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Lessons

Beyond Blues: The Blues Phrasebook

March 9, 2012
Chops: Beginner Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Learn what not to do over a turnaround. Ever. • Create licks in the style of the three Kings. • Understand how
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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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Digging Deeper: Creative Chord Construction

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn to generate new voicings. • Experience harmony''s gravitational force. • Explore octave displacement. Click here to download the accompanying mp3 audio
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Future Rock: Tap, Sweep, and Shred

March 5, 2012
Create long phrases that combine right- and left-hand tapping and learn to make your position shifts as smooth as possible in this lesson.
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Orange Guitar: “Little” Steel Guitar Voicings

February 28, 2012
Easy-to-fret triads that sound sophisticated and lush, despite what we are actually playing.
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Chord Charts 101

February 22, 2012
Learn how simple and intuitive reading charts can be with this handy guide.
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Deep Blues: Double-Stop Madness

February 22, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Learn how to use hybrid picking to play double-stop licks. • Crate bluesy phrases in the style of Grant Green, Kenny Burrell,
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Beyond Blues: Roots Rock Primer

February 10, 2012
A few Americana-influenced blues licks that you will be able to get under your fingers quickly and use on the next Tuesday night blues jam.
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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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Digging Deeper: One Scale to Rule Them All

February 10, 2012
The jazz melodic minor scale is a very important improvisational tool.
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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
How to keep your ears in good condition and also how to deal with any hearing loss you may already have.
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Style Guide: Acoustic Blues Guitar

February 7, 2012
Today we’ll look at three types of bass lines that help define the sound of three sub-styles of fingerstyle blues: monotone bass, alternating bass, and boogie-woogie bass.
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Deep Blues: 9th Chords and the Truth, Pt. 2

January 31, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn new voicings for dominant 9th and dominant 13th chords. • Understand the basics of voice leading over a blues progression. •
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Future Rock: Pentatonic Derby

January 26, 2012
The pentatonic scale is where it all begins. However, I have found a few new ways to make it a little more interesting.
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How to Teach Guitar on Skype

January 26, 2012
8 tips on making video-chat guitar lessons as painless as possible.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Buonasera Roccaforzata

January 13, 2012
I want you to learn the songs I learned for my Italian clinic tour.
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Digging Deeper: Let Your Line Shine

January 10, 2012
Today I want to explore ways to approach improvising long, fluid, rhythmically dynamic lines.
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Beyond Blues: Slip Slidin' Away

January 10, 2012
The sound of slide guitar is incredibly intoxicating. I’ve always been drawn to it because of the singing, vocal quality that it has—so emotional and expressive.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

January 10, 2012
I had been in the hospital for nearly four months with a heart condition. Two of those months I just laid flat in bed. So when I got back home and started to play again, I tried to pick up where I had left off. Wrong!
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