August

Intermediate

Beyond Blues: Phrasing—A Lost Art

October 18, 2011
Phrasing: When it comes to an improvised solo, it’s pretty much what separates the good players from the greats.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Picking on the Ring Finger

October 18, 2011
This month we begin a series of lessons that focus on developing fingerstyle chops.
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Fretboard Workshop: Shapes on Strings

October 18, 2011
Do you ever feel boxed in by standard tuning? You start writing a song, but it keeps sounding like something that’s already been written.
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Twang 101: Blue Twang

October 4, 2011
In this lesson we will look at ways to add some twang to the blues scale.
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Deep Blues: 8-Bar Blues

September 28, 2011
This is a popular blues form that is never really talked about.
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Beyond Blues: British Blues

September 20, 2011
The Brit school is a bit more of a mix of major and minor blues scales, as opposed to the straight minor blues sound that’s associated with Texas blues.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Seafood and Juggling—a Love Story

September 20, 2011
The following phrases are so fresh to me, if they had legs they would still be wiggling around in the air.
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Digging Deeper: Learning Tunes in Three Dimensions

September 20, 2011
One of the things I’ve always been really fascinated by is the idea of “finding your own voice.”
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Rhythm & Grooves: Spin the Wheel, Map the Fretboard

September 20, 2011
Learning to name the notes on the fretboard is a big deal. The goal is to be able to press any string to any fret and immediately identify the resulting note.
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Kick Out The Jams: One-Chord Monte

September 20, 2011
Soloing over one chord can either be the most freeing musical experience or the most terrifying.
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Deep Blues: Funky Blues Rhythms

August 31, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at a few different ways to add some funk to your rhythm parts.
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Twang 101: Pedal Steel Bends 101

August 24, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at pedal steel bends that are based out of common triad shapes.
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The Rumble Seat: Five Essential Techniques for Bass

August 16, 2011
These simple ideas have helped me improve consistency in my time, sound, fluidity, and other fundamental aspects of my musicianship.
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Beyond Blues: Major Chords, Minor Blues

August 16, 2011
Discover how the same type of chord voicing can perform different harmonic functions.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Running in Circles

August 16, 2011
Do you ever feel trapped on the fretboard? Comfortable in certain keys, but utterly lost in others? If so, you’re not alone.
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Digging Deeper: Groove is in the Heart

August 16, 2011
How much control do you have when it comes to note placement?
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Deep Blues: Turnarounds of the Masters

August 9, 2011
Several turnaround phrases in the style of Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Ronnie Earl.
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The Thinking Shredder: Tapping Into the Unusual

August 2, 2011
Today, we are going to look at an unusual way of combining right- and left-hand tapping with some basic scale shapes.
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Twang 101: Chicken Pickin' Intervals

July 26, 2011
Understanding how the fretboard work horizontally was quite a revelation. It forced me to get away from position-based playing and actually think about the intervals between notes.
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Fretboard Workshop: Connecting Chords

July 19, 2011
As chords move from one to the next in vocal music, the music flows most naturally when each singer sings a smooth melodic line, connecting the notes without awkward leaps.
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