News in 2024

February 19th 2024

Dominant 7 Chords / Game-Changing Techniques Every Guitarist Should Know
(Guitar-Nerdery 153)


Chord Knowledge for Instant Use! Learn about and Master Primary Dominant 7 Chords, Secondary Dominant 7 Chords, and Tritone Substitutes. Improve your chord progressions by adding excitement, tension and direction. A Dive into 3 Essential Strategies of how to use Dominant 7 Chords!


January 26th 2024

Creative Tapping Technique / 15 Licks, Tricks & Exercises (Ultimate Shred)
(Guitar-Nerdery 152)


Welcome to my new Guitar Nerdery episode, packed full with tapping goodies and perfect for some awesome shredding! When I kicked off my guitar tutorial series many years ago, one of the early episodes was about the tapping technique. Back then I explained that I didn't actually use this playing technique that actively anymore, but that I had activated it for the video. Looking back, this tutorial was also inspiring for me, because it triggered the idea of delving deeper into it again. Now, many years later, this playing technique has once again become an integral part of my game and I wouldn't want to be without it. Accordingly, there are numerous tapping videos in the arsenal of my Guitar-Nerdery series. In this informative, but also entertaining video, I have put together 15 YouTube SHORTS videos with tapping licks, tricks and exercises that are firmly in my playing vocabulary and that I would like to share with you!


January 14th 2024

Master 24 Days of Guitar / A Compilation of Utterly Useful Licks Tips & Tricks
(Guitar-Nerdery 151)


Welcome and Happy New Year! A couple of days ago I started 2024 with a new Guitar-Nerdery episode 151:

'Master 24 Days of Guitar: A Compilation of Utterly Useful Licks, Tips & Tricks' is an all-in-one guitar lesson that offers a wealth of knowledge for guitar enthusiasts. This video is my SHORTS Advent Calendar 2023, 24 episodes on 24 days, coming together in one super tutorial compilation. The lessons are designed to be inspiring and cut-to-the-chase, making them perfect for guitarists who want to learn new licks, tips, and tricks in a short amount of time. The video covers a wide range of topics. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, this tutorial offers something for everyone. So, grab your guitar, tune in, and let's master 24 days of guitar!


This was 2023

December 31st 2023

Shred the Year Down! 4 Amazing Hot Guitar Licks to Rock Out
(Guitar-Nerdery 150)


Welcome to SHRED THE YEAR DOWN, my Guitar-Nerdery episode 150! It's a compilation of a special series of shreddy Shorts guitar tutorials. As we counted down the last four days of 2023, each day unveiled a new episode featuring electrifying shred guitar licks. These short and sweet lessons are not just about improving your guitar skills, but also about finding distraction and joy after a challenging year. So, grab your guitar, tune in, let's shred the last breaths of 2023 to pieces and welcome a hopeful new year by having fun!


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

HOW TO TUNE YOUR GUITAR BY EAR /
(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!




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

SHRED COLLAB

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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Contact

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

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

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