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Scales

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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Twang 101: Blue Twang

October 4, 2011
In this lesson we will look at ways to add some twang to the blues scale.
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The Rumble Seat: Five Essential Techniques for Bass

August 16, 2011
These simple ideas have helped me improve consistency in my time, sound, fluidity, and other fundamental aspects of my musicianship.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Thanksgiving at Ted Nugent's House

July 19, 2011
This month, I want to show you how to play minor seven flat five, and why it sounds so good.
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Inside Jazz: Alphabetic Junctions

July 19, 2011
If we take the English alphabet and display it alongside a scalar series, the two separate systems become a device that can translate the language of words into one of melodies.
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Power Shred: Visualizing the Modes

July 6, 2011
In this column we are going to look at some ways to visualize the notes on the fretboard.
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