Read the September 2018 Issue

Intermediate

The Art of Repetition: A Guide to Pedal Points and Ostinatos

November 25, 2017
Everyone from Coltrane to Coldplay uses repetition to create tension and interest. Here are a few tricks to get you started.
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Shake It Off! Everything You Need to Know About Vibrato

November 18, 2017
Don’t sleep on one of the most unique and expressive techniques we guitarists can develop. From B.B. to Beck, everyone has their own version, and it’s about time you get a handle on yours.
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Blue Horizons: The Lyric Form

October 28, 2017
Phrasing feeling stale? Learn how to break down the more vocal side of melody and rhythm.
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The Shred Decoder: Expand Your Melodic and Rhythmic Control

October 14, 2017
Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.
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Punk-Rock Madness: It’s More than Power Chords

October 7, 2017
Push past the power chords and learn about some of the genre’s most underappreciated players, including Robert Quine, Viv Albertine, and Richard Lloyd.
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Supercharge Your Improv

September 30, 2017
Berklee rock-guitar guru Jon Finn shares secrets on how to kick your from-the-hip playing up a few notches.
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The Guitar Playbook: How Do You Solo?

September 9, 2017
Crafting a great solo requires more than knowing scales and chords. Learn how an in-demand sideman approaches each song with a unique and personal touch.
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Jerry Reed’s Red-Hot Picking

September 2, 2017
An in-depth look at the techniques used by one of the most influential fingerstyle guitarists of all time.
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Blue Horizons: Hit It and Quit It!

August 12, 2017
Understand how masters of beatnik-blues such as Grant Green and Kenny Burrell effortlessly weaved chord hits within their solos.
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Double Trouble: Make Rhythm Guitar Parts Great Again!

August 5, 2017
Don’t just bash away on open-position chords. Here are 10 ways to make your dual-guitar rhythm parts stand out.
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Obsessive Progressive: Get a Grip on Odd-Meter Time Signatures

July 29, 2017
Not all riffs need to live in a comfortable space. Some of the most iconic jams rely on adding or subtracting a few beats to create that perfect, yet uneasy feel.
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Blue Horizons: How to Mix Major and Minor Pentatonics

July 8, 2017
B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King all had an innate ability to move between major and minor sounds within a 12-bar blues. Here’s how they did it.
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Decorate Like Django

July 1, 2017
Even if you aren’t into Gypsy jazz, there are a wealth of inspiring ideas to glean from Django’s impossibly fast lines.
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The Live Side of Jimmy Page

June 24, 2017
Led Zeppelin’s onstage interplay and improvisation are the stuff of legend. Here we delve into Page-inspired licks from the band’s iconic early-’70s live albums.
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Beyond Blues: How to Play “Bird” Blues

June 17, 2017
Saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker’s challenging version of a 12-bar blues is one of his most enduring contributions. Learn how to navigate these tricky changes by combining bebop and blues.
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The Guitarist’s Guide to New-Wave Guitar

June 3, 2017
The 1980s were full of iconic tones and riffs from players like Andy Summers, Johnny Marr, and Adrian Belew. Let’s see if we can borrow a bit of that vintage mojo to craft compelling new riffs.
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Twang 101: Nashville Studio Tricks

May 20, 2017
Behind every radio hit is a group of guitarists who've created ear-catching parts. Check out these tips and tricks used by some of Music City’s most in-demand sidemen.
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Beyond Blues: Roy Buchanan’s Tele Tricks

May 6, 2017
The legendary Tele player was a master at emoting the more vocal and expressive side of blues guitar. Here’s a look at some of his boundary-busting techniques.
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Beyond Blues: “Rhythm” Changes and the Blues

April 8, 2017
Learn how to bridge jazz and blues by tackling one of the most popular progressions around.
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One Note at a Time: A Chet Atkins Primer

April 1, 2017
Grab your thumbpick and learn how to break down—and build up—Chet-style arrangements.
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