News in 2023

December 1st 2023

My Guitar Advent Calendar 2023 has been launched!

Welcome to the third season of my Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2023! As with the previous times, you will find a daily shorts guitar tutorial on my YouTube channel, starting December 1st until December 24th (because I'm German and Christmas Eve is the day of presents in our country). I didn't plan too much in advance and instead let myself be guided by spontaneity and fun. To be precise, I turned on the camera, recording equipment and lights and improvised on the guitar for a while before each session. If I then came across something while playing that seemed interesting to show you, I recorded it straight away. I hope you like this year's Guitar Advent Calendar and that there are lots of interesting ideas for you. You'll find each upcoming episode in my YouTube Shorts Tutorials Playlist!

November 27th 2023

(Standard E Tuning + Drop D Tuning)

In this video, I'm diving into the timeless skill of tuning your guitar by ear. Now, you might be wondering, with the convenience of digital tuners, is it still worthwhile to learn this traditional method? The answer is a resounding, YES! While digital tuners have revolutionized the ease and accuracy of tuning, learning to tune by ear offers an unrivaled connection with your instrument, enhancing your musicality and ear training abilities. By mastering this technique, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the guitar's acoustic properties, enabling you to adapt to different playing environments and even tune up without relying on external devices.

October 29th 2023

Pedal Tone A Backing Tracks / PLAYLIST
(for Direct Comparison of the Modes)

Discover the Captivating World of Sounds of the Modes! These are seven pedal tone backing tracks with the same root and beat, but different chords. Each covers one of the seven modes of the Ionian System. The idea of keeping the groove and root the same is to make a comparison as linear as possible, since different rhythms and tempos also have an influence on the mood and vibe, for those not yet familiar with the different sounds of the modes.

Aeolian - Dark & Melancholic
Locrian -Dark & Sinister
Ionian - Happy & Bright
Dorian - Melancholic & Mystical
Phrygian - mysterious, dark, exotic
Lydian - bright and uplifting mystery
Mixolydian - bluesy and soulful

October 10th 2023

MASTER & CREATE Captivating DUAL GUITAR MELODIES with Ease (Beginners/Beyond) Guitar-Nerdery 148
(Guitar-Nerdery 147)

Double Voiced Melodies for two guitars Made Easy with this awesome Trick! This in-depth guitar tutorial reveals one of the very strong points of using 3-notes-per-string scale shapes. Because of their symetric build, they are utterly suitable to arrange Dual Guitar Parts in an instant! This video is jam-packed with easy-to-follow demonstrations, allowing you to effortlessly create awe-inspiring melodies with not one, but TWO guitars.

September 22nd 2023

Mastering Beautiful Intervals: Exploring Sixths in Multiple Positions & Modes
(Guitar-Nerdery 147)

Unleash the hidden magic of the sixth interval as you dive into various positions and modes, learning how to effortlessly create stunning sonic landscapes!

In this guitar tutorial I delve into the fascinating world of sixth intervals and how to incorporate them into your playing. In numerous demonstrations (covering all church modes) I give you a listening impression of how the sixth intervals unfold in different tonal contexts. Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and let's explore those marvelous sixths!

September 12th 2023

MASTERING MELODIC INTERVALS: Effortlessly Find and Play 6ths in Any Position
(Guitar-Nerdery 146)

This Guitar Nerdery epidode focuses on mastering extremely melodic intervals, the sixth intervals. Find and play these sixths in a super simple and effortless way in any position on your guitar. In a clear way, using many clear diagrams, I show how you can quickly recognize and execute these melodic intervals.

September 1st 2023

Prog Metal Stream: ZPAWN Unreleased Recordings ft. Benjamin Schippritt
(Powerful, Heavy & Beautiful)

ZPAWN - Benjamin Schippritt's former Metal Fusion Band - A MUST LISTEN for lovers of powerful, playful, virtuosic, heavy and beautiful Progressive Rock Music!

Benjamin Schippritt - guitars & vocals
Jörg Hartig - guitars
Ulf Stricker - drums
Matthias Bangert - bass

Rediscovered, unreleased Recordings & Demos
All music and lyrics in this song selection is composed by Benjamin Schippritt
Recorded by ZPAWN in 2005 / 2000

The band ZPAWN was originally formed as a coaching ensemble during the studies at the Music Conservatory in Arnhem in the Netherlands around the year 2000. After graduation we decided to continue, because the chemistry was just right and the band was a musical platform where everyone found fulfillment. In the following years we played live and worked hard on new material for a two hour show. When we finally started recording our material for promotional purposes in 2005, unfortunate developments led to the band breaking up. Jörg and I were the main songwriters and I used some ideas of my Zpawn songs for my other band JUNK FARM. It would have been a waste to just let them gather dust. (All JUNK FARM fans among you should recognize it immediately, if you listen to the ZPAWN recordings ;-) ) Recently I rummaged through my old stuff and found those ZPAWN recordings again. Listening through I had incredible fun. ZPAWN was in my opinion a real treat and I decided to finally do the recordings all the honor, and to provide them here, for you all. These eight tracks are all exclusively from my pen and are by no means all from our repertoire. However, some recordings were incomplete and besides, I would like to keep my YouTube channel free from any difficulties related to copyright. So here is a selection of my contributions to this great band. I hope you have fun with the songs and that would make me retrospectively very happy!

Cheers, Benjamin

August 3rd 2023

Mastering Key Changes - The Ultimate Exercise to Becoming a PRO Improviser
(Guitar-Nerdery 145)

This exercise is incredible effective to learn to deal with key changes when soloing!

July 10th 2023

Prog Guitar Solo - SUPER MELODIC PLAY in 5/8 Time & How to Approach Odd Meters (Guitar-Nerdery 144)

Playing in odd time signatures is a lot of fun! Here I first improvise over my recently provided backing track in E-Dorian mode & 5/8 time, with the main goal to inspire you for odd time signatures. I then talk in detail about my thoughts, insights and approach to odd meters.

July 4th 2023

An Emotional Guitar Improvisation: Exploring the Possibilities of 7/8 TIME
(Guitar-Nerdery 143)

This video focuses on the exploration and utilization of the 7/8 time signature, adding a unique and intriguing element to the musical composition. Here I'm improvising over an A Aeolian backing track in 7/8 time that I've recently added to my backing tracks playlist. After the jam I'm also explaining my view and thoughts about learning to play in odd meters, exploring the unique rhythmic qualities of the 7/8 time signature, making it a potential valuable resource for us guitar enthusiasts and musicians.

June 29th 2023

I have three news to report, because I did not have time to update this page for a while. A new detailed tutorial, Guitar-Nerdery 142, deals with diminished basic tetrad chords as dominant substitutes. It may sound a bit nerdy now, but it's quite simple, very interesting and useful!

Furthermore I produced two super melodic backing tracks in odd time signatures. It's a lot of fun to jam to them and rhythmically they are kept so clear that even the beginner can dare to enter the prog rock genre.

Diminished & Dominant 7th Chords Can Be The Same! (Guitar-Nerdery 142)
Instant Chord Enrichment

The cure for boring chord progressions! Diminished Chords can be used to substitute Dominant 7th Chords! Because Full Diminished Chords are symetric chords, they and all their chord inversions look the same and are incredible easy to learn. It will take only a couple of minutes to learn this and will enrich your chord vocabulary in an instant!

BACKING TRACK in E Dorian Minor / ODD METER 5/8th (Spheric Melodic Rock Style)

Train your Prog Rock Soloing! I've made the track really melodic and kept the 5/8 rhythm simple for maximum fun and little confusion.

Tips for beginners: If you have not much experience of how to approach an odd time signature like this 5/8 - you can of course count to 5, but that's not the common way to do. In general making subdivisions is the way. For this track it makes sense to divide 5 eighth notes into alternating 2 and 3. If you are also not familiar with the key of E Dorian Minor (the second mode of the D Ionian system), then you can simply start using the E Minor pentatonic scale for improvising. While the essential and beautiful notes are missing, so are the ones that could possibly be wrong! ;-)

I hope you like it and have fun! Cheers, Benjamin

BACKING TRACK in A Aeolian (Natural) Minor / ODD METER 7/8th (Melodic and Emotional Heavy Rock Style)

Train your Prog Rock Soloing! I've made the track really melodic and kept the 7/8 rhythm simple for maximum fun and little confusion.

Tips for beginners: If you have not much experience of how to approach an odd time signature like this 7/8 - you can of course count to 7, but that's not the common way to do. In general making subdivisions is the way. For this track it makes sense to divide 7 eighth notes into alternating 4 and 3. I even make finer subdivisions in 16th notes, counting 4,4,3,3! If you are also not familiar with the key of A Aeolian Minor (also called A Natural Minor), the sixth mode of the C Ionian system, then you can simply start using the A Minor pentatonic scale for improvising. While the essential and beautiful notes are missing, so are the ones that could possibly be wrong! ;-)

May 14th 2023

AN EYE FOR AN EYE (Junk Farm) Full Guitar Playthrough / Benjamin Schippritt
(13/16 Prog Rock/Metal)

April 11th 2023

PARTYMANIAC (Junk Farm) Guitar Playthrough / Benjamin Schippritt (Freaky Funky Country Fusion Rock)

March 28th 2023

TRITONE SUBSTITUTES, All You Need To Know! (Guitar-Nerdery 141)
All You Need To Know! (easy learn / immediate use)

Each dominant 7 chord can be substituted by its partner in crime! This is very easy to understand and in no time you'll gain lots of possibilities when arranging chords.

March 16th 2023

ALL ABOUT MELODIC MINOR (Guitar-Nerdery 140)
the Origin Story, Scale Shapes, its 7 Modes and Sound

Melodic Minor for Guitarists! First I am going to explain what Melodic Minor is and then how to play it on the guitar with 3-Notes-Per-String scale shapes. Finally I'm going to explain and demonstrate the sound of all seven modes of the Melodic Minor System. A whole new world of stunning sounds!

March 10th 2023

Killer Fast BACKING TRACK in C# Minor, Rock/Funk (Guitar-Nerdery)

Jam along with Benjamin! Use this awesome sounding & grooving backing track to practice fast and slow melodic playing - everything goes! It covers eight rounds in fast funky rock style and modulates from C# dorian, to aeolian and phrygian minor.

February 23th 2023

Great CHORDS- & SCALES-Test (Guitar-Nerdery 139)
Which Belong Together? Let's Get After It!

This is a grand show and tell about the relationship between chords and scales. I'm going to tell you about the priciple of exclusion, about how the amount of information in chords and scales defines what fits together. But I'm not only telling you music theoretical things - above all this is a huge demonstration, making theory audible. After all, in my opinion, music must be understood with the ear!

February 12th 2023

The SOUNDING vs WRITTEN RANGE of the GUITAR (Guitar-Nerdery 138)
Good To Know Music Theory

Did you know that the guitar is a transposed instrument in writing? I'm going to explain this, not unimportant issue. Straight forward, compact and with lots of clear graphics!

February 6th 2023

The CIRCLE Of 5THs (Guitar-Nerdery 137)
explained in a simple, clear and Guitarist-Compatible way

January 14th 2023

MODES VISUALIZED (Guitar-Nerdery 136)
The Master Key for Instant Understanding!

The differences between all minor & major modes (of the ionian system), visualized on the the guitar fretboard. The easiest (probably the only) way to instantly understand music and music theory!

January 04th 2023

Complementary Intervals (Guitar-Nerdery 135)
The Clever Trick To Find Intervals In All Directions!

This time I'm going to show you a clever way how to memorize, detect or identify intervals on the fretboard even faster and in all directions, using the knowledge of complementary intervals!

This was 2022

December 31st 2022

Benjamin Schippritt IN SHORT:
Lot's Of Arpeggios, Hidden In Small Patterns

My final guitar tip for 2022! I subdivide 'three notes per string' in 'six notes on two strings pattern' and call them six-packs. These six-packs contain lot's of arpeggios and make it easy to harmonize them horizontally. I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023!

December 25th 2022

24 Utterly Useful LICKS, TIPS & TRICKS
Inspiring, Cut To The Chase Lessons
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / THE MOVIE)

...and here it is, right on the First Christmas Day - My Advent Calendar 2022 in an ultimate 'all in one video' compilation with a great variety of everything a guitarist's heart desires. Have fun exploring the guitar, the best instrument in the world ;-)

December 24th 2022

Beautiful & Melodic MODE CHORD EXERCISE
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 24)

Welcome to the final episode of my Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022! I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Zalig Kerstfeest, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal, Buon Natale, God Jul, Merry Xmas, Happy Holidays...!

December 23rd 2022

Paul Gilbert's fantastic STRING SKIPPING ARPEGGIOS
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 23)

December 22nd 2022

MUST KNOW GUITAR CHORD / This Solves The Problem!
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 22)

December 21st 2022

What the heck is a Tritonus/Tritone Substitute? I'm gonna show you!
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 21)

December 20th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 20)

December 19th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 19)

December 18th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 18)

December 17th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 17)

December 16th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 16)

December 15th 2022

BEGINNER METAL GUITAR - Must Learn Technique!
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 15)

December 14th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 14)

December 13th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 13)

You gotta know this basic, classic voice leading technique!

December 12th 2022

CHIMING BELLS - Easy Trick For Electric Guitar
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 12)

December 11th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 11)

December 10th 2022

EASY TRAVIS PICKING - Crucial for Fingerstyle
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 10)

December 9th 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 09)

December 8th 2022

Thrilling POWER ROCK LICK - Flamenco Style
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 08)

December 7th 2022

TAPPING HARMONICS - Space & Dream Up Melodies
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 07)

December 6th 2022

Hot, Fast & Easy HYBRID PICKING Lick
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 06)

December 5th 2022

DON'T RUSH - Give Rhythm its Rightful Weight
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 05)

December 4th 2022

Amazing Guitar Bends - SOUNDS LIKE A B-BENDER
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 04)

December 3rd 2022

BLUES SCALE - How To Emphasize the BLUE NOTE
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 03)

December 2nd 2022

(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 02)

December 1st 2022

OFFBEATS / Don't let them get you Off Beat!
(Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar 2022 / Dec 01)

Yes, this is the starting episode of another year's Guitar-Nerdery Advent Calendar, 2022! It is going to be 24 cold days with hot right to the point guitar riffs, licks, tips, tricks & talk lessons!

Just in case you wonder, because you live in an area where an advent calendar goes to 25 - I'm German and in Germany the 24th of dec, Heiligabend (Christmas Eve), is THE day when presents are given. ;-)

November 27th 2022

A NEW Guitar-Nerdery Episode, nr. 133 is up on my YouTube channel:
13 FANTASTIC TIPS & TRICKS To Become A Better Player (Top Inspiring Lessons)

Right to the point SHORT TUTORIALS merged to one powerful and inspiring video guitar lesson! (Enhanced by adding zoomed in scenes for improved visibility)

Right to the point SHORT TUTORIALS merged to one powerful and inspiring video guitar lesson! (Enhanced by adding zoomed in scenes for improved visibility)

November 20th 2022

Stay tuned for a NEW Guitar-Nerdery Episode 132 on November 24th:
PRO GUITAR CHORDS Everyone Should Know!
(BASIC TETRADS Across The Neck 2)

November 17th 2022

GRAND DEMO - Tetrad Voicings All Across the Neck
(OFFICIAL TRAILER / Guitar-Nerdery 131 & 132)

Excerpt of upcoming Guitar-Nerdery 132

November 16th 2022

Tomorrow, NEW Guitar-Nerdery Episode 131:
(BASIC TETRADS Across the Neck 1)

Learn to master chords all across the fretboard and become a PRO GUITAR PLAYER! This is pro stuff they teach at music conservatories, here explained for everyone! Make use of everything that's available to you, make use of the whole fretboard! Learning chord inversions means being able to find chord fingerings and voicings everywhere on the guitar fretboard. An exponential increase of improvising and arranging possibilities.

November 12th 2022


November 10th 2022


November 8th 2022


November 5th 2022


November 3rd 2022

In SHORT / Don't let KEY CHANGES interupt your playing and BECOME A PROFESSIONAL IMPROVISER!

November 3rd 2022

My Youtube Channel has a new additional User Account. Maybe it is easier to memorize but also the former one still works!

October 29th 2022

In SHORT / Got stuck with playing QUARTER NOTE TRIPLETS right? TRY THIS!

October 27th 2022

In SHORT / Got stuck with COMPOSING NEW RIFFS? Create them BY CHANCE!

October 25th 2022

In SHORT / You gotta try to Rethink GUITAR LICKS! (Always think about what else you can do with a particular lick and give it a chance to evolve into something else!)

October 22th 2022

In SHORT / You gotta try this Approach of Practicing STRUMMING GUITAR! (Playing and trying to get one with a metronome for a very long time without interupting - A physical and mental workout that brings me in a sort of meditativ stage!)

October 20th 2022

In SHORT / You gotta try these DOUBLE OCTAVES a la Mattias IA Eklundh! (Play crazy sounding licks with these stretchy double octave shapes like Mattias IA Eklundh of Swedish Band Freak Kitchen used on his early records!)

October 18th 2022

In SHORT / You gotta try this INSPIRING ODD Time Signatures EXERCISE! (Adapting a cliche rock riff to ODD Meters)

October 15th 2022

(How you can play pinch harmonics also with upstrokes)

October 11th 2022

In SHORT / Fear of the Dark? No Way! It helps you to get a Better Player!

October 1st 2022

BETRAYAL (Official Music Video)
I've recorded a dark and slow grooving tune, my second one in singer songwriter style!

September 17th 2022

NEW Guitar-Nerdery Episode 130:
A HAPPY & FUN EXERCISE with Chord Inversions

September 9th 2022

Those Were The Days (Official Music Video)
BRAND NEW Power Rock Song

September 9th 2022

Those Were The Days (TEASER)

August 25th 2022

Those Were The Days / RECORDING SESSIONS /
Outro Guitar Solo PLAYTHROUGH

August 24th 2022

Those Were The Days / RECORDING SESSIONS /
Main Guitar Solo PLAYTHROUGH

August 20th 2022

NEW Guitar-Nerdery Episode 129:

August 18th 2022

Coming Up: NEW Guitar-Nerdery Episode 129 on August 20, 2022

July 19th 2022


July 10th 2022

DAMN! It takes longer than expected / Guitar-Nerdery Update (New Song in the make)

June 25th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Why I'm Currently Not Posting Any Videos! GUITAR VERSUS DIRT Update

Just in case you wondered why I did't post any new videos since a couple of weeks, it's because there's some refurbishment going on in our house and my music and studio equipment is wrapped up in protection foil. It'll take at least one more week and a few additional days for cleaning up until I can use my studio again. Be sure, I'll be back when it's done!

June 5th 2022

Benjamin Schippritt - ALWAYS LATE - Prog Rock in SINGER SONGWRITER STYLE

This is my first tune in singer songwriter style. Somewhat proggy with it's alternating time signatures. I hope you like it!

May 14th 2022

Guitar-Nerdery 128: 21 Straight To The Point TIPS & TRICKS for ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Quick and awesomely Useful Tips for Beginners and Advanced Guitarists! Grand 'Benjamin IN SHORT' Compilation - enhanced for widescreen display by adding zoomed-in scenes!

May 7th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Tip For Rock Guitarists: Grab an ACOUSTIC GUITAR!

Learn to cope with dynamics by grabbing an acoustic guitar regularly!

May 5th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Really Know Your Chords? Do This And Get To Know Them Better!

Chords are multiple voices coming together. Learn to hear this and let your playing benefit from it!

May 3rd 2022

New YouTube-Short: An Easy Way To Make Your Strumming More Appealing

About how to get away from static strumming and do it more dynamically!

April 30th 2022

New YouTube-Short: GROOVE BOOSTER! -
Playing 16ths with IRISH Triplet Strumming

AWESOME GUITAR STRUMMING PATTERN! The Irish way of strumming triplets adapted to a straight 16ths groove!

April 28th 2022

New YouTube-Short: GROOVE ALARM! -
The Irish Way Of Strumming Triplets On Guitar

This special strumming pattern makes use of the fact, that playing with the plectrum means never hitting two or more strings at the same time. Downstrokes and upstrokes differ slightly in sound!

April 26th 2022

Improve Your Rhythm Drastically!

Talking from my own experience - learning to add a backbeat in a 4/4 bar into my rhythm guitar playing, on acoustic guitar as well as on electric when it's appropriate, was a further step for me to connect with rhythm and groove. I'd really like to encourage you to try this!

April 16th 2022

New YouTubeLET THE GROOVE BE WITH YOU ?? Improve Your Rhythm Drastically!-Short: Facial Expression Guaranteed 😄 LEFT HAND LEGATO EXERCISE

This will train your left hand in a tremendously effective way! ...and also your facial muscles 😄 Play constantly 16ths notes to a backing track or a metronome, using the left hand legato technique. Never stop, no pauses allowed! This is really tough to do, but after a short period of time you should feel your hands gaining strength. It's an utterly effective exercise!

April 14th 2022

New YouTube-Short: DIAGONAL PLAYING - Make Connection With The Guitar Fretboard

If you have already enough scale shapes under the hood to cover the whole fretboard, a tremendously effective way to practice is to try to play diagonal. One obvious diagonal would be to play from the highest reachable register to the lowest. The other diagonal is the more tricky one. Try to play and move from the high e-string in the first position to the low E-string in the highest position. That way you'll move across the whole fretboard, but staying within one octave all the way. This helps to deepen, not only the physical, but also the mental connection with the guitar fretboard.

April 13th 2022

New YouTube-Short: INSIDE OUTSIDE PLAYING - There Is No Wrong, but Excitement!

April 9th 2022

New YouTube-Short: A Ridiculously Easy Way to Arrange Double Voiced Melodies

April 8th 2022

New YouTube-Short: This is a Fun And Musical Way to Practice Scales

April 7th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Tommy Emmanuel's ONE FINGER TRICK

April 3rd 2022

Incredible Huge ROOT LOOPS BACKING TRACK - Play ALL SCALES in ALL KEYS over this!

A very long time ago I've made these ROOT LOOPS BACKING TRACKS to use them in my guitar lessons and I recently came up with the idea to provide them as an add for my BACKING TRACKS PLAYLIST. I merged them all together in a single, more than 5 hours long video. This way you have it all there and don't have to hop from video to video. This all keys root jam track is especially suitable for the beginning guitarist and other instrumentalists. Simple grooves and no drumbreaks which could confuse the beginner who still struggles with keeping the time.

All scales have something in common - they have a root or their notes are related to a root. In full arrangement backing tracks, which are fun to jam over, the principle of exclusion comes into effect. The arrangement, the chord progressions and overall notes that appear in the track, determine the key and modes and limit the possible scales you can play over them. Here this ROOT LOOPS BACKING TRACK comes in! It's only drums and bass looping a couple of different simple grooves and playing only roots in all keys each. These are by far not equally exciting as full arrangements, but we have absolutely NO PRINCIPLE OF EXCLUSION HERE! That is what it's all about! The possibility to practice, check out and compare every scale you want, to learn about the interaction of them scale notes with the root. Something you won't get from practicing with a metronome only.

..and when it comes to the somewhat lack of excitement you could see it as a challenge and pep it up by your thrilling way of playing ;-)

March 31st 2022

New YouTube-Short: Rock Guitar Without Electricity / OFFICIAL TRAILER

March 30th 2022

Acoustified / A Rock Guitarist WITHOUT ELECTRICITY
Stunningly Beautiful Songs for ACOUSTIC GUITAR

This is my recording of five songs of mine for solo acoustic guitar. 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.

February 25th 2022

Damaged Brain / Official GUITAR PLAYTHROUGH

Here I'm playing the guitar riffs and solo of my song DAMAGED BRAIN. It was recorded for the album UGLY LITTLE THING of my former Progressive Rock Band JUNK FARM.

March 22nd 2022

New YouTube-Short: OFFICIAL TRAILER (Junk Farm)

March 20th 2022

JUNK FARM / LIVE in the STUDIO 2010 / Complete Video Compilation
Remasters 2022 (Official Music Video)

In 2010 my former progressive fusion-rock-metal band JUNK FARM made some 'live in the studio' video recordings. In this remastered compilation we're performing five songs of the UGLY LITTLE THING and DIDN'T COME TO DANCE album, featuring an insane Drum Solo by brilliant drummer Ulf Stricker at the end of the video! Enjoy!

March 18th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Melodic Rock GUITAR RIFFS PLAYTHROUGH
Damaged Brain (Junk Farm)

March 17th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Melodic Rock GUITAR SOLO PLAYTHROUGH
Damaged Brain (Junk Farm)

March 15th 2022

JUNK FARM / Talk To Yourself
Studio LIVE 2010 / Remasters 2022 (Official Video)

In 2010 my former progressive fusion/rock/metal band JUNK FARM did some 'live in the studio' video recordings. Here we're performing the tune TALK TO YOURSELF of the DIDN'T COME TO DANCE album, featuring an insane Drum Solo by brilliant drummer Ulf Stricker at the end of the song. Enjoy this Remaster!

March 10th 2022

Studio LIVE 2010 / Remasters 2022 (Official Video)

March 6th 2022

JUNK FARM / Didn't Come To Dance
Studio LIVE 2010 / Remasters 2022 (Official Video)

March 1st 2022

JUNK FARM / Lost By A Love Song
Studio LIVE 2010 / Remasters 2022 (Official Video)

February 26th 2022

JUNK FARM / An Eye For An Eye
Studio LIVE 2010 / Remasters 2022 (Official Video)

In 2010 my former progressive fusion/rock/metal band did some live in studio video recordings. Here we we are performing the song AN EYE FOR AN EYE which is the opening track on the UGLY LITTLE THING album. After all these years I more and more developed a sort of unhappiness concerning the sound and finally decided to remaster the audio tracks of those videos. Enjoy!

February 22nd 2022


This is a full guitar playthrough of my song EVERYTHING WRONG. It has been published as opening tune on the album JUNK FARM (1st Album) which I've recorded with my former Prog Rock Fusion Band JUNK FARM.

A short non-musical note: I dedicate this video to the CAFE STRANDBYGGET in Bergkvara (background), a small village in south eastern Sweden. I enjoyed the stay very often on my vacations in Sweden and experienced it as one the cosiest cafes ever. Unfortunately that cafe had been closed and as far as I know never re-opened. Hereby I took the ocassion and faked me playing guitar there, just to honor that place and my memories 😉

February 19th 2022

New YouTube-Short: Melodic Hard Rock SOLO IN TWO VOICES
Everything Wrong (Junk Farm)

February 13th 2022

Perfect Dream / JUNK FARM

This was supposed to be a love song, but I completely failed at it (LOL)

This is a complete guitar playthrough of my song LOST BY A LOVE SONG which I've recorded with my former Progressive Rock/Fusion/Metal Band JUNK FARM for the DIDN'T COME TO DANCE album.

February 12th 2022

Lost By A Love Song (Junk Farm)

February 12th 2022

Lost By A Love Song (Junk Farm)

February 4th 2022

Perfect Dream / JUNK FARM

This is a complete guitar playthrough of my song PERFECT DREAM which I've recorded with my former Progressive Rock/Metal band JUNK FARM for the UGLY LITTLE THING album. It's a melange of different styles like Funk, Latin & Heavy Metal. This tune is a real sporty and fast one which needs to be rehearsed properly to get it rollin'. With JUNK FARM we unfortunately didn't had the options to play live very much and very often we cowardly didn't put PERFECT DREAM on the setlist, at least not as the first number ;-) I remember us playing that song on a small club gig when our drummer lost one of his bass drum pedals while playing the fast double bass drum chorus groove. We didn't stop playing, because the show must go on, right - but man, what a disaster LOL

February 3rd 2022

New YouTube-Short: FREAKY METAL RIFFS PLAYTHROUGH - Perfect Dream Junk Farm

February 2nd 2022

New YouTube-Short: SHRED GUITAR SOLO PLAYTHROUGH - Perfect Dream Junk Farm

January 5th 2022

Beautiful Chords - Cool Licks - Practical Tips & Tricks

I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I've already continued Guitar-Nerdery in 2022 with episode 127! It's a great compilation of 17 utterly valuable YouTube #shorts GUITAR LESSONS (Benjamin Schippritt IN-SHORT) enhanced for widescreen display by adding zoomed-in scenes!


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:

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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

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