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Jul 13

Artistworks founders, Patricia and David Butler, came to visit me at my house in Portland this week. We are celebrating me reaching over 5000 Video Exchanges at the Rock School. We also made plans to improve the site design, and to shoot new videos to add to the main Rock Guitar course. I've been teaching at Artistworks for over 5 years now, and it's been an amazing musical journey, as well as a chance to make friends with musicians all over the world. I've been teaching guitar for over 30 years now, and I've experienced every possible way of interacting with students (one-on-one, small groups, large clinics, instructional DVDs, etc.) I've found that the system of teaching at Artistworks has been the MOST EFFECTIVE by far. Even compared to teaching in-person one-on-one, the Video Exchange format at Artistworks works better. It gives me time craft the lesson and perform it with a focused explanation, and it gives the student a video that they can watch again and again, at their own pace, and to fit their schedule (plus the very good "pressure" of performing on video themselves.) 5000 Video Exchanges in 5 years is proof that I love this way of teaching. And every single one of these happens because YOU have sent me a video with your playing and questions. Let's keep this musical conversation going. Rock Guitar lives because of YOU. 

Thank you, and... Rock and Roll!


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Jul 12

fundamentals of flatpicking

This is for anyone who's still not sure just what makes flatpicking different from other styles of guitar. Here's one way to look at it. There are two ways to sound a guitar string; by plucking with the fingers or by using a pick, or plectrum. When we use a pick to sound the string, this is known as ‘flatpicking’, which produces the crisp, classic sound of many bluegrass, rock, and jazz standards.

Jul 11

paul gilbert guitar drill


There are so many greats moments throughout the history of rock guitar. Definitely far too many to fit into any sort of written recollection. Nevertheless, there are a few times in rock guitar history that are remembered more often than others as being amongst the greatest. So without further adieu, and in no specific order (how could you?), here's a few classic myths and moments in the pages of rock guitar history.

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Jul 4

Happy 4th July to all my friends in the USA!

Here's a video I filmed in Scotland at the 15th century Roslyn Chapel in Scotland.

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Jul 1


Hoping everybody is having a nice summer so far :) I'm currently in South Korea working with record labels & artists. Here comes a new single with Taemin from Shinee called "Flame Of Love" that I co-wrote together with my friends Kanata and Yuka in Denmark 2 years ago. It's an emotional ballad with a 3/4-feel and I also added some acoustic guitars to the production.

The video is pretty crazy with a lot of fireworks and special fx's. Check it out and I'm hoping u'll enjoy this song!

Regards Andreas