Dave Weiner

Dave Weiner

From Steve Vai

-13-year member of Steve Vai’s band (’99-present), 8 world tours, playing over 700 shows in over 50 countries. -Recognized by NARAS for 4 Grammy nominations (guitar player, audio engineer) for his work on various Vai recordings. -3 solo records: “Shove The Sun Aside” (2004), “On Revolute” (2010), “A Collection Of Short Stories: Vol. 1” (2012). Dave’s solo records have shipped to all 50 states and over 45 countries. Founding member of Philadelphia-based fusi... (more)

Dave currently offers 21 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 21 lessons in our Artist Series.

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Dave Weiner Artist Series

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Acapella Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner introduces his series with a lesson on the importance of rhythm in your playing and his concept of acapella playing.

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Style And Attitude

Dave "David J" Weiner returns with a lesson on how to play with style and attitude. He covers all the basic techniques you'll need to get started.

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Dynamics And Phrasing

In this lesson David J teaches you about dynamics and phrasing and how this all ties into his basic musician development concept.

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Building Stamina With Melodic Phrasing

David J continues his look at phrasing and shows you how to simultaneously build your stamina while playing over backing tracks.

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Melodic Playing And Motifs

Dave talks about turning repetition into melodic playing and how to start using motifs in your playing.

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Learning The Fretboard

Dave switches gears and focuses on theoretical concepts. In this lesson he explains different ways to gain knowledge of the fretboard.

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The CAGED System

Dave shows you a way to find and learn the notes on the fretboard using the CAGED system. He then shows you how he would practice using the CAGED system.

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Transitional CAGED Based Licks

Dave shows you how to advance your fretboard knowledge by creating licks that bridge the CAGED shapes.

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Open String Licks

Dave continues teaching how to master the fretboard by teaching open string licks.

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Intervallic Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner explains how to avoid sounding scalar. He shows how to jump around the scale and not just play sequentially.

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The Technical Side Of Playing

Dave "David J" Weiner switches gears and gets in-depth with techniques. In this very informative lesson Dave shows what to practice, how to practice technique, and his own personal practice routine.

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Alternate Picking

Short lesson, years to master. Dave talks about alternate picking and how to practice it!

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David J talks about legato technique, which uses very little or no picking. He shows you how to develop the technique and how to play longer runs on the fretboard.

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Sweep Picking

David J shows the basics of sweep picking and also shows you how to make it more musical.

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David J continues his look at various integral techniques to playing guitar with a lesson on tapping. He not only shows you how to do various tapping techniques but shows you how to use them in a real musical situation.

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Hybrid Picking

David J finishes his lessons on technique with a video on his favorite technique, hybrid picking or "chicken pickin'". He shows how to get the country sounds and also how to incorporate it into every aspect of your playing.

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Improv Concepts

David J explains how the ability to improvise is a good test of a musicians understanding and ability on the instrument.

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Improvising With Chords And Scales

David J shows you how to practice improvising first by using scales and then how to improvise with chords.

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Improvising With Motifs And Licks

David J revisits the concept of playing with motifs and shows you how to use it in your improvisation. He also shows you that building a lick vocabulary is vital to spontaneous playing.

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David J teaches you how to incorporate the concept of storytelling into your improvisation. This concept utilizes everything Dave has taught up until this point.

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Dave "David J" Weiner Interview

Dave sits down with JamPlay.com and talks about various subjects including his start with Steve Vai and his current projects.

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