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Rhythm Is King: Bob Marley’s Hypnotic Pulse

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.
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Cram Session: Thrash-Metal Rhythms

January 7, 2017
Learn how to conquer forearm-punishing riffs of the sort found in everything from early Metallica to Slayer and Megadeth.
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Beyond Blues: John Scofield

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.
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Digging Deeper: Developing a Funk-Guitar Orchestra

December 17, 2016
Prince’s rhythm guitarist shares her approach to layering chord stabs, single-note lines, and “chicken grease.”
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Free Your Mind: A New Way to Approach Open Strings

December 10, 2016
Find new horizons with a few basic scales, some adventurous tunings, and a healthy dose of unfretted notes.
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Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
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Beyond Blues: Connecting the Dots

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.
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Trey Anastasio’s Jazz Odyssey

November 19, 2016
Phish’s nimble guitarist navigates changes with ease largely because he takes inspiration from jazz greats.
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Five Funk-Rock Grooves for the Ages

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.
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Cosmic Country: Decoding Mando Motifs

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.
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Western Swing 101

October 29, 2016
Country, jazz, and blues meld in one of America’s most treasured musical genres.
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Beyond Blues: Scotty Moore’s Raucous Rockabilly Licks

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.
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The Art of the Ensemble: Crafting Awesome Arrangements

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.
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Cram Session: Sweep Picking

October 8, 2016
Ten exercises to help you master blazing-fast pick runs.
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Get Your Ear Ready for the “Go Fish” Gigs

October 1, 2016
Here’s an incredibly simple, yet supremely practical way to make ear training a part of your daily practice.
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Django's Gypsy-Jazz Secrets

September 24, 2016
Gypsy-jazz scholar Michael Horowitz shares a primer on the essential elements of Django Reinhardt’s groundbreaking music.
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Deep Blues: Born to Boogie

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.
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Fretboard Workshop: Expanding Exercises

September 10, 2016
Exorcise your technical demons by converting simple motifs into finger-twisting workouts.
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Beyond Blues: Larry Carlton

September 3, 2016
The studio master walks a fine line between jazz, blues, and rock with ferocious chops and a unique view on improvisation.
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The Many Sides of John Mayer

August 27, 2016
An in-depth look at a modern guitar master’s take on rock, blues, and soul.
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