December 2016

Lessons

Digging Deeper: Rocking Chord-Melody Technique

March 19, 2016
Learning how to harmonize a melody isn’t just for jazzers—even rock-minded guitarists can get into the action.
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Acoustic Adventures: Harmonic Visions

March 12, 2016
There are sparkling, harp-like notes lurking just above your fretboard that can add a magical touch to any composition. We’ll show you where they are and how to coax them out.
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Beyond Blues: CAGED Developments

March 5, 2016
Supercharge your solos with the potent fretboard approach used by legendary players like Robben Ford.
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Cosmic Country: Finger Rolls

February 27, 2016
Crank out rapid-fire licks by taking inspiration from the banjo.
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Cram Session: Modern Legato Techniques

February 20, 2016
Stretch out those fingers and give your pick a rest with these twisted licks.
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Luther Dickinson: “Hurry Up Sunrise” Video Premiere

February 16, 2016
The North Mississippi Allstars frontman performs a song from his new solo album and gives a spirited lesson in hill country blues fingerpicking.
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The Rumble Seat: A Bass Groove Toolbox

February 13, 2016
Invent a whole new low-end vocabulary by combining cues from classic George Porter Jr. and James Jamerson licks with modern rhythms and beats.
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Beyond Blues: Billy Gibbons

February 6, 2016
Learn a few secrets about how the king of Texas boogie-rock combines attitude with soul.
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Future Rock: Hybrid-Picked Shred Licks and the 2-1-2 Method

January 30, 2016
Perk up your scales with a simple idea and some deft picking.
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Digging Deeper: Intro to Afro-Cuban Guitar

January 16, 2016
Create engaging rhythms by combining montunos, claves, tumbaos, and more.
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Fretboard Workshop: Melodic Transformations

January 9, 2016
Breathe new life into vanilla arpeggios.
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Kick Out the Jams: Using the “Wrong” Mode in the Right Way

January 2, 2016
Sometimes you need to break the rules to discover new sounds.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use Guide Tones

December 26, 2015
Not all notes are created equal. With a few well-placed targets, your solos can stand out.
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Digging Deeper: Faux Whammy Bends

December 19, 2015
Get some slippery-sounding bends without reaching for the bar.
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Cram Session: Alternate Picking

December 12, 2015
The concept is simple. It’s the application that takes work.
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Electric Etudes: John McLaughlin

December 5, 2015
Even with a wealth of theoretical concepts at his fingertips, Mahavishnu’s leader still plays from the gut.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Rockabilly I, IV, V

November 30, 2015
PG’s Review Demo and Rig Rundown guru explains the ins and outs of a movable pull-off pattern that’ll immediately impart your licks with the sort of vibe you’d hear in a tune by Les Paul or Bill Haley & His Comets.
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Beyond Blues: Matt Schofield’s Sophisticated Solos

November 28, 2015
Uncovering the soloing secrets used by one of modern blues’ masters.
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10 Commandments of Bluegrass Guitar

November 21, 2015
Essential tips for nailing that “high, lonesome” sound.
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Future Rock: Expanding Your Pentatonic Horizons

November 14, 2015
Five-note scales go way beyond the basic major and minor pentatonic forms.
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