News in 2019

May 16, 2019
Back to shred guitar in Guitar.Nerdery 047!

#047: Simple Shredding Puzzle Pieces 1


In this episode I show a couple of simple and small shredding licks which can easily be combined. Puzzling around with these shredding puzzle pieces is a lot of fun and lets you create awesome shredding licks. My main intention is to inspire you to come up with your own puzzle pieces which will grace your future solo playing.

May 09, 2019
Guitar.Nerdery 046 is up!

#046: Thinking in several Voices


In classical music and also in the fingerstyle world it's a natural thing to think in different voices, but most of the rock guitar players think and see a chord as a unit. In the end it's the way you think about music that determines how you play and sound. In this video I'm going to show you an easy exercise that will train your brain to split chords into several voices. It will open doors for tremendous possibilities and beautiful musical arrangements in the future!

April 17, 2019
Guitar-Nerdery 045 exceptionally one day earlier, today on wednesday 9pm! It's the final episode before a short 2-week spring break! The next episode will be realeased on may 09.

#045: Motivic Playing


Very often when I wanna motivate my students not only to reproduce something someone else has played, but to improvise, the desperate response is "I really don't know what to play, how to begin'. A very common way of starting with playing solo guitar is learning an easy scale shape, like the pentatonic or blues scale. Playing it simply up and down first is good to memorize it and for doing the sports. From the musical point of view it's pretty boring. In this video I show you an exercise that's very musical and effective which works on all levels. It's completely up to you how difficult you want to make it. I wish you all a nice spring time!

April 11, 2019
Today one more time Al Di Meola strumming technique:

#044: Strumming Etude
Al Di Meola Technique 06


I've already made a couple of videos about Al Di Meola's strumming technique. This time I wanna refer to the very first one, Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery #020. In the demonstration intro clip I've improvised with a simple chord progression and tried to apply Al's style and approach of strumming guitar. After covering some important ingredients of Meola's strumming style I thought that learning this intro demonstration could be a good start, if you struggle to come up with own ideas and don't know how to begin. In this episode I'm gonna explain all chords and grooves in detail, showing them slow and fast. Have fun with practicing!

April 04, 2019
Part 2 of my former tutorial is up on YouTube:

#043: Fast fills strumming exercises 02
Al Di Meola Technique 05


This is a follow-up of my former video. To fully understand what I'm showing here, please make sure you have watched it! It's about training speed and the ability to change the strumming tempo or the note values from 16ths to 32nds very accurately. This is a trademark of Al Di Meola's strumming approach and if you want to dive deep into this, you can't avoid to train this. This time the strumming patterns are more tricky, what makes them a greater challenge, what makes you like them even more, I hope 😄

March 28, 2019
My new tutorial:

#042: Fast fills strumming exercises 01
Al Di Meola Technique 04


Al Di Meola's trademark when he plays rhythm guitar are his very fast 32nds fills. In this video I'll show you a bunch of guitar strumming exercises which will not only help you to build up speed, but to be able to switch between 16ths and 32nds in a split second and very accurate. If you really want to dive deep into Al Di Meola's playing style, you can't avoid such a training!

March 21, 2019
This week a new tutorial, my approach to Al Di Meola's strumming style

#041: Dynamic Strumming
Al Di Meola Technique 03


In this video I will again cover the Al Di Meola rhythm guitar topic and show you my approach to his strumming technique. Very often he uses different strumming patterns to get life and dynamic in a groove. Video #029! Today I stick to alternate strumming, show you a transparent sounding chord type and use it to demonstrate how dynamic in strumming can be achieved. Not only by hitting the strings hard or soft, but to split the chord by frequency into two parts, low and high.

March 14, 2019
The subtopic of my nerdery series is rounded up to Adapting Guitar Techniques 10:

#040: Adapting Guitar Techniques 10
Playing Malmsteen Arpeggios with Hybrid Picking


There have been already 9 videos under the subtopic Adapting guitar techniques within my Guitar-Nerdery series. This one rounds it up to number 10. Adapting hybrid picking to Yngwie Malmsteen's lightspeed sweep-arpeggios is my crazy challenge this time. What we get is a great hybrid picking workout.

March 12, 2019
New jamtrack in F# dorian:
jamtrack in F# dorian

Under the roof of my Guitar-Nerdery series I'm going to post jamtracks every now and then. This one is in the key of F# dorian. Dorian is the second mode of the ionian system, in this case the E ionian system. The much more common minor mode used in rock and pop music is the 6th one, the aeolian mode. Compared to aeolian, dorian has a major 6th! Just one note different, but a great change of 'flavor'. I've made an effort to let this backing track rock and groove. You can use it for a whole lotta exercises I've showed in my Guitar-Nerdery series. Have fun!

March 07, 2019
New shred guitar tutorial:
#039 Adapting Guitar Techniques 09 - Hybrid Picking Malmsteen Lick

Neoclassical Metal - what would that be without Yngwie Malmsteen! Today I'm adapting hybrid picking to one of his trademark licks which will enrich your shred guitar vocabulary. You'll be amazed to see how hybrid picking really matches with that style and makes it possible to extendend this fine lick. I've prepared a very broad lick for you to sink your teeth into. An awesome picking training, based on Malmsteen's idea or actually on the music of the baroque era.

February 28, 2019
New Guitar-Nerdery:
#038 Adapting Guitar Techniques 08 - Hybrid Picking Baroque Lick

Neoclassical Metal! That metal style came up back then in the 80s and Vinnie Moore had lots of licks to show which fitted into that genre, which are directly inspired by the music of the baroque era, by J.S.Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Telemann etc. In this video I'm adapting hybrid picking to one of them and you'll soon understand, that this technique makes it much easier to play compared to alternate picking. I also extend that lick from the original and show you how to play it everywhere on the fretboard!

February 21, 2019
New on YouTube!
#037 Adapting Guitar Techniques 07 - Scale Tapping

Last week I showed you an adaption of the tapping technique in the style of Greg Howe to an alternate picking exercise / lick of Vinnie Moore. I found it also interesting and it's also a guitar technique adaption, to show you one more tapping exercise. Scale Tappping! If you, instead of learning just tapping licks, apply the tapping technique to three note per string scale patterns which you use to improvise solos, you enable yourself to improvise with that technique.

February 14, 2019
About a half year ago I showed you some tapping ideas in my Guitar-Nerdery series. Now under the roof of ADAPTING GUITAR TECHNIQUES it's time for another one:
#036 Adapting Guitar Techniques 06 - TAP the HELL out of it!
...like Greg Howe does


This time I'm again referring to my Guitar-Nerdery episode nr. #033 and apply guitar right hand tapping technique to that idea of Vinnie Moore. What we get then is an awesome sounding, fast shredding lick in the style of Greg Howe! ...Greg Howe, a six string virtuoso with an incredible guitar tapping technique.


February 07, 2019
Today a further guitar technique adaption to one of Vinnie Moore's exercises:
#035 Adapting Guitar Techniques 05 - more Hybrid meets Legato

This is another episode where I combine hybrid picking and legato technique. It's a consequent follow-up of Guitar-Nerdery #033, hybrid meets legato. There I took an exercise of guitar player Vinnie Moore ( Shrapnel records artist, member of U.F.O. ...) that was originally meant for training alternate picking and applied left hand legato technique (hammer-on's and pull-off's) and hybrid picking to it. In #033 it was all about a scale sequence of playing 3 notes up (down backwards) from each scale note. Works with any scale combined with a 3 note per string pattern. This time the idea is simply playing 4 notes up from each note of the scale. That changes the picking and fretting pattern of both hands, which makes it a new exercise. Adapting hybrid picking and left hand legato technique to this exercise, allows to gain more speed without effort. And of course it sounds different!


January 31, 2019
Shred Guitar is in the house! 😄
#034 Adapting Guitar Techniques 04 - Wide Range Legato Licks

In this video I'm referring to the scale sequence combined with hybrid picking and left hand legato technique I showed in my former Guitar-Nerdery episode #033 and apply two really wide stretched out, 3 note per string scale pattern to it. One of them stretches about 3 1/2 octaves. Now, that's gonna be a challenge! My hands are of regular size, but I've always been addicted to these extreme hand gymnastics to gain a better reach of my left hand. So here's the one waiting also for you - left hand control, muscle and stamina training, combined with great changes of positions. Let's conquer the fretboard!


January 29, 2019
I've put the jamtrack of the intro clip of my Nerdery video #033 on my YouTube channel!

The first half of the chord progression in this backing track is in G melodic minor and changes to E (harmonic) minor in the second half. It's not the easiest one to play to. When I'm showing the minor pentatonic scale to my students and explaining why it's a fantastic scale to begin with, I always make clear, that it misses two notes which could be wrong (no minor or major sixth & minor or major second), compared to the three minor modes of the ionian system. So if you have to play in minor there are not many cases where you can go wrong with it. This backing track is different and it won't work here most of the time, at least not in the first half! Both, melodic and harmonic minor have a major 7th and hereby contradict the minor 7th of the minor pentatonic. I thought you might like the challenge to play over a strange chord progression 😄 Have fun!
Jamtrack - G melodic minor, E (harmonic) minor


January 24, 2019
The new Guitar-Nerdery episode is primarily about left hand legato technique!
#033 Adapting Guitar Techniques 03

Adapting Guitar Techniques 03 - Guitar-Nerdery #033
(hybrid meets legato)
Here is another exercise that I picked up from Vinnie Moore a long time ago. Originally meant for training alternate picking I'm going to apply left hand legato technique (hammer-ons and pull-offs) and hybrid picking to it. This way that scale-sequence lick gets a whole new sound and vibe and you can reach tremendous speed much easier.

Just in case you wonder what strange stuff I'm playing in the intro clip, I'm improvising over a G melodic minor chord progression that evolves into E Aeolian / B HM5 (Phrygian dominant).


January 17, 2019
A new Guitar-Nerdery episode is up!
#032 Adapting Guitar Techniques 02

Adapting Guitar Techniques 02 - Guitar-Nerdery #032
This episode is a continuation of my former episode!
There I made an adaption of one of Vinnie Moore's alternate picking exercises and turned it into a hybrid picking exercise. This time, for all you studious Guitar-Nerdery followers 😄 this exercise is going to be pushed to another level by incorporating string skipping and involving also the third finger of your picking hand.

Adapting Guitar Techniques will be continued over a couple of videos!


January 10, 2019
A happy new year and welcome back!
After a short break I've restarted my Guitar-Nerdery series.
#031 Adapting Guitar Techniques 01

Adapting Guitar Techniques 01 - Guitar-Nerdery #031
Back then in the 80s of the last century I was fan of lots of them upcoming shred guitar players and Shrapnel Records heroes (Label owner Mike Varney) like Yngwie Malmsteen (he had no releases on the Shrapnel Label, but was supported by Mike Varney), Tony MacAlpine, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman... ...and one of them was Vinnie Moore. Without internet and YouTube guitar tutorials were available on good 'ol VHS tape. Vinnie Moore with his remarkable playing technique at that time released two guitar instructional videos and I was unbelievable happy having bought them.

Hot Licks, Vinnie Moore: Advanced Lead Guitar Techniques
Hot Licks, Vinnie Moore: Speed Accuracy and Articulation

I studied everything and it had a great impact on my playing. That is all very long ago and since then I studied many different guitar playing techniques, left and right hand. There's an issue when it comes to learn a new technique, for example when first picking every note and then start to learn to play everything legato. You put a lot of time and energy into the new stuff and there's not so much time left to keep your "old" stuff in shape. The result is you find yourself playing your shreding licks not as persuasive as usually while the new technique still isn't your friend. That transition time can be very annoying.

Anyway, that's the way it always goes and it this video I'd like to show you a hybrid picking exercise. When starting with hybrid picking I recommend to start with one finger additional to the plectrum first, probably the middle finger. The way I learn a new guitar playing technique is, I try to adapt that technique to the musical ideas I've already trained. This is the moment when Vinnie Moore and one of his exercises in his instructional videos comes in. It's originally an alternate picking exercise, a movement through a '3 notes per string' scale shape. Playing this with hybrid picking is a good muscle and overall control training for the plucking finger.

Adapting Guitar Techniques will be continued over a couple of videos!


news in 2018

December 31, 2018
The last day of the year and I've got some guitar playing for you. This video is an electric guitar performance and I'm playing a short composition of mine, which simply cristallized out of jamming. Those of you who follow my Guitar-Nerdery tutorial series will notice, that I've used some ideas and guitar techniques I've shown and explained in my first tutorial season. The title is my wish for 2019. I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Year of Composure


December 20, 2018
Unbelievable it's already tutorial nr. 30 and the last one this year, 2018! This guitar tutorial series takes a vacation and will be back on January the 10th in 2019!
#030 Merging Guitar Rhythm Concepts

I mentioned more than once that in my opinion in music it's all about the rhythm and I'm finishing this year's season with another guitar rhythm lesson. Be sure that shredding guitar exercises won't be missed out in future, but without the right approach to rhythm everything is pointless. In this video we'll be creative with the regular 4/4 time signature and I first show you a guitar rhythm exercise that I missed to recommend in my former guitar rhythm lessons, the importance of practising offbeats, here with 16th notes. Furthermore it's gonna be fun when I refer to guitar rhythm concepts and exercises of my former videos, merging them and discover new grooves. Conform to what should always be your second thought - "What else can I do with it?"


December 13, 2018
This week's tutorial is a sequel of my former video about Al Di Meola' strumming technique: #029 Al Di Meola strumming pattern

Al Di Meola is mostly known as a fast picking virtuoso, playing solo runs at light speed. Some 30 years ago I listened to the "Friday Night in San Francisco" album for the first time, the price winning live collaboration album of Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. Man I couldn't believe what I've heard! I became a fan of all three guitar players and tried to get more information and records. Somehow Al Di Meola's style attracted me the most and very soon I was also aware of his remarkable rhythm guitar playing and timing. Although playing with a plectrum, his grooves pretty much sounded like those of flamenco players. While having my problems trying to practise some of his grooves that I picked up by ear, and there was no Al Di Meola on Youtube these days, I noticed his different right-hand technique, different from what most other guitar players do when strumming - I could finally see him performing on regular tv. So I studied his right-hand and tried to copy it, also in front of a mirror 😄 Yes, and it really worked for me!

I've made a video about it and recommend you to watch it first: Al Di Meola strumming technique - Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery #020

In this video I show you a specific guitar strumming pattern, inspired by Al Di Meola and that can help you to get a feel for his rhythm playing style. I wish you as much fun as I always have with these kind of exercises!


December 06, 2018
Right on German Nikolaus day a new guitar tutorial: #028 Tapping Harmonics

Tapping octave harmonics - A very useful guitar trick! Tapping pinch harmonics or tapping artificial harmonics means, you get harmonics out by tapping an open or fretted string on specific points. I'm also calling this guitar technique Hot Plate Tapping, because the tap has to be pretty short, like you're tapping on a very hot plate. In this video I'm going to show you how you can play complete melodies and solo lines, just by tapping octave harmonics that are located 12 frets higher than those notes of the open or fretted strings. Means, you tap a copy of what your left hand is doing exactly 12 frets higher. It works everywhere on the guitar fretboard, but the higher you get, the more difficult it gets to get the octave harmonics out. One of the reasons is that the higher you get, the more precise you have to be, but it's also very supportive if your guitar is harmonic friendly. This does apply to both, acoustic and electric guitar. Using a guitar compressor or distortion (what is also a kind of compression) makes it also easier. On an overdriven electric guitar those tapped harmonics can sound as loud and last long as a played chord, what isn't the case on an acoustic guitar. This has to be taken into account when integrating octave harmonics into your playing and songs.

To get more insight about how guitar harmonics are covered on the fretboard, I recommend to watch also my Guitar-Nerdery video:
Phasing-hands Effect - Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery #009


November 29, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #027 Create Riffs with Major Scales

There's more than just major. Major can have many different colors and metal riffs in major, that's very possible!
All major scales of the ionian system - This time I'm talking about how to incorporate major scales Into riffs. In this video I show you how to transform an ionian major guitar riff into a lydian and mixolydian riff, only by making small, but important changes. For fully understanding it's important to watch my former episode "Create Riffs with Minor Scales - Guitar-Nerdery #026"! There I'm going very much into detail about the actual differences between scales and demonstrate how you can get the mode sound by using the exclusion principle.

Take this video and my former one as a companion, for understanding all modal scales and practically building marvelous riffs in various minor and major colors!


November 22, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #026 Create Riffs with Minor Scales

All minor scales of the ionian system - This video is about how to incorporate minor scales Into riffs. I'll show you how to transform an aeolian minor guitar riff into a dorian, phrygian and locrian riff, only by making small, but important changes. What is the difference between those scales? Which are the important notes you have to integrate in your riff to get the mode sound? Everything is gonna be covered! After analysing the scales I'm gonna demonstrate the different sounds of the minor modes, by using the same riff idea and the exclusion principle - how you can achieve to work out the beautiful different flavors of minor.


November 15, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #025 Create Riffs with the Blues Scale

Blues riffs anyway, but also rock riffs are very often built on the blues scale, the expansion of the minor pentatonic. Depending on the riff and because we have the same notes more than once on the guitar fretboard, we can use different shapes for the same thing. I'm gonna show you a shape of the E blues scale that works fantastic for riff building. In addition with one of the most important chords / voicings for the guitar player. The E7#9 or Jimi Hendrix chord! In my opinion there's no other instrument where that chord sounds that good. All examples with the guitar tuned to E standard.


November 08, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #024 Metal Riffing

Very often my students ask me how to play metal guitar. My first answer would be it's all about the sound and right playing attitude. There's also a great element of sports to it which needs a lot of training. This answer only wouldn't satisfied them. Yeah what's a typical metal riff? In this video I'm gonna show you a picking pattern / exercise and chord / voicing progression, that I would definitely put on the table. All examples in standard E tuning.


November 01, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #023 Inverted Power Chords, fat & dark

Most of the time the reason why drop-tunings are chosen is to want the guitar and riffs sound fatter. Inverted Power Chords with the perfect fifth on bottom in the standard e-tuning sound darker and fatter than regular power chords. They are a fantastic tool to fake a down-tuning, to let the guitar sound lower than it is tuned. In this video I'm gonna demonstrate how to play inverted power chords and how they sound.


October 25, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #022 Special Drop B Tuning

If you Google the term Drop B Tuning you'll find an equal to the Drop D Tuning. Tuning the whole guitar three half steps down to C# standard and then the low C# string further down a whole step to B. The instrument is then playable like in Drop D Tuning.

I'm gonna show you a different Drop B Tuning that goes along with the idea, just to tune down the lowest string and keeping all other five strings in Standard E. This way the string tension and harmonic character almost stays the same, which I like! The guitar overall doesn't need any further adjustments then and it's very easy to tune back to Standard E Tuning, if you need that low Drop B Tuning only for a few songs.


October 18, 2018
This weeks guitar tutorial: #021 Drop D Tuning

I like the drop D tuning, or dropped d tuning very much. You simply tune down the low E-string one whole tone down to D. By that simple step you tremendously expand the possibilities on the guitar. The first time I was aware of it was in the early ninties, when I tried to figure out the riffs of an Annihilator song. From then on I heard it more and more in Metal music. Nowadays Metal cannot be imagined without drop D tuning.

Besides explaining what it's good for I show you a good way how to tune your guitar to drop D with harmonics. Unfortunately that tuning method doesn't work on guitars with a floating tremolo system - every change of tuning gets them completely out of tune. ...one of the reasons why I play guitars with fixed bridge!


October 15, 2018
It's announced that Google is going to shut down Google+ sometime soon. Therefore I removed all Google+ links from my link list! ...don't wanna lead you to a dead end!

October 11, 2018
Al Di Meola is known for his incredible picking technique when playing solos, but he is an outstanding rhythm guitar player too. When he plays his unique strumming pattern he uses a different right-hand technique that enables him to reach a very controlled fast tempo without losing punch, sounding a bit like a flamenco player using a plectrum.

In this strumming guitar lesson I'll show you how to do that.

#020 Al Di Meola strumming technique


October 04, 2018
For a long time I kinda neglected the art of playing a decent strumming acoustic guitar, thought it was easy stuff and rather engaged myself in other things. Until I've heard Irish guitar player John Doyle who lives in Nashville. I was immediately impressed by his driving strumming grooves. And when I started to practise I completely got it - man was I wrong! There's a lotta work to do ☺

In this video I'm gonna show you a way how triplet notes grooves are played on the guitar in Irish music.
I also wanna recommend you to check out John Doyle and many other Irish guitar players like Sam Lakeman (Cara Dillon).

#019 Awesome groovin' Irish strumming pattern


September 27, 2018
New Guitar-Nerdery episode: The first thing that comes up to mind when talking about triplet notes is 8th note triplets. Quarter note triplets are not so much addressed, but they are pretty tough to play right. In the straight note world playing quarter notes is not a big deal, but quarter note triplets are actually 6 equally long notes over 4 straight quarter notes in a 4/4 time signature. That means you have 2 notes on count 1 and 3 or 2 and 4, but four of them quarter notes in the off-beat. I'm gonna show you how to play them right in time.

#018 Them damn Quarter Note Triplets


September 25, 2018
I just wanna share an experience I had. I have been to the X-Fi Audioshow in Veldhoven, a great exposition for audio nerds and all about HiFi. High Fidelity, the capability of reproducing acoustical reality, when you forget the speakers and the only thing there is is the music. There is this small Dutch company daudio who build speakers without cabinets (dipole design) and in my opinion they completely nailed it! ...and there has been a lot of awesome stuff from other companies to compare it with, but daudio was beyond reach. If you're interested in HiFi check them out when they expose again. Just to know what's possible.

daudio


September 20, 2018
New Guitar-Nerdery episode: A rhythm exercise you'll learn to hate! #017!
The Rhythm Pyramid, one of those exercises that's very effective and you can gain a lot from, but which can be pretty annoying. Don't get angry and do not bash your guitar ☺
#017 Odd time signatures? ...piece of cake!


September 13, 2018
New Guitar-Nerdery episode: Odd time signatures? ...piece of cake! #016!
Playing in odd time signatures, everybody can do that. No-one counts till 19, 17 or 13... It's all about subdivisions! Watch the whole video and get inspired by loads of demonstrations!
#016 Odd time signatures? ...piece of cake!


September 06, 2018
New Guitar-Nerdery episode: Cross-Rhythms, proggy tools for proggy songs #015!
Cross rhythms are fun to play and very suitable if you need that proggy touch in your prog rock or prog metal songs, jazz tunes etc. Progressive music is often associated with playing in odd time signatures, making the listener guessing where the '1' of the beat is, hahaha. With cross rhythms you can achive that even in 4/4!

Let's make the listeners wonder where the '1' is. But you, the player, should never lose it!!!

PS: In the video I'm talking about 'rest notes' but mostly playing 8th instead in my demonstrations. In theory I wanted to keep it easily countable while my demonstrations with guitar focus more on how cross rhythms can be approached.
#015 Cross-Rhythms, proggy tools for proggy songs


August 30, 2018
New Guitar-Nerdery episode: How to Groove Like Hell in Odd Time Signatures #014!
Hey hey, this is my first video ever lasting nearly 15 minutes! ...time for a toast ;-) In my last video I explained how important it is, to tap with your foot along with the metronome, to get the feel / groove right. All examples were in 4/4 time signature. But what if it's not 4/4, how can the same groove and feel be achieved? In this episode I show you how I deal with odd time signatures, how I manage to tap along. The video is packed with loads of demonstrations, beginning in 3/4 and ending pretty odd like 13/16!

When you like the video, please support me and leave a comment, like and subscribe. If you got questions, suggestions or ideas, please send me a message!
#014 How to Groove Like Hell in Odd Time Signatures


August 23, 2018
My new guitar-nerdery video is the first of a series of episodes, where I dive deep into guitar rhythm. Any kind of instrument player or singer, you need a few notes to make your statement or a lot - your message will only be delivered when you get your rhythm tight. The metronome is your friend to achieve that, but to tap along with your foot is essential for your success! And it can be fun! I'm gonna show you with the metronome set to 4/4 !
#013: The Metronome is your Friend -
the right and most avoided way of using it



August 17, 2018
Guitar-Nerdery update: Once more and this time a very weird and crazy way to make use and extend that simple tapping lick, I've explained in my former two videos.

Next time I'm gonna start a series of Nerdery videos about rhythm. For me a good timing and groove are the most important ingredients in music, the key to make sense of it all and get your whole body involved.
Sounds like a Pinball Machine - Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery


August 09, 2018
New Nerdery video! Another, even easier example what you can do with a simple idea, to let it shine. Make sure you've watched my former Guitar-Nerdery video "simple tapping idea".
Simple Tapping idea extended 2 - Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery


August 05, 2018
Two more nerdery videos are up since my last news post, phasing hands FX and a simple tapping idea. My guitar instructional videos will now be updated regularly on every Thursday at 9pm GMT +2! Don't miss it, leave a comment and please
like and subscribe my YouTube Channel!

Furthermore I'm also on Twitter now! Here you can find me:
twitter.com/BSchippritt


July 17, 2018
In this week Guitar-Nerdery video I'm showing my 16th-fitness-training. A great exercise for hands and brains. I did and do this regularly.
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (16th fitness training)


July 10, 2018
I really like slide-guitar, but somehow always found an excuse not to work it out ;-) At least I found a way to integrate a little bit of that slide-flavor in my playing. By making this video I've learned that I use it a lot!
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (slide-guitar-like)


July 03, 2018
Some guitar fun at Guitar-Nerdery! The solution if a real bell is too heavy for you ;-)
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (bell-simulation)


June 30, 2018
Guitar-Nerdery tutorial nr. 5! If you can't afford a slapback echo, try this! ;-)
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (sounds like delays)


June 24, 2018
A 4th Guitar-Nerdery video is up, String-Skipping-Arpeggios! There are many ways to play arpeggios on a guitar. Besides that different playing techniques sound different, they all have their own possibilities of phrasing. These string skipping arpeggios fit perfectly with right hand hybrid picking.
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (string-skipping-arpeggios)


June 22, 2018
I'm on Instagram now with two different accounts! One for music stuff and because I very much like photography, I use the other one to show my favorite photos: Benjamin's music on Instagram
Benjamin's photographs on Instagram

June 17, 2018
A third Guitar-Nerdery video is up, triads with 6ths on top! I picked that idea up from Tommy Emmanuel. To move from one position to another he often uses 6ths underlayed by a root note or alternating bass. I used that idea at the end of my solo in my song Lost In Yesterdays:
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (triads with 6ths on top)


June 15, 2018
A new Guitar-Nerdery video is up. I'm explaining a nice little country-rock riff. This guitar riff was the main inspiration for the chorus of my song "Lost In Yesterdays", which I recorded with New String Theory.
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (Country-Rock-Riff) (Youtube)


June 12, 2018
After being asked frequently, I happily put my first guitar video tutorial online. It´s meant to be the start of a regular updated tutorial series, which I've named Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery. Here I'm explaining a favorite hybrid lick of mine, which I used a lot in my Song SMILE!
Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery (SMILE! hybrid picking lick) (Youtube)


June 08, 2018
A brand-new NST video is up, a hard rocking tune with some country rock riffing.
Watch here:
Lost In Yesterdays - by New String Theory (Youtube)


May 13, 2018
A new NST song is up! Listen here to our 3rd tune on SoundCloud:
Lost In Yesterdays - by New String Theory


February 06, 2018
The official web address of New String Theory changed slightly. It's now without dashes:
official New String Theory website



January 23, 2018
Hello dear visitors and followers!
Currently I'm working on more songs for the New String Theory project. The recordings for our third tune are nearly done and then we're also going to produce a video. I really appreciate you liking my music and your kind comments, that what I'm doing means something to you! This it what keeps me going and I'd be much obliged, if you'd spread the word!

...furthermore there's something I'd like to mention here. Since quite some time I'm happily recording on Cakewalk Sonar Platinum, an awesome sounding and inspiring digital audio workstation. Cakewalk was taken over by Gibson in 2013 and there had been some rumors, that regarding Gibson's history in buying companys and dropping them very soon, that this would be no good. So, as a gift to Cakewalk's 30th anniversary and it's customers, Cakewalk got now the axe, flimsy excused! Very bad for Cakewalk's employees and customers. A kind of disaster for recording engineers, because it means changing to another DAW, get used to a hopefully not too different workflow, and mainly, what about all those projects recorded on Sonar? Without future updates, how long will the software be compatible and recording-projects be accessible? It means a load of work saving data and losing all mix settings anyway. Simply annoying Gibson, throws a great shadow over you!

Enough with complaining! I've already switched to another DAW, to Samplitude Pro X3 and really start to like it very much. So, everything will be fine in the end!

Cheers, Benjamin


January 12, 2018
I wish you all a happy new year!
Bram and me started this year being busy and the outcome is this new video:

I´ve made up my mind - by New String Theory (Youtube)


November 19, 2017
I'm happy to be able to present the first output of New String Theory, a re-recording, new arrangement and videoclip of my song Smile! ...and there is more to come!

SMILE! - by New String Theory (Youtube)


About

BENJAMIN SCHIPPRITT is an enthusiastic and passionate musician since 1983. His main instruments and base of musical thinking are the electric and western acoustic guitar, but he also enjoys singing and playing electric bass guitar, as well as producing, recording and mixing music in his studio. Spending a whole lifetime around his guitar, developing a virtuos playing style and completing a full-time jazz guitar study at the Institute for the Arts in The Netherlands, he always got a strong beating heart for rock music. His creative song-writing and contributions cover many different styles of music and manage to perfectly fit that rocking attitude. Besides being a live- and studio-musician, he's utterly passionate about guitar teaching.

How it all started and went on

Born in Gelsenkirchen, a town in the industrial Ruhr district in western Germany, BENJAMIN started playing electric guitar at the age of 11 in 1983 when he lived in Hamburg. First inspired by Angus Young of AC/DC, in the mid 80s he was really blown away by guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen and Vinnie Moore, and practiced many hours a day. Very soon he formed his first hard rock schoolbands called FLANGER and HARD NOISE, and also a family band, with his father on bass guitar and mother on drums. In 1987 he started to record his first instrumental demo tape on a 4-track multitrack-recorder.

Moving back to the Ruhr district, in 1990 BENJAMIN became a member of rock band SHINE DARK from Gladbeck for a short period of time. A year later his own heavy metal band TAILGUNNER was formed. They played lots of gigs in the Ruhr district and they won several band contests. A production of an album, which unfortunately never was completed followed. In 1993 those unfinished recordings however accidentally ended up in the hands of JÖRG MICHAEL, drummer of the German metal-band RUNNING WILD. At that time he was in the recording studio with his Art-Metal side-project HOUSE OF SPIRITS, recording an album and they were looking for a guitar player. BENJAMIN joined the band and recorded two studio albums with them, besides working as a studio guitarist.

In 1994 he recorded a 5-songs instrumental demo tape with his 8-track tape reel machine, and got jazz-guitar lessons from German guitarist ANDREAS WAHL. In 1996 he started a fulltime jazz-study at the INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS ARNHEM in The Netherlands. BENJAMIN's guitar teachers were ONNO KELK and FRANK SICHMANN and he learned more than he could ever imagine he would. During this time he was guitarist and composer of the projects LE VOYAGE NOIR (acoustic folk/pop), and ELVISBOY (hard rock). ELVISBOY recorded a complete album BETTER LEARN MY NAME of which BENJAMIN was the guitarist, bass-player, composer, arranger, producer and engineer.

During his study in Arnhem, he founded the METAL-FUSION band ZPAWN with other students. In 2001 BENJAMIN also formed the FUSION TRIO FROM HELL - JUNK FARM and started with the idea to become also the vocalist of both bands. In 2005 Zpawn broke up, because none could find enough time to keep it going.

Junk Farm had the opportunity to support prog-metal-bands FATES WARNING and FREAK KITCHEN in 2005. In 2007 BENJAMIN signed at UNICORN DIGITAL INC., a Canadian progressive rock label, for a worldwide release of the Junk Farm album UGLY LITTLE THING. In 2009 they published their 2nd album DIDN'T COME TO DANCE.

Since 2010 BENJAMIN lives in the Netherlands. Over the whole time BENJAMIN has given lots of guitar lessons and loves the opportunity to impart his knowledge about what you can do with six "magic" strings and his passion for music. Always amazed by realizing, that a lifetime is not enough to learn to play everything on that fantastic instrument.

Since 2017 Benjamin produces and composes for his guitar-collaboration project, New String Theory. In summer 2018 he started a YouTube guitar tutorial series:


Benjamin's Guitar-Nerdery

Projects

New String Theory

Since 2017 I produce and compose for my guitar-collaboration project New String Theory (NST). NST stands for tasty, dynamic guitar-adrenalin-driven (rock) music, never limited to the rock genre itself.

Check these three videoclips, feat. guitarmate Bram Bokken and switch to HD mode
for better video and audio quality:

Lost In Yesterdays - by New String Theory (Youtube)


I´ve made up my mind - by New String Theory (Youtube)


SMILE! - by New String Theory (Youtube)


Fotos by Mariëtte van Hees

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#048 coming up next on May 23, 2019

#047: Simple Shredding Puzzle Pieces 1


#046: Thinking in several voices


#046 coming up next on May 09, 2019

#045: Motivic Playing


#044: Strumming Etude
Al Di Meola Technique 06


#043: Fast strumming fills 02
Al Di Meola Technique 05


#042: Fast strumming fills 01
Al Di Meola Technique 04


#041: Dynamic Strumming
Al Di Meola Technique 03


#040: Adapting Guitar Techniques 10
Playing Malmsteen Arpeggios
with Hybrid Picking



#039: Adapting Guitar Techniques 09
Hybrid Picking Malmsteen Lick


#038: Adapting Guitar Techniques 08
Hybrid Picking Baroque Lick


#037: Adapting Guitar Techniques 07
Scale Tapping


#036: Adapting Guitar Techniques 06
TAP the HELL out of it


#035: Adapting Guitar Techniques 05
more Hybrid meets Legato


#034: Adapting Guitar Techniques 04
wide range legato licks


#033: Adapting Guitar Techniques 03
hybrid meets legato


#032: Adapting Guitar Techniques 02


#031: Adapting Guitar Techniques 01


#030: Merging Guitar Rhythm Concepts


#029: Al Di Meola strumming pattern


#028: Tapping Harmonics


#027: Create Riffs with Major Scales


#026: Create Riffs with Minor Scales


#025: Create Riffs with the Blues Scale


#024: Metal Riffing


#023: Inverted Power Chords, fat & dark


#022: Drop B Tuning


#021: Drop D Tuning


#020: Al Di Meola strumming technique


#019: Awesome groovin'
Irish strumming pattern


#018: Them damn Quarter Note Triplets


#017: A rhythm exercise
you'll learn to hate


#016: Odd time signatures?
...piece of cake!


#015: Cross-Rhythms,
proggy tools for proggy songs


#014: How to Groove Like Hell
in Odd Time Signatures


#013: The Metronome is your Friend -
the right and most avoided way of using it


#012: sounds like a pinball machine


#011: simple tapping idea extended 2


#010: super simple tapping idea


#009: phasing hands FX


#008: 16th fitness training


#007: slide-guitar-like


#006: bell-simulation


#005: sounds like delays


#004: String Skipping Arpeggios


#003: triads with 6ths on top


#002: Country-Rock-Riff


#001: SMILE! hybrid picking lick


Contact

Benjamin Schippritt, Weezenhof - Nijmegen, Nederland
info@benjaminschippritt.com

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Languages, Sprachen, Talen: English, Deutsch & Nederlands.

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