Modern Rock Guitar Techniques

From sweep picking to legato to whammy tricks and everything in between, create your own legacy with these techniques!
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2016 English

Course Description

Who are you?

Hey guys, my name is Tyler Larson, and I’m the founder of a guitar community called Music is Win, which consists of hundreds of thousands of awesome, savvy guitar players. Since graduating Berklee College of Music in 2011 and launching Music is Win in 2015, I’ve taught thousands of students, garnered tens of millions of video views across social media, written for and been featured in Guitar World and Guitar Player Magazine, and received endorsements from PRS Guitars, Peavey Electronics, and a host of others. What I'm most proud of, though, and the reason I've found so much success, is because of my extremely popular courses like Guitar Super System and The Best Beginner Guitar Course Ever, which both have enrolled thousands of satisfied students to date and allowed me to help people searching for complete, effective guitar education without getting bored to sleep or misinformed along the way.

Now, I want to tell you about my best course yet: Modern Rock Guitar Techniques.

What's this course about?

Modern Rock Guitar Techniques is the final destination for any guitar player searching for their voice on the instrument. With a variety of methods and approaches drawn from pioneering guitar players of today, this course will not only explain and demonstrate the techniques, but also help you understand how to implement them in your own guitar playing. 

Okay, so what does that mean? It means I’m gonna show you the secrets of the best guitar players on the planet. Seriously.

What will I learn?

From legato to alternate picking to tapping to sweeping, my goal is not to just give you a new arsenal of licks and techniques, although you will leave this course with a wealth of new phrases. Really, my goal is to show you how to apply these methods and mechanics to your own guitar playing, so you can use them at will to create your own, original sound that you hear in your head.

Is this course for me?

While this is not necessarily a course for absolute beginners, you don’t need any music theory knowledge to succeed. Through extensive explanations, comprehensive exercises, and precise camera angles, this course will reveal all the tools of a modern guitar player’s skill set, but what’s more, you’ll understand how to use each technique in a musical way. This isn’t a course that says “put your finger here, then put your finger there, and then strum like this.” It’s a playbook that you can continue to utilize long after you’ve completed the course.

Why should I take this course?

That leads me to why you should take Modern Rock Guitar Techniques. There are thousands if not millions of guitar lessons available on the internet, but they're mostly scattered and incomplete. The purpose of this course is to provide a complete blueprint of all the most important practices and disciplines of the modern rock guitar player.

There’s something in this course for everyone, and I’ve spent over a decade of playing and learning from the best guitar teachers on the planet. Now, I wanna show you what I’ve learned, so you can create your own musical legacy.

What are the requirements?

  • An electric guitar
  • An amplifier with a distortion channel or pedal
  • A general awareness of rock and metal guitar playing

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Perform 2, 3, 4, and 5-string sweep picking patterns
  • Use four types of harmonics
  • Execute legato technique fluidly
  • Command five different types of tapping variations
  • Bend in tune with proper intonation and vibrato
  • Master alternate picking for extended periods of time
  • Understand every modern and exotic time signature
  • Manipulate pitches and utilize various whammy bar methods
  • Adapt all of the techniques in the course to your own guitar playing

Who is the target audience?

  • Intermediate or advanced players looking to perfect their technique
  • Absolute beginners should not take this course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome to Modern Rock Guitar Techniques

Thank you for enrolling in Modern Rock Guitar Techniques! Here's what you can expect.

Section 2: Picking

While flashy licks only scratch the surface, the fundamental idea of playing fast and clean alternate picking runs is something that will both improve your musicianship and strengthen your chops.


Utilize these examples to build a foundation for your alternate picking practice routine.


The fundamentals of sweep picking should be practiced slowly at first, but once you have the foundation, you'll see just how simple the movement is.


Utilize these examples to build a foundation for your sweep picking practice routine.


Here's a real world example of sweep picking and alternate picking in action.

Section 3: Time Signatures

A couple of the most common time signatures are demonstrated through popular music examples from Incubus.


The odd time signature of 5/4 is demonstrated through beat division and an example from Radiohead.


The flowing time signature of 6/8 is portrayed through music from A Perfect Circle.


The odd time signature of 7/4 is demonstrated through beat division and an excerpt from Steve Vai's catalogue.


For those who want more, here's a glimpse of the progressive 9/8 meter.

Section 4: Harmonics and Whammy Effects

The squealing, screeching pinch harmonic technique is an aggressive statement fit for every guitar player's arsenal.


Access the entire neck with tap harmonics.


From sighing drones to robotic pitch shifting, you'll have a blast with natural and artificial harmonics.


Take a walk down the hall the virtuosos built, from Satriani to Van Halen.


Sometimes, the most subtle techniques are the most important.

Section 5: Legato

Move through scales and patterns with fluidity and effortlessness using legato.


Finger strength depends on dexterity and accuracy.


Utilize these examples to build a foundation for your legato practice routine.

Section 6: Tapping

Discreet nuances of tapping are dissected in this overview.


Discover new ways to compose muti-octave licks only achieved through tap slides.


The most flashy techniques can also yield the most impressive results.


The easiest way to sound amazing–pick tapping.


Sweep picking and tapping–the ultimate marriage of techniques.


Utilize these examples to build a foundation for your tapping practice routine.

Section 7: Bonus Lessons

Get inside the mind of one of the masters of guitar, Steve Vai.


Bending and vibrato are easily the most important techniques for any guitar player to master.


You don't have to dread practicing. Make it fun!


Dig into this awesome Paul-Gilbert approved technique.


It's not about the gear–it's about what's built in to you.

Section 8: What's Next?

Enjoy your new skills, and move on to conquer the music world!

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Instructor Biography

Tyler Larson, Founder of Music is Win

Tyler Larson (born May 30, 1989) is a musician of many influences. With over fifteen years experience playing the guitar, Tyler has appeared on several studio albums, performed with many diverse artists, and studied with some of the most renowned guitarists on the planet, including Joe Stump, Dave Fiuczynski, Tomo Fujita, Dave Tronzo, Jon Finn, and others.

After earning his B.M. Degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music, which includes alumni such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Al Di Meola, and Pat Metheny, among others, Tyler began his career as a professional musician, and in 2015 Tyler founded a website called Music is Win which has become a rising force in the entertainment and music space, with his videos amassing tens of millions of views to date.

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