October 2016

Lessons

Eric Johnson: Concepts and Techniques

October 9, 2012
Learn a few of the techniques that have taunted our ears, muddled our minds, and focused our phalanges for decades.
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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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Acoustic Adventures: The Small Stuff - Playing Two Parts at Once

October 8, 2012
“The Small Stuff ” contains several compositional elements that really make a solo guitar piece—a good groove, nice melody, and a solid bass line with clear separation from the melody.
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Beyond Blues: Major/Minor Slight-of-Hand

October 8, 2012
True pros can be identified by how well their ideas sit in the groove and the quality of their melodic statements.
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Deep Blues: Robben Ford, Part 2

October 3, 2012
Explore Ford-style chord voicings and turnarounds.
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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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How to Get an Authentic Johnny Cash/Luther Perkins Esquire Tone

September 12, 2012
The tone is 50 percent equipment and 50 percent technique know-how.
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Digging Deeper: Playing by Ear - Learn It and Forget It

September 11, 2012
Learn how to practice allowing your ear to guide your melodic sense.
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Secrets of a Classical Cat: The Four Right-Hand Commandments

September 5, 2012
Develop speed, sound, and nuance in your fingerstyle playing by exploring the “secrets” of classical guitar technique—beginning with a great right-hand setup.
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Beyond Blues: Beck's Blues - The Early Years

September 5, 2012
Understand the fundamental elements of Jeff Beck’s style.
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Fretboard Workshop: Recycling Pentatonics

September 5, 2012
Delve into the world of the dominant pentatonic scale.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Aristocratic Arpeggios

September 5, 2012
Balance hammer-ons and pulloffs with picked notes to create a smooth sound.
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Blues Basics: 10 Essential Ways to Get Through the Blues

August 29, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn how to imply chord changes over a 12-bar blues. • Understand how to use the super Locrian scale. • Develop an
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Brent Mason Concepts and Techniques

August 20, 2012
Hybrid picking, double-stops, open string licks, and more.
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Album Review: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - "Meat and Bone"

August 10, 2012
Blending a stew of punk, blues, twang, noise, rock, indie, and plenty more, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is back after an eight-year hiatus.
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Beyond Blues: Diminished Capacity

August 10, 2012
I’ve always been a fan of Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, and more recently, Matt Schofield. Influenced by the jazz language, they will use more complex ideas but don’t sound brainy doing it.
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Acoustic Adventures: Open for Business

August 10, 2012
No longer relegated to beginner-level melodies or open-position chords, open strings can add sonic spice to your solos and make them come alive.
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Fretboard Workshop: Developing Vocabulary - Concepts and Motifs

August 10, 2012
Every guitarist should know the importance of a large vocabulary. You want to emote—you want to “speak” through your guitar in any given situation.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: One, Two, Three, Four

August 10, 2012
If one had to choose the best “one, two, three, four” in all of recorded music, who would get the prize?
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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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