Instructional Video

Advanced Lead Guitar Techniques

This video was filmed in New York City just before the Mind's Eye CD was released. When we were recording Mind's Eye, Tommy Aldridge was getting ready to do an instructional video for Hot Licks® Video. He took a few of the tunes that we had recorded along with him and played them for Hot Licks President, Arlen Roth. Arlen liked the tracks and gave me a call to see if I would be interested in doing a video.

The story of making this video is something that I will never forget. I was scheduled to film on a Saturday. A drummer was in to film his video on Friday, and did not quite finish everything, and so he had to come back in to finish up on Saturday morning. I ended up waiting around for him to finish for SEVEN HOURS! He finally finished at 6:30 p.m.

We now had a big problem in that I was returning home on this evening, and the last train home out of New York City was leaving at 8:30 p.m. So, Arlen and I sat down for about five minutes trying to decide whether we should go for it or forget it and reschedule. At one point we had decided to reschedule, but then we decided to go for it. We had to leave at 8 p.m. to get to the train station on time which meant that we would have around 1 hour and 15 minutes to do an hour-long video! What were we thinking? We had to be crazy to try this.

Luckily, as usual, I had come extremely prepared and well rehearsed. The first 55 minutes of the video is totally live with absolutely no stops. NO EXAGGERATION! About 55 minutes into the taping, I made a mistake, and we had to stop once and continue for the last 5 minutes. The entire video was done with one stop. There was a big clock on the wall, and if you watch the video, you can see me looking over at the clock a few times.

I had done an hour-long video in one hour and five minutes. We immediately left the film studio and hurried to the train station where I got on my train as it was leaving. Amazingly, we had pulled it off.

This video was Hot Licks' biggest seller for years. I have gotton so much positive feedback from players about this, that it astonishes me. I am really glad that I could be an inspiration to so many guitarists.