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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
The Mr. Big legend talks about how to keep your ears in good condition and deal with 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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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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