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.
September 10, 2016
Exorcise your technical demons by converting simple motifs into finger-twisting workouts.
September 3, 2016
The studio master walks a fine line between jazz, blues, and rock with ferocious chops and a unique view on improvisation.
August 27, 2016
An in-depth look at a modern guitar master’s take on rock, blues, and soul.
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.