Join Nicholas as he dissects his favorite expressive techniques and breaks down exactly how to breathe new life into your playing.
Has your guitar gone stale? This course will give you a fresh set of tools to quickly spice up your playing.
Nicholas will guide you through 10 days of step-by-step instruction with interactive TAB and daily assignments.
Get a guitar glow-up.
You'll leave this class with a brand-new bag of tricks that'll make you a more dynamic & expressive guitarist.
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Once you've mastered this course, keep learning with advanced Master Classes and guided practice plans.
Make quick gains across all areas of playing – from dynamic rhythm techniques to practical theory hacks & beyond.
We asked Nicholas to break down 10 techniques that have had the biggest impact on his playing. Now, he's pulling back the curtain on exactly how he learned them and incorporates them in is daily routine as a prominent LA-based touring guitarist.
The Chord Quake and Sliding Chords
When it comes to rhythm guitar, dynamics are king. You'll start the class with two chordal techniques that will add movement to your progressions.
If you're used to playing chords the same way throughout an entire song, these two techniques will make a fantastic addition to your toolbox.
Lenny Breau Waterfall Harmonics
Ever played a harmonic at the 12th fret of the guitar? It's a beautiful sound that makes for a perfect "ornament" on your playing.
In this lesson, Nicholas will teach you how to play cascading harmonics anywhere on your fretboard.
Introduction to Classical Tremolo
In Day 3, you'll learn a classical guitar technique that will allow you to create the illusion of an infinitely-sustaining note.
This fingerpicking technique will open up a unique new sound in your vocabulary.
Who doesn't love a good vibrato effect? A whammy bar is a great tool that enables you to create movement in lead and rhythm guitar parts. This iconic effect is a must-learn for any electric guitarist.
Playing slide guitar is hard – like, really hard. If you want the sweet sound of slide without the pain of learning how to use one, look no further. Today, you'll learn how to mimic the sound of an expressive slide guitar.
When it comes to tonal versatility, we often look to the electric guitar. However, the humble acoustic guitar has a lot of variety to offer as well. In this lesson you'll learn how to access different tones with your acoustic.
Learn how to add movement to your chord progressions by manufacturing tension and resolution with two quick chordal music theory concepts that'll spice up your songwriting in a jiffy.
Adding open strings to chords is a great way to create rich rhythm guitar sounds and fill out sonic space in a song. Today, Nicholas will walk you through some of his favorite open-string chord voicings.
Learn the fundamentals of an advanced picking technique that'll allow you to access the best of both worlds between fingerpicking and a pick. Hybrid picking is a versatile technique that you can use in a ton of genres.
Voice leading is a pianistic way of playing chords where each note moves to the nearest possible note of the next chord. This technique will help you smooth out your progressions and create dynamic chord melodies.
Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.
Learn how to make your guitar shimmer with chord quakes and waterfall harmonics.
Day 1. The Chord Quake and Sliding Chords
On Day 1, you’ll spice up your chord progressions with chord quakes and sliding shell voicings.
Day 2. Lenny Breau Waterfall Harmonics
On Day 2, you’ll learn waterfall harmonics in the style of Lenny Breau. This delicate technique will enable you to play cascading harmonics anywhere on your fretboard.
Nicholas introduce you to tremolo and vibrato techniques that will give your lead lines an expressive feel.
Day 3. Introduction to Classical Tremolo
Unlock the secret to achieving infinite sustain with the classical tremolo technique.
Day 4. Trem Bar 101 (Whammy)
Learn all about the tremolo (or whammy) bar. You’ll tackle three different tremolo techniques that'll add movement to your rhythm and lead playing.
Day 5. How to Slide Without a Slide
Learn how to use aggressive attack, fast slides, and plenty of vibrato to give your lead lines an expressive vocal feel.
Learn how to get the most out of your acoustic guitar.
Day 6. Nicholas’ Acoustic Toolkit
On Day 6, we’ll switch things up with an acoustic guitar intensive where you’ll workshop your acoustic skills through tonal variation and neck vibrato.
Tackle four techniques and concepts that are especially useful to those who compose their own music.
Day 7. Music Theory: Secondary Dominants & Diminished Chords
On Day 7, you’ll learn two quick and easy chordal theory concepts to add movement to your progressions through tension and resolution with secondary dominants and diminished chords.
Day 8. Supercharge Your Playing With Open Strings
On Day 8, you’ll fill out your sound with open strings and learn how to create a sustained, cascading effect in your scales.
Day 9. Introduction to Hybrid Picking
On Day 9, you’ll get started with the fundamentals of hybrid picking by arpeggiating chords and working on legato runs.
Day 10. Introduction to Voice Leading
Finally, on Day 10, you’ll learn how to smooth out your chord transitions with basic voice leading.
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