Ben Higgins – Shredding for Complete Beginners + Win a free 3-month subscription

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Youtube guitarist Ben Higgins, featured in Guitar World and whose videos “30 Shredders In One Solo” and “30 Misplaced Shredders” have more than 3 million views, has just published a complete beginners guitar course at Guitar Master Class.

Ben Higgins Beginner Course

Ben has decided to give it all away and shares the unique process he went through when learning to play guitar. This makes the course personal, and particularly suitable for complete beginners dreaming of being able to shred one day – just like Ben did.

This course covers everything from tuning, learning all the notes on the fretboard, how to hold the pick – to more advanced topics like writing a guitar riff and soloing. While learning the lessons, students can easily reach Ben Higgins via lessons interface or forum for additional guidance and help.

The course is now available to Guitar Master Class members.

In celebration of this new course, Guitar Master Class is offering the first 5 readers who leave a comment below a free 3-month membership subscription!

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Max Sokolov joins Guitar Master Class

Max Sokolov

Guitar Master Class has announced that talented young guitarist Max Sokolov has joined the international guitar learning site as a new instructor, introducing himself with his first lesson: Melodic Rock Soloing.

At only 22 years old, Max already has an impressive musician’s biography based on his music college education, and experience as a studio and band musician. As a Guitarist, Max has gained great control over tone and melody and as such has won several competitions in Russia as well as taking 6th place in The French Guitar contest in 2012.

His style is varied, covering jazz/funk and also soul/hip-hop with some tasteful jazz influences and his lessons will add definite value for GMC students working on their legato and fusion guitar chops. An interesting ingredient in his playing style is his stated love for death metal bands which he claims as an early influence.

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Guitar Master Class intros 40 Guitar Techniques Solo

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Guitar Master Class has announced the 40 Guitar Techniques Solo, a unique guitar solo lesson.

GMC 40 Guitar Techniques

How many guitar techniques are out there? That is the question we asked ourselves. But then it struck us that the question isn’t really relevant – it’s like asking “how many words exist in the world”. What counts is how you use your vocabulary – so that you can form strong and relevant sentences.

We decided to put all essential techniques into one single solo – to lay the basis for one of the coolest Guitar Master Class lessons ever: 40 Techniques Solo
It’s also the first lesson we have ever produced that is completely free to the public! is an international musicians community and guitar instructional guitar web site with over 15 000 members and over 2700 lessons. Our focus is learning through interaction and our instructors are there for you – in the forum, live video chats, through recording collaboration songs and personalized instructor led mentoring programs or for just hanging out. Drop by and say hello!

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Alex Feather Akimov teaches guitar on Guitar Master Class

Guitar Master Class (GMC) has announced the addition of Alex Feather Akimov to the teacher roster of its guitar lesson community.

Alex Feather

Alex is a session musician – guitarist, composer and producer from Los Angeles, USA with a rich experience both from studios and touring. Born in 1986, he was just an 11 year boy when he started playing his first chords on his mother’s old guitar, inspired by his first idols – The Beatles.

Educated from Moscow College of Music and graduated from LAMA (Los Angeles Music Academy) learning jazz and classical guitar, he is now the master of fusion style. He usually gets his ideas from something he would hear as a good beat, here and there, but people who support him like family and fans inspire him the most. Alex is always searching for More and New in all aspects of his music. His favorite guitarist is Greg Howe whom he learned from on LAMA. The two of them recorded together an instrumental song called “Search”. Among other songs on his albums, he recorded a single track with Frank Gambale called “Beautiful Lani” which is featured as his first guitar lesson on Guitar Master Class and will be officially released in the following months. He worked with many famous names like Greg Howe, Steve Vai, Britney Spears, Irene Nelson, Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie Heavy Remix” and others. His third album is being recorded and will be released this year.

When talking about the best promotional tools for a musician, Alex says that fans are the most valuable ones, of course if they like your songs. He believes that the future of music is not on labels anymore, rather on social networks. The musician has to work on his own promotion all the time in order to reach as many fans as he can. His first numerous fans made over 350 thousands of views on his YouTube single “All About The Rain”.

Alex Feather performed more than a 100 shows all around US with great artists. He also worked with famous producers like Skip Saylor, Steven Orchard, Brian Garcia. Alex made a sound track for the movie: “Live Fast, Die Hard”.

Alex is now going to share his guitar knowledge and wide music experience online, on one of the biggest guitar lesson communities: The Guitar Master Class – which will be celebrating 15 000 members in February 2012.
Alex is producing lessons in fusion/funk/jazz style and is available for any questions or just hanging out in the GMC forum.

More information: Guitar Master Class / Alex Feather