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exercises & creative tips for the acoustic guitarist
  • Learn fast lines to include in your arrangements
  • Alternate, sweep, hybrid picking w thumbpick
  • Arpeggios, legatos
  • Harmonics (natural and artificial)
  • Build foundations to develop your own phrases

released with Stefan Grossman Guitarworkshop


In this lesson we will explore my approach to single note techniques on the acoustic guitar.

The aim  is to collect patterns and ideas to build a vocabulary, strengthen the hands and open a path to further exploring to include these lines in your arrangements.

I have been an electric guitarist for most of my life. I had to adapt the things I do on electric to the acoustic guitar. I had to learn how to incorporate these techniques to my thumbpicking arrangements.

Obviously the biggest challenge was doing alternate picking with a thumbpick and not a 
flatpick. I also found that hammer-ons and pull-offs needed a bit more strength, as the strings on my acoustic were heavier than my electric guitar.

My approach and method has been almost 
exclusively the "rock approach" that uses repetitive patterns and then combines them, as opposed to the jazz way that studies entire phrases over changes.

The aim of this lesson is to build a collection of patterns and ideas to develop 
a basis for further expansion and personal adaptation.

(included, with score)

Every lick is explained slowly and clearly
 and then played on a split screen

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  • Alternate Picking (w thumbpick)
  • Sweep Picking (w thumbpick)
  • Hybrid Picking (w thumbpick)
  • Legatos 
  • Arpeggios
  • Natural Harmonics
  • Artificial Harmonics
  • Combinations
  • Using Major scales, Pentatonics, triads.. 
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Do we need to play fast?

While technique alone won't make us great musicians, it allows us to express ourselves freely, with confidence. 

Also fast lines have an emotional effect, they create energy and excitement, and shouldn't be considered just circus. 

Even the slowest players have cool licks that create excitement in their arrangements!


    The main goal of this lesson is to give you the tools to fully understand these techniques and have the means to try and build your own lines. 

    As soon as you have a few of this phrases down, you can come up with your own variations, it's actually the purpose of it all. 

    You will have to sound like yourself, be original, so being able to browse a pletora of techniques will allow you to develop your language. 

How does this work? 

  • This is a streaming only course
  • After you choose a user name and a password, you will be able to stream it on any device
  • one time purchase and it's yours forever!


Whos is this course for?

It is design for acoustic players (medium to advanced) that want to improve their speed capabilities in a musical and unusual way and incorporate faster lines in their arrangements.
I cover a variety of techniques and way I apply them. The intent is giving you the basics and use them as a means to grow your own style. 

What type of licks are included? 

The course covers different types of picking using the thumbpick (alternate, sweep, hybrid) as well as legatos and harmonics, both natural and artificial, also used inside fast lines. This using pentatonic, major scales and arpeggio patterns. A special accent is on the way I apply these technique to make musical lines and not just exercises. 

How is every technique approached? 

Every technique is explained from a basic starting point, and gradually expanded in complexity. You will first learn the basics and then go deeper in more advanced uses of the specific technique (ie alternate picking or legatos)  

How difficult are these licks?

It depends on the speed you play them. They are effective at medium and fast pace, so it really depends on you.
Nevertheless is very important that you build speed gradually and concentrate on a few patterns at a time. Speed WILL come!

How is this different from the HOT LICKS for electric course?  

While some techniques overlap, this lesson is designed to develop strength, speed and ideas to be included in acoustic guitar arrangements or solos. The electric version of this lesson is designed more to create guitar solos. The licks are not the same. 

Do I risk to sound too much like you?

Some people worry about this, and it's understandable. But while copying is never a means to originality, studying somebody's technique and learning to elaborate it in one's personal way definitely is! Everybody started studying somebody else, then created their own path. Without somebody showing us a few possibilities we don't really have much choice. And this course is also specifically designed to uncover techniques and developing the tools to  incorporate them into YOUR creativity. 

Why Should I play fast?

Playing fast is not just circus, it's also a a tool to create excitement in the audience.
Also don't forget these lines are effective at medium speed as well!

HOT LICKS - Acoustic

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Alberto Lombardi

Guitarist, Producer, Artist
Italian virtuoso guitarist Alberto Lombardi is an internationally renowned acoustic solo fingerstyle and electric rock player, record producer and teacher. Has Toured all over the world, played with some of the most influential guitarists of our time, with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel and Peter Finger He's also been teaching for 30 years and released Instructional videos for various publishers like Stefan Grossman.  
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