Melodic Rock Licks is our newest free lesson by Jody Worrell. In the video, Jody will teach you five different licks that follow the chord changes of the backing track. These concepts might help you get out of the rut of just playing pentatonic notes over and over. For each lick, Jody will provide step by step instruction making sure you understand how to play it correctly. Next you can work on timing and creating a performance atmosphere by trading the lick back and forth with Jody against the track. Click here to get the printable tab and downloadable jam track for this lesson.


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al_dimeola-300Does one note say more than a hundred? This subject always brings with it a heated conversation between the advocates of “shredding” and those who oppose such. Al Di Meola was interviewed in Guitar World last year, and while the interview covered several topics, one question was regarding speed and musicality.

The question is, “What’s more important: learning to play a lot of notes fast or learning how to get the most out of a few notes?”

You need both abilities: to be able to sing a melody and play with space, and also to have the requisite technique to play the most intricate music. That makes you more complete, and able to play a wider variety of music. It’s a bunch of bullshit every time guitarists say, “One note says so much more than 100.” I always laugh at idiots who make that claim. Tell that to a flamenco player or a classical player and see what they say. It’s almost a defensive reaction. They take something they lack, attack it and claim they never wanted it in the first place. Sure!

While I completely agree with Al Di Meola’s answer, I’m curious how you feel about this topic. Either way, you’ll be biased. But what are your reasons for your opinion? What sort of musical education do you have? These and other questions can easily shape your opinion.

And in pondering this, you might even raise your level of musicianship.

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Our new free lesson will teach you a guitar lick in the style of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. In the video, Jody Worrell will take you step by step through this lick that includes some soaring bends. After you’ve got the lick down, try trading it back and forth with jody against the jam track. This is a great way to work on timing and recreate a performance atmosphere.

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Our own Matthias Young has just written an article for Guitar World on writing more creative guitar riffs. Starting with the premise of a chromatic bass line, most new guitarists would immediately add root position power chords to the line to create a riff. The result is fine but a little hard to solo over. By adding diatonic power chords and inverted borrowed chords you can create a more interesting riff that is now in A minor. Read the full article for more information and audio examples or watch the companion video.


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Learn how to play the opening guitar riff from 2 Minutes to Midnight by Iron Maiden! In this video, Matthias Young will provide step by step instruction on how to correctly play this riff. Using a combination of fast down strokes, inverted power chords, and a few special techniques, we can create that heavy sound. Watch the video to see the guitar tab and get the rhythm down just right. You can learn more riffs with our premium Early Metal Lesson Package.


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