So this is a little tune taken from the movie “Desperado” starring Antonio Banderas. In the soundtrack you can hear that it’s actually two guitars playing together but this guy has gone and made a special arrangement of it for solo guitar. At the start of the video you can hear a performance of it.
It’s not quite flamenco guitar which everyone is very familiar with, this is more of a general Spanish guitar kind of feel to it and honestly it’s a lot easier to play this more generalized style as flamenco techniques often require many years of practice to master.
I’d rather go with the easier stuff like this example. You can still get a very authentic Latin sound but without having to dedicate your life to hours of practice to achieve it. Not many of us have time for that anyway.
If you like the lesson and want to follow along make sure you download the tabs for it.
This guy has really taken YouTube by storm as a guitar player recently and for good reason. He’s a totally awesome player from start to finish – very tasty. Expect to see a lot more videos up here featuring his playing.
One of the coolest techniques he showcases here is an insane ability to ‘chicken pick’ which is a common tool employed by country guitar players but he also uses it a lot in his blues stuff too. The amazing thing this that he can perform the technique equally well with or without a pick.
The ‘gristle’ is this kind of stuff, where your ears are hearing a lot of great licks but they are insanely rhythmical because you’re also hearing a lot of muted “pops and pucks” mixed in amongst it. If you search around on YouTube you can find a video where he’s doing a guitar workshop and explaining exactly how he’s achieving that effect.
Could take a while to master it though! Not exactly beginner guitar stuff.
Great opening guitar lesson from the new HD YouTube channel for Guitar in a Nutshell.
We all know that strumming patterns are important for playing a wide variety of songs but some strums are way more important than others so it only makes sense to concentrate your efforts on learning those ones first right?
This lesson give’s you one of the ‘big daddy’s’ of guitar strums. It a pro quality strum and if you follow the directions in the video you should find you end up with a killer new pattern you can play lots of songs with. Not bad for a video less than 6 minutes long!
This site always gives high quality lessons and has been around since 2007 I believe. The guy can teach!
The progression used in this one is from a cool collection of backing tracks programmed into the Practice Software, it goes
Em – G – Dsus2 – Asus2, that’s the main verse progression and it gets repeated 4 times before the bridge/chorus section enters with
C – G – Dsus2 – Em
That goes around 3 times before finally finishing with C – G – B7 – B7.
Now these kinds of guitar lessons are premium quality – make sure you give it the thumbs up!
A beautiful performance of “Farruca” by the great Paco Pena.
A master of the Flamenco guitar, he’s been playing and performing in front of audiences both live, on radio and television his entire life and just keeps getting better. Probably my favorite flamenco guitarist.
Flamenco is such a specialized style of playing, it’s not for everyone…
With other styles of guitar like blues, even finger style the barrier to entry is much lower. Technically they are easy and more accessible to the average guitarist.
The thing with Flamenco is that there are so many TERRIBLE amateur players. It’s very easy to play flamenco guitar badly and completely butcher it.
Another old video this one, Keith’s looking younger (well… relatively speaking!) Anyway he can play Robert Johnson’s acoustic blues style pretty darn well. This site also looks great for learning to play blues guitar.
You know, it’s getting fewer and fewer the number of guitar players that can actually do this well. Everyone is so busy just ‘noodling’ on pentatonic stuff with no soul, no rhythm, no musicality… it’s just boring to listen to.
I used to be guilty of it too… endless noodling without actually playing anything that was really ‘music’ on guitar. This video gives a good example of what I’m talking about.
Just like the last Stefan Grossman video uploaded this style rests heavily upon a mixture of steady bass and Travis picking technique. It’s intricate, intelligent blues where you’re using lot’s of miniature voicing’s of chords all around the fretboard.
There just fragments really so you get much more intricate and delicate sound. A more refined acoustic blues sound.
This style of playing (American country blues finger style) is something I’ve been wanting to learn for a while now. This video is a sample from a downloadable video course which I’m probably going to buy by the ultra relaxed Stefan Grossman. I really like him on tape as a tutor.
The chords are pretty basic, mostly open position it’s really the Travis picking technique which adds all the magic. Travis picking is something I’ve been working on already for about a year now. Once you get used to it, it opens up a huge new world of acoustic styles and music you can play. Well worth it!
If you like this sound but lean more to blues than blues-country then check out a ‘steady bass technique’. It’s easier to do.
Paul Gilbert is technically brilliant on guitar, he can alternate pick super fast and his articulation is so clean but his legato is awesome too. What else… he can string skip through arpeggios like it were nothing and has some pretty tasty pentatonic chops too.
In this lesson he’s demonstrating some of what you can do using the 5th mode of the harmonic minor scale. He has a great slang term for this kind of stuff – “snake charming licks”. It fits well since the harmonic minor is an exotic and often mysterious scale. Yngwie Malmsteen is an excellent example of a guitarist who has practically built his entire sound around this scale.
Gilbert has been around for quite a while – I remember buying his instructional videos on VHS cassette tape! (Pretty sure I still have them too).
This is probably my favorite overdrive pedal. The overdrive is transparent but it does boost the midrange a little… a good thing when you’re stepping out of a rhythm sound and into a lead tone. It makes it sound bigger and adds urgency.
I found this video to be a very good demo of what the pedal can do… note that once again (like the Wampler Paisley Pedal) it’s going into a boutique tube amp. In this case it’s a Samamp VAC 23 Tweed with a 15″ speaker. Gorgeous amp and quite ingenius by the way (but another video dedicated to that later).
The cool thing about the Plimsoul is that you can dial in traditional and high quality overdrive and then mix into it a harder more compressed kind of distortion. It allows you to shape the distortion in a way I’ve never seen done so well before on any other pedal.
I own this pedal – not cheap at around $160 – $200 but totally worth it.
This pedal is pure class, in the demo video we hear it plugged into a nice tube amp with a crystal clear clean tone – Fender Princeton.
What I, and most other fans of this pedal, like is that the pedal will overdrive and distort but the sound remains completely transparent meaning it won’t change the basic character or tone of your guitar. It leaves its personality intact.
You can use this pedal as a treble boost, a light overdrive or even push it to more saturated levels – I plan to buy this one!
Check out the demo video to hear it for yourself, Wampler pedals are not cheap but they’re super high quality and deliver guitar tones to die for… just make sure you’re running them through a proper tube amp for the best results.
In recent times there’s been a lot of guitar talk about Brad Paisley both inside the modern country scene and amongst guitar circles in general.
I like him as a player, he’s got hybrid picking chops to burn, natural phrasing and a tone. His live vocals leave a lot to be desired when compared to his records but that’s really outside of the point for this site.
In this video you get to see him shootin’ the breeze on an old telecaster plugged straight into a Dr. Z “Zwreck” amp and later on he kicks in a Z verb. Certain kinds of reverb and slap-back echo delays are pretty synonymous with country guitar sounds.
So the Dr. Z are a boutique line of amps – hand wired and not produced on-mass like Fender or Marshall. This makes them more expensive but if you’re really serious about tone and have the budget to support it then going down the lesser know line of boutique amp makers is definitely the way to go.