This series takes you through 23 videos aimed at getting you up to speed (no pun intended...) with Alternate Picking, from how to old the pick to simple coordination exercises, to blinding picking runs and more. Includes an excerpt from Andre's rendition of Gypsy Czardas!
Major Scales are the foundation of music and one of the most important tools you can use to unlock and understand almost any other musical concept. In this series you will explore the Circle of Fifths, the CAGED system, key changes, and more. You will be introduced to improvisation and composition and also check out some of Andre's compositions that use the major scale to make a musical statement.
In this series you will master the technique of legato, starting with basic drills for the uninitiated, up to more challenging patterns and sequences that will prepare you for more difficult music. The final exercise is a lengthy excerpt from Andre's Power World Fantastic solo, which will prove quite challenging to all but the most proficient!
Minor scales are the second most used after the major scales, and the foundation of many other fundamental scales such as the minor modes and the harmonic and melodic scales. This series explores the minor scales in full detail, and you will learn how to play it all over the fretboard in any key and how to improvise with it, all while improving your technique and coordination. At the end of the series you will find a brief example of minor scale composition with an excerpt from Andre's "Star's End", off the iTunes best seller instrumental album "Fill the Sky".
This series deals with another fundamental technique for any aspiring guitar hero: Sweep Picking. But instead of going through endless arpeggios, these videos will teach you how to make the technique your own, creating interesting new arpeggios from a few basic shapes. You will also learn how to use sweep picking to play scales with a fluidity and speed impossible to attain with alternate picking.
Pentatonic Scales are maybe the most used by the novice player. But beyond their apparent ease of use lie great possibilities for memorable melodies and captivating riffs. In this series you will learn major and minor pentatonics all over the fretboard and all the theory behind them. We will also cover their application with the blues, and a lot more.
Fluid melodies and strange intervallic playing are just some of the possibilities of tapping. This seemingly difficult technique is broken down into its most basic aspects so that any guitarist will be able to master it. Starting with simple one-string exercises, all the way to complex, eight-finger tapping workouts. Test your skill with an excerpt from Andre's "Midnight Driver", from the album Power World Fantastic.