December 2016

Intermediate

Fretboard Workshop: 10 Essential Turnarounds

December 14, 2013
Go deep inside extended harmony by adding tritone subs, contrary motion, and pedal tones to your turnarounds.
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Beyond Blues: Standard-Tuned Slide

December 7, 2013
Learn how to cop cool slide licks in the style of Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks—without having to retune your axe.
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Future Rock: Shred Those Sequences

November 30, 2013
Harness the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic power of sequences to create more interesting lines.
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Rhythm Rules: Polyrhythms 101

November 23, 2013
Sound like two guitarists playing at once with a few simple—but very effective—exercises.
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Fretboard Workshop: Non-Chord-Tone Soloing

November 16, 2013
Take a few triads and throw in some non-chord tones to make your solos more interesting.
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Jazz Boot Camp: The Evolution of the “Rhythm” Changes

November 9, 2013
Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” has served as a harmonic foundation for tunes by everyone from Charlie Parker to Coldplay.
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Future Rock: How to Build Long Lines from Motifs

October 26, 2013
Create long, flowing lines with a few simple motifs and some creative phrasing in this lesson from Chimaira's Emil Werstler.
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Twang 101: Travis Picking Essentials

October 19, 2013
Learn about the basic elements of Travis picking and learn how to apply this technique to songs you already know.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Pentatonic Approach to Modes

October 12, 2013
The relationship between the modes and the pentatonic scale is closer than you might think.
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Beyond Blues: Moving Past the Pentatonic Scale

October 5, 2013
Learn how to incorporate Dorian and Aeolian sounds into your pentatonic vocabulary when playing over a minor blues.
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Fretboard Workshop: How to Improve Your Legato Technique

September 28, 2013
Develop a smoother sound and strengthen your fretting hand with Allen Hinds' look at all things legato.
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Digging Deeper: How Many Chords Are There?

September 21, 2013
Put 35 different chords to work for you in interesting and unusual ways.
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Jazz Boot Camp: 6 Essential Solo Guitar Tricks

August 24, 2013
Impress your friends and scare your neighbors with these essential tips for playing solo guitar.
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Beyond Blues: Playing the "Right" Minor Blues Changes

August 3, 2013

Not all minor blues progressions are created equal. Delve into the subtle differences and learn how to make a simple minor progression more interesting with a few easy substitutions.


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Digging Deeper: Power Up Your Power Chords

July 27, 2013
Put those root-fifth shapes to work by using them to unlock more complex harmonies in your riffs.
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Rhythm Rules: 6 Essential Exercises to Improve Your Groove

July 20, 2013
Unlock some of the secrets of the metronome with these essential polyrhythmic exercises.
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Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create A Solo

July 14, 2013
Learn how to take some basic triad shapes–both major and minor–and turn them into a compelling, melodic solo.
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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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Concepts and Techniques: Jim Hall

June 27, 2013
Dig into some of the soloing and comping techniques used by jazz master Jim Hall.
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Kick Out the Jams: How to Make Your Delay Pedal Work for You

June 8, 2013
A precisely timed delay effect with just the right number of echo repeats can become part of the composition of a great riff.
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