How Keith Richards Plays in Open G Tuning In the sixth lesson on Open Tunings we take a look at the instantly recognizable style of Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. With the simple building blocks shown here you can play many of the classic Rolling Stones hits and of course you can use this…Read more
Hybrid Picking Part 2 By Rob Thorpe Welcome back to our series on hybrid picking! In part one we looked at using the fingers and pick to play chords and some basic banjo rolls. For this installment we will be taking on ideas that might otherwise be played with straight alternate picking, but are made…Read more
Sight Reading on Guitar Part 1 By Rob Thorpe Have you ever been faced with sheet music littered with dense notated chords and been asked to play from it, only to freeze up and have to start deciphering it note by note? Reading is a prickly subject for guitarists. The task is made more difficult…Read more
Hybrid Picking – Part 1 By Rob Thorpe Grab your pick, but keep the fingers at the ready! Hybrid picking is the use of the picking hand fingers to pluck the strings as in fingerstyle playing, but in combination with a pick. The basic idea is to pick as normal, holding the plectrum between thumb…Read more
The great thing about the exercises is that there are enough of them…by that I mean than they lead you into more complex skills a step at a time. An analogy is when one is trying to learn a new piece, the idea is to break it down into smaller sections and then put the sections together. Alexander is a wizard at presenting meaningful bits that can be mastered and then built into something more complex.