Secrets Unlocked

Short videos, divided into 4 categories, made in response to members' questions about a variety of guitar playing subjects

Questions and Answers

  • Questions & Answers

    Converting to Bass Guitar - Part 1

    Questions & Answers

    Learn how to apply your skills as a lead guitar player to the bass!

  • Questions & Answers

    What's the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 time

    Questions & Answers

    Nick was asked how to play a song in 3/4 time and what the difference between 3/4 and 6/8 is. Here he shows how to play in these time signatures and how to identify the differences.

  • Questions & Answers

    Working Out Jazz Tunes - Part 3

    Questions & Answers

    Learn the challenging but great fun second half of Slim Gaillard’s solo from A-Well-A-Take-Em-A-Joe.

  • Questions & Answers

    Working Out Jazz Tunes - Part 2

    Questions & Answers

    Learn the first half of the guitar solo by Slim Gaillard from the fun jazz tune A- Well- a- Take- 'em- a -Joe and gain some insight into how simple Jazz solos are constructed.

  • Questions & Answers

    Working Out Jazz Tunes - Part 1

    Questions & Answers

    Nick was asked to create a tutorial on a fan's favourite Jazz guitar piece, A Well A Take 'Em a Joe, by Slim Gaillard.

  • Questions & Answers

    From Scales to Solos - Part 2

    Questions & Answers

    Nick demonstrates the importance of adjusting the licks you play to chord changes.

  • Questions & Answers

    From Scales to Solos - Part 1

    Questions & Answers

    Nick shows you how to take basic lead guitar playing skills to the next level by combining technique and variation.

Guitar Music Theory

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 7

    Guitar Music Theory

    In this episode, Nick gives a brief introduction to how chords and scales interact with each other to form the foundations of musical construction.

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 6

    Guitar Music Theory

    Understand how Chord Formulas work and learn how to find chords on the fret board using the CAGED system.

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 5

    Guitar Music Theory

    Nick explains what key signatures are and what their purpose is. He goes on to demonstrate some of the ways that understanding key signatures can help you as a guitar player.

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 4

    Guitar Music Theory

    Nick explains briefly how learning standard notation can help you SEE the way that musical elements (chords, scales and arpeggios) fit together to make music.

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 3

    Guitar Music Theory

    Learn all about Tones and Semitones in the third part of the Powering Your Way Up the Pyramid series.

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 2

    Guitar Music Theory

    Find out how to put theory into practice and learn string names and chromatic scales easily.

  • Guitar Music Theory

    Powering Your Way Up The Pyramid - Part 1

    Guitar Music Theory

    Nick introduces basic concepts of guitar music theory using his popular pyramid method.

Technical Tips & Hints

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Strumming Patterns - Underlying Rhythmic Feel

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Using the intro to Wonderwall by Oasis as an example, learn how to find the underlying strumming pattern to a song.

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Master the Art of Strumming - Part 1

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Watch as Nick shows how to use the muscles in your hands, relax your wrist and master the technique.

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Mastering the Art of Muting - Part 5

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Nick explains how to master the palm muting and pinch harmonics techniques to elevate your guitar playing.

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Mastering the Art of Muting - Part 4

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Learn to play a guitar version of the great opening riff to Stevie Wonder's Superstition.

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Mastering the Art of Muting - Part 3

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Nick shows how to master open chord muting by using slightly different techniques to adapt to each individual chord shape.

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Mastering the Art of Muting - Part 2

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Nick shows how to apply the technique of muting chords specifically to playing barre chords.

  • Technical Tips & Hints

    Mastering the Art of Muting - Part 1

    Technical Tips & Hints

    Nick explains why muting is such an important technique and how to introduce it into your playing.

Classic Licks & Riffs

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    Baby Please Don't Go - Them

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Learn the classic intro guitar solo to Baby Please Don't Go.

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker (Intro and Verse)

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Due to popular demand, here's how to play the iconic intro and verse to Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker!

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    Heart of Gold - Neil Young

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Learn the classic guitar parts of Neil Young’s 1972 hit, Heart of Gold.

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    Day Tripper by The Beatles (Lead Guitar)

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Learn George Harrison’s classic riff and other lead guitar parts from Day Tripper.

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    Day Tripper by The Beatles

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Learn how to play the rhythm guitar parts of Day Tripper by The Beatles.

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    Apache by The Shadows

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Learn the classic guitar riff that's been covered and sampled by everyone from the Sugarhill Gang to Swedish jazz guitarist Jorgen Ingmann.

  • Classic Licks and Riffs

    The Last Time by The Rolling Stones

    Classic Licks & Riffs

    Nick teaches all the guitar parts so you can play as Brian Jones and Keith Richards!.

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