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Scales

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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Future Rock: How to Build Long Lines from Motifs

October 26, 2013
Create long, flowing lines with a few simple motifs and some creative phrasing in this lesson from Chimaira's Emil Werstler.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Pentatonic Approach to Modes

October 12, 2013
The relationship between the modes and the pentatonic scale is closer than you might think.
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Beyond Blues: Dorian vs. Aeolian

September 7, 2013
Understand the subtle differences between the Dorian and Aeolian modes, and learn new licks that exploit all these modes have to offer.
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Twang 101: Bending Through a Scale

August 31, 2013
Snake your way up and down the neck while using subtle, but effective, bends to imply different harmonies.
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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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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use the Super Locrian Scale

June 5, 2013
Get deep inside the Super Locrian scale and learn how to add ear-twisting tension to your blues lines.
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Beyond Blues: Altered-Scale Secrets

May 6, 2013
Unlock the secrets of implying altered sounds over dominant 7th chords using the Super Locrian scale.
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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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Fretboard Workshop: Flipping Arpeggios - Creating New Sounds with Old Shapes

March 19, 2013
Bored with those same old arpeggio shapes? In this lesson we will breathe new life into some familiar patterns by simply changing the context.
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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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Deep Blues: Wayne Bennett's Blues Haiku

February 26, 2013
One of Duane Allman''s biggest influences was Wayne Bennett. Check out this lesson on Bennett''s style and cop some cool licks for a medium-tempo shuffle.
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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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Diary of a So-Called Shredder: Doom in E Minor

January 9, 2013
Combine picking techniques with the E-minor scale for big monster licks of doom.
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Fretboard Workshop: Move Beyond Pentatonics with Six-Note Scales

January 2, 2013
Jimmy Herring shows you how to break up predictable patterns by visualizing scales all over the fretboard.
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Beyond Blues: Keeping it Simple with Blues-Scale Transitions

November 27, 2012
Learn to develop singable melodies to play over a blues.
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Style Guide: Uptown Blues

October 23, 2012
Explore what T-Bone Walker and others did in their solos and chord playing to achieve that uptown sound.
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