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Basic Electric with Lisa

Lisa will guide you through the basics of electric guitar with a rock and blues flair in this series.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Series

JamPlay is proud to welcome Lisa Pursell to the teaching roster! Lisa introduces herself...

Length: 12:37
Lesson 2

The Basics of Electric...

Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the...

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Lesson 3

Learning Your First...

Lisa jumps right into your first "open" chords. She demonstrates how to play these chords...

Length: 15:48
Lesson 4

Chords and Bass Runs

Lisa continues her lesson series with more basic chord shapes. In addition, she introduces...

Length: 11:45
Lesson 5

More Chords and Bass...

Lisa picks up right where she left off in her last lesson. Here she demonstrates some...

Length: 5:37
Lesson 6

Hybrid Picking

Lisa shifts her focus to the right hand in this lesson. Here she introduces a picking...

Length: 7:08
Lesson 7


Lisa explains triads in this lesson. Simplistic and unique, yet powerful and bold, these...

Length: 6:26
Lesson 8

Travis Picking

Developed by Merle Travis, Lisa explains this hybrid style picking technique in detail....

Length: 8:47
Lesson 9

Triads and Fingerstyle

Lisa introduces some new picking techniques that can be applied to the triads you have...

Length: 18:54
Lesson 10

The Blues Shuffle

Lisa introduces the blues shuffle. You will learn several chordal variations on this classic...

Length: 14:16
Lesson 11

I, IV, and V Chords...

Lisa introduces the I, IV, and V chords. She explains how these chords can be found in...

Length: 8:35
Lesson 12

Sweet Rock Groove

Lisa compiles the information from the last couple of lessons into a nice rock groove....

Length: 6:47
Lesson 13

Barre Chords

Lisa Pursell is back in lesson 13 with barre chords. She explains how to play various...

Length: 12:25
Lesson 14

Syncopated Rhythm

Lisa breaks explains how the left can be used to mute the strings within a funky, syncopated...

Length: 5:05
Lesson 15

Reggae Rhythm

Lisa demonstrates a short and juicy lesson on reggae strumming patterns. Most reggae patterns...

Length: 3:15
Lesson 16

Syncopated Rhythm Revisited

In Lisa's 16th lesson of her Beginner Electric Series, she reopens the topic of syncopated...

Length: 5:29
Lesson 17

Single String Technique

Lisa covers some warm-up exercises that are beneficial for both the left and right hands.

Length: 6:30
Lesson 18

Slide Technique

Lisa presents a small lesson on the slide technique. This technique can be used with scale...

Length: 8:55
Lesson 19

Pull-off Technique

Lisa teaches a classic rock lick that combines the pull-off technique with a pedal tone....

Length: 4:12
Lesson 20

Hammer-on Technique

Lisa covers the hammer-on technique. This technique is essential for all guitarists to...

Length: 2:13
Lesson 21

Some Blues / Jazz Chords

Lisa simplifies and breaks down some chords commonly used in the blues and jazz genres.

Length: 8:10
Lesson 22

6th Intervals

An interval is the musical distance between two different pitches. Here Lisa covers the...

Length: 8:16
Lesson 23

3rd Intervals

Lisa continues to explore important intervals used in music. Here she explains diatonic...

Length: 7:58
Lesson 24

Tool Box Tips

Lisa introduces some techniques that will help you improvise effectively within the major...

Length: 23:05
Lesson 25

Minor Blues Scale

Lisa introduces the minor blues scale. This scale, which adds the b5 degree to the minor...

Length: 13:40
Lesson 26

Texas Style Shuffle...

Taking things back to the SRV sound, Lisa demonstrates this Texas style rhythmic shuffle....

Length: 10:00
Lesson 27

E7(#9) Chord

Lisa takes a quick moment to cover this unique chord. Some dub E7(#9) as the "Classic...

Length: 2:29
Lesson 28

5 Scale Positions

Lisa demonstrates the 5 scale positions of the major and minor pentatonic scales. Each...

Length: 20:19
Lesson 29

Faster Chord Changes

Lisa will cover a metronome technique that will help develop faster chord changes.

Length: 3:24
Lesson 30

Organizing a Practice...

Lisa provides some great tips on how to set up and organize a practice session that will...

Length: 6:28
Lesson 31

Beginner Music Theory

Lisa dives into some beginner music theory and discusses how to use a mnemonic system...

Length: 5:48
Lesson 32

Understanding Minor...

Lisa takes a look at how to build minor chords. She explains the crucial difference between...

Length: 3:21
Lesson 33

Barre Chord Concepts

Lisa explains some important theory information pertaining barre chords.

Length: 8:08
Lesson 34

Barre Chords in a Blues...

Lisa breaks explains how to find the appropriate barre chords within a I-IV-V blues progression.

Length: 5:03
Lesson 35

Octave Shapes

Lisa takes a quick look at how octave shapes are created and where they can be found.

Length: 3:08
Lesson 36

Improvising with Intervals

Lisa demonstrates some ideas on how to improvise using intervals. She begins with the...

Length: 3:59
Lesson 37

5th and 6th Intervals

Lisa continues her last lesson by explaining how 5th and 6th intervals are frequently...

Length: 10:08
Lesson 38

Major Scale

Lisa dives into the major scale and demonstrates a commonly used pattern.

Length: 8:01
Lesson 39

Major Scale - G Shape

Lisa explains how to play the C major scale using the 'G' shape from the CAGED system.

Length: 6:39
Lesson 40

Syncopated Rhythm

In this lesson, Lisa demonstrates how syncopated rhythms work and the different ways they...

Length: 11:56
Lesson 41

Chords and Patterns

Lisa explains how chord shapes and scale patterns relate to one another.

Length: 8:15
Lesson 42

Major Triads

Moving all the way up the neck of the guitar, Lisa demonstrates major triads and explains...

Length: 4:11
Lesson 43

Minor Triads

Lisa now goes on an in depth adventure into minor triads.

Length: 12:42
Lesson 44

Minor Arpeggios

In this quick lesson, Lisa touches on some minor arpeggio ideas.

Length: 3:15
Lesson 45

Scale Application

Lisa demonstrates how to use different scales to create new ways of building both solos...

Length: 4:30
Lesson 46

Single and Double String...

Welcome to the 46th lesson in Lisa Pursell's Beginner Electric series! This lesson covers...

Length: 9:14
Lesson 47

Pull-off Technique

Lisa demonstrates a few practical examples of the pull-off technique.

Length: 10:49
Lesson 48

Adding the Blue Note

Lisa takes a dive into the minor blues scale as a whole. She demonstrates where you can...

Length: 14:05
Lesson 49

Understanding Vibrato

Vibrato is a fantastic and simple technique to understand. This lesson offers different...

Length: 5:34
Lesson 50

Sweep Picking Technique

This lesson provides an in depth look at both downward and upward sweep picking techniques.

Length: 8:26
Lesson 51

Shell Voicings

Want to play a lighter voicing of a full chord? This technique is called "shells" and...

Length: 17:27
Lesson 52

Blues Turnaround Ideas

Need some ideas to bring resolution to a unique blues progression? Let Lisa inspire you...

Length: 16:09
Lesson 53

Harmonizing the Major...

Lisa explains how to harmonize the major scale with diatonic triads.

Length: 19:40
Lesson 54

8 Bar Blues

Lisa lays down an improvised 8 bar blues solo with the help of a backing track. Then,...

Length: 7:18
Lesson 55

Harmonizing with Diatonic...

Lisa continues to demonstrate ways to harmonize notes utilizing diatonic triads. She provides...

Length: 22:48
Lesson 56

Connecting Patterns...

Lisa demonstrates ways to connect patterns using melodic sequences. She moves up and down...

Length: 19:53
Lesson 57

Blues in A

Lisa takes a quick look at how to add the "blue note" into the A minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:48
Lesson 58

Full Neck Harmonization

This in depth lesson explains how to harmonize the major scale while utilizing the entire...

Length: 51:58
Lesson 59

The F#m7(b5) Chord

Lisa demonstrates the F#m7(b5) chord and the different places it can be played on the...

Length: 3:40
Lesson 60


Lisa will use the C Major Add 9 chord shape to help demonstrate how extensions can be...

Length: 3:54
Lesson 61

Passing Tones

Utilizing some of the scale work from previous lessons, Lisa touches on the topic of passing...

Length: 8:23
Lesson 62

Creating a Solo

Developing a simple and tasteful solo can be difficult. However, when you understand how...

Length: 28:03
Lesson 63

Chord Progression Theory

This very quick lesson explains the theory behind the chord progression used in the last...

Length: 2:57
Lesson 64

A Major Pattern 4 Sequencing...

Want to learn some fresh sequencing ideas in A major? Lisa provides two ideas that can...

Length: 13:40
Lesson 65

Using a Metronome

Lisa provides some insight on how to successfully utilize a metronome during a practice...

Length: 3:51
Lesson 66

Rhythmic Chord Playing

Lisa discusses some creative ideas on how to apply 9th chords to your rhythm playing.

Length: 6:30
Lesson 67

Creative Double Stop...

Welcome to Lisa's 67th lesson! Here she provides some creative double stop ideas that...

Length: 12:19
Lesson 68

Swing Blues in C

Lisa demonstrates a swing blues intro lick in the key of C.

Length: 3:32
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Learn more About Lisa Pursell

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Lisa started playing local venues as a teenager in and around Atlanta as a guitarist for hire. At the same time, she began teaching guitar privately and playing locally on recording sessions. In this still-early stage of her career, she was soon teaching at local music stores. After attending a local college and studying classical guitar, she began teaching at the Atlanta Institute of Music. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Lisa started playing local venues as a teenager in and around Atlanta as a guitarist for hire. At the same time, she began teaching guitar privately and playing locally on recording sessions. In this still-early stage of her career, she was soon teaching at local music stores. After attending a local college and studying classical guitar, she began teaching at the Atlanta Institute of Music.

In 1992 she moved to Hollywood, CA. to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology (a.k.a. Musician's Institute). Graduating in 1993 as "Outstanding Student of the Year," she was invited to become part of the faculty at GIT, which she excelled at for the next three and a half years.

In 1996 she moved to Nashville, TN. There, she was hired as the lead guitarist for Nashville based band Mustang Sally, which at one point included future Grammy winner Gretchen Wilson as the lead singer. She played an exhaustive tour schedule of 150-300 dates a year, while perfecting her technique. Soon the band was opening for artists such as George Jones, Patty Loveless, Montgomery Gentry, Chuck Mangione, LeAnn Womack and many others.

In 2003, she recorded an instrumental CD which included one original track co-written with bass player Jerry Peek (Steve Morse Band), along with two covers of two of her many favorite guitarists. To further hone her musical skills, she then concentrated on songwriting, the results of which will be included as both vocal and instrumental pieces on her next project.

Today Lisa resides in Nashville, TN. Currently an educator, author, singer/songwriter/guitarist, she plans to release her original CD soon. Her music theory workbook, entitled "THINKING IN THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC" written for vocalists and musicians who are interested in learning music theory without the requirement of reading music, is currently available.