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ARTICLES

Cram Session: The Ups and Downs of String Skipping

May 21, 2016
Legendary rock guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, Shawn Lane, and Nuno Bettencourt created wildly interesting and provocative lines by simply skipping over the obvious choice.
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Shrapnel Shred

May 7, 2016
In her latest lesson, virtuoso Nili Brosh analyzes techniques and approaches made famous on records from the venerated '80s record label.
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Cram Session: Pentatonic Power

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.
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Cram Session: Modern Legato Techniques

February 20, 2016
Stretch out those fingers and give your pick a rest with these twisted licks.
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Future Rock: Hybrid-Picked Shred Licks and the 2-1-2 Method

January 30, 2016
Perk up your scales with a simple idea and some deft picking.
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Future Rock: Expanding Your Pentatonic Horizons

November 14, 2015
Five-note scales go way beyond the basic major and minor pentatonic forms.
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World Gone Shred: Japanese Pentatonics

October 24, 2015
Not all pentatonic scales are created equal.
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World Gone Shred: Sarod Madness

September 5, 2015
Draw inspiration from virtuosic Indian musicians to improve your technique in new and compelling ways.
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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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World Gone Shred: Kora Power!

August 1, 2015
With some deft hybrid picking, you can turn your guitar into a West African music machine.
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World Gone Shred: Bulgarian Odd-Meter Riffage

June 20, 2015
The combination of well-placed accents, a strong sense of rhythm, and some Bulgarian influences will add an edge of excitement to your playing.
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Fretboard Workshop: Revisualize the Pentatonic Scale

May 16, 2015
Draw inspiration from Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, and Joe Diorio and forge a new approach to a time-tested scale.
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World Gone Shred: Slide Guitar Hijinks

May 9, 2015
Combine the soulfulness of slide guitar with a shredder’s ethos.
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Future Rock: Polymetric Prog-Rock Licks

May 2, 2015
Combine multiple time signatures into angular, finger-twisting riffs.
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Future Rock: Pentatonic Transitions

March 28, 2015
Unlock the fretboard with a few key shapes, some practice, and a healthy dose of experimentation.
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Electric Etudes: Eddie Van Halen Techniques

December 13, 2014
Learn essential licks from one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
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Electric Etudes: Ty Tabor

October 11, 2014
Learn how the King's X guitarist combined drop-tuned riffs with plenty of groove.
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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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Exclusive Stream of Eric Johnson's "Europe Live"

June 17, 2014
The Strat master offers his take on each track from his latest live album.
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Shredmental: The Dancer and the Drummer

May 31, 2014
In his first column, the shredder behind Metalocalypse and Dethklok reveals his method for breaking down the most technically demanding phrases.
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