February 2019

Intermediate

Obsessive Progressive: Opeth

May 5, 2018
Rhythmic intensity and beautiful, crunchy dissonance fuel the prog-metal stylings of one of Sweden’s heaviest exports.
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Digging Deeper: Jazz Piano Chords for Guitar

April 28, 2018
Take inspiration from Herbie, Chick, McCoy, and more by copping a few finger-stretching voicings.
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Workin’ Man Blues: Moving into the Country

April 14, 2018
The path from ripping electric blues to snappy twang is shorter than you might think. An in-demand Nashville player dishes out a few hands-on tips for getting your country chops together.
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Good Times, Odd Times: A Guide to Unusual Note Groupings

March 24, 2018
You don't have to be a math major to escape the predictable and inject some excitement and variety into your lines.
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The Tao of Jeff Beck

March 17, 2018
Here's a crash course in how one of the most eclectic and influential guitarists of all time developed a unique vocabulary through speedy rockabilly licks, fuzzed-out melodies, and an otherworldly use of the vibrato bar.
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Make Moves Like Metheny

March 10, 2018
You don't have to want to play like a jazz legend to practice like one.
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The Envelope, Please!

March 3, 2018
It’s awards season, so we hand out some totally fictitious ones to honor some of the most deserving scales, techniques, and discoveries over the last year.
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Rhythm Rules: 8 Ways to Navigate a 12-Bar Blues

February 17, 2018
These inventive riffs might make your next blues jam a bit more exciting.
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Digging Deeper: Curtis Mayfield

January 20, 2018
A unique tuning, ingenious use of intervals, and some deft wah work all combine to create some of the most soulful rhythm parts ever recorded.
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Ditch the Pick: Exploring the Tone in Your Hands

January 6, 2018
Don’t be afraid to embrace the freedom of playing fingerstyle—and the myriad tones that it produces.
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10 Sneaky Slide Licks

December 23, 2017
Coax extra mileage from a familiar lick by slipping in some sly slide moves.
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Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

December 16, 2017
Get inside the techniques of a modern blues master and add some fire to your solos.
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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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