Read the July 2016 issue now!

Intermediate

Acoustic Adventures: Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes - Inside The Cuckoo’s Nest

July 12, 2011
An arrangement of the flatpicking standard, The Cuckoo''s Nest
Read More

Power Shred: Visualizing the Modes

July 6, 2011
In this column we are going to look at some ways to visualize the notes on the fretboard.
Read More

Twang 101: Life in the Doghouse

June 29, 2011
In this month''s lesson we will beef up a Travis picking rhythm guitar part with bass fills.
Read More

Deep Blues: Old Blues, New Chords

June 20, 2011
Instead of using dominant chords throughout the progression, we will add a diminished seventh chord as well as some minor seventh chords. Let’s get started.
Read More

Rhythm & Grooves: Sparkle Voicings

June 14, 2011
In this lesson, we’ll adapt—and greatly simplify—Lenny Breau’s approach, and use it to generate chord voicings that would be difficult or impossible to play with standard guitar technique.
Read More

Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Super-Hendrix Scale

June 14, 2011
The reason that this scale is so groundbreaking to me is that it gives me something unique to do over the V chord in a blues progression.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Hexatonic Scales

June 14, 2011
To keep things simple, we are going to investigate how to combine major triads a whole-step apart.
Read More

Twang 101: Truckerbilly Grooves

June 7, 2011
Truckerbilly tunes tend to tap into more of the "hillbilly" side of rockabilly. This lesson will give you some new ways to play over a shuffle.
Read More

Deep Blues: Albert King - Bendin' the Blues

May 24, 2011
Learn how to add quarter-step bends to blues phrases and create blues licks in the style of Albert King
Read More

Beyond Blues: The Composite Blues Scale

May 17, 2011
As we know, a standard blues progression is made up of three dominant-7th chords—the I, IV, and V. This month, we’re going to look at some cool ways to
Read More

Shred Your Enthusiasm: How to Practice Pole-Vaulting

May 17, 2011
Have you watched pole-vaulters on the Olympics? I’ve always wondered what a lesson for a beginning pole-vaulter might look like. How do you practice something like this slowly? I
Read More

Rhythm & Grooves: Stealth Quartal Colors

May 17, 2011
For two months now, we’ve been investigating quartal harmony and learning how to use fourths as building blocks for our chord voicings, rather than the traditional thirds. We’ve looked
Read More

Twang 101: Danny Gatton's Country Boogie

May 9, 2011
This month’s lesson will take a close look at Danny Gatton''s boogie-woogie piano grooves on guitar.
Read More

Deep Blues: The Thrill Isn’t Gone—Comping Over a Minor Blues

May 3, 2011
In this month’s column we’re going to spice up the minor blues by adding some extensions to our chords.
Read More

The Thinking Shredder: Speed, Accuracy, and Dexterity

April 25, 2011
Breaking down large musical ideas and examples into manageable parts and practicing them over and over to develop speed.
Read More

Beyond Blues: Slide Without the Slide

April 19, 2011
Carl Verheyen teaches you how to mimic slide guitar solos
Read More

Shred Your Enthusiasm: I Meant to Do That

April 19, 2011
Crafting solos by playing well-selected notes on purpose because you like the way they sound, not just because they happen to fall in a convenient spot where your fingers were going anyway.
Read More

Rhythm & Grooves: Crazy Quartal Comping

April 19, 2011
In this lesson, we’ll map out three-note forms on the lower string sets and then test-drive larger four- and five-note quartal voicings.
Read More

Power Shred: Sweep and Tap

April 14, 2011
How to combine some sweeping arpeggio runs with both one- and two-handed tapping licks.
Read More

Twang 101: Cascading Scales

April 6, 2011
Combing fretted notes along with open strings is a great way to beef up any simple melody by creating bell-like tones and adding more complexity to the harmony.
Read More