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Jack Pearson Guitar Academy

Nashville guitarist Jack Pearson is not nearly as well known as he should be. He was a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997-1999 and has played with a host of legends, including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Scruggs, Lee Roy Parnell, Jimmy Buffett, Keb Mo’, and many more. I had the pleasure of seeing Pearson perform with Double Trouble a few years and really enjoyed it. He really seems to be able to play just about anything.

You can now learn guitar directly from Pearson, as he has just announced the Jack Pearson Guitar Academy:

I love teaching and I’m very excited about this instructional site. Inside you’ll find hundreds of videos that show how I play, how I practice and how I work on all the different techniques it takes to play the variety of styles that I do. For me, music is a never ending learning experience.

As mentioned above, there are hundreds of videos already available, covering many of the styles that Pearson plays, which is considerable. Furthermore, he covers both acoustic and electric playing. Pricing of the Academy is $25/month with a 10% discount ($135) for a six-month subscription and a 15% discount ($255) for an annual subscription.

You can watch Pearson introduce the academy below:

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd “Never Looking Back” Lesson

Kenny Wayne Shepherd recently recorded a few videos for Total Guitar magazine. In one of the videos, Shepherd gave a lesson about how to play the intro and main riff to “Never Looking Back” from his latest album How I Go:

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Jim Campilongo Lessons

Jim Campilongo, who I’ve mentioned on this blog several times, has been offering mail-order guitar lessons for some time now. The lessons cover many topics, from note-to-note transcriptions of his own songs to chord melodies to soloing concepts. He’s recently been converting many of his lessons for online delivery, and he has been offering them at a half-price discount off the mail-order price. This seems like an interesting opportunity to learn from one of the more inventive Telecaster players I’ve heard in a while. You can order the lessons directly from Campilongo on his lessons page.

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Steve Vai’s Online Guitar Lesson

As you may have heard, Steve Vai recently attempted to establish the world record for largest guitar lesson. He livestreamed the lesson to people all over the world. He gives some good advice in the lesson, and it has now been made available for those of us that missed it:

Click here if you don’t see the video above.

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John Mayer on Dynamics in Soloing

This is a video of John Mayer at a Berklee College of Music clinic in 2008 discussing how to build dynamics when soloing, followed by a performance of “Waiting on the World to Change”:

I like how John compares soloing to singing. You wouldn’t start out by yelling to the crowd; you would build up the dynamics in the song to a high point.

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Review: Shred Master Exercises and Studies by

Jon Bloomer, who runs the guitar blog, has recently released an ebook titled Shred Master Exercises and Studies to help guitarists improve their speed and dexterity. The book contains 25 exercises that cover a ton of different techniques, including pull-offs, hammer-ons, sliding, tapping, string skipping, right-hand picking, and legato techniques. The exercises are presented in both standard and tab notation, with suggestions for fingerings and picking.

In addition to the exercises, Jon has created videos for each of the lessons. The videos show the exercises in both slow and normal speed; you can start slowly and work your way up to playing at the speed Jon intended. I’m more of a visual learner, so I find the videos to be the best part of the package. And, the videos are well done and show the exercises in great detail.

Another nice feature of these exercises is the fact that you’re learning licks that are musical. You could use some of these licks in your own music. Not only are you gaining speed and dexterity, you’re learning some interesting licks.

Shred Master Exercises and Studies costs just $12.99 for the book and videos. However, if you don’t need the videos, you can purchase the ebook without the videos for just $8.99.

Below is a sample video from the ebook:

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Reminder: Contest

This is just a reminder that there is still just over a week left to enter the contest to win one of five free six-month subscriptions to If you haven’t entered yet, you’ve still got a good chance of winning!

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CONTEST: Win a 6 Month Subscription to

I’m excited to announce that the folks at have offered the readers of Guitar Lifestyle a chance to win a free six (6) month subscription to the lessons at GuitarMasterClass. Five (5) people will win, and you can enter up to two times.

If you’re not familiar with GMC, they offer thousands of guitar lessons in just about any style, including rock, blues, country, metal, jazz, classical, and funk. They also offer lessons “in the style” of popular artists. For example they offer lessons in the style of Tom Petty, Slash, Metallica, Megadeth, Gary Moore, Eddie Van Halen, and many more. They even offer a number of song-based lessons. In addition to the lessons, there is an active forum community that you can access as a member of the site and a scale generator that you can use to create scales using whatever key and mode you want.

I’ve used a number of subscription guitar lesson sites, and they all seem to offer similar features. The nice thing about GMC is that they offer an intuitive player that makes it easy to access the lessons within a series, and they seem to offer tabs and backing tracks for most of the lessons that I’ve looked at.

The lessons are offered on a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription basis. Prices currently run $29 for a single month membership, $69 for a three-month membership, or $228 for an annual subscription. That makes the 6-month free subscription worth $138!


1) To enter, simply add a comment to this post letting me know that you want to be entered to win. You must include a valid e-mail address as this will be the method I use to inform the winners.

2) You can enter a 2nd time by linking to this post on Twitter and then putting a link to that tweet as a comment on this post.

3) You must enter by February 28, 2011.

4) The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

5) The winners will be notified by e-mail on March 1, 2011. Winners must respond within 48 hours or another person will be chosen.

That’s it. Five people will win, so you have a pretty good chance to win!

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Nile Rodgers Funk Lesson

I love funk guitar and few do it better than Nile Rodgers. Here’s a lesson from Nile where he explains some of the techniques he uses:

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Paul Gilbert Rhythm Lesson

I missed this when it was originally posted last December, but last year Paul Gilbert was a featured Guitar Center Sessions artist. During part of the session, he gave an interesting rhythm lesson in which he talks about taking familiar rhythms (like “Smoke on the Water” and “Purple Haze”) and using different notes with that same rhythm pattern:

During the session, he also talked about song writing, his pedal board, music theory, string skipping, and he played songs by Christina Aguilera, Muddy Waters, Aerosmith, Robin Trower, Johnny Cash, the Doobie Brothers, the Doors, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It looks like it was a really fun session. Gilbert seems to have an unending enthusiasm for music and the guitar and that enthusiasm comes across in his lessons.

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