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May 2014

Technique

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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Rhythm Rules: Call-and-Response Funk Guitar

March 12, 2013
Create funky grooves in the style of James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Nile Rogers by developing a "call-and-response" approach to funk guitar.
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Style Guide: Left-Hand Techniques

February 11, 2013
Learn how to get your fretting hand in shape with some exercises that will improve your dexterity, finger independence, and legato playing.
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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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What's the Rush?

February 4, 2013
Has anyone tracked more mind-blowing, finger-crippling solos than Brent Mason? Photo by Ariel Ellis Just before Thanksgiving, I lead the band for The Scotty McCreery and Friends Christmas Special
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Brad Paisley: Concepts and Techniques

January 30, 2013
Playing a pink Paisley Tele through vintage amps with multiple delays, Paisley has re-ignited country soloing. By combining wide intervals and chromaticism with pizzazz, he has enticed us to pry at how he’s pulling it off.
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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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Fingerstyle Boot Camp: “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” Arrangement

December 11, 2012
Learn this 16th-century French Christmas carol, in dropped D-plus-G tuning.
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8 Essential Steve Vai Licks

August 8, 2012
We show you some of the characteristic elements in Steve Vai’s playing, focusing on note choice, technique, and rhythms to get a better understanding of his unique approach and unmistakable style.
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