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    •       (Bobby Howe) 1: Wildwood Flower, Double Stops I have received e-mails from subscribers requesting more lessons on double-stops similar to what was done on the lesson for the Wabash Cannonball. This song Wildwood Flower is the next in the series.
    •       (Bobby Howe) 2: Red Wing, Double Stops Red Wing is an old American traditional fiddle tune which for this tutorial series has been arranged and adapted to the guitar. This arrangement greatly takes advantage of the use of hammers and pulloffs in order to play it. The learner will understand the differences between split string and adjacent string pulloffs.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 1: B-Bender Guitar This B-bender guitar tutorial was inspired by a subscriber in the forum, that had recently gotten one of theses guitars. In the first lesson I'll describe this device, tell you how it works, and use it to complete an A chord. Then I'll show you a two finger bending combination, and then the same one using a bar instead. Both of these concept's are useful, and can lead to some great licks.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 2: B-Bender Guitar: Using It With Chords This tutorial on B-bender guitar was inspired by a subscriber in the forum, that had recently gotten one of these guitars. I'll show you several ways to use a B-bender with open chords, and how it works with E formation barre chords. Next a few ways to use it with a G chord, and then the A formation barre chords. Some of these only work with a whole tone bend, and others only work with a half tone bend.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 1: Chicken Pickin' Styles This tutorial on chicken pickin' was inspired by a subscriber in the forum although I've been meaning to do this for a while. I'll show you these concepts followed by a lick in the style of their creators. One method is the popular hybrid pickin' concept and the other method uses the flat pick. Next I'll cover what chicken pickin' is today and share some licks that every chicken picker should know.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 2: Basic Hybrid Picking Exercises 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.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 3: Hybrid Picking Exercises: One Finger 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.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 4: Hybrid Picking Progression In A This hybrid picking progression in A was inspired by the basic hybrid picking exercises, to show how adding other concepts to the exercises can make some awesome riffs. First I'll show you the riffs using the 1, 4, and 5 chords in the key of A. I'll also talk about palm muting, and then play them in a progression.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 5: Playing in Thirds on the 1st and 3rd String This tutorial on playing in thirds was inspired when I was trying to think of useful concepts, that would teach some basic ideas for starting to solo. I've put together 4 combinations, and used these shapes in eight positions. I'll play the notes at the same time, and then I'll split them up. I'm starting in the 3rd fret, and I'll move it up to the 15th fret using the musical alphabet.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 1: Double Stop Progression In A This double stop progression was inspired by some pickers I've met while performing, and they wanted to know how I put these licks together. The first one is mostly double stops, but there are hammer ons, pull offs, even string bending in the next three. I'll show you the licks in the 1, 4, and 5 chords, and play them with the "Med A 1-4-5 Progression Jam" in our jam station.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 2: Double Stops This double stops tutorial was inspired by some pickers I met on the road, they all wanted to know how I was playing these licks. The first two lessons are a 1, 4, 5 progression in G, and then I'll show you a few double stop tricks. I'll also combine some other techniques like string bending, with the hybrid picking licks, and then a G progression using open chords.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 1: String Bending This tutorial on string bending was inspired by a few subscribers in the forum, that wanted to know how to start bending strings. I started with useful tips, followed by sixteen lessons using whole tone bends on the B string. In the first eight I'm bending the 2nd note of the scale up to the 3rd. In the next eight I'm bending the 4th note of the scale up to the 5th, and close with tips on how to use them.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 2: Bending the 3rd String This tutorial on string bending was inspired by a few subscribers in the forum, that wanted to learn how to bend strings. I'll show you two ways to bend the string in the first lesson, and give you some tips using both of them. The next eight are all whole tone bending positions on the G string, starting with an A bend in the 4th fret, up to the A bend an octave higher in the 16th fret.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 3: Bending the 3rd String: Part 2 This tutorial on string bending was inspired by a few subscribers in the forum, they wanted to learn how to bend strings. I'll show you some useful tips, and eight whole tone bending positions on the G string. I'm starting with a G bend in the 5th fret, and going up to the G bend an octave higher. Then close with tips on how to use them, and how they all work together.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 4: Bending The Flat 7 To The 1 This tutorial on bending the flat 7 up to the 1 was inspired by my other string bending tutorials. I'll show you the bend in A, and then use it with other whole tone bends. I'll show you some steel guitar licks, and then how to bend a scale. After a few bending combinations, prebend some strings, and then I'll put it in reverse. Finally, I'll close with some useful tips about how to use this in other keys.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 5: Prebending Strings This tutorial on prebending strings was inspired by all the other string bending tutorials, and all the legendary guitarists that use this concept. In the first lesson I'll mention a few of them, then show a couple of examples using this trick. Then I use bending positions that work with the 1, 4, and 5 chords in the key of A, and also talk a little about how palm muting works with this too.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 6: Prebending Strings: Using This Trick in Licks This tutorial on prebending strings was inspired by all the other string bending tutorials, and all the legendary guitarists that use this concept. In these lessons I'm sliding up a whole step to the note, prebending the string up to the same note, and releasing the bend. Put these together for a 1, 4, 5, 1 progression in the key of A.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 7: Behind The Nut Bends On The B String This tutorial on string bending behind the nut was inspired by a previous tutorial on B bender guitar. I'll show you how to do this with the left hand, and also using the right hand. Then I'll show you how this works with open chords, and also the barre chord positions. Some of these will work by bending the string a whole tone, and some work by bending the string up only a half tone.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 8: Behind The Nut Bends On The G String This tutorial on string bending behind the nut was inspired by a previous tutorial on this technique. I'll show you how to do it with the left hand, and also the right hand. Then I'll show you how it works with open chords, and also barre chord positions. Some of these work by bending the string up a whole tone, and others work by bending the string up only a half tone.
    •       (Forrest Lee, Jr.) Baritone Style Guitar I will explain several uses for the baritone electric guitar. Some are classic licks you've heard but didn't know what "that sound" was coming from. Many of the lessons here will show other uses a baritone is good for, from tic tac bass, to tremolo licks heard on many new country and rock records.
    •       (Bobby Howe) Chet Atkins Style Artist Study In this tutorial, I'll first introduce the elements of the Chet Atkins style; then for those of you new to fingerpicking, I'll also talk about how to use a thumbpick and fingers. We'll learn two pieces that I wrote - to learn how to play rhythm and melody at the same time - then walk through those pieces measure by measure, looking at both the right and left hands. Finally, we'll walk through several "banjo rolls" with Atkins-style chords.
    •       (Lisa McCormick) Country Candy: More Goodies Bass runs and other easy ornamentations give your strumming a very country-ish flavor. In this tutorial, you'll learn a variety of runs, and apply them in a variety of time signatures and rhythmic feels.
    •       (Andy Gurley) GT Channel: Andy Gurley In this 2 lesson set, Andy Gurley will be the guest host for the GT channel and teach you one of his country guitar licks, then J.D. Jarrell will join him and they'll give you insights on how to play a dual solo.
    •       (Andy Gurley) Riff Examples in Multiple Keys Examples of different country riffs, demonstrated with progressions, covering what's been demonstrated so far in this chapter.
  • Funk: Directory of Funk style lessons.
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  • Metal: Directory of Metal style lessons.
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  • World Music: Directory of World Music style lessons.

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  • Bluegrass: Directory of Bluegrass song lessons.
  • Blues: Directory of Blues song lessons.
  • Classical: Directory of Classical song lessons.
  • Country: Directory of Country song lessons.
  • Funk: Directory of Funk song lessons.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz song lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal song lessons.
  • Rock: Directory of Rock song lessons.
  • Rockabilly: Directory of Rockabilly song lessons.
  • Surf: Directory of Surf song lessons.
  • World Music: Directory of World Music song lessons.

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  • Anders Mouridsen Anders has been playing guitar since he was 11. A native from Denmark, he grew up studying and...
  • Andrew Szucs Andrew Szucs is a prog-metal player in the Los Angeles area with chops aplenty. His lessons show up...
  • Andy Gurley Andy learned his first chords from his grandmother at age seven. He got serious about playing at...
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  • Ben Helson Ben Helson is a young country and bluegrass guitarist out of Nashville. He's an in-demand touring...
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  • Don Madison Don Madison is a metal man through and through. He'll teach you tapping, shred licks, and an...
  • Doug Fearman Doug has been playing guitar for 45 years, having first picked up the instrument in 1965. He took...
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  • Henrik Linde Henrik caught onto the guitar at a young age, was inspired by the punk scene in his home country...
  • J.D. Jarrell J.D. Jarrell is the real deal when it comes to country music. A mainstay of the Nashville music...
  • Jinx Jones Jinx Jones has amassed professional experience in nearly every conceivable style and genre on the...
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  • Joel Van Dijk Joel Van Dijk has the funk in his veins. His style tutorial on Funk will teach you the ins and...
  • Jon Broderick Jon Broderick is the founder and CEO of Guitar Tricks. In 2005, Jon "retired" from his career as a...
  • Kenny Echizen Kenny Echizen is a funk-loving talented player based out of Los Angeles. His artist study on...
  • Lawrence Katz Lawrence Katz has turned his passion for music into an immensely successful and diverse career....
  • Lee Wanner Lee Wanner is a serious metal and rock player based in Los Angeles. His musical expertise is a...
  • Lisa McCormick Lisa started playing guitar at age 10. In college, she learned music theory and education, getting...
  • Michael Eisenstein An expert on alternative rock, Michael Eisenstein (aka., "USA Mike") has played with Letters to...
  • Michael Elsner Michael Elsner has carved out a career as a top session player in television and film in Los...
  • Mick Leonardi Following other modern artists in the vein of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, and Nick Drake,...
  • Mike Olekshy Mike started playing guitar when he was 13 years old after hearing the intro to Van Halen's "Aint...
  • Neal Walter Classically trained starting at the young age of 7 on guitar, Neal Walter really knows his stuff....
  • Ned Luberecki Ned Luberecki is another Nashville guitar master. He's a banjo virtuoso who doubles on guitar....
  • Nick Kellie The highly-touted and talented Nick Kellie came to the US from the UK, where he won several...
  • Prashant Aswani Prashant Aswani is a shredding master based in Los Angeles. His artist studies on George Lynch,...
  • Ralph Spight Ralph Spight's lessons present his expertise in the punk style, as well as in rock. He's one of...
  • Regi Wooten Regi Wooten is one of a kind. As the oldest of the Wooten Brothers, he taught his younger brothers...
  • Sharon Aguilar Sharon Aguilar is best known as the guitarist for chart-topping vocalist Cee Lo Green. An...
  • Tom Finch Tom picked up the guitar when he was 12 and never put it down. In addition to his roots in...
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