Each Weekly Lesson description includes a brief overview of what you can expect to learn by studying the program.  For a complete description of what is taught in the course download the Complete Table of Contents.  Each lesson is designed to take a week to accomplish.  You won’t be overwhelmed by the material because each lesson is designed to give you just enough to work on this week but not so much that you’ll become frustrated.  These are all downloads that include a short video, printable tab, lesson materials, backing tracks, and fretboard diagrams.  These lessons are only $7.95 each.  You may select four lessons and enter 4-weekly-lessons in the coupon window to pay less than $5 apiece.  Still, the best deal is to purchase the Complete Guitar Course – it’s available in both DVD and download format.

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Lesson 1

Getting started : tuning guitar : how to read tab : how to hold a pick : power chord basics : basic picking technique : parts of the guitar : Guitar Pro software : rock guitar sound from your amp : pentatonic scale position 1

Lesson 2

Form the correct habits : chord progressions : octaves : sharps and flats : guitar lick basics : using Guitar Pro : note names : pentatonic position 2 : scale shape overview

Lesson 3

How much time to devote to practice : open chords : how to read chord diagrams : angle of fingers and finger pressure : song and backing track : minor pentatonic position 3 : goals and level of commitment

Lesson 4

Pentatonic position 4 : 2 songs with backing tracks : riff song : kinda heavy song : pentatonic licks and riffs : pentatonic 4 position review

Lesson 5

Rhythm guitar discussion : speed and accuracy exercise : pentatonic position 5 and review: play along song exercise : string heighth and guitar set-up : pentatonic shapes

Lesson 6

Explanation of rhythmic notation : Em Am open chords : balad with backing track : AC/DC style with backing track : commentary on being a guitarist, practice & motivation

Lesson 7

The barre chord experience begins : drop D tuning, first step to master the barre : power chords with one finger : Molten Metal (heavy tune with backing track : I, IV, V progression : intervals : major scale analyzed : 5 string barre : making practice a habit

Lesson 8

Beginning of top ten tips for guitar mastery : the value of repetition : making practice sessions effective : speed and accuracy exercise : 3 diatonic patterns : triplets : six string barre chords continued : shapes from E Major barre progressed up the neck : A Major, A minor 7th, A minor, 7th barre chords : songs with backing tracks

Lesson 9

Tip 9 to become an amazing guitarist, create your own program : hammer-on technique : Doug’s favorite dexterity exercise : great acoustic guitar technique : all of the common open chords for rock guitar : chord chart

Lesson 10

Tip 8 to become an amazing guitarist : pull-off technique : hammer technique continued : speed and accuracy exercise : D, Dm, Dm 7, D7 five string barre: tricks include pick rake, volume sell, whale mating call

Lesson 11

Tip 7 to become an amazing guitarist : improvising : finding the key to a song : Internet era guitar playing : song “Aces High” with backing track : hammers and pulls combined : hammer-pull triplets : string bending technique : bend with vibrato

Lesson 12

Tip 6 to become an amazing guitarist : 4 rock n roll progressions from simple to complex : 4 backing tracks to play along with the progressions : pull-off / hammer-on finger exercise

Lesson 13

Tip 5 to become an amazing guitarist : string muting technique : double-kick aggresive song with backing track : really cool riff song with backing track

Lesson 14

Tip 4 to become an amazing guitarist : A minor chord progression : A major chord progression : hammer pull riff with backing track

Lesson 15

Beginning of intermediate section : tip 3 to become an amazing guitarist : vibrato : natural harmonics : pick harmonics : tremelo picking : two-hand tapping : whammy bar technique : bend / tap : chromatic finger exercise

Lesson 16

Tip 2 to become an amazing guitarist : song with backing track / barre chord practice : linear chromatic finger exercise : A minor lick featuring slide technique : C minor pentatonic lick with bend and pull : Speed and Accuracy exercise

Lesson 17

Tip 2 to become an amazing guitarist : hypnosis is not a factor : the incredible Lick – O – Matic : ear training tool : 4 note lead : 4 note lead backing track for improvising lead guitar practice

Lesson 18

The beginning of the Pentatonic Zone : pattern 1 practice : first part of 5 section pentatonic lead : backing track : metronome info : using Guitar Pro tab : advanced pick holding : track your progress : repetative movement injuries

Lesson 19

Pentatonic Zone continued : pattern 2 practice : 2nd part of pentatonic lead : backing track : triplet demonstration and exercise : sequences : building leads : no shortcuts (motivational)

Lesson 20

Pentatonic Zone continued : pattern 3 practice : how to develop automatic technique : alternate fingering : 3 pattern review : 3rd part of pentatonic lead : bonus sixteenth note sequence

Lesson 21

Pentatonic Zone continued : pattern 4 practice : accuracy test : four sequences reviewed : four pentatonic patterns reviewed : section 4 of pentatonic lead and backing track

Lesson 22

Pentatonic Zone completed : next lesson preview : 5th pentatonic pattern practice : octave lower : complete 5 part pentatonic lead with backing track : Doug’s Trower jam

Lesson 23

Beginning of the 5 note lead (Weeks 23 – 25) : reasonable expectations and goals : trapezoid shape : 4 note box reviewed : chord progression for 5 note lead : BB King Blues Box : first part of lead in 3 parts at slow and normal speed : rhythmic and melodic variety

Lesson 24

5 note lead continued : explanation of midi based software : speed and accuracy exercise : new section with backing track of the song “Back in Time” : Song review

Lesson 25

Week 3 of the 5 note lead series (final week) : student challenge : track progress : “Back in Time” lead section : entire 5 note lead and backing track : speed and accuracy exercise : this lesson begins part 2 of the course

Lesson 26

First in a series of five lessons on diatonic patterns, similar to the five-week program on pentatonic patterns. Consistent Practice Habits | First Pattern in Natural Minor | Seven Chords of the Natural Minor Scale | Playing Over Natural Minor Backing Track

Lesson 27

Second in a series of five lessons on diatonic patterns, similar to the five-week program on pentatonic patterns. Second Pattern in Natural Minor | Intervallic Structure of Minor Scale | Single-String Scale Patterns | Relative Major Scale | Playing Over a Major-Key Backing Track

Lesson 28

Third in a series of five lessons on diatonic patterns, similar to the five-week program on pentatonic patterns. Staying Motivated | Third Diatonic Pattern | Dorian Mode and Harmony | Playing Over a Dorian Backing Track

Lesson 29

Fourth in a series of five lessons on diatonic patterns, similar to the five-week program on pentatonic patterns. Fourth Diatonic Pattern | Phrygian Mode and Harmony | Four Modes Demonstrated Over Single Root Note | Using Diatonic Patterns to Play Different Modes

Lesson 30

Fifth in a series of five lessons on diatonic patterns. Fifth Diatonic Pattern | Mixolydian Mode and Harmony | Combining Diatonic and Pentatonic Scales | G Mixolydian Backing Track

Lesson 31

Week 31 – Breaking your speed barrier- tips and methods for playing FAST! Proper techniques for playing shred guitar. Important exercises for your daily practice routine.

Lesson 32

Learn the rhythm part and complete solo for “Moving On” by Doug Marks (previously known as “The Stage Three Lead”).

Lesson 33

“Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar (Revised and Updated) – Part One of Three

Lesson 34

“Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar (Revised and Updated) – Part Two of Three

Lesson 35

“Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar (Revised and Updated) – Part Three of Three

Lesson 36

Learn the rhythm guitar parts for the classic Hawk song “Can’t Fall in Love”.

Lesson 37

“75 of Doug’s Favorite Classic Licks” – Part One of Three – 25 Pentatonic Licks

Lesson 38

“75 of Doug’s Favorite Classic Licks” – Part Two of Three – 25 Pentatonic Licks

Lesson 39

“75 of Doug’s Favorite Classic Licks” – Part Three of Three – 25 Aeolian (Natural Minor) and Dorian Licks

Lesson 40

Rhythm guitar parts for the Hawk song “Tell the Truth”, plus one of the most challenging licks of the course, taken from the song’s solo.

Lesson 41

Rhythm guitar parts and melodic solo for the song “Beyond the Gate” (formerly “Stage Four Lead”). Several different playing techniques are covered in this lesson. (Part One of Two)

Lesson 42

Rhythm guitar parts and melodic solo for the song “Beyond the Gate” (formerly “Stage Four Lead”). Several different playing techniques are covered in this lesson. (Part Two of Two)

Lesson 43

“Step-by-Step” solo (formerly “Stage Five Lead”) – very challenging! Part One of Five

Lesson 44

“Step-by-Step” solo (formerly “Stage Five Lead”) – very challenging! Part Two of Five

Lesson 45

“Step-by-Step” solo (formerly “Stage Five Lead”) – very challenging! Part Three of Five

Lesson 46

“Step-by-Step” solo (formerly “Stage Five Lead”) – very challenging! Part Four of Five

Lesson 47

“Step-by-Step” solo (formerly “Stage Five Lead”) – very challenging! Part Five of Five

Lesson 48

“Step-by-Step” solo (formerly “Stage Five Lead”) – Complete from start to finish! Also- “Final Exam”- pass this and get an official “Certificate of Completion”.