December 2016

Intermediate

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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Beyond Blues: Slide Without the Slide

April 19, 2011
Carl Verheyen teaches you how to mimic slide guitar solos
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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.
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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.
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Power Shred: Sweep and Tap

April 14, 2011
How to combine some sweeping arpeggio runs with both one- and two-handed tapping licks.
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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.
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Deep Blues: Blues on the Move - Transitional Blues Licks

April 5, 2011
A look at a few blues licks that use the modes to transition from one chord the next.
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Extend Yourself: Upper Extensions of 7th Chords

March 28, 2011
While upper extensions apply to all keys and several different chord types, today we’ll be looking at those of Gm7.
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Jazz Chops: Delicious Comping 101

March 24, 2011
“Comp” means not only to accompany, but also to complement. It’s the “complement” part that I’m going to focus on here.
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Acoustic Adventures: Cascading Celtic Guitar

March 15, 2011
A medley of three Celtic tunes: "Drowsy Maggie," "The Morning Dew," and "The Cup of Tea."
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Beyond Blues: The Mighty 3rd

March 15, 2011
One way to jazz up your blues playing is to focus on the mighty 3rd.
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