October 2016

Chords

Future Rock: Shredding Triads

May 17, 2014
Unlock the fretboard’s geometry through the beauty of the triad.
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Digging Deeper: Pentatonic Chords

April 12, 2014
If you think pentatonics are just for blues-rock riffs, think again.
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Beyond Blues: Progressive Progressions

March 1, 2014
Learn how to improvise your rhythm guitar parts and make your blues progressions more interesting.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Soloing with Triads

January 18, 2014
Learn how George Van Eps and Alan Reuss harnessed the power of the triad in their solos.
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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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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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The Guitarist's Guide to the CAGED System

August 10, 2013

Learn how to map out the fretboard and be able to play in any key using a few basic open-position chord shapes.


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Rhythm Rules: 5 Ways to Make Your Chords Cooler

June 22, 2013
Singer/songwriter Keaton Simons shows you five easy ways to breathe new life into your chord progressions.
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Rhythm Rules: Atypical Funk

May 22, 2013
Move past the typical "James Brown" chord shapes by incorporating stacked fourths, 7#9, and 7sus4 shapes to breath new life into your rhythm playing.
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Fretboard Workshop: Why Triads are Essential

April 23, 2013
Develop a deeper understanding of basic triads, learn about inversions and voice-leading, and create more interesting rhythm parts in this month''s Fretboard Workshop.
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Style Guide: Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz

April 8, 2013
Uncover the secrets behind Django''s style by learning about three- and four-note voicings, blazing arpeggios, and some cool diminished-sounding tricks.
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Beyond Blues: 12 Keys, Five Shapes, and the Blues

April 2, 2013
Understand how to visualize chord shapes all over the neck and learn how five simple arpeggio shapes can unlock 12 keys.
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Twang 101: Why You Should Care About Hybrid Picking

March 25, 2013
What in the heck is “hybrid picking” and why should you care? Learn how to unleash some picking-hand tricks, create open-string phrases and pedal-steel licks.
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Rhythm Rules: Call-and-Response Funk Guitar

March 12, 2013
Create funky grooves in the style of James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Nile Rogers by developing a "call-and-response" approach to funk guitar.
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Beyond Blues: Chromatic Colors - How to Add Outside Notes to Your Lines

March 5, 2013
Learn about neighbor tones, enclosures, and develop some ear-twisting blues lines in this lesson about adding "outside" tones to your playing.
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Beyond Blues: Understanding CAGED and the V Chord

February 6, 2013
Understand the basics of the CAGED system, learn how to move around the fretboard in all 12 keys, and create phrases that fit over the V chord in a blues.
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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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