December 2016

Country

ARTICLES

Album Review: Greg Koch Band - "Plays Well with Others"

June 11, 2013
Koch invites Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, and Paul Barrère to the party.
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Twang 101: Chromatic Country Runs

May 29, 2013
Understand everything you need to know about how to use the "country chromatic scale" and create some of the most finger-busting licks this side of Brent Mason.
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Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

April 3, 2013
Country shred, double-stop licks, and G-bender pulls salvage Paisley''s most pop-sounding album to date.
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Twang 101: Why You Should Care About Hybrid Picking

March 25, 2013
What in the heck is “hybrid picking” and why should you care? Learn how to unleash some picking-hand tricks, create open-string phrases and pedal-steel licks.
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Twang 101: Double-Stop Tricks

February 19, 2013
Combine hybrid picking, open strings, and some Nashville "snap" to get the most out of your double-stop licks.
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J.D. Simo: The Bandstand and The Bible of Classic Rock

February 4, 2013
Photo by Sean Marshall Studios Nashville’s JD Simo is a graduate of the Don Kelley school of honky-tonk, proving ground for some of the world’s best pickers. Other alumni
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Brad Paisley: Concepts and Techniques

January 30, 2013
Playing a pink Paisley Tele through vintage amps with multiple delays, Paisley has re-ignited country soloing. By combining wide intervals and chromaticism with pizzazz, he has enticed us to pry at how he’s pulling it off.
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Brent Mason Concepts and Techniques

August 20, 2012
Hybrid picking, double-stops, open string licks, and more.
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Orange Guitar: Relocation Licks

April 25, 2012
Learn how to relocate licks to different keys in Jim Campilongo''s latest lesson.
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Orange Guitar: “Little” Steel Guitar Voicings

February 28, 2012
Easy-to-fret triads that sound sophisticated and lush, despite what we are actually playing.
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Album Review: The Little Willies - "For the Good Times"

February 10, 2012
For the Good Times, the band’s second album, is a collection of country and honky tonk classics by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Lefty Frizzell.
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Twang 101: Gallop Picking

November 1, 2011
Gallop picking is a technique that combines forward rolls with open strings to create a lush sound.
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CD Review: Kenny Vaughan - "V"

October 18, 2011
The sound of Bakersfield honky tonk—with its punchy Telecaster twang, strong backbeat, and stripped-down instrumentation—permeates V, Kenny Vaughan’s debut solo album.
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Twang 101: Blue Twang

October 4, 2011
In this lesson we will look at ways to add some twang to the blues scale.
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CD Review: Vince Gill - "Guitar Slinger"

September 20, 2011
Guitar Slinger is not a self-indulgent guitar-nut record, which will make sense to long-time fans drawn to Gill’s reserved style.
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Twang 101: Pedal Steel Bends 101

August 24, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at pedal steel bends that are based out of common triad shapes.
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CD Review: David Bromberg - "Use Me"

August 16, 2011
For his latest release, "Use Me," the 66-year-old-string wizard gathered a few friends in studios around the country to help him celebrate his return to guitar and concertizing.
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Twang 101: Chicken Pickin' Intervals

July 26, 2011
Understanding how the fretboard work horizontally was quite a revelation. It forced me to get away from position-based playing and actually think about the intervals between notes.
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Twang 101: Life in the Doghouse

June 29, 2011
In this month''s lesson we will beef up a Travis picking rhythm guitar part with bass fills.
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CD Review: Levon Helm - "Ramble at the Ryman"

June 14, 2011
There are few American institutions with as deep a connection to roots music as the Ryman, and it serves as the perfect setting for Helm’s melting pot of blues, soul, and country.
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