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Atlanta based guitarist Emil Werstler is a force to be reckoned with. Lead guitarist of the band, DAATH (Roadrunner Records / Century Media), Emil has made a serious name for himself in the guitar world in a very short time. Performing worldwide with his main project DAATH on notable tours such as Ozzfest and along side well established acts such as Unearth, Devil Driver, Dark Funeral, and Job For A Cowboy, Emil continues to gain strength and credibility as one of the most s... (more)
Emil currently offers 57 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 6 song lessons, 48 lessons in our Artist Series and 3 Lick & Riff Library entries.
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Tackle advanced playing techniques and theory application with metal talent, Emil Werstler.
JamPlay is proud to introduce our newest instructor, Emil Werstler of Daath.
In Emil's first lesson, he teaches his down picking technique using a riff from "Ovum," a song by his band Daath.
Emil teaches how to practice bending. He also demonstrates various vibrato techniques and explains how to incorporate them into your playing.
Emil shows you a different way to play the pentatonic scale by combining boxes and playing in groups of 4.
Emil shows three example exercises that focus on sweeping up and descending alternate picking.
Emil shows exercise examples on 2 string licks that feature economy picking.
Emil Talks about his band Daath. Topics covered include the history of the band, the writing process, ozzfest, and more.
Emil teaches one string, horizontal soloing concepts.
Emil teaches the concept of pitch axis.
Emil sat down and gave us a little bit of history about his main guitar and also some of the specs.
Emil talks in depth about various topics including theory, goals and balance in your playing, getting out of a rut, his influences and more.
This minor idea lesson is the first part in the five part mini series on horizontal lick building.
Here is the second lesson in the mini series of lessons on horizontal lick building. Emil shows you the Major idea here.
In this lesson Emil shows you a horizontal pentatonic lick that you can cycle.
Emil Werstler shows the fourth lick in this mini series of lessons. This lick is dominant in quality.
In part five of the lick building series Emil puts all the ideas together to create this master example.
Emil shows you how he incorporates chromaticism into pentatonic licks which adds a unique twist.
Emil shows how he incorporates chromaticism into some diminished runs and licks which really makes for some exotic sounds.
Emil covers different topics related to playing and performance in this interview segment.
Emil talks about what he accomplished in 2010 and his new batch of lessons.
Emil provides a lesson on alternate picking warm-up exercises.
Emil talks in depth about the concept of "chord scales" and how they can be applied to a practical musical context.
Emil explains how the use the pentatonic scale without sounding "pentatonic" or bluesy.
Emil takes an in depth look at triads.
In this lesson, Emil explains how arpeggios can be used within a solo to effectively outline the chord changes. He uses the 12 bar blues form as an example.
Emil continues to discuss how arpeggios can be used effectively within a solo.
Emil expounds upon his previous lesson on "wide form" pentatonic patterns and the licks that can be played within them.
Emil shows more ways to incorporate chromaticism into your playing.
Emil demonstrates some ways to bust out of the power chord rut with some creative voicings that work well with a high gain tone.
Emil continues his teachings on alternate chords for metal with a look at drop tunings.
Emil covers his current warmups that he uses before he goes on stage with his band, Daath.
Emil covers minor blues concepts.
Emil shows how some of his favorite players use octaves in their own unique way.
Emil demonstrates some fingerstyle comping techniques that can be applied to a 12 bar blues progression.
Emil takes you through some techniques that he uses frequently in his style of playing.
Emil shows some cool muting techniques that produce a unique percussive sound.
Emil talks about what it takes to be a rock musician.
Emil Werstler is back with a lesson on basic harmony. He explains why it is important for every guitar player to understand harmony and teaches basic chords as a foundation.
Emil explains some harmonic minor ideas that can spice up even then most generic sounding licks.
Emil covers his philosophy on warming up and provides some exercises that will get the job done.
Emil shows you 3 common blues chord progressions. These progressions are the basis for his improvisation lessons coming up in the series.
Emil shows you how to make diminished arpeggios sound more dominant. Doing this can make your playing sound less neo-classical and predictable.
Emil returns with a lesson on a topic he gets asked about frequently. He explains how to play over chord changes and target tones. Once you get a grasp of these concepts, you'll begin to sound like you know what you are doing when you solo over chord progressions.
Emil shows you five examples that will help you beef up your alternate picking. He uses the comparison of running ten miles every day to prepare yourself for a one mile jog. Applying this idea to your practicing will allow you to become more consistent and refined in your alternate picking as well as your technique in general.
Emil clarifies his take on economy picking and the art of the rest stroke.
Here is a lesson on how to not just get good at warmup exercises but getting better at playing music - while warming up.
Emil covers the basic topic of intervals -- a topic that many guitarists overlook. Intervals are the building blocks of music, and in this lesson you'll learn how to identify them by sight as well as by ear.
Emil answers top questions asked by his fans. Topics covered include: side-washing cabs, stage presence, practice, programming drums, 7-string guitar approach, incorrect playing, and more. Emil has become kind of known for his unapologizing opinion on all things guitar, and this video will probably make you either love him or hate him. Enjoy!
Emil Werstler teaches songs.
Emil Werstler teaches this song from The Hinderers by his band Daath.
This dropped C monster was released on The Concealers in 2009. The band's guitarist Emil Werstler is here to teach you how to play it. "Wilting On The Vine" features a killer down picking main riff and a blistering solo, so make sure your chops are up to par before tackling this beast!
Emil Werstler teaches you how to play the first song on Daath's The Concealers. The song features unmistakable signature Daath riffing and unforgettable lead playing from Mr. Werstler.
Emil Werstler teaches this heavy hitting metal song from Daath's album The Concealers. Tune your guitar to Drop C and get warmed up, 'cause this is a beast of a song!
Here is Chimaira's "All That's Left is Blood" from Crown of Phantoms (2013).
Emil Werstler of Chimaira teaches you how to play "I Despise" from Crown Of Phantoms (2013). Grab a 7-string, tune to drop A, and get ready for some molten riffing madness!
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