Root Position 7th Chord Practice!

By: Josh Lucas Here’s another quick lesson that I originally made for one of my students. It should be a good start if you want to broaden your chord vocabulary! I started out by showing you the basic chord shapes for major, minor, and diminished in first position, then I give you each chord as […]

Tapping Arpeggio Practice

By: Josh Lucas Today we’re taking a little more of an advanced look at arpeggios. I’ve tried to break it down as simply as possible in the PDF file. The first section, I just show the basic chord shapes that I outline. With my left hand, I’m holding down a Bminor chord for most of […]

Quick Fingerstyle Arpeggio Practice!

By: Josh Lucas Here’s a fairly easy warmup exercise that I do to get my right hand ready for fingerstyle playing. The trick is to be able to play 8th, and 16th notes evenly. I won’t go into detail on how to do that, and if you don’t know how to feel 8th or 16th […]

Quick Pickstyle Arpeggio Practice!

By: Josh Lucas Hey everyone–just wanted to let you know that I’m working on a deep dive into arpeggios on the guitar for my next course. The course is a free supplement to my guitar lessons, so make sure to take advantage of it when it’s up! We’ll be looking at fingerstyle arpeggios, sweeping, tapping, […]

Fingerstyle Music Analysis 101

With Mark Grover In today’s blog post, I’d like to show you how I often view the fingerstyle compositions that I transcribe as having multiple voices. Imagining solo guitar music as a monophonic texture can make learning it more difficult, and performing it once it’s programed into your muscle memory have a bit less depth […]

Developing A Player’s Mentality Pt. III: Conquering Doubt

By: Josh Lucas Fear is the mind-killer. What, you’ve never read Dune?  Okay, they may not be exactly the same, I would argue that “fear” and “doubt” are at least first cousins. Doubt feels to many of us like a fear of messing up, or fear of being “seen” in our most vulnerable state. Doubt […]

Prodigy: How Jason Becker’s Music Changed My Life

By: Josh Lucas It was a snowy and frigid winter night in 1988 that I was born. George Michael’s “Faith” was the #1 album. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley was in the top 10, and was perfectly innocent for the next 20-25 years, until it was used to prank people on the […]