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Articles by Andy Ellis

Rhythm & Grooves: Crazy Quartal Comping

April 19, 2011
In this lesson, we’ll map out three-note forms on the lower string sets and then test-drive larger four- and five-note quartal voicings.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Exploring Quartal Harmony

March 15, 2011
Rather than using major and minor thirds—the intervals found in typical chordal harmony—we’re going to use fourths as our harmonic building blocks.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Open for Business

February 15, 2011
In this third and final part of our series, we’ll integrate some of the different forms we’ve discovered thus far and continue to blanket the fretboard with fresh chordal colors.
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DVD Review: Frank Zappa "The Torture Never Stops"

February 8, 2011
Zappa’s acerbic humor and his band’s white-knuckle musicianship are both well served by the visual medium of a concert DVD.
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Irish Blues-Rocker Gary Moore: 1952-2011

February 7, 2011
Estepona, Spain (February 7, 2011) -- Like so many Premier Guitar readers and viewers, we were shocked and saddened to learn that Gary Moore died on February 6 at age
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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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CD Review: Harvey Reid - "Capo Voodoo: Solo Guitar"

January 17, 2011
Featuring 6- and 12-string acoustic guitar, resonator slide, mandolin, 6-string banjo, autoharp, and other stringed instruments, these collections offer stirring interpretations of folk ballads, Delta blues, sea shanties, Celtic tunes, ragtime, bluegrass, and classical music.
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Hybrid-Picking Pals

December 21, 2010
Hybrid picking combines the power and speed of flatpicking with some benefits of a purely fingerstyle approach
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CD Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - "Diamonds in the Dirt"

December 21, 2010
With her second album, Diamonds in the Dirt, Taylor brings a new authority to her playing, songwriting, and smoky vocals.
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The Bead Game

November 16, 2010
Navigating a chord progression with the smallest possible shifts between notes
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