December 2016

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Free Your Mind: A New Way to Approach Open Strings

Free Your Mind: A New Way to Approach Open Strings

December 10, 2016
Open strings are one of the most distinctive aspects of the guitar’s signature sound. When you combine open strings with a few basic scales and some adventurous tunings, the possibilities really open up.
Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
Beyond Blues: Connecting the Dots

Beyond Blues: Connecting the Dots

November 26, 2016
When learning guitar, the biggest challenge isn’t mastering fingerings, but rather how to put them together in a musical way. Here are some cool tricks for moving from one shape to another.
Trey Anastasio’s Jazz Odyssey

Trey Anastasio’s Jazz Odyssey

November 19, 2016
Phish’s nimble guitarist navigates changes with ease largely because he takes inspiration from jazz greats.
Five Funk-Rock Grooves for the Ages

Five Funk-Rock Grooves for the Ages

November 12, 2016
Let’s groove tonight! Funk guitar has way more subgenres than you might think. Learn how to go from quirky to heavy and back.
Cosmic Country: Decoding Mando Motifs

Cosmic Country: Decoding Mando Motifs

November 5, 2016
Nashville guitar sensation Daniel Donato shows you how to blend jazz-influenced licks with riffs inspired by the guitar’s twangy cousin.
Western Swing 101

Western Swing 101

October 29, 2016
Country, jazz, and blues meld in one of America’s most treasured musical genres.
Beyond Blues: Scotty Moore’s Raucous Rockabilly Licks

Beyond Blues: Scotty Moore’s Raucous Rockabilly Licks

October 22, 2016
The legendary Elvis sideman was a pioneer of rockabilly guitar, and his approach to merging blues and country influenced generations of guitar pickers. Here’s how he did it.
The Art of the Ensemble: Crafting Awesome Arrangements

The Art of the Ensemble: Crafting Awesome Arrangements

October 15, 2016
A great song consists of more than just notes and rhythms. Here’s how to put the pieces together to create that extra sonic magic.
What Bohlinger Plays: Magic Triad Pull-Offs

What Bohlinger Plays: Magic Triad Pull-Offs

October 11, 2016
PG's John Bohlinger brings along his trusty robot drummer and walks us through Albert Lee-inspired three-note licks you can adapt to a variety of rhythms, tempos, and styles.
Cram Session: Sweep Picking

Cram Session: Sweep Picking

October 8, 2016
Ten exercises to help you master blazing-fast pick runs.
Get Your Ear Ready for the “Go Fish” Gigs

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.
Django's Gypsy-Jazz Secrets

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.
Deep Blues: Born to Boogie

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.
Fretboard Workshop: Expanding Exercises

Fretboard Workshop: Expanding Exercises

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

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.
The Many Sides of John Mayer

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.
Cram Session: Two-Hand Tapping

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.
Beyond Blues: 10 Twang Tips for “Workin’ Man Blues”

Beyond Blues: 10 Twang Tips for “Workin’ Man Blues”

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

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.