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Intermediate

Thirds in C

Play the C Major scale harmonized in 3rds & 6ths, moving these intervals up and down the fretboard.
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Intermediate

Hypnotic Grooves: Chromatic Lines

Get started with chromaticism—here are some ideas to play over a dominant chord. Works well over C7 or Gm7 chords.
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Intermediate

Hypnotic Grooves: Arpeggio Run

Play this bebop-like arpeggio run outlining a Gm11 chord
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Fundamentals

Major Scale

The foundational scale of Western music
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Fundamentals

Am Pentatonic: 1 String

Play the minor pentatonic on a single string
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Fundamentals

Am Pentatonic: Single Octave Shapes

Play the minor pentatonic in a single octave in different positions across the fretboard
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Fundamentals

Am Pentatonic: Pos. 1-3

Play the minor pentatonic in Positions 1-3, starting with the most common scale shape
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Fundamentals

Am Pentatonic: Pos. 4 & 5

Play the minor pentatonic in Positions 4 & 5
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Fundamentals

Playing on One String

Explore beginner scale patterns up and down on a single string.
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Fundamentals

Pentatonic Beginnings

Explore beginner melodies with the pentatonic scale in one position.
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Fundamentals

Major Scale Beginnings

Explore beginner melodies with the major scale scale in one position.
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Fundamentals

Building Strength & Dexterity

Work single note patterns in position to build left-hand strength & dexterity.
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Fundamentals

Introducing Slides

Learn basic technique and phrases for left-hand slides.
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Fundamentals

Introducing Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs

Learn basic technique and phrases for hammer-ons and pull-offs.
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Fundamentals

G Major & E Minor Scales

Play each scale in two octaves & two positions
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Fundamentals

C Major & A Minor Scales

Play each scale in two octaves & two positions
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Fundamentals

D Major & B Minor Scales

Play each scale in two octaves & two positions
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Fundamentals

E Major & C# Minor Scales

Play each scale in two octaves & two positions
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Fundamentals

A Major & F# Minor Scales

Play each scale in two octaves & two positions
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Fundamentals

Am Pentatonic: String Transportation

Move up and down the fretboard with the pentatonic scale
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Fundamentals

Intro to Barre Chords

Build up fundamental barre chords in the key of C
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Intermediate

Thirds in G

Play the G Major scale harmonized in 3rds & 6ths, moving these intervals up and down the fretboard.
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Fundamentals

Major Scale Patterns

Check out these patterns for warming up with the major scale.
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Fundamentals

Em Blues Scale

The classic Em blues scale in open position, plus an additional fingering for 2nd position.
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Intermediate

Evil Ways

Learn the groove from this iconic Santana tune.
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Intermediate

Phrygian Jam (E)

The basic building blocks of a Phrygian sound, key of E
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Intermediate

7th Chord Scale (C)

Play all the 7th chords in the key of C—using ascending 6th-string root voicings
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Intermediate

7th Chord Scale (G)

Play all the 7th chords in the key of G—using ascending 6th-string root voicings
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Intermediate

Mixolydian

Major scale variant with a b7
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Intermediate

Lydian

Major scale variant with a #4
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Intermediate

Hypnotic Grooves: Descending Line

Play this descending line over a C7 or Gm7 chord
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Intermediate

Hypnotic Grooves: Lydian Dominant Line

Play line this to create a Lydian Dominant color—using b7 and #4
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Intermediate

Hypnotic Grooves: Lydian Chord

This chord groove shifts the bass note to produce a Lydian chord—with the #4 in the bass
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Advanced

Mixolydian b6

Major scale variant with a b6 and b7
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Advanced

Lydian Dominant

Major scale variant with a #4 and b7
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Advanced

Phrygian Dominant (Hijaz)

Major scale variant with a b2, b6, b7
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Advanced

Double Harmonic (Mayamalavagowla)

Major scale variant with b2 and b6
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