Category Archives: Lessons

Want to Supercharge Your Rhythm Playing?

I’ve been teaching people how to play guitar for over 15 years and noticed a common theme among most of my students. They can play some songs, know some scales, and most can do some lead work. The problem comes when it’s time to play to play rhythm and lead with a metronome or a drummer. While metronomes are great they can be more difficult to start with and to be honest, a little boring. That’s where your new drummer I’ve found comes into play (pun intended)!

Jamming with a solid drummer will have a huge impact on your ability, it will literally improve every aspect of your guitar playing!! Want to be able to lay down a fat rhythm groove or bust out a perfectly pocketed solo? Then, understanding how to play with a drummer is crucial! Don’t get me wrong, learning to play your favorite song is great; but playing that song while locked in with the rhythm section, now we’re talking!

If you’ve ever wanted to play in a band, being able to lay it down with a drummer will get you the gigs! However, showing up to play with a drummer if you never have can feel pretty intimidating. Just imagine, having another person stare at you while you fumble through trying to find your groove. So what do you do to prepare? Well, this is where the new lesson I’ve created comes in!

In this lesson, I’ll teach you the basic fundamentals on how to start playing with a drummer in the safety of your own home. We’ll start by just learning to listen for the drummer’s groove. Once you’re able to hear the patterns being played on the hi hat, kick, and snare, you’ll learn to sync your picking hand to the groove that the drummer is playing. This creates the feel that gets everybody on the dance floor in your local bar or head banging at the nearby stadium.

What if you just want to jam at home and never want to play with a real drummer or band? Not to worry, this lesson is perfect for that too. Just download the tracks to your computer and away you go! It’s even more fun with a bumping stereo, it will be about as close as you can get to the real thing! Fun for days!

Click the video below. Also make sure to download the drum loop I’ve created that goes with the lesson so you can rock out too. Happy grooving!

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Melodic Soloing On Guitar

In my 100 Blues Rocks Licks course I show how to take your playing to the next level quicker than you ever thought possible!

You’ve learned some scales and some chords and you’re starting to play with friends or maybe even some jam tracks but it’s just not happening. It’s frustrating I know, I’ve been there before (for a long time), a rut I just couldn’t seem to get out of. To make matters worse, my technique was already good. Major bummer! How come the players in my favorite bands could solo so great and I couldn’t? What did they know that I didn’t? Where did the feel and the melodies in their solos come from? Then, I stumbled across a couple of really simple tricks that changed EVERYTHING! I’ll show you these tricks in the 100 Blues Rock licks course. I’ve gotten so many emails saying that these tips were the light bulb moment for people. To top it off you’ll have 100 more melodic licks under your belt when you’re done! Check out all the details on that course here.

In the meantime, check out this Youtube lesson… it will give you a quick sneak peak into the kinds of things you’ll learn in the 100 Blues Rock Licks course. Don’t worry if the lesson seems a bit beyond where you’re at, there is absolutely something in the Blues Rock Licks course for everyone!

Catch ya Next Time!

Brett Papa
aka papastache

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Acoustic Has Made Me A Better Player

When I decided I wanted to learn guitar I did it all backwards. Instead of starting on an acoustic, I started out on an electric guitar. It was the ugliest no name $79 dollar electric guitar you could find, but it had distortion and that was all that mattered. I just couldn’t imagine playing Crazy Train on acoustic, lol! Little did I know, that electric was so bad I would have had an easier time playing the songs I wanted on an acoustic.

But usually, the story starts something like “Mom/Dad, I want to learn to play guitar”. Then if you’re lucky, an acoustic guitar appears out of the ether for christmas or your next birthday! Or maybe it’s later in life after you’ve paid your dues with your career and you decide to reconnect with that dream you had as a kid of learning to play all of your favorite songs. I didn’t actually buy an acoustic guitar until about 25 years later. I had already been teaching guitar for about 8 years when my buddy Marty Schwartz said, “dude you need an acoustic”!

Acoustic was a whole new world for me and has definitely made me a better player. It really helped me appreciate the struggles people have when learning guitar for the first time. There are certain things that don’t seem natural when trying to play acoustic guitar for the first time. That’s why I created my Beginners Break Through Acoustic DVD series. It starts at square one and covers everything from how to hold a guitar, proper finger pressure, open chords, barre chords, strum patterns all the way through to learning over 30 famous chord progressions from artists both past and present (for all the amazing details on this product, check the sale link below). To top it off, this DVD set is available at a MASSIVE discount! It’s my way of saying happy holidays to you and giving you that final push to start the lifelong journey of playing guitar.

Get your guitar playing appetite going with this quick video lesson on spicing up a typical chord progression. It’s not a beginner video but something you would totally be able to do once you are half way through my Beginner’s Acoustic Video course. Good luck! Happy strumming!

Catch ya Next Time!

Brett Papa
aka papastache

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Hendrix Style Riffs

To add some grease to the axels, I’ve got a Hendrix vid for ya! Go grab your guitar real quick! In this lesson I’m gonna teach you some of the keys to the Hendrix kingdom! If you’re anything like me, then I would imagine the impact he had on you is undeniable. Even if you’re not a fan of his music, after this lesson you’ll see just how much of an impact he had on the guitar world! In just about every style of guitar his influence can be heard from classic rock, to jazz, blues, pop and everything in between! In this lesson I’ll give you some tips to access the magic behind his rhythm style and just how easily it can be applied to other styles of music. Click the lesson link below!

If you want to dive deeper into the style of Hendrix now is your chance! Check out my Hendrix Master Class NEW streaming version or the Hendrix Master Class DVD Set while supplies last. In this course you’ll learn all (or a lot anyways) of his trade secrets.

Catch ya Next Time!

Brett Papa
aka papastache

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