News in 2021

December 8th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 08

December 7th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 07

December 6th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 06

December 5th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 05
ONE GUITAR LICK A DAY / Insane String Skipping Lick

December 4th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 04
ONE GUITAR LICK A DAY / Pinball Machine Tapping

December 3rd 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 03

December 2nd 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 02

December 1st 2021

New YouTube-Short: Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar Dec 01
ONE GUITAR LICK A DAY / Fast and Crazy Sliding Lick

In this special Advent Calendar series I'm going to show you favorite licks of mine, one by one, day by day!

November 27th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Special DROP B TUNING
(Quick Tuning Method)

I'm going to show you a very quick & precise method to tune your guitar from standard E tuning to the special Drop B tuning. You don't need a tuner for this and it even works on days when your ears are tired. The trick is to let a harmonic on the low E string and the open B string ring together and to listen to the fluttering, caused by their interferences.

November 26th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Quick and Precise DROP D TUNING METHOD

I'm going to show you a very quick and precise method to tune your guitar from standard E tuning to the Drop D tuning. You don't need a tuner for this and it even works on days when your ears are tired. The trick is to use harmonics and to listen to the fluttering, caused by their interferences.

November 18th 2021

Benjamin Schippritt / Mega GUITAR RIFF COLLECTION / (Progressive) ROCK & METAL
Guitar-Nerdery 125

Recently I was busy with clearing harddisks and archiving data and I came across these long forgotten video riff recordings and I thought these would probably make an interesting Guitar-Nerdery episode!

This episode is all about my rhythm guitar work in my former prog rock band JUNK FARM. I recently came across these forgotten riffing video demonstrations of mine which in the first place were made to capture the way the riffs are played and to speed up the process of relearning them for rehearsal and live purposes.

Before putting them into oblivion again I thought, merged together in a Guitar-Nerdery episode they might be of great interest to some of you, my guitar playing friends. There are fast and a slow versions of the more difficult riffs, but because these videos are not especially made for tutorial purposes it could be, that one or another riff is somewhat harder to understand right away, but I think simply repeating those scenes will help a great deal.

I going to briefly moderate each of them 11 songs which are packed into 11 sections.

All songs have been published on three Junk Farm Albums. The first one was a self-release and album 2 and 3 had been released under the Canadian prog rock label Unicorn Digital in 2007 and 2009.

A couple of years ago I've remixed the first, remastered the second and third album and republished them on my bandcamp site where you can buy them as high resolution downloads:

I've also put all three albums on my YouTube channel as free album streams in the best audio quality that YouTube offers. You have to switch the videos to HD for that.I'm gonna put the links in and at the end of the video.

So, without further ado let's get started with this grand Junk Farm riff collection!

Please don't forget to Subscribe and Like/Share this video!

November 1st 2021

New YouTube-Short: the Augmented 2nd and Diminished 7th /
Guitar-Nerdery 124 ADDITION

This is additional information for alongside my in-depth Guitar-Nerdery episode 124!

October 31st 2021

New YouTube-Short: About PERFECT INTERVALS /
Guitar-Nerdery 124 ADDITION

This is additional information for alongside my in-depth Guitar-Nerdery episode 124!

October 23rd 2021

HOW TO BUILD & NAME CHORDS / Ultimate Video Lesson
(User-Friendly MUSIC THEORY) Guitar-Nerdery 124

Every guitar player, every musician knows and plays chords, but when it comes to understand how they are built, what they are and to decipher them sometimes nerdy-like chord symbols, many get lost. Especially guitarists are somewhat hesitant when it comes to read music. We just want to play!

But! Understanding how chords are constructed and built, understanding the basic rules behind naming chords in general, independent from any style of music, will make things so much easier for you! Chord Symbols are not just names given, they tell you exactly which notes belong to that chord, which notes are played together and also tell about its relation to scales.

If you learn this, I promise, it will change your life as a musician in a tremendously beneficial way. And it is really so easy to learn! Lend yourself a few minutes that will open your eyes and spare yourself years of tearing your hair ;-)

September 26th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Extended TAPPING /
Adding A Second Finger Is NOT SO DIFFICULT!

The so called 8 finger tapping like Jennifer Batten, TJ Helmerich or Jeff Watson can play is absolutely impressive, but doesn't work for me at all. When trying and failing to do this I found out, that integrating a second finger turned out not being so difficult to do, and it broadens the range and possibilities in a great way. I recommend to check it out!

September 26th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Scale Tapping - Adapt Tapping To Scale Shapes You Know!

Most of the times when one starts to learn the tapping technique is by learning tapping licks and trying to integrate them somehow into one's playing. This not really connects with the very common way of learning to improvise - learning scale shapes which help to visualize all the notes that belong to a key. The solution to this is using scale shapes one already knows for tapping!

September 25th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Unlock Your Lead Guitar Rhythm - TRIPLETS vs 16ths TAPPING

When playing and practicing licks which number of notes is dividable by 3, we tend to play them as triplets. Nothing is wrong with that, but it makes them somewhat predictable, because that makes them repeating on the beat. Practising those licks also as 16ths notes gives them a completely different approach concerning dynamic and flow.

September 23rd 2021

New YouTube-Short: Darken and Fatten Your Riffs with INVERTED POWER CHORDS

In standard E tuning a power chord rock riff could be not dark or fat enough to your taste, when compared to the same riff played in E. Of course you can then tune the guitar down, but instead you also can use Inverted Power Chords. It means a power chord turned upside down, so that the perfect fifth is in the bass instead of the root. These chords sound really dark, darker than they actually are!

September 22nd 2021

New YouTube-Short: The Fat Sounding AC/DC POWER CHORD and more...

I'm going to show you four broad and fat sounding power chords. One of them I call the AC/DC Power Chord because it appears in a lot of their songs. Talking about the G Power Chord! Furthermore I'm gonna show you voicings for a D5, A5 and E5 Power Chord.

September 21st 2021

New YouTube-Short: Metal/Rock Riffing - Power Chords - Damping is Essential!

For beginners: Metal and Rock guitar comes most of the time with a great amount of distortion. But even when playing clean all them strings that are not used in a power chord voicing need to be damped, because it's unavoidable that these strings start to ring caused by self-resonance. This would result in a dirty, washy and unarticulated sound. The higher the distortion, the worse it gets. Try to learn it right, right from the start!

September 18th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Easy Tapping Start and How To Expand

Tapping Technique: If you like to learn tapping you should start with an easy lick on one string. In this short explanation I mainly want to make you aware of that this would just be the beginning of it. Once you've learned to master it the next step should be to learn to move that lick across strings. If you get it managed to play it on two strings you can get everywhere from there!

September 16th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Country Rock Blues Riff

This is one of my favorite country rock blues riffs. It is played with hybrid picking, with plectrum and fingers, to get that twangy sound. If you're not familiar with that picking technique this riff is also a good start-up. Once you get used to it, it can open up a whole new world of possibilities!

September 9th 2021

SHRED COLLAB / Chapter One - Benjamin Schippritt & Adrian Weiss (Official Trailer II)

September 4th 2021

SHRED COLLAB / Chapter One - Benjamin Schippritt & Adrian Weiss (Official Music Video)

I'm very happy to present this new finished project of mine. I teamed up with amazing guitar player and friend ADRIAN WEISS for a shreddy video production. The idea was born a few months ago, during another Covid lockdown. Adrian and me had a lot of online conversations throughout the whole pandemic, keeping each others mood up by talking about guitar, music and concepts. There was no other way that this would lead to the idea recording some music together. When I asked him if he would like to contribute his soloing skills to a track of mine, he's been all for it. His incredible solo works he then added to the song made me absolutely happy!

So, here it is! An all guitar solo melodic rock instrumental tune featuring Adrian and me having tremendously joy about playing guitar and making music together! Enjoy!

August 28th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Dominant 7 Chord, Essential Notes

The dominant 7 chord is a tetrad, consisting of a root, major third, perfect fifth and a minor seventh. The most essential notes are the major third which is a leading note to the root of the tonic chord of the key and the minor seventh, which is a leading note to the major third of that tonic chord, if it is a major chord. So the third and the seventh give the major character to a dominant seven chord. I'm going to play a dominant Blues in G and using only the thirds and sevenths. You will see that the main function of the chord progression stays intact, even without playing the roots.

August 27th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Richie Kotzen, Essential Lick Idea

There is one essential guitar lick idea that appears in most of Richie Kotzen's solos. I'm not going to show you a specific lick, but the conceptional idea behind it.

August 24th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Emotional and Beautiful Chords 04 / C#m7/9

In this part four of emotional and beautiful chords for guitar, which get their excitement by integrated open strings and a dissonant minor second, I'm going to show you a marvelous shiny C#m7/9 or C#m9 voicing!

August 22nd 2021

New YouTube-Short: Emotional and Beautiful Chords 03 / Em7/9/11

August 21th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Emotional and Beautiful Chords 02 / Em7/9

August 20th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Emotional and Beautiful Chords 01 / Eadd11

August 19th 2021

New YouTube-Short: STRUGGLING with new GUITAR TECHNIQUES? Me too!

August 18th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Why I changed the plectrum from time to time!

August 17th 2021

New YouTube-Short: Why I like smaller plectrums!

August 15th 2021

Two more YouTube Shorts!


August 12th 2021

YouTube Shorts!


Every now and then I will add shorts to my longplay in-depth tutorials. They are supposed to be a nice addition where I talk about guitar/music topics and, yes, will keep it very short ;-)
Above is the link to the shorts playlist where you can find my first four short guitar/music talk videos!

July 28th 2021

LEARN TO PLAY HORIZONTALLY - The ultimate way to

Master the guitar fretboard!
I guess all we guitarists are once confronted with the problem - having learned a vertical scale shape and have to stick to it, like playing in a box and do not see a way out of it. If you still struggle with this I'm going to help you out in this episode. I'm going to use scale shapes of the ionian system, diatonic scale shapes with the concept three notes per string. I'm going to divide these vertical positioned scale shapes that span all six strings into sub-patterns which only use two strings and consisting of six notes. Therefore I call them sixpacks. By learning only seven of them sixpacks and how they are chained together horizontally is the ultimate key of being able to play horizontally on your fretboard. You will see that there is a lot of repetition on your fretboard and it will clear up the jungle. A real eye opener!

June 29th 2021

Benjamin Schippritt - STILL NOT DEAD (Junk Farm) Guitar Playthrough

This is another guitar playthrough of one of my songs STILL NOT DEAD, which has been released on the JUNK FARM album DIDN'T COME TO DANCE. It's a straight forward hard rocking and groovy tune with a compact guitar solo, starting very bluesy and ending somewhat shreddy.
( Guitar tuning: Drop D )

June 25th 2021

Benjamin Schippritt - Didn't Come To Dance (Junk Farm) Guitar Playthrough

This is another guitar playthrough. I performed my song Didn't Come To Dance, which has been released as the title track of the third album of my former band Junk Farm.
( Guitar tuning: Drop D )

June 20th 2021

Benjamin Schippritt - Eurovision Song Incest (Junk Farm) Guitar Playthrough / Guitar Nerdery

This is a complete guitar playthrough of the song Eurovision Song-Incest. It has been published on the third album of my former band Junk Farm. ( Guitar tuning: Drop D )

June 18th 2021

Benjamin Schippritt - Little Greedy Girl (Junk Farm) Guitar Playthrough / Guitar Nerdery

This is a complete guitar playthrough of one of the first songs of my former band Junk Farm. Little Greedy Girl was released on our self-published album called Junk Farm in 2002. This tune had always been on our live setlist. Haven't played it for a very long time and had a lot of fun doing this playthrough. Brought back the feeling of them good ol' days!

June 10th 2021

Aeolian, HM1, Melodic Minor, Ionian, Harmonic Major

When analyzing and comparing different scales, in the end the most important thing is to personally experience their difference in sound by ear. This episode is supposed to be the first one of a couple of videos, where I'm just going to play a choice of scales for comparison. This time I chose the Ionian Scale (Major Scale), the initial scale of the Ionian System with its seven modes and it's parallel Minor Scale Aeolian (Natural Minor), the sixth mode. I compare them with their modifications Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor and Harmonic Major which are themselves foundations and name givers of modal systems with seven modes each. When demonstrating I mainly stick to one scale shape for each scale to make comparison easier. These scale shapes are also displayed on the screen, so you can learn and check them out by yourself. Have fun!

June 1st 2021

you can play ALL MAJOR SCALES to this!

This is the appropriate BACKING TRACK to the former one in ALL 12 MINOR KEYS!

May 28th 2021

you can play ALL MINOR SCALES to this!

When it comes to practicing rhythm it is essential to use a metronome frequently. When exercising licks or scales the use of Backing Tracks / Jam Tracks comes in very handy. They provide the opportunity to do this also in a harmonical context. The trade-off is that the harmonical context is very much defined in most cases. Playing to a MIXOLYDIAN MODE track for example gives not much freedom aside from, yeah playing MIXOLYDIAN. To train another mode / scale another track is needed. When it comes to checking out the sound of rarer scales like MIXOLYDIAN #11, DORIAN b9 etc. fitting Backing Tracks are hardly to find. Therefore a long time ago I've produced Root Backing Tracks with only drums and a bass guitar playing only root notes, for personal training and for using them in my lessons. With the bass playing only roots all scales / modes are possible, because every scale has a root and nothing else can interfere with them other notes you're playing. Compared to practicing with a metronome one gets also the feedback of the interaction of all musical intervals with the root, but compared to fully arranged Backing Tracks here the trade-off is boringness.

I had an idea for something that sits somewhere between this. This time I've put some extensive work into two Multi Backing Tracks. One in all 12 Minor Keys and another one in all 12 Major Keys with ca. 3 minutes each key. Drums with bass guitar and guitar playing only roots and 3rds. No 5ths are played! To the minor track you can play all Minor Scales and to the other one all Major Scales in all keys! That extra minor or major third provides the additional information of minor and major. All notes that you are going to play will now interact not only with the root, but also with the 3rd. I was surprised by myself how this, compared to them Root Backing Tracks, reveals the actually strong dissonance of some intervals like the b9, b5, b13 and maj7. If you play fast runs it's not a point that much, but when playing slow you're note choice becomes tremendously important! I find this having great value!

I've made an effort to keep them tracks vital, keeping a bit of the feeling of playing together with real people, like on a jam session. No copy and paste of the bass and guitar parts, so both tracks are me really playing bass and guitar for more than an hour. That was quite a challenge playing only roots and 3rds. On an instrument with not even 4 octaves and the highest one not suitable for that purpose I got actually only 6 notes to make something out of it. For someone who's often told to play lesser notes this was pretty hard I tell ya LOL!

This is the MULTI BACKING TRACK with all 12 Minor Keys from A to G#. I hope you like it and that it will serve your training progress! Have fun!

Cheers, Benjamin

May 18th 2021

HARMONIC MINOR - Complete Fretboard Coverage

This episode is all about the Harmonic Minor Scale. While historically in Classical music Harmonic Minor came into existence as a means to an end, because it was needed to play over an artificial dominant major chord in a minor cadence, in Jazz harmonics this scale stands on its own feet. Harmonic Minor sounds marvelous and it's worth the effort to learn to play it everywhere on the guitar fretboard. Fueled with rich demonstrations I'm going to show you, that learning all possible 3 NOTES PER STRING PATTERNS will enable you to do this, without any gaps!

May 13th 2021

NEW BACKING TRACK in G HARMONIC MINOR - Fat Grooving and Rocking!

G Harmonic Minor backing track - The Harmonic Minor Scale came into existens hundreds of years ago, when classical composers made the V chord in a minor cadence an artificial major chord. Therefore the minor 7th of the Natural Minor Scale (Aeolian) had to be raised to the major 7th while playing over the dominant chord. While in the classical world this was a means to an end, in jazz harmonics Harmonic Minor is a discrete scale. This way we get a complete new scale/mode system, the Harmonic Minor system.

I've produced and arranged the chords of this rocking Backing Track in a way, that you can play the G Harmonic Minor scale over it all the time! I hope you like the sound and enjoy playing to it like I do!

April 30st 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #120:

The tapping technique on the guitar is fascinating! It makes it easily possible to play great intervals at incredible speed, but first of all its smooth legato sound is an awesome extension of the guitar player's sound library. In this episode I'm going to cover some major mistakes that are made very often when learning guitar tapping and result in a bad sound. In detail I will give you 5 important tips and exercises how to avoid making them, like using the right damping technique and the importance of a good timing etc.

April 21st 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #119:

The sixth is the complementary interval to the third and equally melodic. There is a very common way of how to play sixths intervals on the guitar with very common fingerings. There's nothing wrong with them, but their learning curve is somewhat higher. For starters it's not easy to get them connected to scale shapes. I'm going to show you an additional very easy approach of how to play sixths on the guitar, by using 3-Notes-Per-String scale shapes.

April 18th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #118:
CHARACTERFUL & Emotionally BEAUTIFUL! A practical approach of PLAYING 2nds

Hello and welcome to my new Guitar-Nerdery video! Today I'd like to talk about the musical interval second. We have two of them, a minor and a major second. On the one hand they are very dissonant, but on the other hand tremendously characterful, emotional and therefore beautiful. In this episode I'm going to show you a very easy approach how you can integrate them into your playing, using 3 NOTES PER STRING scale shapes!

April 15th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #117:
Use OCTAVE SHAPES to find and identify notes and intervals! FRETBOARD DECODING

In my former video I showed you some easy to learn and memorizable interval shapes on the guitar fretboard. These will help you in future to analyze or to identify notes and intervals on the guitar and to learn to think with your guitar. Today I'd like to show you a few more interval shapes, talking about OCTAVE SHAPES, that will make it possible for you to extend - to bridge your knowledge on the whole fretboard. Together with the interval shapes of the episode before (Guitar-Nerdery 116) it will enable you to analyze complete chords and scales in an instant!

April 8th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #116:
Memorizing Intervals on the guitar - the key to understand chords & scales

Music theory is not boring at all! Especially the topic MUSICAL INTERVALS. They are the key to understand chords and scales. Why do chords and scales sound like they sound? Because of all the intervals they are consisting of. While this episode is dealing with a theoretical topic, I want to keep it actually very practical. I mainly want you to learn to see intervals on the guitar, so that you later on are capable of recognizing intervals in scales and then also chords. I find it very important as a guitar player that you learn to see theoretical things on the guitar fretboard. It's the only way actually to get access to it. If I'm asked 'what is the perfect 5th of G?', then I can immediately answer D. It is not because I'm thinking in notes and clefs - I'm thinking in GUITAR FRETBOARD! I'm going to show you an easy way how you can memorize and learn to see intervals on the fretboard.

April 2nd 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #115:
Enrich Your CHORD PLAYING by learning to see the SCALES AROUND CHORDS / PART3

Hello and welcome to my new Guitar-Nerdery video! This is one more episode about learning to see how chord shapes are embedded in scales. I got one more scale shape for you. One more guitar pattern of a modal scale which makes use of having all notes in one fret covered, so that we can use the index finger as a capo. I'm talking about the second mode of the ionian system, a minor mode and it's called dorian. If you're not familiar with the topic 'scales around chords' at all I recommend to watch my episode 113 first!

March 30th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #114:
Enrich Your CHORD PLAYING by learning to see the SCALES AROUND CHORDS / PART2

This video is a follow-up of my former episode Guitar-Nerdery #113! If you're absolutely new to this topic I recommend to watch 113 first. This time I'm dealing with another scale shape in another key and mode, to further broaden the fretboard knowledge and possibilities. I'm taking a simple voicing for a C# major triad and interpret it as a part of the C#-Mixolydian scale (or Db-Mixolydian scale). Comprehensive demonstrations and an on-screen fretboard diagram are again featured in this tutorial.

March 27th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #113:
Enrich Your CHORD PLAYING by learning to see the SCALES AROUND CHORDS

Chords and scales are not so different. In fact they are the same. A whole scale could be a chord, an extended chord. For example the C major scale is a C-major7(9/11/13) chord, when all its notes are played together. But mostly chords are a part of a scale and this is what today's episode is about. If you learn to see how your chord, your voicing that you play is embedded within or surrounded by the scale that it is part of, it will enhance your possibilities and your chord playing tremendously! As example I'm using a standard D-minor triad and interpret it as a part of the D-Aeolian scale. Loads of demonstrations supported by an on-screen fretboard diagram are meant to inspire you in this in-depth guitar tutorial.

March 24th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #112:

Quartal Chords are very popular in modern Jazz music. Technically speaking it means, when we compare them to regular chords which are a stacking up of thirds, here we stack up fourths. Quartal Chords sound very open and exactly this makes them very interesting in use. In this episode I'm gonna show you how you can easily play them on the guitar. Besides showing you and explaining everything in detail, I'm gonna put a fretboard diagramm with these CHORDS IN FOURTHS on the screen for you to look it up, at the very end of this video. Just pause the video then. Enjoy!

March 20th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #111:
Amazing CHROMATIC SHREDDING LICK - EASY for the Hands, IMPRESSIVE for the Ears

In this episode I'm going to show you a very fast shredding lick, a chromatic shredding lick, but instead of using different fingerings and wide stretches and so on, I thought about something that is easy for the hands and impressive for the ears. The lick I came up with is consisting of very fast sixtuplets, using only one fingering with no pinky involved! As a guide or a sort of frame I'm using pentatonic scale shapes. Just filling them up with chromatic runs.

Besides explaining the lick in detail at a very slow tempo - At the very end of the video I have put the tabs on the screen, so there you can pause the video to look it up!

March 13th 2021

Guitar-Nerdery #110:
Fast and SUPER MELODIC LICK in E Minor & left hand legato + string skipping

Today's challenge: Left hand legato meets string skipping meets hybrid picking! In this episode I'm going to show a super fast legato lick in E-Aeolian minor, descending across the whole fretboard. At the same time it's also beautifully melodic, because the lick pattern emphasizes chord tones and makes it more sound like arpeggios of extended chords. I'm going to talk also about the concept of this lick idea. Memorizing string skipping patterns is somewhat harder and a better understanding of the concept helps a lot.

February 24th 2021

Benjamin Schippritt - OCTOBER / melodic guitar rock instrumental
Official Music Video & REMIX 2021

OCTOBER is a very personal and emotional instrumental song I wrote and recorded in 2007, but never produced a serious video for. Autumn 2007 was one of those troubling periods I'd rather like to forget, or write a song about, just like this. Still now, 14 years later I'm somewhat proud of it and consider it to be one of my best compositions. A few years back I remixed OCTOBER for the first time. To be able to post it on YouTube I made a provisional video out of moody sunset and moon scenes. Recently my thoughts again turned back on that song and first I got the idea to do a complete new recording. But I soon realized, that these original recordings were just perfect, because they originated during this dark period back then. It's not easy to reproduce this and there is a great chance, that it doesn't make sense at all.

I then decided to produce a video with me playing the song, so that you get a more entertaining visual when listening to OCTOBER. For this I also decided to do another even better sounding remix. For performing the song and for meticulously authentic movements I had to relearn everything, which took me a couple of hours. It's always challenging to reproduce improvised solos. I also had to grab my good ol' ESP Horizon instead of my Telecasters, because the song needs 24 frets. I'm satisfied with the result and hope you'll enjoy listening and watching OCTOBER!

January 19th 2021

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year!
Gosh, what an annoying year lies behind and 2021 didn't start as we all had wished for. I wish sometime this year we'll be able to meet again, looking back and saying 'Yes, we did it!'

My true YouTube followers maybe wonder, when I will start again posting videos. Be asured, Guitar-Nerdery and new Music/Videos will be coming soon! It's just that living in a temporarily locked-down world for quite some time now and this pretty bad grey weather season started to have an impact on my creativity. After having posted tremendously lots of all-self-produced tutorials and music videos I really needed a break.

But let's talk about sunshine now - I'm currently working on a new song which I will also produce a performance video for. I'm actually very excited about it, because I'm experimenting with a more rough sounding and playing approach. More in the spirit of old fashioned rock 'n' and sqeezing lot's of twang out of my Telecasters. The music is already recorded and now I'm thinking about some decent lyrics, what I always find the hardest part when writing a song. In the end I'm a guitar player first. And of course I've got new ideas for new Guitar-Nerdery topics!

Stay tuned and till soon my friends!
Cheers, Benjamin


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



SHRED COLLAB Chapter One (Official Music Video)

Benjamin Schippritt and Adrian Weiss
I'm very happy to present this new finished project of mine. I teamed up with amazing guitar player and friend ADRIAN WEISS for a shreddy video production. The idea was born a few months ago, during another Covid lockdown in the late spring of 2021. Adrian and me had a lot of online conversations throughout the whole pandemic, keeping each others mood up by talking about guitar, music and concepts. There was no other way that this would lead to the idea recording some music together. When I asked him if he would like to contribute his soloing skills to a track of mine, he's been all for it. His incredible solo works he then added to the song made me absolutely happy!

So, here it is! An all guitar solo melodic rock instrumental tune featuring Adrian and me having tremendously joy about playing guitar and making music together.

Acoustified EP

Acoustified EP (Complete Playthroughs)

Benjamin Schippritt on Solo Acoustic Guitar
Having been tremendously inspired by Tommy Emmanuel's music I wrote these acoustic tunes many years ago and also did video recordings. For the first two songs I've used the integrated, rather poor sounding camera microphone. I decided to do new recordings with an audio quality these songs deserve. Having set up all recording equipment the decision to record them other three tunes was easily made. This time I've used 5 microphones in conjunction with very good mic preamps to capture all details and nuances and I'm very satisfied with the result!

When I heard Tommy Emmanuel playing for the first time, his overall style reminded me of a song of my childhood, which I was absolutely fond of. 'Das Loch in der Banane' by Klaus Weiland. An in-between acoustic guitar tune that was regularly played on afternoon tv. I became a Tommy Emmanuel fan in an instant and started to take the acoustic guitar more seriously.

Tommy Emmanuel effortlessly masters different playing techniques like fingerstyle, playing with thumb, thumb pick or flat pick. One of the first things that drew my attention when hearing him play were some of his tunes he played with a flat pick. I've never before heard someone keeping a strumming groove going while articulating bass and melody lines. I couldn't believe just listening to one guitar player only. I had to figure out how he did it and as an actual electric guitar player it was a start of a long journey of learning to play and think guitar differently. All compositions in this playlist are from that time and of course, they are very much inspired by Tommy Emmanuel

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:

NEW STRING THEORY / Full guitar driven HQ Rock EP Stream

Lost In Yesterdays / by New String Theory

I´ve made up my mind / by New String Theory

SMILE! / by New String Theory

NST Fotos by Mariëtte van Hees


Benjamin Schippritt, Weezenhof - Nijmegen, Nederland

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

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