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What the Ell? How to Make the Most of 4 Chords

April 21, 2018
One of Nashville’s bona fide hitmakers shares secrets to making stock progressions pop.
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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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Obsessive Progressive: Open-String Chords

April 7, 2018
Add ethereal layers to your chord progressions by inserting a few carefully selected open strings.
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How to Use Triads

March 31, 2018
These three-note chords are the most underrated tools in your guitar-playing kit. Here’s why.
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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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What the Ell? How to Write Your First Song

February 24, 2018
Country star and certified guitar geek Lindsay Ell shares some advice on how to finish that first song. Bonus: She shares the first song she ever wrote.
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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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Eclectic Effecting 101: How to Use Stock Pedals to Unlock New Sounds

February 10, 2018
A hands-on guide to using chains of pedals to create enigmatic, spooky, and downright crazy sounds.
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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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Obsessive Progressive: Periphery

January 13, 2018
What do you get when you combine three fiercely unique metalheads with a love for down-tuned guitars, crushing rhythms, and a passion for odd-meter time signatures?
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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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Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

December 30, 2017
Learn how one of the original country shredders broke the rules and created some of the most frenetic and crazed country solos of his time.
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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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Obsessive Progressive: Rush’s Alex Lifeson

December 9, 2017
We break down how prog rock’s most influential 6-stringer combines timeless riffs, a huge sound, and a penchant for experimentation.
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The Shred Decoder’s Guide to Sweep Picking

December 2, 2017
One of modern rock’s most buzzed-about shredders shares his insights on an often-misunderstood topic.
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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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