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Lessons

Diary of a So-Called Shredder: Symmetrical Dancing

August 1, 2012
Test your skills with some blazing licks incorporating the symmetrical diminished scale.
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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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Deep Blues: Robben Ford, Part 1

July 18, 2012
Take a look at a few key elements of Robben Ford''s technique in our latest Deep Blues lesson.
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Beyond Blues: Chicago Blues Primer

July 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Understand the essential elements of Chicago blues. • Learn how to properly back up a harmonica player. • Create “looping” phrases that
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Digging Deeper: Polyrhythmic Fundamentals

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Develop basic polyrhythmic techniques. • Learn how to superimpose different rhythms to make a “4-against-3” feel. • Understand how accents can imply
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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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Fretboard Workshop: The 12-Tone Shuffle

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Advanced Lesson Overview: • Understand how to create and use 12-tone rows. • Develop musical motifs by altering tone rows. • Combine string skipping and octave
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Blues Basics: Saying More With Less

July 3, 2012
You can make a huge impact when soloing—for both the audience and yourself—when you break down the solo and use fewer notes.
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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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Jazz Bootcamp: Breaking Down Minor II-Vs

June 18, 2012
The minor IIm-V7-Im progression often has people guessing. But as soon as you start exploring some of the different modes of minor scales, you can find sounds that you won’t get from your basic garden-variety major scale.
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Digging Deeper: A New Way to Practice Scales

June 8, 2012
By zoning in on one simple scale or pattern in the book and creating my own exercises based on that scale, I was able to extract a huge amount of information from one simple source, while simultaneously absorbing it into my vocabulary in a personal way.
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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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Beyond Blues: Minor Blues Boot Camp

June 8, 2012
Several simple techniques you can use to create more tension and interest in your comping.
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Kick Out The Jams: Look Mom! Two Hands!

June 8, 2012
A few tapping ideas that I’ve been using lately and hopefully get a few of you to develop calluses on “the other hand.”
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Future Rock: Country Shred

June 6, 2012
Get schooled where country and rock meet with some ripping hybrid picking lines and touches of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins.
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Diary of A So-Called Shredder: The Dance Party U.S.A. Challenge

May 30, 2012
Terry Syrek works out your transcription skills with an original tune. Are you up for the challenge?
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Deep Blues: Freddie King's Texas Blues

May 22, 2012
Some techniques that are characteristic of the Texas Cannonball, Freddie King.
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Digging Deeper: The Diving-Board Effect

May 11, 2012
Learn how to relieve tension in both your picking and fretting hands.
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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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Beyond Blues: The Soulful Otis Rush

May 11, 2012
Learn licks in the style of Chicago blues master Otis Rush.
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