Lawrence Katz's Guitar Lessons

Lawrence Katz

Lawrence Katz has turned his passion for music into an immensely successful and diverse career. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, he lent his talents on many different levels of the recording and touring projects, and is best known as the guitarist for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. He is an accredited songwriter, session guitarist, and has written and recorded music for films

Currently, Lawrence is diversifying his career as the owner and operator of Argyle studios where he continues his pursuit as a musician, songwriter and producer.

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Ace of Spades Motorhead

In this series we'll take a look at "Ace of Spades", as made famous by Motorhead. We're going to look at the main riff in this thrashing, driving number, along with some right hand techniques, tuning down a half-step, the solo, and the rhythm parts. Then we'll put it all together in a play-along performance.

Published: 10/27/2009 Upgrade
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Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees

From the very opening of Louis Shelton's classic guitar hook, you know what song this is. In this tutorial we take a peek at "Last Train to Clarksville", as made famous by the Monkees. You'll learn the classic guitar riff, the chords and structure, strumming and picking in the tune, and the pseudo-psychedelic bridge. Then you put it all together in a full performance play along.

Published: 04/13/2010 Upgrade
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Money (That's What I Want) Flaming Groovies

In this song tutorial we're going to learn the classic rocker, "Money (That's What I Want)". This song has been recorded over years by many different artists and bands, most notably The Beatles. Here, we'll use the Flamin' Groovies version. You'll learn the signature riff, the simple 12 bar blues-based form (which you'll find in all versions of this song), different ways to change it up and make it your own, ideas on adding a solo, and a rocking play-along at the end.

Published: 01/14/2010 Upgrade
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Mony Mony Billy Idol

Billy Idol gave us his famous sneer in the 80s, and this remake of the classic 60s song Mony, Mony was one of his hits. In this song tutorial, Lawrence Katz takes you on a tour of the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, and all the hook licks that drive the song.

Published: 05/04/2010 Upgrade
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What I Like About You The Romantics

This song has a lot of the same elements and energy as a British Invasion tune in the spirit of The Who. We'll talk about how to be a support player and how to build excitement throughout the song, and play the rhythm and strumming parts. Also learn to get that raw tone and play the main hook, then play through the entire song along with our backing track.

Published: 08/24/2009 Upgrade
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Wild Thing 2009 The Troggs

Wild Thing is truly a classic rock 'n roll song, and is an excellent tune for beginning electric players. Based on a simple I-IV-V progression, Lawrence Katz gives you a look at the open chords plus playing in a different position with power or barre chords. Add a few embellishments and how to solo, and you can play along with our custom backing track and performance at the end of the tutorial.

Published: 09/25/2009 Upgrade


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Ska Guitar 101

This tutorial is for guitarists who have learned the fundamentals of rhythm guitar playing, chords, and inversions, and are ready to start applying the Ska style to their playing. Some of these concepts are for intermediate players, but even through mere imitation of the more complex musical examples, a less-experienced guitarist should learn some very valuable ideas about how to play Ska.

Published: 08/15/2009 Upgrade

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In The Style of The Edge

The Edge has a style that lays a foundation for one of the most popular bands in history. In this artist study we're going to look at some of the elements in his style: delay settings, rhythmic approaches, chord voicings, and harmonic techniques. The finale is a play along to a custom backing track.

Published: 09/25/2009 Upgrade