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.
August 13, 2016
Inject your blues with a healthy dose of twang.
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.
July 30, 2016
Can you invoke the soulful sound of blues guitar while keeping some country twang on hand?
July 28, 2016
The Lee Brice guitarist unpacks a simple technique that opens the portal to vast new worlds in slide playing.
July 23, 2016
This step-by-step method will put you on the path to nailing barn-burning tempos.
July 16, 2016
In our new advice column, we tackle an age-old question with a few simple exercises and some chromatic magic.
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.
July 2, 2016
A crash course in the fundamentals of lap steel guitar: bar control, muting, intonation, slurs, and vibrato.
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.
June 11, 2016
A simple three-step process is all it takes to go from stale to swinging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 7, 2016
In her latest lesson, virtuoso Nili Brosh analyzes techniques and approaches made famous on records from the venerated '80s record label.
April 30, 2016
Improvised music can take many forms. From weird downtown punk-influenced riffs to unimaginably beautiful solo pieces, Bill Frisell has put his stamp on nearly every musical genre.
April 23, 2016
Malcom Young’s iconic riffs—long considered the sonic glue of AC/DC—appear deceptively simple. Look again.
April 16, 2016
Modern soul master Derek Trucks draws inspiration from old-time gospel and jazz to create impressively melodic rhythm parts.
April 9, 2016
These fast pentatonic runs lie at the heart of rock guitar.