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Lessons

Technique

July 15, 2013
Focus on the fundamentals with these lessons on everything from mastering pick control and your sense of time to beefing up your chord vocabulary.
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Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create A Solo

July 14, 2013
Learn how to take some basic triad shapes–both major and minor–and turn them into a compelling, melodic solo.
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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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Rock

June 28, 2013
If your playing leans toward the louder, dirtier side of things, check out these lessons by everyone from Paul Gilbert and Herman Li to Jimmy Herring and Justin Derrico.
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Blues

June 28, 2013
From SRV to B.B., we take you inside the essential elements of blues guitar with tutorials from modern masters such as Kid Andersen and Jeff McErlain.
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Country

June 28, 2013
Learn all about double-stops, hybrid picking, pedal-steel bends, and more. From Jim Campilongo to Brent Mason, Hank Garland to Don Rich, we have all the twang you need.
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Concepts and Techniques: Jim Hall

June 27, 2013
Dig into some of the soloing and comping techniques used by jazz master Jim Hall.
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Rhythm Rules: 5 Ways to Make Your Chords Cooler

June 22, 2013
Singer/songwriter Keaton Simons shows you five easy ways to breathe new life into your chord progressions.
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Future Rock: Two-Handed Tapping and How to Play the Intro to “Atlas Novus”

June 14, 2013
Scale the Summit's Chris Letchford takes you through the basics of two-hand tapping and demonstrates the into to "Atlas Novus."
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Kick Out the Jams: How to Make Your Delay Pedal Work for You

June 8, 2013
A precisely timed delay effect with just the right number of echo repeats can become part of the composition of a great riff.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use the Super Locrian Scale

June 5, 2013
Get deep inside the Super Locrian scale and learn how to add ear-twisting tension to your blues lines.
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Twang 101: Chromatic Country Runs

May 29, 2013
Understand everything you need to know about how to use the "country chromatic scale" and create some of the most finger-busting licks this side of Brent Mason.
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Rhythm Rules: Atypical Funk

May 22, 2013
Move past the typical "James Brown" chord shapes by incorporating stacked fourths, 7#9, and 7sus4 shapes to breath new life into your rhythm playing.
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"First, Learn to Practice" Book Released

May 20, 2013
First, Learn to Practice, a new book by Tom Heany, explains practicing from the practicer’s point of view.
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Kick Out the Jams: Pumped Up Licks

May 13, 2013
Joe Robinson shows you 5 essential licks that demonstrate everything from fiery SRV-inspired blues-rock soloing to quirky, angular phrases.
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Alfred Releases "Learn to Play Blues Guitar" Book and DVD

May 9, 2013
Learning to play the blues has never been easier with the release of Alfred’s Learn to Play the Blues Guitar by Steve Trovato and Terry Carter.
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Beyond Blues: Altered-Scale Secrets

May 6, 2013
Unlock the secrets of implying altered sounds over dominant 7th chords using the Super Locrian scale.
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Drop Dead Shred: Sweep City

May 1, 2013
Learn the ins and outs, ups and downs of sweep picking with this lesson by uber-shredder Nita Strauss.
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Fretboard Workshop: Why Triads are Essential

April 23, 2013
Develop a deeper understanding of basic triads, learn about inversions and voice-leading, and create more interesting rhythm parts in this month''s Fretboard Workshop.
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Bringing Back the Fretless

April 15, 2013
Perhaps the saddest loss of a musical sound that was once frequently heard on the radio is the fretless bass.
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