August

Rock

CD Review: Purling Hiss - "Hissteria"

January 17, 2011
Hissteria is brimming with Motor City riffery fished from a murky pond polluted by the melted vinyl of old Stooges, Alice Cooper, and Bob Seger System LPs.
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Triad Arpeggios Applied

January 6, 2011
Using triad arpeggios over a progression to make your playing more melodic.
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CD Review: Group Inerane - "Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 3"

December 21, 2010
Guitars from Agadez Vol. 3 is essentially a field recording of a band making supremely intense, imaginative, and original guitar music in the face of no-joke, real-world adversity.
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CD Review: Social Distortion - "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"

December 21, 2010
For the avid Social Distortion listener, most of the tried-and-true elements are still there—gritty guitars through overdriven tube amps, Ness’ storytelling lyrics, and high-octane rhythms—but they’re more refined and polished.
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CD Review: Duran Duran - "All You Need Is Now"

December 21, 2010
All You Need Is Now is a return to the sound that put the band on the New Wave map.
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Triad Arpeggios

December 16, 2010
Learn how to practice triad arpeggios and apply them to your writing and playing.
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Paganini Caprice No. 1, Part 3

December 3, 2010
The next section of Niccolo Paganini''s Caprice No. 1 will do wonders for your sweep picking technique and other areas of your playing.
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Triads & Pedal-Tones: The Building Blocks for Great Guitar Riffs

November 16, 2010
Triads are three-note chords and form the basis for many of rock’s classic riffs.
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CD Review: Eric Johnson - "Up Close"

November 16, 2010
More of what you love from Eric Johnson
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CD Review: Grinderman - "Grinderman II"

November 16, 2010
Nick Cave''s Grinderman''s latest has an extra helping of sinister savagery
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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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CD Review: Middle Class Rut - "No Name No Color"

September 21, 2010
Middle Class Rut''s debut CD is a raucous, bombastic affair with dynamic arrangements and soaring melodies
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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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String Skipping in Electric City

August 13, 2010
String skipping exercises using lines from Mike Campese''s latest album.
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Shredding the Modes

July 8, 2010
Mike uses everything you''ve learned in the previous Modal lessons to show you how to solo over a modal progression.
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The Modes, part 5: Tetrachords

June 10, 2010
This lesson will introduce a concept called tetrachords and give you some examples on how to construct scales with them and to help you master the modes across the fretboard much easier.
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Building Chops: Left-Hand Strength and Coordination

May 18, 2010
Legato Exercises for Increasing Left-Hand Strength and Coordination
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The Modes, part 4: Playing Across the Fingerboard

May 7, 2010
In this lesson, Mike shows you how to play each mode across the fingerboard with extended patterns.
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Whammy Roar: Executing the "Mad Elephant"

April 15, 2010
Cooking up a roar with your whammy and distortion
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The Modes, part 3: Modal Lines

April 7, 2010
Continue your modal education with lines from the F# Ionian, E Dorian, A Phrygian and C Lydian scales.
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