January 14, 2017
The simple and effective chord stabs that fueled early reggae hits may appear easy, but getting them right is a real art. Here are a few quick examples to help you master it.
January 7, 2017
Learn how to conquer forearm-punishing riffs of the sort found in everything from early Metallica to Slayer and Megadeth.
December 31, 2016
For over 30 years John Scofield has explored nearly every genre imaginable. Here’s a look at how he might balance inside and outside sounds over a classic fusion vamp.
December 27, 2016
PG's Nashville correspondent shares a deceptively complicated-sounding technique you can use to easily make your slide work sound more intricate.
December 24, 2016
Learn four easy ways to break free from conventional chord-scale relationships.
December 17, 2016
Prince’s rhythm guitarist shares her approach to layering chord stabs, single-note lines, and “chicken grease.”
December 10, 2016
Find new horizons with a few basic scales, some adventurous tunings, and a healthy dose of unfretted notes.
December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
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.
November 19, 2016
Phish’s nimble guitarist navigates changes with ease largely because he takes inspiration from jazz greats.
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.
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.
October 29, 2016
Country, jazz, and blues meld in one of America’s most treasured musical genres.
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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2016
Ten exercises to help you master blazing-fast pick runs.
October 1, 2016
Here’s an incredibly simple, yet supremely practical way to make ear training a part of your daily practice.
September 24, 2016
Gypsy-jazz scholar Michael Horowitz shares a primer on the essential elements of Django Reinhardt’s groundbreaking music.
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.