Guitar practice time? Here are 5 tools which you’ll need to help you get the most from your session and see great results every time you practice your guitar. Just deciding to ‘practice guitar’ won’t get you where you want to be unless you’re doing it the right way! The 5 guitar practice tools I share in this video will help you stay on track, remember what you’ve learned, develop a good practice routine , manage your practice time more efficiently and ultimately make you a better guitar player!
Having these 5 practice tools in your practice room will help you get off to a flying start with your practice session, so keep them close by. Let’s look at them one by one:
1) Timer to help you break up your session and cover all the areas you want to practice. A small digital egg timer is perfect, or you can use the stopwatch on your phone
2) Blank tab paper to keep a record of any cool ideas you discover. We can learn a lot from ourselves when we do our guitar practice…so note down what you find out so you don’t lose it!
Grab your FREE blank tab book here (you don’t even need to submit an email address!). Print it off and you’re sorted!
3) Metronome. Great for building speed, keeping a consistent rhythm and staying focused on an exercise. Wind up or digital great…or online! Just make sure it’s loud enough.
4) Video camera in your phone. Record yourself to listen back for feedback and to document the progress over your weeks and months of guitar practice sessions. Great practice tool!
5) Backing tracks and drum loops. Unless you have a band on standby for every time you feel like jamming (I’m guessing you haven’t) backing tracks and drum loops are amazing for putting what you are practicing into a more real-life situation in the practice room.
Hope these guitar practice tips help you out. Leave a comment below the video if you have any cool practice tips or practice tips you want to share. See you next time! James
Power Chords: Learn the power chord shapes for guitar you need to play rock and metal with this simple memory/learning technique. Learning and remembering the power chords you need on guitar can be tricky and take time, but I’ll show you a simple method you can use to nail them fast and remember and find them when you need them. Good news huh?
Power chords are an important part of any guitarists chord library. Obviously, they are used in rock and metal guitar, but you’ll also hear them in punk, country, pop, funk and other common guitar styles. So, chances are that you need to know the power chords in this lesson.
You’ll learn four common power chords in this tutorial: starting on the E, A, D and G strings. We’ll group them together into ‘octaves’ to make them easy to learn and remember. I’ll also give you tips on how to combine them and layer them to get some cool guitar sounds happening.
So guitar player, strap in and prepare to learn the most important power chords you need to know!
Want to play guitar faster? Build your speed, get faster fingers, and more improve fret-hand accuracy with my ‘speed stacking’ exercise. This speed exercise is based on the idea of pushing ourselves to top speed for a short period of time, and then gradually starting to maintain that speed for longer. With practice, we can see dramatic results in our playing speed fast!
We’re going to look at increasing the speed of a repeating blues scale lick. It’s using hammer ons and pull offs and is a great way to speed up your fingers! But this speed exercise works for almost any lick, whether picked, tapped or whatever. So adapt the exercise to build your playing speed in whatever area you want to.
We’ll be using a metronome to build our speed in this lesson. A metronome is a great way to measure progress and to keep us in time. We start the metronome off slow and gradually increase it up to warp speed…
After finding your cruising speed (explained in lesson) push your speed by playing short repetitions of the lick at higher tempos. Keep going till your playing speed maxes out…then go back to the start again. Hours of fun, and guaranteed to increase your playing speed and make you a faster guitar player!
In this video tutorial discover 3 more blues licks for beginners. These authentic but basic blues licks are perfect for helping you learn to play great blues solos and licks of your own. Learn to play these licks and you’re on the way to sounding like a great blues guitarist.
In this free blues guitar lesson, I’ll show you how to play licks used by all great blues players. All these licks are from the blues scale, the most often used scale for soloing and improvising in blues and rock. We’ll be playing in the key of A and these licks will work great over a 12 bar blues in the key of A.
If you are just starting out playing blues licks then jump in and get started the right way! Then armed with these blues licks you’ll have ideas to use in your own improvisation. Good luck!
In this video tutorial you will learn 3 blues licks for beginners. These basic blues licks are essential for all blues guitarists, and once you can play these licks you’re well on your way to being a bluesman! Inside these beginners blues licks you’ll find many of the essential tools used by the blues guitar greats: the tastiest string bends, double stops and blues rhythms to give your licks that bluesy groove.
These blues licks are all coming from the A blues scale played at the 5th fret and will all work great over a 12 bar blues in A.
The blues scale is the most often used scale for soloing and improvising in blues and rock. If you are just starting out in blues licks you should definitely check out this video to learn it, and get a bunch of ideas to use from it. And with these blues licks in your arsenal, you’ll be all set to start trying to play your own blues solos and improvisations.
Beginner Rock Guitar Licks Lesson Part 2 shows you 3 more rock guitar licks that are perfect for the beginner to intermediate rock guitar player. These rock guitar licks are great for beginners or intermediate guitarists…but even your favourite rock guitar legend is using them too! Guitar solos by Gary Moore, Slash, Schenker, Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammett have all used licks just like these ones. So these ‘beginner rock licks’ are super powerful…whatever level of player you are so dive in and learn how to play and use them, and get them into your solos to build yourself an awesome rock or metal guitar style!
These licks are in the key of E minor using the E blues scale played up at the 12th fret.
Even if you’re a beginner rock guitar player, it’s never too early to start experimenting with these guitar licks! See how you can take the bits of them and use them as the building blocks for some rock licks of your own. Repeat bits, change parts of them, add a different ending…just explore the possibilities with your imagination. This kind of guitar practice really pays off big time…it takes you from a beginner to a more intermediate level guitar player!
This Beginner Rock Guitar Licks lesson shows you 3 guitar licks that are perfect for the beginner to intermediate rock guitar player, teaching you essential concepts and techniques you’ll use time and again to play great rock guitar solos. These rock guitar licks are great for beginners…but don’t be fooled: even your favourite rock guitar legends like Slash, Schenker, Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammett have used licks just like these in their epic rock and metal guitar solos. These ‘beginner rock licks’ are super powerful…whatever level of player you are so dive in and learn how to play and use them now! These licks are in the key of E minor using the E blues scale played up at the 12th fret.
Even if you’re a beginner rock guitar player, it’s never too early to start experimenting with these guitar licks! See how you can take the bits of them and use them as the building blocks for some rock licks of your own. This kind of guitar practice really pays off big time…it takes you from a beginner to a more intermediate level guitar player!
Drum loop for guitar practice in heavy metal style. This slow metal drum beat at about 70bpm is a great way to practice power chords, riffs and even soloing with. Use it to try out your own riffs and ideas, practice getting a rock-solid groove in your playing, and to practice playing solos over.
Drum loops are a great practice tool for guitarists. You’re not restricted by keys, chord sequence…or anything else! All you’ve got is a rhythm. This is cool because it makes you concentrate on your groove and rhythmic feel more, and can result in big improvements in your timing and rhythm feel (very important!)
This track goes well with my power chords lesson here on the ‘Free Guitar Lessons’ section of the site
Blues in A backing track for blues guitar practice. Practice along with this track to improve your blues soloing, blues chords, blues riffs, time feel, improvisation and lots more.
This blues track is in the key of A and is based on a 12 bar blues form. This is the most common chord pattern in blues music. In the key of A it uses the chords A7, D7 and E7. Try playing the chords over it to improve your rhythm guitar chops!
If you want to solo over this backing track then the most common approach would be to use the A blues scale or the A minor pentatonic scale. There are other choices, but these will give you that classic blues sound. So try out all those tasty blues licks and bends you’ve been working on.
When soloing remember to leave space between the phrases and to use some repetition. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same licks round and round with slight changes, in fact this is an important part of learning to play great blues.
Rock guitar backing track for E minor jamming. Practice jamming in a ‘dirty’ rock style similar to bands like Guns’n’Roses, Motley Crue, Love/Hate and others. Practice rock soloing, guitar scales, new lick ideas or creating riffs of your own. This guitar backing track and my other tracks are perfect to use with my video lessons and tutorials on my channel.
Practicing guitar with backing tracks is one of the best ways to get used to playing with other players in a band setting. You get used to playing with a groove, improvising and soloing, it can be great ear training, you learn to listen to what’s going on around you and you get used to playing…not just practicing!
Hope you enjoy my guitar backing tracks look for more coming regularly.
Scale suggestions for this rock track:
The backing track is in the key of E minor so try using scales like E minor pentatonic, E blues scale or E natural minor scale (also called E Aeolian mode). Try some open string scale shapes too, these can sound great in this style!
Be sure to use all your familiar rock techniques too, like string bends, pinch harmonics, repeating licks, and fast alternate picking licks.