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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.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz style lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal style lessons.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 1: Metal Lead: Get Started In the following 12 lessons, I will show you an example solo, packed with useful ideas that you can adapt and use in your own playing.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 2: GT Channel: Metal with Ben The lessons in this tutorial are mostly geared towards hard rock, metal and shredding. But I'm sure novice players can pick up a thing or two too.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 3: Melodic Ideas To Use Over Metal Progressions In this tutorial you'll find some examples of melodic metal soloing played over simple metal/rock progressions to give you ideas for your own solo compositions!
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 1: Essential Shred Licks In the following seven lessons I will show you some of the most common patterns used in the shred guitar style. There's the diatonic scalar approach, a few pentatonic patterns and the classically inspired pedal notes.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 2: Essential Shred Licks II Just like the first tutorial in this series, this one is packed with really good examples of patterns and techniques used by some of the fastest players in the world. We will cover tapping, legato, and alternate picking.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 1: Metal for Beginners I If you haven't been playing the guitar for very long, the thought of getting into metal might seem overwhelming. But you can come a long way by learning the basics, which is what this tutorial is all about! I'll get you started on power chords and palm muting, scales, and getting an evil sound, all with examples.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 2: Metal for Beginners II In this ten lesson tutorial, we'll expand on what we learned in Metal for Beginners I. Here I will recap the first tutorial in this series, then I'll talk about alternate picking and give examples, quick switching between palm muting and not muting, look at hammer-ons and pull-offs (it's hammertime!), metal with a clean sound, and an epic intro!
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 3: Metal Rhythm Workout A solid rhythm guitar is key to any song, and this tutorial will give you 9 very good exercises to develop your metal rhythm playing. We will play four 8th note rhythms, and then move up in difficulty as we switch to 16th note rhythms at the same tempo. Your picking hand will have to work hard here!
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 4: Metal Rhythm Workout II In this tutorial, just like the one before, I will start with the simplest examples, gradually increasing the difficulty level. At the end, let's mix it up and create some real life music.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 5: Metal Rhythm Workout III In these 15 lessons, we will further build on what we learned in the two previous tutorials. Be aware, this tutorial features riffs that require a lot more from your fretting hand!
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 6: CAD Tuning First I will explain to you what CAD tuning is, and why it can be useful. After that I will teach you a short little metal song I wrote just for this tutorial. At the end of the tutorial, as a bonus, I will also show you how you can take this tuning one step further, and tune to CADGCEb.
    •       (Prashant Aswani) 1: George Lynch Style Artist Study George Lynch has been called one of the most influential guitarists of his time. In this artist study we're going to look at some of the elements of his style: solo motifs, slide vibrato, resolving licks, pick tapping, and tone.
    •       (Prashant Aswani) 2: Megadeth Style Artist Study This Megadeth artist study takes a look at some of the elements in the style of Marty Friedman, the band's guitar player from 1990-2000. We'll look at some of the dark modes, the rhythms and riffs, the "Marty Friedman bend", and some solo ideas. We'll top it all off with a play along to a custom backing track, so you can experiment with these concepts!
    •       (Prashant Aswani) 3: Randy Rhoads Style Artist Study In this artist study, we take a tour through some of the elements of the late, great Randy Rhoads style of lead playing. Some of the tricks we'll look at are using the on/off toggle switch, neck-bending, trills, diatonic triplets, and pentatonic licks. Jam along with the backing track in the final lesson!
    •       (Billy Connally) An Introduction to Drop C Tuning In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to drop C tuning. This tuning is used by many metal artists, as it is a full two whole steps down from the standard tuning and gives a powerful, deep sound to your guitar. We'll look at how to tune this way, some chords and shapes you can use, and play an example progression.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) Beyond Power Chords In these lessons I will leave standard power chords behind and show you four types of chords that are just as useful, that you may not have seen before. In the first two examples, I will take you through inversions. After that we'll take a look at using thirds, and last but not least, the progressive metal power chord.
    •       (Neal Walter) GT Channel: Metal with Neal Guitar Tricks Channel host Neal Walter loves metal guitar and the sonic intersection point between metal and classic rock. In these lessons Neal will teach you some of his favorite topics from 80s metal to more modern drop D sounds.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Iron Maiden Style This tutorial will teach you some of the elements of the Iron Maiden style. Instructor Mike Olekshy examines their use of rhythms, their single note lines, their "two guitar attack", some of the types of progressions they use, and how they achieve their tone. You can play along with a Maiden-esque backing track to top it all off!
    •       (Hanspeter Kruesi) Metal Here you learn some essentials off metal guitar. Such as playing with phrygian and phrygian nat. 3 scales, tremolo picking, sound motion with wah wah and some cool licks in these exotic scales.
    •       (Ry Kihn) Metallica Style Artist Study In these nine guitar lessons, Ry Kihn will tune you in to some of the elements of the Metallica style. Ry will give an overview to the metal band's approach, then get into the gear and tones. Next up is using palm muting and power chords in a riff, then some galloping rhythm examples. You'll then learn some scales and patterns to apply to your "Metallica" style soloing.
    •       (Lee Wanner) The Evolution of Metal Rhythm Guitar This style tutorial takes a look at seven styles of metal, and how the rhythm guitar approaches those styles using example riffs: Sabbath, Thrash, Drop-D tuning ala Pantera, Hair, Death, the "Gallop", and 7-string.
    •       (Don Madison) Three Note Per String Shred Licks This tutorial was essentially inspired by many of the great shredders over the years, who have employed these licks so effectively. The overall purpose of it will be to learn how to cover the entire range of the neck of the guitar using 3 note per string-Shred/Speed style licks. All the licks in this set of lessons will be based in the A Aeolian Mode (A Natural Minor scale). The tutorial is labeled as an "Advanced" level group of lessons...But honestly if you slow them down and take your time & practice them carefully, they should work well for building the technique of nearly any level player. Much like my "Basic Tapping" tutorial...I will be constantly working to add new lessons to this group.
  • 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

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  • Ultimate Metronome: Learn how to play in time with this online metronome.
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  • 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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