Watch the Electric Expression online guitar lesson by Andy Timmons from Electric Expression

Hey everybody, this is Andy Timmons, and welcome to Electric Expression. I started playing guitar when I was 5 years old. I had a little toy plastic guitar, and I was playing one string melodies. My earliest musical memory was the instrumental section in the Beatles' song "I Saw Her Standing There". It was the flip-side of the "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 45. I didn't know it was a guitar solo, but the sound of that electric guitar drenched in reverb certainly set the tone for the rest of my life. From that point on, my life just seemed to be revolving around music. Every record my older brothers bought were electric guitar driven. That energy and that sound became my goal. I wanted to be able to learn how to make those sounds, how to play those notes and those chords, and be a part of that amazing energy.

I've organized this course into two separate sections. The first being 18 essential concepts, which are foundational building blocks that can help all of us, from beginner to advanced, and take your playing to the next level. We're going to cover everything from voice leading through chord tones to chromatic ideas, all the way to phrasing and motivic development. In the second section we're going to take everything we've learned from the first section and apply it in a musical situation over 6 different performance studies. After each performance I'm going to beak it down for you. I'm going to show you how to apply some of these concepts and how I'm plugging them into these musical situations. All of the key examples will be tabbed and notated for you plus you get the backing tracks to work with for all the examples so you can apply these ideas on your own. All right, enough talking. Grab your guitar. Let's plug in and play.