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Basic Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

July 23, 2016
This step-by-step method will put you on the path to nailing barn-burning tempos.
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The Guitarist’s Guide to Counterpoint

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.
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Jazz Boot Camp: 10 Ways to Get In and Out of Trouble

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.
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Beyond Blues: Soulful Rhythms

April 16, 2016
Modern soul master Derek Trucks draws inspiration from old-time gospel and jazz to create impressively melodic rhythm parts.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Walk the Line

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.
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Digging Deeper: Rocking Chord-Melody Technique

March 19, 2016
Learning how to harmonize a melody isn’t just for jazzers—even rock-minded guitarists can get into the action.
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Digging Deeper: Intro to Afro-Cuban Guitar

January 16, 2016
Create engaging rhythms by combining montunos, claves, tumbaos, and more.
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Beyond Blues: How to Use Guide Tones

December 26, 2015
Not all notes are created equal. With a few well-placed targets, your solos can stand out.
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Kick Out the Jams: Two Chords and the Truth

October 10, 2015
Even if the harmony is boring, you can still play exciting guitar.
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Digging Deeper: Flamenco Harmonies

October 3, 2015
Ready to try something new? Here’s how to work Spanish colors into your jazz and rock progressions.
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Future Rock: Intervallic Intuition

September 19, 2015
With a few simple tweaks you can take the prettiest of chords and move them to the dark side.
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Future Rock: Speeding Down the Modal Interchange Highway

August 8, 2015
Life’s too short for boring progressions—or boring solos.
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Digging Deeper: Crafting Layered Guitar Parts

June 6, 2015
Such studio masters as Jimmy Page and Robert Smith are known for weaving multiple guitar parts into compelling sonic tapestries.
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Digging Deeper: Open-G Tricks

March 14, 2015
Get inside one of the guitar’s most versatile open tunings.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play Over “Giant Steps”

March 7, 2015
Coltrane’s technical masterpiece offers many challenges—and enormous inspiration.
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The Guitarist's Guide to Writing Charts

November 29, 2014
There’s more than one way to make a quick-and-dirty chart that will get you through the gig.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play "Blue Bossa"

October 18, 2014
Get inside this jazz standard with a handful of useful concepts.
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Jazz Boot Camp: Quartal Harmony 101

September 6, 2014
Dig into the ambiguously beautiful sound of stacked fourths.
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Deep Cuts: Al Anderson’s “You’re Just Laughin’ Inside”

July 19, 2014
The former NRBQ frontman combines Cornell Dupree double-stops with a dulcet tone and lots of soul.
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Rhythm Rules: Chromatic Quartals

July 12, 2014
Quartal harmony and chromatic approaches can add sophistication and drama to even basic chord progressions.
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