band

Now that we've got a handle on drums, it's time to add guitar! We introduce the fretting...

Length: 5:57
Lesson 25

Percussion: Overload

Mike takes a percussive groove from his song, Overload, and breaks it down. This riff...

Length: 7:05
Lesson 26

Percussive Riff - Maybe...

Mike takes a riff from "Maybe Someday" a song from his first album, "What Just Happened"...

Length: 5:51
Lesson 27

New Song - The Old Room

World Premiere of this hauntingly beautiful song, "The Old Room". In this lesson, Mike...

Length: 16:41
Lesson 28

The Old Room - The Chorus

The chorus of The Old Room opens up into a majestic section with lush, full chords, harmonics,...

Length: 7:21
Lesson 29

The Old Room - Verse...

Now Mike takes a look at some slight but cool variations in the second verse and second...

Length: 9:52
Lesson 30

The Old Room - Interlude...

Relying heavily on a mix of harmonics, fingerpicking, pull-off's, hammer-on's and percussion,...

Length: 13:27
Lesson 31

The Old Room - Interlude...

Interlude C of The Old Room features 3 sub-sections that build off of one another. Starting...

Length: 12:16
Lesson 32

The Old Room - Outro

Mike closes out the song with this open, free-time outro with dark harmonic tones and...

Length: 6:05
Lesson 33

Boogie Shred - Song...

Building off of what we've learned, Mike is going to break down his song Boogie Shred,...

Length: 16:01
Lesson 34

Boogie Shred - The Verse

The verse of Boogie Shred is built upon a bass pattern with some simple percussion. From...

Length: 11:34
Lesson 35

Boogie Shred - The Pre-Chorus

We'll take a look at the pre-chorus of Boogie Shred.

Length: 7:53
Lesson 36

Boogie Shred - Chorus...

In this lesson, Mike teaches us some cool variations on the verse and chorus of Boogie...

Length: 4:41
Lesson 37

Boogie Shred - Pre-Chorus...

Now it's time to take a look at some variations in the pre-chorus the second time it comes...

Length: 7:17
Lesson 38

Boogie Shred - The Bridge

It sounds crazy, but Mike breaks down the hectic bridge of Boogie Shred and shows that...

Length: 8:11
Lesson 39

Boogie Shred - The Outro

For the final piece of Boogie Shred, we look at the outro, which is a variation of the...

Length: 5:05
Lesson 40

Bonus Interview

Mike shares stories and advice from his own experience as a career musician.

Length: 16:10
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Learn more About Mike Dawes

Mike Dawes (ENG) is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers.

Mike Dawes (ENG) is hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performers.

His acclaimed solo music has gained over 50 million hits on popular video sharing sites and since the release of his debut album in 2013 he has toured almost every continent on the planet, with an average of 150 concerts per year.

Mike needs to be seen live to be believed. His ability to create the most unusual tones and textures simultaneously from a single acoustic guitar leaves fellow musicians stunned. Bass, melody, harmony and percussion all seamlessly produced using his signature technical yet intrinsically musical guitar technique.

His show is not just for guitar fans however, his entertaining and humorous rapport transcends the traditional guitar concert. Extraordinary virtuosity meets Monty Python via a one-man rock show. Mike has recorded with and taught multiple grammy winning artists, appeared on film and TV soundtracks, released apps, written for the world’s best selling music magazines and in addition to his solo work, currently performs alongside and in support of the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, the debut live DVD of which entered the US Billboard charts at #2.

At 28 years of age, Mike has made a huge impact in a relatively short space of time. His persistent work ethic and entertainingly meticulous approach to composition and performance on a single instrument has seen raised smiles and dropped jaws all over the world. He is not a typical guitar player. On a single steel string guitar Mike is able to coax out the most unusual and subtle textures, whilst performing layers and layers of music simultaneously using complex micro-techniques led predominantly by the right hand.

In a style that is hard to illustrate, the young Brit combines rock, folk, funk and pop music in an instrumental concoction that leaves listeners both confused and intrigued. However, it’s his innate musicality and ear for melody that give listeners something different. Mike is able to utilise his advanced technical arsenal to achieve a musical and emotional end, a skill set often lacking in this instrumental category. In the live arena, his British humour and electric presence sprinkle an entertainment not uncommon in a comedy club. He does not take himself seriously, but the music is taken very seriously