Basic Electric with Lisa

Beginner Guitar Course from Lisa Pursell

Lisa will guide you through the basics of electric guitar with a rock and blues flair in this series.

68 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Lisa Pursell will start by teaching the absolute basics, and move on building a solid foundation for your guitar playing skills.

Begin the Course

Introduction to Series

JamPlay is proud to welcome Lisa Pursell to the teaching roster! Lisa introduces herself and her rock / blues background in this lesson. She also explains how she will bring a new perspective to our Beginner Electric Guitar series. Whether you are just starting or want to learn some new electric guitar tricks, Lisa is sure to take you where you want to go.

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The Basics of Electric Guitar

Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the parts of the guitar. Then, she dives into string directions, tuning, holding the guitar, and right hand position. She finishes up with with a mini quiz and an overview that will prepare you for the next lesson.

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Learning Your First Open Chords

Lisa jumps right into your first "open" chords. She demonstrates how to play these chords in detail, so you can begin playing some simple progressions on your own.

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Chords and Bass Runs

Lisa continues her lesson series with more basic chord shapes. In addition, she introduces bass runs that help tie these chords together and add a level of sophistication to your playing. Combining these two techniques will open many doors for guitar playing.

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More Chords and Bass Runs

Lisa picks up right where she left off in her last lesson. Here she demonstrates some additional bass walk downs that can be used to intensify your guitar playing.

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Hybrid Picking

Lisa shifts her focus to the right hand in this lesson. Here she introduces a picking style known as hybrid picking. This technique requires you to use the pick and pluck the strings with your fingers at the same time. Hybrid picking can be used in a variety of stylistic settings to produce a unique tone and texture.

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Lisa explains triads in this lesson. Simplistic and unique, yet powerful and bold, these little guys will allow you to explore some fresh new sounds on your guitar.

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Travis Picking

Developed by Merle Travis, Lisa explains this hybrid style picking technique in detail. Travis picking, which involves playing an alternating bass line, is a common form of picking within country and fingerstyle music.

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Triads and Fingerstyle

Lisa introduces some new picking techniques that can be applied to the triads you have learned. She demonstrates how these triads can be embellished with melodic ideas to create an overall more creative sound.

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The Blues Shuffle

Lisa introduces the blues shuffle. You will learn several chordal variations on this classic rhythmic pattern.

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I, IV, and V Chords in Different Keys

Lisa introduces the I, IV, and V chords. She explains how these chords can be found in any key by counting up the musical alphabet.

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Sweet Rock Groove

Lisa compiles the information from the last couple of lessons into a nice rock groove. This is a great way to take what she has previously taught and turn it into a nice melody for you to jam around with. She also demonstrates where you can add or subtract certain notes within the groove to create your own unique rhythm sound.

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Barre Chords

Lisa Pursell is back in lesson 13 with barre chords. She explains how to play various forms of the major, minor, and dominant seventh barre shapes. A discussion of economy of movement and why it is important to rhythm guitar is also included.

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Syncopated Rhythm

Lisa breaks explains how the left can be used to mute the strings within a funky, syncopated groove. She provides a few practical exercises that will help you become acquainted with this technique.

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Reggae Rhythm

Lisa demonstrates a short and juicy lesson on reggae strumming patterns. Most reggae patterns are played in 4/4 time with a strong emphasis on each of the upbeats.

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Syncopated Rhythm Revisited

In Lisa's 16th lesson of her Beginner Electric Series, she reopens the topic of syncopated rhythms.

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Single String Technique

Lisa covers some warm-up exercises that are beneficial for both the left and right hands.

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Slide Technique

Lisa presents a small lesson on the slide technique. This technique can be used with scale patterns to help create a more expressive and personal sound.

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Pull-off Technique

Lisa teaches a classic rock lick that combines the pull-off technique with a pedal tone.

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Hammer-on Technique

Lisa covers the hammer-on technique. This technique is essential for all guitarists to master.

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Some Blues / Jazz Chords

Lisa simplifies and breaks down some chords commonly used in the blues and jazz genres.

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6th Intervals

An interval is the musical distance between two different pitches. Here Lisa covers the 6th interval and some practical ways that it can be used.

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3rd Intervals

Lisa continues to explore important intervals used in music. Here she explains diatonic third intervals and where they are located on the guitar. She also provides a musical excerpt that will allow you to put this knowledge into practice.

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Tool Box Tips

Lisa introduces some techniques that will help you improvise effectively within the major pentatonic scale. Techniques include triplet sequences, hammer-ons, pull-offs, double stops, position shifts, and more.

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Minor Blues Scale

Lisa introduces the minor blues scale. This scale, which adds the b5 degree to the minor pentatonic scale, is one of the most commonly used scales in almost all styles of music.

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Texas Style Shuffle Rhythm

Taking things back to the SRV sound, Lisa demonstrates this Texas style rhythmic shuffle. She breaks this pattern down by demonstrating its bass line and the muting techniques required to play it.

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E7(#9) Chord

Lisa takes a quick moment to cover this unique chord. Some dub E7(#9) as the "Classic Hendrix Chord." However you see it, this colorful sound is an essential addition to your guitar toolbox.

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5 Scale Positions

Lisa demonstrates the 5 scale positions of the major and minor pentatonic scales. Each position can be used alone or in combination with the other patterns to create many different scale runs. Make sure you have your alternate picking technique sharpened up.

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Faster Chord Changes

Lisa will cover a metronome technique that will help develop faster chord changes.

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Organizing a Practice Session

Lisa provides some great tips on how to set up and organize a practice session that will maximize progress.

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Beginner Music Theory

Lisa dives into some beginner music theory and discusses how to use a mnemonic system to remember note locations.

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Understanding Minor Chords

Lisa takes a look at how to build minor chords. She explains the crucial difference between major and minor chords.

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Barre Chord Concepts

Lisa explains some important theory information pertaining barre chords.

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Barre Chords in a Blues Progression

Lisa breaks explains how to find the appropriate barre chords within a I-IV-V blues progression.

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Octave Shapes

Lisa takes a quick look at how octave shapes are created and where they can be found.

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Improvising with Intervals

Lisa demonstrates some ideas on how to improvise using intervals. She begins with the perfect fourth interval for this lesson.

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5th and 6th Intervals

Lisa continues her last lesson by explaining how 5th and 6th intervals are frequently used in melodic lines.

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Major Scale

Lisa dives into the major scale and demonstrates a commonly used pattern.

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Major Scale - G Shape

Lisa explains how to play the C major scale using the 'G' shape from the CAGED system.

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Syncopated Rhythm

In this lesson, Lisa demonstrates how syncopated rhythms work and the different ways they can be applied within a 16th note or triplet-based rhythm.

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Chords and Patterns

Lisa explains how chord shapes and scale patterns relate to one another.

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Major Triads

Moving all the way up the neck of the guitar, Lisa demonstrates major triads and explains the fundamentals of how they are built.

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Minor Triads

Lisa now goes on an in depth adventure into minor triads.

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Minor Arpeggios

In this quick lesson, Lisa touches on some minor arpeggio ideas.

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Scale Application

Lisa demonstrates how to use different scales to create new ways of building both solos and rhythmic styling. She utilizes a backing track to help make her point.

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Single and Double String Slides

Welcome to the 46th lesson in Lisa Pursell's Beginner Electric series! This lesson covers many creative ideas as well as the techniques behind single and double string slides. Enjoy!

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Pull-off Technique

Lisa demonstrates a few practical examples of the pull-off technique.

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Adding the Blue Note

Lisa takes a dive into the minor blues scale as a whole. She demonstrates where you can find what are called "blue notes" within pentatonic scale patterns.

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Understanding Vibrato

Vibrato is a fantastic and simple technique to understand. This lesson offers different ideas on how you can apply some vibrato to your playing.

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Sweep Picking Technique

This lesson provides an in depth look at both downward and upward sweep picking techniques.

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Shell Voicings

Want to play a lighter voicing of a full chord? This technique is called "shells" and Lisa demonstrates several common shell voicings in this lesson.

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Blues Turnaround Ideas

Need some ideas to bring resolution to a unique blues progression? Let Lisa inspire you with some blues turnaround ideas. She demonstrates different keys and applies some hammer-on and pull-off techniques as well.

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Harmonizing the Major Scale

Lisa explains how to harmonize the major scale with diatonic triads.

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8 Bar Blues

Lisa lays down an improvised 8 bar blues solo with the help of a backing track. Then, she discusses how she created her lead lines.

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Harmonizing with Diatonic Triads

Lisa continues to demonstrate ways to harmonize notes utilizing diatonic triads. She provides some tips on how to improvise with these triads as well.

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Connecting Patterns Via Sequencing

Lisa demonstrates ways to connect patterns using melodic sequences. She moves up and down the neck and provides some ideas that will help you make your own sequencing connections.

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Blues in A

Lisa takes a quick look at how to add the "blue note" into the A minor pentatonic scale.

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Full Neck Harmonization

This in depth lesson explains how to harmonize the major scale while utilizing the entire neck of the guitar.

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The F#m7(b5) Chord

Lisa demonstrates the F#m7(b5) chord and the different places it can be played on the neck.

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Lisa will use the C Major Add 9 chord shape to help demonstrate how extensions can be used to spice up an arpeggio.

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Passing Tones

Utilizing some of the scale work from previous lessons, Lisa touches on the topic of passing tones and demonstrates some examples accompanied by a backing track.

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Creating a Solo

Developing a simple and tasteful solo can be difficult. However, when you understand how chords and scales relate to one another, developing a solo becomes a simpler process. Lisa provides examples and tools to help make this a reality.

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Chord Progression Theory

This very quick lesson explains the theory behind the chord progression used in the last lesson.

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A Major Pattern 4 Sequencing Ideas

Want to learn some fresh sequencing ideas in A major? Lisa provides two ideas that can be applied to a new solo or melody.

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Using a Metronome

Lisa provides some insight on how to successfully utilize a metronome during a practice session.

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Rhythmic Chord Playing

Lisa discusses some creative ideas on how to apply 9th chords to your rhythm playing.

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Creative Double Stop Ideas

Welcome to Lisa's 67th lesson! Here she provides some creative double stop ideas that can be applied to many different keys.

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Swing Blues in C

Lisa demonstrates a swing blues intro lick in the key of C.

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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Playing since 1975
  • 69 lessons at JamPlay
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Lisa started playing local venues as a teenager in and around Atlanta as a guitarist for hire. At the same time, she began teaching guitar privately and playing locally on recording sessions. In this still-early stage of her career, she was soon teaching at local music stores. After attending a local college and studying classical guitar, she began teaching at the Atlanta Institute of Music.

In 1992 she moved to Hollywood, CA. to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology (a.k.a. Musician's Institute). Graduating in 1993 as "Outstanding Student of the Year," she was invited to become part of the faculty at GIT, which she excelled at for the next three and a half years.

In 1996 she moved to Nashville, TN. There, she was hired as the lead guitarist for Nashville based band Mustang Sally, which at one point included future Grammy winner Gretchen Wilson as the lead singer. She played an exhaustive tour schedule of 150-300 dates a year, while perfecting her technique. Soon the band was opening for artists such as George Jones, Patty Loveless, Montgomery Gentry, Chuck Mangione, LeAnn Womack and many others.

In 2003, she recorded an instrumental CD which included one original track co-written with bass player Jerry Peek (Steve Morse Band), along with two covers of two of her many favorite guitarists. To further hone her musical skills, she then concentrated on songwriting, the results of which will be included as both vocal and instrumental pieces on her next project.

Today Lisa resides in Nashville, TN. Currently an educator, author, singer/songwriter/guitarist, she plans to release her original CD soon. Her music theory workbook, entitled "THINKING IN THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC" written for vocalists and musicians who are interested in learning music theory without the requirement of reading music, is currently available.
Reviews & Feedback 88/100 with 1038 ratings

Nice to be making something that sounds like music from the get go instead of learning just boring scales and theory for weeks/months. I'm fine with some of that later, but guitar playing IS supposed to be about making music, (isn't it?), somet


All 3 :) I am enjoying your classes and chat room.


All of the above :)


All the above


All three, actually...teacher very pleasant, I am finding practical exercises.


Also like the teacher, she's cool.


Great explanation of the technique.


and its easy to understand


As a beginner, I appreciate Lisa's low key approach and clear articulation of the material. Wish I signed up a long time ago

dred smith

This Sweet Rock Groove rock style playing is exactly the kind of thing that I want to learn really well. NOTE for Lisa: I wish you had done a couple of more scenes for this one, laying out slowly what you're doing especially on the IV & V turna

Jew Adolf



Best series so far.




Easy to understand and an interesting lesson


Easy to understand. Got new Fender American Pro Strat for Father's day ready to learn and play! Thanks, Bill


Emphasizes how important fingering is to quick chord changes.


Great teacher!

Guitar Tracks

Lisa Pursell is a very excellent instructor! I had to mention her at work as well, being a Trucker, I mention things and this one lady is going to see how cool really is.


Excellent lesson, thank you! Really useful and just what I needed, feel my playing has come on a long way in one evening


good addition on walk ups & hammer-on and alternate bass strums


good base for me to get inspiration

Whiskey Jim

Good lesson


good lord, she actually explains the pickups and the switch!, and phase! she is actually explaining the guitar, unlike all the other teachers. well done.


Great material on the Barre Chords, again she makes it very easy to undertand especially w/the notes she leaves.


Great practical exercise with this lesson. It's always helpful to be able to tie something familiar in to help ground knew learning.


Great style, encouraging and informative. I learn more from Lisa than any other teacher here at this stage. I really like the way the lesson is not just 'this' but how that can evolve into more interesting and involved practice.


Great teacher with lots of information. I usually watch each lesson multiple times to fully comprehend and digest everything. Having the opportunity to watch repeatedly is a fantastic thing. Also, a huge plus to have the tablature in addition


Great,love it...thank you.


i like how you think like a chess player. Always three moves a head


Hey Jam Play wasn't for sure how I would like this style of learning but I will say this I am hooked, great instructor, great lesons and easy for me to understand even at almost 40 years of age and this is the first time I have picked up a guit




She is very reassuring and I like the pace of instruction.

Chris Gill

I do find some of this hard to follow and have to play the same lesson a lot of times before I get it.


I fell in love with Lisa in live chat. Today she will be live at 11, but I couldn't wait to see her, so I am checking out her lessons. Yee hah.


I like how she jumps right in to let you know what she is looking to teach you. It's direct and less of a "baby-step" motion.

royal george

i like the way its a little think and practice work and then ends up in a familier song lick


I liked the lesson very well she just went a little fast at some points in it otherwise i think it was very nice and i learned a lot in this lesson. So Thank You Lisa Please try and go a little bit slower i know you are pressed for time but it


Very well played.


I liked this lesson because it really opens the door wide to blues progression


I think she is the best teach ever


I was a bit confused at first because she seemed like she was going too fast, but that was just with the first few videos. She threw me for a loop with a different way to play the G chord. That is going to take some practice to get use to pla


I wish all guitars were standard or that some though would be given to what is necessary and why and than the bells and whistles. I am 69 and trying to filter out a young man's thoughts of fame. I want to play mostly jazz and blues. I love all


I'll have to come back after I take some beginner lessons.


I'm going to start practicing this technique. Some call it framing, I believe. Maybe I'm wrong about that term, but no matter what it is called I need to work on this. I record myself and sometimes, my rhythm is all over the map. This video is