Guitar Lessons

Exercises & Theory Lessons

Well tested exercises to get your hands and fingers up to tempo. If you have got the time - we have got the knowledge!


  • Mastering the Fretboard: Descending Modal Pattern

    by Chris Shofner

    A fast descending pattern to get you down the neck in style.

    Tags: Eric Johnson, modes, modal, C Ionian, D Dorian, E Phyrgian, F Lydian, G Mixolydian, A Aeolian, B Locrian, alternate picking, scale sequence, scale patterns
  • String Crossing Picking Exercise

    by Kristofer Dahl

    This exercise has it all: String crossing in several directions, three note per string picking, melodic movement.

    Tags: alternate picking, AP, 3 nps, three notes per string, string crossing, speed picking, A minor
  • Randomizing Picking Patterns

    by Dallton Santos

    Develop unique and unpredictable picking combinations through the process of randomization.

    Tags: alternate picking, guitar speed, picking accuracy, guitar practice, randomization, random, right hand training, picking technique, crossing strings, kiko loureiro, building speed, fast playing, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Michael Angelo, Zakk Wylde, C lydian, E mino, string skipping, arpeggios
  • Hybrid Picking Exercises

    by Dallton Santos

    Exercises & licks using hybrid picking.

    Tags: hybrid picking, chicken picking, rock guitar, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, grooving riffs, clean arpeggios, fusion licks, C minor, double stops, rhythm, arpeggios, licks, chords, arranging, riffing
  • 2 String Arpeggio Workout

    by Guido Bungenstock

    Arpeggio workout over three octaves, to help you visualize the fretboard.

    Tags: Arpeggios, smooth, Progressive, Soloing, Staccato, fretboard, exercise, Phrasing, Melodies, Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe, Marco Sfogli, Django Reinhardt, E minor, modes and scales, fretboard knowledge, learning the fretboard, modes
  • Alien Patterns

    by Dallton Santos

    An exercise I do before shows to warm up for technical playing.

    Tags: warm up, symmetrical solo, advanced guitar exercises sweep picking, Symmetrical Scale, warming up, buckethead, bumblefoot, sweep picking, economy picking, weird, freak guitar
  • Buckethead Style Tapping

    by Ben Higgins

    Beginner/intermediate lesson focusing on Buckethead's tapping technique

    Tags: tapping, atonal, chromatic, six finger tapping, nubbing, E minor, 8 finger tapping, freak guitar, Mattias Eklundh, John 5, weird, uncommon licks, crazy
  • Beginner Vibrato Workout

    by Darius Wave

    4 different kinds of vibrato introduced.

    Tags: A minor, soft, classical vibrato, speed vibrato, shallow vibrato, tempo matched, wide vibrato, variable speed, wide vibrato, emotion, expression, articulation
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Golden Oldies

  • Little Finger Work-out

    by Dejan Farkas

    An exercise I developed recently for the left hand, a drill for the little finger, pinky (hammer-on till the dawn). It can be practiced on all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) depending on the speed.

    Tags: finger independence, pinky, coordination
  • Sweep Picking Lesson

    by Muris Varajic

    A basic sweep picking lesson going from the simplest two-string shapes all the way to the five-string shapes. This is an excellent lesson if you are new to sweeping and want to work your way to the top!

    Tags: Sweep Picking, sweeping, timing, two string shapes, three string shapes, four string shapes, five string shapes
  • Modal Madness

    by Zsolt Galambos

    Time for some modal madness! This exercise is one of the most important for developing speed, stamina and accuracy in alternate picking.

    Tags: Staccato, Alternate picking, AP exercise
  • Pentatonic Workshop Level 1- CAGED Format and Timing Excersies

    by Ivan Milenkovic

    This first part is for the absolute beginner. We will cover: Pentatonic CAGED shapes, exercises, note values and timing.

    Tags: pentatonic, timing, exercise, CAGED, alternate picking, play along, metronome
  • Sweeping Basics

    by David Wallimann

    The secret of sweeping is to synchronize your right hand with your left hand. What you need to do is to place a finger of your left hand on the desired note at the same time than you are playing that note with your pick. As you do so, the next note needs to be placed on the adjacent string in the same direction as your pick is going.

    Tags: sweeping, sweep picking, speed
  • Picking Exercise

    by Trond Vold

    We are going to take a look at how to improve and tighten up the picking. The goal here is to PICK every note!

    Tags: picking, economy picking, alternate picking
  • Sweeping with Tapping

    by Muris Varajic

    I chose one shape for major and one for minor arpeggios. The chords are typical 7, m6 and maj7, with few added notes with tapping hand. There's a sliding with tap finger as well...

    Tags: sweeping, tapping, sweeptapping, sweep-tapping, sweep-picking, triads, arpeggio-triads
  • Muse Style Lesson

    by Gabriel Leopardi

    Gabriel Leopardi presents a lesson inspired by the metal band Muse. Contains different 16th note riffs that are a good exercises to improve your rhythmic abilities.

    Tags: Muse, metal, rhythm guitar
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