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Few musicians can say they've had such a diverse background in music, ranging from Indian classical to rock fusion, and many genres in between. Even fewer can say they recorded their first solo album while still attending Berklee College of Music. Prashant Aswani, however, can attest to these, and even more, jaw-dropping experiences.
Prashant began his inspiring musical career at a very young age. He began playing tabla guitar at the age of eight, and took weekly lessons f... (more)
Prashant currently offers 121 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 121 intermediate lessons.
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Tired of playing the same old things when it's time for you to take a solo? Prashant's methodical approach to breaking out of normal patterns and making traditional 'guitar-isms' sound fresh and new will give your playing new legs.
Do you want to play more musical sounding solos? Do you want to play solos with more emotion behind them? Maybe you're the kind of player that feels stuck playing the same patterns over and over again. If so, Prashant Aswani's Impact Soloing was created for you. Connect your music to your mind and soul in this extensive series on making your solos count!
Before you can play effortless, amazing solos, you need to lay the groundwork. Prashant explains and demonstrates some basic minor 7th arpeggio forms that will be blown wide open in the lessons to come!
In similar fashion to the minor 7th arpeggios, Prashant goes over the diatonic major shapes. Practice the major and minor shapes in different sequences for a challenging warm up.
Complete the major scale harmony in this string of lessons based on 5th string arpeggios. Learn some clever fingering and note substitution tricks, and play them with the others for more finger dancing fun!
Now that you have all the arpeggio shapes under your fingers and hot on your mind, it's time to have some fun with them. Prashant shows some cool ways to make these patterns sound very 'un-pattern' like.
Do you want to make your patterns NOT sound like patterns? Prashant looks at some of his favorite ways to add scale elements to the arpeggio patterns shared in this series. The result is a free-flowing and diverse sound that sounds anything but calculated!
Running out of fingers is a common problem when trying to navigate to different familiar patterns on the fly. This lesson focuses on developing the ability to pivot using your first finger in certain parts of an arpeggio so that your other fingers remain available to pick up the slack.
Now it's time to combine the concepts from the last two lessons. Take the linear additions to the arpeggios and practice moving from pattern to pattern on the fly using your first finger as a pivot point.
What the heck are upper structure triads? To get the answer, start by counting by odd numbers. Then, watch this lesson. Using upper structure triads helps you add colorful chord tones to any progression. It doesn't matter how basic the native chord structure sounds. Using this technique, you can flare up anything, even a static "one" chord!
If you have tried hybrid picking before and considered to feel a bit awkward, Prashant's approach may be just what you need. He first starts by focusing on the rhythm aspect of the technique while keeping the left hand simple. Give it a try, stick with it, and perhaps you can add a new dimension to your playing!
Here's one of the greatest ear training exercises: pick a chord progression, listen to it, play it, and try to hear which mode might sound the best over it. Once you have done this mental work, pick up the guitar, use some of the patterns you've worked on in this series and see what comes out!
Chords need melody, and a melody is always stronger with the right chords underneath. Learn Prashant's approach to connecting chords together with melody. Try playing a melody within a moving chord progression, but before you do that, just hum or sing over the chord progression you're working on and see what comes out!
Learn to put melody first and connect patterns, runs, and other ideas with your melody in mind. Prashant is a master at this! Learn from the best!
Double barring isn't just for rhythm players. Learn how take this technique and inject new clarity and speed into your melodic lines and fast runs!
Work horizontally on the neck with the double barring technique discussed in the last lesson. Work on each set of two strings for different timbre and harmonic ideas.
Blend the double barring technique with many of the other techniques taught in this series and learn 3 extended licks or passages that will help you work everything in musically.
As a guitar player, playing rhythm is your primary responsibility. This lesson demonstrates how to make rhythm playing interesting and even a little 'lead-like' by using voice leading. Learn how to weave a melody into your rhythm guitar part!
By altering your low E string and keeping it simple, you'll open up some great riffing and rhythm opportunities. Prashant shows you how to work with Drop D and Drop C# for some massive lines and catchy ideas!
Listening and grooving with the kick drum may be a big priority for bass players, but it is still extremely important for rhythm guitar players! Learn how to play with and around a kick pattern and focus on the pocket you are creating with your drummer. Keep it simple!
Have you ever heard a new song or guitar solo and been able to identify the guitar player simply by how they sound? The odds are that you were able to guess correctly because you recognized how they use bends and vibrato. Learn how to develop your own unique style with these important techniques.
The idea of a whammy bar is pretty straight forward, but implementing it musically isn't always so easy. Prashant shows you how to create everything from obvious whammy bar fun to subtle East Indian-tinged sounds.
Prashant discusses his guitar and gear choices for his signature tone. He also reveals his love for messing with guitar aesthetics.
Now that you've honed in on pitch and accuracy with bending and vibrato, take the concepts and drills presented in the last lesson and apply them in time. You'll be surprised by the cool, quirky sounds you can make when you dial up the metronome!
Prashant improvises over an original track called "Dark Day" and teaches some key passages from the solo. Learn the whole improvised solo from the transcription in the supplemental content section!
Welcome to the 2nd massive and juicy improvised solo from Prashant Aswani! Tracks like this are where it all comes together. Apply what you have been working on in this series HERE!
Melody is key! In this track, practice putting melody first and make arpeggios, hybrid picking lines, and flash a strong second. Learn a few key licks and check out the tab for the full transcription!
Learn a VERY melodic solo and hone in on the intricate rhythm beneath it. Focus on creating hooks and melody in your soloing and making that the main thing that people hear.
Mix blues elements with progressive rock and you get this cool improvised solo by Prashant Aswani. Learn the solo and figure out the rhythm, then take parts of both and apply them to your own writing!
Learn this full song off of Prashant's album "Visions". Learn the melody, the rhythm and the complete improvised solo. This is a MONSTER lesson! Dig in and enjoy!
A 30 day repertoire meant to help built your picking chops
JamPlay welcomes back Prashant Aswani for an in-depth skill based challenge series to boost your lead and picking skills. During the course of this lesson series, you will be provided a new lick each day to get under your fingers. These licks are used as vehicles to introduce new and more difficult picking and fretting techniques to your repertoire. You will also be practicing along with Prashant each day over a 3 minute looped backing track.
Day one of power picking introduces a pentatonic lick to get you started. Nothing fancy here, just work on your basic alternating pick strategy.
In day two's exercise you'll be looking at the same lick from day one, but this time adding different dynamic through use of hammer-ons.
Day three of Prashant's 30 day picking technique course introduces the concept of hybrid picking. You'll start of slow and simple with this one and gradually add complexity in the next several lessons.
In lesson 5, Prashant offers up a new lick to study that will incorporate multiple strings. This will work on your picking accuracy across those multiple strings and add more texture to your playing.
Lesson 6 is all about discovering how to move licks into higher and lower octaves. You'll be using the lick you learned in the previous lesson and moving it to different strings.
Day 6 in the picking workout consists of making the most recent lick you learned more complex. You'll be adding new notes and incorporating hybrid picking.
In the day 7 lesson, Prashant introduces you to what is commonly referred to as sweep picking. This technique allows for fast and efficient scale and arpeggio runs.
Day 8 you'll be continuing with the sweep technique while also adding longer phrases, octaves and slides.
In day 9 of your picking course, it's time to start thinking more about motifs. A motif is a repeating rhythmic phrase that can add power and intensity to your soloing.
In day 10 of your 30 day exercise program, it's time to once again take a look at hybrid picking. This time you'll be upping the complexity further by adding string skipping to your lick.
Day 11 is all about adding to what you know with hybrid picking. Using a repeating progression, Preshant demonstrates how to add a third finger to this technique to help with both speed and accuracy.
Day 12 has yet another hybrid picking style lick to challenge you. This technique is a cornerstone of speed and accuracy and as a result is revisited at length.
Over the past couple days you've seen how hybrid picking can help speed and accuracy. It's now time to get there using alternate picking.
Day 14 is all about adding what Prashant calls "motivic lines." Taking the concept of a motif, you'll be looking at how to include that aspect into your lick without making it sound like you've specifically added it.
Building off of the motifs you've been working on, it's time to start incorporating patterns as well. Preshant offers up another practice lick to push your picking further.
Starting off the second half of your 30 day training, Prashant talks about how to create memorable licks using the techniques you've been learning.
You're looking at a much longer lick this time that encompasses all of the ideas and techniques covered so far.
Day 18 is all about arpeggios and syncopation. You'll be utilizing the picking techniques you've learned so far to navigate a deeper lick.
Just like in your day 17 lesson, day 19 is all about putting all the skills you've learned into a single lick. To make it a bit more difficult, this lick will be shorter and more packed with technique.
A new day brings new challenges. In your lick today, Prashant provides a barring exercise mixed with hybrid picking.
Day 21 is all about taking the barring techniques you've learned recently and transporting them around the neck. Prashant offers up a lick designed to help you with just that!
Using the barre technique you've been working on, Prashant offers up a daily lick that traverses the neck of the guitar and loops back onto itself.
The next lick in your 30 day picking challenge is a short lick that is designed to get into and out of quickly.
Day 24's lick is all about linear movement across the fretboard. You'll be utilizing all of the techniques you've learned so far, but instead of focusing around a pattern or box, you'll move straight across the fretboard and loop back.
Day 25 is all about increasing your fretboard knowledge. Using what Prashant dubs a sliding arpeggio lick, you'll be able to gain confidence with which notes you're after when you're soloing.
Starting on day 26, Prashant is going to be dividing up a monster lick to round out the last part of his 30 day picking program. In this first installment, use all of the techniques you've learned thus far on the opening ascending portion of this new monster lick!
Day number 27 is the descending portion of the multi-part lick that Prashant is teaching over the closing days of this 30 day program.
In lesson 29, you're going to add some small turnarounds to the ascending and descending portions of the lick you're working on, then put those pieces together.
Now that you've learned all the licks of the course and have added several different techniques to your left and right hand repertoire, it's time to put them all to use along with another guitarist. In lesson 30, you'll learn a short turn around lick to get you back to the 1 and then trade solo and improvisation over a track with Prashant.
The final day of your Power Picking training is here. In day 29 you had an accompaniment Jam with Prashant. In today's lesson you'll be doing the same, but he challenges you to go deeper. Add in some 32nd note rhythms and start delving into creating your own motif's to add to the complexity of your jam.
This course features 15 rock songs that are exclusive to JamPlay. Each song will be broken down into rhythm and melody and then dissected in great depth. Beyond that, you will learn how to improvise over JamTracks, write creative melodies and solo sections, learn how to write riffs, and much more. This really is a comprehensive toolbox for instrumental rock players.
Welcome to Rules of Rock: A Backing Track Series - 15 original backing tracks and dozens of inspirational licks and riffs from the mind of Prashant Aswani.
Jumping right in! In this lesson we're going to look at the first track in the series, Blue Sky. We'll be breaking down the arrangement and learning some rhythm ideas to get started.
Now that we know what's going on progression-wise, let's look at some melody ideas for the Blue Sky backing track.
With a punchy rhythm on the verses and long sustaining chords and arpeggios on the chorus, Rush Hour is a piece you're not going to want to put down any time soon.
Join Prashant as he breaks down some melody components that work well over the Rush Hour backing track.
Feeling aggressive? Maybe angry? This tune is perfect for you. Join Prashant as he walks through this driving, aggressive track and teaches some cool riffs that you can integrate into your own playing.
Join Prashant as he walks through the dark, phrygian melody he crafted for this A section of the tune, and then into a more optimistic question and answer movement on the B.
If you haven't had any fun yet, that's about to change. This track is a fun romp utilizing a drop d tuning and a driving rhythmic riff.
This melody creates uses bending and whammy bar to create a soaring lead line with a very vocal feel.
Let's take a look at the rhythm and arrangement for the Break Out backing track!
Now that we've got the rhythm down, let's learn some melody ideas for playing over the Break Out track!
In this lesson we're going to take a look at the rhythm parts for the backing track, Burnin'.
Well, you've mastered the rhythm for Burnin' (hopefully), so let's take a look at some melody ideas!
Ready to slow things down a bit? This track, as it's name denotes, is a great chance to slow down and learn how to use space in your playing.
Join Prashant as he walks through some melodic ideas you can use over the Calm Moment track.
Join Prashant as he walks through his approach to the rhythm of the track, Darkness.
In this lesson, Prashant walks through some melody ideas that could be used over Darkness.
The Lead Nova track is a heavy, driving tune with a metal vibe. Join Prashant as he explains his approach to the rhythm for this track.
Learn some melody ideas that can be used over the dark, chromatic feel of Lead Nova.
In this lesson, Prashant introduces you to the heavy groove track called Meris. Learn some useful riffs to use as a rhythmic element over the track.
The melody for this track takes advantage of doubling the rhythm riff and then adding in some tasty lines in a call and response type interaction.
This repetitive, somewhat funky feeling track, White Paper, has a great vibe and offers a fun detour into a different feel than many of the other tracks in this series.
Now that we've laid down some funky rhythm riffs, we are going to add some soaring melody lines to this groovy track.
This laid back track provides a great setting for using chord melody, as Prashant demonstrates in this lesson.
Chances are, you'll just feel good after listening to this track. Imagine yourself driving along the twisting Californian coast with the windows down and the sun shining, and that's what this melody feels like.
From single note riffs, to arpeggiated chords, and then some hybrid picked chord hits, this song is simple, yet diverse, and is sure to be a good time...stamp.
Learn some new vibey, melody ideas to utilize over the track Time Stamp.
While the rhythm for this track is pretty simple (think repetitive, easy chords), As Prashant explains in the lesson, the challenge comes in keeping steady, robotic sound.
Join Prashant as he shares some more ideas for creating melodies over the track Summer.
We've made it to the last Rock Out track! Shackles, is a ready, steady rock'n'roll tune with a catchy, repetitive riff that's a lot of fun to play!
Here are some great melody ideas for the track, Shackles!
Hybrid Picking is an incredible technique to develop one's musical ideas. Not just for soloing as you see in many modern day players. But an amazing way to create parts, compositions, and textures that can be added to any genre of music.
Welcome to The Complete Guide to Hybrid Picking with Prashant Aswani. In this introduction, Prashant will discuss the purpose of this series, what he aims to teach and the tools and techniques you need under your belt to get started.
To get started on hybrid picking, we first have to make sure we're positioning our picking hand properly. The hand can change slightly based on whether or not you're muting or going for a more open sound. Prashant gets us setup with the correct positioning, no matter what type of sound we're going for!
The best way to start hybrid picking is using the finger closest to your pick - the middle finger. Prashant shows us the techique and some practice exercises to get it down!
Now that we're somewhat comfortable using a pick and the middle finger, it's time to add a line. This linear line will help you solidify this new technique you have learned!
It's time to add a second finger to the mix! In this lesson, Prashant builds on a previous lick so that you can put more of your focus on adding your ring finger.
Now that your hand is getting used to using multiple fingers, it's time to add in some triads. Similar to the last lesson, we are going to build upon the pick and two finger technique by learning a root, 3rd and 5th ascending arpeggio.
We've gotten some work in using our middle and ring fingers, now it's time to connect these new techniques to some familiar territory - in this example, it's sliding positions.
This lesson will get you comfortable with string skipping and plucking the adjacent string, by adding a line to your sliding.
Using the hybrid technique to play chords can help you to emulate the sound and feel of piano stabs. This is a great way to add feel and dynamics to your playing.
Let's take the shapes we learned in the last lesson and create some independence by arpeggiating the chords. The key here is to create a balanced note volume. The strength of the fingered note should match the picked note.
Now it's time to apply some of these new techniques to a real song situation. This riff is from Prashant's song 'Your Call', and it requires consistent syncing of the middle finger and pick.
In this lesson, we learn to apply hybrid techiques to a song using Prashant's tune - 'Inner Conflict'.
Here's one of Prashant's songs - 'Cloudy Day' - that allows us to explore using pedal notes with hybrid technique. Consistent string dynamics is the name of the game here!
Here's a multi-part riff that allows us to use some of the hybrid techniques we've learned in the course so far. The key is to seamlessly move between the two parts, keeping the time and dynamics consistent.
Certain patterns used in hybrid picking can really be a boost to your guitar parts writing. This progression shows a pattern that can be used in almost any progresstion using four strings. Because there is an open string here, once again consistent dynamics and volume control become the focus.
Now it's time to get into playing some licks! This lesson also introduces us to the hybrid barring technique. Using hybrid picking on barred notes gives you a stand out dynamic that isn't achievable using just a pick.
Sliding positions and keeping your hands synced up can be a tricky proposition. However, with this lick it can be fun and also give you a wicked and aggressive lick pattern that can make any solo go over the top.
This part of the hybrid technique encompasses moving across all 6 strings and staying in one position. Remember, speed is not the goal here - it is accuracy and dynamics!
Time to switch positions in a diagonal way! Using the barring, hybrid style, let's learn a line that encompasses notes from the A string to the high E string. Remember, the goal is to make it smooth and avoid double stops!
Now that we are comfortable with moving positions, let's take it to another level by adding some more strings. This will challenge the syncing of your pick and middle finger, so even timing is the key!
Time to incorporate all three left hand techniques using the hybrid style. We are getting closer to the ultimate goal of Hybrid technique being as familiar as picking only!
This technique is meant to simulate classical/flamenco tremolo technique. The focus here will be to have your picking hand relaxed, and your dynamics and speed be consistent.
Now let's get tricky and complicated, creating a new technique for parts in songs. The four string tremolo is a tremendous technique that can create a flow or rhythm and/or dynamics in your compositions.
Sometimes it's good to have a lick that can give you a flurry of speed to finish off a solo. This lick incorporates syncing of the middle finger and the pick, while giving an explosive sound.
Here's a great line to get you into some advanced lead territory. But don't worry! You can play this slow as well, and still gain all of the great technical concepts that will advance your hybrid picking.
Prashant's unique arpeggio technique is the subject of this lesson. Many of the secrets of his fast intervallic playing can be found in the techniques of this lesson.
Let's get into some advanced territory! The first of the difficult hybrid picked licks incoporates string skipping, arpeggios and some chromatic flair!
Our next advanced lick uses arpeggios, plus a hybrid picked linear line. Remember, learn it slow first, then you can speed it up!
Lick number 3 is a melodic, repeating, hybrid lick.
The final lick and lesson in this series is a high register descending scaler lick. Unlike most of the licks taught thus far, this one gets high up on the neck and has a decidedly solo-esque sound.
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