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Welcome to the Brian May Player Study, an exciting and in-depth exploration of Brian May's legendary guitar style. Presented by the talented the talented Dion, this course offers five comprehensive units that dissect the essence of Brian May's sound. Dive into Brian's technique, mastering his vibrato, bends, and trills, and discover how to achieve his iconic tone (without resorting to using a coin as a pick!). Explore scales, arpeggios, and chord clusters, empowering you to effortlessly navigate major and minor chord changes. Unlock the secrets of Brian May's epic harmonies and learn how to create your own. Each new concept you grasp is immediately applied to new solos, riffs, or chord progressions, ensuring practical integration into your guitar playing.

I had a lot of fun studying the vast soundscapes that Brian May uses for this course and can't wait to bring it to you!

Dion Rushe

Build lush harmonies

This 24-lesson, five-unit course begins with a focus on Brian May's unique vibrato, signature tone, and chord targeting in Unit 1. Unit 2 delves into chord cluster theory for fluid lead lines across diverse chord changes. Unit 3 explores Queen-style tracks and rhythm techniques. Unit 4 guides you through harmonies based on scales and chords, with practical tests. In Unit 5, advanced techniques including tapping are covered. By the end of this course you'll master three solos, enhance your vibrato, and gain a deep understanding of Brian May's genius. More importantly, you'll infuse May's iconic style into your playing.


24 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

This course includes the following 5 units:

Unit 1

Take A Bow

We kick off our first unit with an awesome Brian May style solo, based around some of his more theatrical Queen solos. We focus in on his vibrato style, flowing lead, behind the beat playing as well as his tone.

Lesson 1The Tone

Lesson 2Lick 1 & 2

Lesson 3Lick 3 & 4

Lesson 4Lick 5 & 6

Lesson 5Lick 7

Unit 2

Lead Clusters

Let's get down to some nitty-gritty by looking at a fantastic way to start grouping scales and chords into "lead clusters" that will help you quickly navigate chord changes whilst playing some very cool lead licks.

Lesson 6Major Triads

Lesson 7Clusters

Lesson 8Minor Triads

Lesson 9Clusters

Lesson 10Application

Unit 3

Queen Of Hearts

In our third unit, we will be working on some more application of our "cluster" concept by learning another Brian May style solo. As well as that, we'll be continuing to narrow down on Brian's lead guitar techniques.

Lesson 11Single Note Chunks

Lesson 12Lick 1

Lesson 13Lick 2

Lesson 14Lick 3, 4 & 5

Lesson 15Final Lick

Unit 4


When we think of Brian May and Queen, one of the first things that comes to mind is harmony guitar parts! It's such a huge part of his sound, now it's time for you to learn how to do these harmony parts.

Lesson 16What Is Harmony?

Lesson 17Interval Steps

Lesson 18Triad Harmony

Lesson 19Triad Harmony 2

Lesson 20Application

Unit 5

Brian Taps?

In our final unit, we will be tapping into Brian May's more advanced playing. Pun intended! We'll be taking an early Queen style track to teach you some bluesy, arrogant playing, with some advanced tapping techniques.

Lesson 21Lick 1

Lesson 22Lick 2

Lesson 23Lick 3

Lesson 24Lick 4

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