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Future Rock: Two-Handed Tapping and How to Play the Intro to “Atlas Novus”

June 14, 2013
Scale the Summit's Chris Letchford takes you through the basics of two-hand tapping and demonstrates the into to "Atlas Novus."
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Beyond Blues: How to Use the Super Locrian Scale

June 5, 2013
Get deep inside the Super Locrian scale and learn how to add ear-twisting tension to your blues lines.
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Beyond Blues: Altered-Scale Secrets

May 6, 2013
Unlock the secrets of implying altered sounds over dominant 7th chords using the Super Locrian scale.
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Diary of a So-Called Shredder: Doom in E Minor

January 9, 2013
Combine picking techniques with the E-minor scale for big monster licks of doom.
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Fretboard Workshop: Move Beyond Pentatonics with Six-Note Scales

January 2, 2013
Jimmy Herring shows you how to break up predictable patterns by visualizing scales all over the fretboard.
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Future Rock: Demented Diminished

December 5, 2012
Understand the basics of the diminished scale and develop a more fluid legato technique with Justin Derrico''s latest lesson.
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In the Cage - Prog-Rock Keyboard Solos for Guitar

September 19, 2012
Grab your elf ears, Dungeon Master''s guide, and 20-sided die, throw your pick to your Hobbit roadie and dig into some prog-rock shred.
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Diary of a So-Called Shredder: Symmetrical Dancing

August 1, 2012
Test your skills with some blazing licks incorporating the symmetrical diminished scale.
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Fretboard Workshop: The 12-Tone Shuffle

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Advanced Lesson Overview: • Understand how to create and use 12-tone rows. • Develop musical motifs by altering tone rows. • Combine string skipping and octave
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Digging Deeper: A New Way to Practice Scales

June 8, 2012
By zoning in on one simple scale or pattern in the book and creating my own exercises based on that scale, I was able to extract a huge amount of information from one simple source, while simultaneously absorbing it into my vocabulary in a personal way.
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Acoustic Adventures: Classical DADGAD - Bach Edition

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Understand a few basic arranging techniques in DADGAD tuning. • Create open-string or campanella melodies. • Learn how to combine fretted and
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: 250 Years of "Scarified"

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn the correct way to steal from the classical masters. • Understand the “real” way to play “Scarified.” • Create long, flowing
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Guilty Pleasure of Sonic Bell-Bottoms

December 20, 2011
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
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Elf Licks of Doom

December 6, 2011
I thought we’d explore a giant monster lick from “Emberfall,” a song from my album, Machine Elves.
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Digging Deeper: Bridging The Comping Gap

November 15, 2011
How to develop your own personal concept of accompaniment—or “comping,” as it’s known in jazz—from the perspective of rhythm first, and then harmony.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Oldsmobile Rides Again

November 15, 2011
How a flat tire inspired a whole new view of arpeggios.
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That Can Be Arranged: Chords That Keep On Giving

October 12, 2011
I tend to be a bit obsessive when working on a technique or concept and recently diminished harmony has been filling my time.
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Jazz Bootcamp: Pianist Envy

September 7, 2011
Trying to replicate what you hear on an Oscar Peterson or Bill Evans album can be a daunting task for any guitarist.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Reticulated Python Eats Bear

August 16, 2011
Can I bite off a giant arpeggio and digest it in one bear-sized piece? Or will I get better results from dividing up the arpeggio into smaller segments I can digest gradually over time?
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Thanksgiving at Ted Nugent's House

July 19, 2011
This month, I want to show you how to play minor seven flat five, and why it sounds so good.
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