June 2020

Tab

Melodic Solos

How to Craft More Melodic Solos

January 4, 2020
There’s way more to it than simply mastering chords and scales.
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Lessons

Top 10 Lessons of 2019

December 28, 2019
This past year we dug into the playing of a jazz legend, rethought our approach to scales, and finally got to the bottom of the “Stairway” progression.
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How to Play Those “Impossible” Intervals

December 21, 2019
Your guitar “wants” you to favor some intervals over others. Don’t listen.
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Rhythm Guitar

Why Is Rhythm Guitar So Hard?

December 14, 2019
It’s all in the details.
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RL Burnside

Dive into the Deep Blues of the North Mississippi Hill Country

December 7, 2019
Players like R.L. Burnside, “Mississippi” Fred McDowell, and Robert Belfour pushed aside norms and carved new paths with hypnotic riffs and big rhythms.
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Auditioning

The Guitarist’s Guide to Auditioning

November 30, 2019
An in-depth roundtable on everything you need to know to get—and keep—that big-time gig.
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Classical Rock

How 20th-Century Classical Music Can Make You a Better Rock Player

November 23, 2019
From Debussy to Reich, classical composers can offer timeless techniques to supercharge your next riff.
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The Subversive Guitarist

Joe Gore's The Subversive Guitarist: The End of the Note

November 16, 2019
Silences define a rhythm as much as its notes.
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Melodic Comping

The Golden Rules of Melodic Comping

November 9, 2019
Wanna get called back for a gig? Well, you better learn to not step on the melody.
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Picking Power

A Practical Approach to Picking Proficiency

November 2, 2019
Three essential plectrum techniques for players of every stripe.
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Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson: The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero

October 26, 2019
Get inside the style of folk-rock’s most influential 6-stringer.
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Master Fingerstyle Guitar—Once and for All!

October 19, 2019
It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out with fingerstyle, or merely want to hone your existing technique. There’s something here for every level.
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Bach Jazz

Jim Hall’s Classical Chord Melodies

October 12, 2019
The link between Bach and jazz is closer than you think.
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Lindsay Ell

Don't Be Scared of Improv

October 5, 2019
Unleash the power of pentatonics and learn how to make it up as you go along.
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Death Metal Lesson

The Buzzsaw Riffs of the Stockholm Scene

September 28, 2019
Behold the rapid-fire style that laid the groundwork for modern death metal.
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Subversive

Joe Gore's Subversive Guitarist: Your Triplet-Beat Cheat Sheet

September 21, 2019
Bring energy and groove to your 12/8 interpretations with help from West African rhythms.
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Bentonia

How to Play Bentonia Blues

September 14, 2019
Toss aside the rules and tune down your guitar.
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Lindsay Ell

How to Write a Song

September 7, 2019
Nashville recording artist Lindsay Ell shares tips on how she beats writer’s block ... and how you can, too.
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Ambient Guitar

A Beginner’s Guide to Ambient Guitar

August 31, 2019
Ethereal drones, big reverbs, and plenty of dissonance go into this often-underappreciated style.
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Subversive

Joe Gore’s Subversive Guitarist: The Great Guitar Intro Fake-Out

August 24, 2019
Shifting parts in time can solve countless musical problems.
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