October 2016

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ARTICLES

Get Your Ear Ready for the “Go Fish” Gigs

October 1, 2016
Here’s an incredibly simple, yet supremely practical way to make ear training a part of your daily practice.
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Django's Gypsy-Jazz Secrets

September 24, 2016
Gypsy-jazz scholar Michael Horowitz shares a primer on the essential elements of Django Reinhardt’s groundbreaking music.
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Deep Blues: Born to Boogie

September 17, 2016
Thanks to John Lee Hooker, Billy Gibbons, and other heavyweights, the swinging style of barrelhouse pianists has become a cornerstone of rock and blues guitar. Here’s a look at the most essential boogie-woogie patterns and how to use them.
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Fretboard Workshop: Expanding Exercises

September 10, 2016
Exercise your technical demons by converting simple motifs into finger-twisting workouts.
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Beyond Blues: Larry Carlton

September 3, 2016
The studio master walks a fine line between jazz, blues, and rock with ferocious chops and a unique view on improvisation.
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The Many Sides of John Mayer

August 27, 2016
An in-depth look at a modern guitar master’s take on rock, blues, and soul.
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Cram Session: Two-Hand Tapping

August 20, 2016
Eddie Van Halen didn’t invent tapping, but he certainly popularized it. Learn how to unlock the fretboard with this collection of finger-busting licks.
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Beyond Blues: 10 Twang Tips for “Workin’ Man Blues”

August 13, 2016
Inject your blues with a healthy dose of twang.
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Digging Deeper: The Other Side of Paganini

August 6, 2016
Neo-classical shredders aren’t the only ones able to glean inspiration from Paganini. Learn how a simple theme can cross genres and styles.
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Twang 101: Swampy Blues

July 30, 2016
Can you invoke the soulful sound of blues guitar while keeping some country twang on hand?
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Basic Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

July 23, 2016
This step-by-step method will put you on the path to nailing barn-burning tempos.
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Dear 6-String Sensei: How Do I Improve My Chops?

July 16, 2016
In our new advice column, we tackle an age-old question with a few simple exercises and some chromatic magic.
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Beyond Blues: 8 Essential Turnarounds

July 9, 2016
To navigate the last four measures of a 12-bar blues in style, you need a sophisticated ear and a solid knowledge of chord tones.
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Hand Jive! Master the Fundamentals of Lap Steel

July 2, 2016
A crash course in the fundamentals of lap steel guitar: bar control, muting, intonation, slurs, and vibrato.
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The Guitarist’s Guide to Counterpoint

June 18, 2016
The concept of playing two melodies simultaneously has been around for centuries. Such modern masters as Ted Greene, Jerry Reed, and Jimmy Wyble have demonstrated how these ancient principles can be applied to guitar.
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The Secret of Subtractive Rhythms

June 11, 2016
A simple three-step process is all it takes to go from stale to swinging.
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Future Rock: Syncopated Shred

June 4, 2016
A simple rhythmic shift can breathe new life into your trusty licks. Combine that with a few strategic rests, and you have a recipe for some truly twisted lines.
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Jazz Boot Camp: 10 Ways to Get In and Out of Trouble

May 28, 2016
Don’t get caught off guard the next time the band looks at you to kick off a tune. Legendary guitarists such as Joe Pass and Ted Greene have perfected the art of the intro and this lesson will help you keep things together.
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Cram Session: The Ups and Downs of String Skipping

May 21, 2016
Legendary rock guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, Shawn Lane, and Nuno Bettencourt created wildly interesting and provocative lines by simply skipping over the obvious choice.
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Beyond Blues: Mike Bloomfield’s Manic Magic

May 14, 2016
The Chicago-born guitarist wasn’t afraid to go searching for those missing notes. In Levi Clay’s latest lesson he breaks down how one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s combined blues, rock, and jazz.
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