August Issue

Lessons

Rhythm & Grooves: Going Up?

January 17, 2011
We’re in the process of exploring ways to make three-note voicings sound bigger than typical triads.
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Country Guitar Endings: Classic Lines to Bring the Song to a Convincing Close

January 17, 2011
Country tunes can be brought to a close in a number of ways: vamping on the song’s last chord, tossing in an interesting harmonic twist, interjecting one of several classic bluegrass clichés, or unleashing a barn-burning, country-fried double-stop lick.
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Twang 101: Rockabilly Intros and Outros

January 6, 2011
Bookend your rockabilly tunes with these popular intros and outros.
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Triad Arpeggios Applied

January 6, 2011
Using triad arpeggios over a progression to make your playing more melodic.
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Deep Blues: Target Tones - Tighten Up Your Blues Comping

December 31, 2010
Rhythmic styles based in horn and piano parts of Albert King and James Brown tunes.
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Lethal Guitar: Lydian Jumpstart

December 30, 2010
Using the Lydian mode in the style of Steve Vai
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Classical Techniques: Rest Strokes and Free Strokes for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

December 21, 2010
The technique for playing “lead” on classical guitar is almost always a rest stroke.
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Combining Techniques

December 21, 2010
Creating new licks and sequences using string skipping, barring, and hammer-ons from nowhere.
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Playing With Blocks

December 21, 2010
Let’s examine several important elements of a block-chord technique used by Wes Montgomery
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Tapping Technique: Bi-Dextral Hammer-Ons in the Style of Eddie Van Halen

December 21, 2010
Often referred to as two-hand tapping, this technique was revolutionized and popularized by Eddie Van Halen in the late 1970s (“Eruption,” 1978) and taken to extremes by guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, and jazz great Stanley Jordan.
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