October 2016

Lessons: Rock

Beyond Blues: British Blues

September 20, 2011
The Brit school is a bit more of a mix of major and minor blues scales, as opposed to the straight minor blues sound that’s associated with Texas blues.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Seafood and Juggling—a Love Story

September 20, 2011
The following phrases are so fresh to me, if they had legs they would still be wiggling around in the air.
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Kick Out The Jams: One-Chord Monte

September 20, 2011
Soloing over one chord can either be the most freeing musical experience or the most terrifying.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Reticulated Python Eats Bear

August 16, 2011
Can I bite off a giant arpeggio and digest it in one bear-sized piece? Or will I get better results from dividing up the arpeggio into smaller segments I can digest gradually over time?
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Power Shred: Visualizing the Modes

July 6, 2011
In this column we are going to look at some ways to visualize the notes on the fretboard.
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Kick Out the Jams: Guitar Gamelan

May 17, 2011
In Umphrey’s McGee, we really like to turn rhythm on its head and are constantly in search of cool ways to change up a boring stock riff. In this
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The Thinking Shredder: Speed, Accuracy, and Dexterity

April 25, 2011
Breaking down large musical ideas and examples into manageable parts and practicing them over and over to develop speed.
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Extend Yourself: Upper Extensions of 7th Chords

March 28, 2011
While upper extensions apply to all keys and several different chord types, today we’ll be looking at those of Gm7.
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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: Open for Business

February 15, 2011
In this third and final part of our series, we’ll integrate some of the different forms we’ve discovered thus far and continue to blanket the fretboard with fresh chordal colors.
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Modal Workshop: Intervallic Structures

February 15, 2011
Alex Machacek shows you voicings to expand your chord vocabulary.
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Lethal Guitar: Mixolydian Madness

January 25, 2011
In the following examples we illustrate a basic Mixolydian scale, a 7th arpeggio or two and finally, examples of the minor five chord in melodic ideas.
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Groupings and Accents

January 17, 2011
What is the best way to increase picking speed when you seem to have hit the velocity ceiling?
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Super Locrian Improv: Jazz-Rock Fusion Applications for this Mode of the Melodic Minor Scale

January 17, 2011
A useful mode of the melodic minor is known as Super Locrian. This is the seventh mode of melodic minor.
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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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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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Alternate Pentatonics

December 21, 2010
Take a simple pentatonic scale and really turn it upside down by changing the harmonic context in which we use it.
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Lethal Guitar: Basic Harmonization

November 24, 2010
Jeff Beasley covers two approaches to harmonization that are used in virtually all styles of music.
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