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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.
Keep yourself accountable and get peer support from a community of like minded guitar players.
I felt stuck, not truly motivated to practice, and just rehashing the same things. I lacked a comprehensive, step-by-step practice regime with concrete action items.
After taking the course, the fundamentals in all areas of guitar playing improved dramatically. Now I know what to practice each day and what to rotate in and out to keep things fresh. A virtuous upward spiral.
I saw the most improvement with strict alternate picking + sweep picking + legato. Economy picking comes naturally to me, so forcing myself to really practice strict alternate picking has actually been great. Getting better at strict alternate picking has also helped my economy picking and sweep picking. I knew the importance of legato, just never felt like practicing it seriously before.
I'm highly motivated and seeing improvements on a daily basis. And because I already have a practice regiment in place, more of my time can be devoted to learning/applying music theory and learning songs. I have tried many guitar instructional programs, but this is by far the best. Many great guitarists can't teach; many teachers aren't necessarily great guitarists themselves.
Kiko is the rare individual who is great at playing AND great at teaching. His mastery of all music styles (not just Metal!) is truly inspiring.
I've been playing for a long time and never got to a level I wanted to be playing at. It took a long time to learn new songs and I couldn't play many solos by some of the great guitarists.
Guitar Hacks breaks things into smaller steps and different exercises to get things improving slowly. It is more dynamic then most other lessons and creates more confidence in playing.
I improved the most on scales and string skipping. I feel I'm getting better and still working towards more advanced playing.
I recommend Guitar Hacks because Kiko is a great master at playing and teaching. He has a way of making things seem simpler then they actually are and his calm, warm demeanor gets the student to be less frustrated and more inclined to improve. In the future, I'd love to see an in depth lesson on getting great tones for playing live and for recording.
I was doing very poorly, with no real grasp of the fundamentals, coupled with no game plan for how or what to practice. P
Guitar Hacks provided a focus on the fundamentals, coupled with a structured lesson plan. My alternate picking definitely improved and I'm moving forward on my journey as a guitar player.
It's a well structured course and Kiko does make himself available for questions through monthly YouTube streams.
I have not seen any teacher with this kind of involvement. Kiko you are like God to me.
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 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.
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.
The interactive nature of this course is great. Its refreshing knowing that others are working right alongside me to accomplish improving as a goal.
Thank you a lot for this awesome training strategy.
It is my first week with your method and I surprise myself noticing improvements already.
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).
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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