Courses for Guitar Players Who Want to Steadily Advance

Sam Russell, instructor for


hopefully you've found the free lessons and articles on the website useful. But I've been wondering, how can I help you with you guitar playing even more? 

The answer I came up with was by creating courses that can help you steadily progress from A, to B, to C... to wherever you want to get to. 

So I've created this page to talk a bit about the courses and membership that I'm thinking of creating... and you can let me know if you think they are a good idea or not.

How will the courses benefit you?


Training Programs

The courses will be built as training programs. This means that as you work through the program, each lesson will build incrementally on the previous lesson. 

The training programs will take you from barebones fundamentals, such as how to play a one string scale and hold the pick properly and build you up (for example) to being able to play a variety of patterns and scales, anywhere on the neck, in any key, with minimal effort.


An Integrated Approach to Learning

One problem with traditional only courses, is that they are limited in scope to the course.

Now this might sound obvious, but consider this.

Being able to shred a scale is great. But how do you make that sound musical? Where can you use that scale? What else can you do with it?

That is where integration comes in. 

Being able to integrate shredding a scale with ornamentation techniques and use of rhythm takes a scale from being a scale to being a solo that people love.

Integrating your scales with sweep picking skills allows you to create impressive runs that sound incredible.

Integrating your technical skills with music theory allows you to do all of the above over interesting chord progressions. 

There is no way we could cover the above in a single course. By having a membership, we can offer all of the above, and more, in multiple courses that you can build into your playing.


A Supported Approach to Learning

What's the biggest problem with learning from YouTube, courses, books...?

You can't ask a book a question. If you leave a comment on YouTube... maybe you'll get an answer if you're lucky...

A great feature of a membership site is the ability to offer ongoing support to you. 

We will build a dedicated forum to answer all your questions about the course material, so that you are confident that you understand the material that you're covering.

There may also be live Q&A sessions each month to help answer additional questions you may have.


It's All About Practice

Showing you a new idea on guitar is useful.

Showing you exactly how to practice it is how you will progress.

All lessons will contain instructions on how to go about practising the lesson. 

We will also cover effective practice techniques as we progress. 

While there are no shortcuts to learning guitar, some methods are more effective than others, and I'll share every useful trick and tip I've learned, to help you practice in the most effective way possible.


The Goal

So what is the objective to the different training programs that you will be taking?

Incremental Mastery. 

Mastery of small things, followed by mastery of integrating small things together, leads to mastery of big things. 

Mastery of big things allows you to do very fun things with your guitar playing and musician skills!

Training Programs and Courses

Here are some of the training programs that we are thinking of creating. Each topic will be more than just a lesson, you will be trained on how to thoroughly implement it on the guitar.

Please note these are just ideas / outlines - they will probably change as we start working together, so that the programs accurately reflect how students are learning.

Late Beginner / Early Intermediate Programs

Lead Guitar Technique 1

These are all with the major and natural minor scale:

  • Picking on string scales 
  • Thumb muting 
  • Two string cells 
  • Two string sweep picking 
  • Six string scale patterns 
  • Extended picking patterns

Scales Training 1

The minor pentatonic scale:

  • 6 string boxes
  • Diagonal scales 
  • The blues scale

Ornamentation 1

  • Different types of note ornamentation
  • Ornamentation with the minor pentatonic scale
  • Ornamentation with the major / natural minor scale

Chords and Rhythm 1

  • Understand how to read and play a huge variety of rhythms on guitar
  • Strumming patterns for open chords
  • Strumming patterns for open chords

Rock Rhythm 1

  • Power chords
  • Palm muting
  • Integrating power chords into riffs

Basic Music Theory

  • Notes on the fretboard
  • The theory behind scales
  • Triads
  • Harmonised scales 

Music Tech 1

This will be a guitarists guide to using a free program called MuseScore, which is great for scoring music:

  • Writing guitar tabs
  • Using fretboard diagrams
  • Vital keyboard shortcuts
  • Import / Export
  • Creating custom metronomes (vital for effective practice!) 

Intermediate Training Programs

Lead Guitar Training 2

  • Complex patterns and rhythm
  • Major / natural minor scale and pentatonic scale integration

Scales Training 2

  • The harmonic minor scale
  • The melodic minor scale
  • Programs for both scales will include:
    • Picking patterns
    • Ornamentation integration
    • Application

Sweep Picking

  • Basic mechanics
  • 3 string sweep picking patterns
  • 4 string sweep picking patterns
  • 5 string sweep picking patterns

Ornamentation 2

  • Stacked ornamentation
  • Advanced vibrato techniques
  • Ornamentation mirroring
  • Lick development with ornamentation


  • Basic technique and introduction
  • Application to triads
  • Application to minor pentatonic scales
  • Application to sweep picking / sweep tapping

Chords and Rhythm 2

  • 7th Barre chords
  • Power chords with open strings
  • Triads on the neck
  • Triads on strings 6, 4-3
  • Triads on strings 5-2
  • Triads on strings 6, 4-2

Improvising with Arpeggios 1

  • Improvisation using arpeggios
  • Playing over diatonic chord progressions
  • 3 string arpeggios with non-harmonic tones
  • 5 string arpeggios with non-harmonic tones

Rock Rhythm 2

  • Complex rhythms
  • Complex riffs

Composition Basics

  • Writing chord progressions 
    • Rock chord progressions 
    • Basic functional harmony on guitar
  • Melody writing
  • Combining chords and melody

Song Composition

  • Writing guitar riffs
  • Writing guitar harmonies 
  • Writing guitar solos
  • Writing bass guitar parts
  • Writing drum parts
  • Writing vocal parts
  • Song structure

Instrumental Composition 1

  • Prolongation progressions
  • Sequential progressions
  • Cadential progressions
  • Phrases
  • Sentence and period
  • Small ternary form
  • Standard form

Logic Pro X Skills

  • Writing guitar tabs in Logic Pro X (LPX)
    • Score editor 
    • Chord diagrams
  • How to use virtual instruments
    • Drums
    • Bass
    • Synths
  • How to use a MIDI keyboard
    • Data entry
    • Demoing any instrument 
  • Recording workflows
  • Practising workflows
  • Importing MIDI from Guitar Pro / MuseScore

Advanced Training Programs

Scales Training 3

  • Hungarian minor scale
  • Neopolitan scale
  • Application and integration with other scales 
  • Sweep picking integration 

Advanced Integration

  • Etudes forcing you to creatively work on a wide range of skills within a short musical piece.

Chords and Rhythm 3

  • Seventh chords on strings 5-2
  • Seventh chords on strings 6, 4-2

Instrumental Composition 2

All of the following will be applied to rock guitar:

  • Hybrid phrases
  • Theme and variations
  • Rondo form
  • Sonata form
  • Concerto form
  • Hybrid forms


  • Orchestration in song writing 
  • Orchestrating in instrumental composition 
  • Using sound libraries

Composition 2

  • Functional harmony and chromatic chords
  • Complex modulations
  • Chord-scale relations for the above
  • Counterpoint

"Woah hold up - that seems a bit overwhelming!"

That was quite a big list of potential courses we covered, and I can understand that it might seem overwhelming (or maybe it sounds quite exciting...?). 

And you're right, it is an enormous amount of material. 

Being realistic, it will probably take a few years to get through (if we're lucky!).

But here's the thing.

In two years... three years time... you're going to be older anyway. You can't stop time moving forwards.

So why not be much, much better at guitar in two to three years time? 

I've typically found that people tend to overestimate what they can do in the short term, and chronically underestimate what they can accomplish in the long term. 

At the end of the day, all you have to do (if you join the programs), is login, work through the next lesson, and practice.

If you sustain that, I can promise you'll be astounded at where you can get to with your playing in a few years.

"You talked about improvising and composing, but I'm not creative..."

It's true, not everyone is creative. Not everyone can go and write a number 1 song (although, given some music I've heard recently, I'm not sure why anyone would want to write a number 1 song these days).

But with the correct training, you can definitely write something. 

I'll prove it to you right now.

Here are some chords that work together: Am, C, Dm, Em, F and G.

Pick 4 of them - don't think about it, just choose.

Now pick an order for them - don't think about it, just choose.

Now play it on guitar.

Congratulations! You just wrote your first chord progression.

Pretty easy, right? 

Now... if I provided a few music theory lessons, you would understand how to find sets of chords that work together. 

If I provided some rhythm lessons, you would know how to write rhythms for the chord progression you just wrote.

If I provided arrangement lessons, you would understand how to write a bass guitar part and a drum part.

If I provided Logic Pro lessons, you would understand how to go and record that on Logic Pro. 

Hopefully you're starting to understand, that these big ideas can all be broken down into tiny parts.

And if we walk through the tiny parts, one at a time, you can assemble them into bigger parts.

This applies to writing instrumental guitar compositions, improvising and writing songs.

Being good at playing guitar and music doesn't require "talent", it requires practice and study.

That's why this website is called study-guitar.

"It's easy for you to say that, you've never heard me play..."

I'll let you in on a secret. When I was learning guitar, I was terrible. I mean... really terrible. 

I had a reputation for playing out of time (not great...).

The only reason I got any good at playing was because I was too stubborn to quit. 

A lot of years and a lot of work later, I now have a couple of albums to my name.

If you consistently work at your guitar playing, you will improve.

It really is as simple as that.

Main Features

Step by Step Training Programs

Feedback and Discussion

Community of Like Minded Guitar Players

Learn How to Use Musical Tools Properly

Monthly Live Q&A Sessions

Have Fun Becoming a Guitarist and Musician!

"Ok I'm interested... what's the price?"

As an early bird, getting started offer, there will be two options available. 

$17/mo or $170/yr. 

This will be the lowest price we ever offer as a founding member discount, as we intend to at least double the price over the coming years.


A low cost pay as you go option





  • All courses
  • Forum support
  • New lessons every month

Membership is not yet open, however, you can join the waitlist below:

Joining the waitlist carries no obligations to join, but it does mean you will get first access to the best possible price and access before we open to the public.

If no-one signs up the for the waitlist, this will be taken as a lack of interest and the above courses will not be created.