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Guitar wizard Jon Skibic records and tours with international alt-rock superstars The Afghan Whigs, and he teaches for Music School Online when he’s not on the road. A formidable lead player and alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Jon has toured with such diverse acts as Fountains of Wayne, The Blue Man Group, Juliana Hatfield, and the musical Rock of Ages. His performance skills have taken him onscreen with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the CBS Morning Show, and America’s Got Talent. Finally, Jon’s work as a Guitar Product Specialist includes consulting and video demonstrations for companies such as Line 6, Fishman Transducers, and Electro-Harmonix. Jon’s MSO guitar tutorials dive deep into rhythm parts, lead lines and soloing, and cover important performance details for a wide range of current hits and rock classics. Everyone from beginners to advanced guitar heroes will find inspiration here. Jon Skibic endorses Seymour Duncan pickups, Electro-Harmonix effects, Malekko pedals, and Ernie Ball strings.
 
 
Bartender by Lady Antebellum Part 1
Chords and Song Form
 

Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the rhythm guitar part  featuring chords in a minor key in the verses, but chords in a relative major key in the chorus. 

 
 
00:08:30
Intermediate
 
Bartender by Lady Antebellum Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic shows you how to play the guitar solo using the B minor scale and teaches you the chords and provides you with playing techniques.

 
 
00:10:19
Advanced
 
Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
Open G Tuning
 

Jon Skibic shows you how to play this song in an alternate tuning, called Open G,  throwing in some specific performance tips to help you sound like Keith Richards and the original record.

 
 
00:17:09
Beginner
 
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd Part 1
Chords and Song Form
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) shows you how to play the main rhythm parts of the song using open and bar chords.

 
 
00:12:01
Beginner
 
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the guitar solos in the song and shares some tips to help you better achieve the distinct style and sound of David Gilmour.

 
 
00:10:52
Advanced
 
Drink In My Hand by Eric Church
Open G Tuning
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) teaches you to play this very "Stones-y" tune with very similar open G tuning which Jon demonstrates how to achieve. 

 
 
00:10:41
Intermediate
 
Girl Crush by Little Big Town
Arpeggios
 

Jon Skibic shows you how to play this song and explains how to approach the techniques used including arpeggios and palm muting. It's also a great opportunity to practice playing in 6/8 time.

 
 
00:10:38
Beginner
 
Homegrown Honey by Darius Rucker Part 1
Suspended Chords
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you to play the guitar riff with the delay effect, the suspended chords in the chorus, and a cool guitar riff in the verse that switches octaves.

 
 
00:11:09
Advanced
 
Homegrown Honey by Darius Rucker Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you the guitar solo to this country smash and provides you with playing techniques, including string bending, to master these guitar licks.

 
 
00:06:52
Advanced
 
I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
Riffs & Chords
 

Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the song in true Johnny Ramone style, showing playing techniques like palm muting and consistent downpicking to help you sound just like the record. 

 
 
00:11:32
Beginner
 
Kerosene by Miranda Lambert
Riffs & Chords
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) shows you how to play this song using open string riffs and fast downstrokes. 

 
 
00:10:20
Beginner
 
Neon Light by Blake Shelton
Pentatonic Scales
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) demonstrates how to play the guitar riffs which feature double stops and bends in a major pentatonic scale.

 
 
00:17:06
Intermediate
 
Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin Part 1
Basic Parts
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the intro which features hammer-ons, pull-offs, and movable shapes and gives advice on how to perform the different strumming patterns used in this section. 

 
 
00:18:02
Intermediate
 
Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin Part 2
Riffs & Chords
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the acoustic rhythm part, sharing useful tips on how to approach the ghost notes, dampening, and syncopation featured throughout the song.

 
 
00:12:19
Intermediate
 
Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin Part 3
Additional Parts
 

In Part 3, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the electric rhythm guitar parts, explaining the featured playing techniques, such as power chords, harmony parts, and hammer-ons.

 
 
00:15:39
Intermediate
 
Pinball Wizard by The Who Episode 1
Chords and Song Form
 

Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield) demonstrates how to play the acoustic guitar part and explains the pedal notes and modulations used throughout the song. 

 
 
00:17:07
Intermediate
 
Pinball Wizard by The Who Part 2
Using Dynamics
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic demonstrates how to combine the acoustic and electric guitar parts, and how to use dynamics and the volume knob to give more dimension to your performance.

 
 
00:06:23
Intermediate
 
Somebody Like You by Keith Urban Part 1
Suspended Chords
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you the main parts of the song, including the banjo part, and about playing with open strings and suspended chords, which are heavily featured throughout the song. 

 
 
00:11:47
Intermediate
 
Somebody Like You by Keith Urban Part 2
Guitar Solo
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you the guitar solos and explains and demonstrates the techniques featured in these solos, including bends, use of the whammy bar, pedal notes and much more.

 
 
00:15:52
Advanced
 
Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones Part 1
Bar Chords
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play this classic song which features bar chords. You can play it on a 12 string or 6 string guitar.

 
 
00:10:26
Beginner
 
Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones Part 2
Playing Like The Record
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the embellishments in this song, so you can sound like Keith Richards when you play it.

 
 
00:08:28
Intermediate
 
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd Part 1
Basic Parts
 

In Part 1, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the intro to this classic song and gives tips on how to play the hammer-ons and pull-offs used in this section.

 
 
00:10:07
Beginner
 
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd Part 2
Lead Part
 

In Part 2, Jon Skibic teaches you how to play the lead guitar part on the intro and gives tips on how to play the hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends and double stops used in this section.

 
 
00:09:40
Intermediate
 
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd Part 3
Chords and Song Form
 

In Part 3, Jon Skibic shows you how to play the verses and choruses and shares tips on how to practice the strumming patterns and chord switching to achieve a comfortable, clean sound. 

 
 
00:07:30
Beginner
 
You Really Got Me by The Kinks
Rock Rhythms and Melody
 

Jon Skibic demonstrates how to play the rhythm guitar part and the melody from the classic song which features power chords and a slick melody line.

 
 
00:08:12
Beginner
 
 
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