December 2016

Rhythm

The Guitarist's Guide to Writing Charts

November 29, 2014
There’s more than one way to make a quick-and-dirty chart that will get you through the gig.
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Electric Etudes: Andy Summers

November 15, 2014
The Police guitarist mixed up elements of reggae, punk, and new wave to create a singular style.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play "Blue Bossa"

October 18, 2014
Get inside this jazz standard with a handful of useful concepts.
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Pluck ’Em! A Crash Course in Country Guitar

September 20, 2014
Grab a Tele and dig into this comprehensive look at the art of twang.
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Electric Etudes: Steve Morse

September 13, 2014
Delve into the technique and style of one of rock’s most versatile guitarists.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Quartal Harmony 101

September 6, 2014
Dig into the ambiguously beautiful sound of stacked fourths.
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Deep Cuts: Al Anderson’s “You’re Just Laughin’ Inside”

July 19, 2014
The former NRBQ frontman combines Cornell Dupree double-stops with a dulcet tone and lots of soul.
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Electric Etudes: “Dimebag” Darrell

June 28, 2014
Dig into the rhythm and lead styles of the legendary Texas shredder.
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Digging Deeper: African Guitar 101

June 14, 2014
Discover the subtle secrets of Africa’s most virtuosic guitarists.
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Rhythm Rules: Gypsy Jazz Primer

April 26, 2014
Decode some of Django’s musical mojo by exploring the basics of his rhythm guitar style.
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Rhythm Rules: Chops, Speed, and Rhythm

March 8, 2014
Exorcise all your technique demons with a few simple exercises.
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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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Digging Deeper: Inside the Harmonic Minor Scale

February 1, 2014
From Yngwie to Primus, artists in nearly every genre have dabbled with the mysterious and sometimes dissonant sound of the harmonic minor scale.
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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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Electric Etudes: Clapton’s “Cream” Years

January 11, 2014
Get deep into Clapton’s early years and investigate his bluesy soloing style.
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Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Organ Blues

January 4, 2014
Brush up on your hybrid picking and learn some of Danny Gatton’s trickiest riffs.
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Rhythm Rules: Brazilian Guitar 101

December 21, 2013
Blend syncopated rhythms with jazzy chords and delve into the world of Brazilian guitar.
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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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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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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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