This section is dedicated to lessons on exercises to increase you knowledge of the fret board, as well as speed and finger dexterity.
Hybrid Picking Basics
Hybrid picking is the technique of using both your fingers and a pick to play the strings. It is used for several reasons including efficiency, tone, and style. Hybrid picking is used in nearly every genre and a great technique that will expand your playing capabilities. In this lesson we will start with a basic exercise using the pick and second finger.
Hybrid Picking Basics 2
In this lesson we will be applying a simple hybrid picking technique to a common blues turnaround in the key of G
Basic Guitar Knowledge
This lesson covers the parts of the acoustic and electric guitar, tuning, proper right and left hand technique, and a simple exercise to get your fingers moving and practice proper technique. It is normal to find this exercise difficult at first. It is OK to move forward with the lessons after practicing this exercise for a few days even if you do not have it mastered. It is a work in progress.
Introducing the Metronome
This lesson will show you a free online metronome and how to use it in your practice routine.
This lesson will give you a couple exercises that will help you with chord fingerings.
Major Scale in Thirds
In this lesson you will learn how to play the major scale in 3rds. This is a great exercise to help with fingering and right hand picking.
This lesson introduces several finger exercises to help improve, finger independence, muscle memory, and finger dexterity. Don't get discouraged if you can't get this one right away! It is meant to be tough.
In this lesson we will work on building your pentatonic minor chops with a few exercises.
This lesson will cover an exercise that helps improve your bending techniques. The exercise uses the Pentatonic Minor scale as a base.
Blues Scale Chops
In this lesson we will apply the blues scale to a couple chop building exercises.
Pentatonic Major Chops Exercise
In this lesson we will learn a few exercises that will help build your chops and get more familiar with the Pentatonic Major Scale.
Killer Scale and Arpeggio Exercise
In this lesson we will learn a scale/arpeggio combo exercise that will be a great finger and picking exercise.
Dorian Mode Chops Exercises
In this lesson we will learn a few exercises to build your chops and overall familiarity with the Dorian mode.
Phrygian Mode Chops Exercises
In this lesson we will learn two exercises to get familiar with the Phrygian fingering.
Lydian Mode Chops Exercises
In this lesson we will learn two exercises to get familiar with the Lydian fingering.
Locrian Mode Chops Exercises
In this lesson we will learn and practice a few Locrian Mode exercises.
Single String Harmonizing
In this lesson we will learn how to build triad chords of the major scale on one string.
In this lesson we will learn about Legato and several legato finger exercises. Legato indicates that musical notes are played smoothly and connected. The player transitions from note to note with no intervening silence.
In this lesson we will learn about pedal tones and present a few examples.
Combining Legato and Pedal Tones
In this lesson we will learn a few ways to incorporate both legato and pedal tone techniques into a few licks and exercises.
Daily Scale and Mode Workout
In this lesson we will discuss how to practice your scales and modes on a daily basis
Right Hand Exercise
In this lesson we will cover an exercise that works on the picking skills of the right hand. Great for all players, especially those that want to work on speed and accuracy.
Left Hand Exercise
In this lesson we will cover an exercise that works on the strength, dexterity, and independence of the left hand or fret hand.
Left And Right Hand Sync
In this lesson we will cover an exercise that combines both the right and left hand
Joe Bonamassa Style Descending Pentatonic Licks
In this lesson we will study a descending pentatonic run in the style of Blues master Joe Bonamassa.
5 Pentatonic Shapes Exercise
In this lesson we will be learning a great exercise to get more familiar with the pentatonic shapes across the entire fretboard.
String Skipping Exercise
In this lesson we will be learning a string skipping exercise to add to your daily practice routine. The focus is working on the pick hand and the ability to cleanly skip strings. It also helps with alternating picking and learning the major chord arpeggio.