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Album Review: Gilad Hekselman - "This Just In"

May 11, 2013
Hekselman not only embraces the freedom of the format, but also excels both as an improviser and composer.
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Beyond Blues: 12 Keys, Five Shapes, and the Blues

April 2, 2013
Understand how to visualize chord shapes all over the neck and learn how five simple arpeggio shapes can unlock 12 keys.
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Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

February 4, 2013
Boz Scaggs Memphis 429 Records Boz Scaggs is musically complicated. For Memphis, he brought on producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer) who also plays drums on the album, and the rest
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Interview: Double Naught Spy Car - Cheeky Twang Monkeys

January 9, 2013
Double Naught Spy Car''s Paul Lacques and Marcus Watkins on their hilariously heady blend of surf-informed jazz-noir instrumentals.
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Interview: Duane Denison - Jazz-Punk's "Evil Andy Summers"

January 9, 2013
Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison talks about the reunion of supergroup Tomahawk, his aluminum electrical guitar company Axes, and why he hates sustain.
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Fretboard Workshop: Recycling Pentatonics

September 5, 2012
Delve into the world of the dominant pentatonic scale.
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Album Review: Pat Metheny - "Unity Band"

July 9, 2012
Pat Metheny Unity Band Nonesuch Records Over the course of a 30-plus year career, Pat Metheny has experimented with every possible combination of instruments you could think of. With his
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Digging Deeper: Polyrhythmic Fundamentals

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Develop basic polyrhythmic techniques. • Learn how to superimpose different rhythms to make a “4-against-3” feel. • Understand how accents can imply
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Fretboard Workshop: The 12-Tone Shuffle

July 9, 2012
Chops: Advanced Theory: Advanced Lesson Overview: • Understand how to create and use 12-tone rows. • Develop musical motifs by altering tone rows. • Combine string skipping and octave
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Interview: Wayne Krantz - Inside the Beat

June 27, 2012
The jazz-fusion guru discusses his new star-studded album Howie 61.
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Digging Deeper: The Diving-Board Effect

May 11, 2012
Learn how to relieve tension in both your picking and fretting hands.
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Style Guide: Soul Jazz

May 8, 2012
We will focus on various comping and improvisational concepts—guide tone voicings, the “Charleston” rhythm, three-note repetitive patterns, organ-like double-stop licks, Grant Green-style “turns,” and octave/block chord call-and-response
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Fingerstyle Workout: New Orleans Guitar

April 6, 2012
Understand the basics of the New Orleans piano tradition.
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Album Review: Will Bernard - "Outdoor Living"

March 9, 2012
Will Bernard Outdoor Living Dreck to Disk Records It’s hard to describe guitarist Will Bernard’s latest album, Outdoor Living, without using at least a few hyphens. Is it jazz-funk
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Digging Deeper: Creative Chord Construction

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn to generate new voicings. • Experience harmony''s gravitational force. • Explore octave displacement. Click here to download the accompanying mp3 audio
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Album Review: Wes Montgomery - "Echoes of Indiana Avenue"

February 10, 2012
Wes Montgomery Echoes of Indiana Avenue Resonance Records The recordings on Echoes of Indiana Avenue show an artist still developing a musical voice while on the verge of taking the
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Digging Deeper: One Scale to Rule Them All

February 10, 2012
The jazz melodic minor scale is a very important improvisational tool.
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Album Review: Sean McGowan - "Sphere"

January 10, 2012
It takes a lot of brass to tackle the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk, and when the musician attempting this feat is a solo guitarist, well, that makes the challenge even more daunting.
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Digging Deeper: Let Your Line Shine

January 10, 2012
Today I want to explore ways to approach improvising long, fluid, rhythmically dynamic lines.
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Orange Guitar: Freddie Green Rhythm

January 3, 2012
I’ve employed this chord sequence as a musical and versatile approach to embellishing the potentially mundane sound of a one-chord vamp.
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