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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 not... (more)
Brad currently offers 100 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 19 beginner lessons, 66 intermediate lessons, 1 song lesson and 14 Lick & Riff Library entries.
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Brad Henecke starts you on your journey into the world of the electric guitar with this beginner oriented lesson series.
Brad Henecke gives some thoughts on buying a guitar and related accessories. A perfect lesson for an absolute beginner!
In this lesson, Brad Henecke covers the important topic of hand stretches. Failure to stretch and warm up can lead to injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Brad Henecke talks about different kinds of guitar tuners, including his personal favorites - the clip-on tuner and floor tuner.
Brad demonstrates how to use a tuning fork and the famous fifth fret tuning method.
Brad Henecke explains how to properly hold the pick. He also provides several single string picking exercises.
In this lesson, Brad talks about the language of music and introduces the chromatic scale.
In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the concept of playing chords. He teaches the A, D, and E chords.
Now that you have a few chords under your belt, Brad Henecke discusses some relatively easy strumming patterns.
In this lesson, Brad introduces the C major and G major chords. Every guitarist must posses this potent knowledge!
Brad introduces the A minor chord and teaches a chord progression to go along with it.
Brad Henecke introduces the D minor chord and several chord progressions.
Brad Henecke introduces the E minor chord and teaches several chord progressions that use it.
Brad Henecke introduces the A7 chord and teaches three chord progressions that can be used for practice.
In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches the D7 chord and several useful chord progressions.
Brad Henecke teaches the E7 chord and teaches several exciting examples to be used as practice.
Brad Henecke teaches the G7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.
Brad Henecke teaches the B7 chord and several useful chord progressions.
Brad Henecke introduces the C7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.
Brad Henecke introduces one of the more difficult beginner chords, F major. He shows how this chord is played and teaches a few chord progressions.
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.
This lesson covers the absolute basics of rock guitar. Learn about the electric guitar, pickups, amplifiers, changing strings, and more.
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.
Brad Henecke introduces common strumming patterns and barre chords.
In this lesson Brad covers some of the more advanced barre chord shapes. He applies these shapes to the song "Hotel California."
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.
This lesson is all about specific techniques used by lead guitarists.
This lesson details how to improvise with the blues scale.
In this fun lesson, Brad Henecke teaches you riffs from 3 classic rock songs.
Power chords help give rock music that "punch you in the face" feel. Learn basic power chords in this lesson.
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.
Brad teaches the first pattern of the minor pentatonic scale and explains how it relates to the blues scale.
Brad covers the second pattern for both the minor blues and minor pentatonic scales.
Learn the classic rock song "Message in a Bottle."
This great lesson covers the 3rd fretboard pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.
Brad demonstrates how open strings can be added to chord shapes you are already familiar with.
Brad covers the fourth pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.
In this lesson Brad demonstrates how to play the Beatles song "Daytripper."
Brad demonstrates the 5th pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales. He also discusses practicing and memorizing them.
Learn the classic rock song "Brown Eyed Girl" in this episode of Rock Guitar.
Brad introduces you to the importance of phrasing. Quality phrasing is essential when performing any melodic line.
Tapping is an idiomatic guitar technique that offers a unique sound.
Learning the modes is essential to the development of your scale vocabulary.
Brad further explains what chord shapes are and how they relate to barre chords.
Learn the right and left hand mechanics involved in playing harmonics.
Brad covers more advanced harmonic techniques such as harp harmonics, pinch harmonics and tap harmonics.
Brad moves on in his modal lesson series to explain the Dorian mode. This lesson includes 2 backing tracks.
Brad explains and demonstrates the Phrygian mode.
Brad continues his discussion of the modes. You will learn the Lydian mode in this lesson.
Brad explains the Mixolydian mode and its practical applications.
Continuing with his modal lessons, Brad Henecke teaches the Aeolian mode.
The final lesson in our modal series covers the Locrian mode.
Brad teaches some licks inspired by Ace Frehley of KISS. Incorporate these licks into your own solos.
In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches you some fun licks that can be used in your own guitar solos.
Brad Henecke demonstrates some cool blues licks.
Brad Henecke provides an alternate way of comparing modes and scales.
In the last lesson, Brad Henecke compared some scales that are major or dominant in quality. Now, he repeats this process with minor scales.
This lesson is all about 1 string scales. Learning scales on 1 string is essential to your knowledge of the fretboard.
Brad demonstrates a one string version of the Ionian mode. This lesson demonstrates the importance of horizontal scales.
Brad continues his discussion of single string scales. He explains how to play the Aeolian mode across a single string.
Brad explains how to locate octaves within scale patterns. He demonstrates a cool lick that involves playing simultaneous octaves.
Brad explains how to use octaves in the context of an exercise. Octaves can also be used to build effective licks.
Brad introduces the harmonic minor scale. He explains how it can be applied to the solo break in "Sweet Child O' Mine."
Brad Henecke provides valuable tips regarding the process of learning songs by ear.
Improve your ear training by playing "The Tone Is Right" with Brad Henecke.
Brad Henecke explains diminished chords and provides a fun diminished arpeggio exercise.
Brad Henecke addresses time signatures.
Brad Henecke explains the construction of diminished seventh chords. He also provides a diminished chord exercise.
Brad Henecke introduces open G tuning in this lesson.
Brad Henecke introduces drop D tuning in this lesson. He explains many advantages of this tuning.
Brad Henecke teaches the G major pentatonic scale. He demonstrates all 5 patterns and explains how they can be transposed to any key.
In this lesson Brad Henecke talks about changing the pentatonic/blues scales with each chord in a chord progression.
Brad will show how to use the Mixolydian scale with a blues chord progression.
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.
In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the wah pedal and demonstrates its many applications.
Technique is extremely important to playing in any style of music. Perfect technique combined with blazing speed can take your playing to a whole new level.
Brad introduces his Speed and Technique series.
Brad Henecke covers proper picking technique and gives a basic lesson on notes/timing.
This lesson is all about the downstroke. Brad discusses technique and shows you how to pick in different rhythmic groupings.
Brad covers the proper way to perform an upstroke.
Brad Henecke covers alternate picking and how it can speed up your guitar playing.
Brad Henecke presents alternate picking exercises that start with an upstroke.
Brad explains the basics of sweep picking in this fun speed building guitar lesson.
Brad explains the basics of a technique called economy picking.
Brad provides a brief review of this series. He gives information regarding why technique is so important.
Brad covers proper string skipping technique and gives you some exercises that will speed up your playing.
This lesson is all about improving speed by applying hammer-ons and pull-offs. Learn some exercises that sound great and boost speed.
Brad Henecke demonstrates a speed building lick that makes heavy use of hammer-ons.
In this lesson series Brad Henecke will teach you some of his favorite songs, riffs and pieces to play.
Brad Henecke covers the classic rocker "Hey You" by BTO.
Our Lick & Riff Video Library can help you break out of your standard techniques, and can inspire your creativity to move your playing forward.
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