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exercises & creative tips for the electric guitarist
  • Learn fast lines in a variety of techniques
  • Alternate, sweep, hybrid picking
  • Arpeggios, legatos, bendings
  • 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 electric guitar.

The aim  is to collect patterns and ideas to build a vocabulary, strengthen the hands and open a path to further exploring.

"Growing up as a musician in the early 1990s, there was a lot of focus on technique but at the same time I was fascinated by the players that used their instrument in a very musical way, i.e. with unusual picking and note choice solutions.
I was oriented by “pure” techniques like speed with alternate picking or legatos, but also loved fast flying phrases that were at the same time flashy and musical."

(included, with score)

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

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  • Alternate Picking
  • Sweep Picking
  • Hybrid Picking
  • Legatos
  • Arpeggios
  • Bendings (in phrases)
  • Combinations
  • Using Major scales, Pentatonics, triads.. 
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Check out one of the licks!!

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 the audience!


    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 medium to advanced players that want to improve their speed capabilities in a musical and unusual way. 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 (alternate, sweep, hybrid) as well as legatos and bendings 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 acoustic course?  

While some techniques overlap, this lesson is designed to develop strength, speed and ideas for electric guitar solos. The acoustic version of this lesson is designed to create phrases to incorporate into solo acoustic guitar arrangements and compositions. 

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 - electric

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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, and kept teaching for 30 years, also released Instructional videos for various publishers like Stefan Grossman.  
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