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Lessons
It's a Monster (Lick)

 There are so many choice gems in Nuno Bettencourt’s playing, you could spend a year just picking apart Pornograffiti. One Nuno extravaganza that has always mystified me was the machine-gun like alternate-picking breakdown in It’s a Monster. How the hell did he do that? With a copy of Anytune I resolved to pick this song apart bit by bit until I figured it out.

What I Learned From F1

I’ll always remember this summer as the year I discovered Formula One racing. Not only am I watching every race, this longtime non-video gamer is now obsessed with racing on the Xbox. In transitioning from first-class track-wrecker to a decent driver I realized my approach to getting better was 100% applicable to playing the guitar.

Skipping Down The Path

After a long walk through the garden of arpeggios, you might be thinking, “what else can possibly be said on this subject?” Well, with an attitude like that the answer would be “nothing”. But I think you’re smarter and more curious than that, right? So we’re going to look at a very different approach to visualizing arpeggios on the fretboard.

Gear
Gig Preparation

The keys to proper gig preparation are ritual, consistency and having a plan. Don’t let your next gig go sideways because you were too lazy to get ready for it. These tips will help you get ready with less stress and help your performances out too.

Don't Fear the Truss Rod

Have you ever wondered what a truss-rod was for or why you’d want to adjust it? Have you been fearful of ever adjusting one yourself? Hey that truss-rod adjustment tool that came with your guitar isn’t just for show. It’s meant to be used!

The Magic of Tube Amps

The vacuum tube is a quirky, outdated, expensive, fragile technology. Long after the solid-state transistor replaced the vacuum tube, tone-chasing electric guitarists still treasure these relics of a bygone era. While designers flirted with solid-state amps in the 70’s and 80’s, they didn’t have the same feel and tone as those funny old glass tubes. As always, the tube amp is still the king of tone. 

News
Class Dismissed! Is Here

It’s been a long toil this summer, but the final touches have been put on Class Dismissed! and it’s now available for sale! If you’re a Van Halen fan looking for ways to grok more of Eddie’s playing, this is the lesson for you!

Coming Soon: Class Dismissed!

Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lessonClass Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…

Strange Beautiful Music

I don’t write a lot of book reviews here, but after finishing Joe Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music, I felt like I had a few words to say about about a guitarist who has been a huge influence for me.