Fretlight Guitars and New Lesson Series

Hey ladies and gents, just wanted to give you a quick heads up on some of the new lesson series that have been popping up here at GL365 the past couple of weeks.

First off, I will be flying across the country this week in order to shoot a couple DVD's worth of lessons for Fretlight.

In reality they aren't really DVDS but CD-ROMS that will come with a new guitar they are coming out with this summer.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Fretlight I suggest you check them out. In the video lessons that I am gonna be teaching for them, you will not only be able to watch the lesson I am teaching on video, but in addition every single note that I play on the video will magically light up on your Fretlight guitar as well.

It is pretty amazing technology and I am honored that they have chosen me to be the teacher in the videos.

The new guitar that these video lessons will come with should be released this summer and is called the Fretlight 5.

I will be back home on Friday and will start shooting some new lessons for GL365 then.

For anyone that hasn't noticed I have started a couple new lesson series on the site.

One of them is called "Famous Guitar Riffs" and the other is called "Famous Guitar Solos".

These new lesson formats came about after noticing that most of my highly detailed song lesson videos, were severely lacking in the views department.

I know that those extremely detailed and lengthy song lessons are kind of what this site is known for, but I think it is time to spread it out a bit and just have some quick fun lessons that focus on the guitar parts that people actually want to play.

So what I need from you guys is to let me know some of your favorite riffs and solos that you would like for me to tackle. Leaving your request in a comment below would be great!

By the way, you can find the links to both of these new lesson series in the left hand sidebar of the song lessons page.

OK that is about it. I will see you guys when I get back into town. 🙂


  1. Luigino Brusco on April 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Carl, I think the Fretlight Guitar is an amazing tool for anyone who wants to play a guitar quickly and easily, and I can’t imagine a better teacher than you. You are patient and very friendly in your videos and I am sure this guitar will help you to have more and more students. See you soon! Bye.

  2. Anonymous on April 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Jethro Tull’s, “Aqualung” would be a brilliant one to do.

  3. Scott May on April 21, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I am just going to name a whole bunch of famous riffs and you can choose which ones you want to do if you get to any of them; which ones you do does not effect me, I am just choosing songs I think might get views: “Voodoo Child,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Knights of Cydonia,” “Hysteria” (I know it is a bass intro, but you could do a lesson on the bass intro and guitar riff). Some solos could be the “We will rock you” solo…. I mean, Carl, you can obviously learn to play new riffs and solos fairly easily, especially since the riffs and solos I named are not for the intermediate to advanced player. What you should do, instead of us giving suggestions, is just whip out a whole bunch of lessons of famous riffs and solos you already know, and learn new ones you do not know yet at a fast rate. If you can get a lot of riff and solo lessons out quickly, then there is more of a chance you will get a hit on one of the videos. Also, the problem with the songs I named is that there are already lessons on them; that is why you should try and get a lot of riff and solo lessons out in a short amount of time so you have more of chance of getting seen a lot. Also, Coldplay came out with their song “Magic” last week I think, if you did not know.

  4. Scott May on April 21, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I know you have other personal commitments and other things to deal with on the site, but you already left everybody a great selection of lessons. I do not think people on this site would mind if you spent all of your time for like a month straight just doing riff and solo lessons because those are the videos that will get you views. You should have a goal of getting at least 100,000 subscribers on Youtube by the end of the year on both your channels and come up with a plan to realistically get you there. Look at what videos do well and keep making those videos. Look at Marty and Justin’s most popular videos and see what they are doing in those videos.

    • Carl Brown on April 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Hey Scott, thanks for all the tips.

      What you are describing is actually what I am currently trying to do. Hope you enjoy all the new lessons and thanks a bunch for the suggestions.

      Think I will do “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” first. 🙂


  5. Anonymous on April 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    HI Carl,

    Could you do flying in a blue dream please 🙂

  6. star on April 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Things Going On -by : Lynyrd Sknyrd

  7. Theodore Saxe on April 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Carl, One of my favorite solos is the solo that Brian May does at the end of “We Will Rock You”. It would be great to have you break that one down and maybe even give some amp settings to try and capture that cool sound he creates. Thanks!

  8. Mark C on April 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Carl I’ve been using my ipad to use your site which works just fine however I do not have internet at home therefore I am using 3G cellular data to access your video lessons. The video lessons will eat up my plan in no time and therefore I am looking at additional costs to me from my cellular provider. What I’d like to know is there a way to load your videos on to my ipad . The PDF files load on just fine. I do own a MacBook Pro and and could borrow an internet connection to load the videos if that is a possiblity. Have you any suggestions.


  9. Scott May on May 2, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Well if you do “Knights of Cydonia, then you HAVE to do “Plug in Baby.” More suggestions: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Over the Hills and far away,” “Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Hells Bells,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” (solo + riff), “Electric Funeral” by Black Sabbath, “Iron Man,” “Paranoid.”

    • Carl Brown on May 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Yeah I have taught “Plug In Baby” in private lessons before. I did forget about that one. I will definitely do a riff video for it.

      I like the other suggestions as well. Was already planning on doing the Bohemian Rhapsody solo probably this week. 🙂


  10. Joey Gillan on May 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    How about Fragile by Sting or any Jesse Cook song?

  11. Gary Outwater on August 29, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I plan on buying the fret-light guitar next month. Were can I find your video lessons for this guitar? As for song suggestions; could you put up a tutorial on a Bebop Deluxe song? I like a song titled “Ships in the Night” but they done a lot of good work over the years.

    • Carl Brown on August 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Hey Gary, you can get all the Fretlight lessons on their website. As for the lessons that I teach, some are available now and some aren’t available yet but will be very soon.

      I teach all of their Fretlight 5 lessons. I recently completed filming all the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced courses but I am not sure if those are all available yet. The ones they have on their site now might be the older ones.

      I have also done a series of improvisation courses for them. Each one is 4 DVDS long and I have done an improv course for rock, blues and metal. I will be finishing an improv course for jazz in the next couple of weeks.

      How long until those improv courses are available to the public is something you would need to contact them and ask. They have great customer service so I am sure they can quickly tell you. I am pretty sure they will have them all done in time for the holiday shopping season to kick in. 🙂


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