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Lyle: I'm starting a new series of lessons called
Guitar Essentials. I want to teach you a little bit of the things I feel is
important to becoming a good all around guitarist.
Lyle: Example...I get called to do a studio
session and play guitar on someone's new record/CD. The producer has me
strumming and rocking out like normal, then he asks me to play slide guitar.
Luckily I know how and can pull off a few cool riffs. Then he wants me to play
acoustic finger picking in a bluegrass
Lyle: Then a jazz or classical project comes up
and I want the job. Luckily I know just enough to squeak by and make it sound
of all trades
Lyle: Right. But to master all styles of music to
play on the guitar isn't reasonable. I would take a long time. I want to show
you a bunch of styles and techniques you can learn and use to be able to play
Lyle: Even if you're a beginner, you can still
learn the essentials and become a better guitar player much faster than just
playing one style for the next year.
zz: I like it
Aaron: what do the essentials include
dude, This is a great build up. Your like Tony Robbins of
Lyle: The essentials include: warm-ups, scales,
picking exercises, open chords, bar chords, arpeggios, finger picking, strumming
and rhythm techniques. Then we'll learn how to play a blues song, a jazz song, a
classical song, a rock song, and a country song. It will be
Lyle: You'll learn essential techniques that
help you play with flair.
Lyle: I feel our first lesson should be about the
basic warm-up exercises I use before I
Lyle: I use these little exercises before each
gig for about 10 - 20 minutes.
Lyle: Here's the first one I start out
mlnjr: Does it
start with an up stroke or down stroke?
Lyle: The video clip of the 4 finger attack helps
Lyle: Yes, start with a down stroke and
alternate. Go slow at first.
Lyle: I'll spend about 4 - 5 minutes on this
Lyle: If you want you may set up a metronome to
play this exercise with.
descending should all four fingers be placed on the string as the pinky finger
note is being played? or should each finger come to the string
Lyle: Here's a loop you can work
mlnjr: Do you
keep your thumb on the back of the neck?
Lyle: Aaron, yes, try to at
Lyle: Yes, your thumb is on the back of the
Lyle: The video will help
zz: that's a
quick BPM bro!
Lyle: You can slow the loop down by using the
Lyle: Just like in sports, it's very important to
Lyle: Here's a video that explains how I like to
stretch my fingers, wrists, and forearms:
Aaron: is the
1-4 finger attack a good exercise to practice legato as well? how should it be
done differently if so?
Lyle: Yes, you can do the 4 finger attack to
practice legato by hammering on and pulling off the notes instead of picking
Lyle: The next exercise I do is all about
hammering on and pulling off:
video.....that really does stretch the muscles.
I have trouble getting notes to sound clean and at the same volume when doing
descending legato, is there any specific technique that will help improve
Lyle: Pull down/off the string. Go slow at
Lyle: The next thing I'll do during my warm-ups
is a few scales.
Lyle: Here's a scale you can use over a A7
zz: how long on
I'll spend a couple minutes on the hammer-on pull-offs
Lyle: For fun, here's a basic jam track to
practice the scale with:
Lyle: After playing that scale ascending and
descending about 10 - 20 times I'll switch to a plain major scale using this
After playing the major scale a few times, I'll switch to my favorite minor
I'll spend a few minutes on each of these scales.
are the chords on the A jam track? A - D- E all dominants
Lyle: There isn't any chords in the jam
Lyle: Just a static A to practice any scale
zz: O your
right. I was jamming those three chords...sounded great
Lyle: The last thing I'll do for my warm-ups is
strum something for a few minutes, just to start getting my rhythm groove.
Here's just a simple thing I might do:
that's quite a jump from what I was just jamming with
dude.......where did Ricky Scaggs come from? I see what you mean jamming in all
Lyle: Try to follow these simple exercises each
time you start to play and you'll notice a difference. Remember to stretch your
hands and fingers.
Aaron: I noticed that in the fast runs in your scales
that you anchor your picking hand with your ring finger and sometimes include
your pinky, is this a standard technique or just something you've
Lyle: Spend about 10 to 20 minutes just going
through these. Don't try to go fast, just smooth.
Lyle: Yes Aaron, I anchor my 3rd and or 4th
finger to the pick guard when picking
Lyle: That's all for this lesson.
are going to take a break but you can hang out as long as you
great lesson Lyle. I like how you touch on all types of scales and exercises,
and chords in your warm up.
Lyle: Thanks! Have a good
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