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Led Zeppelin – Ocean – Solo1

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This is a follow up lesson on the Ocean by Led Zeppelin. In this lesson I explain how to play the first Solo from the song. Very cool, very “Jimmy” Solo. He’s using the Wah pedal in this Solo as well. Check it out!

Machine Head – Davidian – Solo

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This is a follow up lesson on the Solo from Davidian by Machine Head. This Solo has 2 parts, first being predominantly sounds (dive bombs, pinch harmonics, etc), while the second part is more melodic and uses a Phrygian Dominant scale and a minor Pentatonic as well. Check it out!

Soundgarden – Spoonman

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Spoonman by Soundgarden. Soundgarden are well known for writing really cool riffs (songs) with a twist. This one is no exception, the main riff is written in 7/4, but it’s pretty straight forward. The rest of the riffs are in standard 4/4 and are cool too. Check it out!

SRV – Crossfire Fast Lick

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Here’s a lesson on a lick at the end of the second Solo from SRV’s Crossfire. Kinda funky, fast, rhythm based lick which I think is really cool and you can incorporate it in your own playing style. Check it out!

Jimi Hendrix – Manic Depression

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Manic Depression by Jimi Hendrix. It was also covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan. The unusual thing about this song is that it’s written in 3/4 (just like waltz). Also Jimi introduces “scat singing” which is playing the same melody on the guitar as he sings the vocal line. All in all it’s a great song. Check it out!

Led Zeppelin – The Ocean (Rhythm Guitar)

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This is part 1 of the lesson on How to play The Ocean by Led Zeppelin, concentrating on the Intro Riff and the chords in the Verses. Be aware of the time signature in the Intro riff, it varies from 4/4 to 7/8 which is a cool little trick, but most importantly just get the feel of the rhythm/song and you’ll be fine. 

Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze – Solo

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Ok, this is a follow up lesson on How to play the Solo from Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. Short but cool Solo, in which Jimi introduces the use of Octave pedal, that was one of his trademarks of the sound. I also use an octave pedal from Elite Tone. Check it out!

Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze

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This is probably the best known song by Jimi and the first that most Hendrix fans learn. And rightly so, because it’s cool, it’s rocking and it’s groovie. Simple, yet Jimi puts his unique touch to the song and it becomes magic. I show the basic structure of the song with a few cool variations that add the uniqueness of Jimi’s style. Check it out!

RHCP – My Lovely Man – Solo

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Alright, here’s the Solo section from My Lovely Man by RHCP. John was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and you can hear that in a lot of his solos. The first part of the solo starts off with some unison bends, that Jimi used quite a lot in his playing. The second part is just crazy use of blues and minor pentatonic scales in Hendrix’s fashion as well. All in all it’s a great solo, check it out!

Machine Head – Davidian

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Here’s a rhythm guitar lesson on How to play Davidian by Machine Head. Back in the ’90s this song rocked (and it still does). Dropped B tuning, brutal riffs and one of the best breaks in the history of metal. Check it out!

Slayer – South Of Heaven – The Solos

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This is a follow up lesson on How to play Solos from South Of Heaven by Slayer. Two Solos with cool licks and tricks played in a typical Slayer fashion. Some licks sound messy but it’s rather the overall feeling that you should go for rather than playing every note perfect. Check it out!

CAGED Fretboard Frenzy (Basic)

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CAGED FFS(Basic)3

 

This is a guitar instructional video lesson in which I teach the CAGED System for chords but expand it with the addition of 2 more components of the fretboard tools such as Arpeggios and Pentatonic scales. I explain how the CAGED System works using 3 chord families (MajorMinor and Dominant 7) and assign the relevant Arpeggio and Pentatonic scale shape to each chord family accordingly. In the last section of the video I give my suggestions on How to Practice the whole system, provided with some examples.

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– 52min 1080p HD Video
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Alice In Chains – Sunshine – Solo

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Here’s the lesson on the Solo from Sunshine by Alice In Chains. Not too complicated, but well suited the song with lots of feeling. Based around D minor pentatonic scale. Also there’s a second guitar in the end of the song using some pentatonic/blues scale.

Alice In Chains – Sunshine

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Alright, here’s a lesson on How to play Sunshine by the Almighty Alice In Chains from their album Facelift. Bluesy Intro hook, followed by a heavy syncopated riff, the chorus is heavy power chords and the bridge is arpeggiated chorus with a twist. Really cool typical rock song of the late 80’s, early 90’s. Check it out!

Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song

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Alright, here’s a lesson on How to play Immigrant song by Led Zeppelin. The song is really simple and it’s great for beginners and/or true Led Zep fans who didn’t get a chance to learn it. The difficult part here is to keep the rhythm as tight and precise as possible, which could be a challenge, so practice makes perfect. Enjoy! 

Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady

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Alright, here we go with the classic song from Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady. The song is very simple, but very “sexy”. The intro trick is very cool and innovative. The main riff of the song is based on Jimi’s chord – F#7#9 but played in a unique style. All in all the song’s got lots of Mojo and it’s fun to play! Check it out!

Slayer – Raining Blood

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Raining Blood is probably the most known song by Slayer and rightfully so. The Intro is just brutal and powerful like no other. The crazy fast riff that blows you away and the EPIC bridge are all in one song. That song is the epitome of thrash metal. And it’s not an easy one at all…. I go in full detail, explaining riff by riff, with examples and Tabs.

Obituary – Slowly We Rot

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Slowly We Rot by Obituary. Great song to learn if you are just getting into Metal or if you are just a fan of Obituary and just want to learn this great song. It’s from their first album – Slowly We Rot and one of their most recognisable songs

Jimi Hendrix – Freedom

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Freedom by Jimi Hendrix. The lesson combines 2 versions – from the studio and from the Isle Of Wight concert. Both versions have their “best” parts, so I decided to include both

Soundgarden – Slaves&Bulldozers

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Slaves and Bulldozers by Soundgarden. Heavy ass riffs, complicated structure, crazy solos and fills – it’s all here in this song. I break down both guitar parts with examples, explanation and Tabs. Check it out!

Alice In Chains – Them Bones Solo

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This is a lesson on the Solo section from Them Bones By Alice In Chains. The tricky 7/8 part does not get in a way, just gotta concentrate on the melody. Jerry is a Master at writing amazing solos for the songs. This one is no exception. I break down the solo into easily digestible figures, backed up with Tabs and slowed down examples. Enjoy!

Death – Pull The Plug

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Pull The Plug by Death from their album Leprosy. Cool riffing, heavy sounds and fast picking – it’s all here, in this song. Enjoy!

Jimi Hendrix – Castles Made Of Sand

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Here’s how to play  one of the classic tunes by Jimi Hendrix – Castles Made Of Sand. Also covered by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song represents the unique style of Jimi – playing rhythm, melody and chords at the same time, sort of like piano players, but on a GUITAR! 

Joe Satriani – Flying Legato Lick

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Here’s a lesson teaching the legato lick taken from Joe Satriani’s Flying In A Blue Dream song. Joe is well known for the use of this technique in his compositions. It could be challanging bringing it up to speed, but it’s a good exercise for your fretting hand and a cool addition to your lick library. Check it out!

Tool – Prison Sex

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This is a lesson on how to play Prison Sex by Tool. Unique band with unique music. Pay attention to the tuning for this song. The 6-th string is dropped down to B! All the parts are transcribed, including the solo. Enjoy!

Slayer – South Of Heaven

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This is a lesson on probably the most known song by Slayer – South Of Heaven. Epic opening riff and some heavy riffs. Both rhythm guitar parts are transcribed. Have fun!

Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

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This is a lesson on How to play one of the most known songs by Led Zeppelin – Black Dog. Cool riffs (as always), rhythmic displacement and time changes are all in this song. Jimmy Page is a master at this! Check it out!

Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss

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Here’s a lesson on How to play Seasons In The Abyss by Slayer. This is sort of a “mellow” song from their discography, but none the less is still heavy and metal. Both guitar parts are explained along with TABS

Death – Flattening Of Emotions

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Despite the fact that this is a very cool song, there’s a lot to learn from it – very fast picking, use of sextuplets, alternate picking, slides and awesome rhythm patterns. It’s not for beginners, but it’s good for practicing all these techniques. Check it out!

SRV – Hug you, Squeeze you

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Here’s a lesson on how to play Hug You, Squeeze You by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble from their performance at the El Mocambo. Classical 12-bar blues progression, shuffle feel and tasty licks

Tapping Major Scale On 1 String

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Lots of applications with this cool trick as an improvisational tool. Simple, yet very effective and nice sounding lick. With a little bit of theory knowledge could be used as a modal tool as well

Extended min7 arpeggio

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Really cool and easy pattern for the minor 7 arpeggios. It covers a lot of fretboard as well – 3 octaves! The example is taken from Slayer’s “Seasons In The Abyss” second solo by Jeff Hanneman

Sepultura – Territory

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This is a lesson on How to play rhythm part of “Territory” by Sepultura. One of the most known songs with typical heavy and brutal riffs. A MUST learn song!

Pantera – Mouth For War

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This is a lesson on How to play rhythm part of “Mouth For War” by Pantera. This is a mix between Metal and Punk type a song with cool opening riff, awesome groove during the verses and chorus and a fast paced riff in the end of the song. A MUST learn song!

Cream – Crossroads

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This is a lesson on How to play the complete Intro and Outro of “Crossroads” , note-for-note as played by the one and only Mr. Slowhand in his days with Cream. 

Grip Lesson

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An explanation of a grip used by many greats like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Frusciante and many more, with some examples. A MUST know for blues players!

My Gear (Testing Sounds)

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This is my gear that I am currently using live. The guitar is Fender Stratocaster Standard 2006.

I am using a Marshall Vintage Modern 2266C, Dunlop Wah Cry-Baby Standard, Dunlop Rotovibe, Wampler Triple Wreck, Fulltone OCD and TC Electronics Nova Drive.

RHCP – Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik

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Here’s a lesson on how to play “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Title track from their awesome album, this song is more rock oriented with an amazing riff during the chorus. Check it out!

Obituary – Cause Of Death

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This is a lesson on How to play rhythm part for “Cause Of Death” by Obituary. One of the most iconic songs from their catalog. It’s got everything –  heavy riffs, brutal tone, slow and fast parts. A MUST learn song!

SRV-Tightrope

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This is a lesson on How to play rhythm part for “Tightrope” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Simple, cool melodic riff in the beginning, followed by a funky rhythm part during verses and chorus. Check it out!