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.
April 2, 2016
There’s a lifetime of learning packed into only five notes. Everyone from Clapton to Satriani has squeezed out the secrets. Now it’s your turn.
March 29, 2016
The Lee Brice sideman straps on a stunning Gretsch White Falcon and shows you how to invoke Elvis Presley’s legendary sideman with a series of galloping pull-offs you can use in I–IV–V progressions.
March 26, 2016
As a solo guitarist, Joe Pass knew how to create the illusion of a bassist and guitarist playing together. Charlie Hunter and Tuck Andress continue to develop the technique, and now it’s your turn to unlock the secrets of walking bass lines.
March 22, 2016
On his epic triple-disc set, Divertuoso, the multi-instrumentalist dives deep into bluegrass, jazz manouche, hot-rod country, and instrumental rock.
March 19, 2016
Learning how to harmonize a melody isn’t just for jazzers—even rock-minded guitarists can get into the action.
March 12, 2016
There are sparkling, harp-like notes lurking just above your fretboard that can add a magical touch to any composition. We’ll show you where they are and how to coax them out.
March 5, 2016
Supercharge your solos with the potent fretboard approach used by legendary players like Robben Ford.
February 27, 2016
Crank out rapid-fire licks by taking inspiration from the banjo.
February 20, 2016
Stretch out those fingers and give your pick a rest with these twisted licks.
February 16, 2016
The North Mississippi Allstars frontman performs a song from his new solo album and gives a spirited lesson in hill country blues fingerpicking.
February 13, 2016
Invent a whole new low-end vocabulary by combining cues from classic George Porter Jr. and James Jameson licks with modern rhythms and beats.
February 6, 2016
Learn a few secrets about how the king of Texas boogie-rock combines attitude with soul.
January 30, 2016
Perk up your scales with a simple idea and some deft picking.
January 16, 2016
Create engaging rhythms by combining montunos, claves, tumbaos, and more.
January 9, 2016
Breathe new life into vanilla arpeggios.
January 2, 2016
Sometimes you need to break the rules to discover new sounds.