There's nothing "sexy" about this intensive from TrueFire's educational guru, Brad Carlton. No fancy moves, no killer licks, no theoretical epiphanies — absolutely nothing herein that will get your blood moving fast. Unless of course, you share the same attraction to the pain and suffering that pros have a penchant for while developing Top Gun left and right hand techniques. These techniques comprise the requisite tool kit for achieving the economy of motion and physical prowess necessary for monster play.
Carlton drills you on left-hand muting; left-hand stretching; left-hand slurs; left-hand trills; left-hand finger rolls; right-hand staccato; hill and valley picking; 1, 2 and 3-note per string picking; hybrid picking; 3 and 4-voice hybrid picking; pivot fingers; guide fingers; dragging fingers; prepared guide fingers; 1-finger double-stops; harmonic finger rolls; finger walks; string hopping; staccato voice; pedal tone bass; chord bass lines; 2, 3 and 4 finger exercises; standing on the bass; standing on the treble; standing on 2 notes; and barre exercises.
Notice anything odd about the preceding list? That's right. No bends, tremolo, legato, hammers or any of the usual "essential technique" suspects here (see other TrueFire courses for the skinny on those). The techniques focused on in Essential Techniques are not so much "expressive" as they are dexterous, bordering on ninja for an intermediate to early advanced player (Attention beginners! This is not a good place to start your guitar adventures).
Why then should intermediate and early advanced players dedicate time in the shed to get a grip on these techniques? Short answer; no pain, no gain. Better answer; to strengthen your physical faculty for performing at your full potential.
We all have our share of "bad" left and right hand habits. These are the speed bumps that prevent us from breaking through to that next level. They keep us from developing speed, precision and fretboard torque. The toughest part of Essential Techniques will be breaking those bad habits. The easiest part of the course is learning the correct right or left hand technique. The zen of Essential Techniques is the physical enlightenment you'll notice immediately in your playing.