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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 Friday 3:30pm Pacific to be a part of it!

Past Shows


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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