October 2016

Technique

Fingerstyle Workout: Exploring Stride Guitar

April 19, 2011
I enjoy using this style when accompanying a singer or horn player in a duo setting. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual roles of walking bass lines and comping à la Joe Pass, or playing a chord on every beat to mimic Freddie Green’s big-band rhythm sound.
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Beyond Blues: Slide Without the Slide

April 19, 2011
Carl Verheyen teaches you how to mimic slide guitar solos
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Power Shred: Sweep and Tap

April 14, 2011
How to combine some sweeping arpeggio runs with both one- and two-handed tapping licks.
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Inside Jazz: Automatic Voicings

March 15, 2011
Exploring how you can use diminished and augmented shapes to create automatic voicings.
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Twang 101: Bending Double-Stops

March 10, 2011
Pretty much every country guitarist who has picked up a Tele has squeezed two notes together to emulate pedal steel licks or slide guitar.
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Power Shred: Diminished Sweeps

February 28, 2011
Herman Li''s debut lesson looks at getting more out of your licks through diminished chords and hammer-ons and pull-offs
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Fierce Guitar: Intervallic Arpeggios

February 15, 2011
Dave Martone shows you how to combine an intervallic approach to playing arpeggios with some wicked hybrid picking
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Rhythm & Grooves: Going Up?

January 17, 2011
We’re in the process of exploring ways to make three-note voicings sound bigger than typical triads.
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Classical Techniques: Rest Strokes and Free Strokes for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

December 21, 2010
The technique for playing “lead” on classical guitar is almost always a rest stroke.
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Combining Techniques

December 21, 2010
Creating new licks and sequences using string skipping, barring, and hammer-ons from nowhere.
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Tapping Technique: Bi-Dextral Hammer-Ons in the Style of Eddie Van Halen

December 21, 2010
Often referred to as two-hand tapping, this technique was revolutionized and popularized by Eddie Van Halen in the late 1970s (“Eruption,” 1978) and taken to extremes by guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, and jazz great Stanley Jordan.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Hybrid-Picking Pals

December 21, 2010
Hybrid picking combines the power and speed of flatpicking with some benefits of a purely fingerstyle approach
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Melody Coming Through

November 16, 2010
The difference between playing as fast as possible and really saying something
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Lethal Guitar: Naturally Harmonic

November 5, 2010
Playing different types of harmonics on the guitar produces some “chime-like” tones that, when used in the right context, can give your playing an interesting twist.
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Deep Blues: Bending - Essential Techniques for Blues Soloing

November 4, 2010
Work on developing your ears and muscles to execute accurate bends for a vocal style of playing
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Paganini Caprice No. 1, Part 2

October 12, 2010
Mike Campese continues his arrangement of a classic
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Deep Blues: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs - Essential Techniques for Blues Soloing

October 5, 2010
Mastering hammer-ons and pull-offs is one of the best things you can do to take you from a beginning blues player to the level of blues soloist
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Old-School Picking Drills

September 21, 2010
Old school picking drills from Rusty Cooley
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Paganini Caprice No. 1, Part 1

September 16, 2010
Mike Campese arranges a violin classic from Niccolo Paganini for guitar
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