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Guitar Lesson 26: Country rock rhythm & licks inspired by Tom Petty & Mike Campbell

Website: In guitar lesson 26, I ask Dan for his advice about playing in the Country / Rock / Pop genre with the aim of supporting both rhythm playing in the style of Tom Petty and lead playing in the style of his guitarist – Mike Campbell. In this lesson Dan begins by choosing a chord progression with a Tom Petty-like rhythm, then looking at incorporating bass runs, arranging songs for dynamic interest, adding some country bends and soloing using double stops. The...

Duration: 00:47:09

Guitar Lesson 25: Supercharging your Blues licks and adding some fire and fury to your playing

In guitar lesson 25, Dan and I improvise over a Blues backing track in G and then we examine some of the licks and approaches which add some oomph into someone’s style and playing. Dan patiently breaks down a few of his licks for me and hopefully, after some practise, I will be able to inject them into my own playing to give it some clout. All our improvisations over the backing track have been left in warts and all so you can learn from my mistakes as well as Dan’s playing and hints.

Duration: 04:02:07

Guitar Lesson 24: The Blues revisited to identify areas to work on for your chops

Website: Post: In Guitar Lesson 24, Dan suggests that we go back to look again at my Blues playing in order to identify areas which I ought to work on and potential weaknesses in my improvisation skills and techniques. Bearing this in mind we take a Blues backing track in E and play over it in turns, then look at some things which I should work on and also some tips and guitar hacks to...

Duration: 05:45:09

Guitar Lesson 23: Arranging songs - Purple Rain, Times Like These and Message in a Bottle

Website: Post: In guitar lesson 23, I ask Dan to give me some pointers on how to arrange songs for a three piece band, with a particular focus on some tunes I want to play with some friends. First, Dan shows me some ideas for Times Like These by the Foo Fighters to increase the interest in the rhythm playing so that it works well with the melody. He also gives me some...

Duration: 00:41:31

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

Website: Post: 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...

Duration: 01:00:19

Guitar Lesson 21: The style and technique of Steve Lukather

Website: Dedicated post: Backing track: This episode of our podcast, guitar lesson 21, is an introduction to the style of Steve Lukather - session guitarist extraordinaire and virtuoso. In it we examine his note choice, techniques and approach to the guitar. This lesson is being released as one whole lesson as we felt that it fitted...

Duration: 01:03:40

Guitar Lesson 20: Advice on setting up a small pedal board

Website: Post: In guitar lesson 20, I take a set of pedals (which a friend has kindly lent me) around to Dan's house to ask for his advice on how to use them. Dan chooses to part with his Pedal Train Nano + and CIOKS 'Adam' power supply and then helps me to set up this small pedal board. As we put together my mini-board, Dan shares lots of tips and things to...

Duration: 00:41:56

Guitar Lesson 19b: Legato exercises inspired by the style of Joe Satriani, with some advanced ideas

Website: Backing track: In guitar lesson 19b, we begin again with the improvisation from episode 19a and then Dan explains some of the techniques and themes which he used in his playing. He outlines a series of legato exercises, some of which are pretty advanced, which can be practised to improve this area of your playing. This episode culminates with some great improvisation from Dan and some rather more amateur...

Duration: 02:06:21

Guitar Lesson 19a: A study of a Satriani-type backing track and an introduction to legato

Website: Post: Track: YouTube: In guitar lesson 19a, Dan and I look at a backing track from YouTube in Em at 137BPM. First, Dan explains how to play the rhythm sections and the make-up of the chords. Secondly, Dan introduces the concept of legato which is widely used by Joe Satriani and this episode then ends with a demonstration of an improvisation over this backing track.

Duration: 00:29:08

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

Website - YouTube - 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.

Duration: 00:21:58

Guitar Lesson 18a - Jazzy improviastion ideas to inform Blues & Rock players

Website: Dedicated post: The backing track featured: Dan's Youtube improv: In this lesson, 18a of our podcast, Dan showed me some useful Jazz ideas to better inform my improvisation skills, including playing outside the box (using notes essentially out of key), rhythmic swing phrasing...

Duration: 03:12:50

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.

Duration: 00:26:16

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

TITU supporting article: YouTube video of Dan with this guitar: Website: Dedicated post: 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,...

Duration: 00:35:53

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

TITU supporting article: Website: Dedicated post: 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...

Duration: 00:14:03

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

TITU supporting article: Website: Dedicated post: 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...

Duration: 01:42:51

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

Website: 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...

Duration: 00:34:11

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

Website: Contact: Dedicated post: 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...

Duration: 01:45:22

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

Website: Dedicated post: In episode 15b, We look again at buying guitars, with a focus on the PRS SE range – also reviewed by Adam Harkus – – 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...

Duration: 02:11:38

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

Website: Support page: 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...

Duration: 02:09:05

Guitar Lesson 14b: Using the dorian mode and some 'shredtastic' improvisations

Website: Support page: 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...

Duration: 00:14:03

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