Rock Guitar with Brad Henecke

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Brad Henecke

In this Phase 2 series Brad Henecke will school you in the art of rock guitar. You will not only learn how to play some of your favorite songs in this series, but you will also learn how to create your own.

54 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

You will learn concepts that are essential to rock guitar playing. Brad begins the series by reviewing basic concepts discussed in Phase 1 lessons. From there, he discusses important subject areas such as technique, scales/modes, and chords. Brad frequently applies these subjects to classic rock and roll songs. He also provides you with basic tools that will enable you to write your own rock songs.


Basic Rock Guitar

This lesson covers the absolute basics of rock guitar. Learn about the electric guitar, pickups, amplifiers, changing strings, and more.

52:09 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Learning Chords

The first step of your rock guitar experience is learning some of the more popular chords and that is what this lesson is all about.

42:30 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Barre Chords and More

Brad Henecke introduces common strumming patterns and barre chords.

42:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Your First Song

In this lesson Brad covers some of the more advanced barre chord shapes. He applies these shapes to the song "Hotel California."

41:31 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Blues and Scales

Rock has its roots in the blues. Brad helps you explore the wonderful world of blues in this lesson. He also covers some chord theory.

48:14 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Tricks and Lead

This lesson is all about specific techniques used by lead guitarists.

52:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Jammin' with Scales

This lesson details how to improvise with the blues scale.

27:27 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


3 Songs

In this fun lesson, Brad Henecke teaches you riffs from 3 classic rock songs.

28:28 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Power Chords

Power chords help give rock music that "punch you in the face" feel. Learn basic power chords in this lesson.

13:22 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


2 New Songs

Are you ready to learn "Ain't Talking About Love" by Van Halen and "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC? That's what this lesson is all about.

27:32 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Pentatonic Scale

Brad teaches the first pattern of the minor pentatonic scale and explains how it relates to the blues scale.

14:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Second Pattern

Brad covers the second pattern for both the minor blues and minor pentatonic scales.

9:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Message in a Bottle

Learn the classic rock song "Message in a Bottle."

10:22 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Third Pattern

This great lesson covers the 3rd fretboard pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.

7:19 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Colorful Chord Tension

Brad demonstrates how open strings can be added to chord shapes you are already familiar with.

9:09 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The Fourth Pattern

Brad covers the fourth pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.

8:28 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty



In this lesson Brad demonstrates how to play the Beatles song "Daytripper."

15:21 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Fifth Pattern

Brad demonstrates the 5th pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales. He also discusses practicing and memorizing them.

13:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


"Brown Eyed Girl"

Learn the classic rock song "Brown Eyed Girl" in this episode of Rock Guitar.

11:23 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty



Brad introduces you to the importance of phrasing. Quality phrasing is essential when performing any melodic line.

14:19 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Basics of Tapping

Tapping is an idiomatic guitar technique that offers a unique sound.

14:34 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Intro to Modes

Learning the modes is essential to the development of your scale vocabulary.

31:04 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Understanding Chord Shapes

Brad further explains what chord shapes are and how they relate to barre chords.

10:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Natural Harmonics

Learn the right and left hand mechanics involved in playing harmonics.

13:16 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Advanced Harmonics

Brad covers more advanced harmonic techniques such as harp harmonics, pinch harmonics and tap harmonics.

16:10 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Dorian Mode

Brad moves on in his modal lesson series to explain the Dorian mode. This lesson includes 2 backing tracks.

22:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Phrygian Mode

Brad explains and demonstrates the Phrygian mode.

13:33 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Lydian Mode

Brad continues his discussion of the modes. You will learn the Lydian mode in this lesson.

9:27 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian Mode

Brad explains the Mixolydian mode and its practical applications.

10:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Aeolian Mode

Continuing with his modal lessons, Brad Henecke teaches the Aeolian mode.

9:09 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Locrian Mode

The final lesson in our modal series covers the Locrian mode.

9:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Ace Zone

Brad teaches some licks inspired by Ace Frehley of KISS. Incorporate these licks into your own solos.

7:18 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Learn Licks

In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches you some fun licks that can be used in your own guitar solos.

10:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Licks

Brad Henecke demonstrates some cool blues licks.

17:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Modes and Scales

Brad Henecke provides an alternate way of comparing modes and scales.

8:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


A Different View

In the last lesson, Brad Henecke compared some scales that are major or dominant in quality. Now, he repeats this process with minor scales.

7:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


One String Scales

This lesson is all about 1 string scales. Learning scales on 1 string is essential to your knowledge of the fretboard.

8:34 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


One String Ionian Mode

Brad demonstrates a one string version of the Ionian mode. This lesson demonstrates the importance of horizontal scales.

7:27 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Aeolian Mode on One String

Brad continues his discussion of single string scales. He explains how to play the Aeolian mode across a single string.

4:11 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Octave Scales

Brad explains how to locate octaves within scale patterns. He demonstrates a cool lick that involves playing simultaneous octaves.

7:07 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Using Octaves

Brad explains how to use octaves in the context of an exercise. Octaves can also be used to build effective licks.

5:18 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Harmonic Minor Scale

Brad introduces the harmonic minor scale. He explains how it can be applied to the solo break in "Sweet Child O' Mine."

7:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Learning by Ear

Brad Henecke provides valuable tips regarding the process of learning songs by ear.

23:00 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Ear Training Game

Improve your ear training by playing "The Tone Is Right" with Brad Henecke.

29:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Diminished Arpeggio

Brad Henecke explains diminished chords and provides a fun diminished arpeggio exercise.

19:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Understanding Time Signatures

Brad Henecke addresses time signatures.

10:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Diminished Chords

Brad Henecke explains the construction of diminished seventh chords. He also provides a diminished chord exercise.

10:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Open G Tuning

Brad Henecke introduces open G tuning in this lesson.

23:50 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Drop D Tuning

Brad Henecke introduces drop D tuning in this lesson. He explains many advantages of this tuning.

12:57 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


G Major Pentatonic

Brad Henecke teaches the G major pentatonic scale. He demonstrates all 5 patterns and explains how they can be transposed to any key.

22:50 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Changing Scales with Chords

In this lesson Brad Henecke talks about changing the pentatonic/blues scales with each chord in a chord progression.

11:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian Scale and Chords

Brad will show how to use the Mixolydian scale with a blues chord progression.

6:56 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Gear and Effects

This lesson is all about gear and effects. Brad begins his discussion with power conditioning and removing hiss from your amplifier. He progresses to discuss a plethora of effects pedals. Brad explores his personal settings for each pedal demonstrated.

52:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The Wah Pedal

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the wah pedal and demonstrates its many applications.

15:53 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Playing since 2001
  • 96 lessons at JamPlay
Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll." They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).
Reviews & Feedback 70/100 with 221 ratings

I will Probably practicing this for 2 weeks instead of the normal 1 week. I think this should have probably been 2 lessons since it is so much material but I really liked the lesson.


All Good


All of the above! Looking forward to learning more from Brad!


All three! Loved it!


And I liked the teacher too. Very easy to understand.




puts things together


Brad great at explaining what he's doing and why


Thanks Brad


Brad's great! Love his teaching style, and I am learning alot!


Clear explanations, easy to understand!


Fun song to learn. Brad explained it well. Thanks!


Good explanations, very good, basic instructions for beginners with soem useful information for more seasoned players.


Good pace, well spoken


Great lesson and easy way to practice bar c!!ds. Great teacheror


Great teacher


he rocks !


I have been trying to get Hotel California for a long time and always got confused at some point. This was the best demonstration/explanation ever. Great instructor, very easy with the call outs at the bottom of the screen. Thanks. All the Jam


I have maybe an hour a day to practice. I am very coorinated to bahr chords and some scales. What wouls be the best use of my hour a day to elevate my skills sets


i like this teacher. i think the best way to learn is to have some one like Brad teach you chords and scales etc and then teach you song that use those those scales and chords etc.


The instructor is great!!