Basic Course 1983

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


This is the audio course that started it all. The package includes all eight of the original lesson and also has plenty of early eighties memorabilia. There are three audio CDs to play in your car or home player and one data CD for your computer. Insert the data CD in a computer CD drive to print copies of the original eight booklets, our first three ads, The Metal Message newsletter, and a program guide.

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In 1984 my ex-wife Londa and I wrote six newsletters and combined them into a booklet called The Metal Message that’s included in this package. Londa discussed image and I discussed music. I’ve shared many of these stories in my lessons and newsletters since then but it is interesting to read these observations written as I was living the experience. I answered student’s questions in The Metal Message and it’s surprising how similar their questions were then to the topics discussed on our Forum today. The Metal Message is filled with letters from students about their guitar hopes and dreams. It’s interesting to read these letters from fifteen-year-old students that are now grown adults in their forties. That’s unbelievable.

I’ve also included our first three Metal Method ads on disk. The first one was a tiny 1/6th page ad, the second one was a 1/3rd page ad, and the final one was our first full-page ad. It’s the one with me playing the white Randy Rhoads Charvel / Jackson (pictured). The three ads were all published in the first year that Metal Method existed and show how quickly the program grew.

What’s Included?
There are three audio CDs to play in your car or home player and one data CD for your computer. Insert the data CD in a computer CD drive to print copies of the original eight booklets, our first three ads, The Metal Message newsletter, and a program guide.

When you read the full-page ad you’ll see that this material originally sold for $80 back in 1983. So, after adjusting for inflation over the past twenty-seven years this should sell for $4,999.99. That’s less than $5,000! But if you act now, it’s all yours for only $29.95.

Obviously I’m kidding about the $5,000… not the $29.95. For $29.95 you get the first eight lessons: Metal Gear, Metal Primer, Metal Progressions, Metal Tricks, Metal Licks, Metal Theory, Lesson Seven (Van Halen), Lesson Eight (Randy Rhoads), and all of the additional materials.

I hope the original 1983 puts some of my first students in touch with their original motivation to play guitar. For the rest of you, this may be an interesting look back at the inspiration for much of today’s hard rock and metal.

Additional information

Compact Disc, Digital Download

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Basic Course 1983

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rick Rice

    I bought the original white cassette tape versions of Metal Tricks, Metal Licks and Metal Theory when when they were first released in 1982. I liked them so much that I followed up with Metal Gear, Metal Primer, Metal Progressions and also the Van Halen and Randy Rhoades Lessons. These were by far the best guitar lessons that I have ever purchased and they allowed my to progress much faster than I had been previously. I also signed up for the Metal Message newsletter (and even made the shirt). When I saw that Doug made the complete 1983 version of these courses available on CD, with a DVD for the accompanying written materials, adds and newsletters, I jumped at it. These are still my favorite guitar lessons of all time. The booklets are informative, yet concise and allow me to reference specific sections quickly without having to fire up a computer or DVD player and queue up the section I want to reference. I later bought the 1992 and 2012 version of the Licks Lesson, but this is still my favorite version. There are 30 more licks here that are not included in subsequent versions of the course. Additionally, more positions on the neck are covered, as well as both major and minor licks. I consider each version of the licks lesson to be complimentary to each other. Each is great on its own, but together they are synergistic! For example, comparing the various versions of the licks lesson teaches you how to use the same lick in multiple positions on the fretboard, convert licks from minor to major, as well as learn how take the same lick and tweak it for different styles; e.g., in the 1983 Licks Lesson, Doug demonstrates how to modify notes and timing to make the same basic lick sound alternately like Van Halen, Randy Rhoades, or Robin Trower. He also demonstrates more tricks in this version of the course than in subsequent versions. Highly recommended!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karl Bork

    I bought the original licks tape in 83′. I was desperately trying to figure out how play guitar. It was a handful back then. The licks are all over the neck and they are challenging. I decided to re-purchase this entire original package because I remember how good it was. It’s a great value, and now I have to VH And Rhoads licks!! I’m nearing 50 now and this material is much easier for me to play and so much fun. The bottom line; if you want to play hard rock guitar like it was meant to be played, this is a great starting place.

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