After my first blues rhythm and lead video, I’ve had a few requests for more of the same. So here we have another piece which will help you work on interspersing your chord playing with some tasty lead licks. Such an approach works well in a band context and is also great whenever you need to play a stand-alone solo piece. Check out the new lesson here.
Hurrah, some more Stooges. In this lesson I return to the mighty Raw Power album for a look at one of James Willliamson’s finest guitar performances on the song Gimme Danger. Not only do I take you through the classic main riff, but I also take you through all the other pieces of the song. What are you waiting for? Lesson here.
The lesson I did on This Charming Man was an early hit for me on YouTube, and since then loads of people have requested more Johnny Marr. I’m happy to oblige with this look at the more acoustic side of his playing. It’s the song Back To The Old House, originally I think the B-side of the What Difference Does It Make single. Check out the lesson here.
Things are looking a bit different round here…
The old site served me well, but a bit of a re-vamp has been long overdue. Without boring you with all the techie details, the old site was quite slow, inflexible, and very limited as far as what I could achieve with the design. So I decided to get a bit of professional help in, and this is the result so far. For the time being the changes are mainly cosmetic and behind the scenes; all the content is exactly the same. It looks better, is faster, more visible in search engine rankings, and is easier for me to update. And the most important thing is that I will have much greater freedom in the future to take the site in the direction I want it to go in.
It was a bit of a pain in the ass to get some of the content transferred properly from the old site and there may well be stuff that doesn’t work properly or doesn’t look quite right. If you notice anything awry, please let me know and I’ll fix it.
I appreciate that some of you may be utterly bored of Joy Division at this point, but I couldn’t help myself putting together one final JD video, this time looking at the mighty Transmission. Check it out here. Next time, something completely different…
Hybrid picking (that is, using a combination pick and fingers) is a fun technique to play around with which allows you to pull off ideas which would be difficult or impossible to achieve using the pick alone. It’s a technique particularly associated with country playing, and will give you that great twang-y, chicken-pickin’ sound. Here’s one of my current favourite hybrid picking phrases.