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Lessons

Orange Guitar: Freddie Green Rhythm

January 3, 2012
I’ve employed this chord sequence as a musical and versatile approach to embellishing the potentially mundane sound of a one-chord vamp.
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Deep Blues: 9th Chords and the Truth, Pt. 1

December 28, 2011
This month we’re going to look at some new voicings for dominant 9th chords and take a look at trying some new tricks with these newfound voicings.
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Fretboard Workshop: Pentatonic Box Breakout

December 20, 2011
Arpeggios are the musical equivalent of greeting someone by name—it’s the most direct way you can communicate with a chord and it’s going to take your playing up a notch.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Guilty Pleasure of Sonic Bell-Bottoms

December 20, 2011
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
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Beyond Blues: Liberating Blues Changes

December 20, 2011
While the typical rock and blues 12-bar form sticks pretty closely to the standard changes, we’re going to explore how this structure can be manipulated and embellished to create some very interesting sounds.
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Kick Out The Jams: Give the Guitarist Some!

December 20, 2011
Rhythm guitarists can benefit from being aware of what the drummer is doing.
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Elf Licks of Doom

December 6, 2011
I thought we’d explore a giant monster lick from “Emberfall,” a song from my album, Machine Elves.
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Deep Blues: Rolling the Blues

November 30, 2011
This month we’re going to take a look at how to roll the fingers across the strings.
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Twang 101: Western Swing Rhythm

November 22, 2011
Learn some common Western swing progressions and turnarounds to help you dive into this sub-genre of country and jazz.
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Video Lesson - The Rumble Seat: A Fretless Bass Manifesto by Juan Alderete

November 21, 2011
PG columnist Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Racer-X, Big Sir) talks about the basics and philosophy of approaching the fretless bass in his December 2011 print magazine column, which can be read in its entirety online and for free here.
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Digging Deeper: Bridging The Comping Gap

November 15, 2011
How to develop your own personal concept of accompaniment—or “comping,” as it’s known in jazz—from the perspective of rhythm first, and then harmony.
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The Rumble Seat: A Fretless Bass Manifesto

November 15, 2011
I was determined to find what this fretless sound was all about.
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Beyond Blues: Stealin' from the Steel

November 15, 2011
I love the pedal steel, but I am entirely too lazy to sit down behind one and learn all those crazy tunings.
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2011 in Review

November 15, 2011
As projected, the 2011 market became even more aligned with players, rather than collectors, and certainly not investors.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Exercise Your Independence

November 15, 2011
Another aspect of fingerstyle technique: fretting-finger independence.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Oldsmobile Rides Again

November 15, 2011
How a flat tire inspired a whole new view of arpeggios.
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The Thinking Shredder: Open Heart and Open Voice

November 9, 2011
Ideas that will give your arpeggios a more angular sound.
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Twang 101: Gallop Picking

November 1, 2011
Gallop picking is a technique that combines forward rolls with open strings to create a lush sound.
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Deep Blues: Demolish the Diminished Chord

October 26, 2011
This month we’re going to look at how to solo over the diminished chord.
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Acoustic Adventures: The Fingerpicking Engine

October 18, 2011
If you find yourself among the players who still lack a system for fingerpicking that prevents you from producing these sounds, perhaps your “fingerpicking engine” needs a tune-up.
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