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Guitar Technique

GL365 Academy – Guitar Technique Introduction

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  1. Bill Mazurek on March 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Carl – do you any lessons specifically targeted at bending and vibrato technique?

  2. Rich Bohan on April 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm


    I really enjoy your stuff, so thank you for sharing.

    Quick question (I’m sure it’s a common one)…

    I’ve been playing about 3 hrs. a day for about 3 months now. In that I’ve played the drums for over 30 years, I really thought I was “taking up” the guitar in leaps n bounds. Well…I think I’ve hit a wall. No matter how much I practice, I just don’t seem to be able to get beyond playing popular songs with pretty common riffs. My main problem at this point is that I have no ability, whatsoever, to transition between chords, nor can I seem to even come close to playing a decent bar chord progression. I’m not optimistic and am so discouraged that I’m close to calling it quits. I know they say most of the fun is in the process, but I’m not enjoying it much lately. Any advice?

    Rich from Houston

    • Carl Brown on May 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Hey Rich, sorry to hear about your frustration in the first few months of playing guitar.

      I can say from experience that the early stages, no matter how many hours your put into practicing can be very frustrating.

      However, if you feel that it may be a technique issue, I would be happy to take a look at a video of you playing all those things you mentioned you are having trouble with to see if I can give you more detailed advice.

      You can use the student spotlight uploader, and don’t worry I won’t use your video for the Youtube series if you don’t want me to. It would just help me see what is going on. 🙂

  3. Steve Phelps on June 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Carl, love the GL365 Academy… I saw a post a while ago saying you were going to create lessons on finding the tone for a song, (amp, pedals, etc). I use a Line6 HD-500X, would love to get more out of it.

    • Carl Brown on June 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Hey Steve, the tone category of the academy is going live today and will have new lessons added to it weekly! 🙂

      I will also be doing some song/artist specific lessons on YouTube.


  4. Till Zuidema on July 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Carl,
    I am new here.
    Have been playing acoustic guitar for many years and recently started trying to play the blues on my electric guitar ( an old but really great USA Fender Strat 1974)
    I struggle to mute the strings when solo’ing with my right hand.
    What should I do? Or not do?
    Palm mute? If so.. where and how?

    Would appreciate your help.

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