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How To: Create Awesome Sweep Picking Licks While Improving Your Guitar Technique

If you are having problems playing your sweep picking arpeggios fast and clean then you are not alone. Many guitarists have the same problem. I suffered from the same problem, years ago. In fact, playing sweep picking arpeggios with poor technique is one of the most common problems that I encounter with my guitar students. After helping them overcome these challenges I have discovered 2 different approaches to improving your sweep picking technique. The first will keep you frustrated with bad...

How To: Use Delta blues-style strumming and picking on guitar

Popularized by artists like Son House and Skip James, Delta blues is not only one of the oldest forms of blues music, it is among the most stylistically distinct and technically rewarding to play. In this one-two video guitar lesson from YouTube user deltabluestips, you'll learn the basics of Delta-style strumming and picking. While this lesson is geared more toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, this means beginning players merely have all the more to learn. Get started using Delta Bl...

How To: Do sweep picking and connect arpeggios on the guitar

Sweep picking is that thing them younguns are into these days, trying to become the next Steve Vai or Eric Johnson, and you have to admit, it is pretty cool if you can use it right. (like anything in guitar and music in general) If you'd like to learn the basics check out this video on how to do basic sweep picking over a I, IV, V progression and connect the arpeggios together!

How To: Play a classical picking pattern on the ukulele

In this free video ukulele lesson from Jens Albrecht, you'll learn how to employ a classical-style finger picking pattern on the ukulele. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, if you want to improve your technique, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in high-quality video tutorials like this one, which make practicing both easy and highly enjoyable. For more information, and to get started using this picking pattern on your own uke, take a look.

How To: Play a Chicago Blues style twelve bar blues on the guitar with finger picking

It's extremely important as a musician to learn how to play the 12 bar blues. Understanding how to feel your way through all 12 bars without getting lost and staying in time is crucial to you succeeding in other styles of music. If you're looking to spice up your 12 bar blues with something a little more melodic, check out this great video lesson! You will learn how to play an Elmore James, Chicago Blues style 12 bar blues riff over the chord progression using finger picking.

How To: Use Merle Travis-style picking on the ukulele

There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free, high-quality uke lessons, like this one from YouTube's preeminent tropical tutor, Ukulele Mike. This particular tutorial provides a detailed, step-by-step overview of how to use Merle Travis picking on the ukulele. For more information, and to get started Travis pickin' your own uke, watch this helpful how-to.

How To: Play an easy Hawaiian picking vamp in C on the ukulele

Learn to play the easiest Hawaiian picking vamp in the key of C. There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free uke lessons, like this one from Ukulele Live, which make the task not only easy but fun. For more information, and to get started playing this picking vamp on your own ukulele, take a look.

How To: Use Elliott Smith-style Milonga flamenco picking

Elliott Smith was more than a great songwriter; he was a great guitar player. This video tutorial demonstrates a small chord progression highlighting the Milonga style of picking. It was a strong influence on the development of Elliott Smith's fingerpicking style and a lot of modern rhythmic guitar styles. While this tutorial is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, even beginners will find much to take away. For more information, and to get started using a Milonga flamenco picking...

How To: Use percussive strum picking when playing the ukulele

In this clip, you'll learn how to incorporate percussive strum picking into your uke playing. If you want to get really good at playing the ukulele, it stands to reason that you'll need to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality video lessons like this one from the folks at Ukulele Underground. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video ukulele tutorial.

How To: Play an easy Hawaiian picking vamp in F on the ukulele

Learn to play a Hawaiian picking vamp in F (with a low G string). There's no getting around it: if you want to get good at playing the ukulele or any other instrument, you'll need to practice. Fortunately, the Internet is awash in free uke lessons, like this one from Ukulele Live, which make the task not only easy but fun. For more information, and to get started playing this vamp on your own ukulele, take a look.

How To: Detect security pins when picking locks

Lock picking can be difficult with some security features. This instructional video shows you what happens when you encounter them and what to do. Break into a lock when you've forgotten your keys, but please don't sneak in anywhere you don't belong. Watch this video lock-picking tutorial and learn how to detect security pins.

How To: Use tremolo picking techniques when playing the ukulele

In this tutorial, Aldrine gives you the inside scoop on three different tremolo picking techniques. If you want to get really good at playing the ukulele, it stands to reason that you'll need to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality video lessons like this one from the folks at Ukulele Underground. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video ukulele tutorial.

How To: Use an "in-to-out" picking pattern when playing the ukulele

In this clip, learn how to utilize an in-to-out picking pattern on the ukulele. If you want to get really good at playing the ukulele, it stands to reason that you'll need to practice. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality video lessons like this one from the folks at Ukulele Underground. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video ukulele tutorial.

How To: Make a plug spinner for lock picking

Check out this con tutorial video that demonstrates how to make a plug spinner. The purpose of a plug spinner in lock picking is to reverse the lock picking process should you lock pick in the wrong direction. Learn how to make and use a plug spinner and start picking locks like a pro!

How To: Exercise picking musically on the guitar

To play a guitar riff is to do more than simply to memorize a short musical phrase. Guitar riffs are like any other musical exercise; practicing them can be a terrific means of building manual dexterity and improving your overall playing technique. We can say of riffs, then, that they are not so much about rote repetition as making available to the guitarist new and different ways of playing. Every new riff you learn will make you a more able and versatile guitarist and better equip you to st...

How To: Learn some basic tips and tricks on lock picking

Check out this instructional con video that offers some basic tips and tricks on lock picking. This tutorial covers the various types of locks and the different tools that you can use. Learn how to organize your keys to avoid losing them. Put them in a safe place! This video also talks about door locks. Learn the basics about lock picking with this tutorial video.

How To: Play a country picking lick on the electric guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner and intermediate techniques. You can learn how to play a fast country picking lick with this guitar lesson. This country picking lick sounds best when picked fairly fast. You can be jamming on the electric guitar to your...

How To: Play the chicken picking technique on the guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner and intermediate techniques. You can learn how to play the chicken picking technique with this guitar lesson. This chicken picking lick is inspired by Danny Gatton. You can be jamming on the electric guitar to your favor...

How To: Play a sweep picking lick in E major on the guitar

Do you dream of standing on stage in front of millions of fans with a guitar in your hand? You could make this dream come true, if only you could play the guitar! This guitar tutorial series from Robert Renman teaches you the basics of guitar playing along with a few beginner and intermediate techniques. You can learn how to play a sweep picking lick in E major with this lesson. There are a few examples of how to end this sweep picking lick, shown in this video. You can be jamming on the elec...

How To: Use alternate picking on acoustic guitar

Because of its portability, the acoustic guitar can be wonderful songwriting device. However, having a pocket symphony in your head–or pocket, as it were–does you little good if your hands aren't on board. Fortunately, YouTube user Sawlon is here to help you train your head and hands with his series of free video guitar lessons. In this installment, you'll learn how to play with an alternate picking style on the acoustic guitar. Remember, the more you practice and the more theory you know, th...

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