Online Guitarist Community and Peer Learning

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What is Peer Learning and Why is it Important?

Peer learning can be defined as 'students learning from and with each other in both formal and informal ways'. Here the emphasis is on the learning process, including the emotional support that learners offer each other, as much as the learning task itself.

For example, research study from Stanford University (https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/418) concluded that students learn best from each other.

At Guitar Hacks students, we are responsible for our own success, but we also have a hand in the success of our fellow students. Through peer-to-peer teaching, students are encouraged to communicate with each other, set goals, and hold each other accountable for the success of the group.

Benefits of peer-to-peer learning include:

  • Direct interaction with other students to promote active learning.
  • Peer teachers will reinforce their own knowledge by instructing others.
  • Peer accountability and community results in reduced dropout rate.
  • Students are more comfortable and open interacting with each other.

Online Guitarist Community and Peer Learning:

The Guitar Hacks online community includes many diverse profiles from all other the world. Thanks to the internet, it is not limited in size, and as such, can grow considerably.

One of the ways we can use peer learning to support other students online at Guitar Hacks is by posting in the comments section under individual lessons and courses.

To maximize your progress and maintain momentum with your practice, do not hesitate to communicate with Kiko and other students by:

  • Reporting any bug, typo or mistake in the video, text or tabs.
  • Asking for clarification on anything you’re having difficulty with or are unclear of.
  • Asking for help if you're feeling frustrated or stuck on a passage or lesson.
  • Sharing your successes and progress openly.
  • Proposing course improvements, ideas or variations on exercises.

Comment levels and rewards for active community members:

You can notice in all comment sections that username of commenters have a badge next to them to show their rank in this ladder:

They are two ways to advance:

  • Post comments to earn points toward becoming Student, Strummer, Rock Star, Shredder and Guitar God badges in that order.
  • Receive upvotes from other users to earn Garage Band, Opening Act and Main Act badges.
  • Roy Roy says:

    Excellent lesson as usual

  • just watched coffee with ola thank you for info on site

  • Kamil Kisiel Kamil Kisiel says:

    Really interesting approach for a lesson site, quite different from others I’ve seen!

  • Always spreading the knowledge I have to help other guitarists improve their playing! We’re just one giant family and I look forward to interacting with everyone here 🙂

  • Tracy Tracy says:

    Something I’ve definitely had issues with over time. I’ve never had a good practice plan. Always just a “let’s dunk with the guitar for an hour or two”.

  • Tracy Tracy says:

    Also here direct from “Coffee with Ola”

  • Mikki Rousi Mikki Rousi says:

    Just bought in! This course is something I’ve been looking for. Thanks to Ola’s covfefe moments.

  • Brad Hill Brad Hill says:

    Hi kiko

    I hope you & your family are well.

    I’m already learning an incredible amount…thank you.

    I was wondering if you could share your thoughts/advice on guitar tones. How you approach cleans, rhythms & leads including FX, gain, mids etc.
    Would it be possible to go through everything from the guitar…why you choose the timber & pickups, the cable you use, any FX & how you dial those in, the amps & their settings, the guitar cabs & speakers etc.
    I hope I’m not asking too much…I understand the fingers play a massive role in our tone, I’m hoping to pick up some great tips on things i could do to fine tune my sound.

    Thank you Kindly

    • Hi Brad,
      For me, my preference has always been to use neck/bridge active pickups, neck-thru guitars and good-quality tube amps with midi capability for a rack effects unit. It gives me quick switching access between very clean reverb tones, and high-gain overdrive “phased” tones. But that is a personal choice.

  • Hi! I am here because I am a Megadeth fan since I was a teenager. Recently I started to listen to Kikos solomusic and felt really inspired. After dedicating the last 32 years classical guitar studiesm, and leaving the electric behind for the las 20 I now want to play electric guitar at a descent level. The course is really well structered and I look forward to progress with you.

  • Just saw Coffee with Ola and I can’t wait to try this

  • Is there a main forum/message board for members or is it all on each lesson page?

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  • Pete Pete says:

    I really like how you break up your practice time into specific times segments…very practical!

  • What’s the best way to memorize the notes for each fret and to understand the theory behind scales?

    • Hi Alan,
      Something that has worked for me is, rather than memorize all notes, is to learn the scale patterns in all positions and then adjust them to the key of the song (or the root of the chords). Melodic control can be achieved by understanding the intervals (which translates into the scales) of the notes of each chord of the song. That’s one approach to theory.

      • Can I just slide the patterns around for the same results but in different keys. I thought I read somewhere that if I slide it down while playing the same root note I get a Dorian mode or something. Would like to learn more on this topic.

        • If you do it will certainly make a sound. It could be a good way to start out if needed at first. Over time I believe you will be able to dial it in. As far as modes Dorian would be the 2nd note from the root note in the pattern or scale so it would be like using the 2nd note in your scale as the root note. Good luck my friend.

          Riff~Life ?

  • The interactive nature of this course is great. Its refreshing knowing that others are working right alongside me to accomplish improving as a goal.

  • Rich5150 Rich5150 says:

    Came here from the Ola Video as well

  • Cesar Neyra Cesar Neyra says:

    Hi Kiko,
    Im new to the site but a fan of yours since Angel´s Cry came out back in 93. I just check your lesson on Structured practice and i think your aproach makes a lot of sense. I´ll work on this for the next few weeks and i´ll let you know how it went…Take Care Man

  • I have enjoyed the peer interaction throughout the course. It shows we all start somewhere and are here to support eachother in our musical journey.

  • Rasto Toman Rasto Toman says:

    Hi Kiko, I saw you live for the first time on the tour with Megadeth and 5FDP here in Europe. I have to say that your playing was incredible. I could read each note you played. Thank you once more for incredible experience. You’re big inspiration for me ???

  • jon jon says:

    im here because of the live on youtube:)

  • Nazmus Sakib Nazmus Sakib says:

    Lets create a forum…. I am a web developer in profession, i can make it if needed….

  • Ricardo Ricardo says:

    Eu estou aqui, porque já ha algum tempo que tinha ouvido falar do curso do kiko, e como acho o kiko um grande músico, e excelente guitarrista queria mesmo comprar o curso e finalmente consegui 😀 !!! Estou mesmo a curtir um montao, estava mesmo a precisar de coisas novas, que me motivassem ainda mais… nunca tive nenhum professor, era td via youtube, mas para mim ja estava a ser uma confusao, e muita informaçao e uma pessoa vai se perdendo no meio daquilo tudo, estou a adorar mesmo este curso!

  • Drew Leo Drew Leo says:

    Hi Kiko! I didn’t get to sign up for the paid lesson 🙁 hopefully next time if you do open another cohort. So here’s a question for you if you have time to answer, or other guitarists as well:

    When you run a long, fast, 3 notes per string phrase with alternate picking, do you keep track of your picking direction? For years I try to perfect alternate picking to ensure that each note is picked but I still feel like there are times that I end up missing a few notes in it.

    For example, when you start with a down pick, 3 notes per string, you would start the next string with a up pick and down again on the next string. If you run across all 6 strings starting with a down pick then you should end with a up pick at the end. But sometimes I find myself ending with a down which means somewhere along the run I missed something.

    Do you pay attention to that at all or am I thinking too much?


    • I find that naturally I tend to go straight down to the next string and start the 3 note pattern again or sweep all the way down if I’m sweep picking a pattern. I would recomend an exercise and practice both ways. On another note it’s always good to slow down some and pay attention to what both hands are doing. Good luck my friend.
      Riff~Life ?

      • Drew Leo Drew Leo says:

        Thanks for sharing mate! Yes I actually have practiced that picking pattern as well. I believe you are referring to economy picking so every string you’d go Down > Up > Down.

        Economy and alternate picking both have its place and application since they do give slight different sound.

  • Skyler mills Skyler mills says:

    Hey everyone, i am about a week in and loving the challenge! The first three weeks are always the toughest, theres a lot of info and work outs here but i have faith in Kikos methods and i am great full to be learning from him!
    I find if i write down a plan for my one hour work out i can focus on multiple things throughout the week, instead of one technique.

    anyways, im looking forward to being a part of this community and i am stoked for everyone’s success!

    See you around


  • Drew Leo Drew Leo says:

    Thanks for sharing mate! Yes I actually have practiced that picking pattern as well. I believe you are referring to economy picking so every string you’d go Down > Up > Down.

    Economy and alternate picking both have its place and application since they do give slight different sound.

  • Marvin Marvin says:

    I’d like to know what your personal goals are and how you are using your daily practice routine to get you closer to your goal. We all want to be the best musician that we can be, that’s obvious and that is why we are here. I personally set a simple short term goal that I can see results with every practice session. Its simply to visualize and master the G Maj. (E min.) across the entire fret board. This includes knowing the intervals, chords and arpeggios at a glance. If I need to, I transpose Kiko’s exercise examples into this key, while strictly following his technique lesson. As soon as I master this key, it will take far less to master the other keys all across the neck. Everyday I can see where I am a better and more knowledgeable player than the day before. This keeps me highly motivate and looking forward to my next practice. Again, please share your goals and how you are working to attain them. You might inspire someone.

  • Pratiu Sahoo Pratiu Sahoo says:

    Hello Kiko Sir… hope your are doing good. This is Pratiu from India. I work.with a metal band and currently have got interested to join your course. Only challenge for me is the course fee. Sir with all due respect just wanted to know if there is any alternative to that.
    Thanks & Best regards,
    Pratiu Sahoo

  • Marvin Marvin says:

    Since I have started this course, my technique and my sound have improve considerably. almost everyday I find myself revisiting material that I have been playing for decades and basically relearning it, except this time with better technique and much more attention to detail. I don’t remember having this much satisfaction out of being nit picky. This was well worth the investment.

  • I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem I sometimes have while playing guitar. I can currently play my licks and scales across the neck at 140 bpm using 8th note triplets, 8th notes,16th notes and 16th note triplets (but the last two not as cleanly). A major problem though, when trying to push my speed boundaries is that when I go up the neck quickly, my picking hand also tends to move up the strings and get closer and closer to the bridge. When trying to go for extremely fast speeds, I find it more comfortable to glue my wrist and the base of my palm to the guitar body while picking, and it allows me to switch between different note durations more easily, but it becomes difficult to move strings. In what position should I exactly hold or place my wrist when trying to go for fast tempos?

    • I recommend a pivot point to anchor your hand. You can either kind of rest your hand on the bridge or anchor the pinky of your picking hand somewhere.

      I still recommend making sure your hand is where you think it belongs when doing your exercises when not a full speed, so your hand kind of memorizes the position.

      Every you start raising the temp for out of the plateau, make sure to correct the position of your hand as needed.

      You need to get control of it.

      Specially if you are looking for floating hand picking, which is actually very hard for some.

      I do recommend finding a pivot point.

      Hope it helps.

  • Hello,

    I am here to improve my skills!

  • I’m happy I purchase the course and learning how to slow down and Gain control in my hands

  • Kiko! I watched your live No Gravity performance! Very helpful to understand how your ideas on GUITAR HACKS are applied to your music .. thank you for the backing track download. Can we download or purchase other tracks from NO GRAVITY – I would enjoy the ENFERMO backing track!

    Thank You,

    Sotirios Agelopoulos

  • Remy Remy says:

    Hey Kiko, what about creating a “Guitarhacks” Discord server to encourage peer learning? It would be so cool to chat with all of you guitar practitioners!

  • Should post a link to that new forum here or somewhere else on the site.

  • Devin Devin says:

    Kiko how much does fret board memorization come into play when you improvise. I am trying to learn the notes on the fret board and feel this might be a combination of patterns and realizing the note name when you play. I also think your ear comes into play to know what notes to accent. Was wondering your thoughts.

  • I asked this in the new Modes course but maybe this is a better spot to do so.

    Is there a way you suggest to merge the workout exercises with the study of the modes to get the most out of my time?

    I do know that with the sweep arpeggios you are already dealing with the triads and the scales.

    What do you suggest?

    Thank you.

  • Devin Devin says:

    I was wondering if anyone here knows a good guitar luthier? Having a hard time finding one and had a project in mind.

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