December 2016

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Beyond Blues: Eric Johnson vs. Joe Bonamassa

April 25, 2015
Decode the warp-speed blues-rock licks of two modern masters.
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Electric Etudes: Foo Fighters

April 18, 2015
Climb inside riffs inspired by one of rock’s biggest bands.
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Digging Deeper: Practicing with Loops

April 11, 2015
Move past the metronome and improve your groove with these creative tips.
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Cosmic Country: A Bad Case of the Bends

April 4, 2015
From crying pedal-steel sounds to aggressive, bluesy squeals, bending a string is all about feeling.
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Future Rock: Pentatonic Transitions

March 28, 2015
Unlock the fretboard with a few key shapes, some practice, and a healthy dose of experimentation.
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Beyond Blues: Bridging the Gap Between Chords and Arpeggios

March 21, 2015
Learn how to solo effortlessly using the CAGED system.
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Digging Deeper: Open-G Tricks

March 14, 2015
Get inside one of the guitar’s most versatile open tunings.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play Over “Giant Steps”

March 7, 2015
Coltrane’s technical masterpiece offers many challenges—and enormous inspiration.
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Electric Etudes: U2’s The Edge

February 28, 2015
Explore the techniques used by U2’s sonic architect.
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Future Rock: 9 Essential Rock-Guitar Cliches

February 21, 2015
Explore the timeless licks of such rock masters as Clapton, Hendrix, Iommi, and Page.
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Beyond Blues: Slip-Slidin’ Bends

February 14, 2015
Emulate the soulful sounds of Derek Trucks and other slide masters—without using a slide.
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Digging Deeper: Twin-Guitar Harmonies

February 7, 2015
You don’t need two guitarists to play compelling harmonized lines.
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Electric Etudes: David Gilmour

January 31, 2015
We dissect some of the legendary Pink Floyd guitarist's most identifiable rhythm and lead techniques.
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Cosmic Country: Ghost (Notes) in the Machine

January 17, 2015
One of Nashville’s young guns offers a primer on an essential technique.
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Beyond the Riffs: Mike Stern’s “Wishing Well”

January 15, 2015
The jazz-rock master takes us inside a tune from his latest collaboration with Eric Johnson.
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Deep Blues: The Triple Lindy

January 10, 2015
The King of Gristle serves up a generous portion of bluesy nuggets.
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Digging Deeper: Transcribing Rhythms

January 3, 2015
Reading and understanding basic rhythms is easier than you think.
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Rhythm Rules: Clave Grooves and Funky Moves

December 27, 2014
Take a trip down South to learn a new style of funk guitar.
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Shredmental: Hell-Bent for Rhythm!

December 20, 2014
A brutal primer on heavy metal rhythm guitar.
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Electric Etudes: Eddie Van Halen Techniques

December 13, 2014
Learn essential licks from one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
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