Jon Broderick is the founder and CEO of Guitar Tricks. In 2005, Jon "retired" from his career as a IT consultant to work on Guitar Tricks full time. Unfortunately, Jon no longer makes lessons for GT; he is too busy managing the business of the site!
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- June 1st 1998
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Trick of the Week - December 7, 1998
Here's a riff from Stevie Ray Vaughan that I learned about six weeks ago. I didn't think much of the riff at the time, but I play it every time I pick up the guitar these...
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Trick of the Week - October 5, 1998
This is a nice easy trick. Stevie Ray Vaughan does this sort of trick quite often. In fact, SRV uses a lot of the same tricks that are on this site. Of course, it's not just what...
Trick of the Week - November 30, 1998
Here's some more B.B. King style soloing. It is based on the fifth position of the extended pentatonic scale mixed in with the major pentatonic in the regular (first)...
Trick of the Week - December 14, 1998
I have been having a lot of fun listening to B.B King lately. His playing is so melodic, it sounds so good. "How does he do that?" I ask myself. He is using the same...
Trick of the Week - November 23, 1998
Here's a trick from B.B. King. It is based on the fifth position of the extended pentatonic scale mixed in with the major pentatonic in the regular (first) position. ...
Trick of the Week - February 15, 1999
I still haven't tuned my guitar back to normal after tuning it to A major last week. Here I'm using the bottleneck slide (which I rarely do) to play a standard "I IV V" blues ...
Your First Note
Pick up your guitar, put it on your right knee with the knee in the curve of the bottom of the guitar, grab the neck with your left hand, and...
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Your First Two-handed Note
Left Hand First Now, you are going to play your first two-handed note. What you want to do is press down on the fretboard just behind the fret. The fret is the metal thing...
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80s Rock Lead
Well, back in the 80s we didn\'t do so many guitar solos in \"Alternative\" music as we do now. We didn\'t call it \"Alternative\" either, but that is another topic. Anyway,...
Trick of the Week - January 11, 1999
This is a chord trick in A minor. It is especially useful as a pinky finger exercise. The idea is to leave the barre chord in place (leave the index finger laying across the 5th...
Magnus came out to visit here in the San Francisco bay area. He asked me to give him a lesson. Now, I have been playing guitar for 25 years, but Magnus practices much more than...
Trick of the Week - February 8, 1999
I was having so much fun with Al Gendron's January 25th Trick of the Week that I wrote one of my own using the same tuning but no slide. It reminds me of a Led Zeppelin...
Trick of the Week - August 3, 1998
This lesson is based on the C major chord. The most common chord trick for the C chord is hammering and pulling off on the D and G strings with your second finger while...
This is a technique that is common in metal rock and spanish styles. It sounds like a horse galloping. Your ability to play it depends on your skill at alternate picking. If...
This is a simple funk pattern that you can play when you don't know the song you are playing (like when sitting in with another band). First, you figure out what key you are in,...
Trick of the Week - September 7, 1998
This is a country style trick based on the extended version of the major pentatonic scale. The major pentatonic generally sounds more "light" or "country" than the minor...
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Trick of the Week - August 31, 1998
This is an example of a type of trick called a "walking bass line." The trick is usually placed at the transition between two sections of a song. For instance, you could play...