Guitar Hacks

Take your Guitar Skills to the Next Level

with Kiko Loureiro

Grammy Award Winner - Megadeth

Kiko teaches You how to practice effectively

  • build a solid foundation
  • Develop a highly motivating practice schedule
  • Learn from an actively touring musician
  • Join a community of like minded players

Get started for free

Break your bad habits and jump start your playing:

How to divide your time

Are you feeling Stuck? Learn to structure your practice routine and guarantee progress.

Practicing a challenging song

Watch Kiko practice a difficult song and apply his tips to master your own challenging riffs or solos. 

People powered

Keep yourself accountable and get peer support from a community of like minded guitar players.

About Kiko Loureiro

Kiko has played guitar for over 25 years and has performed all over the world. He started teaching when he was just 16, and has given lectures, seminars and clinics in over 50 countries. He is co-founder of the acclaimed Brazilian heavy metal band Angra and is currently the lead guitarist of the legendary band Megadeth with which he won the "Best Metal Performance" Grammy Award for the  song "Dystopia".

Kiko is also a very experienced teacher, and throughout his career has produced five different instructional videos. Lately he released seven online courses in Portuguese, transforming the playing and musicality of over 3000 students. 

Kiko has also been an instructor as part of guitar camps from renowned musicians including Allan Holdsworth, Paul Gilbert and in 2018 was part of the lineup of the G4 experience with Joe Satriani.

what students say about Guitar Hacks


After playing on and off for over 20 years and now a father of three with no time, I was starting to feel very discouraged musically, and that I wasn't reaching my goals. I would play riffs and my technique was starting to fade.

I am mostly self taught with no youtube or local teachers back in the day. Fast forward, I was at place where I didn't know where to go next - no clue. Do I just learn riffs to get good? My practices became nostalgic playing music from the 80s/90s, and I had no idea where to go next. I thought in order to improve I needed to set aside entire days to practice hard riffs like I did when I was young. It was eating away at me whenever I would see my guitars just sitting there collecting dust.

Guitar Hacks has helped me in so many ways! First off, I have learned that my journey is not all that uncommon and that everyone goes through similarities as they develop. GH helped me understand how to maximize the time I do have, to break down components (e.g. separate right hand from left /technique from riff, etc.) while celebrating small wins. This helped me rebuild the foundation! Through the set lessons, live and relatable sessions with Kiko, interacting with others, it really helped me open my mind. I now feel more confident and accepting of where I am and what I need to do to improve. With the loving support of my family, I have built a habit of practicing daily - even if it's only 30 minutes or while everyone is in bed.

I've had the biggest breakthrough with alternate picking, sweep picking, and modes. With picking, up until this course, I have never taken the time to think of the strike quality and economy of motion. Relating the sound and speed of sweep picking to alternate picking (starting slow) was mind blowing. Now I'm learning about modes and I am really taking my time to memorize and understand.

I feel like each day spent opens up doors. I am much more confident, patient, happy, and motivated to learn while on this life-long journey as a guitarist. I am not afraid to accept a struggle in my playing and own it until I can overcome. I have been able to play more challenging licks in less time. My improvisation s feel more musical!

It can feel overwhelming having so much material available for musicians today. What sets this course apart from others is that it is holistic, engaging, and continuous. Kiko's course flows very logical, it's structured and self paced, which is what I need. I have been able to correct many bad habits and design a practice routine that works! It didn't take long to start seeing results.

Kiko, Giorgo (and others), thank you so much for working on this course and the continued innovation that keeps it evolving. Kiko, I'm so appreciative of your live sessions with the opportunities to ask you questions and help others.

Alan Woodward

I felt like I was a good guitar player, but stuck in a rut regarding my musical vocabulary, my approach to writing music, and lead guitar parts. Old habits are hard to break, I was re-hashing old licks and writing songs the way I was doing since the 1990's.

Right away, I noticed after every lesson that I could leveraged new techniques and blend them with my knowledge to enhance my own writing style. I saw most improvement with Alternate Picking and Legato lessons. I feel like I am evolving as a modern rock guitarist and my musical future looks bright.

Guitar hacks is a well-rounded guitar discipline/routine that would help any style of guitarist looking to improve their musical abilities. It blows me away that a rock star like Kiko shows honest enthusiasm about being a guitar instructor. He enjoys sharing his own strengths and limitations as a guitar player with his pupils. This shows me he is honest, humble and a great person all around.


I was pretty unmotivated about following a routine. I always felt that in order to improve significantly, I needed way too much time to practice, which I normally do not have.

I loved the approach of out of the plateau Alternate picking and tapping. I have better chops despite having very little time to play. I feel that I am ready to integrate my ideas into the exercises.

I absolutely would recommend Guitar Hacks, I already talked a friend into enrolling.


Stagnated. I can play tabs and was learning slowly, but never got to the point to where I could feel like I could just play. Little progress, practiced a variety of areas, but never felt that I was actually moving forward. Guitar Hacks provided a more professional trainer that actually enjoys teaching, explaining things better, and in a more logical way.

I have more overall focus on the things that were either overlooked, misinformed, or just not explained well previously. If I had to pick one thing I saw most improvement on, it would be left and right hand muting.

I have zero background in music or instruments, so I am very slow to learn this stuff. But I enjoy it and I can start to see progress in my playing. Kiko is a trusted teacher who enjoys teaching and comes from a wide variety of guitar styles. He's a professional who doesn't act like a snob and cares about his students. I love having tabs to follow along off-line.

I know when I teach someone about something I know very well, I tend to assume that they will understand it like I do. Not always the case, some are slow and need step-by-step, others catch on quickly. Overall, I highly recommended this course for all levels of students.


I felt I was making some progress, but it was very slow and very boring at times to practice. I think I wasn't using my practice time as efficiently I could because I kept doing the same exercises from youtube everyday. I felt I was stuck not making much improvements.

Guitar Hacks helped me discover all of the weaknesses in my playing. It helped me practice more carefully, by examining the minor details that needed to be improved in my technique. I also overcame many of the speed barriers with the Out Of The Plateau approach.

I think my legato was helped the most. I never did the fundamentals to increase my articulation before, but after doing the legato practice I'm able to play legato notes much more clean and clearly.

I feel I am much better and faster after completing the Guitar Hacks courses. I know how to practice everything I need and I can improvise better. Practicing is fun now after seeing improvements almost daily!

I would recommend Guitar Hacks to anyone who is struggling to get better -- I think it is the best guitar course for more serious players.

Thank you, Kiko, for helping all us guitar players reach beyond our potential! I hope you do more courses relating to techniques and improvising!


Before Guitar Hacks, I thought that I couldn't play guitar with a band or in any solo project -- I have severe problems with the metronome, precision and accuracy.

Kiko showed me a structured way of practicing and provided a guideline for everyday practice which helped from the very beginning.

I saw the most improvement on alternate picking and legato. I am gaining confidence and improving gradually.

Surfing around the internet and youtube wouldn't give any proper direction, but with Kiko, you will find a road map which you can navigate to become a master in Alternate Picking, Legato, Hybrid Picking, Sweep Picking and Tapping. With guided video and pdf lesson.

I wish all the best to Guitar Hacks and The magician, Kiko Loureiro.


I tended to go around in circles and always do the same exercises. I think I lacked technique and organization in my work sessions, I could not make certain connections between theory and practice without an organized program.

With Guitar Hacks, we know which steps to take to improve our technique, with an understanding of how to apply it with confidence. My alternate picking has improved the most. I feel more reassured, but I still have a lot to learn before creating connections with what I am learning and how comfortable I am playing it.

I love the program's way of organizing a practice session, moreover, the community is great to help us.



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