Guitar Technique Mastery: The Ultimate Chop Building Workout

The course is a five-day series of workouts to develop your technique (aka chops). Build speed, dexterity, and more.
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By the end of the course, you will have a great repertoire of technique building exercises for both hands.


  • Either an electric or acoustic guitar


This course is all about building your technique (also called "chops"). All the major aspects of technique are covered, from alternate picking, to left0hand stretch and endurance, speed, accuracy and so on. The course is designed as a five-day workout, to be repeated each week until memorized. Just watch the videos and follow along, but please use CAUTION: A little discomfort in your left hand is normal, but if the pain persists after you stop playing, please take some time off.

Who this course is for:

  • For players of all levels and styles

Course content

5 sections6 lectures1h 42m total length
  • Applying Sprints to Your Playing


Professional Guitar Instructor
Mark Thomson
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 55 Reviews
  • 4,782 Students
  • 3 Courses

I've been a professional teacher my entire adult life. I have taught thousands of people over the years to play all levels and all styles. A music composition major at Arizona State University, I also graduated from L.A.'s Guitar Institue of Technology. In the late 80's I was featured in Guitar Player Magazine's SPOTLIGHT column, and in the early 90's was George Lynch's guitar instructor. (He of DOKKEN fame.) I created George's instructional series for R.E.H. videos and worked with George on other projects. For the most part, though, I was one of the lead instructors at the Music Store in Mesa, Arizona where I taught thousands of students over the years. I currently reside in Sevastopol, Ukraine where I moved to master the Russian language and to share American rock and blues with a part of the world that knows little about it.