* = Finger/Hybrid pickers only
Harmonic minor scale
Other useful scales
Live performance tips
As with the previous pages, the items in the left-hand column suggest a loose timeline of items to cover before one should consider themselves an 'Advanced' guitar player. Depending on your style and approach, this may vary to a degree, but for aspiring pop/rock/blues/jazz/metal focused guitar players in particular, learning and developing the techniques covered here will set you on the path to becoming a well-rounded, diverse and dynamic player. All areas will require lifelong development, as one should never be truly satisfied with the status-quo. If you find yourself settling into a 'comfort zone' beyond a certain point, you should seek out players to listen to and watch who clearly have knowledge and technique that exceeds your own, then take steps to learn what they're doing and how to develop and integrate it into your own playing style. Here are some very talented players to explore when you need inspiration...
Rock/Prog/Blues...Paul Gilbert, Alan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Martin Miller, Nuno Bettencourt, Eddie Van Halen, Tom Quayle, Guthrie Govan, John Petrucci.
Metal...Jeff Loomis, Jason Becker, Michael Romeo, Yngwie Malmsteen.
Blues...Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamasa, Josh Smith, Geoff Achison.
Jazz...Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Stanley Jordan, George Benson, Pat Metheny.
As mentioned in 'Intermediate 2', if you're serious about becoming a fast flat-pick player, you should also invest in the 'Pickslanting Primer' instructional video package by online guitar tutor Troy Grady, via the link below. Do it!
And for some YouTube learning, check out these channels for excellent free instructional material in the various styles:
Rock/Metal (Ben Eller): www.youtube.com/channel/UCcLsvLJOecfCL6RplXhaO4Q
Blues (Blues Guitar Institute): www.youtube.com/@BluesGuitarInstitute/featured