Essential Techniques

A series of intensive courses teaching the techniques behind the sounds.
Essential Techniques

If tone is in the hands, then technique is what puts it there.

The Essential Techniques courses are a deep dive into the "thumb-over" technique used by nearly every famous blues and blues rock guitarist.

This style of handling the guitar is as old as the blues itself. It is not "correct" or "proper" guitar technique - at least not by academic standards - but it is nearly ubiquitous in blues and blues rock.

Essential Techniques is the best collection of courses on this subject that you'll find anywhere. These are not easy, fun courses. They are physically demanding, and require incredible attention to detail. But if you're serious about sounding like SRV, Hendrix, or any other number of famous blues or rock guitarists, an investment in your technique pays huge dividends.

Courses

The Grip
The Grip

Great blues-rock technique starts here. Learn the ‘thumb-over’ grip used by nearly every legendary blues and blues rock guitarist.

  • Beg
  • Int
  • Adv

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Muting
Muting

A critically important lesson detailing the physics behind good muting technique. I cannot overstate how important this lesson is.

  • Beg
  • Int
  • Adv

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Raking
Raking

A great practical lesson on Raking technique - everything is done through real-world examples. It’s a great way to incorporate what you learned in The Grip and Muting.

  • Beg
  • Int
  • Adv

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Bending
Bending

An extremely detailed look at the physics of bending, how to do it well, and lots of exercises to improve your accuracy.

  • Beg
  • Int
  • Adv

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Vibrato
Vibrato

A closeup look at multiple vibrato techniques, including bending vibrato. Close-ups, and slow-motion shots from multiple angles to help you understand the motions.

  • Beg
  • Int
  • Adv

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Picking
Picking

A detailed look at the importance of picking technique, and lots of exercises to help you improve your accuracy.

  • Beg
  • Int
  • Adv

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