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LIVE: Thursdays 3:00PM Pacific | ON-DEMAND: Always

Take the Lead is a live, interactive guitar show that puts YOU in the spotlight. Every episode, Marc Seal (veteran guitarist, instructor, and host) takes on new topics based on what viewers want to see most. TTL combines viewer submissions, artist performances, musical knowledge, and audience participation to create a unique live experience!

Do you have a question on a guitar technique or song? Send in a video demoing your question for a chance to have Marc feature and answer it live! Or maybe you've already nailed a song and you're ready to share it with the music community- you can send in your performance videos for a chance to be featured on our Welcome to the Stage segment. Viewers who have their videos selected will receive free giveaways!

Take the Lead takes music entertainment to the next level by putting YOU in the driver’s seat. And when you watch live, you have a chance win awesome swag from brands like Elixir Strings® - so tune in every Thursday 3:00pm Pacific to be a part of it!

Past Shows


Episode 68: August 11, 2022

Let’s get loopy! Marc is back in studio and he brought his loop pedal with him. Viewers learn some awesome loop-able riffs, and another Name That Tune winner claims an Elixir® prize! It all happens LIVE!

Episode 67: August 4, 2022

LIVE from Marc’s music room! Due to Covid, Marc was unable to come on to the TTL set- so he broadcast from his home instead! In this episode, he breaks down an acoustic solo and discusses songwriting practices with the audience. He takes your questions, and a drawing winner claims a $50 Sweetwater gift card, LIVE!

Episode 66: July 21, 2022

Highlight episode! Our Producer takes viewers through some of TTL’s best segments, stretching all the way back to Episode 1. Marc Seal joins the audience in the chatroom, and a trivia winner claims their prize. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 65: July 14, 2022

The #Trending team fills in for Marc for another special crossover episode! We check out the world of guitar social media with a wide variety of guitar clips, ranging from wholesome to fascinating. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 64: July 7, 2022

This episode is all about Rush! Marc demos a pile of Rush songs and talks about what makes each one unique. Viewers ask questions and vote to learn the main riff from Rush’s Closer to the Heart. A trivia winner gets free Elixir Strings®, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 63: June 30, 2022

This episode, Marc shows you how to record a song from start to finish by demoing your CrowdSong! See how Marc lays down guitar and vocal tracks for this bluesy summer tune. Viewers ask questions and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 62: June 23, 2022

This time on TTL, viewers send in their lyrical ideas for CrowdSong II! Marc helps build the song from your lyrics and shows you the basics of how to get that Stevie Ray Vaughan sound. Keep sending in your lyric ideas and covers of the song so we can play them on the show! It all happens LIVE!

Episode 61: June 16, 2022

CrowdSong II continues on TTL! On this installment, Marc and Thyme ask viewers to submit their ideas for riffs using the pentatonic scale. Marc records the song’s progress and we have an audio file so you can learn it, too! There’s a lot more ways for you to participate and help create something amazing. CrowdSong continues all June, LIVE! Click here to download the current loop track.

Episode 60: June 9, 2022

CrowdSong II begins! This time on TTL, viewers help to craft the foundation of a brand-new song leading up to the 4th of July. You vote on the song’s artistic style, musical genre, and lyrical theme. Jump in and help build the next CrowdSong, happening all month-long- LIVE!

Episode 59: June 2, 2022

This time on Take the Lead, Marc gives pro tips on what to look for when selecting a new guitar. Viewers vote to hear Marc’s favorite NAMM Show stories as Marc heads out to represent Taylor Guitars at this year's convention! He takes your questions, a viewer wins a prize, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 58: May 26, 2022

On this episode of TTL, Marc demos an awesome tapping riff from one of his own songs. He answers questions about tapping techniques, a viewer is featured on Welcome to the Stage, and the audience votes to learn about a technique Marc calls “clump chording”. It all happens LIVE! Click here to download the sample audio track for this episode.

Episode 57: May 19, 2022

Let’s talk tunings! On this Episode, Marc demos changing strings on an electric guitar and gives you helpful tips and tricks. You voted to learn about DADGAD tuning, so Marc shows you how to alternate tune your guitar for awesome new sounds. Special shoutout to Peterson Tuners! It all happens LIVE!

Episode 56: May 12, 2022

On this special edition Episode of TTL, the #Trending team fills in for Marc! We check out the world of guitar social media with a wide variety of guitar clips, ranging from hilarious to inspirational. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 55: May 5, 2022

Our 3-Month Practice Challenge has come to an end! Congrats to all those guitarists who took the challenge. On this episode, we catch up with our Producer, Thyme, to see how her guitar journey is progressing. We have a prize drawing, giveaways, and Marc takes your questions- LIVE!

Episode 54: April 28, 2022

On the final week of Song Breakdown Month, you voted to learn “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas! Marc breaks it down for you and covers prog rock influences. Marc takes your questions and we play 2 rounds of trivia for double the chances to win Elixir Strings! It all happens LIVE!

Episode 53: April 21, 2022

“War Pigs” by Black Sabbath is the song you chose to break down this week! Marc covers the key area of the song so you can learn how to play it. He throws in Black Sabbath trivia questions to give viewers a chance to win prizes! Questions are answered, iconic Sabbath riffs are played, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 52: April 14, 2022

Song Breakdown Month continues with “Purple Haze” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience! Marc breaks it down so you can learn the song and add it to your repertoire. He takes your questions and gives out prizes to two trivia question winners, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 51: April 7, 2022

Song Breakdown Month starts now! You voted online for Led Zeppelin, so Marc breaks down “10 Years Gone” so you can learn it. He takes your questions, gives a viewer tips on his video submission, and gives out two prizes to trivia question winners! It all happens LIVE!

Episode 50: March 31, 2022

This time we celebrate our 50th Episode and 1 Year Anniversary of TTL! Marc compares 2 guitars from his collection and reviews his new distortion pedal. Viewers answer trivia questions, play Name That Tune, and enter into a raffle- all for awesome prizes! It all happens LIVE!

Episode 49: March 24, 2022

This TTL Episode is all about Chorus Effects! Marc does a deep dive and demonstration on the chorus pedal and compares it to similar effects. He takes your questions and viewers vote to explore different pickups and tones. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 48: March 17, 2022

This time on TTL, Marc gives you an awesome overview of triads! Viewers vote to learn more about inversions, and two winners claim prizes on a double Name That Tune. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 47: March 10, 2022

On this special TTL episode, Marc shows you how he uses his DAW to seamlessly record tracks. Viewers vote to see how to make a Logic template from scratch and Marc answers all your questions, LIVE!

Episode 46: March 3, 2022

Viewers voted on social media for this week's topic to be Ear Training! Marc Seal gives you awesome tips on how to train your ear, both as a music listener and as a musician. He takes your questions, you vote in our polls, and another Name That Tune winner claims their free Elixir Strings- LIVE!

Episode 45: February 24, 2022

Guitarist and vocalist Aaron Broering joins Marc Seal for this episode of Take the Lead! Marc answers questions on his influences and breaks down the song YOU voted for. Kader Khaos gives an incredible performance on Welcome to the Stage, and our Name That Tune winner claims their prize- LIVE!

Episode 44: February 17, 2022

On this special TTL episode, Marc hooks up his laptop to show you how he programs his guitar effects! He demos how to build a signal path and viewers vote to learn more about delay effects. Another Name That Tune winner claims free Elixir Strings®, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 43: February 10, 2022

Thyme Over Time gets electric! Marc checks back in with our TTL Producer and breaks down a few lead guitar exercises for her. After a Welcome to the Stage video featuring David Bowie, they take your questions and play Name That Tune to give away free Elixir Strings®, LIVE!

Episode 42: February 3, 2022

Happy February! In this episode Marc goes over diatonic scales. There is also an awesome Welcome to the Stage section featuring legendary guitarist Joe Satriani. Make sure to keep logging your practice for the 3-month daily practice challenge!

Episode 41: January 27, 2022

Our 3-month daily practice challenge begins on Feb. 1st! Log your practice every day for 3 months straight and win free prizes! Click here to download the 3-month daily practice log.

Episode 40: January 20, 2022

Next week we begin our 3-month daily practice challenge! Marc gives you five amazing exercises that you can use daily to practice rhythm guitar. Click here to download the tabs for this episode.

Episode 39: January 13, 2022

In this episode, we continue to gear up for our 3-month daily practice challenge. Marc demos five awesome exercises that you can use every day to practice lead guitar. Click here to download the tabs for this episode.

Episode 38: January 6, 2022

Welcome to the new year! Our first episode of 2022 is here, and it’s all about practice, practice, practice. Marc goes over some killer practice techniques and hints at an upcoming audience challenge. He takes your questions, How Says is featured on Welcome to the Stage, and the Name That Tune winner gets free Elixir Strings®. It all happens LIVE!

CrowdSong: Holiday 2021

You wrote it, they played it- the Take the Lead Holiday CrowdSong is here! Marc Seal and Kara Gardner perform a holiday country song written by the audience. Check out the official music video!

Episode 37: December 17, 2021

The final CrowdSong segment- Lyrics! You submitted your lyric ideas and voted for your favorites to build a chorus. Now, Marc and Kara will take your song and bring it to life! This week we will be premiering a music video to celebrate the CrowdSong you’ve created.

Episode 36: December 10, 2021

CrowdSong Part 2- Melody! You voted on how each verse measure should start: Measure 1, Start on Root Note; Measure 2, Start on Triad Note; Measure 3, Start on Dissonant Note; Measure 4, Start on Note within Key (Non-Triad). The vote for the song’s theme is: Full Country! Next time we work on Lyrics and another winner will claim their prize. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 35: December 3, 2021

Our first CrowdSong episode! You, the audience, started writing a holiday song together and Marc brought it to life. The results were: Genre: Country; Vibe: Happy & Groovy; Chord Progression (Verse): I II IV V; Chord Progression (Chorus): VI IV I V. Next time we work on Melody and another lucky winner will claim their prize. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 34: November 19, 2021

In this rockin’ holiday episode, Marc teaches you some seasonal classics so you can get a jump start on practicing. Tabs for “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” are now available! Marc plays an epic Grinch-mas video and a lucky Name That Tune winner gets free Elixir Strings®, LIVE! Click here to download the tabs for this episode.

Episode 33: November 12, 2021

This time on TTL, Marc covers Nylon String Guitar Playing and how to use it in modern music. The Zac Brown Band is featured on Welcome to the Stage, Marc takes your questions, and a lucky Name That Tune winner gets free Elixir Strings®, LIVE!

Episode 32: November 5, 2021

This week we went back to bass-ics for an awesome bass episode! Marc intros bass playing for guitarists and beginners. Victor Wooten is featured on Welcome to the Stage and the Name That Tune winner gets free Elixir Strings®, LIVE!

Episode 31: October 29, 2021

In this frighteningly-awesome episode of TTL, Marc breaks down The Munsters' theme and even creates detailed tabs. Pantera is featured on Welcome to the Stage, you vote to hear some Creep-tastic Riffs, and it all happens LIVE! Click here to download the tabs for this episode.

Episode 30: October 21, 2021

Today we talk with TTL Producer Thyme as she continues to learn guitar. Marc introduces her to key barre chords. Thyme selects a Bill Withers performance for Welcome to the Stage and challenges Marc to teach her a David Bowie song. It all happens LIVE! Click here to download the tabs for this episode.

Episode 29: October 14, 2021

In this week’s episode, Marc lets YOU take the lead and decide on the theme! Viewers vote to explore Common Genre Techniques within Rock music. Marc takes your questions and viewer Larry6string from Ontario, Canada is featured on Welcome to the Stage. Two Name That Tune winners get awesome prizes and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 28: October 7, 2021

In Part 2 of the Power Chords Series, Marc covers how to compose power chord riffs in key. We also show an epic solo from John Petrucci. After Q&A, we play Name That Tune for an exclusive shirt! There are more prizes to win next week, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 27: September 30, 2021

In Part 1 of the Power Chords Series, Marc breaks down different power chords. We show an old video of Marc's from his time with Taylor Guitars. After Q&A, we play Name That Tune for two free giveaways! There are more prizes to win next week, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 26: September 23, 2021

This episode, Marc discusses tremolo and whammy bar techniques. Marc also breaks down how to play his special "A Dying Pacman" riff. After Q&A, we play Name That Tune for a free giveaway! There are more prizes to win next week, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 25: September 16, 2021

This episode, Marc breaks down an advanced Paul Gilbert riff. The audience asks questions and Paul Gilbert’s “Scarified” is featured on Welcome to the Stage. Viewer Larry6string from Ontario, Canada is also featured as he performs an original acoustic song! The Name That Tune winner gets free Elixir strings, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 24: September 9, 2021

This time on TTL, Marc gives the full rundown on his new pedalboard and setup, courtesy of Prestigious Pedalboards. He takes numerous pedal questions and shows how he runs his signal path. Big Wreck is featured on Welcome to the Stage, today’s Name That Tune winner gets a free Taylor guitar strap, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 23: September 2, 2021

In this jam-packed TTL episode, Producer Thyme takes the stage with Marc for their recurring segment, Thyme Over Time. Marc assigns her some new guitar homework and viewers vote to hear his thoughts on analog vs. digital. Marc gives a demonstration of how the TC Electronic Ditto mini looper works before we give it away to one lucky winner, LIVE!

Episode 22: August 26, 2021

Feeling loopy? So is Marc! Today our guitarist-in-chief shows you how he gets the most out of his loop pedal. Lee Anderton and Danish Pete are featured on Welcome to the Stage, and viewers vote to see a looping demo of Tom Petty’s Breakdown. Two winners claim prizes on Name That Tune, and next week we give away a DITTO SINGLE LOOP PEDAL, LIVE!

Episode 21: August 19, 2021

Slap, pop, hammer, groove! This time, Marc breaks down the TTL theme song to explore some funky techniques. Viewers vote to get three key song recommendations where the guitar really stands out. We play Name That Tune but no viewers could get the song and artist- so Marc declares there will be double prizes next week! It all happens LIVE.

Episode 20: August 12, 2021

Musician and performer Aaron Broering fills in for Marc this week and gives the audience an amazing overview of scales! A live performance by Eric Clapton is featured on our Welcome to the Stage segment and viewers vote to hear Aaron’s breakdown of “I Can’t Tell You Why” by the Eagles. After Q&A the winner of Name That Tune claims their prize- LIVE!

Episode 19: August 5, 2021

In this special remote event, Marc comes to you LIVE from his music room! He shares the sounds of stories of 5 acoustic guitars from his personal collection and takes your questions. Shawn Tubbs is featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers play Name That Tune for a free giveaway!

Episode 18: July 29, 2021

This episode, viewers voted on social media to have Sky cover The Right Way to Practice and share her tips on how to keep up your guitar chops! Gabriella Quevedo is featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers vote to learn Songwriting 101. After Q&A the winner of Name That Tune claims their prize- LIVE!

Episode 17: July 22, 2021

Sky Green returns to Take the Lead and shares her insights on the viewer-selected topic: Playing vs. Performing! Elixir Strings® group Low Lily is featured on Welcome to the Stage before Sky gives an amazing LIVE performance. Viewers vote to discuss music theory, and after Q&A the winner of Name That Tune claims their prize!

Episode 16: July 15, 2021

This episode, viewers voted in our social media polls to cover pentatonic scales! Marc shows you how to learn them his way. Elixir Strings® artists Billy Brandão and Massimo Varini are featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers vote LIVE to combine pentatonic and diatonic scales. After Q&A the Name That Tune winner claims their prize!

Episode 15: July 8, 2021

This time on TTL, Marc discusses music theory and what it actually means to “play in key”. Elixir Strings® artist Fiona Boyes is featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers vote to hear Marc’s tips on getting gig-ready. After Q&A we play Name That Tune and the winner claims their Elixir prize, LIVE!

Episode 14: July 1, 2021

In this episode, Marc shares his insights on hybrid picking. Elixir Strings® artist Cameron Cooper is featured on Welcome to the Stage, and viewers vote to hear a “Mystery Riff” breakdown! After Q&A, we play a special double Name That Tune and declare TWO winners to receive giveaways, LIVE!

Episode 13: June 24, 2021

The next edition of Thyme Over Time is here! TTL Producer Thyme updates us on her guitar-learning journey. Elixir Strings® artist Jimena Fosado is featured on Welcome to the Stage, Marc takes your questions, and a winner gets a prize on Name That Tune. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 12: June 17, 2021

This week, a viewer asks Marc for his advice on teaching strong rhythm playing and using barre chords. Elixir Strings® artist Luca Faraone is featured on Welcome to the Stage, and viewers vote to reveal Marc’s adventures as a new pilot! After Q&A, we play Name That Tune for a free giveaway, LIVE!

Episode 11: June 10, 2021

This time on TTL, Marc answers a viewer’s question and dives deep into different chord soundings without using a capo. Elixir Strings® artist Lloyd Spiegel sends a video to Welcome to the Stage, viewers vote to hear Marc’s favorite alternate tuning, and we declare another Name That Tune winner, LIVE!

Episode 10: June 3, 2021

On this week’s show, a viewer asks for tips on pick holding while tapping, and Marc dives into tapping techniques. Elixir Strings® brings us performances by Phil Short and Greg Karas on Welcome to the Stage. Viewers vote to hear Marc’s Roadshow Stories, Marc does Q&A, and the winner of Name That Tune gets a free giveaway- LIVE

Episode 9: May 27, 2021

This week, a viewer asks Marc for help on his Texas blues shuffle. Elixir Strings® artist Chris Turpin is featured on Welcome to the Stage, and viewers vote to learn Marc’s favorite speed exercises. After Q&A, we play Name That Tune for a free giveaway! There are more prizes to win next week, and it all happens LIVE!

Episode 8: May 20, 2021

In this episode, we catch up with Thyme Over Time and Marc gives his first-ever LIVE, in-depth lesson. Elixir Strings® guitarist Bill Worrell is featured on Welcome to the Stage, viewers vote to hear Marc’s essential acoustic songs, and we play Name That Tune for a string giveaway!

Episode 7: May 13, 2021

This time on TTL, a viewer asks Marc to demonstrate muting and thumb placement on SRV/Hendrix-style riffs. Elixir Strings® sends in an incredible performance for Welcome to the Stage. Viewers vote to hear some sweet Metallica loops, and Marc unboxes a brand-new Ibanez guitar, LIVE!

Episode 6: May 6, 2021

Marc returns! In this week’s episode, a viewer asks for tips on how to perfect a guitar solo from Pink Floyd’s Mother. Marc covers raking techniques and takes your questions, LIVE! Kenny Echizen is featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers vote to hear about the song Marc wrote while he was away in Mexico.

Episode 5: April 29, 2021

Special guest host Sky Green guides a viewer through how to sing and play Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling in Love. Sky discusses arpeggiating, dealing with different time signatures, and how to add vocals. Sage Escalante is featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers vote to hear Sky’s “Clean Playing Tips and Tricks”, LIVE!

Episode 4: April 22, 2021

In this acoustic episode, we introduce our first installment of Thyme Over Time. Marc demos picking fundamentals and must-have skills for new acoustic players. Guest Sky Green delivers a powerful live performance on Welcome to the Stage. Viewers vote to learn about Marc and Sky’s musical influences. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 3: April 15, 2021

In this episode, a viewer asks Marc for help on one of his very own songs, The Daily Battle. Marc gives tips to perfect your hammer-ons and pull-offs. Aaron Broering is featured on Welcome to the Stage and viewers vote to play “Name That Tune”. It all happens LIVE!

Episode 2: April 8, 2021

In our second episode, a viewer Sets the Stage by asking Marc for help playing a section of Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover. Marc demonstrates and gives details on achieving different types of bends and vibratos. Gabriella Quevedo and Guthrie Govan are featured on Welcome to the Stage and Marc takes your questions, LIVE!

Episode 1: April 1, 2021

In our pilot episode, a viewer sets the stage by asking Marc for help on a Bon Jovi solo. Marc dives into artificial pinch harmonics and takes your questions, LIVE!

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