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GL365 Academy – Rock Guitar Introduction

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  1. Chris Goss on February 24, 2018 at 7:13 am

    In the intro it says the rock course covers lead and rhythm for rock guitar. The course titles all say improvisation. Am I in the correct place or is there an additional course that should be worked simultaneously?

    • Carl Brown on February 24, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Hey Chris, you are in the right place.

      The academy just debuted this week but will have more lessons added weekly including rock rhythm studies. 🙂

      If you want to learn the foundations of all rhythm styles, I suggest checking out the rhythm foundations section of the beginner category. There will be more rock specific rhythm lessons in the coming weeks and you will see those here in the rock category.

      • Keegan Castberg on May 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm

        You should do some more Ghost Guitar Lessons, like Cirice, and Rats.

        • Keegan Castberg on May 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm

          Also how should I set my amp, it has bas, gain, treble. I never get it to sound good.

          • Carl Brown on May 15, 2018 at 5:08 pm

            Tone lessons are coming to the academy very soon! 🙂

  2. Ron Angarano on March 6, 2018 at 9:10 am

    im looking for the pdf button?????

  3. Jewell Woods on March 19, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Hi where do i find pdf for rock improvisation level 2. and thanks Carl this is great stuff to finally learn.

    • Carl Brown on March 20, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Hey Jewell, great to hear from you!

      To answer your question, when it comes to the improvisation courses, I have bundled all the materials for each level separately and they are available as a ZIP files to download on the course introduction video for each level. So you will find the ZIP file containing the PDF and backing tracks for level two of the rock improvisation course, by checking out the level two introduction video and clicking the “Download Lessons Files” button on that page (usually below the text description, depending on your device).

      Here is a direct link to the level two introduction video

      Please let me know if you need any more help at all.


  4. Rohit Bhutani on March 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Hey Carl,

    Have bought a new guitar and picked up playing after almost 14 years now. I’m really looking forward to getting back. Looking forward to your videos.


  5. Parvez Caliph on May 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Dear Carl,
    Greetings from India!!!

    Kindly help me with 2 points :

    1. There is absolutely no JJ Cale in the thousands of your lessons which I have been fascinated every time I’ve watched them.
    Will be a great favour if you could start with his song “Cherry”

    2. I wish to take online video lessons from yourself. I wish to interact before I can make the payment in order to avail your teaching. I think you are a demi God when it comes to the way you play & teach.
    So I am really thinking it will be a privilege to be able to avail lessons from yourself.

    Best Regards,

    • Carl Brown on May 15, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Hey Parvez, thanks for the cool message!

      I don’t have any JJ Cale yet simply because he hasn’t really been requested enough. The songs I do are based on how many requests I get.

      For your second question, I don’t really understand what you mean about interacting. Can you be more specific? Welcome to the site!


  6. Jordan Oster on June 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for the free lessons they have have helped me me play better at soling and rythym

  7. Bob Nazaro on August 27, 2018 at 3:05 am

    The lessons are great. They are hard enough to help you grow and yet easy enough in concept and explanation to dissect and absorb. Great job Carl.


  8. Austin Hanna on November 13, 2018 at 1:38 am

    great teachings carl my guitar playing has defiantly increased and still increasing

  9. Matt Kennedy on November 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Hey carl I’ve been watching your vids for a while and I’ve always been wanted to request songs I just hope this is the right place to do it a few are cherub rock, quiet and geek USA all by the smashing pumpkins and also isreals son, pure massacare or faultline by silverchair thank you for your dedication

    • Eran Nachshon on November 28, 2019 at 4:30 am

      Hi carl.
      I have just subscribed to your website for my first time.(blackfriday cupon)
      Before i begin to explorer the website.
      i just want to say a huge Thank you ! !
      I have enjoyed your free youtube videos so far and looking forward to progress.

      • Carl Brown on November 28, 2019 at 12:16 pm

        Great to hear from you Eran and thanks for supporting my lessons! Welcome to the academy!


  10. Michael Kilduff on January 5, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Hi Carl,

    Just a question on the intro Rock improvisation that I started. Regarding pentatonic box positions. Box 1 in A major is the same as box 2 in A minor, box 2 is box 3 in minor and so on. Can you clarify the theory on why the shift in boxes from major to minor pentatonic on the fretboard.

    Also is this the best spot for questions, or do you prefer to be emailed directly?

    Thanks Carl, love the Academy!

    • Carl Brown on January 5, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      Hey Michael!

      You can ask your questions here in the comments, through a a direct email to me or in the live video chats every Sat. Whatever you prefer is fine. 🙂

      As for your question, you have the theory correct, but I think there is an easier way to think about it instead of shifting the boxes around the fretboard like that.

      The key here is to realize that seeing everything as major is for just visualization purposes only. That way you don’t need to see that same scale form in multiple ways. Instead, you just need to memorize your relative keys, when you have that down, any minor key that you want will be immediately “visualized” across the fretboard as it’s relative major scale. Therefore, you are only using major to visualize your scale patterns instead of changing the way they work when switching to minor. It is the harmony underneath you that will determine which of the relative keys you are actually playing in (Major or Minor)

      Does this make sense?


      • Michael Kilduff on January 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

        Thanks Carl, yes that makes sense.


  11. Chris Chaney on January 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Hey Carl, thanks for the academy can i see your Saturday morning video on here as an academy member or do i need to upgrade and if i do or there more videos.

    • Carl Brown on January 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Hey Chris! As an academy member already, you can access all of the Saturday live events. Just go to the live page here to access it when it is live.

      You will just need to be logged into your account but you don’t need to upgrade anything from your current account. I will see you there! Carl…

  12. Chris Chaney on January 14, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Carl, i am chris chaney from guntersville Alabama. I have a background as a guitar instructor and love your page. I am a huge david gilmour fan i actually caught them in Birmingham in 1994 any chance for future lessons on david.

  13. Chris Chaney on January 14, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Hey carl, you should do something on david gilmour in legendary artists. He is one of most people in the worlds top 5.

    • Carl Brown on January 16, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Yeah he is in my top 5 as well! I think he would probably be the next in the style of player I would do. I think I am going to stay away from the really large artist courses though. Maybe just 2 or 3 videos covering cool aspects of his style. 🙂

  14. Chris Chaney on January 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I got into him like you heard momentary lapse of reason and the division bell after a friend in school gave me a Metallica tape and a pink floyd tape in the ninth grade 1988 and i fell in love with both. Then went back in the catalog.

  15. Chris Chaney on January 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Carl, i meant to mention why dont you put up the live event on here in the academy for members only if they miss it like you do on the free one.

    • Carl Brown on January 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Hey Chris,

      You will see all the archived live academy events in the academy very soon. Maybe this week even. 🙂

  16. Chris Chaney on January 19, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Because of work and stuff. People could see at least what was discussed.

  17. Chris Chaney on February 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Hey carl, i missed your live academy today. Is there a link so i can watch it. I rewatched last week but, could not find it.

    • Carl Brown on February 3, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Hey Chris, I am trying to get a section up on the academy that contains all past live academy events.

      Haven’t been able to quite get it ready yet but you should see it in the academy within the next few days. 🙂

  18. Chris Chaney on February 3, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks carl, your the best.

  19. Chris Chaney on February 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Hey, carl going to do another month this week but, when will be your next video on your free channel.

  20. Guitar Maniac on March 9, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Hi Carl
    Could you do a lesson on hell beant for leather by judas priest?

  21. Tony Wilson on April 18, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Hi Carl,

    I was wondering if you had course that is more specific to soloing using the CAGED system. This course is fantastic from what I have seen so far, so kudos to all the great work you do.

    If later on you cover this topic in this course then I will hang in there but I have heard this type of melodic soloing is the holy grail to making your solo’s sound less like scales and more musical.

    • Carl Brown on April 19, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Hey Tony, the whole reason I arrange the scales 3 notes per string is because the CAGED system, in my experience with thousand of private students, is the complete opposite of what you have heard when it comes to improvisation.

      The CAGED system is responsible for everyone feeling like they are stuck in a box and just chasing root notes around the fretboard with no real understanding of the notes of the key as well. The 3 notes per string method allows you to seamlessly connect the patterns since every note occurs within 3 adjacent scale patterns. This eventually frees you from the confines of boxes and the patterns themselves will feel like there is no beginning or end to them.

      The CAGED system is great for chord study though, it’s just that for improvisation training or scale fretboard visualization, I have had much better results in my own playing and teaching using the 3 notes per string system. If you give it plenty of practice, I think you will agree.

  22. Tony Wilson on April 19, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for the reply Carl,

    I agree nothing comes easy without some hard work. I think what I found interesting was it gave you some frame work of what notes in the scale to use based on the chord in the shape instead mandering aimlessly.

    I sort of buzzed through the course and I think you cover this concept although in much greater depth with using the Major scale where everything is based off of.

    I guess I was looking for short cuts so I can sound better faster but I see this would be cheating myself in the end.

    I will bear down and be patient and trust in your teaching. It has not failed me yet.




    • Carl Brown on April 19, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Also, check out the ear training and theory course. That will teach you how to hear the notes within the patterns. 🙂

  23. Robert Boudreaux on August 1, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Hi Carl and thanks for giving me the path to where I’m at right now. I would be interested in supporting what you are teaching. I’m interested in moving forward with my learning process through you. I’m 53 years old and always had a burning desire to master this instrument. My struggles mostly have been finding the right teacher,and throwing life into the equation lol but I’m still here and think I finally found the right guy. I’ve learned more from your u tube videos than anywhere else. I’ve been a member of GMM for a couple years and have enjoyed it but once again not completely satisfied with their techniques of learning but they are the best I’ve found before I found your channel. I wonder if you would be interested in some one on one lessons in which I could pay you by the song? If not I’ll definitely be interested in your academy. Please get back to me when you can.
    Thanks Robert

    • Carl Brown on August 2, 2019 at 7:05 am

      Hey Robert, great to hear from you and thanks for watching my lessons!

      Unfortunately, I no longer have the time to do one-on-one lessons. The closest I have to that is my Premium Plus subscription which not only includes full access to all of my guitar courses in the GL365 Academy, but the ability to send me video questions of which I will respond to, usually within 2-3 days, with a custom video lesson to help you out with your question.

      However, the only thing I can’t teach in those Premium Plus videos is songs since legally, I am not allowed to and also I would never be able to keep up with all of the requests.

      But for pretty much anything else you want to learn, I can give you personalized instruction with the Premium Plus video responses. And of course, you can continue to supplement all of the work in the GL365 Academy with learning songs from my YT lessons. 🙂

      How does that sound. Either way, thanks for watching!

  24. Jonah Kavulick on August 5, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Carl,
    I’ve been playing since december and have been watching your videos from pretty much day one. I can’t seem to find how to read sheet music though. Another thing is i was wondering if you could do an a I love rock and roll by Joan Jett tutorial. Thanks

    • Carl Brown on August 6, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Hey Jonah, is it standard sheet music or guitar TAB you are wanting to learn to read?

      I have a sight reading course for standard sheet music that is in the classical guitar section of the academy. It is only in the very early stages though. I plan on expanding it quite a bit through the end of the year.


  25. Jeremy Palumbo on October 25, 2019 at 9:26 am

    more of a suggestion but would love to see some Alter Bridge song lessons, Mark Tremonti is an amazing guitar player

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