Tim Stewart

Tim Stewart

From Lady Gaga

Tim Stewart is a lifelong guitarist, writer and producer. Currently, he is splitting time between Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and his own project for a band called "Knives". Tim has been playing, touring and performing for over 20 years, and recently performed at the half time show for the NFL Super Bowl in 2018. His performing and writing credits include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, J-Lo, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson, Frank Ocean, Rodney Jerk... (more)

Tim currently offers 55 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 25 intermediate lessons and 30 lessons in our Artist Series.

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Rhythm Guitar

The Art of Versatility

Being a versatile guitarist should be the goal of experienced, and beginner players alike. The ability to jump in and hold your own in any genre requires a specific set of tools that can span the genre spectrum. Join Tim Stewart as he breaks out his toolbox of skills that have helped him throughout his genre-bending career to play alongside a host of global artists including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Janet Jackson. All while breaking genre barriers along the way by playing in bands such as Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves. His ability to perform confidently in any genre has even allowed him to transition into other mediums such as the television shows 'American Idol' and 'The Masked Singer'. So slap on your tool belt and get ready to learn the skills that will help your playing defy genre boundaries and become a truly versatile player!


Introduction to 'The Art of Versatility'

Tim Stewart welcomes us to 'The Art of Versatility'!

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The Major Scale with Octaves

Let's get underway with one of the easiest techniques for adding some dynamic and flair to any note; octaves. In this first lesson of the course, Tim will cover how to play octaves in the major scale.

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Playing Lead with Octaves in the Minor Scale

Since they are applicable to any single note, octaves can be applied to any scale. Here, Tim will now cover applying this technique to the Minor Scale.

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Using Octaves in Your Rhythm Playing

Let's move beyond only using octaves in a scale scenario. In this lesson, Tim will discuss how to use the octaves technique in your rhythm playing.

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Arpeggiating in Octaves

Closing out our discussion on octaves, Tim will now show us how to apply the technique to arpeggios.

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Reharmonizing the Power Chord

The Power Chord, or fifth, can be a building block to creating some truly exotic chord tones. Here, Tim will cover techniques for reharmonizing any power chord.

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Adding Extensions to the Power Chord

Let's dive a little deeper into altered power chords, with extensions. In this lesson, Tim will cover some of his favorite extensions with some of his go-to chord extensions.

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"There's more than one way to play a chord..." In this lesson, Tim will use a typical two-chord major progression to highlight different locations for the same chords, and how using those alternate locations can create different voicings for each iteration.

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Voicings Part 2 - Minor Chords

Let's continue our work on voicings. Here, Tim will stick with the same two-chord progression method as before, but this time utilizing a minor progression.

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Triads and Inversions

Ok, now it's time to shift gears and discuss a couple of the most versatile tools used by guitar players of all genres; triads and inversions.

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Triads and Inversions: Part 2

Continuing with triads and inversions, these tools can also be used in conjunction with other techniques such as a pedal tone or even chugging downstrokes in certain scenarios.

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Triads and Inversions: Part 3

All right, let's close out our section on triads and inversions by combining the skills we've learned into a single musical composition.

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Embellishment: Part 1

There are a number of embellishment tools within reach of any major or minor chord. In this lesson, Tim will dive into his favorite techniques for embellishing the major and minor chords in multiple positions.

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Embellishment: Part 2

Ok, now let's take some of the embellishment skills that we've learned and apply them to a Major to Minor 7th progression.

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Playing in the Pocket: Part 1

'In the pocket' - We've all heard the term before, but what does playing in the pocket actually entail? Here, Tim will cover what playing in the pocket means to him and some skills that he regularly uses to stay in the zone.

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Playing in the Pocket: Part 2

Sometimes 'playing in the pocket' can mean performing in a supporting role in order to create an even larger pocket with a band. This can require the guitar player to pick and choose their spots, often playing in the open spaces. In this next lesson, Tim will share some of his favorite techniques used to accomplish this skill.

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Using Thirds

Another valuable skill that can be used across multiple genres is thirds. In this lesson, Tim will break down his use of thirds in a major and minor setting.

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Using Thirds and 2-Note Figures

In this lesson, Tim will continue his use of Thirds but will compliment and combine them with other 2-note figures in the higher register in order to create a unique tonal tapestry.

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Open Strings

Some of the most useful tools that we can use are already 'built-in' to the guitar, such as open strings. Here, Tim will discuss how many chords and notes can be played in multiple areas of the guitar by utilizing the open strings to create certain colors of tone.

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Right Hand Focus: Part 1

Time to move on to one of the most important skills used in versatile playing, picking. In this lesson, Tim will provide a high-speed, yet accurate exercise - with the purpose of increasing the speed and accuracy of the right hand.

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Right Hand Focus Part 2 - Tremolo Picking

Continuing our focus on the right-hand, Tim will now discuss tremolo picking and its application in order to better hone our right-hand technique.

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Now let's dive into one of the coolest, most impactful skills that we can add to our toolbox of versatility; swells.

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Targeting Chord Tones in Solos: Part 1

Targeting the chord tones of a progression is one of the best methods we can use to stay on the same page with a band or composition during a solo. In this lesson, Tim will highlight his use of this technique and how to bridge the chords of the progression during a solo.

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Targeting Chord Tones in Solos: Part 2

Continuing with the targeting of our chord tones, Tim will now expand on this technique by highlighting specific notes within a progression that can help further bridge the gap between chords during a solo.

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Superimposing Chords Over a Pedal Tone

Ok, let's close out the series with another very useful tool that can be used across multiple genres to create truly unique tones that can even replicate the sound of two guitars playing simultaneously.

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