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Fretboard Workshop: Avoiding Practice

May 11, 2012
Learn how to transform otherwise boring exercises into musical phrases.
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Digging Deeper: One Scale to Rule Them All

February 10, 2012
The jazz melodic minor scale is a very important improvisational tool.
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Kick Out The Jams: Both Sides of the Field - Outside Playing 101

February 10, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Incorporate more “outside” sounds into your playing. • Learn to use half-diminished and diminished arpeggios over dominant chords. • Create lines that
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Future Rock: Pentatonic Derby

January 26, 2012
The pentatonic scale is where it all begins. However, I have found a few new ways to make it a little more interesting.
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Digging Deeper: Let Your Line Shine

January 10, 2012
Today I want to explore ways to approach improvising long, fluid, rhythmically dynamic lines.
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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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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Guilty Pleasure of Sonic Bell-Bottoms

December 20, 2011
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
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Elf Licks of Doom

December 6, 2011
I thought we’d explore a giant monster lick from “Emberfall,” a song from my album, Machine Elves.
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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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Beyond Blues: Phrasing—A Lost Art

October 18, 2011
Phrasing: When it comes to an improvised solo, it’s pretty much what separates the good players from the greats.
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