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Lessons: Rock

Rhythm Rules: 6 Essential Exercises to Improve Your Groove

July 20, 2013
Unlock some of the secrets of the metronome with these essential polyrhythmic exercises.
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Kick Out the Jams: Pumped Up Licks

May 13, 2013
Joe Robinson shows you 5 essential licks that demonstrate everything from fiery SRV-inspired blues-rock soloing to quirky, angular phrases.
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Future Rock: Demented Diminished

December 5, 2012
Understand the basics of the diminished scale and develop a more fluid legato technique with Justin Derrico''s latest lesson.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Blues-Rock Obstacle Course

October 8, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Add some blues firepower to your lick arsenal. • Become a string-skipping ninja. • Develop the skills to become a harmonic ninja
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In the Cage - Prog-Rock Keyboard Solos for Guitar

September 19, 2012
Grab your elf ears, Dungeon Master''s guide, and 20-sided die, throw your pick to your Hobbit roadie and dig into some prog-rock shred.
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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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Future Rock: Tap This!

July 25, 2012
Three killer licks that combine left- and right-hand tapping, legato techniques, and some sweep picking.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Stumbling Block Rock

July 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Overcome the “major third” tuning barrier. • Create lines that use a threeover- four pattern. • Combine the Dorian mode and blues
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Style Guide: Progressive Rock

June 26, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Understand the key elements of progressive rock. • Create and learn phrases using odd time signatures and rhythmic displacement. • Delve into
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Music Appreciation

June 8, 2012
What sort of things would I experiment with? Why, the blues scale of course. And then I’d share my results with you. Here they are.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Johnny Cash vs. the Ostrich

May 11, 2012
Understand the “three over four” principle.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: A Snow Shovel or a Hair Dryer?

April 6, 2012
Learn how to switch between different alternate-picking patterns.
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Kick Out The Jams: Rhythmic Motifs 101

April 6, 2012
Learn a two-step process for expanding your musical vocabulary.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: 250 Years of "Scarified"

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn the correct way to steal from the classical masters. • Understand the “real” way to play “Scarified.” • Create long, flowing
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Kick Out The Jams: Both Sides of the Field - Outside Playing 101

February 10, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Incorporate more “outside” sounds into your playing. • Learn to use half-diminished and diminished arpeggios over dominant chords. • Create lines that
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: For Those About to Rock

February 10, 2012
The Mr. Big legend talks about how to keep your ears in good condition and deal with hearing loss you may already have.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Guilty Pleasure of Sonic Bell-Bottoms

December 20, 2011
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
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Kick Out The Jams: Give the Guitarist Some!

December 20, 2011
Rhythm guitarists can benefit from being aware of what the drummer is doing.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Stranglehold by Starlight

October 18, 2011
Playing over jazz chord changes can be one of the most humiliating experiences a rock guitar player can ever face.
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Fretboard Workshop: Shapes on Strings

October 18, 2011
Do you ever feel boxed in by standard tuning? You start writing a song, but it keeps sounding like something that’s already been written.
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