Here are some of the best nuggets of learning moments from the weekly live lesson broadcasts. I'll be adding to these regularly.
WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR STRINGS (May 20, 2014)
A simple guide to how often you should change your strings based on your playing type.
ORDER OF GUITAR EFFECTS PEDALS ON PEDALBOARD (May 20, 2014)
The order of the guitar effects on your pedalboard makes a big difference in the sound. Here are several tips for putting your pedals in the best sounding order.
BUILDING FLUIDITY PLAYING FINGERSTYLE (May 20, 2014)
Tired of your fingerstyle technique sounding "clunky" and uneven? Straight talk on how to build fluid, fast fingerstyle technique. A practical, step-by-step path to get the job done.
TIPS FOR CARRYING AND CHOOSING PICKS (April 22, 2014)
Tired of losing your picks? Don't know how different picks affect the sound? Learn how to keep your picks all together and there when you need them. Also, learn some keys about what picks work best for different playing situations.
FUNK STRUMMING TIPS (April 22, 2014)
Love that funky strumming? Here are some practical tips for achieving that classic guitar sound as well as some common chord forms and techniques used in R&B and Funk.
JOHNNY HILAND ON BLUES PHRASING (Dec. 10, 2013 with Johnny Hiland)
Amazing insights into phrasing in Blues from one of the best guitarists around. The great Johnny Hiland offers tips on pickup usage, phrasing, approach and style for the Blues. Practical tips with lots of great playing to illustrate.
JOHNNY HILAND'S DOUBLE STOP PICKING EXERCISE (Dec. 10, 2013 with Johnny Hiland)
Legendary chickin-pickin' guitarist Johnny Hiland shares a simple exercise to help you build your knowledge of double-stops by building them from the major scale.
JOHNNY HILAND'S HYBRID PICKING WARM UP EXERCISE (Dec. 10, 2013 with Johnny Hiland)
Johnny Hiland shares his warm up exercise for playing hybrid picking alternating between the thumb and the fingers. This technique is essential to playing fast chicken pickin' runs.
POWER CHORDS (Oct. 29, 2013)
Power chords are essential for any guitarist to know to play Rock. Learn the basic power chord forms and how they function within a song.
DROP D TUNING IN ROCK (Oct. 29, 2013)
Drop D tuning is used commonly in Rock and Metal to get a powerful "growl" to your sound. Steve gives a few insights on how to use this tuning to create great rock and metal chord forms.
BEGINNER TIP: FORMING CHORDS EFFICIENTLY (Oct. 29, 2013)
Does it take you too long to form the correct chord? Can't get your fingers to change chords quickly? A great tip for breaking free from being too slow between chord changes.
THE CAGED SYSTEM (Oct. 29, 2013)
A helpful way to view chords and understand how they relate together by shapes.
CREATING LONGER MELODIC RHYTHM GUITAR PARTS (Sept. 17, 2013)
Not all rhythm guitar parts are short and strumming based. Here are some ideas for making longer rhythm guitar signature "hooks". Simple lines can create memorable guitar parts.
TIPS FOR IMPROVING ALTERNATING BASS LINES (Aug. 6, 2013 with Adam Rafferty)
Practical tips for working on the Chet Atkins/Merle Travis Alternating Bass Lines with your thumb. This technique sounds so smooth but is actually quite tricky to master. Here are some insights from the great fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty.
IMPROVING YOUR INTERNAL SENSE OF RHYTHM (Aug. 6, 2013 with Adam Rafferty)
Many players wrestle with developing their internal sense of time which is so valuable for you as a guitarist. Here are a few creative ideas for developing and solidifying your internal sense of rhythm from the great fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty.
IMPROVING YOUR GROOVE WITH SCALES (Aug. 6, 2013 with Adam Rafferty)
Scales are the alphabet of music. Everyone needs to learn them and practice them regularly. But scale practice can tend to get boring. Here are a few ideas from fingerstyle guitarist Adam Rafferty to add some groove to your scales so that you learn your scales but also work on your groove.
THE MAGIC OF BUILDING CHORDS FROM AN ALTERED SCALE (July 16, 2013 with Howard Alden)
The great Jazz guitarist Howard Alden shares some insights of building chords from not just the major scale but from altered scales. When scale tones are shifted around then the chords that are built from the scales adjust as well to create very creative chord possibilities.
CREATING PASSING TONES BETWEEN CHORDS (July 16, 2013 with Howard Alden)
Adding passing tones between chords in a Jazz setting is one of the techniques that makes for great solo guitar arrangements. Here are some practical insights from Jazz guitarist Howard Alden on adding these passing tones easily.
BLUES SOUNDS, NOTES, & STYLES (Feb. 12, 2013 with Jack Pearson)
Former Allman Brothers guitarist, Jack Pearson, gives some gig-ready ideas for achieving great blues sounds in a variety of styles.
SUGGESTED SAMPLE 30 MINUTE PRACTICE ROUTINE (Jan. 8, 2013)
But Steve, what should I do during my practice time? Here is a suggested, sample 30 minute practice routine that focuses the four main areas of your guitar playing - Warming Up, Technique, Songs, Improvisation.
THREE BOOKS TO READ AS YOU ARE LEARNING GUITAR (Jan. 8, 2013)
Don't just practice guitar and hope to get better. Take a moment to learn how to learn - so that when you practice you get the most out of it. These are three of the best books I've found to understand the learning process. They are immediately helpful and applicable to your learning journey.