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Easy Riff Exercises
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In these lessons, Anders Mouridsen will show you some easy practice exercises for riffs. First Anders will go over what will be taught, then get a clean direct tone. Then we'll work a riff up to speed, and work on the riff rhythm. We'll do some easy subdivision exercises, then end with exercises on right hand ghost notes.

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Rock Chords: Easy Practice Exercises
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In this set of lessons that concludes chapter 1, Anders Mouridsen will teach you some great exercises that will help you develop your rock playing muscles. You'll dial in a direct tone, then learn ways to build strength and fluency with open chord, barre chord, and power chord exercises, and finally exercises for your "add a finger" embellishments.

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Pentatonic Major Scale Exercises
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Christopher will show you all five major pentatonic boxes, how they form an interconnecting pattern across the entire guitar fretboard and how to systematically practice them. You will use each pentatonic box to play 2 types of scale exercises, at two different tempos along with backing tracks.

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Trill Drills
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If you combine a hammer-on and a pull-off you've got the beginning of a trill. A trill is a musical ornamentation technique hat consists of rapidly alternating between two notes. In this tutorial you'll learn some exercises that can help building your trilling technique. We'll systematically work each finger into the routine.

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Fun Finger Exercises
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A big part of learning to play guitar consists of trying to get your fingers to do a number of things they have never tried before. In this tutorial I'm going to show you some exercises that you can use to get your hands and fingers more comfortable with these new challenges. These exercises aren't meant to sound great, but they can still be really fun to work on.

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Hybrid Picking Exercises: One Finger
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This tutorial of hybrid picking exercises was inspired by pickers I've met while performing, and they wanted to know how to get started hybrid picking. These five easy exercises are all root/5 picking patterns, with alternating bass notes. First I'll show you exercises using E, and then A barre chord formations. Then I'll show you similar exercises using the other basic chords.

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Blues Workouts
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In this tutorial, we're going to go through six different exercises that will help improve your blues playing. First we'll do a basic pentatonic workout using alternate picking; then we'll do a hammer-on and pull-off workout. Next we'll work in grops of four, then do a triplet workout. Finally, we'll do a strumming workout and an exercise on arpeggios, using the myxolydian scale.

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Basic Two Voice Exercises
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In this tutorial we'll learn some basic two voice, or two part, classical guitar exercises. In each exercise, one voice will be scale played up then down; the other voice will be a repeated pedal note. Playing two voices simultaneously in two different registers (bass & treble) is an important aspect of classical guitar style. We'll use an E major & an E minor scale. Both scales will be played in the bass register (lower, bass strings) & then in the treble register (upper, high strings). The pedal notes will be played on the opposite register as the scale.

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Classical Single String Exercises
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This tutorial will teach you how to play six simple single string exercises that will help you learn the names of the notes in the first position. It will also give you practice learning to sight read notes and rhythmic notation. Finally, it will help you get used to playing with your fingertips and fingernails on nylon strings.

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7 Great Warm-up Exercises
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In this series of lessons, I will show you seven of my favorite warm-up exercices, that I pick and choose from when warming up. The first lessons contain exercises that are beginner friendly, and we increase the level of difficulty with each one until we reach "The Finger Folder".

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Finger and Picking Technique Exercises
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These exercises are designed to build dexterity for lead playing.

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Scalar Exercises
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In this short tutorial, I will guide you through a couple useful exercises that will help develop your technique. One is a sequence exercise, and the other involves playing a scale in thirds.

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Finger Exercises
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A series of 7 lessons showing different finger exercises.

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Basic Hybrid Picking Exercises
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This tutorial on basic hybrid picking exercises was inspired by a young man who asked me how to get started hybrid picking. I'll show you a variety of exercises that you can do to develop your hybrid picking. In the first five lessons I'll show you some basic exercises using the A, G, E, C, and D chords. Next I'll show you a couple using barre chords, and then how to alternate the bass notes using the A, D, C, and B chords.

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C Minor Scale Exercises for Beginners
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This tutorial shows how to do basic scale exercises with the C Minor Scale. This tutorial is primarily written for beginners. But even experienced players might benefit from this quick, concise review of how to "practice scales".

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Pentatonic Minor Scale Exercises
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Christopher will show you all five minor pentatonic boxes, how they form an interconnecting pattern across the entire guitar fretboard and how to systematically practice them. You will use each pentatonic box to play 2 types of scale exercises, at two different tempos along with backing tracks.

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Basic Chord Exercises
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This tutorial we'll practice basic open chords in a classical guitar style. Chords covered include: A major, A minor, A7, B7, C, C7, D major, D minor, E major, E minor, E7, F, G7. In each exercise two chords are paired for a tonic (I) to dominant (V7) musical pattern. Classical guitar style right hand fingerstyle technique will be used to illustrate the way classical guitar style uses minimal chord voices, close harmony motion & small melodic phrases to walk from the dominant chord back to the tonic.

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A Minor Scale Exercises For Beginner Guitarists
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In this tutorial we will combine the A Minor scale in two different positions with the proper picking techniques learned in the previous tutorial: <i>downstrokes, upstrokes, </i> and <i>alternate picking</i>. We will apply all three picking techniques to the C Major scale, and achieve a basic system of practicing scales for beginner guitarists.

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C Major Scale Exercises For Beginner Guitarists
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In this tutorial we will combine the C Major scale in two different positions with the proper picking techniques learned in the previous tutorial: <i>downstrokes, upstrokes, </i> and <i>alternate picking</i>. We will apply all three picking techniques to the C Major scale, and achieve a basic system of practicing scales for beginner guitarists.

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Spider Legs Warm-Ups: Great Finger Exercises!
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This versatile warm-up exercise can easily be adapted for beginner through advanced players. It is also equally useful on acoustic and electric guitars, and relevant for players of any guitar style.

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Ear Training For Chords
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Christopher will show you basic ear training exercises designed to be used for guitarists. You will use the guitar to play, hear, and identify major chords and minor chords. We'll also learn to identify chord progressions by listening for their bass motion and using functional harmony Roman Numerals. Then we'll try some basic exercises to practice identifying those chord qualities and chord progressions in order to gain those aural skills.

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Ear Training For Intervals
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Christopher will show you basic ear training exercises designed to be used for guitarists. You will use the guitar to play, hear, sing and identify all 12 chromatic scale degrees. We'll start with the diatonic major and minor scales. Then we'll add the remaining chromatic degrees. Then we'll try some basic exercises to practice identifying all those intervals in order to gain the aural skill of relative pitch identification.

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Fun Ways to Practice Your Minor Scales
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In this tutorial, we'll have some fun with some challenging practice exercises for the minor scale. Get ready to put your minor scale chops to work, with these very musical scale practice exercises. Who said practicing scales should be boring?

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Developing a Solid Rhythmic Feel
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In this first tutorial we're going to work on your "rhythmic feel" with metronomes, backing tracks, and records. A good rhythmic feel is one of the most important things you need for playing great rock guitar, so make sure to give all these exercises everything you've got.

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Boost Your Rock Bending!
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In this series of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will take your bending up a level. First we'll get a brief overview and talk about a bending tone, then we'll explore using double bends in your leads. Bending up on one string and down on another is next; we'll then learn about wide bends. We'll combine all three bending licks together and improvise, and conclude with practice exercises.

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Rock Lead Sequences
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In this set of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you about sequences. We'll talk about the concept then get a good tone before we get into learning basic sequences. Next we'll learn three different licks based on different groupings, then we'll combine these three licks. We'll finish up with some easy sequence practice exercises.

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Rock Rhythm: Key Elements
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In this tutorial, Anders Mouridsen will teach some key elements in rock rhythm. Anders will introduce this topic then talk about a good tone; then we're off into swing feel in rock. Next we'll examine 8th and 16th note syncopations, then learn how to suspend the rhythm. We'll look at how to rush or drag the beat before we put everything together in a practice tune. We'll end with some easy practice exercises.

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Rock Rhythm: Chords and Voicings
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In this next series, Anders Mouridsen is going to teach chords and voicings to add to your rhythm playing. After Anders introduces the tutorial, he'll dial in a Telecaster tone; then he'll teach a classic major chord voicing. Next in the queue are D string root power chords and dominant 7ths, followed by one-finger power chords and power 9 chords in drop D tuning. We'll put it together in a practice tune, then do some practice exercises.

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Palm Muting: Improve Your Right Hand
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In this set of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will take your palm muting to the next level. Anders will introduce the concepts of right hand control, then dial in a suitable tone. After that we'll look at where and when to mute, followed by how to apply and release your palm. Palm muting arpeggios is up next, then we'll learn how to palm mute bass notes. We'll put it all into a practice tune, and finish up with some easy practice exercises.

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Rock Strumming: Take It Up a Notch!
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In this tutorial, Anders Mouridsen will teach you some "next level" rock strumming approaches. After introducing the lesson concepts and dialing in an appropriate tone, we'll look at a new 8th note pattern. Then it's time to swing the 8th notes before we learn a new 16th note pattern, and swing those, too. We'll learn some "karate chop" muting, then move on to two practice tunes. We conclude with some easy practice exercises.

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Trills
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In this series of lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach you about the legato technique called trills. Sharon will introduce the concept, then go over the basics of trills. Next we'll look at using different intervals for your trills, then how to use different rhythms. A couple of exercises are next, first using combinations of intervals on one string, then vertically across strings using the A minor pentatonic scale.

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Rock Soloing: Put It All Together
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In this tutorial, Anders Mouridsen is going to put everything we've learned thus far in this chapter and put it alll together. Anders will give a synopsis of the material and dial in a tone, then he'll teach you a rock lick using some of the elements we've learned. Next you'll learn a second rock lick using the chapter material, then a third lick. After that we'll combine all three licks, and we conclude with some easy practice exercises.

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Bending & Vibrato in Rock
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In this next tutorial on rock soloing, Anders Mouridsen will teach you bending and vibrato techniques. We'll start with an overview introducing the techniques and a suggested tone for them. Then you'll learn basic bending, your first bending lick, and do some jamming with it. We'll do the same using our vibrato technique, then combine both techniques. We'll end with some easy practice exercises.

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