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Guitar Lesson 37: Taking your playing from the woodshed to the stage; from podcast to performance

Guitar Lesson 37: Taking your playing from the woodshed to the stage; from podcast to performance https://www.musical-u.com/ Guitar lesson 37 is a slightly different format to usual. We have written a guest post for Musical-U, a company who are committed to music education and developing musicality in people through a dedicated team who maintain a subscription-based website, a wide-ranging set of articles and a fantastic podcast. We are honoured to be part of Musical-U’s growing set of...


Guitar Lesson 36: Right hand techniques; rhythm, arpeggiating, hybrid, economy and sweep picking

Guitar Lesson 36: Right hand techniques – rhythm, arpeggiating, hybrid, economy and sweep picking In guitar lesson 36, we focus fully on the right hand rhythmic and lead picking techniques. We start by looking at how you can arpeggiate chords interestingly using the pick, briefly in the style of Green Day and Guns ‘n’ Roses. We also look at a mix of pick and fingers. In the second half of the lesson we get technical and revisit economy and sweep-picking. A bit of an advanced lesson – if...


Guitar Lesson 35: Speed, fluidity, phrasing, form and building confidence in your improvisations

In guitar lesson 35, we address a question and topic given to us on Facebook about how you can increase the speed and fluidity of your playing. Dan first draws out some ideas which can increase the interest in your rhythm playing (including fills and flourishes). We then do some improvising over a jazz fusion track and look at how you can improve the fluidity and form of your licks and phrases and polish what you are already good at. Main timings: 00:02:28 Introduction to the topic of...


Guitar Lesson 34: A brief foray into the monstrous rhythmic playing of Eddie Van Halen

Webpage: https://tunein-toneup.com/2018/05/22/guitar-lesson-rhythmic-eddie-van-halen/ In guitar lesson 34, Dan and I continue our study of rhythmic playing with a focus on the style of Eddie Van Halen. A true monster of the guitar, Van Halen is someone who Dan has studied closely over the years and he is eager to share his knowledge. Dan introduces a rock lick and looking particularly at the technique of muting slowly builds complexity into it. With some final thoughts on the trem bar and...


Guitar Lesson 33: Rhythm playing mechanics with a focus on the song Valerie for an Open Mic Night

Guitar Lesson 33: Rhythm playing mechanics with a focus on the song Valerie for an Open Mic Night In guitar lesson 33, Dan and I examine some of the obstacles you might come up against, particularly in your rhythm playing, when playing an open mic night. In this lesson, which is in response to some questions by one of our listeners, we look at the rhythm part to Valerie with some hints to help your performance, including pick mechanics, dynamics, muting, percussive hits and compressors....


Guitar Lesson 32: What can we take from the style of David Gilmour?

https://tunein-toneup.com/ In guitar lesson 32, Dan and I take a look at some general ideas which you can take from David Gilmour’s playing. He plays with such meaning and purpose and the most incredible tone and yet what he plays is not usually technically too difficult. Using a style backing track, Dan and I look at how Gilmour uses dynamics, phrasing, bending, vibrato and intelligent note choices deeply connected to the chords which he plays over. We hope that this type of exploration,...


Guitar Lesson 30: Inspiration, motivation and enthusiasm to avoid guitar learning ruts

In guitar lesson 30, I go to Dan with three questions looking for his guidance. Dan picks up on some very important points about the big picture, maintaining enthusiasm, the importance of live work and how to push yourself towards being an advanced player. You will hear some jamming over a Danny Gatton style backing track, a blues shred idea and plenty of snippets from players as Dan shares the wisdom of his experience. Hopefully, you will be as inspired and motivated by this episode as I...


Guitar Lesson 22: A rationale for how to warm-up and organise your guitar practice schedule

Website: https://tunein-toneup.com/ Post: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/11/04/guitar-lesson-22-warm-ups-practice-schedule/ In guitar lesson 22, which is being released as a whole episode, Dan and Gary examine the rationale behind warming-up before playing the guitar, looking at reasons which different people might have. Following this Dan takes us through a range of warm-ups and exercises which you can use. In the second part of this lesson we look at some ways you might put together a...


Guitar Lesson 18b - Jazz up your phrasing ideas and improvisation

Website - https://tunein-toneup.com/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC80JJZ1RRZ5bxEiphLVi_Jw In guitar lesson 18b we look at further jazzy ideas to add interest to solos and improvisations in any genre. During this episode we record Dan demonstrating this over a YouTube backing track. The video of this demo you can find on our own YouTube channel.


Guitar lesson 17b - soloing techniques and tips on dynamics for acoustic guitar

In the second part of our lesson about playing acoustic guitar, Dan answers my question about how best to develop dynamics in an acoustic band. Clearly much of this is down to good communication and familiarity with the people who you are playing with, but Dan comes up with some really interesting techniques and advice for being heard when soloing and having interesting dynamics for your audience.


Guitar Lesson 16d: Dan's modified PRS and talk about pedals

TITU supporting article: https://adamharkus.com/search-perfect-guitar-tone/ YouTube video of Dan with this guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp-f7Qd72Ic&t=101s Website: https://tunein-toneup.com Dedicated post: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/07/14/guitar-lesson-16d-prs-with-thornbuckers-tone-pedals/ In this lesson Dan demonstrates the range of tone available just using the tone and volume controls on his PRS. This guitar is the latest to Dan's collection and I'm sure that you agree,...


Guitar Lesson 16c: Using the Les Paul's controls to produce a twangy, bright and chimey sound

TITU supporting article: https://adamharkus.com/search-perfect-guitar-tone/ Website: https://tunein-toneup.com Dedicated post: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/07/07/guitar-lesson-16c-controls-les-paul-twangy-bright/ In this lesson Dan demonstrates the range of tone available just using the tone and volume controls on your Les Paul. He concentrates on the middle position, where you can make the most of your chimey bridge pickup by mixing it with your more boomy neck pickup and by adapting...


Guitar Lesson 16b: Getting a double-coil sound with a stratocaster and exploring their tonal variety

TITU supporting article: http://adamharkus.com/search-perfect-guitar-tone/ Website: https://tunein-toneup.com Dedicated post: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/06/30/guitar-lesson-16b-get-rock-tone-stratocaster/ This is the second part of a four-part mini series covering the topic of tone. The aim of this lesson was to see how better to use only the volume and tone controls on the guitar in order to dial in a wealth of different tones and to dispel some myths about stratocasters. In this...


Guitar Lesson 16a: Getting better tone with only the controls on the guitar

Website: https://tunein-toneup.com This is the first part of a four-part mini series covering the topic of tone. The aim of this lesson was to see how better to use only the volume and tone controls on the guitar in order to dial in a wealth of different tones and also to dispel some myths about certain traditional types of guitar. In this first part we gain a distorted sound on the amp and then from there Dan demonstrates the different sounds you can get on a PRS pickup setup (i.e. with a...


Guitar Lesson 15c: Using the Lydian mode to create a floaty fantastical feel

Website: https://tunein-toneup.com/ Contact: https://tunein-toneup.com/blog/tune-in-tone-up-guitar-lesson-podcast/ Dedicated post: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/06/16/guitar-lesson-15a-advice-on-learning-scales-on-one-string-and-further-modes-with-a-metal-focus-on-the-phrygian-2/ In episode 15c, there follows an in-depth study of the Lydian mode. We use a modal drone and play over this one note. This is one of the main points which Dan makes about using the Lydian mode: It requires a...


Guitar Lesson 15b: Advice on buying a mid-range guitar

Website: https://tunein-toneup.com/ Dedicated post: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/06/09/guitar-lesson-15b-advice-on-buying-a-mid-range-guitar-and-some-more-on-the-mixolydian-mode/ In episode 15b, We look again at buying guitars, with a focus on the PRS SE range – also reviewed by Adam Harkus – http://adamharkus.com/prs-se-245-spalted-maple-review/ – because one of our listeners is considering this make. After this, we return to look again at the mixolydian mode and how to play through the...


Guitar Lesson 15a: Learning scales on one string & further modes with a Metal focus on the Phrygian

Website: https://tunein-toneup.com Support page: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/06/03/guitar-lesson-15a-advice-on-learning-scales-on-one-string-and-further-modes-with-a-metal-focus-on-the-phrygian/ In episode 15a, We look at theory again, specifically with a focus on the benefit of learning scales on one string and the advantages of spending time gaining a good musical knowledge. After this, we examine the Phrygian mode and the Phygian Dominant, which uses the major third instead of the...


Guitar Lesson 14a: Understanding modes and using the mixolydian in Blues and Country

Website: https://tunein-toneup.com Support page: https://tunein-toneup.com/2017/05/18/guitar-lesson-14-understanding-and-using-modes-a-dorian-and-b-mixolydian/ After looking at the scales and the notes of the scales in detail, I wanted to return to look at how modes are constructed and the feel that they give when used well. PART 1 – The first of a four-part lesson of modes. Lesson 14a includes an introduction and rationale, followed by a focus on the mixolydian mode, including some hints...