Newest Lessons

Artist / Title / Progress
Difficulty / style
Barrett Wilson
Power Chord Basics Rocking 5ths

Barrett will show you how to play power chords in a rock style. Power chords are commonly used way to voice chords in rock style music because it works so well with an overdriven tone. In this tutorial we’ll strip a bunch of E and A styled barre chords down to power chords, learn how that can help us with map the musical notes on the E & A string, and along the way learn a practice tune using these powerful voicings.

Published: 06/21/2024 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Sor 'Study No. 3 Opus 60' Fernando Sor

In this tutorial we'll learn a beginner classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor 'Study No. 3, Opus 60'.

Published: 06/15/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Open Chord Embellishments Key of A

In this tutorial we'll explore some universally useful open chord embellishments in the key of A major. These are the kinds of tricks and techniques that most of us use more or less every time we pick up a guitar. We'll explore this within the chord family consisting of A major, D major and E major.

Published: 06/14/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Looper Pedal: Fool-Proof Guide

In this tutorial we’ll explore one of the most expansive creative tools you can have in your setup, which is the looper pedal. There are almost infinite ways to use this pedal and in this tutorial we’ll explore some of my favorites. If you don’t already have a looper pedal you can still watch along and see if it’s something that inspires you enough to acquire one. They’re very affordable and come in a million different versions!

Published: 06/14/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Open Chord Embellishments Key of Am

In this tutorial we'll explore some universally useful open chord embellishments in the key of A minor. These are the kinds of tricks and techniques that most of us use more or less every time we pick up a guitar. We'll explore this within the chord family consisting of Am, Dm and Em (the key of A minor).

Published: 06/07/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Strumming Barre Chords

In this tutorial, we’ll learn some common strumming patterns that will sharpen your rhythm acoustic guitar chops. We’ll also get plenty of practice changing chords in time while using our 5th and 6th string root barre chords shapes. We’ll finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned. This tutorial uses barre chords, strumming patterns and is played on acoustic guitar.

Published: 06/07/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Open Chord Embellishments: Key of E

In this tutorial we're going to explore some extremely useful open chord embellishments in the key of E. Along with the E major and A major chords, the key of E includes our notorious B barre chord, which is quite challenging for the left hand when you're first starting out. But since the key of E is such a popular guitar key and B is an integral part of that, it shows up all time and is well worth the effort.

Published: 05/30/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Arpeggiating Barre Chords

In this tutorial, we’ll explore the fundamental concept of arpeggiation, and how it differs from strumming chords. Learning this technique will add a world of possibilities to your acoustic playing. In the following lessons, we’ll review barre chord shapes, learn 1/4 note and 1/8 note arpeggiation examples, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 05/30/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Open Chord Embellishments: Key of C

In this tutorial we're going to explore some universally useful open chord embellishments in the key of C. The key of C includes the notorious F chord, which is a bit of a beast when you're first starting out. But it's one of those chords that there’s no getting around, so in this tutorial you'll get some extra practice time on it as well as some cool variations you can throw in for variation.

Published: 05/24/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Blues Rhythm: Groovy Dominant 7 Chords

In this tutorial we'll boost your blues rhythm playing by exploring a handful of extremely useful dominant 7 chords and combine those with a simple but powerful right hand approach. The dominant 7 chords are the ones we write out by simply adding the number 7 after the letter name. They hold a lot of bluesy tension and they're some of the most common chord type used in this style of music.

Published: 05/24/2024 Upgrade
Collin Hill
Playing Melodies With Hammer-Ons And Pull-Offs

In this tutorial we’re going to cover the topic of hammer-ons and pull-offs in fingerstyle guitar. The hammer-on/pull-off is an essential tool to have in the bag for creating melodies. It creates a note that doesn’t have to be played with the right hand. This is great for adding in extra notes, or playing melody notes that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. It also adds different sound and can add a variety of articulations to your playing.

Published: 05/16/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Blues Rhythm Shell Voicings 1

In this tutorial we'll level up our blues rhythm playing by exploring some extremely precise and punchy voicings of our dominant 7 and 9 chords. These chords are stripped down to a minimum number of notes for a maximum impact, and they're often referred to as shell voicings. These little clusters really cut through the mix and only take up a minimum amount of space in the sonic picture, which is particularly useful when there's a lot going on in the music and you're having a hard time finding a place to sit in the mix.

Published: 05/16/2024 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Tarrega 'Study In E Minor, No. 2' Francisco Tarrega

In this tutorial we will learn a Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) piece for solo classical guitar, 'Study In E Minor, No. 2'. This piece will help you develop various chord voicings used in classical style for the fretting hand and common fingerpicking patterns used in classical guitar style.

Published: 05/15/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Grunge Rock Style

In this tutorial we’re gonna explore a super cool type of Rock known as Grunge Rock. This sound was a musical tsunami when it first came out, and it pretty much defined the sound of rock bands in the 90’s with iconic riffs, unpredictable harmony, cool effects and loads and loads of attitude. In this tutorial we’re gonna explore this sound within a practice tune that I’ve written to incorporate all my favorite Grunge elements.

Published: 05/09/2024 Upgrade
Barrett Wilson
Practicing Open Chords In A Major

In this tutorial we’ll practice the open major chords in the key of A: A major, D major and E major. We’ll practice playing them in time with a backing track using some basic strumming patterns and various rhythms.

Published: 05/09/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Advanced Rock Riffing

In the following tutorial, we’ll up the ante of your rock riffs by integrating palm muting, syncopation, hammer ons and pull offs, and bending. All the while, we’ll be mindful of the dynamics of an arrangement, and how we can tailor each riff with various dynamic levels. These techniques are sure to add more excitement and creativity to your riffs! We’ll play through examples of each approach, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 05/02/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Blues Rhythm: Dominant 9 Chords

In this tutorial we'll give another boost to your blues rhythm chops by exploring a handful of extremely useful 9 chords, which is the slightly jazzier sounding chord that's used all the time in blues.

Published: 05/02/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
New Wave Style

In this tutorial we'll explore a super fun subgenre of rock, known as New Wave. This sound is a lot less guitar-centric than other types of rock, but the guitar is still very much a part of the sound and it’s a ton of fun to play around in this musical universe. Today we’ll break down a New Wave practice tune that I’ve written to incorporate all the best elements of this iconic sound.

Published: 04/25/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Alternate Tunings In Rock

In the realm of rock music, innovation and creativity have always pushed the boundaries of what the guitar can do. One of the most intriguing and inspiring ways to achieve this is through the exploration of alternate tunings. In this tutorial, we'll dive into 3 alternate tunings that will open the door to a whole new host of sonic possibilities.

Published: 04/25/2024 Upgrade
Barrett Wilson
Practicing Barre Chords In Rock 2

In this tutorial we'll take the basic barre chord shapes we learned in a previous tutorial and practice them in a rock rhythm guitar style. We'll start by practicing these barre shapes by adding more rhythmic subdivisions to our strumming. This will add to the complexity and difficulty, giving us more to think about while we play. We'll add some rhythmic emphasis to certain strums to provide variety. We'll also experiment with strumming sets of strings instead of strumming all of them every time.

Published: 04/18/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind The Rolling Stones

This tune features an acoustic guitar strumming the progressions and also adding plenty of lead embellishment and even a full guitar solo! There is also a pedal steel heard prominently in the mix, so we’ve adapted these ideas into clean electric guitar parts. This song uses open and barre chords, steady acoustic strumming, pedal steel influenced lead ideas, and some fiery acoustic lead approaches.

Published: 04/18/2024 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Tarrega 'Study In C Major, No. 1' Francisco Tarrega

In this tutorial we will learn a Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) piece for solo classical guitar, 'Study In C Major, No. 1'. This piece will help you develop various chord voicings used in classical style for the fretting hand and common fingerpicking patterns used in classical guitar style.

Published: 04/15/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
She's A Rainbow The Rolling Stones

This song features one acoustic guitar that strums the progressions and embellishments throughout. Any acoustic guitar can be used to play this song. You’ll need a capo placed on the 1st fret to play along with this tutorial. This song uses open chords, the use of a capo, and dynamics.

Published: 04/11/2024 Upgrade
Barrett Wilson
Practicing Barre Chords In Rock 1

In this tutorial we'll take the basic barre chord shapes we learned in a previous tutorial and apply them to rock rhythm guitar playing. We'll start by adding more rhythmic subdivisions. We’ll add some rhythmic emphasis to certain strums to provide variety. We'll also experiment with strumming specific sets of strings instead of strumming all six strings every time.

Published: 04/04/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Ride On Baby The Rolling Stones

There are 2 clean electric guitars in this tune. Guitar 1 plays main rhythm parts, while Guitar 2 adds some lead fills in the chorus. The tune features a harpsichord that plays the main riff, and we’ll adapt it for guitar. This song uses triads, doubles stops, and barre chords, steady strum approaches, chord arpeggiation, and some early rock lead approaches.

Published: 04/04/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
You Got The Silver The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chord progressions and adds some slide ornamentations and riffing to provide a rich rhythm guitar bed. The electric guitar adds more slide fills to the arrangement. This song uses an open E tuning, a capo, strumming and riffing techniques, a swung eighth groove, dynamics, and some textbook slide lead approaches.

Published: 03/29/2024 Upgrade
Sam Cooke image
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day Sam Cooke

There is 1 acoustic guitar that lays down the foundation of the tune with chords and strumming. This song uses barre chords and steady strumming techniques.

Published: 03/22/2024 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Sor 'Study No. 2 Opus 60' Fernando Sor

In this tutorial we'll learn a beginner classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor 'Study No. 2, Opus 60'.

Published: 03/15/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Sweet Virginia The Rolling Stones

The song features two acoustic guitars. Guitar 1 has a capo on the 2nd fret and plays a combination of chord strums, arpeggiation, and ornamental fills. Guitar 2 does not use a capo, and plays leads and fills throughout the song. This song uses a capo, open chords, strumming with a swung eighths groove and adding embellishments, as well as some textbook acoustic licks and fills.

Published: 03/15/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Lookin' For A Love The Valentinos

There is 1 clean electric guitar in this song that strums the progressions in an R&B style that emphasizes the backbeat. This song uses triads, and backbeat staccato chord stabs.

Published: 03/07/2024 Upgrade
Collin Hill
Adding The Melody

We’re going to cover ascending melodies, descending melodies, and repetitive melodies. We’re also going to combine these melodies with the chords/bass movement concepts you just learned. This will all be in the key of C still using the same chords and voicings as before so you don’t have to focus on too many new things at once. At the end you’re going to use these skills in a song.

Published: 03/01/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Live With Me The Rolling Stones

There are 2 electric guitars in this tune. Guitar 1 plays the main riff and solo in the song, while Guitar 2 adds some rhythm guitar with a few tasty lead fills. This song uses single note riffs, solid rhythm strumming, and tasty rock lead approaches.

Published: 02/29/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Chord Arpeggiations In Rock

In the following lessons, we’ll learn about 1/4 note and 1/8 note arpeggiation, combining downstrokes and upstrokes, using palm muting, and arpeggiating in 4/4 as well as 6/8 time. We’ll play through plenty of examples, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 02/23/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Monkey Man The Rolling Stones

There are 2 electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 plays the rhythm riffs, while Guitar 2 digs into some slide fills using Open E tuning. You’ll need a capo and slide to play along with this tutorial. This song uses a capo, open chords and triads, suspended chord embellishments, and some basic slide guitar approaches.

Published: 02/22/2024 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Sor 'Study No. 1 Opus 60' Fernando Sor

In this tutorial we'll learn a beginner classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor 'Study No. 1, Opus 60'. This is a very simple piece written as a mostly single note melody specifically for the purpose of providing beginners with beautiful pieces to play.

Published: 02/20/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Southern Rock Style

In this tutorial we'll explore one of my personal favorite subgenres of rock, which is known as Southern Rock. This is an awesome fusion of country, blues and rock, and there’s so much fun guitar playing to explore within this sound. We’re going to do that by breaking down a really cool practice tune that I’ve written to include all the best tricks and techniques from this world.

Published: 02/16/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Think The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 2 electric guitars. The acoustic strums the main riffs and chord progressions throughout. One clean electric guitar add single note lines, backbeat chord stabs, and a bluesy solo. The other electric guitar has a fuzz effect and adds some ornamental single notes to the arrangement. This song uses open and barre chords, steady acoustic strumming, single note riffing, and some bluesy lead approaches.

Published: 02/16/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Salt Of The Earth The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chords throughout, while the electric adds simple slide licks to add some texture to the arrangement. Both guitars use an Open E tuning. This song uses open tuning chord shapes, solid acoustic strumming approaches, dynamics, and some simple slide licks.

Published: 02/09/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Punk Rock Style

In this tutorial we’re gonna explore one of the most energetic and infectious types of rock music, known as Punk Rock. This style is a ton of fun to play because it’s defined by a fearless attitude, high tempos and explosive energy! We’ll explore this sound within a practice tune that I’ve written to include some of my favorite elements from this iconic sound.

Published: 02/09/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Rock Riffing with Power Chords

Riffs are the very heart of the electrifying guitar-driven rock anthems that have defined the genre for decades, and the power chord is the building block. In the following lessons, we’ll dig into common 2 and 3 note power chord shapes, and some rock riffing approaches. We’ll play through plenty of examples, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 02/04/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Melodic Soloing

Anders will show you how to use the diatonic minor scale to create melodic lead guitar licks in a rock style.

Published: 02/04/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Something Happened To Me Yesterday The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chords throughout, while the electric adds strums and single note motifs to add texture to the arrangement. This song uses open chords and suspended chord embellishments, strumming with an 8th note triplet swing groove, and double stops and triads.

Published: 02/01/2024 Upgrade
The Beatles image
Day Tripper The Beatles

There are 3 clean electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 plays the iconic riffs throughout, while Guitar 2 adds a layer of solid strumming to the arrangement. Guitar 3 adds some single note lines to the chorus and bridge to add additional excitement. This song uses single note riffs, dominant 7th chords, barre chords and power chords, solid strumming approaches, palm muting, and some early rock lead licks.

Published: 01/26/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Single Note Riffing

In the following lessons, we’ll explore how to craft single note riffs using a variety of scales and rhythmic subdivisions. We’ll play through some examples, and turn those examples into a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 01/26/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Pentatonic Scales For Rock Lead

The Pentatonic Scale is the cornerstone of rock soloing, serving as an essential tool for crafting memorable melodies, and expressive licks. In the following tutorial, we’ll dive into the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scale Boxes and learn how to start creating licks with them. We’ll learn to play a few simple licks with each scale, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 01/26/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Suspension Embellishments

In the following lessons, we’ll learn about sus2 and sus4 chords, and how to add them to open and barre chords, as well as outline them with double stops and triads. We’ll play through examples of each concept, and finish up with a practice tune that combines them all.

Published: 01/25/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
Let's Spend The Night Together The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 lightly overdriven electric guitar that plays boogie riffs and chord stabs throughout. This song uses boogie rhythms, triads, chord strums with muting, and dynamics.

Published: 01/25/2024 Upgrade
Chopin image
Chopin 'Grand Waltz' Op. 18 No. 1 Chopin

In this tutorial we will learn a solo classical guitar arrangement of Frederic Chopin's 'Grand Waltz' Opus No. 18, No. 1 piano piece.

Published: 01/20/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Basic Rock Lead Vocabulary #2

In this tutorial Anders will show you a basic pentatonic lick that is widely used in rock style lead guitar solos and how to play variations on the basic lick to build your rock lead guitar vocabulary.

Published: 01/18/2024 Upgrade
The Rolling Stones image
The Wild Colonial Boy The Rolling Stones

There is no guitar on the original recording, but we’ll add an acoustic guitar into the mix and play the chord progressions with a consistent strum. Any guitar can be used to play along with this tutorial. This song uses open chords, and a steady strumming approach.

Published: 01/18/2024 Upgrade