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  • Acoustic: Directory of Acoustic style lessons.
  • Bluegrass: Directory of Bluegrass style lessons.
  • Blues: Directory of Blues style lessons.
  • Classical: Directory of Classical style lessons.
  • Country: Directory of Country style lessons.
  • Funk: Directory of Funk style lessons.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 1: Funk Lick Library E1 These 16 lessons will teach you easy funk licks in the key of E. The first two lessons prepare you to play the licks and the backing track. The next half-dozen lessons teach you six must-know funk licks. Then, four lessons will teach you how to combine these licks to create longer licks and solos. I'll recap everything, then give you three jam tracks at different tempos so you can practice in real time at your own pace.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 2: Funk Lick Library E2 In this tutorial I will teach you 6 more funk licks, this time over a different backing track with swing feel. Make sure you pay special attention to the what the drums and the bass are doing, and try to lock in.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 3: Funk Lick Library A1 In this tutorial I will teach you 6 funky licks/riffs that you can practice over a funky backing track in A. They are largely chord-based which demands great muting control from your fretting hand. Make sure you pay attention to the strong swing feel.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 4: Funk Lick Library A2 In this tutorial I will teach you 6 funky licks that you can practice over the included backing track in A. We will mix major and minor, single notes and chords - so be prepared for anything.
    •       (Joel Van Dijk) Funk Guitar Joel Van Dijk demonstrates 10 examples of funky rhythm playing, in the style of P-Funk, Prince, and others.
    •       (Geoff Earley) Hip-Hop Guitar 101 In this series of lessons, we'll take some backing track loops and demonstrate ways to play with an off-the-beat, lazy feel; use space in your playing; employ some creative filler techniques for "vibe"; and more ideas found in hiphop music.
    •       (Kenny Echizen) James Brown Funk Style Guitar This tutorial is a collection of funky guitar ideas that are inspired by the music of James Brown.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Motown Guitar 101 In this series of lessons, we'll look into some of the fundamental guitar techniques that made up the distinct soul and R&B sound that was Motown, otherwise known as "Hitsville U.S.A.". We'll examine the vibe and tone, the backbeat as the backbone, imitating horns, doubling the bass, and more!
    •       (Regi Wooten) Regi Wooten's Funkanomics This tutorial will scratch the surface of Wooten's most popular techniques that incorporate strumming, tapping, slapping, thumping and picking with some very funky rhythmic applications. As a bonus, Wooten will even lay the guitar down and play it like a piano just to inspire your creativity. It's not as hard as you think!
    •       (Hanspeter Kruesi) Slapping Techniques for Guitar Slapping is a technique that is most often thought of in the context of bass playing- but you can do it on guitar too! In this set of four guitar lessons you'll be introduced to slapping techniques on guitar; how to use your thumb to get the slap in the lower notes, and fingers to get that pop in the upper notes. We'll use a backing track to help you get in the groove.
    •       (Hanspeter Kruesi) Smoky Funk in this set of lessons, HP Kruesi will show you how to play some smoky funk. HP talks about the overall ideas within the tutorial, then teaches the rhythm guitar part. The we'll look at the scale used to form the licks, and then we'll learn four licks you can play over this groove. In lesson 8 we'll break down a chord solo, then conclude by putting it all together.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz style lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal style lessons.
  • Rock: Directory of Rock style lessons.
  • Rockabilly: Directory of Rockabilly style lessons.
  • Surf: Directory of Surf style lessons.
  • World Music: Directory of World Music style lessons.

Song Lessons

  • Acoustic: Directory of Acoustic song lessons.
  • 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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Tools

  • Ultimate Scale Finder: Learn guitar scales in multiple keys up and down the guitar neck.
  • Jam Station: Practice your lead playing by playing with backing tracks
  • Ultimate Metronome: Learn how to play in time with this online metronome.
  • Ultimate Tuner: Stay In tune with this online guitar tuner.
  • Fretboard Trainer: This interactive game tests your knowledge of notes on the guitar neck.
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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...
  • Ben Graves Ben Graves is a serious professional musician and is always on the road. His catalog is short and...
  • Ben Helson Ben Helson is a young country and bluegrass guitarist out of Nashville. He's an in-demand touring...
  • Ben Lindholm Swedish musician Ben Lindholm began playing piano and guitar at the age of 10. Inspired by a...
  • Caren Armstrong Caren first laid hands on a guitar when she was 10 years old; and she started teaching just three...
  • Christopher Schlegel Christopher was born with music in his bones. At the wee age of 5 he built a makeshift podium so...
  • Dale Turner Dale Turner is an acoustic guitar specialist with a wealth of performing, recording and teaching...
  • Dave Celentano Dave Celentano is one of the industry's hottest and most sought-after guitar instructors, and has...
  • 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...
  • Douglas Showalter Douglas Showalter is a professional guitarist/songwriter/producer based in Nashville. He took to...
  • Eric Barnett Eric Barnett brings a high level of skill to Guitar Tricks and he teaches some of the most...
  • Forrest Lee, Jr. Forrest Lee, Jr. is a country man through and through. He brings his particular brand of specialty...
  • Geoff Earley Based in the Los Angeles area, the talented Geoff Earley brings a unique and fun perspective on...
  • 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...
  • Joe Delia Joe Delia is a soulful rock player and composer with many years of private teaching experience....
  • 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...
  • Wayne Neal I live in a little country area named Kitts Hill.(Ohio) I have played music since I was 4 years...

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