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​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. 

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


William M.

Wow !

Thank you a lot for this awesome training strategy.
It is my first week with your method and I surprise myself noticing improvements already.

Alan Woodward

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.


Sweep vs alternate

1st exercise is already very effective. I had to focus on NOT sweeping those patterns and only use alternate picking.


I felt my playing was weak, with no focus: just noodling for hours without real objectives. With Guitar Hacks, I'm organized with lots of material to practice.

I saw the most improvement with alternate picking. I learned that I must organize my practice sessions to improve faster on the instrument.

I would like to see an ear training course from Kiko, that would be really appreciated!


I felt like I was hitting a wall in my playing; just learning songs and playing. My technique wasn't improving because I didn't know how to practice. Guitar Hacks helped by providing structure to my daily practice and by focusing on specifics rather than just noodling.

Pretty much everything improved from alternate picking, string skipping to hybrid picking. It really makes a difference to have a routine to practice. I feel like I can always learn new things and put them to practice. This course gives ideas for you to create your own stuff and improve as a musician. That really helps make a difference in your playing.

Thanks to Kiko for creating this course.

Alan Woodward


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


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!

Brian Robert

One of the best guitar purchases I’ve ever made

What is unique about this course is that Kiko not only tells you “what” to practice but he shows you “how” to practice it. This is where most courses fail IMO. The program gives you exercises to not only build killer technique but tools to create music with! One of the best guitar purchases I’ve ever made! Obrigado Kiko and your team!


I felt I was stuck on the same level of technique; slowly getting better, but too slow. I was practicing in the same way all the time and got stuck with the same results.

Through Guitar Hacks, I learned how to structure my practice time in a better way and how to push beyond my plateau. Also the idea of practicing "musical exercises" was sort of revelation to me.

I improved with most techniques, but especially alternate picking. I have more confidence in my playing and feel better than before. I can see how it will get even better over time.

Thank you for the course and I would like to see even more of them coming (especially about songwriting and composition processes).


I used to get lost on playing my stuff and only focus on playing some old songs, because I didn't have any program or discipline to start practicing.

Kiko helped me a lot with dividing up different parts of the techniques that I need to focus on. He also provides guidance on to how to arrange and schedule the practice.

After the course I noticed the most improvement on my alternative picking. I'm also understanding the modes more confidently than before, but I still need to work hard of course. I would recommend Guitar Hacks to my friends.

Keep uploading different topics on guitar techniques. I would also like to know the settings on your guitar and how to use the different pickups for soloing. ??

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.



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