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Lessons: Rock

Rhythm Is King: Malcolm Young’s Rock-Solid Riffage

April 23, 2016
Malcom Young’s iconic riffs—long considered the sonic glue of AC/DC—appear deceptively simple. Look again.
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How “Freebird” Taught Me Everything I Need to Know About Rock Guitar Soloing

April 9, 2016
These fast pentatonic runs lie at the heart of rock guitar.
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Cram Session: Pentatonic Power

April 2, 2016
There’s a lifetime of learning packed into only five notes. Everyone from Clapton to Satriani has squeezed out the secrets. Now it’s your turn.
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Digging Deeper: Rocking Chord-Melody Technique

March 19, 2016
Learning how to harmonize a melody isn’t just for jazzers—even rock-minded guitarists can get into the action.
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Kick Out the Jams: Using the “Wrong” Mode in the Right Way

January 2, 2016
Sometimes you need to break the rules to discover new sounds.
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Digging Deeper: Faux Whammy Bends

December 19, 2015
Get some slippery-sounding bends without reaching for the bar.
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Cram Session: Alternate Picking

December 12, 2015
The concept is simple. It’s the application that takes work.
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Electric Etudes: John McLaughlin

December 5, 2015
Even with a wealth of theoretical concepts at his fingertips, Mahavishnu’s leader still plays from the gut.
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Future Rock: Expanding Your Pentatonic Horizons

November 14, 2015
Five-note scales go way beyond the basic major and minor pentatonic forms.
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World Gone Shred: Japanese Pentatonics

October 24, 2015
Not all pentatonic scales are created equal.
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Fretboard Workshop: Roll the Bones

October 17, 2015
Everyone from Yngwie to Slash uses this awkward but essential technique.
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Kick Out the Jams: Two Chords and the Truth

October 10, 2015
Even if the harmony is boring, you can still play exciting guitar.
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Digging Deeper: Flamenco Harmonies

October 3, 2015
Ready to try something new? Here’s how to work Spanish colors into your jazz and rock progressions.
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Future Rock: Intervallic Intuition

September 19, 2015
With a few simple tweaks you can take the prettiest of chords and move them to the dark side.
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Future Rock: Speeding Down the Modal Interchange Highway

August 8, 2015
Life’s too short for boring progressions—or boring solos.
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World Gone Shred: Kora Power!

August 1, 2015
With some deft hybrid picking, you can turn your guitar into a West African music machine.
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Analog Man: A Joe Walsh Primer

July 18, 2015
By combining fearless bending with a hefty dose of funky chord work, Walsh helped define the sound of classic rock.
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Future Rock: Solos You Can Dance To

July 4, 2015
Get some groove into your licks!
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Beyond Blues: Warren Haynes’ Southern-Fried Blues-Rock

June 27, 2015
Few guitarists are able to combine soul with a healthy amount of down-home rock like the Gov’t Mule frontman.
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World Gone Shred: Bulgarian Odd-Meter Riffage

June 20, 2015
The combination of well-placed accents, a strong sense of rhythm, and some Bulgarian influences will add an edge of excitement to your playing.
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