Lewis Turner - Back to Basics Guitar Lessons

Welcome to "Lewis Turner - Back to Basics," an essential guitar course crafted by the talented Lewis Turner. This series of lessons is designed to refine and enhance your existing guitar skills, focusing on core techniques that every guitarist needs to master. Whether you're an intermediate player looking to solidify your foundation or an advanced guitarist aiming to polish your skills, these lessons will provide valuable insights and practical exercises.

Developing What You Already Know

The journey begins by building on your existing knowledge. This section focuses on reinforcing your current skills, ensuring you have a solid grasp of fundamental techniques. By revisiting the basics, you'll gain a deeper understanding and a stronger foundation to tackle more advanced concepts.


  • Reinforces foundational skills.
  • Ensures a strong technical base.
  • Prepares you for more complex techniques.

Timing & Rhythm Essentials

Understanding timing and rhythm is crucial for any guitarist. This section covers the basics of maintaining a steady tempo, counting beats, and playing in sync with a metronome. Mastery of these elements is essential for playing with others and creating music that feels cohesive and engaging.


  • Improves timing and rhythm accuracy.
  • Enhances your ability to play with a band.
  • Develops a solid sense of timing.

The Elasticity of Time

Explore the concept of time elasticity in music. Learn how to manipulate tempo for expressive effect, and understand how subtle changes in timing can impact the feel of a piece. This lesson will teach you to add nuance to your playing by varying your speed within a musical context.


  • Adds expressiveness to your playing.
  • Enhances your musical phrasing.
  • Develops advanced timing control.

Rhythmic Subdivisions

Delve into rhythmic subdivisions to understand how to break down beats into smaller units. This knowledge is crucial for playing complex rhythms and improving your overall sense of timing. You'll learn to navigate various subdivisions, from quarter notes to sixteenth notes and beyond.


  • Expands your rhythmic vocabulary.
  • Improves precision in complex rhythms.
  • Enhances your ability to follow and create intricate patterns.

Finding Notes on the Fretboard

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the fretboard. This lesson focuses on identifying notes across the neck, which is essential for improvisation, composing, and learning new songs. By mastering the fretboard, you'll be able to navigate it with confidence and ease.


  • Improves fretboard navigation.
  • Enhances improvisational skills.
  • Facilitates easier learning of new pieces.

Vibrato & Bending

Develop your expressive techniques with lessons on vibrato and string bending. These techniques add emotion and character to your playing, allowing you to create more dynamic and engaging solos.


  • Adds emotional depth to solos.
  • Improves expressiveness.
  • Enhances your overall playing style.

Five Positions of the Minor Pentatonic Scale

Master the five positions of the minor pentatonic scale, a fundamental tool for any guitarist. This scale is the cornerstone of many genres, including rock, blues, and jazz. Learning all five positions will allow you to play across the entire neck with ease.


  • Expands your soloing range.
  • Improves scale navigation.
  • Provides a foundation for improvisation.

Practicing & Linking Pentatonic Shapes Together

Learn to connect pentatonic shapes seamlessly. This lesson focuses on transitioning smoothly between the five positions, enabling you to create fluid and cohesive solos. Practice exercises will help you integrate these shapes into your playing naturally.


  • Improves solo fluidity.
  • Enhances improvisation skills.
  • Develops a cohesive playing style.

Linking Pentatonic Licks

Take your solos to the next level by linking pentatonic licks. This section provides a collection of licks and teaches you how to combine them creatively. You'll learn to build longer, more interesting solos by linking various phrases together.


  • Expands your lick repertoire.
  • Enhances creativity in solos.
  • Improves your ability to construct engaging solos.

Five Shapes of the Major Pentatonic Scale

Explore the major pentatonic scale and its five shapes. This scale offers a brighter, more melodic sound and is a staple in many musical styles. Understanding its positions across the fretboard will diversify your soloing options.


  • Adds variety to your playing.
  • Enhances melodic soloing.
  • Expands your musical vocabulary.

Relative Major & Minor Scales

Understand the relationship between major and minor scales. This lesson will teach you how to switch between relative major and minor scales seamlessly, providing a broader palette for improvisation and composition.


  • Expands your scale knowledge.
  • Enhances improvisational flexibility.
  • Develops a deeper understanding of music theory.

Playing in Different Keys

Learn to play in various keys with confidence. This section covers techniques for transposing scales and licks into different keys, which is essential for playing with others and adapting to different musical contexts.


  • Improves adaptability.
  • Enhances musical versatility.
  • Prepares you for various playing scenarios.

Improvising Through Different Keys Using Pentatonics

Develop your improvisational skills by learning to navigate through different keys using pentatonic scales. This lesson focuses on key changes and how to smoothly transition between them during solos.


  • Enhances improvisational skills.
  • Improves key-changing techniques.
  • Develops advanced soloing capabilities.

Developing Technical Ability - Alternate Picking Part 1

Start building your technical skills with alternate picking. This essential technique improves your picking speed and accuracy, allowing for cleaner and faster playing.


  • Increases picking speed.
  • Improves accuracy.
  • Enhances overall technical ability.

Developing Technical Ability - Alternate Picking Part 2

Continue advancing your alternate picking skills. This lesson delves deeper into more complex patterns and exercises, pushing your technical abilities further and ensuring precise, efficient picking.


  • Refines picking technique.
  • Enhances speed and accuracy.
  • Develops advanced technical skills.

CAGED Chord System

Learn the CAGED chord system, a powerful tool for understanding chord shapes and their positions on the fretboard. This system simplifies learning and recalling chords, making it easier to play across the neck.


  • Improves chord knowledge.
  • Enhances fretboard understanding.
  • Simplifies chord transitions.

CAGED Major Scale

Master the major scale using the CAGED system. This lesson teaches you how to apply the CAGED method to major scales, providing a structured approach to scale practice and improvisation.


  • Expands scale knowledge.
  • Enhances improvisational skills.
  • Simplifies learning major scales.

Performance by the Tutor

Watching Lewis Turner perform is an integral part of these lessons. Seeing the techniques applied in a musical context helps you understand how to use them effectively. Performances showcase the practical application of the skills you're learning, offering inspiration and a clear example to follow.


  • Provides real-world examples.
  • Inspires creative application.
  • Demonstrates techniques in context.

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Explore these comprehensive lessons and elevate your guitar playing with "Lewis Turner - Back to Basics." Each technique and concept is designed to help you grow as a musician, ensuring you develop a well-rounded and advanced skill set.

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