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What Bohlinger Plays: Fretting Behind the Slide

July 28, 2016
The Lee Brice guitarist unpacks a simple technique that opens the portal to vast new worlds in slide playing.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Hybrid-Picking Double-Stop Chromaticism

September 23, 2015
In this installment, the Lee Brice sideman pairs sophisticated-sounding chromatic-scale moves with a hybrid-picking technique you can easily move around the fretboard for a unique sound in a variety of styles and keys.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Slide 101 Standard-Tuning Tips & Tricks Pt. 2

May 5, 2015
In this second installment on slide work, PG's John Bohlinger walks you through some impressive-sounding but fairly basic licks to use in a typical I-IV-V blues progression in A major.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Cascading G Riff

March 24, 2015
Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger dissects a G-major lick that mixes fretted notes with open strings to create a dynamic motif that can be transposed to multiple keys and used in virtually any genre.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Slide 101 Standard-Tuning Tips & Tricks Pt. 1

February 17, 2015
John Bohlinger—Lee Brice sideman and PG Rig Rundown and Review Demo badass—deconstructs the simple techniques he uses to sound great when playing slide in standard tuning.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Van Halen-ish Hillbilly Licks

January 7, 2015
The PG review-demo master and regular Rig Rundown host shows you the power of open strings in a backwoods variation of Van Halen-style riffs.
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Teaching Advice from the Pros

October 18, 2013
Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons share their experiences as prominent guitar mentors and offer advice for learning, teaching, and playing.
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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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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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