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Allen Van Wert got the nickname "ROBOT" from his unusual guitar tapping techniques that often sound like a video game more than a guitar. He has studied and played a wide variety of genres. His experimental and eclectic amalgamation of music combining shred guitar, crazy tapping techniques, and electronically infused composition contrasted by a highly emotional soft melodic side, make his debut album a really fun and interesting listen for just about anyone.
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Allen currently offers 58 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 19 intermediate lessons, 19 song lessons and 20 Lick & Riff Library entries.
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Allen "Robot" Van Wert teaches his approach to developing technique necessary for fast playing.
Allen kicks off his technique series with a primer lesson on right hand picking.
Allen shows you the 24 rudiments crucial to developing finger dexterity.
Allen shows an amazing muscle building exercise that really works out the left hand!
This lesson covers an exercise that works on all the major picking techniques.
Allen shows you a great exercise set that helps with synchronizing your hands as well as stretching your left hand.
Allen Van Wert explains his system of programming, reinforcing, and forgetting primary functions of guitar playing. This system is a long term practice routine that will take some time to fully implement but the benefits are great.
This is the next step after you have learned Allen's "system". If you follow Allen's teachings you are sure to have a deep understanding of intervals and scales.
First, Allen gives a pop quiz for you to check your own ability to visualize the fretboard. Then he gives exercises for programming your triad arpeggios.
Allen Van Wert shows you how to apply his systematic practice approach to 7th arpeggios. If you are just discovering this series make sure to start at the beginning or some things may not make sense.
Allen briefly explains how he refers to modes in the context of this lesson and then shows you how to grow your knowledge of the fretboard.
Get out of that rut with these exercises from Allen Van Wert!
Allen returns to his speed and technique lesson series with a look at the basics of tapping. This lesson will act as a primer for more advanced tapping concepts and eventual speed increases as well!
Allen is back with the next installment in his look at tapping. In this lesson Allen discusses and demonstrates how you can use tapping to easily extend your range while playing.
Allen is back with more tapping goodness! This time around, he discusses single string tapping.
By this time you should have a pretty strong grasp of tapping basics and be proficient at tapping on one string. In lesson 15 of his Speed and Technique series, Allen starts working you up to tapping on multiple strings!
In this lesson Allen demonstrates an octave displaced, tapped, minor pentatonic scale. This can be useful for solo work and getting around chord changes!
Allen is back with a comprehensive look what what many people call "Touch Tapping." Allen likes to describe this as emulating a keyboard on the guitar.
Now that you should have most of the tapping techniques under your fingers, it's time to put them all together. In this lesson Allen provides you with a piece of music that encompasses all of the techniques he's taught.
To wrap up his current film session and look at the speed and technique series, Allen provides a lesson based around exercises to build your string skipping technique.
Learn rock songs with Allen Van Wert.
Allen Van Wert teaches his neo-classical rendition of this Mozart masterpiece.
Allen Van Wert covers the ZZ Top classic "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers."
Allen Van Wert teaches this Megadeth classic.
Learn this classic hair metal song by the band Winger.
Allen Van Wert teaches this epic Megadeth song that has no less than 11 guitar solos.
Allen teaches this song from the great American grunge band Nirvana.
Allen Van Wert teaches this classic grunge song from the album Nevermind.
Resident JamPlay metallurgist Allen Van Wert tackles the 11 minute epic "Endless Sacrifice" by Dream Theater. Allen meticulously explains all of John Petrucci's guitar parts in this 80 minute lesson. If you are looking for a challenge, this is it!
Here is a lesson on Dream Theater's most popular song. Recognizable by its brooding clean intro and brutal distorted rhythms, this song is a must learn for metal guitarists.
Chances are if you want to learn a song like this you'll want to take your time and sink your teeth into it, learning every nuance. At just over 2 hours this is probably the most comprehensive lesson on this song you'll probably ever find.
As usual, Allen Van Wert explains every part note for note while keeping things light and interesting.
Allen returns to his song lesson series with an in-depth look at the classic rock tune "House Of The Rising Sun" from The Animals. Allen provides a beginner version, the original recorded version, and a varied version you may want to try out live.
Allen Van Wert is back once again with a look at a great rock tune. This lesson covers the song "Dead" by Buckcherry.
Allen Van Wert provides another great rock tune for his song lesson series! This time, he takes a look at the Buckcherry tune "It's A Party"!
Allen Van Wert returns to his songs series with a metal tune from the band Three Days Grace. "Home" is a hard hitting song, with a lot heavy tones going on. Crank up the distortion on this one!
Allen Van Wert takes an in depth look at the song "Still Frame" from the band Trapt. This is a a simpler rock song with a catchy melody to put under your fingers.
Allen Van Wert is back with a look at another 90's rock tune! This time around he teaches the rhythm and lead to "Gel" by Collective Soul.
Allen Van Wert continues his song learning series with a 2000's pop rock anthem from venerable rockers "Fallout Boy!" Dance Dance is a complex rhythmic tune with lots of overdubbing and driving guitars!
Continuing with his look at modern pop rock songs, Allen brings a lesson on Fall Out Boy's "Where's Your Boy Tonight". This tune has layered guitars in multiple tunings.
Allen is back to his song series with a heavier tune. In this lesson, you'll learn "Face to the Floor" by modern metal band Chevelle.
Allen is back again with a look at another song from modern rockers Chevelle. In lesson 21, he covers the popular hit "The Red".
Our Lick & Riff Video Library can help you break out of your standard techniques, and can inspire your creativity to move your playing forward.
Allen has recorded guitar for the famed video game soundtrack composer Jesper Kyd (Composer of Hitman, Splinter Cell and many other big title games) as well as composing and recording for movie trailers and TV commercials. He has also been producing, recording and co-writing for local artists in his small home/project studio.
His three books on guitar technique, ear training and songwriting have helped many students over the past couple of years. Allen has also played in various cover bands in many genres since the age of 16 and has played to over 5000 on a few occasions. He was a featured guest musician on the album "West Coast Shred Fest"
In his spare time, Allen programs video games for fun.
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