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Digging Deeper: Faux Whammy Bends

December 19, 2015
Get some slippery-sounding bends without reaching for the bar.
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Beyond Blues: Matt Schofield’s Sophisticated Solos

November 28, 2015
Uncovering the soloing secrets used by one of modern blues’ masters.
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Cosmic Country: A Bad Case of the Bends

April 4, 2015
From crying pedal-steel sounds to aggressive, bluesy squeals, bending a string is all about feeling.
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Future Rock: 9 Essential Rock-Guitar Cliches

February 21, 2015
Explore the timeless licks of such rock masters as Clapton, Hendrix, Iommi, and Page.
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Cosmic Country: Ghost (Notes) in the Machine

January 17, 2015
One of Nashville’s young guns offers a primer on an essential technique.
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Beyond the Riffs: Mike Stern’s “Wishing Well”

January 15, 2015
The jazz-rock master takes us inside a tune from his latest collaboration with Eric Johnson.
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Deep Blues: The Triple Lindy

January 10, 2015
The King of Gristle serves up a generous portion of bluesy nuggets.
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Jazz Tricks: How to Play "Honeysuckle Rose"

December 6, 2014
Sometimes you should just ask yourself, “What would Django do?”
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Future Rock: Open Season on Open Strings

November 22, 2014
From bluegrass to metal, you can’t underestimate the power of the open string.
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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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Pluck ’Em! A Crash Course in Country Guitar

September 20, 2014
Grab a Tele and dig into this comprehensive look at the art of twang.
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Electric Etudes: Steve Morse

September 13, 2014
Delve into the technique and style of one of rock’s most versatile guitarists.
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Twang 101: 8 Essential Double-Stop Licks

August 30, 2014
Here’s a handful of snappy licks that will help get you through your next gig.
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Electric Etudes: “Dimebag” Darrell

June 28, 2014
Dig into the rhythm and lead styles of the legendary Texas shredder.
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Deep Cuts: David Hidalgo’s Sophisticated Blues-and-Beyond Moves on “The Town”

June 7, 2014
Dig into the multi-genre style of a little band from East L.A.
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Future Rock: Symmetrical Scale Silliness

April 19, 2014
Don’t let diminished and augmented sounds elude you. Mastering them can be simpler than you think.
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Electric Etudes: Jason Becker

February 22, 2014
Explore the tricks and techniques that made Jason Becker one of the most influential shredders of the Shrapnel era.
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Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Musical Gumbo

February 8, 2014
Within a single solo, Danny Gatton would touch on everything from jazz and country to blues and rock. Learn how he did it.
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Digging Deeper: Inside the Harmonic Minor Scale

February 1, 2014
From Yngwie to Primus, artists in nearly every genre have dabbled with the mysterious and sometimes dissonant sound of the harmonic minor scale.
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Electric Etudes: Clapton’s “Cream” Years

January 11, 2014
Get deep into Clapton’s early years and investigate his bluesy soloing style.
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