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Steve Morse

Electric Etudes: Steve Morse

September 13, 2014
Delve into the technique and style of one of rock’s most versatile guitarists.
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Twang101

Twang 101: 8 Essential Double-Stop Licks

August 30, 2014
Here’s a handful of snappy licks that will help get you through your next gig.
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Dimebag

Electric Etudes: “Dimebag” Darrell

June 28, 2014
Dig into the rhythm and lead styles of the legendary Texas shredder.
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Los Lobos

Deep Cuts: David Hidalgo’s Sophisticated Blues-and-Beyond Moves on “The Town”

June 7, 2014
Dig into the multi-genre style of a little band from East L.A.
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Future Rock: Symmetrical Scale Silliness

April 19, 2014
Don’t let diminished and augmented sounds elude you. Mastering them can be simpler than you think.
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Electric Etudes Jason Becker

Electric Etudes: Jason Becker

February 22, 2014
Explore the tricks and techniques that made Jason Becker one of the most influential shredders of the Shrapnel era.
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Beyond Blues

Beyond Blues: Danny Gatton's Musical Gumbo

February 8, 2014
Within a single solo, Danny Gatton would touch on everything from jazz and country to blues and rock. Learn how he did it.
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Digging Deeper: Inside the Harmonic Minor Scale

February 1, 2014
From Yngwie to Primus, artists in nearly every genre have dabbled with the mysterious and sometimes dissonant sound of the harmonic minor scale.
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Electric Etudes: Clapton’s “Cream” Years

January 11, 2014
Get deep into Clapton’s early years and investigate his bluesy soloing style.
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Future Rock: Shred Those Sequences

November 30, 2013
Harness the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic power of sequences to create more interesting lines.
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Fretboard Workshop: Non-Chord-Tone Soloing

November 16, 2013
Take a few triads and throw in some non-chord tones to make your solos more interesting.
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Beyond Blues: Blue Octaves

November 2, 2013
Delve into the world of Wes, EJ, and Benson and get more from your blues phrases by incorporating octaves.
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Future Rock: How to Build Long Lines from Motifs

October 26, 2013
Create long, flowing lines with a few simple motifs and some creative phrasing in this lesson from Chimaira's Emil Werstler.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Pentatonic Approach to Modes

October 12, 2013
The relationship between the modes and the pentatonic scale is closer than you might think.
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Beyond Blues

Beyond Blues: Moving Past the Pentatonic Scale

October 5, 2013
Learn how to incorporate Dorian and Aeolian sounds into your pentatonic vocabulary when playing over a minor blues.
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Beyond Blues: Dorian vs. Aeolian

September 7, 2013
Understand the subtle differences between the Dorian and Aeolian modes, and learn new licks that exploit all these modes have to offer.
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Twang 101: Bending Through a Scale

August 31, 2013
Snake your way up and down the neck while using subtle, but effective, bends to imply different harmonies.
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Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create A Solo

July 14, 2013
Learn how to take some basic triad shapes–both major and minor–and turn them into a compelling, melodic solo.
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Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

Beyond Blues: "Chicken" Blues

July 3, 2013
Investigate the 16-measure form found in "The Chicken" and learn to successfully navigate through the changes.
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Concepts and Techniques: Jim Hall

Concepts and Techniques: Jim Hall

June 27, 2013
Dig into some of the soloing and comping techniques used by jazz master Jim Hall.
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