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Intermediate

Beyond Blues: Triads Over Minor Blues

February 15, 2011
Tomo Fujita''s debut column will help you break out of the old minor-pentatonic shapes.
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Modal Workshop: Intervallic Structures

February 15, 2011
Alex Machacek shows you voicings to expand your chord vocabulary.
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Twang 101: Forward and Backward Rolls

February 3, 2011
Learn this style—adapted to country guitar from banjo players—that''ll give you more efficiency in your picking and a fuller sound.
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Deep Blues: Pentatonic Passing Tones

January 26, 2011
Spice up the minor pentatonic scale by adding some cool passing tones
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Lethal Guitar: Mixolydian Madness

January 25, 2011
In the following examples we illustrate a basic Mixolydian scale, a 7th arpeggio or two and finally, examples of the minor five chord in melodic ideas.
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Fingerpicking Blues: Classic 8-Bar Blues Solos in First Position

January 17, 2011
The following solos show how to play unaccompanied, solo blues in first position.
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Triad Pairs

January 17, 2011
Using triad pairs is simply an intervallic approach to improvisation. When used correctly, the technique can generate some very interesting sounds.
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Super Locrian Improv: Jazz-Rock Fusion Applications for this Mode of the Melodic Minor Scale

January 17, 2011
A useful mode of the melodic minor is known as Super Locrian. This is the seventh mode of melodic minor.
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Hybrid Picking: Examples and Exercises for Attacking the Strings With a Combo of Pick and Fingers

January 17, 2011
Hybrid picking incorporates the pick along with one or more right hand fingers, resulting in a hybrid of pickstyle and fingerstyle.
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Guide-Tone Arpeggios

January 17, 2011
Exploring ways to focus our single-note lines and interject some cool voice-leading ideas into our vanilla arpeggios.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Going Up?

January 17, 2011
We’re in the process of exploring ways to make three-note voicings sound bigger than typical triads.
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Country Guitar Endings: Classic Lines to Bring the Song to a Convincing Close

January 17, 2011
Country tunes can be brought to a close in a number of ways: vamping on the song’s last chord, tossing in an interesting harmonic twist, interjecting one of several classic bluegrass clichés, or unleashing a barn-burning, country-fried double-stop lick.
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Twang 101: Rockabilly Intros and Outros

January 6, 2011
Bookend your rockabilly tunes with these popular intros and outros.
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Triad Arpeggios Applied

January 6, 2011
Using triad arpeggios over a progression to make your playing more melodic.
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Deep Blues: Target Tones - Tighten Up Your Blues Comping

December 31, 2010
Rhythmic styles based in horn and piano parts of Albert King and James Brown tunes.
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Lethal Guitar: Lydian Jumpstart

December 30, 2010
Using the Lydian mode in the style of Steve Vai
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Classical Techniques: Rest Strokes and Free Strokes for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

December 21, 2010
The technique for playing “lead” on classical guitar is almost always a rest stroke.
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Combining Techniques

December 21, 2010
Creating new licks and sequences using string skipping, barring, and hammer-ons from nowhere.
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Playing With Blocks

December 21, 2010
Let’s examine several important elements of a block-chord technique used by Wes Montgomery
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Rhythm & Grooves: Hybrid-Picking Pals

December 21, 2010
Hybrid picking combines the power and speed of flatpicking with some benefits of a purely fingerstyle approach
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