JD McGibney

JD McGibney

From Angels on the Battlefield

JD McGibney is a warrior guitarist that conquers his battlefields on the wings of dragons. Uniting with the forces of like-minded individuals, he fights to strengthen worldly brotherhood and lays his experiences bare for others to see the power of one’s trials and tribulations. With a humble beginning on Long Island, New York, JD McGibney developed a strong bond with playing guitar. He found that the anxiety and inner turmoil growing within him throughout adolescence were k... (more)

JD currently offers 81 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 25 beginner lessons and 56 intermediate lessons.

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Metal and Hard Rock for Beginners

If you are just beginning to play guitar and want to rock, join JD McGibney in this course to learn how to play hard rock and heavy metal. In addition to gaining an understanding of the instrument itself, you will learn the core concepts and techniques that are most commonly used to create the screaming sounds that these styles of music are known for. Plug in your guitar, turn on your amp, and get ready to rock!


Course Introduction

JD talks about the steps we will be taking on our journey through this metal guitar course for beginners

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Getting to Know Your Guitar

We will start things off by familiarizing ourselves with the parts of the guitar and getting to know the purpose of each one

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String Names and Tuning

In this lesson, we will learn how to tune each individual string to the correct pitch prior to playing

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Putting Your Hands on the Guitar

Now that we know the parts of the guitar and how to tune it, we will learn the correct way to hold the instrument to maximize our playing efficiency

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Reading Basic Tablature

After tuning up we can finally start playing but, how do we know what to play? JD will show us how to read the most common notation used by guitarists, tablature

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Your First Melody

For our next lesson, we will learn how to play our very first melody using single notes

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Your First Chords

JD will show us how to play notes on multiple strings at the same time in order to create our first chords in this lesson

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Your First Scale

In this lesson, we will take a look at our first scale, the E minor scale

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The Major Scale

Now that we understand how scales work, we will learn how to play a G Major scale

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Your First Song

It's time for us to use the melody, chords, and scales that we know to play our first song

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Your Second Melody

In our next lesson we will learn how to play a new melody!

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New Chords

We will learn how to play a few new chords in this next lesson

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Spider Fingers

For this lesson, JD will show us an exercise that we can use that will help us develop muscle strength and dexterity in our fretting hand

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Extending the Minor Scale

JD shows us how to extend the minor scale on the fretboard in this lesson

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Your Second Song

In this lesson, we will learn the individual parts for our second song

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Your Third Melody

It's time for us to learn a new melody in this lesson!

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More New Chords

JD will use this lesson to show us a few more new chords to expand our playing

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Hammer Ons and Pull Offs

For this lesson, we are going to look at a technique that will add some character to our single-note lines as well as a new rhythmic feel, the triplet

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Minor Chord Progression

We will be learning how to play a minor chord progression in the key of G minor in this lesson

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Your Third Song

In our next lesson we will be learning how to play all the parts for our third song!

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String Skipping Melody

Things will get a bit more challenging here as we learn another technique, this one will have us skipping strings while keeping our fretting hand in the same position

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Barre Chord Shapes

This lesson will focus on some common chord shapes that are used by guitarists from all styles of music, barre chords

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Pinch Harmonics

JD will show us how we can get our guitars to scream using pinch harmonics in this lesson

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More Triplets

In this lesson, we will focus our attention on properly picking triplets, which gives us a a different tone when compared to playing triplets with hammer ons and pull offs

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Your Fourth Song

In our final lesson, we will be learning another song that uses a combination of the different chord shapes we have learned throughout the course

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