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Rhythm

Twang 101: Danny Gatton's Country Boogie

May 9, 2011
This month’s lesson will take a close look at Danny Gatton''s boogie-woogie piano grooves on guitar.
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Deep Blues: The Thrill Isn’t Gone—Comping Over a Minor Blues

May 3, 2011
In this month’s column we’re going to spice up the minor blues by adding some extensions to our chords.
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Jazz Chops: Delicious Comping 101

March 24, 2011
“Comp” means not only to accompany, but also to complement. It’s the “complement” part that I’m going to focus on here.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Open for Business

February 15, 2011
In this third and final part of our series, we’ll integrate some of the different forms we’ve discovered thus far and continue to blanket the fretboard with fresh chordal colors.
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Beyond Blues: Triads Over Minor Blues

February 15, 2011
Tomo Fujita''s debut column will help you break out of the old minor-pentatonic shapes.
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Modal Workshop: Intervallic Structures

February 15, 2011
Alex Machacek shows you voicings to expand your chord vocabulary.
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Fingerpicking Blues: Classic 8-Bar Blues Solos in First Position

January 17, 2011
The following solos show how to play unaccompanied, solo blues in first position.
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Country Guitar Endings: Classic Lines to Bring the Song to a Convincing Close

January 17, 2011
Country tunes can be brought to a close in a number of ways: vamping on the song’s last chord, tossing in an interesting harmonic twist, interjecting one of several classic bluegrass clichés, or unleashing a barn-burning, country-fried double-stop lick.
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Deep Blues: Target Tones - Tighten Up Your Blues Comping

December 31, 2010
Rhythmic styles based in horn and piano parts of Albert King and James Brown tunes.
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Piedmont Blues: Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning

December 21, 2010
Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning
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Triads & Pedal-Tones: The Building Blocks for Great Guitar Riffs

November 16, 2010
Triads are three-note chords and form the basis for many of rock’s classic riffs.
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Peaks and Valleys

November 16, 2010
12-bar blues in a jazzy context
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Rhythm & Grooves: Wheels Within Wheels

October 20, 2010
Learning comping from B-3 and electric piano.
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The Generic Word "Go"

October 20, 2010
Dressing up standard chords
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Deep Blues: Turnarounds With Triads

August 31, 2010
Using triads to illustrate how to construct turnarounds
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Funky Rhythm Guitar: Slippery Slide, Scratch Chords, Essential Voicings, and More

August 17, 2010
The half-step (one-fret) slide is a common trick that will add a little spice to your rhythm parts.
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Partido Alto: Latin Jazz Rhythm for Guitar

August 17, 2010
Partido alto is a type of funky samba that is played in more urban areas with smaller ensembles.
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Deep Blues: Creative Comping - Developing Dominant 7th Chords

August 6, 2010
Cool ideas to offer unique sounds to your rhythm playing
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Twang 101: Imitating Lap Steel

July 12, 2010
Imitating lap steel on guitar by understanding the strengths and limitations of the instrument.
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Deep Blues: Blue Triads

July 8, 2010
Dennis McCumber explains why you should pull those old blues triads off the shelf
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