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Here’s my review on the Framus Idolmaker. This is one of the “Teambuilt” ones made in Germany.

There are 2 things that I want to mention right off the hop… This guitar is the most comfortable electric guitar I have every played (and I own a Stratocaster, Mustang, Les Paul, SG, 2 Acoustics, And a Flying V).

When I have a comfortable guitar, it helps me practice more. I’m able to relax and focus on what matters – my finger and wrist technique, rather than tensing up unnecessary muscles. This by the way is what a lot of shred guitarists talk about – staying relaxed! The Framus Idolmaker helps me do just that.

Additionally, I run an online guitar school and the Framus Idolmaker has become my “go-to” guitar teaching weapon because when I’m logging in lots of hours in front of the video camera, or on Zoom guitar lessons, I’m just more comfortable doing it.

Ok, the next big thing is the versatility. + Read More

Here’s my small pedalboard build with a mobile power supply. It’s powered by the Rockboard LT XL rechargeable pedalboard power supply. This little power supply has charged me (no pun intended) with a ton of excitement in my world of guitar gear.

I have a big, beautiful pedalboard all built out on the Rockboard Cinque 5.2 and I love it!

BUT…

I’m not joking when I say that my pedalboard is too big to fit on some stages!

Yes. It’s happened.

So of course anyone can put together a small pedalboard build, but you still run into the same power supply issues – you’re either loading up your pedals with annoying (and environmentally unfriendly) 9V batteries, or searching for wall outlets and occasionally getting plagued with “60-cycle hum”. + Read More

Start your 7-day FREE trial to JamPlay here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

After my phase I lessons on JamPlay for “Rock Guitar For Beginners” comes this phase II course “Classic Rock Guitar”. This is a perfect guitar series if you’ve got some of the basics down and you love all the 60s, 70s, and 80s Rock guitar stuff from all the greats like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton.

Get access to this course, 5 other Will Ripley/JamPlay courses, and thousands of other top notch guitar lessons

Start your 7-day FREE trial to JamPlay here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

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Here’s a vocal coach reaction to Chris Cornell singing a Soundgarden song from the Badmotorfinger album called “Slaves & Bulldozers”. It probably showcases Cornell’s vocal peak with his ability to have distorted vocals, with epic levels of intensity.

This reaction is from Celebrity vocal coach Roger Love who is likely the best vocal coach in the world. He’s trained actors like Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) and Jaoquin Phoenix (as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line).

He’s also worked with actual rock star singers ranging from Def Leopard and Motely Crue to Gwen Stefani and John Mayer.

He’s got a full fledged vocal program providing 3 different levels which you can find out more information on here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/sing

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“How To Master Your Singing Voice” (Interview w/ Roger Love). Is he the best vocal coach in the world? HE’S GOT TO BE. Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice and vocal coaching. He has over 30 years of vocal coaching experience and has helped thousands of people find their voice, some of whom include Oscar, Screen Actors Guild, and Grammy Award winners.

I recommend that you join his Roger Love Vocal Academy. His team has generously offered you as an audience member a HUGE discount when you register for any of his singing training levels when you sign up at this link ► https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/sing – use the promo code “STAR” to get 10% off.

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This is the Rockboard “MOD 5”. It’s a cabinet simulator D.I box…but who cares what it is – what will it allow you to do? Perform, Record and practice your guitar (or bass), easier than ever before.

PERFORM: This is the ultimate platform for rehearsals and gigs that DOES NOT require an amp!

I was confused on this…like…uh, how do you get wicked guitar tone without an amp?

Well – as you know, FX pedals like distortions, overdrives etc… All essentially emulate an amp so the idea and design behind the MOD 5 was to create a platform where you can use your dirt pedals and get your ‘base tone’ from your pedalboard, then instead of your output cable going into an amp, it’s going into the MOD 5. + Read More

Get a 7-day free trial to these powerful acoustic guitar lessons here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

It was a total blast recording this series and sharing this acoustic guitar series with the world through JamPlay.

You’ll discover the basics like chords, chord strumming, changing chords, finger position and technique.

After the basics are covered, we’ll quickly accelerate into ‘intermediate zone’ where a guitarist will get more of those acoustic guitar trademark techniques like when a guitarist plays WITHOUT a pick. So we’ll tackle the technique of ‘fingerstyle’ and finger picking as well as basic strumming without a pick.

Speaking about strumming, not only will you discover all my chord changing and chord strumming techniques, but also, how to advance your strumming so you can really sound like a pro by injecting a ton of rhythm into your playing. + Read More

Get free access here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

I was invited to JamPlay because of my success at Campfire Guitar Star and one of the guys from JamPlay knew who I was and had seen my guitar lessons online before.

Recording this series was kind of a “trial run”. I didn’t know if they’d have me back for more.

Fast forward…

I’ve recorded 6 guitar lesson courses at JamPlay!

This one, “Rock Guitar For Beginners” started it all. It’s my ground-up approach that I’ve been delivering since 2006 with awesome results. It’s the exact process that I would take a beginner guitar student on when someone hires me for private lessons. + Read More

To get access to “In The Style of Slash” start a 7-day FREE trial to JamPlay here: https://www.jamplay.com/ripley

Slash is one of my favorite guitar players. I’ve seen him live 4 times and actually have a funny video of me and my pal Dan catching the encore to Paradise City in the front row: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNWf5rQ57g0

Slash has been highly inspirational to me as a guitarist because he approaches the guitar differently than my other favorite players. As much as I love Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante, Tom Morello, Jimmy Page etc…. Slash has a different approach, tone, melodic nature and an insane technique to his playing that’s both fascinating and VERY difficult.

As a player, I’ve decoded Slash’s style and have been sharing it with beginners and intermediates over in my course on JamPlay called “In The Style of Slash”. + Read More

Get FREE access to “Building the Blues” here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

It seemed like a good time to tell you about “Building The Blues” because I’m going live tomorrow, Friday May 29 for “Albert The King” which will be #2 in my series of “Rock Guitar Solo of The Week”. Tune in at 5:30pm ET right here on the channel to catch it live.

That link up top will get you a 7-day FREE trial to JamPlay where you’ll get access to “Building the Blues”….5 of my other courses…AND thousands of other guitar lessons on JamPlay.

“Building The Blues” was a lot of fun to create and share. It focuses on 2 main things in the blues:

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Get FREE access to “Building the Blues” here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

It seemed like a good time to tell you about “Building The Blues” because I’m going live tomorrow, Friday May 29 for “Albert The King” which will be #2 in my series of “Rock Guitar Solo of The Week”. Tune in at 5:30pm ET right here on the channel to catch it live.

That link up top will get you a 7-day FREE trial to JamPlay where you’ll get access to “Building the Blues”….5 of my other courses…AND thousands of other guitar lessons on JamPlay.

“Building The Blues” was a lot of fun to create and share. It focuses on 2 main things in the blues:

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Details Here: https://www.campfireguitarstar.com/will-ripley-jamplay

Over the years I’ve been lucky as a guitar instructor to be featured on JamPlay.com – probably the largest and longest running online guitar school on the planet.

During this whole self-isolation and quarantine thing with COVID-19, JamPlay reached out and asked if I would create an 8-week LIVE course for JamPlay and the Campfire Guitar Star community.

Introducing “Rock Guitar Solo of The Week”

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Rock Rhythm Guitar Techniques

Thank you for checking out this video! By choosing to focus on rhythm guitar, you are a very rare, yet valuable breed of guitar player! There are millions of fantastic lead guitar players on planet earth right now. The guitar world is literally saturated by them. Great rhythm guitar players on the other hand are far less common.

One of the easiest things you can do to separate yourself from the pack is to focus on rhythm guitar.

For the last few years, I have been intentionally surrounding myself with musicians that aren’t guitar players. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Nobody wants to jam with yet another guitar “shredder” that can only solo or play simple riffs. The 80’s are over. Musicians want to jam with someone that will actually contribute to the jam!

With some of these techniques I’m going to show you today, you’ll become that awesome rhythm guitar player. Even if you aren’t as fast as the shredder doing two handed Van Halen tapping, you’ll be a far more valuable commodity in the guitar world! Not to mention, rhythm guitar playing is super fun and the listener connects with it much more. + Read More