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The Guitarist's Guide to the CAGED System

August 10, 2013

Learn how to map out the fretboard and be able to play in any key using a few basic open-position chord shapes.


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Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create A Solo

July 14, 2013
Learn how to take some basic triad shapes–both major and minor–and turn them into a compelling, melodic solo.
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Rhythm Rules: 5 Ways to Make Your Chords Cooler

June 22, 2013
Singer/songwriter Keaton Simons shows you five easy ways to breathe new life into your chord progressions.
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Fretboard Workshop: Why Triads are Essential

April 23, 2013
Develop a deeper understanding of basic triads, learn about inversions and voice-leading, and create more interesting rhythm parts in this month''s Fretboard Workshop.
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Twang 101: Why You Should Care About Hybrid Picking

March 25, 2013
What in the heck is “hybrid picking” and why should you care? Learn how to unleash some picking-hand tricks, create open-string phrases and pedal-steel licks.
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Rhythm Rules: Call-and-Response Funk Guitar

March 12, 2013
Create funky grooves in the style of James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Nile Rogers by developing a "call-and-response" approach to funk guitar.
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Twang 101: Double-Stop Tricks

February 19, 2013
Combine hybrid picking, open strings, and some Nashville "snap" to get the most out of your double-stop licks.
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Beyond Blues: Understanding CAGED and the V Chord

February 6, 2013
Understand the basics of the CAGED system, learn how to move around the fretboard in all 12 keys, and create phrases that fit over the V chord in a blues.
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Rhythm Rules: 16th-Note Accents

January 16, 2013
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Develop a strong command of 16th-note rhythms. • Create syncopated rhythms using muted strums. • Learn how to move accents around within
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Acoustic Adventures: Rhythm of the Heart - Tackling the Bridge in “Rhythm” Changes

December 18, 2012
Work on your internal timing with Pete Huttlinger''s arrangement of "I''ve Got Rhythm."
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Fingerstyle Boot Camp: “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” Arrangement

December 11, 2012
Learn this 16th-century French Christmas carol, in dropped D-plus-G tuning.
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Kick Out the Jams: Pick Up the Pieces - Funk Guitar 101

November 5, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Understand the basics of funk guitar. • Create two- and three-note voicings that imply dominant and minor harmony. • Learn how to
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Beyond Blues: Major/Minor Slight-of-Hand

October 8, 2012
True pros can be identified by how well their ideas sit in the groove and the quality of their melodic statements.
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Deep Blues: Robben Ford, Part 2

October 3, 2012
Explore Ford-style chord voicings and turnarounds.
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Digging Deeper: Playing by Ear - Learn It and Forget It

September 11, 2012
Learn how to practice allowing your ear to guide your melodic sense.
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Secrets of a Classical Cat: The Four Right-Hand Commandments

September 5, 2012
Develop speed, sound, and nuance in your fingerstyle playing by exploring the “secrets” of classical guitar technique—beginning with a great right-hand setup.
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Beyond Blues: Beck's Blues - The Early Years

September 5, 2012
Understand the fundamental elements of Jeff Beck’s style.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Aristocratic Arpeggios

September 5, 2012
Balance hammer-ons and pulloffs with picked notes to create a smooth sound.
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Acoustic Adventures: Open for Business

August 10, 2012
No longer relegated to beginner-level melodies or open-position chords, open strings can add sonic spice to your solos and make them come alive.
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Fretboard Workshop: Developing Vocabulary - Concepts and Motifs

August 10, 2012
Every guitarist should know the importance of a large vocabulary. You want to emote—you want to “speak” through your guitar in any given situation.
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