Truefire - Andy Timmons' Electric Expression (2014)
The music universe is blessed with so many truly gifted guitarists. There are amazing performing guitarists, highly sought-after session guitarists, successful solo-recording guitarists, rock star guitarists, master educator guitarists, guitarist’s guitarists, and then there’s Andy Timmons — all of the above. Andy is the consummate guitarist. He’s done it all and he continues to do so. If you were lucky enough to see him live in Danger Danger, he blew your mind. His highly acclaimed session work and solo recording projects speak for themselves. He’s served as Olivia Newton John’s musical director for many, many tours. He’s an international rock star. Most impressive of all? Ask any top guitarist to name five of their own favorite players and Andy’s name will make every list.
You’re in for a treat because Andy is also one of the most naturally talented educators that we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and we’ve worked with a lot. We’re thrilled to welcome Andy to the TrueFire family with the launch of his first interactive video course, Electric Expression!
Whatever style you play, and whatever level you play at, you’ll find something of significant musical value for you within Andy’s Electric Expression curriculum. In fact, we suggest you just sit back and watch the entire course before you even pick up your guitar. Then go ahead, plug in and dive deep into this truly remarkable learning experience.
Andy’s organized the course into two main sections. In the first section, Essential Concepts, Andy presents 17 key concepts, techniques and approaches that he considers to be the essential building blocks for any contemporary electric guitarist: Focusing On The Third, Eliminating Blind Spots, Tension and Release, Hybrid Picking, Double Stops, Dynamics Within Soloing Lines, Arpeggios, Chromaticism, Vibrato, Bending, Playing Melodically, Horizontal vs Vertical Soloing, Tap Harmonics, Artificial (Pick) Harmonics, Ornamentation, Time and Feel, Phrasing and Motivic Development. Andy also presents a Rig Rundown to show you his amp and pedals and how he dials in his tone.
In the second section, Performance Studies, Andy puts all 17 of the key concepts and techniques to work over a series of chord progressions and rhythm tracks that he cherry-picked from his previous recordings for this project: Electric Gypsy Progression, Cry For You Progressions, Carpe Diem Progression, Farmer Sez Progression, and the A Night To Remember Progression.
After each performance, Andy steps you through the key concepts, techniques and creative approaches he used to improvise the solo in the performance study. It’s here where you’ll glean the most impactful insights for crafting interesting and engaging solos of your own. Andy’s goal here is just that — take what he passes on from his own mentors and learning experiences and help you make your own music.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Andy generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Get Electric. Express yourself…
P.S. Every guitar player at TrueFire (and there’s lots of us) begged the studio for rough cuts of this course to work with at home. Then once the word got out that Andy did a TrueFire project, we received no less than 20 emails from Andy’s peer guitarists also asking for an advance copy, which they’d be happy to pay for. The studio correctly said “no” — students always get first dibs!