October 2016

Chords

Fretboard Workshop: Pentatonic Box Breakout

December 20, 2011
Arpeggios are the musical equivalent of greeting someone by name—it’s the most direct way you can communicate with a chord and it’s going to take your playing up a notch.
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Beyond Blues: Liberating Blues Changes

December 20, 2011
While the typical rock and blues 12-bar form sticks pretty closely to the standard changes, we’re going to explore how this structure can be manipulated and embellished to create some very interesting sounds.
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Kick Out The Jams: Give the Guitarist Some!

December 20, 2011
Rhythm guitarists can benefit from being aware of what the drummer is doing.
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Twang 101: Western Swing Rhythm

November 22, 2011
Learn some common Western swing progressions and turnarounds to help you dive into this sub-genre of country and jazz.
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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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The Thinking Shredder: Open Heart and Open Voice

November 9, 2011
Ideas that will give your arpeggios a more angular sound.
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Deep Blues: Demolish the Diminished Chord

October 26, 2011
This month we’re going to look at how to solo over the diminished chord.
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Fretboard Workshop: Shapes on Strings

October 18, 2011
Do you ever feel boxed in by standard tuning? You start writing a song, but it keeps sounding like something that’s already been written.
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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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Deep Blues: 8-Bar Blues

September 28, 2011
This is a popular blues form that is never really talked about.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Seafood and Juggling—a Love Story

September 20, 2011
The following phrases are so fresh to me, if they had legs they would still be wiggling around in the air.
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Digging Deeper: Learning Tunes in Three Dimensions

September 20, 2011
One of the things I’ve always been really fascinated by is the idea of “finding your own voice.”
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Rhythm & Grooves: Spin the Wheel, Map the Fretboard

September 20, 2011
Learning to name the notes on the fretboard is a big deal. The goal is to be able to press any string to any fret and immediately identify the resulting note.
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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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Deep Blues: Funky Blues Rhythms

August 31, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at a few different ways to add some funk to your rhythm parts.
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Beyond Blues: Major Chords, Minor Blues

August 16, 2011
Discover how the same type of chord voicing can perform different harmonic functions.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Running in Circles

August 16, 2011
Do you ever feel trapped on the fretboard? Comfortable in certain keys, but utterly lost in others? If so, you’re not alone.
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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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Fretboard Workshop: Connecting Chords

July 19, 2011
As chords move from one to the next in vocal music, the music flows most naturally when each singer sings a smooth melodic line, connecting the notes without awkward leaps.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Guitar George

July 19, 2011
Choose a note and then play as many chords as possible that each include this particular tone in the identical fretboard location.
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