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Dave MacKenzie has been playing guitar for 30 of his 45 years on this earth. Starting back when he was 14 years old, Dave picked up the guitar and started to learn from his oldest brother, who had played some guitar as well. Dave was hooked, and couldn't learn fast enough! Everything from the Beatles, Chicago, Ted Nugent, The Eagles, you name it, Dave was trying to play it.
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David currently offers 48 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 41 beginner lessons and 7 song lessons.
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In his Phase 1 series, David MacKenzie will walk you through the basics of rock guitar.
David discusses the parts of the guitar. He also gives you some basic techniques to get you started.
In this lesson, David introduces basic power chords. Great fun for beginners!
David introduces some basic chords and chord progressions.
David provides a brief explanation of what notes, chords, power chords, and arpeggios are.
This lesson is all about increasing your speed and coordination. David demonstrates basic picking exercises.
David MacKenzie presents a mysterious sounding chord exercise. This exerices is designed to improve right hand technique.
In this short lesson David talks about practice, discipline, and how you should apply yourself when learning and mastering the guitar.
Double stops can bring new life to your rhythm and lead playing. David provides a short tutorial on what double stops are and how they can be used.
David covers the basic major chord shapes. Every guitarist must learn these basic chords.
David MacKenzie walks you through the basic minor chords. Expand your knowledge of chords with this fun-filled lesson.
Major scales are an essential component of all styles of music. They can also be used as a great way to orient yourself with the fretboard.
David MacKenzie explains how to practice the major scales along with a fun backing track.
David MacKenzie proceeds to an in-depth discussion of the minor scales.
David MacKenzie shows you how to play the natural minor scale over a rockin' JamTrack.
David demonstrates an excellent one-string exercise in this lesson. This exercise will improve your dexterity and knowledge of the fretboard.
Hammer-ons and pull-offs are techniques that enable you to play with a smooth, legato feel.
David MacKenzie gives a crash course on bending in this lesson. Bends can add a lot of soul to your playing.
David MacKenzie teaches two rock licks inspired by Yngwie Malmsteen and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.
David returns to the world of hammer-ons with a fun new exercise. This lesson includes a JamTrack.
David returns to the world of pull-offs with a new exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.
David MacKenzie returns to bending technique in this lesson. This lesson features a backing track that is designed for bending practice.
Integrating vibrato into your guitar playing is a great way to add emotion and soul. David MacKenzie explains the basics of vibrato in this lesson.
David MacKenzie introduces the pentatonic scale.
David MacKenzie introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson.
David MacKenzie explains a two octave pattern of the major scale.
David MacKenzie introduces a two octave natural minor scale pattern.
David teaches a two octave pattern of the major pentatonic scale.
David MacKenzie teaches a two octave version of the minor pentatonic scale.
David MacKenzie teaches several licks based on common arpeggio patterns. This lesson also includes a backing track to jam with.
David MacKenzie introduces some important rhythm basics in this lesson. This lesson also includes a backing track exercise.
David MacKenzie explains various power chord voicings. By simply moving a finger or two, new power chords can be formed.
David MacKenzie introduces some new amazing licks.
David MacKenzie introduces the tapping technique and teaches a fun exercise. This lesson includes a backing track.
David MacKenzie teaches another amazing tapping exercise.
The third tapping lesson elaborates on the previous lesson by adding open strings.
The fourth lesson in Dave's tapping series deals with a monster diminished lick.
In lesson five of his tapping mini-series, DMac provides backing tracks that you can tap over.
In lesson 38, DMac demonstrates some tremolo techniques to add to your repertoire.
DMac returns to his tapping instruction with more advanced techniques.
In lesson 40, DMac teaches you how to play various D chords all the way up the neck.
In lesson 41, David discusses the octave and its uses while playing.
David MacKenzie will teach a wide variety of songs from genres such as metal, rock, punk and more.
David MacKenzie teaches you how to play "The Star-Spangled Banner."
This lesson is based on the song "Electric Eye," which was recorded by Judas Priest in 1992. Learn Dave's interpretations of the song's signature riffs.
Learn the rest of Dave's version of "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest.
David MacKenzie covers "Closer to the Heart," a classic song by Rush.
In this lesson David MacKenzie teaches an advanced arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner." This lesson includes a backing track.
David Mackenzie teaches a rock oriented interpretation of Pachelbel's classic "Canon in D."
DMac teaches a Trans-Siberian styled rendition of "Carol of the Bells."
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