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Mike Olekshy
Chord Arpeggiations In Rock

In the following lessons, we’ll learn about 1/4 note and 1/8 note arpeggiation, combining downstrokes and upstrokes, using palm muting, and arpeggiating in 4/4 as well as 6/8 time. We’ll play through plenty of examples, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 02/23/2024 Upgrade
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Monkey Man The Rolling Stones

There are 2 electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 plays the rhythm riffs, while Guitar 2 digs into some slide fills using Open E tuning. You’ll need a capo and slide to play along with this tutorial. This song uses a capo, open chords and triads, suspended chord embellishments, and some basic slide guitar approaches.

Published: 02/22/2024 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Sor 'Study No. 1 Opus 60' Fernando Sor

In this tutorial we'll learn a beginner classical guitar piece by Fernando Sor 'Study No. 1, Opus 60'. This is a very simple piece written as a mostly single note melody specifically for the purpose of providing beginners with beautiful pieces to play.

Published: 02/20/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Southern Rock Style

In this tutorial we'll explore one of my personal favorite subgenres of rock, which is known as Southern Rock. This is an awesome fusion of country, blues and rock, and there’s so much fun guitar playing to explore within this sound. We’re going to do that by breaking down a really cool practice tune that I’ve written to include all the best tricks and techniques from this world.

Published: 02/16/2024 Upgrade
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Think The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 2 electric guitars. The acoustic strums the main riffs and chord progressions throughout. One clean electric guitar add single note lines, backbeat chord stabs, and a bluesy solo. The other electric guitar has a fuzz effect and adds some ornamental single notes to the arrangement. This song uses open and barre chords, steady acoustic strumming, single note riffing, and some bluesy lead approaches.

Published: 02/16/2024 Upgrade
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The Man I Love George Gershwin

Christopher will show you a two guitar arrangement of this iconic medium tempo jazz ballad. Guitar 1 is a rhythm guitar part playing the chord progression. Guitar 2 is a lead guitar part playing the single note melody of the song. Guitar 2 also plays a solo that is based on the melody with embellishments.

Published: 02/10/2024 Upgrade
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Salt Of The Earth The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chords throughout, while the electric adds simple slide licks to add some texture to the arrangement. Both guitars use an Open E tuning. This song uses open tuning chord shapes, solid acoustic strumming approaches, dynamics, and some simple slide licks.

Published: 02/09/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Punk Rock Style

In this tutorial we’re gonna explore one of the most energetic and infectious types of rock music, known as Punk Rock. This style is a ton of fun to play because it’s defined by a fearless attitude, high tempos and explosive energy! We’ll explore this sound within a practice tune that I’ve written to include some of my favorite elements from this iconic sound.

Published: 02/09/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Rock Riffing with Power Chords

Riffs are the very heart of the electrifying guitar-driven rock anthems that have defined the genre for decades, and the power chord is the building block. In the following lessons, we’ll dig into common 2 and 3 note power chord shapes, and some rock riffing approaches. We’ll play through plenty of examples, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 02/04/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Melodic Soloing

Anders will show you how to use the diatonic minor scale to create melodic lead guitar licks in a rock style.

Published: 02/04/2024 Upgrade
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Something Happened To Me Yesterday The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chords throughout, while the electric adds strums and single note motifs to add texture to the arrangement. This song uses open chords and suspended chord embellishments, strumming with an 8th note triplet swing groove, and double stops and triads.

Published: 02/01/2024 Upgrade
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Day Tripper 2023 The Beatles

There are 3 clean electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 plays the iconic riffs throughout, while Guitar 2 adds a layer of solid strumming to the arrangement. Guitar 3 adds some single note lines to the chorus and bridge to add additional excitement. This song uses single note riffs, dominant 7th chords, barre chords and power chords, solid strumming approaches, palm muting, and some early rock lead licks.

Published: 01/26/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Single Note Riffing

In the following lessons, we’ll explore how to craft single note riffs using a variety of scales and rhythmic subdivisions. We’ll play through some examples, and turn those examples into a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 01/26/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Pentatonic Scales For Rock Lead

The Pentatonic Scale is the cornerstone of rock soloing, serving as an essential tool for crafting memorable melodies, and expressive licks. In the following tutorial, we’ll dive into the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scale Boxes and learn how to start creating licks with them. We’ll learn to play a few simple licks with each scale, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 01/26/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Suspension Embellishments

In the following lessons, we’ll learn about sus2 and sus4 chords, and how to add them to open and barre chords, as well as outline them with double stops and triads. We’ll play through examples of each concept, and finish up with a practice tune that combines them all.

Published: 01/25/2024 Upgrade
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Let's Spend The Night Together The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 lightly overdriven electric guitar that plays boogie riffs and chord stabs throughout. This song uses boogie rhythms, triads, chord strums with muting, and dynamics.

Published: 01/25/2024 Upgrade
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Chopin 'Grand Waltz' Op. 18 No. 1 Chopin

In this tutorial we will learn a solo classical guitar arrangement of Frederic Chopin's 'Grand Waltz' Opus No. 18, No. 1 piano piece.

Published: 01/20/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Basic Rock Lead Vocabulary #2

In this tutorial Anders will show you a basic pentatonic lick that is widely used in rock style lead guitar solos and how to play variations on the basic lick to build your rock lead guitar vocabulary.

Published: 01/18/2024 Upgrade
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The Wild Colonial Boy The Rolling Stones

There is no guitar on the original recording, but we’ll add an acoustic guitar into the mix and play the chord progressions with a consistent strum. Any guitar can be used to play along with this tutorial. This song uses open chords, and a steady strumming approach.

Published: 01/18/2024 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Basic Rock Lead Vocabulary #1

In this tutorial Anders will show you some basic but classic rock style lead guitar licks that form the foundation of all rock lead vocabulary.

Published: 01/11/2024 Upgrade
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Lady Jane The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic guitar and a dulcimer that we’ll adapt for a clean electric guitar. The acoustic arpeggiates the chord progressions throughout, while the dulcimer parts play high register octave melodies. We’ll use a special tuning on the electric guitar to get closer to the vibe of the dulcimer heard on the recording. This song uses open chords, chord arpeggiation, and octaves.

Published: 01/11/2024 Upgrade
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Someone To Watch Over Me George Gershwin

Christopher will show you a two guitar arrangement of this iconic slow tempo jazz ballad. Guitar 1 is a rhythm guitar part playing the chord progression. Guitar 2 is a lead guitar part playing the single note melody of the song. Guitar 2 also plays a solo that is based on the melody with embellishments. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use some extended harmony chords in a song setting, how to learn to embellish a melody with some typical lead guitar vocabulary in an early jazz style.

Published: 01/10/2024 Upgrade
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2000 Man The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 2 electric guitars. The acoustic strums the main riffs and chord progressions throughout. One overdriven electric guitar digs into riffs and rhythms, while the other adds some lead fills to the arrangement. This song uses melodic riffing, solid acoustic strumming, open and barre chords, and tasty fills and licks.

Published: 01/04/2024 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Bending & Vibrato In Rock Style

In the following lessons, we’ll learn bending and vibrato technique, and how to use them. We’ll play through some examples, and turn those examples into a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned. We’ll dive into the essential skills that form the backbone of expression when riffing and soloing. These techniques are not just about playing notes; they're about injecting emotion, character, and a personal touch into your playing.

Published: 01/04/2024 Upgrade
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Rape Me Nirvana

There are 2 electric guitar in this song. Guitar 1 uses both clean and dirty tones to play the rhythm riffs throughout. Guitar 2 is an additional guitar that adds some power to the outro chorus. This song uses open chords and power chords, a solid strummed approach, and dynamics.

Published: 01/02/2024 Upgrade
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Stupid Girl The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 2 electric guitars. The acoustic strums the chord progressions throughout, while the electrics adds plenty of riffing with chords, single notes, and double stops. One of the electrics also digs into a great solo. This song uses double stops, boogie riffing, open chords with solid acoustic strumming, and some simple lead licks.

Published: 12/28/2023 Upgrade
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Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby? The Rolling Stones

This tune features 2 electric and 1 acoustic guitar. The electric plays fuzzed out power chords and lead fills throughout, while the acoustic strums the chords throughout. There is a 2nd electric guitar in the intro that adds a simple lick with a filter effect. This song uses power chords, open chords, steady strumming patterns, and lead fills.

Published: 12/21/2023 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Brahms 'Waltz' Op. 39 No. 15 Johannes Brahms

In this tutorial we will learn a solo classical guitar arrangement of the 'Waltz' Op. 39 No. 15 by classical composer Johannes Brahms.

Published: 12/18/2023 Upgrade
Collin Hill
Palm Muting And Syncopation

In this tutorial you’re going to learn a technique called palm muting for fingerstyle guitar. Palm muting in fingerstyle is used all the time to make the melody stand out more. Muting the bass notes gives you the pitch without the sustain. This allows the upper string melody notes to be heard more clearly. We'll also add syncopation, which is another way of separating the bass notes from the melody.

Published: 12/14/2023 Upgrade
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Don't Lie To Me The Rolling Stones

There are 2 electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 lays the foundation with a rhythm riff throughout the song, while Guitar 2 digs into some exciting blues rock licks and fills throughout. This song uses boogie riffing using power chords, steady strum approaches, and some killer early rock licks.

Published: 12/14/2023 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Brahms 'Lullaby Waltz' Op. 49 No. 4 Johannes Brahms

In this tutorial we will learn a solo classical guitar arrangement of the "Lullaby Waltz" Op. 49 No. 4 by classical composer Johannes Brahms.

Published: 12/08/2023 Upgrade
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Sad Day The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chord progressions throughout, while the electric adds single note parts to add some texture to the arrangement. This song uses double stops, single note motifs, open chords and steady acoustic strum approaches.

Published: 12/07/2023 Upgrade
Jimena Fosado
Palm Muting Rock Style

Palm muting is a picking hand technique that's an essential element of rock style guitar playing. In this set of lessons we'll learn all about where, how and when to palm mute with a lot of practical examples to make your rock rhythm playing more interesting and musical.

Published: 11/30/2023 Upgrade
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Surprise, Surprise The Rolling Stones

There are 2 electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 lays the foundation with a rhythm riff throughout the song, while Guitar 2 digs into some exciting blues rock licks in the solo. This song uses barre chords, blues based riffing, steady strum approaches, and some killer early rock licks.

Published: 11/30/2023 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Epic Open Rock Chords

Open chords are often overshadowed by more advanced concepts, but when used right they’re one of the most epic tools we have in our rock rhythm and riff vocabulary. In this tutorial we’ll explore three open chord voicings used in rock and you’ll see just how much stadium-worthy mileage you can get out of these relatively simple building blocks.

Published: 11/30/2023 Upgrade
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Heart Shaped Box Nirvana

There is 1 electric guitar in this song that switches between clean and distorted tones throughout. You’ll need to tune your guitar one half-step down, then drop the low string an additional whole step to play along with this tutorial. This song uses dropped tuning power chords, combining chord strums with single note motifs, melodic lead approaches, and dynamics.

Published: 11/22/2023 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Next Level Riffing In Rock

In the following tutorial, we’ll enhance your rock riffing skills by seamlessly integrating single notes, diads, and pedal roots into your power chord progressions. We’ll play through examples of each approach, and finish up with a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 11/22/2023 Upgrade
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The Riddle Song Sam Cooke

A 12 string acoustic guitar was used on the original recording, but any guitar - acoustic or electric can be used to play this song. This song uses barre chords and open chords, chord arpeggiation, and steady strumming approaches.

Published: 11/22/2023 Upgrade
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Tchaikovsky 'Nutcracker March' Theme Tchaikovsky

In this tutorial we will learn a classical guitar style arrangement of the main themes from the 'Nutcracker March' by Tchaikovsky.

Published: 11/20/2023 Upgrade
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Spooky Atlanta Rhythm Section

There are 3 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that plays some solid rhythm riffing throughout. Guitar 2 is an overdriven electric guitar that adds some tasty lead work. Guitar 3 adds some harmony leads to the outro solo. This song uses extended chords, syncopated strumming, and some textbook classic rock soloing.

Published: 11/16/2023 Upgrade
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Sister Morphine The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chord progressions, while the electric adds slide fills using an open A tuning. You’ll need a slide to play along with the electric parts in this tutorial. This song uses open chords and barre chords, 16th note syncopated strumming, slide approaches in an open tuning, and dynamics.

Published: 11/16/2023 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Blue Skies Irving Berlin

Christopher will show you a two guitar arrangement of this classic jazz tune. Guitar 1 is a rhythm guitar part playing the chord progression. Guitar 2 is a lead guitar part playing the single note melody of the song. Guitar 2 also plays a solo that is based on the melody with embellishments. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use some extended harmony chords in a song setting, how to learn to embellish a melody with some typical lead guitar vocabulary in an early jazz style.

Published: 11/10/2023 Upgrade
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Walkin' Thru The Sleepy City The Rolling Stones

This tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chords throughout the tune, while the electric adds arpeggiated notes and lines. This song uses open chords, an eighth-note triplet strumming pattern, simple riffing off of root notes using slides, and palm muted arpeggiations.

Published: 11/09/2023 Upgrade
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Cocaine Eric Clapton

There are 3 electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is the main rhythm guitar that plays simple riffs throughout the tune. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that digs into plenty of bluesy solos, while Guitar 3 is a clean electric guitar that plays some single note lines and diad riffs throughout. This song uses barre chords and power chords, funky diad riffing and single note lines, and some textbook bluesy rock soloing.

Published: 11/02/2023 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Higher Voiced Arpeggiation

In the following lessons, we’ll learn steady arpeggiation, rhythmic variations, and adding melodies to your arpeggiation patterns. We’ll play through examples of each concept, and finish up with a practice tune that combines them all.

Published: 11/02/2023 Upgrade
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What To Do The Rolling Stones

The tune features 1 acoustic and 1 clean electric guitar. The acoustic strums the chords throughout, while the electric adds some country and blues tinged riffing to add texture to the arrangement. This song uses open chords and extended chords, strumming with a country swing groove, double stops, and bluesy riffing approaches.

Published: 11/02/2023 Upgrade
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The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals

There is just one electric guitar in this song arpeggiating and strumming the iconic progressions throughout. This song uses open chords, chord arpeggiation and strumming with a 12/8 feel, and dynamics.

Published: 10/26/2023 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Strumming With Higher Chords

In the following lessons, we’ll explore steady strumming, combined strum rhythms, and add rests into our strum patterns. We’ll play through some examples, and turn those examples into a practice tune that combines everything we’ve learned.

Published: 10/26/2023 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
Back To Back Paul Williams

There are 2 electric guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that lays down a steady single note boogie line through the 12 bar blues form. Guitar 2 is an overdriven electric guitar that adds some high energy fills and a guitar solo to the arrangement. This song uses an 8th note triplet swing rhythm, single note boogie lines, and some killer bluesy lead guitar approaches.

Published: 10/26/2023 Upgrade
Christopher Schlegel
Pachelbel 'Canon In D' Pachelbel

In this tutorial we will learn a classical guitar style arrangement of Pachelbel's 'Canon In D'.

Published: 10/20/2023 Upgrade