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Digging Deeper: Practicing with Loops

April 11, 2015
Move past the metronome and improve your groove with these creative tips.
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Cosmic Country: A Bad Case of the Bends

April 4, 2015
From crying pedal-steel sounds to aggressive, bluesy squeals, bending a string is all about feeling.
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Future Rock: Pentatonic Transitions

March 28, 2015
Unlock the fretboard with a few key shapes, some practice, and a healthy dose of experimentation.
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Beyond Blues: Bridging the Gap Between Chords and Arpeggios

March 21, 2015
Learn how to solo effortlessly using the CAGED system.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play Over “Giant Steps”

March 7, 2015
Coltrane’s technical masterpiece offers many challenges—and enormous inspiration.
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Future Rock: 9 Essential Rock-Guitar Cliches

February 21, 2015
Explore the timeless licks of such rock masters as Clapton, Hendrix, Iommi, and Page.
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Future Rock: Open Season on Open Strings

November 22, 2014
From bluegrass to metal, you can’t underestimate the power of the open string.
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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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Digging Deeper: A Whole-Tone Primer

October 4, 2014
An ambiguous scale that has more applications than you might think.
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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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