December 2016

Intermediate

Acoustic Adventures: Harmonic Visions

March 12, 2016
There are sparkling, harp-like notes lurking just above your fretboard that can add a magical touch to any composition. We’ll show you where they are and how to coax them out.
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Beyond Blues: CAGED Developments

March 5, 2016
Supercharge your solos with the potent fretboard approach used by legendary players like Robben Ford.
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The Rumble Seat: A Bass Groove Toolbox

February 13, 2016
Invent a whole new low-end vocabulary by combining cues from classic George Porter Jr. and James Jamerson licks with modern rhythms and beats.
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Beyond Blues: Billy Gibbons

February 6, 2016
Learn a few secrets about how the king of Texas boogie-rock combines attitude with soul.
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Digging Deeper: Intro to Afro-Cuban Guitar

January 16, 2016
Create engaging rhythms by combining montunos, claves, tumbaos, and more.
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Fretboard Workshop: Melodic Transformations

January 9, 2016
Breathe new life into vanilla arpeggios.
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Kick Out the Jams: Using the “Wrong” Mode in the Right Way

January 2, 2016
Sometimes you need to break the rules to discover new sounds.
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Cram Session: Alternate Picking

December 12, 2015
The concept is simple. It’s the application that takes work.
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Future Rock: Expanding Your Pentatonic Horizons

November 14, 2015
Five-note scales go way beyond the basic major and minor pentatonic forms.
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Cosmic Country: Spanky Double-Stops

November 7, 2015
Up your twang factor by exploring this fundamental country technique.
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Fretboard Workshop: Roll the Bones

October 17, 2015
Everyone from Yngwie to Slash uses this awkward but essential technique.
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Kick Out the Jams: Two Chords and the Truth

October 10, 2015
Even if the harmony is boring, you can still play exciting guitar.
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Digging Deeper: Flamenco Harmonies

October 3, 2015
Ready to try something new? Here’s how to work Spanish colors into your jazz and rock progressions.
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Beyond Blues: Texas Rhythm 101

September 26, 2015
A quick look at the essential elements of this slammin’ Lone Star sound.
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World Gone Shred: Kora Power!

August 1, 2015
With some deft hybrid picking, you can turn your guitar into a West African music machine.
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Analog Man: A Joe Walsh Primer

July 18, 2015
By combining fearless bending with a hefty dose of funky chord work, Walsh helped define the sound of classic rock.
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Future Rock: Solos You Can Dance To

July 4, 2015
Get some groove into your licks!
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Beyond Blues: Warren Haynes’ Southern-Fried Blues-Rock

June 27, 2015
Few guitarists are able to combine soul with a healthy amount of down-home rock like the Gov’t Mule frontman.
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The Guitarist’s Toolkit: Sharpening the Rhythmic Blade

June 13, 2015
Increase your rhythmic control by morphing melodies in time.
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World Gone Shred: Slide Guitar Hijinks

May 9, 2015
Combine the soulfulness of slide guitar with a shredder’s ethos.
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