December 2016

Lessons

Beyond Blues: Dorian vs. Aeolian

September 7, 2013
Understand the subtle differences between the Dorian and Aeolian modes, and learn new licks that exploit all these modes have to offer.
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Twang 101: Bending Through a Scale

August 31, 2013
Snake your way up and down the neck while using subtle, but effective, bends to imply different harmonies.
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Jazz Boot Camp: 6 Essential Solo Guitar Tricks

August 24, 2013
Impress your friends and scare your neighbors with these essential tips for playing solo guitar.
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Rhythm Rules: Syncopated 16th-Note Rhythms

August 17, 2013

Stay in the pocket! Learn how 16th-note rhythms work in funk, rock, and acoustic music.


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The Guitarist's Guide to the CAGED System

August 10, 2013

Learn how to map out the fretboard and be able to play in any key using a few basic open-position chord shapes.


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Beyond Blues: Playing the "Right" Minor Blues Changes

August 3, 2013

Not all minor blues progressions are created equal. Delve into the subtle differences and learn how to make a simple minor progression more interesting with a few easy substitutions.


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Digging Deeper: Power Up Your Power Chords

July 27, 2013
Put those root-fifth shapes to work by using them to unlock more complex harmonies in your riffs.
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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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Technique

July 15, 2013
Focus on the fundamentals with these lessons on everything from mastering pick control and your sense of time to beefing up your chord vocabulary.
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Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create A Solo

July 14, 2013
Learn how to take some basic triad shapes–both major and minor–and turn them into a compelling, melodic solo.
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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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Rock

June 28, 2013
If your playing leans toward the louder, dirtier side of things, check out these lessons by everyone from Paul Gilbert and Herman Li to Jimmy Herring and Justin Derrico.
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Blues

June 28, 2013
From SRV to B.B., we take you inside the essential elements of blues guitar with tutorials from modern masters such as Kid Andersen and Jeff McErlain.
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Country

June 28, 2013
Learn all about double-stops, hybrid picking, pedal-steel bends, and more. From Jim Campilongo to Brent Mason, Hank Garland to Don Rich, we have all the twang you need.
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Concepts and Techniques: Jim Hall

June 27, 2013
Dig into some of the soloing and comping techniques used by jazz master Jim Hall.
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Rhythm Rules: 5 Ways to Make Your Chords Cooler

June 22, 2013
Singer/songwriter Keaton Simons shows you five easy ways to breathe new life into your chord progressions.
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Future Rock: Two-Handed Tapping and How to Play the Intro to “Atlas Novus”

June 14, 2013
Scale the Summit's Chris Letchford takes you through the basics of two-hand tapping and demonstrates the into to "Atlas Novus."
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Kick Out the Jams: How to Make Your Delay Pedal Work for You

June 8, 2013
A precisely timed delay effect with just the right number of echo repeats can become part of the composition of a great riff.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use the Super Locrian Scale

June 5, 2013
Get deep inside the Super Locrian scale and learn how to add ear-twisting tension to your blues lines.
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Twang 101: Chromatic Country Runs

May 29, 2013
Understand everything you need to know about how to use the "country chromatic scale" and create some of the most finger-busting licks this side of Brent Mason.
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